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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Masked Bandits Rob House in N Arlington

I can hear the commercial now.
"You come home! Your Home (garbage can) has been ransacked! Your Valuables (which you have thrown away) Are Missing! Dont Let this Be You! Call ACME SUR FIRED SECURITY Today!"
How much do you think these guys will get in the Rlington Tank for stealing Pizza Crust??

Have actually seen a lot of these guys in Lee Heights the last few days, in the late afternoon hours! Arent these thieves suppose to be Nocturnal?

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bike to Work - May 7th & 9th

Bike to Work day may officially be May 15th - but why wait for Santa Claus. Bike Early, Bike Often.

Ya see, on May 7th and 9th, Rlington will be doing a census type thing, counting how many bike and pedestrians are commuting to work. According to some talking head, "This regular data collection is fundamental research, part of a national project to document walking and cycling as modes of transportation. Building long-term support for walking and cycling requires collecting regular, high-quality data on usage and demand."

My understanding is that for every 1000 bicycle commuters counted, Prez'dent 'Bama will take an AIG Exec's gold plated Benz, melt it down, and have it made into an art exhibit at Kenmore.
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Let'$ Go Cap$ Let'$ Go CA$$ Let'$ Go $$$$

It's great to see the CAPS winning. Only, "see" is a big of a problem.

I aint a season ticket holder. Why? Well, cause my son plays travel hockey. We catch games when we can - but that means we cant buy a plan.

When we buy them, they are usually the peasant seats. 500 feet above the ice in row 9 kbillion. That's what we can afford.

We've been going for as long as my son decided to be my son. I think he decided to play hockey first. We have been to playoff games B4 back when the CAPS couldnt sell out and only the knuckleheads went.

Welp, here we are. The CAPS decimated the Rangers (ha ha ha ha ha JAGR who????). Aint first in line for tix bc we cant be season tix holders, what with actually playing hockey and all. And we cant afford the special Booze Club package at a well over a "C" per ticket.

Better yet, the NHL wont even put the games online. The stadium is sold out. We dont have cable (what's cable, isnt everything online). So all we can do is crash the local bars to watch a game.

Hey CAPS - how about this - a lottery, 2 tix each, you only git one game - and let your regular life time - not rich K street attorney types - see one game. If u dedicated one section to you dedicated working stiffs and let them see a game, that might do something to boost the Red Community. Anyone who bought tix during the season, not those who can afford season tix, is eligible.

Lets Go CAP$

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Speed Trap on Spout Run

NB: Speed trap on Spout Run Southbound (away from the GW and into Rlington) this morning. Rlington police - I thought that was NPS jurisdiction. +

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Leave Rover at Home!

As the temperatures reach Venus levels once again this Spring, it appears time to repeat the obvious - LEAVE ROVER AT HOME. Please do not drive somewhere and leave your dog in your car. Even with the windows open, you can kill you dog within minutes. In some states it is illegal to leave your dog in your car; in Virginia there appears to be no law but clearly it is a form of cruelty to animals, which is illegal. Here is some advice on dogs in cars from Paw Rescue

Pets in Hot Cars


You've probably heard news reports of dogs suffocating inside cars on warm days. Here are suggestions for educating people about leaving pets in cars, and what to do if you see a pet in distress.

The dangers:

It takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation. Most people don't realize how hot it can get in a parked car on a balmy day. However, on a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees -- and hit a scorching 160 degrees if parked in the sun!

Even when the outside air temperature is in the 60s, temperatures inside some vehicles can reach the danger zone on bright, sunny days. So many experts recommend not to leave pets or children in parked cars even for short periods if the temperature is in the 60s or higher.

Rolling down a window or parking in the shade doesn't guarantee protection either, since temperatures can still climb into the danger zone. And if the window is rolled down sufficiently, the pet can escape. Plus if a passer-by claims he or she was bitten through the car window, the pet owner will be liable.

What about leaving the dog in the car with the air-conditioning running? Many people do this, but tragedy can strike -- and it has. For example, in 2003, a police dog in Texas died after the air-conditioning in the patrol car shut down and began blowing hot air. The air system's compressor kicked off because the engine got too hot. Many cars, including modern models with computerized functions, are prone to the same problem. In August 2004, a North Carolina couple lost two of their beloved dogs, and nearly lost their third dogs, as result of a similar failure. They had left bowls of water and ice in the car, and the air-conditioning on, during their shopping trip of less than 30 minutes.

Animals are not able to sweat like humans do. Dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws. If they have only overheated air to breathe, animals can collapse, suffer brain damage and possibly die of heatstroke. Just 15 minutes can be enough for an animal's body temperature to climb from a normal 102.5 to deadly levels that will damage the nervous and cardiovascular systems, often leaving the animal comatose, dehydrated and at risk of permanent impairment or death.

Precautions:

* Leave your dog at home on warm days.

* On trips with your pet, bring plenty of fresh drinking water and bowl.

* Don't let dogs ride loose in pick-up truck beds. The hot metal can burn a dog's paws, the sun and flying debris can hurt the dog, the dog can accidentally be thrown out of the truck if the brakes are suddenly applied, and the dog can jump out if scared or upon seeing something interesting to chase. Instead, use a crate to create a safer space for the dog if you can't fit the dog inside the truck cab.

