Today I had lunch with an old friend I hadn't seen in five years. Which was really wonderful, and made me realize how sorry I am that he moved away. I mean, I suppose he has a right to, you know, have his own life and all. But still! Things would be so much nicer if he had just stayed here where we could have nice talks like that any time we wanted. I don't make new friends all that easily, so it's always a real blow when a good friend moves away. I still don't think I've recovered from another friend moving to Texas two years ago. I keep wanting to call her about a new movie and then remembering that I can't, she's in Austin.
Anyway, my friend mentioned that he had read my web site to catch up on my life. Which reminded me that I hadn't written here in almost a week.
So what's up. First of all, I finally got through to the vet. She said that the really bad reaction to Rimadyl is rarer than I had thought. Still, she understood why I would be concerned. And she agreed wholeheartedly that I should not give it to Thirteen every day, but only when she needs it. She suggested I treat it like an older human would treat aspirin -- take it only on stiff days. I really like this vet.
Thirteen seems to be doing OK. We are walking almost every day. I haven't noticed her limping at all, although she does slow down after a particular long walk. On Saturday we went to the Eno park and I'm afraid we overdid it. Thirteen loves the water so I walked them all the way down to the river. Unfortunately the riverbed is down pretty low. Which meant we had to walk up a steep hill to get back to the car. Poor Thirteen was so wiped out. I actually thought about carrying her up the hill. Decided against it for 3 reasons:
1. she weighs 55 pounds, I can barely carry her to the bathtub;
2. she's a nervous dog and being lifted freaks her out;
3. she had been wading in the muck at the edge of the river and she was disgusting.
I had my first 5-8 am show this past Saturday at the radio station. I'm really going to miss getting phone calls and requests, but at least the people on before and after me are nice. Being up that early wasn't that bad, mostly because I could lie around all day doing nothing. I tried to take a nap after getting back from our walk in the park. In fact I did doze off on the couch, but waking up enough to turn off the TV and get a blanket woke me up too much, so I wasn't able to get back to sleep. I should have just left the TV on and let myself fall asleep.
We actually went out to parties on Saturday and Sunday nights, which is really rare for us. Sunday afternoon we bought a new VCR so we could tape the Sopranos season premiere. The old VCR had been broken since we got the DVD player, but it never seemed that important because, well, we had a DVD player now.
So anyway, we got a new VCR -- really cheap by the way, I guess no one wants VCRs anymore -- and we got it all set up to play tapes, but we couldn't get it to record from the TV! It doesn't get the signal from the cable. We have no idea what's wrong. The cables seem to be plugged in properly -- "RF Out" on the cable box goes to "RF In" on the VCR -- and we checked to make sure it was on the right channel. It simply doesn't work. It's so frustrating!
Well, at least we can watch videotapes now. I have tons of classic movies taped off TCM, it will be nice to watch them again.
In other news, my friend that I had lunch with today gave me a tripod! I'm not an expert, but it looks like a nice one. It looks well used and also well kept. Missing one of the rubber feet, but otherwise seems to be in perfect working order. It has a nice pan-and-tilt head with degree markings, and it seems a bit sturdier than the one I bought. (I used to rest my left hand on the other tripod and pull down, to stabilize it, but I don't think I'll need to do that with this one.) I'm not sure who made it, but it has "PRO Line" written on it. Vivitar makes a series of tripods called "Pro Line" but I looked at their website and I don't think that's what this is. I'll take a picture of the new tripod when I get a chance. That was so generous! I am going to get a lot of use out of it.