Archive for July, 2013

Simply Put, Ranger Is At Her Most Happiest When I’m Tossing A Soccer Ball At Her Noggin

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

This behavior is not something Ranger ever learned, nor was she taught it. It was discovered quite by accident after the kids next door hit a soccer ball over the fence into our yard. When I found the ball, for whatever reason, I arc’d it over in Ranger’s general direction and holy wowzers she proceeded to use her muzzle to line drive it directly back to me.

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One time… two times… could happen to any dog, right? Well, we all know Ranger isn’t any dog. As if to prove it, she tossed it back to me practically every time I tossed it to her. We’ve had streaks of 20 or more, from as far as 10 feet between us.

Now, “toss” isn’t really what she’s doing. She isn’t even doing what trained seals do and bouncing it back off her nose soccer-style. What she’s trying to do is catch the ball in her mouth, but since it’s too big to fit in her jaws what happens instead is an uncannily precise return to sender.

The trick is, it’s all on me. Pretty much her rebound shot is entirely dependent upon how nice a lob I send her way. If it’s near perfect, the ball will most often come back through the air either directly to me or at least within my reach. And by the time I catch it, Ranger’s already poised and ready for me to send the next one here way.

The following link takes you to a snippet of crappy video from a lousy camera, but you get the idea — and you can bet I’ll be setting up a better cam to capture it next time we: Play Ball!

Speak The Speech I Pray You

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Where: Rio Hondo College, Wray Theater, Whittier, California
When: July 13, 2012
What: Rio Hondo College College Police Academy, Class 2012-1 Graduation
Who: Cadet William Campbell, Class President
By: Susan Campbell

You’re welcome for being spared the first 11 minutes of the monologue and just showcasing these last three, which to me are the most important and meaningful part of the whole thing, anyway. Not that the first 11 are garbage, just prologue primarily.

And apologies in advance for the baby sitting directly in front of my wife. Over her mother’s shoulder and facing backward, the infant starts up with some serious and continuous fussing basically directly into the camera’s mic about a minute or so before the end and pretty effectively masks what I say.

Silver Lake Stormwatch: July 11

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

rainfall130711Figuring why the heck not, I put out the put-away precipitometer yesterday after hearing that sub-tropified showers and thunderstorms might grace the skies above our Silver Lake backyard.

This morning? I found a skosh more than a quarter-inch had fallen — with perhaps a few more hundredths to come. Granted, not a very auspicious starting amount to the 2013-14 rainfall season (which technically began July 1) — but what is remarkable is that we’re in the middle of summer, and rain during this stretch of the season is a rare thing, indeed.

So, with measurable rain being measurable rain and you gotta start somewhere, this is as good an amount as any.

July 11: 0.27″
Season Total: 0.27″