Emotional Support Animal

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Today we are going to Muse about emotional support animals.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Emotional Support Animal

Teddy

Teddy

 Last year Jeanette and I made plans to spend a couple of months in Mexico. We like to get out of the summer heat and humidity that settles into our  Florida home.  We decided to take Teddy, our Norfolk Terrier.

When you fly, taking a pet adds a layer of complexity.  Most airlines limit the number of dogs that can be taken on board in the cabin.  I have been told that two is the usual number allowed.  The dog must be small enough to travel in a carry-case that will fit under the seat.

Well, that worked for us.  Teddy is small, weighing about 16 pounds.

So we reserved Teddy’s spot three months in advance of our trip, with reservations for him going down to Mexico and coming back.  I think it was $125 each way.

Sherpa Bag

Sherpa Bag

It was a breeze.  Teddy travels well.  He never made a sound on the trip and he was in his little Sherpa Bag for hours.  During the layover we let him out to stretch his legs and he was an immediate celebrity.

Our two months in Mexico flew by.  We have friends where we go and they have parties.  So we partied.  We had guests join us and we squired them around.  And we took cooking classes and out-of-town excursions.  We played croquet and we dined in fabulous restaurants.  We shopped at tiendas fancy and not.  We liked our visit there.

But eventually it was  time to think about going home.  And, wouldn’t you know it, we were scheduled to fly into Florida just as Hurricane Irma was reshaping the landscape.  We had seen this movie before and knew we would likely have no power for what could be many days.  So, last-minute,  we decided to fly to Los Angeles to stay with a friend until we knew the electricity had been restored at home.

But there was the issue of Teddy.  We had a reservation to fly him to Florida, not California.  We worried, that with a limit of two dogs on a flight, last-minute we might not be able to get him on the plane.  Cripps!

We were talking with our friend, Janet, the friend we were to stay with in LA, telling her we were worried about Teddy.

Janet on the left and Jeanette

Janet on the left and Jeanette

She said“You should get him certified as an Emotional Support Animal (ASE).  My dogs are Emotional Support Animals.  They can go anywhere: restaurants, hotels, stores, planes.  Its Federal law.”

“Really!?”

“Yes”, she said. ” I’ll email you the address of licensed professional who can certify Teddy as an Emotional Support Animal.  They will interview you by phone and, if you qualify, they will send you a letter to show the airlines that certifies Teddy as an ASE.”

So we did.  We sent an expedited application, paying an additional fee for a 24 hour turn around.  Jeanette was interviewed by phone.  Among other things, they asked how Teddy provided emotional support and I told her to tell them he helped her deal with the results of the recent election.

Emotional Support Animal

Emotional Support Animal

Teddy is now certified as an Emotional Support Animal.

Getting him on the plane was not an issue.  There is no limit on how many ASE’s may be on a flight.  We did not have to pay the $125 pet fee to fly to LA, or the fee later to fly from LA to Florida.  So, the certificate paid for its self.  What a deal!

The only inconvenience was on our return from Los Angeles to Florida.  The airline had a policy that required ASE’s to be held on your lap during landing.  Teddy had to be out of his Sherpa bag.  This requirement was particular to this airline.  There was no such requirement when we flew a different airline into Los Angeles.

So, what was the issue?  Seated next to me was a young woman who had her own ASE, a little cat.

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Second Look at Drinking

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Today we are going to Muse about drinking.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

 

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On the subject of Drinking

Now I cannot claim credit for the following.  It was sent to me by a friend.  It is amusing. Several years back I posted it but, on the chance you missed it, I have decided to share it with you again.

His message to me began,
I finally got the tree up.

It took me all weekend, but I finally got my tree up!

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel shame. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams .. If I didn’t drink this wine, they might be out
of work and their dreams would be shattered.


Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this wine and let their
dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”

 

 

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell
happened to your bra and panties..
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“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day. “
~Frank Sinatra

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.
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“When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”
~ Henny Youngman

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.
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“24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not.”
~ Stephen Wright

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.
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“When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let’s all get drunk and go to heaven!”
~ Brian O’Rourke

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy.
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“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a spaz.
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“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does
not go nearly as well with pizza.”

