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Comment by Patricia on January 12, 2014 at 11:10pm

Canadian signature not accepted Sk8ey.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2014 at 10:57pm

I wanted to explain some of the history of Culver, but it would have taken too much time and space...one small example is that Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner trained there before and after they became US and World Pairs Champions, and several of my friends from Holiday (and before) taught there.  It's one of the "homier" ice rinks in SoCal. 

There's a big rink here in Burbank, but they are so snotty about who is allowed to teach there that most people don't bother with the place.  They want ALL their teachers/coaches to have national titles at the very least, whether they have the ability to teach and encourage kids or not. Plus they are nervous, even after all these years, about skin color. Can You imagine that?!  Culver has NEVER cared about color...except the color of money. Which they are still raking in. It's the landlords, who don't even live in California, who want to try condos or a (money-losing) mall.

After all these years, and all the champions and ice show stars who have come out of that rink, the place should be declared some sort of cultural/sports landmark.

Comment by booklover on January 12, 2014 at 10:06pm
I signed it Felaine!
Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2014 at 9:12pm

PLEASE spread this around ASAP:

You know I rarely send petitions to friends, but this one is important to ME.  The people that own the land that Culver Ice Arena is on want to get rid of it, and build condos, or something equally stupid.  After 52 years, there is so much permafrost under the rink that if/when they cut off the refrigeration, they'll end up with a useless swamp.
Please read the petition, and if you are so inclined, sign it Monday before 6PM Pacific Time..
Thanks!
Felaine, aka La Bruja del Hielo

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/990/371/335/save-the-ice-rink-in-culver-city/

Comment by booklover on January 12, 2014 at 6:18pm
Thanks Chris!!!! :)
Felaine, that happens to me quite often! I'm trying to yell in my sleep, but I can't. I'm not quite asleep, and not quite awake! I hate that feeling.
Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2014 at 4:10pm

I don't know if the kitten in that video was having a nightmare, or if dogs are dreaming when their paws twitch while they are asleep.

  In humans, we are paralyzed during REM sleep.  At least some of us are; I have had what are called "waking dreams" when I'm half awake, try to move or yell, and can't do anything for a minute or two till I'm fully awake.

(Had one episode where I heard something outside my bedroom window...probably an animal...my dreaming mind thought "prowlers!," and I tried to yell, just made incoherent noises...couldn't move, scared my sister half to death.  She called 911, but by the time the police and EMTs got here I was fully awake, and terribly embarrassed.)

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 1:59pm

Vibes for (((((Molly))))) and for (((((Mindy))))) who has to take the hard decisions.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 12, 2014 at 11:45am

I didn't even know cats could get Alzheimer's.

It's good you found a more competent vet, Chris. I hate it when you go to a vet, or a human doctor, pay, and get no help.

Comment by booklover on January 12, 2014 at 11:00am

I know Chris, it's hard to know. If she starts getting a lot worse, or we can tell she's really unhappy, we would do the kind thing and have her put to sleep. :(  We have had to put 2 cats to sleep also due to sudden and obvious medical issues.  One was only 14, but the other was 19.  It was sad, but I knew we had given them great lives with lots of love.

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 10:55am

I had two cats with Alzheimer's. In the end they both became unhappy, their voices sounded like calls for help. They were put to sleep before their lives became too difficult - that is, I hope that we understood them well enough and did the right thing. But you're never sure.

 

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