B-Musings – Don’t Eat Yellow Snow Edition

24 03 2014

“B-Musings”… sharing random blurbiage and ping-pong balls rattling around my dome.  Why?  Because I can, and I have a blog!

michael-vick-jury“V” Is For Vicious – Michael Vick is leaving Philadelphia in the same manner in which he arrived… Quietly, with humility and class. Before all of the animal lovers start fashioning a noose in my neck size, I submit that I understand what he did was horrendous. But my position has always been to forgive because he paid his debt to society, and since his release has worked hard to raise awareness for animal rights and many other great causes.

I’ve never understood the vicious attacks by some people. I’ve wondered why they have such passion to protect animals, and be so willing to forgive and forget transgressions – or crimes – committed against humans by so many professional athletes. Yep… I’m talking to you – Kobe Bryant, PacMan Jones, Ben Roethlisberger… You too, Riley Cooper.

I will say without embarrassment… I’m a Mike Vick fan, and not for what he does on the field.

Lost – It looks like the fate of Malaysian Flight 370 is clear… it crashed in the Indian Ocean and there are no survivors. It’s stunning to many that it has taken over two weeks to make that determination. Still, after all this time the cause remains a mystery – possibilities including terrorism, sabotage, catastrophic mechanical failure or issues related to the mental health of the pilots or someone else on board.

Two things puzzle me… I’ve been more than slightly amused at the people who were envisioning a “Lost” scenario, that maybe something supernatural was at play. I’m sure today is extremely disappointing for those folks! And I find it interesting that the advanced technology we possess was completely useless. How can a 777 jet fly so long and far undetected, and then just disappear? I think that will be the bigger question for the coming months and years.

Most importantly, the news is relief for the families, but I can’t imagine they were still hopeful. Prayers for their loss.

vampire-lestatWelcome Back, Lestat – In 1976 I read “Interview With The Vampire” by Anne Rice, the book that introduced the character of Lestat de Lioncourt. I proceeded to devour the sequels, and I’m sure that dog-eared copies are in a box somewhere in my house. Those books fascinated me because they were the first to treat the vampire as sympathetic character, not necessarily dark and evil. After the “Vampire Chronicles”, Rice went off in many directions… witchcraft, mummies, Christianity, etc. She even revisited erotic novels written under a different name. But she never achieved the success that the vampire genre gave her.

I’ve always liked Anne Rice. She is opinionated, outspoken and fearless. In 2012 – oddly enough, on Valentine’s Day – I was privileged to see in her talk about her career and her latest book “The Wolf Gift”. (A great read, by the way…) The event was fantastic. Rice was engaging, answering audience questions, and clearly grateful for the success she has realized and for the fans who adore her. She was very complimentary of the recent interpretation of vampires by Stephanie Meyer and Charlaine Harris, and happy that these “new” vampires keep the genre alive.

When she announced on Facebook last week that her next book will be “Prince Lestat” I was thrilled! I’m looking forward to crawling back into the plush world that she consistently creates around her rich characters. Simply put, I can’t wait.

“I was the vampire Lestat again. I was back in action. New Orleans was once again my hunting ground.” Bon appetite…

Snow Love – I’m sure that all of my Philadelphia neighbors and friends are pooping their pants about another snow storm gracing us this week. I just came across this fun fact: The most snow ever recorded in a 24 hour period in the USA occurred at Silver Lake, Colorado in 1921 and was 76 inches of snow.

We’ve gotten about 55 inches this entire winter. So quit yer bitchin’!

As usual, I’d love to hear what you have to say. Please leave me a comment, or click on the links to the ASPCA…




7 responses

24 03 2014
Liz Hathaway

John most people who defend him are uninformed. They don’t realize what Michael Vick did because he was never brought to court for animal abuse charges. He served time only for bankrolling the abuse. A federal agent who had been at the scene when the property was searched was driving to the various facilities holding the dogs.” The details that got to me then and stay with me today involve the swimming pool that was used to kill some of the dogs. Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs, just like with a car, the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water. “We don’t know how many suffered this premeditated murder, but the damage to the pool walls tells a story. It seems that while they were scrambling to escape, they scratched and clawed at the pool liner and bit at the dented aluminum sides like a hungry dog on a tin can ” said the Federal agent.

As a former dog rescuer, I wear some pretty tough skin, but his treatment of these innocence animals was cruel, heartless…evil.

“I will say without embarrassment… I’m a Mike Vick fan, and not for what he does on the field.”

A fan of a monster John? You should be more then embarrassed…you should be ashamed.

24 03 2014

That’s more than little harsh.

Who’s to say that anyone is more informed than anyone else? There’s no question that horrible things happened, and I’m not defending those things in any way whatsoever. There’s also no question that based on the evidence he was charged, convicted, and served his sentence. All evidence now points to his rehabilitation.

So when I say I’m a fan it is not of the person he was, but of the person he has become. And for that I’m neither embarrassed or ashamed.

25 03 2014
Liz Hathaway

Volunteer at at rescue for a week. Maybe you will understand harsh. A leopard doesn’t change his spots. Their is evil in his bones.

25 03 2014

I wouldn’t be opposed to that at all, but it isn’t necessary to understand what harsh means. But I doubt very much that the point of my post would change. I believe people have the capability to be better, as much as we have the capacity to forgive. Some more than others, but aren’t we all a work in progress?

25 03 2014
Liz Hathaway

I have a few rescues in need so let me know. And I wouldn’t expect a change like I said a leopard doesn’t change his spots….fanboy 😉

24 03 2014
Tanya Bamford

On the topic of snow, I feel the people of Philadelphia should be unmufflered. Unlike your mountain hugging heroes of Colorado who are quite accustomed to high snow fall totals, we lesser mortals who live nearer to sea level are quite unused to such excessive amounts. For us, 55″ is well out of the norm. Therefore, we bitch. Deal with it. 😉

24 03 2014

My goal tomorrow is now to use the word “unmufflered” in a sentence. Thanks, Tanya!

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