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Old 05-17-2005, 12:41 PM   #41
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One of the dentists at my dentists office just had to come out of retirement because he was running out of money. In his 70's.

Every time I go there he immediately works the somewhat one-sided conversation to how he owns a plane, his many exotic vacations, his big house, his expensive car.

Hey, thats great. Hope you enjoy sticking your hands in peoples mouths every day for the rest of your life to enjoy it.

Which one of us enjoys a 'higher social status'. Depends on who you ask, methinks...
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Got a call from my eye doc's office yesterday - overdue for the annual checkup. First eye doc hung it up in his forties - his office had a Sailfish covering practically one whole wall of his office. Lots of Safari International and fishing mag's in the waiting room.

I'd like to think - he is still 'out there' somewhere.
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He may have been eaten by something...
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In my wifes small home town animal control specialist was the policeman with a shotgun. No tag, no collar, lights out. He did take out an old ladies front window once by accident.
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I guess that is a practical way to deal with the issue.* What did this guy do when someone called him to get their kitty down from a tree?*
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In my wifes small home town animal control specialist was the policeman with a shotgun.
Sounds like the BTK serial killer recently arrested in Kansas. Gives new meaning to the term "animal control"...

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What did this guy do when someone called him to get their kitty down from a tree?*
That would probably require both barrels... unless the kitty stayed very, very, still!
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In my wifes small home town animal control specialist was the policeman with a shotgun. No tag, no collar, lights out. He did take out an old ladies front window once by accident.
Hmmm... sounds like a good case for a lawsuit.
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Had he shot one of my dogs, tags or no, he'd have had a different occupation shortly thereafter.

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Water meter man threatened to do in my step daughter's dog with a shovel - she countered with a loaded shotgun. When he reported her - she went down and politely explaned - Hey! This is Mississippi! Which it was then - end of argument.

My late father in Washington State threatened to come out of retirement and run for dog catcher - on the 'right to poop' ticket when pooper scoopers and leash law restriction proposals were running rampant before the city council in a certain rinky dink logging town.

Got a college degree in poly sci - after retirement - the PUD and city council were the main recipients during public hearings.

Thought it was 'a good thing to do in retirement'.
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I am a dog person, not a cat person. Our neighborhood has zillions of cats roaming around. One would hide near my bird feeders to catch the birdies. I stopped feeding birds for a while and eventually moved the feeders.

The neighbor couldn't stand all the cats pooping in his kids' sandbox. He started trapping them and bring them to the pound. Helped quite a bit I admit.

The funny thing is we have much more problems with wildlife in the city than when I was growing up in the country. Bears stealing from feeders. Cats. Skunks. Pigeons. Squirrels. Racoons. Starlings.

My DH traps squirrels in the live trap. After he traps them, he puts peanut butter on the end of the barrel of his pellet rifle. They lick the barrel and it takes only one clean shot.
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As my medically focused DW would have stated the at this point in the discourse: is the subject of this toxicity threshold experiment allergic to the operative allergins often found in peanut butter or reacting on an autonomic level to the diffusive and probable hemmoragic cranial trauma associated with sublingually administered high velocity lead exposure.

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The funny thing is we have much more problems with wildlife in the city than when I was growing up in the country. Bears stealing from feeders. Cats. Skunks. Pigeons. Squirrels. Racoons. Starlings.
We have problems with chipmunk, deer and rabbit. The Chipmunk likes to create holes in the yard. The deers and rabbits eat up the flowers. We like to use a live-trap to transport the chipmunk but not sure what to do about deers and rabits.

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We're both cat and dog people.

I've found that other wildlife do the same things that cats do, sometimes less pleasantly. Most of the 'problems' cats create are easily resolved.

In the meanwhile, our catless neighbors have rats burrowing in their hot-tub insulation, scurrying around in their attic, etc. I've never seen a live rat on our property. At my old house my neighbors had terrible problems with voles and moles wrecking their landscaping. I didnt have a vole or a mole anywhere to be seen.

Put the bird feeders where the cats cant get at them, and spray a little 'cat away' around the sandbox...or get rid of it...sandboxes are notoriously excellent homes for all sorts of unhealthy stuff.
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I thought it was revealing that, according to this survey, social status in America is determined soley by your education and job, how much you have, how much you make. Apparently we don't value good works, community involvement, your relations with your family or your neighbor or even a good haircut.

This is why I'm moving to Costa Rica.
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...not sure what to do about deers and rabits.
They make fer some good eatin'
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I thought it was revealing that, according to this survey, social status in America is determined soley by your education and job, how much you have, how much you make. Apparently we don't value good works, community involvement, your relations with your family or your neighbor or even a good haircut.
Good point. They are valued, but how do they rate them?
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Once FIRED - my social status - Free!!! - as in none of the above.
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My DH traps squirrels in the live trap. After he traps them, he puts peanut butter on the end of the barrel of his pellet rifle. They lick the barrel and it takes only one clean shot.
Martha, eeeww!! Poor little squirrel!! I mean, I'm not a vegitarian so anything I say at this point may sound hypocritical, but the little buggers are just so cute, I see bambi's friend inserted into that Gurenica painting by Picasso....
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