~ Dave Barry

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
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To some, it’s a six-pack, to me it’s a Support Group.. Salvation in a can!
~Dave H owell

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.
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And saving the best for last, as explained by Cliff Clavin, of Cheers.
One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm. Here’s how it went:

” Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.

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What’s in a name?

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 What is in a name?

Prescott, Arizona

Prescott, Arizona

My grandmother and my father were born in Prescott, Arizona in the Arizona Territory, before statehood.  My great-grandfather and great-grandmother owned lot number two in Prescott, the original capital of the Arizona Territory.  My mother grew up in Arizona.  My older brother,  my younger brother and my sister were born in Arizona.  One of my Great-Aunts was named Arizona.

Are you seeing a connection here?  My people were pretty much into Arizona!

I was born in Los Angeles.  Hmm!

But, I spent a lot of time in Arizona as a child and later as an adult.

In its day, Arizona was pretty gritty and names of places around the state show it.  I always found them intriguing.

Place Names

Heading north out of Phoenix (now part of Phoenix, I believe) you come to Deadman Wash.  I don’t know why the wash is so named, but I can imagine.

Bumble Bee, Arizona

Bumble Bee, Arizona

Still heading north on the Black Canyon Highway you will come to Bumble Bee, a ghost town.  This was established as a stage-coach stop in 1863 and an US Cavalry outpost.  Apparently the settlers found a bee hive, thus the name.

Big Bug

Not far from Prescott is a ghost town named Big Bug.  (Perhaps insects were in fashion.)  The town was a mining site established in 1862 and was involved in the Apache Wars.  This is what it looked like around 1900.  It played out mostly by the 1940’s.  Today there is very little left.

 

Near Miami, Arizona where my mother grew up is Bloody Tanks Wash.  This was the site of a controversial battle in 1864 led by King Woolsey, an Arizona pioneer and Indian fighter in which a number of Apache were ambushed and slaughtered.

All over the state there are interesting names.  In the Prescott National Forest there is an area called Wolf Creek.  I becha can guess what it was named for.  It is a great place for picnics, hiking and just getting away.  It has been for a long time.  This, my grandparents, parents, brother and others,  was taken around 1940.

Family Picnic at Wolf Creek

Family Picnic at Wolf Creek

West of Prescott is a small ranching community named Skull Valley, named for human remains found after a battle among competing Indian tribes.

Skull Valley

Skull Valley

Montezuma's Castle

Montezuma’s Castle

Then there is Montezuma Castle.  This National Monument is a pre-Columbian cliff dwelling. It was abandoned long before Montezuma II (also spelled Moctezuma) was born.

 

Nearby is another site known as Montezuma Well.  Around the rim are Indian cliff dwellings and other ruins.

When I was a boy, pottery shards were everywhere, laying on the ground.  You could easily pick them up.  I did. Others did.  You can’t do it anymore.  They are all gone.

 

Montezuma Well National Monument

Montezuma Well National Monument

These names are fanciful.  They suggest a connection that is not there.

 

 

Oatman

Oatman, AZ

Oatman, AZ

There is  Oatman named for Olive Oatman who at age 14 in 1851 was captured by Indians near where the town now exists. According to wikipedia, the Tolkepayas (Western Yavapai) massacred her family and “captured and enslaved her and her sister and later sold them to the Mohave people.  After several years with the Mohave, during which her sister died of hunger, she returned to American society, five years after being carried off.”  If you watch the present day series “Hell on Wheels” you will recognize she was the inspiration for one of the main characters.

Olive Oatman

Olive Oatman

Olive Oatman on left, Robin McLeavy on right

Robin McLeavy, Hell on Wheels

 

For the most part, towns were named for early settlers.  Kingman, Mayer, Dewey, Wickenburg, Yarnell are examples.

Others are named for events.

Flagstaff was named for a large tree converted into a flag pole.  Tombstone was named for the cemetery in a violent lawless mining town.  Show Low was named for the means of settling a dispute.  Cards were drawn in a run-off and the low hand won the contest.  They still use that system.

So, what is in a name?  It can be fun to find out.

