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    One of my favorite sports teams, which held that title for its focus on environmental concerns, just switched primary sponsors to one of the companies with the worst pollution record in the UK.

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    Shopping for health insurance. We need to figure out an 18-month plan/method/scheme that gets us over the finish line to Medicare without breaking the bank. And I know we're in better shape than many, but still...

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    Partially knowing how to do something. Sometimes it would be better not to know how to do it.
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    The housing market in central Maryland has gone insane. A house outside Baltimore that we are interested in went on the market Saturday. They now have seven offers above asking price, with three waiving requirement for appraisal.


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    Apparently my pickup wants to kill me. Except it's a 2005 instead of '06 so I get to take my chances driving it 50 miles and waste a day getting it fixed. Again, because they already replaced the airbags a year ago but the replacements aren't any good either.
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    There's a quick but nasty stomach bug that hit our family this week. It doesn't seem to be food poisoning, but Irene threw up repeatedly on Sunday. Yesterday, I woke up with it--and Simon threw up on his bus and spent the evening sick while I was still not feeling well. And then I couldn't get to sleep last night until considerably after I wanted to because my back hurt so much. And of course now, I have all the laundry and dishes to do that I felt too sick to do yesterday.
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    Traffic dodging trying to get of a car on a busy highway or trying pull ahead by few hundred meters and trying cross the highway at times.
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    I came to a rather horrifying realization this morning.

    I'm beginning to experience symptoms of rigid paralysis again. But now I'm not taking anything that might cause it.

    Going to call my doctor tomorrow...maybe get really drunk tonight too.
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    That the fiddle head crop might be compromised because of the flooding we having.
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    My babysitter was half an hour late yesterday--for the time he'd set himself to arrive, which was exactly when I told him my appointment started. I'd been thrilled to manage to get an appointment two days after I asked for one. The next available appointment is on the sixth of June.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    My babysitter was half an hour late yesterday--for the time he'd set himself to arrive, which was exactly when I told him my appointment started. I'd been thrilled to manage to get an appointment two days after I asked for one. The next available appointment is on the sixth of June.
    Did he offer any explanation? Is he aware that this performance affected not only you, but the place you were going to possibly lost revenue?

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    His bus was twenty-five minutes late (he lives in the next county) and had declined a ride that would've gotten him into town about two hours early because the bus would be fine.
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    His choice seems reasonable to me, if a delay like that is unusual. That's just disappointing all around.

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    For years we've enjoyed driving past the bison in a farm field near us. Yesterday we learned that they've been neglected, are in poor health, and the owner has been arrested for animal cruelty. That makes me very sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    For years we've enjoyed driving past the bison in a farm field near us. Yesterday we learned that they've been neglected, are in poor health, and the owner has been arrested for animal cruelty. That makes me very sad.
    Especially sad, as that beast is such a symbol of the North American frontier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    Especially sad, as that beast is such a symbol of the North American frontier!
    They’re our national mammal! (And the reason Tauros was North America’s initial exclusive in Pokémon Go.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    They’re our national mammal!
    When was that decision made? Presumably some time after 1880.

    But at least you have a real national mammal, albeit one you almost drove to extinction. The national mammal of Scotland is mythical, which says something deep about the Scottish psyche, I think. (Or maybe we just killed our last unicorn a few centuries before we killed our last wolf!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    When was that decision made? Presumably some time after 1880.
    Just over two years ago by way of the National Bison Legacy Act, signed into law on May 9th, 2016.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    For years we've enjoyed driving past the bison in a farm field near us. Yesterday we learned that they've been neglected, are in poor health, and the owner has been arrested for animal cruelty. That makes me very sad.
    Here's a story on KOMO TV about them. I feel bad for both the animals and the owner. He got to a point where he couldn't afford them any more but apparently couldn't let go. He needed to ask for help.

    And in other unhappy area news, there appears to have been a fatality on the Hood Canal Bridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    For years we've enjoyed driving past the bison in a farm field near us. Yesterday we learned that they've been neglected, are in poor health, and the owner has been arrested for animal cruelty. That makes me very sad.
    This reminds me of the case of that thoroughbred breeder who raised mighty Swaps among others on his ranch in California. A couple of decades later he had fallen on hard times, and Swaps's mother was found dead of starvation, while many other horses were malnourished and facing the same fate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    Just over two years ago by way of the National Bison Legacy Act, signed into law on May 9th, 2016.
    Yes, it was in the news quite a bit. (Or at least it seemed that way to me because I like bison.)

