Thursday, April 09, 2009

Agility, Burglary and a Call for Help!

There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today. ~Mignon McLaughlin

Let's see... where to begin?

First off, at the end of agility class last night we were told there was going to be an agility competition for all the dogs who school at the same facility we do -- they are franchised, so there will be several groups of folks vying for the trophy. Apparently, our location lost it last time, and the instructor wants it back! LOL...

In any case, the cool part is that it's a "fun" competition. Yes, we'll be timed, but all level dogs are welcome (and will run against their levels), they don't freak out if you use treats or leashes and if you have a fault, you aren't disqualified (like you would be in a real agility competition), you just have to go do it again -- which counts against your time. It sounds like fun, so I'll probably put Dakota in. And, I'll try to take lots of pix and/or video. It doesn't happen until the end of May, so we have time to train! *G*


My mom's house and car were broken into yesterday. This upsets me on so many levels. First off: here's a newsflash -- she's a retired person and DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO STEAL. Not even prescription drugs, as she doesn't take any. Secondly: It's my mom. So, yeah, I worry. Lastly: Odds are it was someone she knows.

In other burglary news, there was a daytime break-in in a nearby neigborhood (just a couple streets away). They cleaned out the house -- took anything and everything of value. They must have spent an hour in there. They even took the change from one of the kids piggy banks! The police believe this is only the beginning of a regular burglary routine, and have asked everyone to keep their eyes open. This same thing happened a couple years ago in our neighborhood -- wonder if it's the same guys?

DH, who is a bundle of laughs these days, said, "As long as the economy keeps tanking, these things are only going to get worse."

Thanks, hon.

I'm glad Dakota sounds like a killer, even if she's a wuss.


Most of you know that Judy and I run the reviews website, The Long and the Short of It. When we started it less than two years ago, we had no idea how huge it would get to be. As wonderful as that is... the fact remains that we need more help with pretty much everything.

Currently, our biggest need is for people to edit reviews. We are in desperate need of a couple of people who have a decent command of the English language to look at all the reviews uploaded by our reviewers to verify whether they are correctly written (we have a few "rules" that we expect to be followed) and whether they need any grammar assistance. This week alone, Judy and I had 13 reviews that needed a little extra help out of the 45 we posted.

If you think you have the time to open and look over about 30 - 40 reviews a week -- and then contact the reviewers who might need to correct something (we actually do the grammar corrections ourselves, but any corrections to the actual content is requested from the reviewer) -- would you let me know? We're desperately hoping to find at least two (maybe three) people: 1 for the non-erotic and 1-2 for the erotic reviews.

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Did I mention we were desperate?


Your Supervillain Name is Diamond Wolf



Ceri Hebert said...

Wow, I'm sorry to hear about your mom's house and car. It's crazy! I don't worry so much for myself, but I worry about my mom all the time. I think you're husband is right, unfortunately.
Good luck to you and Dd!!
I have no idea if I possess the skills (or time) to do a review, but I'm going to check a few out and if I feel competent to help you I certainly will!

Dru said...

Sorry about your mom's house and car. It is scary out there and unfortunately I've been reading a lot about a rise in burglaries and such.

ooh, have fun at the agility competitiion. I'm glad it's all about having fun.

Your Supervillain Name is Typhoid Falcon

MomJane said...

I don't like the name "Red Viper" but what can I say. That's my name.

I'm getting over being burgled, but it hasn't been easy. All locks in the house have been changed, I have a club on the steering wheel in my car, and I have alerted the neighbors. That's the best I can do. Hope none of you have this problem. If things don't improve with the economy, I don't expect things to get better, sad to say.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh, that's so scary about your mom. That would upset me, too. No one wants their mom's stuff to be violated. :(

Tori Lennox said...

A pox on all thieves & burglars.

My Supervillain name is either Genocide Fists (LOL!) or Black Guillotine, depending on which of my names I used.

Ceri Hebert said...

I got Bloody Skull.


Brandy said...

I was Violencia Hunter. Um, okay.
I'm so sorry to hear of your mother being burglarized. I hope they catch whoever did it. As for the daytime burglaries near you, your husband is probably correct. Unfortunately.
I hope you and Dakota have fun training and competing in the Agility Competition!

Have a terrific day!

Allie Boniface said...

So sorry about your mom...and yes, I think it's true - the economy is definitely affecting the crime rate. That's part of why we got an alarm system for our own house just last week.