January 14th, 2008

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While I'm sitting here moping about the Paris To Dakkar Rally being canceled, check out this picture from the around-the-world New York to Paris race from 1908. Then check out the course under the picture. Then remember, this was before highways existed. So a good portion of the race was off road. And the cars were all open cockpit, so across the ice, through the rain, in the snow, and under the blazing sun. You often raced armed to fend of bandits and wildlife. Fording rivers was not uncommon. And you had to be your own mechanic, often improvising repairs. This is back when racers really kicked ass.

http://www.shorpy.com/node/2408?size=_original

I wish races were still like that. Maybe someday they will restart the panamerica race.
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I get paid Friday, so the Lilly based to-do list is...

  • I need to get her an orthopedic dog bed. There is nothing wrong with her joints, but her breed commonly develops hip displacement, and I'm hoping a good bed will help postpone or prevent that. From what I've seen, after shipping and taxes, this should be about $200.
  • Get her over to the vet. She is in good health, but I think it would be good to meet the local vet and have them know a good baseline health for her. I have no idea what this will cost.
  • Find a do-it-yourself dog cleaning place near the house and give her a good bath without clogging my own bath-tub drain.
  • A lap mat. As she likes to rest her head on my lap when we go out for a drive, and that result with me being coated with drool from my knee to my chest, I'd like a mat that is ideally topped with some soft material and Gortex on the bottom. It would be nice for in the house when she rests her head on my lap as well.
  • See if I can find a String Cheese or Phish themed collar that's large enough for her. (All I'm finding are Grateful Dead Dancing Bear collars.)
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We share a room (separate cages) with "Pirate: The Burning Sea"'s servers in our new data center. They have a huge pirate flag in their cage. While I'm a pirate at heart, if I didn't think my job would be at risk, I would totally replace their flag while a ninja flag (if such a thing exists) and a note claiming "Ninjas rule. Pirates drool."