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    That is a sad story.

    I always thought it kind of odd that it was in Kentucky when I first saw a bison. But we have a herd of wood bison in the northern part of the province near the border with the Yukon Territory, and I've seen them there in each of the last two years. I understand that they prefer to hang out along the highway, so that few travellers miss seeing them. I guess the grazing in the right of way is really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    For years we've enjoyed driving past the bison in a farm field near us. Yesterday we learned that they've been neglected, are in poor health, and the owner has been arrested for animal cruelty. That makes me very sad.
    Don't forget that most people (like you) do care. Enough that laws and welfare groups are created. The arrest may be too late for some, but will prevent further harm.
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    Well, it turned out to be pharmacological after all. An allergy medication.

    And I was touched about the concern my neuro-team displayed. I've been on their panel for almost fifteen years. I found out there seems to be a general consensus among my doctors that I'm quite likely to develop some form of Parkinsonism, due to all the times I've been hit, kicked and dropped on my head. (Just not yet. )

    And a specialist told me in better detail why my balance and coordination are slightly off. That medication I took some three years ago that induced rigid paralysis in me the first time was selectively toxic to an area of the midbrain called the red nucleus. It helps coordinate rhythm between the left and right sides of the body, among other things. (Wiki says in humans and other primates it's almost vestigial. Yeah, vestigial unless it breaks!)

    "I'm amazed at how well you've recovered so far!"

    Sounds pretty encouraging unless...

    It's in reply to the question "Will I get all my stuff back?"

    (I'm guessing that's doctorese for "No!")

    So now I have to be careful about what I take or it overwhelms my balance and motion compensators.

    That is all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    That is all.
    Good news, in a modified kind of way.
    You've regaled us with so many stories of personal head injury that my first thought on reading your previous post was I hope that's not Parkinson's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    For years we've enjoyed driving past the bison in a farm field near us. Yesterday we learned that they've been neglected, are in poor health, and the owner has been arrested for animal cruelty. That makes me very sad.
    I guessed it right even before I clicked the link.

    This was something I noticed more than ten years ago while watching Animal Planet daytime TV and all their various animal rescue programs. And finally had to stop when nobody seemed to notice it.

    Someone runs a farm their whole life and then guess what?

    They get old.

    Treb's bison farmer was arrested at the age of 72.

    I had to quit keeping aquaria before I turned 55 and I dearly loved the hobby. This is not a criminal issue as much as it's a social problem. If that farmer had relatives visiting, which he obviously didn't, this probably wouldn't have been necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    I guessed it right even before I clicked the link.

    This was something I noticed more than ten years ago while watching Animal Planet daytime TV and all their various animal rescue programs. And finally had to stop when nobody seemed to notice it.

    Someone runs a farm their whole life and then guess what?

    They get old.

    Treb's bison farmer was arrested at the age of 72.

    I had to quit keeping aquaria before I turned 55 and I dearly loved the hobby. This is not a criminal issue as much as it's a social problem. If that farmer had relatives visiting, which he obviously didn't, this probably wouldn't have been necessary.
    He's only a couple years older than me, but I'm not trying to maintain massive animals in a tiny field. What's really sad is that if he had simply asked for help, it would have been available, from the same people who are now caring for the animals. There are half a dozen cattle in the same field, I wonder how they are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    He's only a couple years older than me, but I'm not trying to maintain massive animals in a tiny field. What's really sad is that if he had simply asked for help, it would have been available, from the same people who are now caring for the animals. There are half a dozen cattle in the same field, I wonder how they are.
    Yeah, but what meds is he taking? There is a lot of crap they give old people that will nearly de-cerebriate a person. I've had a dozen or so myself.
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    That was not hyperbole BTW, but a modest underestimation.
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    My mom is 74, and while I wouldn't trust her to keep bison, she's also not on that many meds. Some old people aren't.
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