the greatest texan in the whole universe!
photo courtesy cp
i met andrea through flickr about a year and a half ago. i was thoroughly impressed by her entire photostream. she is constantly experimenting with cameras and films. and the results never fail to inspire me.
i got to meet andrea in person about a year ago. i'm glad to report we're still friends. good friends, even. because i can complain just about anything to her and she would dutifully listen, even when the complaint is about her. it's true. anyway, andrea always responds fairly, offering perspectives that i hadn't considered before. and she never once made me feel stupid for it.
nature had a show on big cats last night. the segment on lions made me think of waffles, especially the close ups on the females. if they didn't have so much blood on their faces and if they stuck their tongues out by a yard, they'd look just like waffles. i swear!
it's funny how i met g. her brother and jg worked at the same office for years. the guy was a bit of a jerk so when he suggested that i meet his sister, i absolutely refused. he had to trick me into meeting her.
i've never been so pleased to be snookered. g turned out to be just as lovely as can be. and she never turns down an opportunity to travel. doesn't matter if it's to the next town, state, or continent. as we speak, she's getting ready for a seven week trip to australia. she is a high roller that way.
i woke up this morning all upset. i had dreamt that the lens was stolen from my camera. i didn't even notice it until i held up the camera to take a picture of a bird that had landed on a cat outside my window. my mom opened a cupboard packed with lenses stacked upright. she told me i could have any of them i like. i declined, saying over and over how i just want my lens back. "plus, your lenses are all dusty!"
jg told me that his colleague's dog, an akita, bit someone in the face yesterday. even though the details are unclear, the news made me incredibly sad.
waffles is a dog who forgets she's a dog. she rarely ever barks and she avoids other dogs like she just couldn't be bothered. except this one time when she nearly ate another dog. it happened on our daily walk.
we were moving along on the sidewalk when an unwatched dog approached us from a parking lot. he passed us and everything was fine until he rounded back and tried to pee on waffles' tail. waffles instantly spat out her tennis ball and jumped on the other dog. they started fighting right in front of me. he was the size of waffles but he fought very poorly. i was rather relieved when he managed to shake loose and ran off. but then, as if to prove some beastly law of the jungle, waffles ran after him, baring her teeth and growling and barking, totally out of character. i chased after her through the parking lot screaming, "no waffles! no no no! waffles no!"
the other dog ran inside an unlit warehouse and waffles actually had the wit to stop at the entrance. the entire drama occurred in less than a minute but it scared me like you wouldn't believe. when i finally caught up to waffles, she instantly transformed back to the smiley dog, tongue and all. she wagged her tail and looked up at me with that you-must-be-so-proud-of-me face, as if i should pat her on the head and give her a treat for what she just did.
i walked waffles all the way back to the office by the collar. i was totally shaken, even crying. i couldn't help thinking about what would have happened if she caught up with the other dog. the whole incident really terrified me.
i just can't imagine what it's like to know that your dog bit a person.
that's a short clip taken by jg during his sunday mountain biking trip. it's of beeze crossing a puddle while his buddies cheered him on. ray's advice is pretty loud and clear. but see if you can hear what dylan had to say.
the next couple of days will be very stressful for me. i thought i'd post pictures of good times to keep me sane. anyway, isn't that a funny picture of me and waffles? i don't know why i always look so stiff i whenever i pose with her. doesn't it look like we've been photoshopped together?
well, here's proof otherwise.
that's how waffles hands me the ball when we play fetch. right after this picture was taken, i believe she told me that i throw like a girl.