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06:35 pm: Things I Forgot To Post
The Rescue Remedy for Pets came on Friday and while Spirit has been much more comfortable moving around out here, she's still not going down the hall, even to the utility room. She's still worried about Junie, too. I've got more time for it to build up, though, before I talk to the vet about prescription meds.

I started the next-higher dose of thyroid and took it for two weeks and it didn't stop the shortness of breath or sweat, so my theory is wrong.

There were accidents with parts of the road blocked off on the way to the bookgroup and the way home -- probably the rain -- but both were on 25mph streets and people must have been going faster.

Saturday night Loki was curled up between my legs in the recliner and Spirit was tucked in with him, with her tail around his neck. They were very cute!

I've always admired Sheila Johnson, ex-wife of Robert Johnson, who started BET with her husband. When she got divorced and her share of the company, she wanted to build a resort/spa out in Middleburg and has never quite managed to do that. But I still thought she was admirable. She's a Democrat and is voting for the Republican candidate for governer, and doing ads for him, but recently, on camera, she made fun of the Democratic candidate's stammering. It's not that noticeable for me, my brother used to stutter all the time, but apparently she thought making fun of him was a good thing. I no longer admire her. I do wonder if this will have the macaca effect, like it did when George Allen lost to Jim Webb for the Senate.

The local news last night introduced us to Ben Huh, who owns I Can Haz Cheezburger and all those other websites. He lives locally and has become a multimillionaire with a company instead of just sitting at home and running a website about cats.

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From:markiv1111
Date:October 19th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)

Sheila Johnson

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I don't know if most people perceive me as a stutterer, or not. A couple of times it seemed as though I had permanently stopped doing so, only to note that it returned. Still, I usually get very perturbed when I hear somebody mocking stutterers. We did not choose our speech impairment and to those of us who are endeavoring to be as coherent as possible, it is not remotely funny. There was one weird one lately, though. I went to the wikipedia entry for the rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive. One of their songs is called something like "We Just Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," and one of the key parts is when the lead singer stutters "B-b-b-baby, we just ain't seen nothin' yet." The singer had apparently done the stutter in the recording studio just to twit his brother, a stutterer, whom he was very fond of and very close to, and then a producer (or somebody) said the song would sell far more copies if it was released that way. The singer argued, but to no avail. So the song was released with the stutter and sold a whole lot of copies. (Note: Chances are that somebody will go to BTO's entry and correct my getting it *almost* right. I read the wikipedia articles (one on BTO, and there's even an article for the song). I didn't memorize either one.) I hear that stutter as being far more kind and gentle than what I would perceive if somebody were to mock me (or anybody) in a social situation. Maybe I am giving BTO too much credit, but I am no longer hostile toward the song.

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From:mjlayman
Date:October 20th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)

Re: Sheila Johnson

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I haven't noticed you stuttering, but again, my brother did for many years. (He stopped when he got a severe head injury that causes massive headaches, so I don't recommend that.)
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