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RIP Oreo

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Oreo only liked profile shots. Every time I'd try to take a pix of him straight on, he'd turn to the side. Okay, fine, we'll only do profile shots. This, obviously, was taken at a previous vet visit. He was diagnosed with kidney failure 3 weeks ago and was doing good until the past couple days and then today just, well, he just deteriorated quickly. So he's with his brothers and half-sister who previously passed, Minnow, Chocolate, and Mabuse, and his other kitty friends.

I got Oreo when Tammy and family moved to California, in 2008 I believe.

Oreo had the most beautiful eyes and was extremely mellow. I don't ever recall him getting in a tiff with the other cats about anything. He just inhibited his own little world and got along with everyone, cats and dogs.

I'm usually pretty composed when these 'not going to end well' vet visits occur, but when the tech walked out to the car with me as they were carrying the carrier and I was carrying Oreo (is there anything worse than leaving the vet with an empty carrier?) and I put him in the passenger seat (they have appropriate at home burial I can't recall what they're called biodegradable containers), and yeah, I had to sit in the car in the parking lot for a bit til I stopped crying enough to drive home.

Oreo was 14 and he seemed content with his life until recently. He left painlessly and with love. All things must pass.

RIP Minnow

Minnow passed away yesterday. He had a sudden illness and there was nothing to do except ensure he went peacefully and painlessly. Minnow is by his buddy Mortimore now. His sister Melon is definitely missing him today.

These pics are from a prior vet visit. Minnow had anxiety issues and didn't like his photo taken, even at home. When he was at the vet, he liked to be covered with a calming towel, because then he wasn't there. He was a very handsome good boy.

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What do we have here???

Oh just THREE BLIMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They brought Wingfoot Three out of the hangar this morning. No triplet flying yet. But this was still a glorious, and historic sight. There's never been 3 such model blimps together before in the USA until today! I was getting ready to leave about 9:15 and my regular hood kid started calling for me. I took her with me. We had a field trip a week or so ago, all 5 of 'em. Will post, um, sometime, cuz I gotta do a few things then hood kids are waiting for me.

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Wingfoot Two is back!!!!!!

Yesterday morning Goodyear Blimp tweeted that Wingfoot Two would be arriving home around 2:30pm. So I got there a little past 1:30pm. Lest you laugh at that, there were people already there. Wingfoot Two arrived around 2:10pm. My batteries were dying when they were landing, as you can tell. But I got them arriving, hovering over us, and flying backwards.



Quick battery change and they're attaching her to the mast. I find that interesting.



Then the pilots came over to the fence, and there were a lot of people there for them to talk to. We learned they're gonna play musical blimps, with Wingfoot Three going to California, Wingfoot Two going to Florida, and we keep Wingfoot One. We also learned the California crew were flying home [commercially] Thursday and coming back Monday and there possibly might be a THREE BLIMP FLIGHT TUESDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wingfoot Three will be brought out Monday, there will THREE BLIMPS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, yes I will go out there Monday. For the triple flight I'll go to Goodyear's Headquarters to be assured photos. They said that Goodyear was going to have a helicopter or plane taking photos of the triple flight for promotional purposes.

Wingfoot Two is the closest they've ever had a blimp to the observation area. There will be a hood kid field trip out there soon, as they want to see the blimps on the ground.

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Cherry on top of an awesome day, getting retweeted by the Goodyear Blimp! Nope, it doesn't take much!

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Yes Please!!

Yesterday Wingfoot One ssssssllllllllloooooooooowwwwwwwwwwlllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyy went over my front yard. They were low enough I could hear the propellers too! Wingfoot Two is now in Indianapolis. CLOSER!!

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BLIMPAPALOOZA!!!

One of these lights up the sky and brightens your day. The other is the sun.

Wingfoot One over the dead end of Robinette, flying quite low. And yeah, I noticed it looks like the sun is giving the finger. Probably upset cuz the blimp outshines it!

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Wingfoot 3 is still in the hanger after test flights. They might be getting their lights put on. And......WINGFOOT 2 IS ON IT'S ON WAY BACK!!!!!!!!!

THREE BLIMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THERE WILL BE THREE BLIMPS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I AM BEYOND EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wingfoot 2 is coming back for maintenance as their inflatable hangar isn't apparently doing the trick out there in California.

Fireworks in the Street...

