Thursday, December 28, 2006

Jack William Crawford

Born 12/28/06 7.21pm 9lb 5oz 21" long (head was 15" around). He's darn cute.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Happy Timm

Granite took control over all the xmas toys. After a day of her desctuction Timm finally got to enjoy one squeaky toy for a few minutes.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Goodbye Godfather of Soul

He was 73 & say it loud.. he was black & proud and a sex machine

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Fighting For Oakland

For the record - I STILL BELIEVE!

This is a true story copied from the blog of my friend Chicken & Waffles (click on the link for the full story)

I believed in Santa Claus until I was 12 years old. It seems incredible now, but yes, I admit it. My parents were so accomplished in perpetuating a myth in such elaborate fashion that my brother and I were outright believers, even when we were on the threshold of adolescence."

RIP Yogi, Fred & Wilma, Scooby, Top Cat... Yogi Bear Creator Joe Barbera Dies At 95

Thursday, December 14, 2006

IN-N-OUT Burger

In addition to the
Not So Secret Menu Items for IN-N-OUT Burger if you ask the counter employee for a map you'll get a wallet sized fol-up of all the In-N-Outs so you'll never be lost again!

Next time you're at In-N-Out (i.e. tomorrow . . . or maybe tonight), order a bag of these off-the-menu specials - they will appear on the receipt by name too!:

"3-by-3" = three meat patties and three slices of cheese.

"4-by-4" = four meat patties and four slices of cheese.

"2-by-4" = two meat patties and four slices of cheese.

*Note: You can get a burger with as many meat patties or cheese slices as you want. Just tell the In-N-Out Burger cashier how many meat patties and how much cheese you want and that is what you'll get! For instance, if you want 6 pieces of meat and 10 pieces of cheese tell them you want a "6-by-10."

"Double Meat" = like a Double Double without cheese.

"3 by Meat" = three meat patties and no cheese.

"Animal Style" = the meat is cooked and fried with mustard and then pickles are added, extra spread and grilled onions are added.

"Animal Style Fries" = fries with cheese, spread, grilled onions and pickles (if you ask for them).

"Protein Style" = for all you low-carbohydrate dieters, this is a burger with no bun (wrapped in lettuce).

"Flying Dutchman" = two meat patties, two slices of melted cheese and nothing else - not even a bun!

Fries "Well-Done" = extra crispy fries . . . even better than the regular!

Fries "Light" = opposite of fries well-done, more raw than most people like 'em

"Grilled Cheese" = no meat, just melted cheese, tomato, lettuce and spread on a bun.

"Veggie Burger" = burger without the patty or cheese. Sometimes we call this the "Wish Burger."

"Neapolitan" Shake = strawberry, vanilla and chocolate blended together.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Christmas Ideas

Welcome to the Oakland Zoo
What a great idea for giving the gift to that someone who has everything - support your local zoo!
Give the gift for ANIMAL ENRICHMENT

Enrichment is a term that describes a vast array of activities provided for captive wildlife. These activities can stimulate natural behaviors, such as scent marking, aggressive posturing, vocalizations or play behavior. Enrichment activities increase natural behavior and improve quality of life.

Enrichment activities can be a number of things. From spraying perfume on logs to get lions to scratch, rub or scent mark, to highly complex, computer run, random, mechanical food dispensers that simulate hunting. Some animals are offered live fish to catch in pools, others receive “puzzle feeders” to lengthen the time they spend feeding. Many activities are put on a schedule, and rotated to retain their novelty. This keeps the game fun. Other activities just need to be time consuming, and give the animal work or purpose.

Variety is the key to providing satisfying activities. Introducing new scents, objects, sounds and tastes keep the animals stimulated, and interested in their environment. This not only creates a healthier animal, but provides our zoo guests with a more educational experience. Enrichment can provide the opportunity to watch giraffe use it’s 18-inch, prehensile( grabbing) tongue to obtain food from a puzzle feeder, and you will have observed how a giraffe browses in Africa!

How do we come up with activity ideas? This is where knowing the animals is important. The keepers are often the ones to create new plans, based on both the natural history of the species, and
knowing the individual animals themselves. You would not want to offer branches on ropes if an antelope will eat the rope- this could make them sick. Or, chimpanzees may like popsicles made with fruit and juice, but for a lion, you better make a BLOOD-sicle! Creativity and animal experience are a necessary combination for generating new enrichment activities.

Things you may already have around the house:
Tennis balls
Large nuts in the shell
Cardboard baby books
Plastic garden toys (flamingoes)
Telephone books

Things that can be purchased at most pet stores:
Manufactured parrot toys
Jolly balls
Large catnip cat toys
Any horse toy

For more information contact Margaret Rousser at

Monday, December 04, 2006

Roman Catholic Priest Calendar 2007

Click here to order your Calendario Romano 2007 - Roman Priest Calendar 2007
Talk about a nice icon! Is this the Catholic church's new evangelism tool?
Here's a sample: