Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mini Rants

On my soap box, ranting a bit. Please bear with me.

Rant #1

Yes, you have a right to a day off once in a while.

Even if you are the shelter caretaker coordinator, you have the right to leave town once in a while.

Please, before you leave town, make sure all the shifts are covered! Even if you are out of town, make sure you have someone assigned to cover your rump!

If you are the person next up the chain of command, and you know this person is out of town, please answer your phone when we call! Yes, you deserve a day off, too, but emergencies happen.

If you are the shelter caretaker, and you can't make it, please call until you find someone to cover for you!

I did not want to spend my Labor Day morning cleaning the shelter because I happened to come by to get medicine for my kittens and find the cats in the dark, hungry, litter boxes unscooped, medications not given to those that need them. I hadn't had breakfast yet, it was already almost 10am and I was working so fast to get back home to my own work, I ended up having two tachycardia episodes doing your work for you.

Rant # 2

Brother-in-law, The Mouth, just got paid last Tuesday, as did Sweetie.

He called on Labor Day, begging for food because he is out of money already.

How in the world, when you know that you only get paid once a month, do you end up spending it all so fast that you have no money for food only one week in?

This is going to be a long month, with him calling and begging a lot. We struggle month to month also, so I'm not sure how much we can do. It just gets me furious that he will be so irresponsible, then expect us to take up the slack for him.

Rant #3

People who abandon kittens.

I don't mind bottle raising orphans when the mama runs off, or is hit by a car, or something else happens -- we once had a mama cat caught by a hawk!

I do mind having to give my 7 that I have raised to go to another foster home so that I can raise 5 more, from two litters, that people have taken from the mama on purpose and left on purpose because they don't want the babies, and they won't spay the mama.

Speaking of which, we now have 3 newborns and 2 that are around 2 1/2 weeks. The older are colorpoints like the older litter we just raised, and the newborns are an orange tabby and two regular tabbies, one with white paws.

End of rants.

Today is:

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary -- Catholic Christian

Festival of Durga (goddess of Energy and the World)

Fiesta de Santa Fe

Grandad's Day

Grandma Moses Day

His Holiness Sakya Trizin's Birthday -- Buddhist

Independence Day -- Brazil

National Napoleon Day

National Threatened Species Day -- Australia

Neither Snow Nor Rain Day

St. Cloud's Day

United Tribes International Pow-Wow

Victory Day -- Mozambique

Welsh Fairies Nonnet-Hurling Competition -- Fairy Calendar

Birthdays Today:

Gloria Gaynor, 1949
Richard Roundtree, 1942
Cuneyt Arkin, 1937
John Phillip Law, 1937
Buddy Holly, 1936
Don Messick, 1927
Peter Lawford, 1923
Anthony Quayle, 1913
Elia Kazan, 1909
Michael E. DeBakey, 1908
Grandma Moses, 1860
Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533

Today in History:

Traditionally, the solar eclipse date that marks the birth of Heracles of Thebes (Latin Hercules), BC1251
The Roman army under Titus occupies and plunders Jerusalem, 70
In the world's first submarine attack, the American submersible craft Turtle attempts to attach a time bomb to the hull of British Admiral Richard Howe's flagship HMS Eagle in New York Harbor, 1776
The "Troy Post" of NY first uses "Uncle Sam" to refer to the US, 1813
Last hold-up of Jesse James, 1881
Edith Eleanor McLean becomes the first baby in the US to be put in an incubator for premature infants, 1888
The Boxer Rebellion in China officially ends with the signing of the Boxer Protocol, 1901
The first day of the first Miss America Pageant is held in Atlantic City, NJ, 1921
Philo T. Farnsworth demonstrates the first use of television in San Francisco, 1927
The last surviving member of the thylacine species, Benjamin, dies alone in her cage at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania, 1936
Integration begins in Washington, D.c. and Baltimore, MD public schools, 1954
Desmond Tutu becomes the first black man to lead the Anglican Church in South Africa, 1986
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Athens, rupturing a previously unknown fault, 1999
Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 hurricane, hits Grenada, killing 39 and damaging 90% of its buildings, 2004
The first presidential election is held in Egypt, 2005

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