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Yes Sir, May I Have Another? 

This was the week of June 26th.

To say it was an eventful week would be an understatement. So many issues collided I can’t exactly put them in order. But I can come reasonably close.

 I won’t bore you with all the gory details. Suffice it to say I had a root canal and crown buildup, neither of which went smoothly. I burned my arm while making pizza in the oven. My wife twisted her knee which already needs replaced due to her bone on bone problem with both knees. 

 The lights in our house would flicker every night around 9pm we had the power company out one night and they couldn’t find a problem. Then we lost our water. Turns out our well pump was going bad, and after the drilling company pulled the pump all 150 feet out of the well they found much of the wiring had rubbed away and also needed replaced. The bad wiring was causing the pump to pull in extra amps which made the lights flicker until it just gave up completely.

Early in the morning Clary who is not allowed on the bed, jumped on the bed so she could get a better vantage point to make a flying leap at Quinn. Which wouldn’t be horrible but she used me as a launching pad.

But it’s not all bad.

I have a scar on my arm from the burn which I can play with when bored. My mouth is still sensitive but I’m learning to chew on both sides of my mouth once again. Soon I’ll have another crown to add to the collection.
Denyce is gaining strength in her other leg and has mastered the art of the ‘hobble’. 
We experienced what it must have been like back at the turn of the century living for a few hours like barbarians without running water. And we only paid 1200 dollars for the experience. A deal at half the cost! 
I have two wonderful scars going down my inner thigh with which to remember Clary.

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Clary growls for all occasions. She growls when she plays and when she sleeps.  Those are good growls.  When She is on alert and doing her job, or thinks she is doing her job her growls can be a very scary experience. It is not one of those wimpy growls, she is a big dog with a deep serious voice, of course chasing away the unwanted is her job. Most of the time she jumps up and barks which is scary in the ‘boo’ sort of way but not in the ‘Uh Oh…Something Bad’s About to Happen’ Sort of way.

Great Pyranees are not only guard dogs but they are nocturnal. One late night, around two in the morning I heard the growl, chances are she heard a deer outside, a truck going down the street, a leaf blowing in the neighbours yard. Trying not to wake Denyce I try to calm Clary before she goes into an all out barking frenzy.

The growl deepens, “Clary” I stage whisper, “come here!” As I tap the side of the bed. Clary loves to be touched and calms her right down. But as my fingers dangle off the edge of the bed in total darkness feeling for Clary’s big snout I can’t help but wonder if this is a good idea. There is always the possibility of losing a finger or two. But dismissing the thought as her growl comes again, I repeatedly call her over while trying not to wake my wife. But alas I hear my wife mutter in a groggy voice, “you ever wonder if it’s us she is thinking about attacking?

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I know this is a question that has been burning deep within us all. Why did the dinosaurs leave Europe? As you all know, over 200 million years ago some of the dinosaurs packed up and migrated from Europe. A few points of interest here. 1. They moved after Pangaea (The earths super continent) broke apart . 2 Immigration laws were just as lax then as they are now. 3. Scientists know they migrated because of Facebook. No my wonderful but silly followers the dinosaurs did not document every single aspect of their lives by posting on Facebook, their fingers were far too clumsy to type. Instead scientists used Network theory, the same process used to track and study internet data like how we connect and move through Facebook. Because I value the readers of this blog I went to all the trouble to look up network theory so I could explain it to you. Unfortunately it requires a lot of words and graphs and all sorts of stuff.  I got rather sleepy after the first few words. So if you really want to know about network theory I suggest google, and please feel free to post your findings in the comment section below.

You may be wondering why I’m discussing this? You are not alone as I often wonder why I talk about certain things. Actually what caught my attention was the more specific question of, How did they cross the great waters? After all the super continent had broken up and I doubt T-Rex would have taken a boat even with an all you can eat buffet, I just don’t see it.  And air travel is out, their carry on would never fit in that little compartment above the seat.  If you have not traveled by air as of late, let me tell you the airlines have become very picky about that sort of thing.

The answers are two fold. 1. Land bridges of course. The second was more interesting. One scientist decided that they swam across the great waters. And how did he come up with this scientific theory? Through great research? No? Through fossil evidence? No, he surmised that elephants can swim, therefore dinosaurs should have been able to swim. Makes perfect scientific sense to me.

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