It was still hotter than hell July 4th but eventually became tolerable later in the evening. Watched one of the hood kids learn to ride a bike, then with parental unit permission, we walked around the neighborhood to see fireworks. We could see Fairlawn's way off in the distance. Then we got to the corner of Tallmadge and Dayton. Just had my phone with me, as I didn't bother going inside to get my camera, or even put on shoes. Did make the kids put on shoes though.



We got up there and watched their show for awhile. They set off A LOT of fireworks. A cop car came alone, slowed down but didn't stop, and told them to not set off fireworks in the street and to clean up the mess in the street. The guy said "okay", the cops kept going, and they swept all the debris down the storm sewer. After the cops turned the corner, the middle of the street show continued.

Last night the kid's mom had bought them some fireworks and they asked if they could set them off in my front yard. Sure. They had their own July 5th fireworks show. Without even telling them to, they waited til they were totally cooled, then picked up all the debris and threw it away. What kind of kids do that?! THESE kids!!

Much cooler today, FINALLY!
Yesterday I was about ready to get in tub and saw on twitter that the new blimp had taken off for their maiden flight. Texted my blimp friend, who had checked yesterday and it was still in the hanger; and he rushed out there. I took a quick bath, then hit every red light, or I'd have caught it over headquarters. Instead I waited at the blimp base in Suffield for 90 minutes and yes, IT WAS WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here she comes! They didn't land, they hovered and showed off their new toy!



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Didn't snag a pix of them waving; but one of the crew was waving out the open window on the door. Door is surrounded by red. And no, not officially is it Wingfoot 3; so it doesn't say that on the gondola yet.

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It has a German registration until it passes FAA tests, as a German company made her.

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THIS is absolute total bliss for a blimpologist, hovering for over 5 minutes. I didn't record it all. Almost though.



And off she went to continue testing. Thank you for giving my little black heart some joy!!

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They can't fly around my house yet. They are restricted by FAA to between the base and basically Akron-Canton airport. They have to remain in the SE area for testing. I don't know how/why the FAA determined that flight path. Wingfoot One will be back around July 4! TWO BLIMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RIP Mortimore

Mortimore joined his family members who previously passed today. He was 14. He was buried by his friend Gypsy Boots. The day I finally got Gypsy inside after her initial freak out, he immediately went up to her, laid next to her, and started washing her head. They remained friends til her passing.

He was a very vocal, to the end, beautiful golden boy. Golden in ways more than just color.

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Just a pix...

...of my sled.

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Land of Misfit Toys Dispatches...

New neighbor reported they saw 2 grown men sit inside a refrigerator box for hours one afternoon. They were not drinking alcohol. They were just sitting in the box facing each other and talking and she found it rather disturbing. My response to this report was to burst out laughing. That didn't really help. I did stop laughing, eventually, and inform them they were in the Land of Misfit Toys and 2 grown men sitting in a refrigerator box was just par for the course around here. I really wish I had seen that!

I think I committed child abuse. Really. Though I'll blame the kids cuz they started it. For almost an hour I helped kids with addition and subtraction. I know, I feel guilty as hell. Math?! I dunno what I was thinking.

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May 4th, Kent State

Who Killed Allison? by Barry Levine, her boyfriend, in who's arms she died.



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National Puppy Day

When I went to pick a puppeh out of Poliahu's mommy's litter at the foster mom's house. Poli fell asleep in my arms, so um, yeah, she sort of picked me. I got her 3 weeks later.

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Panacea's pix online from the rescue that snagged my attention.

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What a wee little bugger Poli was!

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Pan out with Poli for the 1st time.

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Poli's probably thinking 'what IS she doing?' Pan herded her into the raspberry bushes.

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Poli looking cute.

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Now it's Poli who outruns Pan. But those little ears up in the air! Awwwwwww....

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Photographic proof that Pan IS capable of sharing a toy. A stick is a toy to a dog. Pan will rarely share a toy with Poli, and Poli is fine with that. The few moments she gets with the toy she prances around with it "I got the toy I got the toy". Then Pan takes it back.

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Gonna be a good day...

Been up since 4am and yet I think today is gonna be a good day. Hmmm....guess we'll see eh?

