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I moved to Florida recently from Illinois, and still have my Illinois number and area code as my primary number.  Thus, I've been spared cold calls from either campaign, as well as robocalls.  For others in swing states, they have been getting robocalled, and that seems to be on the increase.

The Romney campaign is using robocalls in North Carolina at least, and I have a good story to relate about that from a friend of mine, below the Croissant of Infinite Justice.

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Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 06:59 AM PDT

Cheers and Jeers MONDAY!

by AAbshier

From the Springfield, IL bureau of the Action EyeWitness NewsCenter On Your Side (With More Local News!)........

Today I am posting from the All Cat Clinic in Springfield, and I will be here all week.  So this C&J is going to have a particular emphasis on cats, both cat news and tips on cat health.  I don't think you will be upset!  

Working in an all-cat clinic is like working in a bank.  It's very quiet most of the time; you might hear the occasional meow, but that's it.  I love dogs, but I can't say that I miss the constant noise of barking dogs in a kennel that goes on all day in a veterinary practice!  This facility is brand new, and one of the nicest I have seen.

This will be a different C&J from the usual because, in honor of where I'm working this week, I'll be discussing feline medicine as well as the usual C&J stuff.  Don't worry, it won't get heavy (this is the kiddie pool, after all) but hopefully what I have for you will be helpful to all of you that are personal assistants for cats.  

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What color variety is your favorite on a cat?

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From Alton, in the great state of Illinois.....


Photo credit: Madison Capitol-Journal

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Stand up, Badgers, sing!
"Forward" is our driving spirit,
Loyal voices ring.
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Raise her glowing flame
Stand, Fellows, let us now
Salute her name!

Madison Capitol-Journal:

Police said about 70,000 people showed up at the Capitol Square on Saturday, Feb. 26, the largest turnout yet.

Keep it going, Badgers--you're doing us all proud.

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Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 07:18 AM PST

Cheers and Jeers MONDAY!

by AAbshier

From Alton, in the true-blue (barely) state of Illinois....

Here we go with the Christmas season, 2010.  Last year at this time I was about as low as one could go (I was looking up at the snakes' bellies) and while I do have some painful anniversaries coming up, I intend to work through them all.  A thought occurred to me a day or so ago: I am the final arbiter of whether or not this will be a good Christmas season, me and not anyone else.  So I'm going to do my utmost to make it a good time of year.  I hope all of you will too.

(Insert Hallmark Channel Very Special Heartwarming Christmas Music here)

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What do you say?

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Mon Nov 15, 2010 at 06:32 AM PST

Cheers and Jeers MONDAY!

by AAbshier

From Alton, Illinois.....

A lament for my future home state:

After years of taking our state down the toilet, the GOP was given more power.  Worse, this new crop of teabaggers now have absolute control, and just put a guy in office his fellow republicans thought should be in jail.  How could anyone take us seriously?  

We were mocked for not knowing how to vote 10 years ago.  What is more frightening is when some of us do.

Sigh.  Still, I want to move there.  We need as many hands as possible to push and shove and yell in America's Wang as we can get!

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What's for supper?

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Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 05:30 AM PDT

Cheers and Jeers MONDAY!

by AAbshier

From Alton, Illinois.......

Many of you know that I am working on relocating back to Sarasota, Florida. I have a number of reasons for wanting to go back, including better weather (a proper "white Christmas" is the white sandy beaches of Siesta Key, not that crystallized frozen water crap from the sky), a chance to work with marine animals again at Mote Marine Lab, and renew friendships I made when I lived there from 2004 to 2006.

But there is one more reason I want to go back.  She is someone I had met in 2006 at a bookstore, and became Facebook friends with later.  We had a great first date on my trip to Sarasota last month, where we talked nonstop for 4 hours, and which ended with

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How is your favorite NFL team doing at this stage?

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Mon Aug 30, 2010 at 05:45 AM PDT

Cheers and Jeers MONDAY!

by AAbshier

From Alton, Illinois, FINALLY off the road....

