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Marilee J. Layman

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07:29 pm: "Dusting to 1 inch"
Yep, we're on the lighter side. In fact, it didn't stick on our roads and sidewalks, but got them wet and it's below freezing now so I expect commuting will be a pain in the morning. Fortunately, I don't get up in the morning and it's likely to be up to 36F when I get up and I'll be able to take the recycling out and meet a friend from the bookgroup at the library to talk to her about Medicare (she just got it, and has never had any kind of insurance before, so I get to explain insurance, too) and then be home by 4:30pm for the Peapod delivery. They usually deliver about 9pm, but I save a dollar by setting it to 4:30-9:30pm. I've swept the ramp twice, hoping to get as little ice as possible.

But in good news, the condo president answered my email and said they've informally decided I can have a concrete ramp! They have to vote on it in the January meeting, which I put into my book so I'll go unless it snows then. I was pretty sure they would say no because they're only required to let me put in another temporary ramp, but a concrete ramp would be great! Not only would it not collect snow and freeze before the sidewalk, but the mowers can't kill it and I won't have to replace it! I need to ask around for someone to do such a small job. I think they'll have to jackhammer the two sidewalk squares and start from the ground up.

From Cute Overload, a cat cafe in Japan where people pay a bit of money to play with cats. Most folks there can't have pets, so this makes sense. It would be neat here, too, but I'm pretty sure the health folks wouldn't allow it.

I read the WashPost from the 17th last night and got halfway through the 18th and was skimming the intro to the Bookworld Young Readers page when I stalled on "every child would have ... a children's Bible..." and I thought what? Then I went back and read the entire beginning carefully and I think she's including the bible as a fable/fairy tale. What do you guys think?

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From:sciamanna
Date:December 6th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
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Are there no petting farms where you live? I don't think there would be more health-and-safety objections for a cat-petting cafe...

Very neat idea, too. I can't have a cat because I'm allergic, but I certainly could take the occasional dose of antihistamines and visit the cat bordello... :-)

It does sound like the article is bundling the bible with all the other fables, but I'd say the mention is too fleeting to be certain: one would have to know the author's general attitude to religion.

I know that a friend of mine tells his 2-1/2 yr old daughter the story of the birth of the Buddha as a bedtime story, and she loves it. (Some versions are pretty baroque, and I can see the attraction for a kid who's going to the mommy-baby phase.)

(Though what amuses me most is the thought of the kid in preschool, when the question about "where do babies come from" comes up, being the only one likely to mention elephants...)
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 6th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
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We have petting farms, but they're outside or in a barn, not in a cafe where you can have tea and food. The room appears to be separate from the eating part (although maybe they get to take drinks in because it mentions tea and petting a cat), but I'd be surprised if the health folks here would allow food and cats together.

Yeah, I thought maybe she was thinking these were all essential books, in which case, where was the SF? But even if she was thinking essential, surely some non-fiction would be included.

I think elephants would probably be the more interesting part of how babies were born! They're a lot more intelligent than cabbages. There was a picture in the WashPost of an elephant moving a big tour bus out of a forest/swamp in Bangladesh after the cyclone.
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From:firecat
Date:December 6th, 2007 10:29 am (UTC)
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The way to play with cats here is to go to adoption fairs or volunteer at an animal shelter...
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 6th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Yes, and I've considered checking out the local shelter. Mine are not very playful -- Giorgio and Spirit because they're mentally ill, but I don't know about Shiva -- and it would be nice to play with cats for a change.
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