Archive for November, 2008

The kittens are alright

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For two reasons: 1) More kitties get adopted during the holiday season, and 2) Great folks like the volunteers at RescueCats, Inc. are there to rescue the homeless cats in the community. I had the opportunity to volunteer there this afternoon, and have a feeling I may be going back in a few weeks for a companion when I finally have my own place ūüôā

Talking with the volunteers at RescueCats was an eye-opening experience. Although many times humane societies and dog rescue agencies have a surplus of volunteers, cat rescues have a harder time recruiting and keeping volunteers and¬†soliciting donations. Cat lovers: it’s time to step it up! I can tell you right now that cleaning out the cages wasn’t all that bad.

RescueCats volunteers also stressed the need¬†for¬†stricter statewide spay and neuter requirements. A female cat reaches sexual maturity as early as 6 months of age and give birth to several litters during her lifetime; males, well, you know. If you need even¬†more reasons to spay/ neuter your pet, click here. RescueCats has current photos of all their adorable kitties up for adoption, so if you’re thinking about bringing one home this holiday season, be sure to check out the link above.

The service project was part of the Companion Animal Care class I’m taking as an elective. It’s been very interesting, and I’ll be a little sad when it’s over. Here are some of the interesting tidbits I’ve learned this semester:

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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UGA vs. Auburn: a house divided

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This past¬†Saturday, I was able to experience something I’ve been waiting for the whole time I’ve been in college: an Auburn/ GA football game with my dad, an Auburn graduate. My family finally¬†made the journey to his old stomping ground, where¬†my¬†dad¬†enjoyed reminiscing about the toilet paper tree, eating at Guthries, his old college apartment and, of course, how much he can’t stand¬†Georgia fans (no offense taken, old man).

My mom enjoyed cheering for BOTH teams (well, whatever team was losing at the time). Robby, who wore red just so I wouldn’t be the only one, enjoyed the funnel cake, popcorn, Dip-n-Dots and pretzels from the concession stand. And I enjoyed viewing the game from row 13 of the Auburn alumni section. Who knew they actually sit down for some of the game in the alumni section!?

Now I know the Bulldogs were “supposed” to murder Auburn rather than play barely well enough to win, but I have to say it was¬†much more exciting¬†than watching a runaway game. I was pleasantly suprised at how pleasant the Auburn fans were – they were even good sports about it¬†after they lost. In fact, UGA fans¬†could definitely take some tips from them (there’s a reason for our bad reputation).

Maybe next year I can drag pops up to Athens for the game. Then he can listen to my stories about “back in the day, when I was in college…” Weird.

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my two cents

Opinionated as I can be, I’ve done a pretty good job¬† of keeping my mouth shut about this whole election business for the past few months, at least in public and online (unlike some people on Facebook, who’ve suddenly reverted back to the McCarthy era…) Truthfully, I was never crazy about either candidate and don’t feel the need to elaborate now who I sided with and why. But there were a few things about this campaign, and the media’s handling of it, that were extremely troubling to me. Here are a few:

  • Throughout their campaigns, BOTH candidates remained focused on society’s “victims” in their speeches. Whether it was “victims” of the economy and mortgage crisis or “victims” of our health care system, it was always victims! If either Obama or McCain spoke of a¬†single¬†successful man or woman who beat the odds, rose to the top and, say, started a business and created jobs, I didn’t see it. The more our leaders keep speaking of the American people as victims, the more people are going to believe it. Obviously, that’s not the type of attitude this country needs right now.
  • When¬†are the media and its audiences going to realize that polls don’t mean squat? Especially months and months before the election, when they first started bombarding us with their nonsense predictions. I saw a lot more media coverage on who’s trailing who than what the actual issues were, and that’s a big¬†problem.
  • I know they have freedom of speech rights too, but for ethical reasons,¬†the¬†vast majority of¬†celebrities should just keep their mouths shut. Period. I don’t even want to know how many teens’ votes were influenced by some random pop/rap/ “reality”¬†star who got on MTV, YouTube or MySpace¬†and went on a power trip just because they felt like it. I’m willing to bet¬†that most¬†of them have never read an economics or political science book. Or any book.

All in all, I feel privileged to¬†have witnessed such a historic milestone. Let’s pray that the good kind of change is coming soon.

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