Not good to step on your own punch line!

October 21, 2010

Anyone who enjoys telling a story has probably sometime had someone who is listening inadvertently kill your story by, for example, guessing the punch line before you say it, asking a question about some small fact in the story or injecting some meaningless piece of information — all of which can totally kill the rhythm of the story you’re telling.  It’s just one of those things that happens sometimes, but you really should try to at least not do it to yourself!  And that’s exactly what I did yesterday.

I told a story here that I have used many times when the subject of weight comes up — that I am 6’4″ tall when I am really 5’6 1/2″.  I then always quickly follow up that obvious lie by explaining that I’m expecting a late life growth spurt any minute that will make my weight perfect for my height.

But for some reason when I told the story yesterday, I put in my weight.  Only later did I realize that I had inadvertently made the focus my weight, rather than the punch line I had intended.  Ouch!

So, as I sometimes do, I have gone back and edited that post to place the emphasis where it belongs.  And you’ll just have to go back to guessing how much I weigh.

Sigh.  This blogging thing isn’t as easy as it looks.


It COULD happen! (at least in my dreams)

October 20, 2010

I went for pre-surgery testing yesterday and had the following conversation with the very nice nurse who was doing the testing (who I found out is my age, so we made an immediate connection):

Her:  “Do you know your current weight?”

Me:  “Oh yes, I go to Weight Watchers every week.”  And then I told her my weight which is about 20 lbs. more than I should weigh.

She wrote that down and then said, “And how tall are you?”

Me:  “6’4”

She looked up from the form she was writing on, with a look that either questioned my mental health or my truthfulness — probably both!

To put her mind at rest, I quickly explained my answer.

“That, of course, is factoring in the late-life growth spurt I’m expecting at any minute.”

She laughed and then I told her my real height, 5′ 6 1/2″.

I’m a realist — and if I’m ever going to see “slim” again, I think it’s going to take a miracle just about that big.


A diet for dogs that works!

August 27, 2010

Our beloved Akela died almost three years ago.  If you’d like to know a little more about her “talents” and maybe just a few tiny flaws, here is a post I did then.

And, if you happen to have a dog that needs to lose weight, you might want to try the diet I told about in that post:

About 6 years ago, the Vet told us that Akela Jane needed to lose a little weight (actually about 10 lbs.).  (It runs in the family!)  So, a friend told me the trick of replacing a cup of a dog’s dry dog food with canned green beans, to cut down on their calories.  We did it and it worked!  The Vet was amazed.  And, after she had lost the weight we continued to replace a half cup of her food with beans, because she liked them so much.  She thought they were a treat!  Go figure.

If you try this diet for your dog, I hope it works as well for you as it did for us.

By the way, if you happen to have recently lost a pet and are grieving for them, take heart.  We loved and adored Akela like no other pet we had ever had.  But there does come a time, as it is now for us, when the pain of loss fades and you are just left with wonderful memories.