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#19: So Long, Sweet Girl

This are the kind of first I really do not like: saying goodbye to my second beloved dog in 2009. Miss Patsy Clementine, she of the perpetually sunny disposition, made her transition on Tuesday, December 11. Patsy made it past ten, which was yet another miracle, considering her many health challenges, namely, Cushing’s disease, which caused the big problems over the last year.

As my vet, the wonderful Kathryn Van Winkle, once put it, “It’s just Patsy’s world, and we’re all passing through it.” That was the truth, but what a sweet world to share with a sweet, sweet girl.

I shall miss her championship-level snoring (check out her video here), the way she loved to cuddle with any type of soft surrounding, her “Feed Me” shuffle dance. But most of all, I shall miss my own Miss Congeniality.

It’s oddly comforting to know that her brother, ThunderDog, and cousins Lily, Bear, and Pearl and friend Felix among many others are all there to greet her.

May she and ThunderDog be chomping down Breath Busters in Doggie Heaven! And snore REALLY loud, Miss P Bug, so I can still hear you.

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Back at It

Okay, I’ve been away from this here blog long enough. I haven’t come up with a clever post, so let’s try to ease back in. I’m still sad about losing ThunderDog, but Patsy Clementine is in fine form.

Right now, I’m getting ready to head to New York for Book Expo, right after the Writers’ League benefit with Roy Blount Jr. And I’m trying to get my hands on a copy of the June issue of Austin Monthlyit’s all about the Austin literary scene, and I’m IN IT! Now, there’s another first!

Oh yeah, and I need to write about the trip to Wimberley (what I can write for public consumption), Flight of the Conchords, James Otto, Carol’s visit, and the Big Man (as in Clarence Clemons)!

To be continued…

Greetings, Y’all!

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What a roller-coaster ride 2008 was! First off, I turned 50 in January and started writing about it right here at my blog. Continue reading ‘Greetings, Y’all!’

Sharing With Cavalier Rescue

Patsy's first Xmas in Austin (2005)

This just in from Thunder and Patsy’s Aunt Sally, who is the coordinator for Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue in Texas:

“I do not like to ask my friends for monetary support but we have just rescued over 60 cavaliers and english toy spaniels and the vetting bills will be horrendous – these guys were in a puppy mill in West Virginia that had almost 1000 dogs. How can anyone care for that many dogs, let alone pay for the feed???????

“If any of you can help please do but do please do NOT feel that you have to. Also please forgive me for my brazen request for funds and say a little prayer for these little guys, some are in terrible shape!!! Thank you one and all.”

Donations can be made at Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue. And Patsy  can attest to life after puppy mill — she spent her first six years in an Oklahoma puppy mill and came to us 10 (yes, TEN) pounds overweight with lots of female problems and an untreated thyroid condition. Nearly three years later, the happy little girl is right at home right here in Austin, and she’s an absolute joy (not to mention a trim 16 pounds!). I like to say Patsy’s in her own little universe, and I’m just passing through!

Thunder & Patsy Give It Two Tails Up!

ThunderDog and Patsy Clementine just LOVE the “Rescue Dog Rock” video from their online Maltese pals Lulu and Lolly (left). They’re about to join the L&L DLog and invite other dogbloggers to join them! Proceeds from anything bought at the L&L site will go to support Animal Rescue of New Orleans, a group that’s still working to reunite animals and families after Hurricane Katrina.

#4: A Voting Double Dip

Texas Primary Day should be a holiday. Even with record numbers for early voting all over the state, I waited, for I like to cast my vote on the actual day. I warmed up last night by going to the Hillary rally at Burger Center (she was great, by the way; I need to write that one up!). After much soul-searching, I had hit upon a brilliant plan for my own version of the Texas Electoral Two Step (and another Fab First!).

Step One: Around 10 a.m., Patsy Clementine and I walked over to my precinct at nearby Lanier High School. All was calm, and we signed right in and cast our vote. I do like Hillary a lot; and I don’t care what the Obama folks say, Hillary probably does have stronger experience. Plus, this is my first time EVER to vote for a woman for president. So Patsy and I cast our vote for Hillary Clinton; I did get goosebumps when I reviewed my ballot before casting and saw “U.S. President: Hillary Clinton”! One for the ladies and the future! (And that was Patsy’s first vote, but I don’t think she even noticed!)

Step Two: I managed to get some work done while waiting to return for the Precinct 161 Caucus. I arrived around 7 p.m. and joined 150 or so of my neighbors in the cafeteria. By 7:15 p.m., the numbers had swelled to close to 400, a heartening mix of races and ages, men and women. Even though everyone in Texas had known for two weeks that voting turnout was huge among Dems, the party had not planned for such huge numbers at the caucus (our usual turnout was more like 60!). It made me think of my sister Cathy, who had been immersed in the Iowa caucuses; I found myself wishing for an influx of Iowa volunteers to help us Texans figure out how to run our caucus! They’d get it done!