So Wingfoot One is here while their area in Florida recovers from Irma. They've been taking One and Two out separately, one one day, the other the next. I've had some blimp sightings in the distance--over Rte 8, but only one over my house. Until today. Once. Twice. Trifecta--which has happened only once before. And then the rarest thing of all: QUADFECTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was ready to go in for the day, heard the blimp and OH DEAR JACK LORD THEY'RE COMING OVER HERE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I uh, get a little excited about the blimp. There's something truly magical when it's going over you, your house, and neighborhood. It's awesome seeing it flying out and about elsewhere; but at home? The magic, happiness, and awesomeness is increased by at least 100%!

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When the Florida crew returns they might do a tandem flight. Last time, it wasn't announced, my blimpologist friend texted me but they didn't come over by me. If he gets a heads up this time or knows they're taking off, I'm going to go to the park across from St. Thomas to get some pix of them downtown then rush home and HOPE they come over the Land of Misfit Toys! Yes, I will send them a suggested route map!

Today was the bestest blimp spotting day EVER!!!!!!

Yes, I have lots of things to blog about, including video!, but BLIMP QUADFECTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RIP Gypsy Boots

My elusive wood nymph Gypsy Boots painlessly was set free today. I rescued her from the trailer park in '03 and she was at least 2 then. She was 100% feral. At the time I rescued her, I was recovering from surgery and watching a lot of dvds from netflix, including Groucho Marx shows. I named her after Robert Bootzin more famously known as Gypsy Boots.



I don't have many photos of her. This was the quickest one I could find. She had the most beautiful green eyes.

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Mortimore was her good friend from day one. She had other kitty friends who have passed away, but Mortimore is still here.

Being feral, it was basically impossible to handle her. It took JT & me 4 hours to get her in a carrier when I moved here and we were wearing heavy work gloves, goggles, and heavy work shirts. We got clawed badly. The last time she was handled was in '05 when we tried to give her worming medicine. She bit my thumb repeatedly, missing my flexor [sic?] tendon by a hair. I ended up getting emergency surgery on my thumb and had this for several weeks, and this went all the way to my elbow. I had 6 stitches in my thumb.

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The past few years she hung out upstairs partaking of the canned food with the others. A few weeks ago she went down to the basement and her hidey-hole. I still, obviously, took her food, which she was eating. Until the past few days. Yesterday she was making a gagging motion, not sound, just the motion, after just a bite and her tongue was hanging out. Not panting, just tongue out. Talked to a vet tech and obviously she had a mouth issue. I got her to hiss at me and I saw a mass in there. They can be quick growing.

So this morning, with Eddie on call for back up if need be, I got her in a carrier. I explained to her last night what was happening and apologized in advance for having to traumatize her in the morning but I didn't want her to essentially starve to death and what I was doing was out of love. Yeah, I know; but I talk to my cats. It took me an hour to finally get a hold of her by the scruff, I was bare handed. She tried to bite me, she successfully scratched me, but I got her in the carrier. She was calm as could be once I got her in there.

In an exam room I opened the carrier and she let me pet her! The first time in 14 years. That made me cry more. If she hadn't let me pet her at all, I wouldn't even have petted her after her passing, as I would have respected her wishes. Yes, I know; but I think you should respect someone's or some cat's wishes if possible. She wouldn't have wanted me to pet her normally. I pet her til the doctor came in, then she hid under a bench til she was sedated.

Then she was painlessly set free, my elusive wood nymph Gypsy Boots.

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Prince: One Year Later

I still just can't with Prince being gone. I don't think I could ever properly convey how his music not only influenced, comforted, educated, and encouraged me; but also fed my soul in a multitude of ways. That's the best way I can put it. No other musician, not even Bowie, had lyrics that had such a profound effect on my life. Maybe sometime I can properly put it into words. For right now, I still just can't.




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First Day of Spring...

...vintage postcard from 1912.


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Also Panacea's and Poliahu's anniversary. Got both on March 20, but Poli one year later than Pan. They shall get extra treats.

Rain is expected today and there is a 'special weather statement' that we might get soft hail [is that an oxymoron?] in the midst of thunderstorm due to cold air pockets. Um, okie doke then!

Goodbye Old Friend...

...today is the last day for the last GZ-20 blimp, Spirit of Innovation. The type of blimp you could hear approaching from about 5 miles.

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Sailing off into the sunset to the blimp hangar in the sky. For us blimpologists it's truly a sad day.

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