Dog Friendly Dining

 

I love four legged furry friends as much as the next person, but I am ambivalent about sharing dining accommodations with them. Saw an ad for a restaurant touting its dog friendly dining patio. Is there a demand for this type of service?

I share pooch and kitty kisses so that removes me from the domain of overzealous germ phobics. Isn’t it a bit excessive for over the top dog lovers to bring Fido to lunch? Service dogs exempted of course. Ordering an appetizer while hauling a mini dog out of a handbag and inquiring if the lettuce is triple washed is incongruous.

Outdoor dining in Dallas is enjoyable for a very brief season. Finding one where you aren’t sucking up gas fumes five feet from a major thoroughfare limits the selection even more. Having located just the spot only to discover the soothing sensation from my first sip of an adult beverage slide south when a matron and her yappy dog arrive is disappointing.

Dogs are animals. They get restless. They don’t make discreet inquiries as to the location of the nearest power room; they just do what comes naturally.

Aside from the irritation of a small yappy dog, I find it unnerving to have a slobbering St Bernard as a fellow diner. On the plus side, it is a really effective appetite suppressant. I do get nervous when they start leering at my burger.

Dogs love to ride in the car. Take Fido to Sonic. He can drool and yap to his heart’s content and you can assuage your guilty conscience by including him as a dining companion.

 

Breaking News

breaking news Breaking news has escalated to  a tragic, heartbreaking degree  and I want to hide. We scarcely recover from one horrific event until another surfaces. For most of us it is impossible to imagine the magnitude of the chaos and destruction that  bombard us daily. Finding good news is nearly impossible. There is a man made bogeyman behind every headline.

While reading a news story online a pop up ad appeared advertising grocery savings. That  was something I wanted to know more about. I followed the link. An add for a pricey gardening blueprint appeared along with several creepy manuals. Instruction manuals on how to acquire  10,000 bullets and  make gunpowder topped the list of publications.I navigated away from the site. None of the information was free. Fear mongers and snake oil salesmen profit from breaking news and never display any form of altruism. Recovering from current events is difficult enough. I’m not ready to contemplate fallout from unknown mayhem.

If women were in charge of governments you’d see war machines shut down.  Generations of masculine rule have provided us with expertise in the art of compromise and restraint.

“Breaking News” is breaking our psyche. Perhaps the universe will command a worldwide time out.  It’s what a woman would do if she were in charge.

Online Comments

Believe there are two sides to every story? It would appear not and online comments seem to support the theory advanced by my friend Mary Margaret, “There is my side and the wrong side”.

I read  online comments on a variety of sites to see what other people are thinking. I thought I would find an enlightened exchange of ideas. I was wrong.

Initial comments  posted in response to a political situation  usually offer a reasonable explanation from a different point of view. After the first few posts, the opinions descend to a level that present evidence of an alarming lack of gray matter. Some are creepy.

The same is true for comments posted to our local newspaper. One fellow in particular can be depended on to launch a diatribe against the columnist, labeling one “left-wing Lily” and the others left wing liberals. His comments are always hateful personal attacks and fail to present a rational explanation for his point of view. He is so offensive I would not allow this person to breed.

Even worse  his comments lead uninformed observers to believe he is representative of Texans. Those who claim Texans set some sort of record as ignorant illiterates need go no further than the internet to discover otherwise. Online comments on other sites confirmed our local hater has tons of kindred spirits nationwide.

Many of these rants conjure a picture of some nut living in an underground bunker, surrounded by bullets, camouflage and freeze dried food  hacking out manifestos between swigs of moonshine. Surprisingly, religious post contain the most inflammatory and unforgiving comments.

I’ve tried to determine a reason for this type of behavior.  Could it be we are modeling political talk shows, reality television and congress?

Your comments?