It’s a girl

My next door neighbor has a pitbull puppy that barks non-stop when they’re not home — the near constant barking reminds me of when I lived in Mexico. I’m sure it doesn’t help that his girlfriend is inordinately violent with the dog. Of course, when they are home, he and his girlfriend scream loudly at each other and occasionally throw things. Stay classy, superintendent! Still, it’s leagues better than the revolting mega-smoker old man that used to be our neighbor.

We all had a nice time today at the baby shower, each (Nefarious included) seeing lots of old friends in good cheer. And I got to amuse myself by poking holes in a couple “IT’S A GIRL!” helium balloons and making Nefarious and my voices squeaky (if only they had been sodium hexafluoride balloons — I really want to try that).


Anika and Nefarious of course loved competing to be the best gift delivery girl.



  1. Joan wrote:

    so that is how all the balloons were poppin..I got played by your kid pal. She told me “someone keeps popping them when I’m not looking” but with the very sad innocent face, so that I would get her a new one..Good play little one lol

    Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 8:14 pm | Permalink
  2. apolicious wrote:

    sodium hexafluoride seems like it would be a blast. however, you have to admit… sodium hexafluoride balloons would suck. just layin’ on the ground, sittin’ there… that’s just sad.

    Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Permalink
  3. DON wrote:

    Being inordinately violent with a pitbull puppy is what I’d class as living dangerously: I wouldn’t like to be in her shoes when the puppy grows up and decides to get its own back! But then here in the UK, keeping a pitbull is illegal under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

    Monday, May 4, 2009 at 2:25 am | Permalink
  4. Anselm wrote:

    Just be sure to have the brute squad on hand to flip you back upside down so the heavier gas can drain out of your lungs. One of the reasons that helium is relatively safe is that it’s lighter than air- it always comes out of your lungs first. Heavier gas will sit there and prevent your lungs from filling with oxygen.

    Monday, May 4, 2009 at 9:22 am | Permalink
  5. Jess wrote:

    Don – Ontario is one of a couple provinces where Pit bulls ARE banned, so it is an illegal puppy, as the ban came into play in 2005. BUT, I do not agree with the ban (I have a sleeping 4.5 yr old pit bull beside me on my bed). Breed specific legislation is ‘racist’ and all dogs can be violent. This has just lead my dog to not get many chances to be socialized, which is a problem.

    Monday, May 4, 2009 at 9:30 am | Permalink
  6. peteD3 wrote:

    whats so rad about sodium hexafloride?
    aside from the cool name of course…

    heavy gas seems like such a bummer.

    Monday, May 4, 2009 at 10:32 am | Permalink
  7. Caitlin wrote:

    It’s true, about breeds: when I owned a house and we had the insurance appraiser over to look around, he asked a number of logical questions, such as do you own a deep fryer (no), do you own a dog (also no), but I was interested, I asked him about dog breeds, which ones were considered a liability? The answer surprised me: golden retrievers. And the way he said it, head shaking in sadness, he told us how violent they regularly are. No mention of pit bulls, rottweilers, dobermen…

    Shocker, huh?

    Monday, May 4, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Permalink
  8. Joan wrote:

    not much of a shock really, my old landlord had to golden retrievers, one day his male that was 6 years old just attacked him. He needed over 100 stitches in his hands and one arm. He could never figure out what made it attack, but he did not put it down, just spent a ridiculous amount of money on a pro trainer to come work with the dogs..
    All the rotties and dobermans I had never worried me one bit, biggest suckie baby dogs I ever had, but then again I don’t beat or sream at my dogs

    Monday, May 4, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Permalink
  9. Joan wrote:

    hehe, I meant to type scream

    Monday, May 4, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Permalink
  10. marc wrote:

    What the heck is on Nicole’s head. Geez, I missed some antics ducking out early, although we had our own on the golf course.

    Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 7:29 pm | Permalink
  11. Jon wrote:

    You can actually use nitrous oxide (laughing gas!) to lower your voice. It’s not quite as dramatic as sodium hexafluoride, but the up-side is that you get high as hell for a few seconds.

    Friday, May 8, 2009 at 7:31 am | Permalink
  12. James wrote:

    …sulfur hexafluoride?

    Monday, May 11, 2009 at 12:52 am | Permalink
  13. Clive wrote:

    Good to see you guys again!

    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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