I don't know what the best way to commemorate this day is, other than to retell the way it affected our lives, which I did here. I was blessed to stay here in the best place on earth on that day. Some were not. I honor them today.
He came to me from a friend of a friend's daughter, who had adopted him without being able to care for him. I already had Pip the pug at the time, but I agreed to take him (and his sister, too). Why not? I was planning to get another dog and they needed homes.
I christened him Chex, not really after a snack, but a dragon. He was fierce
as one, a scrapper with a fighting spirit. After I got back from London,
I decided he needed a middle name, so I added Bakerloo, after the Underground line, then shortened to Loo. Other names for him were Chihuahua on Stilts (long legs
inspired), Circus Dog (because he could stand on his hind legs for a
long time in younger days), Tall Dog, and in his later years, Derpy
Gramps because of missing teeth.
He was one of the lankiest small dogs you ever would see. I'll never know his actual lineage, but I'd guess a mix of chihuahua and Italian greyhound. I often said to him that I wished I had his metabolism. He'd eat two full meals a…
According to AOL Music, these are them. Do you agree? As for me, one asterisk denotes a song I like. Two equals "I love this wussy song." Three says, "This is one of the most awesomest songs and I don't care if it's wussy and fork you if you do." Four tildes means, it might be stooopid but it's not really wussy. Five pound signs means I totally agree: it's wusstastic. Twelve ampersands means I was forced to sing this at a wedding. 111. Do I Make You Proud? - Taylor Hicks 110. Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks 109. Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer ##### 108. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton 107. What Hurts the Most - Rascal Flatts ##### 106. Break Up to Make Up - The Stylistics 105. First Day of my Life - Bright Eyes 104. Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen 103. Daydream Believer - The Monkees 102. People are People - Depeche Mode 101. I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits 100. (I Just) Died in your Arms Tonight - Cutting Crew 99. Don't Cry - Gun…
It's Zappadan, that time of year between December 4 and December 21, when we gather together on the warm tendons strung between us (internets) to celebrate the life of Frank Vincent Zappa, delivered to us at precisely the right time, then taken too soon. During the summer, I purchased this poster, which to me is sublime for a number of reasons: 1. The cheap Chroma-Key? background 2. The partly dead plants 3. Those shoes, which some stylish gent would covet nowadays 4. Peter Max socks 5. The jaunty neckerchief 6. Unapologetic smoking 7. Leopard-print Speedo flocked by generously untrimmed pubes 8. The smoky, sardonic glance I'm sure there are more. Turned out, I procrastinated just long enough for the hanging up of this poster to coincide with Zappadan. Unintentional brilliance. Anyway, because it's just for me and not for the prying eyes of others, I wanted to laminate it (so I could use tape to hang it on the back of my closet door, so that I could go in and look at it when I need…