Our beleaguered temporary precinct chair took the stage and admitted to being overwhelmed by the turnout. She tried her best to shout out instructions on how the caucus would work, but that was tough, since she didn’t have a microphone. A few groans ran through the crowd when she announced that the county organization hadn’t sent enough sign-in sheets, so they would have to go make copies. The groans escalated when someone popped up to say copies would have to made off site, because the school library was locked. Fortunately, a woman behind me stood up and said, “I have a key!” She saved the day, bless her! Once the copying crisis was resolved, the chair called for 10 volunteers to help with sign-in; about 30 people rushed up to the stage!

By 7:37, our chair called the caucus to order and the sign-in mob started. Here’s where I launched the second prong of my cunning plan: I caucused for Barack! By 7:47 p.m., I was signed up. A few minutes later the sign-up volunteers are shouting out for more signees and it wrapped up neatly, considering the onslaught of numbers. By then, the crowd easily dropped by more than half.

The counting started at 7:55 p.m. With this being a caucus, we had to total up the number of signees and then apply a formula to calculate how to allocate the 33 delegates from Precinct 161. Unfortunately, my hopes for another 2008 first –– seeing if I could be a delegate to the National Convention –– were dashed by my own timing: The Travis County convention is March 29, but I’ll be in Illinois enjoying an upcoming Fab First (details to follow as the date approaches — I’m sworn to secrecy!). So much for Denver Delegate idea! Even so, I thought I’d stick around and see what transpired. Within minutes, our “temporary” precinct chair and secretary were elected “permanent” officers. We were then divvied up into our respective groups and chose a representative to help count.

8:10 p.m. While waiting on the final talley, I checked in on the caucus’s main competition, the UT-Nebraska basketball game at the Erwin Center. Score: UT 55 and Nebraska 52 with 7:09 left –– whoa! A few minutes later, Texas was up 58-52. Someone announced he had two Obama posters to give away and played “Hickory Dickory Dock” to get down from eight or nine to the two winners. By 8:18, oooh! The Huskers are still in it, down 2 with 2:54 left. Then it’s tied 61 all with 44 seconds to go!!! Some excitement!

8:27 p.m.: The delegate counts are announced: 20 for Barack and 13 for Hillary. And Texas pulls it out 70-66 — dang it! From there, our group chose 20 delegates and 20 alternates. And that was that.

Postscript at 9:45 p.m. Jeffrey Toobin just told Anderson Cooper on CNN, “This is a disgrace, what Texas is doing, making people who voted in the afternoon come back, wait in line … having a primary in a caucus in the same day. … Subjecting people to a system like that and allocating votes for president of the U.S. on such an insane system, I think Texas should be ashamed of itself.” I beg to differ! It allowed me to double dip and vote twice!

It’s a Most Unusual Day

cyndle-birthday-no-1-001.jpgI’m a believer in signs, and what could more auspicious than this: I’m about to celebrate my fiftieth birthday tomorrow, and not only have I been perpetually perched on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius (I like to say I’m a Capriquarian or Aquaricorn, depending on which sign seems more dominant at the moment ― translation: I go both ways!), but I’m on a cusp of another sort this weekend. Today, Saturday, is either the last day of my first half-century (in this lifetime, anyway!) or the day before my second half-century. My intention for today is to have a gentle, introspective day of contemplation and release so that I can open up to a new, broader more me ME starting tomorrow!

All signs point to a blossoming and powerful year for me, and I am more than ready. It all ties in with my intention for the year: I am allowing and available to Spirit so that I can be fully who I came here to be.

After seeing my therapist for a rejuvenating clearing session, I treated myself to lunch at Mandola’s (frequently referred to as my “other office”), and as I started writing, I had to laugh at my accidental soundtrack: “It’s a Most Unusual Day” — apropos, no?

In between bites of the hearty minestra di farro and parmesan-crusted melanzane dipped in a basil aioli, I jotted down my releases (well, I wasn’t talkin’ records, but it did end up reading like a not-so-greatest hits compilation!). Then I listed what I want to bring into my life this year while downing an entire Napoleon all by myself (hey, it’s my birthday weekend!). And as I was finishing that, a later installment of my soundtrack started up: “Love Came Just in Time”! Yeehaw! Bring it ON!

tdog-patsy-on-sofa-001.jpgList complete, I went home and cuddled with ThunderDog (left), Patsy Clementine (right), and Dini (not pictured; she was probably behind the sofa!) as I watched back-to-back Jane Austen movies, Pride and Prejudice with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier followed by the new Masterpiece Theatre version of Persuasion. A sweet ending to the first fifty, I must say!



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