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We had to lay Della to rest Wednesday night. After 5 days of continuous bleeding from a cancerous growth in her mouth, the vet declared that there was nothing but major surgery that could stop it and it would only keep her alive temporarily. Rather than put her through all the torture and fear of that, merely to postpone her inevitable demise from cancer, we decided to end her struggle while she was still relatively happy.

We had discussed this at some length in December, when we thought we were going to lose her the first time, and concluded that a long, drawn out decline wouldn't serve her in any way. It would only postpone our own pain, at what we believe would have been too high a price for her to pay.

That didn't make the decision or the experience any easier.

She got to spend her last hours on the roof, laying in the sun on her futon, niffling the scents in the wind and watching the birdies. She had both of her daddies by her side to the very end.

I miss her constant presence. I miss the little spot in my mind that was always aware that she was there waiting for me to come home and was looking forward to seeing her so happy. I'll miss the cozy ball of furry warmth curled up between us in the bed. I miss her soft ears and her Woof! and her joy and her silly fears and her oversized feet and….

The vet and her assistant joined us on the roof and Della actually seemed glad to see them outside the context of the vet's office. She actually got up and moved around a bit, although her rear legs failed under her frequently. (This is a nasty trick that the very ill can play—faking that they’re okay just because adrenalin works.) We got her back on the futon and she returned to her blood-loss-induced torpor. The vet opened up the catheter she had installed in Della's leg earlier in the day. She injected some saline solution to clear it, asked if we were ready, and injected the anesthetic. I had expected a slow decline in life signs, like falling asleep. It was much quicker than that. The light went out of her eyes almost immediately and they stayed open as her breathing stilled. I reached over and closed her eyes. The vet checked her with a stethoscope. And that was all she wrote.

We had to put her in a black Hefty bag for removal. That sucked. She had pooped a little. “Daddy, I pooped!” I got to carry her like a baby all the way down from the roof to the vet's car, something she couldn't abide her whole life, no matter how often I tried. It felt right anyway.

We did a fair bit of sobbing. Then, we pulled ourselves together and went to one of Della's favorite bars to raise a glass in her honor with her favorite bartender, someone who always inquired after her, who always let her behind the bar. She wept with us.

Della had a good life after she met us. We rescued her from the concrete floors at SPCA, gave her loads of love and attention and a cozy place to rest. She ate well, she played often, she had a dependable routine. She made friends wherever she went and lots of people will miss her. She got to live longer than she would have without us, and she got to live better than she would have without us. She had ten good years after her first year and a half of misery. We can feel proud of that some day when the pain has ebbed a little.

Thursday, we cleaned up all the blood. Our apartment looked like a murder scene. “Call in CSI!” 

Time to start recovering. We should get Della's cremains back in about a week. We'll scatter a little on the roof, a little at her favorite park, and find something cute to keep the rest in.

Next time you raise a glass, toast our girl and remember her happy and excited to see you.
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So sorry to hear that.  It's really hard to lose such a precious companion
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Saw this doco last night at a friend's house. It's a great documentary about meth and its effects in the SF Bay Area, taking a very real and up-close look at use and distribution. Most of it is shot in my neighborhood. It was fun recognizing locations--and sometimes people--the whole time!

My gripe with this doco is that it entirely avoids showing any of the good side of the neighborhood: the amazing food options, the terrific bars, the superb transit connections, the upside of having addict neighbors, the great old architecture, the local history, the schools, the families, the corner markets, the Farmers' Markets, ad nauseum

I realize that the good stuff is entirely outside the scope of this particular doco series. But, still!

It's a shame no one has done a "good stuff about the Tenderloin" doco because there's lots of good stuff! I'd be glad to make suggestions for things to cover if someone wants to operate the camera. ; )
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Saw this on Boingboing: http://boingboing.net/2013/08/11/japans-debt-1000000000.html

And thought, "That's a huge number! I wonder what our debt is?" So I hit a currency converter and turned that pile of yen into dollars: $10,355,457,302,663.98. Then, I checked out usdebtclock.org to see what ours looks like.

My first reaction there was: "Well, we aren't in any position to moralize over Japan's debt. Ours is close to double: ~$17Trillion." But how does that work out to debt per person?

Whoa! Japan's debt works out to about $81,758 per person. Ours works out to about $53,401 per person or $148,062 per taxpayer.

As always, one's position in any argument is largely a matter of perspective. From the point of view of taxpayers, we're screwed and Japan is better off. From the point of view of any random US citizen, Japan is screwed and we're better off.

Either way, the idea that our government can be in debt well into the trillion$ is shameful. If that top 1% would just pay their taxes, if the churches paid any, if corporations didn't have so many dodges and loopholes, we would likely have zero debt.

Time for some changes, We the People!
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It's in the public interest to pay police well. It's in the public interest to pay fire fighters well. It's also in the public interest to pay teachers well. Why don't we?
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I just published my first kanji flashcard deck, Japanese school first grade (age 6). If you use iAnki.com and the iAnki iOS app to create and study flashcards, check it out. I'll add more decks (maybe one a week) as I can. がんばって!
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Bummer! If you sign up, you can search decks and find "Kanji First Grade."
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I just published my first kanji flashcard deck, Japanese school first grade (age 6). If you use iAnki.com to create and study flashcards, check it out. I'll add more decks (maybe one a week) as I can. がんばって!
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Reason #69 why I love my job: Days like today when there's nothing I have to do and I can just hang out all day, much of it on our roof. Yes, you're envious. I'm working! HaHA!
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Had to check out the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge today. It's roomy! Unlike the original there's room to pull over in an emergency--on both sides!
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Bar owners of the world! Get on this before some coed sues you for her date-rape drug exposure.
 
One company is preparing to ship its first batch of drug-detecting plastic cups and straws. The products are sensitive to the most commonly-used date rape drugs — GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine — and turn red in response to their presence. http://on.mash.to/1cwqj9K
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i still cant drink sobes, having a gag reflex just thinking out it.
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I'd like to apply this to every post or reply I ever write anywhere.
 
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Yes! Finally, someone speaks up!
“Some slow week in summer, I should write a tirade against flip-flops,” I unwisely remarked to my editor one disgusting August afternoon a few years back, as we walked back from lunch behind a woman whose street-blackened soles could be glimpsed anew with each schlapp!-ing step. Now, during an early-July...
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From what I've seen in your Christmas cards the last few years, you're doing a fine job. Hope she and the sprouts are well!
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  • San Francisco State University
    Japanese Language, 2003 - 2008
  • Waseda University
    Japanese Language, 2006 - 2007
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I have an opinion and you're welcome to it.
Introduction
What do you want to know? I've been with my husband since 1999 (he's delightful); we manage an apartment building; and I work at Splunk.

I'm for positive web smarts. Share as much as you want. But share skillfully and share good stuff.
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My quality of life exceeds my expectations.
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Facilities Coordinator
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Personal assistance, organization, time management, admin extraordinaire.
Employment
  • Splunk Inc.
    Facilities coordinator, 2012 - present
    Office manager, catering manager, food & bev manager, IT maintenance, customer briefing program manager: Handybitch, den mother, facility ninja.
  • Jeanette Apartments
    Site Manager/Handybitch, 2012 - 2014
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San Francisco, Ca.
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Tokyo, Japan - San Luis Obispo, Ca.
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