* Take the dog into the shade, an air conditioned area, or to the vet if you see signs of heat exhaustion, which include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, dark tongue, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness, or lack of coordination. To lower body temperature gradually, give the animal water to drink, place a cold towel or ice pack on the head, neck and chest, and/or immerse the dog in cool (not cold) water. Call your veterinarian.

* Get free brochures (see below) to use to educate pet owners.

If you see a pet in a vehicle on a hot day, take immediate action:

* Note the car make, model, color and tag number, then go to the nearest stores and ask the managers to page the owner.

* Call the police, which usually can respond much faster than can animal control departments. The police have the capability to enter the vehicle and rescue the pet.

Laws:

It is against the law in most jurisdictions to leave a pet unattended in a standing or parked motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the animal.

Here is an excerpt from the Cruelty to Animals section of the Maryland Legal Code:

(a) A person may not leave a cat or dog unattended in a standing or parked motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the cat or dog.

(b) A person may use reasonable force to remove from a motor vehicle a cat or dog left in the vehicle in violation of the provisions of subsection (a) of this section if the person is:

(1) a law enforcement officer;

(2) a public safety employee of the State or of a local governing body;

(3) an animal control officer under the jurisdiction of the State or a local governing body;

(4) an officer of a society or association, incorporated under the laws of this State for the prevention of cruelty to animals, authorized to make arrests under the provisions of Art. 27, � 63 of the code; or

(5) a volunteer or professional of a fire and rescue service.

(c) A person described in subsection (b) of this section may not be held liable for any damages directly resulting from actions taken under the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. Transportation Article 21-1004.1.

Educating others:

For copies of "Hot Car" flyers, and for educational posters to give to store managers to post in their windows to remind people that "Leaving Your Pet in a Parked Car Can be a Deadly Mistake": contact the Humane Society of the United States at 202-452-1100 or dlauer@humanesociety.org.

To easily download brief leaflets on topics that include pets in hot car and chaining dogs:
http://www.helpinganimals.com/pdfs/hotundercollar.pdf


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Friday, April 24, 2009

Lost Dog Rescue Foundation rescues couch magnets!

Channel Four News is reporting on the rescue of some fox hounds who were victims of a recent fire at their Kennel. The Kennel looks like it was burned to the ground and the Fox Hounds look like they're were pretty messed up. But Lost Dog Rescue Foundation is a great organization and nurturing these dogs back to health. I particularly liked it when Barabara Hutcherson from Lost Dog described the hounds as having couch-magnets built right on their foreheads, that they are hounds of comfort. We rescued a red-bone coon hound who sleeps on only the largest pile of blankets he can possibly find.

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video.


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Brother, Can You Spare $10k For A Woman in a Gold SUV Lexus Down on Her Luck?

Saw a woman get out of a gold SUV Lexus tonite and tape a sign to a light poll:

Broke?
We Are Too!
Yard Sale Saturday

Really? Really!?!?! How about selling the damn Lexus SUV. How about walking to put up the signs? How about a BIKE! You can get those real easy at yard sales.

Reminds me of an infamous quotation from FCC Chairman Michael Powell discussing the Digital Divide and how some Americans lack telecommunications services and broadband:
"I think there's a Mercedes divide," Chairman Powell said. "I'd like to have one, but I can't afford one."
Really??

Would that be along the lines of "Feed a Man to Fish, He'll Eat for a Day - Give a Man a $100,000 fishing yacht that he then loses because all his AIG stock became toilet paper - and you'll need to give him another fish (or yacht)." I wonder if Powell has enuf money for his Mercedes now.

Oh, and for those of you not following along, bobArlington is blog from North Arlington where shacks sell for $1 million (even in this market) (we bought our shack 15 years ago when someone with a real middle class salary could still buy into N Arlington).

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Recycling Left on the Curb

It's a new era of recycling! Sort of. Not really.

Arlington County has announced that we can recycle all sorts of stuff, and that we dont have to sort it into cans and bottles, and bagged paper. We can start immediately. Great!

But to do this, you need the blue recycling cart which they havent distributed yet (well, I havent received one and I heard that they will be distributing them at the donalson run mulch pile - and there aint nothing there).

So wanting to get a jump start on the new era of recycling (read my basement was filled with old cardboard), I got an old extra wheely trash can, painted on it in high vis orange letters "RECYCLING" and dumped all my stuff in it. Virtually the same container as the county container - just it aint blue and it says "recycling" on it in day glo orange.

So, side bet. How many of you think the new recycling guys picked up the recycling, and how many think it ended up in the trash truck?!? That's right. Recycling truck came first, bypassed the "RECYLCING" sign and picked up what was in the old busted barely holds anything yellow bins. Trash truck came an hour later and into the landfill went all that recycling.

Someone in the county wanna tell the recycling guys that it is okay to recycle even before the blue cans show up?

Tip of the Hat to Arlington for improving the recycling program. Wag of the finger at the recycling truck for taking short cuts.+