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8th Annual RUN FOR IKE 5K

March 31st, 2018
    This morning, Saturday March 31st, Tessa and I limited our regular morning walk to 3.5 miles. The reason was to allow time for us to participate in the 8th Annual RUN FOR IKE 5K event starting at 8am. It’s a fundraiser for the PSPD (Palm Springs Police Department) K-9 unit. She and I were registered as #397.

    We were among the 600+ runners, joggers, walkers, baby buggies and dogs that participated in the 5k (about 3.1 miles) event. Afterwards the local Lions Club provided free pancake breakfasts together with sausage, orange juice, apple juice and water. When we reached the finish line I received a RUN FOR IKE 5k Finisher medal and Tessa received a bag of doggy treats. While eating my pancake breakfast (sadly, no coffee) Tessa sampled the treats.

    Afterwards we spent time taking photos. Tessa posed for photos with CHP Officer “Chipper”, PSPD Chief Brian Reyes, sitting before the Starting Line, the Finish Line and the 3 Mile Marker.

    The event started on the Police Department headquarters grounds populated by a number of information booths. In addition to three PSPD booths (Meet the Chief, COPS-Citizens on Patrol, Search & Rescue, SWAT display) there were booths setup by Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, California Highway Patrol, Desert Water Agency, PET Companion magazine and others.

    We were finished and back home before 10am. According to my Fitbit wristband it credited us with 16,634 steps and 8.25 miles for the combined morning walk and K-9 run/walk event. Tessa, of course, walked more than 16,634 steps.

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March 31, 2018
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Palm Springs Breaking Dawn Views

March 22nd, 2018

This morning when Tessa and I started our walk there with dark clouds overhead with a stray bolt of lightning and sprinkles of rain. Within a quarter hour the rain sprinkles had stopped and the clouds started thinning. We entered the Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort grounds just as dawn began to break. We saw light in the east that appeared almost fire like. The light show lasted for less than a quarter hour but it was quite spectacular. In the west we saw a half rainbow on the southeast side of Mount San Jacinto. Later we encountered the resident road runner bird and he allowed us to take a number of photos. Near the end of our walk Tessa and I posed for selfies.

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March 22, 2018
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Tessa Needs More Toys

December 28th, 2017

On Christmas Eve one of Tessa’s admirers stopped by with gifts for her including some treats, a festive Crown for her head, and a new Panda Bear toy. She loves it all and the Panda Bear is already on its way to decapitation or other evidence of chew satisfaction.

Yesterday when Tessa and I returned from the evening walk, in our entryway we found a large “Peanuts” stocking filled with eight toys. The contents, balls, ropes, and plush figures have been added to her toy collection. There was no card from her admirer so we don’t know for certain who left Tessa the “Peanuts” stocking of toys.

Tessa’s toy collection fills two baskets plus another half dozen scattered around “our” bedroom and more outside on the patio. Surveying the entire collection could give the impression she has cornered the market on toys. Does she need more? After all, she just turned two years of age. At this rate of toy acquisition, we may have to rent a storage facility somewhere to hold her treasures.

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December 28, 2017
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Shoes With Lifetime Warranties

September 19th, 2017

          Why do shoes wear out? So many products come with lifetime warranties, why don’t they produce shoes that carry lifetime warranties? Surely this is a subject that needs the attention of a Congressional Committee. No shoe manufacturer appears to be offering products with lifetime warranties. Should we assume shoe manufacturer collusion is the reason? After all, shoe products aren’t cheap, and these businesses make lots of money from shoe replacements.

          My favorite pair of New Balance walking shoes is showing signs of wear. In fact, they may not last through the upcoming winter season. I can’t understand why they appear to be falling apart. I’m certain they’re less than five years old and don’t believe I’ve put more than 1,500-2,000 miles on them in each year. Why are they showing signs of age?

          There’s more than two dozen pairs of boots and shoes in my closet. And I wear some of them. But my daily walking shoes, the ones I start out wearing each morning, are my white New Balance walking shoes. At least they were white when new. This is not a the way I had planned on spending my Golden Years. Breaking in another pair of decent walking shoes is not only a painful prospect, it’ll hurt the checkbook, as well. I’ll bet such problems were never faced in years past when civilized society included cobblers who repaired shoes.

          Look at the photos. These shoes should have lasted another five years. Why are they falling apart? Our nation needs a citizen shoe lobby to force Congress to fix this problem. Where is the leadership we so desperately need to organize and lead this cause?

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September 19, 2017
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Tessa & Green Snake

March 31st, 2016

          Contessa Le Rouge,  “Tessa”, was four months old on Monday, March 28th. She’s growing quite fast. Two months ago she weighed about 3 lbs – today she’s up to 5.6 lbs. I had originally thought her maximum weight would be around 6 lbs – but now am beginning to suspect it’ll be more like 7 lbs.

          Last Friday we visited Dr. Cutler at the VCA Desert Animal Hospital for a regular checkup. She also received her final puppy vaccinations and is now able to safely mingle with other animals. She’s since played with a neighbor doggy and had a great time.

          Tessa continues to show needs related to puppy teething and chews on practically anything. So far I’ve lost one radio speaker cable, one Internet cable and barely caught her in time to save an electric lamp cord. Have since moved all cables and cords away from her reach.
 
          She’s a joy to watch bounding around the residence, learning to make noises, fighting the doggy in the mirror and playing with puppy toys. She’s particularly fond of a 4 ft long green snake toy that she wrestles, drags around and chews. It’s many times her size but that doesn’t deter her from pulling it from room to room. Photos below show her wrestling with the snake.

          We now do morning walks which Tessa seems to enjoy and particularly so when we encounter anyone (person or animal) during those outings. She’s very, very social and tries to greet everyone within sight. She’s also the most energetic bundle of activity that appears to currently exist in our neighborhood.

Tessa Wrestles Green Snake

                 Tessa Wrestles Green Snake 

Tessa Wrestles Green Snake

            Tessa Wrestles Green Snake

Tessa Wrestles Green Snake

          Tessa Wrestles Green Snake

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