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endtimes square

Sometimes I think I'll never be a "real New Yorker" because I actually kinda like Times Square. It seems that more often than not, simply mentioning the words "Times Square" to a New Yorker will elicit responses of "Dear god, why?" (a coworker actually said that to me once) and a disdain normally reserved for Hoboken, L.A., and the Red Sox. Read more [...]
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animals & pets

the sadness of pets

My entire life, I've been surrounded by animals. When my parents took me home from the hospital thirty-five years ago, there was already a happy German Shepherd pup waiting for me. When we first moved to the Philippines we stayed with my grandparents, who had on their very large property (among other things) twenty dogs, twenty cats, a pen of geese, a coop of doves, turtles, a parrot, and three macaque monkeys. Yes, monkeys. Other kids my age were lucky if their parents let them have a goldfish. I got to hang out with monkeys. Read more [...]
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animals & pets

the vet

Over the weekend I noticed an odd growth on JD's underside, so I took him and Turk to the vet this morning to get it checked out. Four hundred bucks later, the [supposedly benign] tumor was successfully removed. It's a funny, the lengths to which we'll go (and pay) for the animals we designate as "ours." They're spending the night at the vet's recovering, though I'm not too sure how happy they are about that. This was their first trip to a vet in the year that I've owned them, and I don't think Read more [...]