Squirrels

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Dogs don’t really want to catch squirrels? Tell that to Montana and she would laugh in your face.

The cartoon reminds me of the dogs and squirrels at Cornell. A squirrel would be sitting at the base of a tree munching on an acorn and a dog would be crouched a couple of hundred feet away, watching the squirrel and waiting to make his move. Then he would take off like a shot, aiming straight towards the squirrel. The squirrel would remain unperturbed until the last few seconds, then it would zip up the tree until the dog went away.

The dogs used to remind me of Charlie Brown and the football, but now I think of the people who play the lottery. The odds of them winning are slim, but what a payoff if they do!

This human, on the other hand, doesn’t want to catch the squirrel. He just wants it to go away and leave his bird feeder alone!

 

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There Are No Guarantees

Every clod feels a stir of might,
And instinct within it that reaches and towers,
And, groping blindly above it for light,
Climbs to a soul in grass and flowers.
—James Russell Lowell

Unless someone with a weed whacker gets to it first.

 

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Friendlier Aliens

In a recent comment tammy said except for ET aliens are never portrayed as friendly — they are usually shown as out to exterminate us. Actually, these could use some assertiveness training:

 

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Eye Exams

As much as I love Raeside’s cartoons, this one hits too close to home. I’m off to think of more pleasant things!

 

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Desire and Hunger

I laughed when I read this comic, probably because I like Duncan, the dog. Does anyone else think it’s funny?

What about this cartoon?

I can easily understand why they might choose to talk with the dog rather than with his human servant — I thought that part was funny. But I don’t understand the reference to extermination. Can anyone explain?

 

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Rescuing Wild Animals

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Do you agree with Koko, that Steve should have tried to rescue the gazelle? Do you think he would have felt the same if the predator had been a wolf instead of a lion?

 

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Lawyers

ambulance chaser
plural noun: ambulance chasers

a lawyer who specializes in bringing cases seeking damages for personal injury.

Origin
late 19th century: from the reputation gained by certain lawyers for attending accidents and encouraging victims to sue.
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But lawyers don’t just look for people who have suffered misfortune. Some, for example, lotterylawyer.com, advertise their help if you win a jackpot.

In fairness, this Forbes article suggests winners should hire a lawyer as well as an accountant and a financial advisor before they claim their money. But Andy and I don’t have to worry, it’s been a long time since we’ve bought a ticket.

Do you ever buy lottery tickets?

 

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Skip This Post…

Skip this post if you’re not a dog lover, or if you are and aren’t ready for a good cry. John Pointer had to put Benny, his beloved dog, to sleep and wrote this cathartic Facebook piece from Benny’s perspective. I’ll never forget the phrase, “Don’t worry, buddy. I gotcha covered.” It goes straight to my heart.

 

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Perspective

 

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Pictures

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Unlike Earl we took thousands of slides and print pictures in the past, but we do love digital cameras. It means so much to be able to see the pictures right away, and it’s also so much easier to organize them. Are you a picture taker too?

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