More to come

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Smart911

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Smart911

911 call

911 call

A friend told me about Smart911.  I think it is terrific so I am telling you.

Smart911 is a nationwide program, though it is not available in all municipalities yet.  If you click on the colored Smart911 above it will take you to the site.  You can find out if Smart911 is available in your town

The service allows you register your personal information with the 911 Service so, that in the event you ever need to make a 911 call, the call center will know about you, even if you are disoriented and can’t explain yourself.

I set my profile up.  Now, if I place a 911 call using my land line or my mobile number the call center will have a head start.  They will know my address and that I have a dog.  They will know my dog’s name.  They will know I am married and will know my spouse’s name.   They have a picture of me and my wife and they also know what kind of car I drive and what medications I take.  Even the hospital to which  I would prefer to be taken.

We never know when an emergency can arise.  When it does people are often flustered and unclear.  Having this information available may save time and your life.  Check it out.

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No Wine Before Its Time

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Today we are going to Muse about wine making.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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No Wine Before its Time

One Sunday while we were in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Jeanette, our friend Janet and I decided to try a new restaurant, Café Virgil.  It is a bit out-of-town.

By Cafe Virgil

By Cafe Virgil

But it was worth the drive.

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

Cafe Virgil

Cafe Virgil

We sat outside in a covered patio.  Next to us sat a man by himself.  As we chatted away he listened and at some point made a comment and inserted himself into our conversation.

He seemed quite pleasant.  I’ ll call him Doug because that is his name.  He told us he was a retired surgeon from the Bay Area and now lived in a development just out-of-town.  And he was a winemaker.

Doug said his property consisted of  17 acres on which he had three different vineyards.  He went on to say he was in the process of building a vaulted tunnel, about 100 yards long, from his house to a out-building.  It would connect the production area to a storage area.

This was all quite interesting.  In the past ten years a number of vineyards have sprung up around San Miguel.  As we got ready to leave, Doug gave me his card and offered to show us his winery.  We said we would like that and made arrangements to meet a week or so later.

We arrived first at his home, down a long road by itself.  It was a large spacious home with great views of the wild hillsides and with a very impressive vaulted tunnel leading from the house to the out-building.  It was nearly complete.

Doug served us a glass or perhaps two of his wine.  I liked it.  Then off we toddled to Vinedo Puente Josefa.  Doug’s wife’s name is Josefa and on the property there is a bridge (puente) named for her.  And that is the name of the winery, Puente Josefa.

Vinedo Puente Josefa

Vinedo Puente Josefa

As we entered the vineyard we first came to a casual place to relax.

A Place to Relax

A Place to Relax

In the back, behind the tree, you can see some of the grape vines.

Grape Vines

Grape Vines

The vineyard has three areas of grape vines.  I think Doug said he had 1,000 vines.

We were there after the grapes had been harvested.  Some of the vines still had unpicked grapes.

Grapes on Vine

Grapes on Vine

These were dried husks of grapes.  It seems that when the grapes are ripe and full of sugar the bees feed on them, sucking out the juice.  That is one way he knows it is time to harvest.  But of course, those grapes cannot be used.

Grape Vine

Grape Vine

Here is a healthy vine from which all the grapes have been harvested.  I took this photo because I wanted a good shot of a grape leaf.  I’ll show you why in a moment.

Puente Josefa

Through the property runs a ravine.  It is traversed by Puente Josefa.

Bridge Across Ravine

Bridge Across Ravine

Jeanette and Doug at Puente Josefa.

Crossing the Bridge

Crossing the Bridge

The winery uses the bridge in its marketing theme.  Doug showed me several examples of labels from pervious vintages that featured the bridge.

Labels featuring Puente Josefa

Labels featuring Puente Josefa

Here are two examples.

In the course of our visit we discussed the fact that I am an artist.  Doug said “Well perhaps you could design me a label”.

So I did.

My Label

My Label

I think I’ll get a case of wine.

More to come

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5.  Click on “YOGA MAT” and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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lilies two

lilies two

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Mon Ami Ma Ami

Mon Ami Ma Ami

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Fish pond

Fish pond

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