How to respond to the giant troll-fest on the Mall on Saturday?  Why, in the traditional manner, of course:

Justin Wilson's Smothered Chicken

2-3 lbs. chicken
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
Louisiana hot sauce to taste
2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped bell pepper
1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley
1 c. dry white wine
2 tsp. chopped garlic

Rinse chicken, pat dry, then season with soy sauce, Louisiana hot sauce, and salt.  In a large, high-walled skilled, heat the oil, then saute' the onions, bell pepper, and parsley until the onions are clear.  Add the white wine and stir, then add the garlic and stir.  Add chicken, lower heat to low, cover, and simmer for 2 hours or until chicken falls apart.  Serve over cooked rice.

This is some good eatin', I guarontee!

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Have you been to New Orleans?

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Mon Aug 23, 2010 at 06:17 AM PDT

Cheers and Jeers MONDAY!

by AAbshier

From Normal, Illinois....

The "endless summer" of veterinary relief work continues, now in its 13th week.  Let's compare it to the famous documentary of that name, about surfing:

Endless Summer:  surfers travel the world in search of the perfect wave.
Me:  I travel Illinois in search of the perfect breakfast room waffle.

Endless Summer: surfers don't look like they work out in a gym.
Me: I don't look like I work out in a gym.

Endless Summer:  surfers visit Ghana, Australia, and Tahiti.
Me:  I visit Peoria, Canton, Mt. Vernon, McHenry, and Bloomington.

Endless Summer:  surfers have cool 60's haircuts.
Me: I have a cool 60's haircut.

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From the top floor of my now for-sale house, on the bluffs in Alton, Illinois....

Random Academy Awards show thoughts:

  1. Every year we hope there isn't a big production number, and every year the producers disappoint us.  Neil Patrick Harris?  Really?
  1. You ladies in the strapless gowns, STAND UP STRAIGHT!  (I'm talkin' to you, Miley Cyrus).
  1. Who are you and what have you done with Sarah Jessica Parker?
  1. The Ben Stiller Avatar bit: painful.
  1. Best acceptance speech comment of the night:  "If you wanna be creative, juet get out there and do it - it's not a waste of time!"--Michael Giacchino
  1. The Hurt Locker wins Best Pic--Jon Soltz's head explodes.
  1.  The annual hand-wringing over the length of the awards show begins in 3...2....1.....

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Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:32 AM PST

Cheers and Jeers MONDAY!

by AAbshier

From the bluffs of Alton, in the true-blue state of Illinois.....

Bill is taking a break, so you got me.  Sorry.  I don't think I've ever been less inspired to do a C&J, ever, but Michael asked me to fill in, and I'm going to keep my word.  

I'm thinking a picture from happier times is in order:

That's me in the Keys with a dolphin named April, taken in August 2006.

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What is your favorite Warner Brothers cartoon character?

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From Mt. Carmel, Illinois, home of the fightin' Golden Aces:

A little inspiration for all of us, from Joe Biden's autobiography:

My dad had grace. He never, ever gave up, and he never complained. The world doesn't owe you a living, Joey," he used to say, but without rancor. He had no time for self-pity. He didn't judge a man by how many times he got knocked down but by how fast he got up.

Get up! That was his phrase, and it has echoed through my life. The world dropped you on your head? My dad would say, Get up! You're lying in bed feeling sorry for yourself? Get up! You got knocked on your ass on the football field? Get up! Bad grade? Get up! The girl's parents won't let her go out with a Catholic boy? Get up!

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Are you shopping (or have you shopped) today?

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Mon Oct 19, 2009 at 06:31 AM PDT

Cheers and Jeers MONDAY!

by AAbshier

From Mt. Vernon, Illinois, where the town slogan is, "We're not nearly as boring as Mt. Carmel, Illinois"........

BiPM is absconding with our funds and going hiking the Appalachian Trail taking a long weekend, so I am stepping in to provide this morning's entertainment.  I'm reporting from Mt. Vernon once again, where I am working three days this week.  

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Do you snore?

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