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August 19, 2011

Katie's Prognosis

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Katie With Frisbee

Katie With Frisbee : 4 Aug 2011

I need an OT category. :-)

About 10 days ago, Katie exhibited signs of lameness, pain and possible dysentery, but we fairly quickly worked out that the problem wasn’t intestinal. It was her back.

I just got the results of the radiologist report. She has a narrowing of the spine at the lumbosacral junction. It’s not “definitive” but there appears to be some spondylosis as well.

She is responding to anti-inflammatories (vetprofen) and pain meds (tramadol). We started that routine on Monday. We’ve slowly decreased the pain meds, and today she ran up the stairs even though this morning she was not able to jump up into bed. (Yes, I know I need to discourage exertion – she took me by surprise.)



August 18, 2010

Testing Photo Album/SlideShow Plugins : Cincopa

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Washington Motorcycle Fatalities

Data from 2005-2010; chart updated with July data.


July 18, 2010

Sentencing This Week In Nail Polish Motorcyclist Death

On May 2, 2009, Lora L. Hunt, 48, re-ended motorcyclist Anita Zaffke, 56, who had stopped for a red light near Lake Zurich, IL, about 40 miles north of Chicago. (Google map view of the intersection; Zaffke was traveling south on Route 12.)

Zaffke, who was wearing a bright high-viz yellow safety jacket and riding a Honda Shadow, was thrown “a couple hundred feet” and died at the scene of a broken neck. (She was wearing a full-face helmet.)

In September, a grand jury returned a six-count indictment against Hunt. She was convicted of reckless homicide; the sentencing hearing is set for July 22. Her sentence could range from probation to five years in prison for the conviction of reckless homicide.



July 13, 2010

Washington Motorcycle Fatalities

Data on Washington State motorcycle fatalities, calendar 2005 through June 2010.


June 13, 2010

Summer BBQ Schedule

The summer BBQ schedule is up.


February 23, 2010


I’ve migrated from HostGator (the host that “lost” my content the first weekend I played with the WordPress install) to MediaTemple grid-service. The MT client list was one reason for the change. Another: everything at HostGator seemed to take for-ever (access to my site administration was very slow), plus I hate-hate-hate their “cutesy” control panel interface.

Also, I’ve been looking for a place to move all my not-very-heavily-traffiked sites. I’ve been a customer since the early 1990s, but their support for WordPress is, in a word, abysmal, and they are, ummm, pricey. I have some screen captures of step-by-step on MediaTemple versus Pair/Pairlite to show the problem: it has to do with how Pair manages database permissions. I’ve followed the support-recommended work-around and was surprised to discover that it did not work, even when support people say “oops, you should have done this” (unstated assumptions in the instructions). I’ve asked for a refund, even though I’m past the 30 day trial period. I don’t expect a “yes” but it would be nice; I trusted the support person who said, basically, “Oh, yeah, we know about that and here’s how to fix it.” is not a WordPress-friendly host.


September 15, 2009

Hello world!

It took me two (or more) years, but I finally got WordPress installed on Got it customized and ready for trip reports. Sent my link out to the world (WetLeather and Twitter). Then this morning, a friend wrote me: there’s nothing there! The site database was “reset” to default.

HostGator swears it wasn’t them; it must have been someone doing something malicious. If it were only the blog, I might agree. But it’s also the index page, for example, which was rolled back to Saturday’s version. (Yet it had been modified Monday night.) Odd.