Tag Archives: house

lucy chadwick.

damn.

first caught wind of curator lucy chadwick about 4 years ago. still crushin’.

Vogue’s 73 Questions with Olivia Munn.

Vogue‘s home tour + interview with The Newsroom‘s Olivia Munn. Love her place and “amen!” to the shoes-off house rule!

gorgeous + clever.

came across this while “researching”… love everything – floorplan, decor, deisgn and the smartly executed video. too bad it’s far far away in canada.

patrick wolf.

patrick wolf‘s “bluebells“…

…and “house“.

Texas Dog Owners: Fight HB 988!

**NOTE: this post reads like a news article/PR blog post because i used it for a COMM 3369 assignment, and am reposting it in this form to save time. however, this situation is VERY REAL and just as URGENT.

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All Texas dog owners, including rescue groups and pet businesses, should be on HIGH ALERT!

Two days ago, I received an e-mail from Zandra Anderson, Houston-based dog lawyer and founder of the Texas Dog Commission.

She warns all dog owners, pet rescue groups and pet businesses to write, fax, or phone in their objection to House Bill 988 (<<this link will take you to the full bill), also known as the “Texas Dog Insurance Bill“. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-Texas, “…would require owners of unleashed, un-neutered male dogs over 20 pounds to carry a liability insurance policy of at least $100,000. Violations would be classified as a misdemeanor, and punishable by a fine up to $500.”

Anderson warns,

“Here’s the kicker–in the Health and Safety Code, “owner” is defined as anyone who has custody or control of the dog. That means that rescue organizations and pet businesses, such as dog sitters, kennels, doggy daycare, pet stores, dog walkers and veterinarians will have to buy the insurance. This law applies to puppies as long as they weigh 20 pounds so for some giant breeds, they will be very young at that weight. Rescue groups will have to purchase the insurance even though they might only have the intact puppies or dogs pulled from kill shelters briefly before they are altered or placed, but it doesn’t matter. These groups will still have to have the insurance to be in compliance with this proposed law. This will be devastating because rescue groups will tend to overlook the boy dogs because saving the girls is less expensive. As with all errant dog laws, the dogs always pay the ultimate price and the kill rate will increase.”

Fox News also posted an article about this issue, titled “Some Texas Dog Owners Barking Mad Over Proposal to Mandate Dog Insurance”, in February. According to the article, Rep. McClendon’s action was prompted when, “a member of her district who was seriously attacked by a dog whose owner was not willing to help pay for the resulting medical bills. ‘Situations like this would be remedied under this bill, as insurance would help cover medical expenses incurred as a result of a dog attack,’ she said.”

Anderson asks, “Doggy insurance for male dogs today? Who will be next? Kitty insurance? The $100,000.00 policy is over 3 times what auto insurance costs, yet dog bite related fatalities are very rare, only 31 in 2009 for the entire U.S..”

The bill was filed on January 28, 2011, and was read and referred to to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence on February 28, 2011 – it is currently waiting to be heard by a committee.

You can keep track of the status of the bill HERE. Please answer Zandra Anderson’s call to arms and write, fax or call your corresponding House Committee member and voice your opposition!

gecko.

i’ve stumbled across two [house] geckos over the past week in my house.

i don’t know what the normal protocol is (scream, kill them, stand on chairs, run away, faint…etc.), but i usually just wave and say… “hey“. there are exceptions – if they are fat, i point and say “good job, buddy!“, or if they are unusually thin, i point and say, “eat more bugs!” or, “work harder!

just in case most didn’t know, geckos are welcome guests in many warm regions of the world, and happily rid their human housemates of many pesky insects such as mosquitoes, crickets, and roaches. while there are a  number of different types of geckos, the second-most common are house geckos – these are characterized by their willingness and ability to co-habit with humans. (cool fact: the geico gecko is a “day gecko“.)

in closing – don’t mind a gecko killing all your bugs for you? leave it be. can’t fathom living with a tiny lizard? try to help it outside so he can find a job elsewhere.

*the “geico gecko” is a mascot and advertising campaign property of GEICO. any mention in this post is neither a paid advertisement or testimonial for the company or its services.

excuse my french, but…

merde!

that’s right, i said it. what the shit, man? i just got scammed on craigslist. i was told i was buying an authentic item, and was provided with photos, and when the item arrived, it was completely fake and different than the photos. poor strangers don’t know what it is to incur gloria p. cheng’s wrath…but they will. soon.

as an entrepreneurial minded person, it infuriates me when sellers cheat buyers, or when buyers cheat sellers. has no one any integrity? look at this economy – the end result of cheats, big fat CHEATS. falsified loan apps, slippery loan officers, prospective home owners making $30k/year thinking they can afford a half-million dollar house… unless you won the lottery or your rich great-aunt tessie oldmaid died and left you a half-million dollar house, you can’t afford one on that kind of salary. you robbed a bank you say? nope. still can’t. yes, you – in the corner. insurance fraud? oh, ok – you should be able to swing it. you? you haven’t paid taxes in the last 10 years, and you live in Texas? i’m going papercut you to death with repo papers, you sonofabitch…!

in any case, i can’t believe that people diliberately use established forms of merchandise mediation such as ebay, craigslist, and facebook marketplace to scam others! why? it should be simple: you want money, you have delightful item; i have money, and want delightful item. hmm….LET’S TRADE! yay – unicorns with horns of ice cream cones sledding on sugar frosted rainbows appear. then you realize the unicorn is no unicorn at all when the ass he really is eats the ice cream cone, the rainbow is just a dry, painted slip n’ slide covered in sand, and the ass has his hoof out for $666 USD for the so-called show he put on. what happened? i’ll tell you – someone mussed up the system by getting greedy. why not advertise your fake item for what it is, a good replica? it might be worth a bit less than what you swindled me for, but at least you wouldn’t be a damned liar, or even worse, a false advertiser, or most worst-est of all-est: the underlying cause of the recession! (collective gasp)

in any case, the damage has been done. i am angry – really, really angry.

"greedy pig" - by flexford

"greedy pig" - by flexford