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Dr Chet and one of his trusty driving Fjords, CCC 2008
It's that time again--time to bring out the old-time carriages and the gorgeous horses and ponies (sorry--"very small equines" as they are referred to in the driving field) that pull them. Drivers, men and women alike, get to dress in their finest wool costumes in the heat of summer. What fun!
For pictures of last year's competition, visit my photos at Flickr.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
More complaints of late that I have gone underground. I want to assure anyone following this that I am most certainly still above ground. For the last several days, at least, I can be found in one of four specific places:
1. Picking and eating copious amounts of strawberries from my backyard. If there is an overdose mark for eating fresh strawberries, I passed it days ago. Strawberries for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and still enough to give away. Apparently there is at least one plant I cannot kill.
2. Cleaning up my house after my neurotic new Chihuahua. As much as I would like to disprove the rumor that "Chihuahua's don't potty train" so far I have little to refute it. He's lucky he's so fucking cute--and easy to bathe.
3. At the barn. I am finally getting solid leads on new homes for Jack, whom I would love to keep but must re-home as a last-ditch bid to keep my true love, Julian. I have come so close to re-homing Julian that I am spending as much time as I can with him, savoring our time together in case I can't find a way to make it work. My paycheck isn't what it used to be--though I am grateful I still get one--and I can only stretch the numbers so far. When it's come to home or horse, you know you've reached the truly thin ice. And yes, I'm refinancing, but it's not the miracle cure they might have you believe.
4. Going green. I am spending a great deal of time reading Nico Pitney on The Huffington Post in order to more closely follow minute-by-minute updates on the Twitter Revolution in Iran. They didn't just have a rigged election, they had no election. President Ahmadinejad declared victory within hours of the polls closing, which is pretty remarkable given that the millions of votes cast were all handwritten. Apparently Ahmadinejad has some very fast ballot readers at his disposal.
Now the conflict has gone far beyond election fraud to blatant disregard for human rights, as peaceful protesters are arrested, detained, beaten or killed. Censorship from the government has left only one avenue open for news from the ground, and that is Twitter, believe it or not. You won't find adequate coverage on CNN, which is where you always expected it, but rather in blogs such as Nico Pitney's, or by The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan, who have spent days without sleep compiling personal posts received from hundreds of Iranian citizens. I strongly urge you to check either of these sites for a most comprehensive view of the history unfolding before us.
Going green has taken on a completely new meaning.
Why aren't you reading The Huffington Post? already Read more!