you can call me dogmouth if that's easier
@frigwiggin you're not the only one. I've been known to dig my fingers into my palms to the point where they bleed in order to keep from yelling at people who feel the need to cast aspersions on other people's plates.
Blue Sweater: you need to support that puppy's bottom or he's gonna fall out of your arms!
@j-i-a I don't understand this. You wish you would have come of age during the most destructive war to date? Do you have a death wish?
I'm sure it has more to do with zoot suits or swing music or vargas girls, but MAN.
@squid v. whale @adorable-eggplant Thanks. This was about 5 years ago, and I've moved on. I just tell this story because it was horrible that these things happened, and I think it goes to show how common bicycle accidents are. In Tucson, they have "ghost bike" memorials for car/bike accidents. They are all over the University area and downtown. I always wondered about how many of them were wearing a helmet.
Really, it's just frustrating that both of these people (and so many others) died for lack of a simple, preventative measure.
@jazzloon Mr. Delperro and I have been re-training his adult cats not to destroy the furniture. Therefore allow me to give you some advice: you have to make the things you want not to be scratched unappealing, and put appealing things to scratch around these things.
We got a new sofa this spring, after our cats had thoroughly shredded the old one. This is how we have (so far) stopped our cats from destroying it:
we put clear thin pvc on the corners of the arms, covered it in no-scratch spray and then put out cardboard cat beds which we covered in
So, with your curtains, I would ask: what do they cats like about them? Do the cats bat the curtains when flutter in the wind? Try weighting the curtains down. Do the cats try to climb them? Tell your roommate he/she needs to invest in a cat condo so that the cats have a safe place to climb (I would say do it yourself, but they can get spendy, and I wouldn't want to drop that kind of money on someone else's pet). Do they just need something to scratch? Use my system from above. Good luck!
@Judith Slutler when I left last year, adults in Münster were starting to wear them. Be part of the Safety vanguard!
(Despite the beautiful bike lanes, and the ADAC-enforced cycling school that all primary school kids go through in Germany, AND the constant traffic tickets for bike riders, people die upsettingly frequently in bike-car crashes in Germany as well. I know this because one of my cousins works for ADAC, and I got a lecture about it)
@Susanna This sort of thing happens all the time. For example, both of these things happened in Tucson, AZ:
The husband of a friend of mine was hit by a car making a right turn two blocks from their house. He never woke up, and died a few days later. He was just going to the convenience store across the street, and was on a quiet, residential street in the middle of the day.
According to the ICU people (who saw this often) had he been wearing a helmet, he would have had a mild concussion.
Three days before that, another acquaintance of mine was drunk and biking home, and biked directly into a concrete barrier in the middle of the street. Took a tumble that cracked his skull and killed him. Again, according to the EMTs, a helmet would have saved his life.
Neither of these people knew each other.
Anyway, the day after my friend's husband was hit is the day I started wearing a bike helmet.
@fondue with cheddar thanks for the tip, you just made my day!
@supernintendochalmers that awkward moment when you're petting your cat, and he starts horking, and you're not sure if he's got the hiccups or if he's about to puke/hairball all over you? That just happened. Luckily, it was just hiccups, but I jumped about 10 feet off the couch and startled the crap out of him.