Saturday, November 22, 2008

This and That

Hi, Guys!

That's what a little friend of mine (age 2+) says whenever she sees the Queen and I.  Saw her during a short trip to Ohio last week.

Several items of interest, perhaps.  First, spent two hours on Animal Planet Channel last night, watching back to back episodes of "Polar Bears Uncovered" and "Whale Wars."  Began to think that this channel is designing its schedule just for me and my blog readers...

Learned that polar bears can smell food (alive or dead) 15 miles away.  They are slow in getting there because of their weight, but they keep following their noses until they find the food.  Also learned, to my disgust, that male polar bears often stalk female polar bears and their one or two cubs, waiting for the cubs, who do not yet have the several hundred pounds of blubber insulation, to founder.  The mother polar bear must then move on, protecting the survivor cub, while the male, not normally the father polar bear, then eats the foundered cub.  Only one in six polar bear cubs makes it to their second year...

Also learned that polar bears have occasionally come upon Beluga whale pods that have become boxed into ice pens.  The show reported that up to 40 whales had been slaughtered and eaten by polar bears in one such instance.  It turns out that polar bears can swim the 100 meter Olympic race 10 (ten) seconds FASTER that any human swimmer, including Michael Phelps!

So, how ironic, the Kernal's two favorite critters turn out to be joined at the hip on the food chain...

As to whales, "Whale Wars" was all about "the Sea Shepherds," a group of eco-loonies who attack Japanese whaling ships in the Antarctic, throwing stink and acid bombs onto the decks, and attempting to foul the propellors by throwing heavy rope lines under the ships.  Two of the "Sea Shepherds" leaped aboard the Japanese ship from a rubber Zodiac speed boat, and then wondered why the Japanese crew tied them up and sailed away.  The eco-loonies were looking for the chance to yell "hostages" to the eager international press...

On the cancer front, I recently had another PET scan.  Some unknown activity showed in my neck, so I now must have yet another CT scan with contrast for the docs to examine in early December.  I feel fine and I detected no urgency from the docs, so I suspect all will be fine.  Stay tuned.

Finally, someone threw this over the internet transom the other day and I ordered a case of this obviously needed drug.  I'll let you know how it works, ya think?

PUSHing for Gunnar, Kirk, Jean, Denise and others of you who need our prayers.  See you on the high ground.


5 comments:

The Queen Vee said...
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The Queen Vee said...

I'm trying this once again. Honey you're funny and you sure don't need that sarcasma medicine. I'm shipping it back.

Jean/ladyjosh said...

I differ with the Queen Vee sometimes you definately need the sarcasma medicine. So keep some and send most of it back.
At least the CT scan will be a piece of cake for you. Know we are there with you.
I do think the bears and whales are trying to communicate with you, and trust me, only you. The whales, sea monster and dolphens in my pool are just fine and don't want to see the bears when they come to visit the front of the house soon. So we keep a few penguins, deer and other animals out front to keep the bears entertained so they leave the animals in the back yard alone.
Anyhow have a good and safe Thanksgiving. Marshall and his kids will be with us and so will carolyn. It is nice to have them around at times. lol. Take care and know our best wishes are with you and the family.

joan said...

What can I add to my sister's post? I think the whales and polar bears are trying to talk to you both. Take care and know that you and Gunner and Kirk and Jean and a few more are in my thoughts and prayers.
The sarcasma medicine can be sent back.

Apis Melliflora said...

What is really needed today is Earnesta: a drug to help the overly sarcastic show an ounce of earnest, genuine emotion. But you've already found the perfect balance between truth and jest and ideal subjects as well: whales and bears, oh my!