September 15, 2010

A rare occurrence.

Two (non)posts in one day? Well, I just felt like I had to since I found out one of the commentor/bloggers who used to wander around here regularly, Dave Helton of Red Georgia Clay, suffered a total loss of his house due to fire on Tuesday morning.

Dave reports that he and his wife, their dogs and their horsies are all okay, although two felines are missing and presumed to be only missing and not reduced to kitty briquettes.

Dave says they (he and his wife, not the cats) have good homeowner's insurance, but this sort of incident is never easy, even if it is only stuff and things that are gone. Given the geographic distance between here and north Georgia, I'm not able to do much in the way of physical help, but I did promise him that his family would be in my family's prayers, and I'd like to ask you all to do the same.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at September 15, 2010 03:24 PM

We tie so much into our house, wanting the safe/secure/comfortable home we take for granted ... until it's gone. Hope the Helton's can regroup and come out stronger. There are many families losing their homes to economic calamity, and we'll see more for a while.

I realize you posted twice in a day, let alone a month, but the public is clamoring for your erudite opinion IN A REAL POST about the Coney Island Possums (cousins of yours?). Here's a preview:
"They are everywhere," said Theresa Scavo, chairwoman for Community Board 15, which represents Sheepshead Bay and surrounding south Brooklyn neighborhoods.

"Didn't any of those brain surgeons realize that the opossums were going to multiply?"

Read more:

Can Possums multiply past the 9x9 multiplication table?

Posted by: Marc V at September 23, 2010 08:17 AM

I saw that article and was completely flabbergasted. What flippin' genius thought that POSSUMS would make a good predator!? I know possums are omnivores, and they can eat live meat foods, but they are basically scavengers, and will eat anything available before they decide it's time to move on to actually having to hunt something. They probably do just fine on garbage and dead pigeons and squirrels.

Well, New York's got Bloombugs, and now I guess Bloombonic plague is next.

If only there were a skinny guy named Dan who could save them all...

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 23, 2010 11:32 AM