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Football…or so they say

It’s Fall in Morgantown and that  means Mountaineer Football! Usually this is a good, fun, exciting thing. But lately, the best part of the WVU games is The Pride of the Mountaineers. True, you never get let down by the band, but that’s not really what we bought season tickets, that’s for sure. It’s just an additional benefit.  None-the-less, Chad has been able to muster some pre-game excitement during the season since we sit with some awesome people.

So in sum, for me this football season has been mostly about:

1. Food – I like food and I LOVE me some good tailgating food.

2. Drink –  No real need for explanation here, it is WVU

3. The Pride – Yay for the band!

4. Friends

5. Football – yes, they still do play, just not so well.

Still we have had great, sunny and downright hot weather for several of the games. And that means really good pictures even if I’m just randomly holding the camera up and shooting.

Let’s GOOO Mountaineers!!! Continue Reading »

chris on October 19th 2008 in Galleries

Ferrets & Parrots and Other Rhyming Pets…

Ok, so there aren’t any other rhyming pets that fit with ferrets and parrots, sue me. I can’t be responsible for this outrageous oversight. Take it up with the taxonomy experts.

We had a guest at our house for a week, a blue front amazon parrot named Reggie. Now Reggie has lived in a house with cats and ferrets and dogs and prairie dogs and iguanas – not to mention small children. Not much phases her. Mostly she just keeps an eye out, fluffs her feathers and mutters a lot.

Arcas on the other hand FREAKS OUT when a new pile of dirty laundry shows up, so as you can imagine the appearance of a parrot nearly sent her off the deep end.

She nearly split her tiny little gourd when she realized there was an intruder in the living room.  She barreled down the steps, skid into the foyer, zipped into the living room and started randomly bouncing off the walls. For those of you who aren’t familiar with ferrets, this is a pretty standard procedure for my ferrets.  It was when she caught Reggie’s scent that she started making noises which clearly indicated her level of overstimulation was rapidly on the rise.  Pinpointing the new smell to the critter sitting on the end table, she decided that she had to get UP there. What she was able to ascertain was that to get to the intruder’s cage, she had to get ON the sofa. Easier said than done since Arcas’ vertical leap is about, oh say three inches.

Ferrets are nothing if not tenacious. Not that she had much of a plan once she got on the sofa.

   But being cute makes up for a host of sins and poor planning, which is pretty much any ferret’s saving grace. And Arcas is particularly good at this skill. She flashes that adorable little bib and cocks her head and  her oddly red eyes shine. And that’s pretty much where I mostly forget that she’s trying to make a tragically poor decision to leap three feet from my antique sofa to reach a parrot who could totally bite her little ferrety feet clean off.

In an odd flash of sane decision making (rare, ever so rare) Arcas, with some persuasion from yours truly, abandoned her plan to fling herself at the bird, heaved herself to the floor and careened under the grandfather clock. (The clock being a very favorite ferret safety spot for staging terror attacks on the unsuspecting felines.)

  What changed her mind is beyond me. No loud noises. No sudden moves by the bird, who just kept looking at Arcas and muttering. It takes a lot to knock Reggie out of her common study. At any rate,  I seriously doubt Arcas had a sudden realization that her plan – if indeed she had one – was not going to end well. Ferrets have no concept of consequences as far as I can tell and I’ve had years of experience sharing my house with them. Ultimately, I suspect that her tiny little ferret brain was suddenly distracted by a stray thought. Like how awesome some good Scottish Beer would taste. Continue Reading »

chris on October 16th 2008 in Animals

Friends with Weapons

It’s nice to have friends who have fun hobbies. And it’s even nicer when those friends share the wealth. Ah, it was a nice and happy warm (ok, Hot…it was HOT) September Sunday when we met up with Keith and headed out to the Pedlar WMA shooting range. The official purpose of course was to improve my aim and actually try to hit the target with my ACP.

But who am I to turn down a chance to improve my aim with the AR-15 as well? Really, it’s all about expanding my horizons and improving my aim on different types of guns. It’s a matter of practicality you know. Plus I like the very satisfying “whump” from this particular gun. It’s fun…”whump, whump, whump” and I totally dig shooting at the plastic bottles, which I seem to be able to hit much better than an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. Go figure.

Of course Chad took the opportunity to show me up, as usual. I think perhaps he has special shooting contacts that he wears because I swear I can’t even tell if I am hitting the target. Unless I dig out the binoculars which I constantly forget to take with us.  

But that’s ok, because eventually Mr. Smartypants had a little bit of an issue with the AR-15 as you can see. It makes it rather difficult to actually aim, let alone shoot when it’s sort of….well…bent in half. The good news was that our friend Keith is used to us making things cease to work and came prepared. At least I can take some satisfaction in knowing it wasn’t me this time around. Yay for small miracles.

For more pictures of us looking like looneys, click away…. Continue Reading »

chris on October 16th 2008 in Galleries