Monthly Archives: October 2006

Happy Halloween!

Well, Halloween pt.2, anyway. Some of you were there so already know this, but on Saturday night we hosted a kickin’ Halloween Party. Probably one day I’ll put up pictures (if I ever get them off of my camera, anyway).

The next day, 50 mph winds took out most of our outdoor decorations, so yesterday happicow and I had to rescue Halloween proper. I think we managed to successfully salvage things, so it only makes sense to have more festivities tonite, right?

So, in honor of the occassion I’m gonna have a scary movie (here’s what I have, feel free to bring more!) / lan party / whatever night at my place tonite, if anyone’s interested. We can hang out and terrorize trick-or-treaters, too! If you’re in, just get in touch beforehand and come over some time after 17:00.

Halloween Greetings - Beware of ye wiles of Satan!

R.I.P., Mike

This morning, after a long fight with cancer, Mike passed away. The chemo let in pneumonia, and his lungs failed. I don’t think I want to talk about it anymore, it’s in poor taste.

The wake is tomorrow, and the funeral is on Monday.

Edit: (2006-10.22) Correction- viewings are Sunday 19:00-21:00, Monday 14:00-16:00 and Monday 19:00-21:00. The service is on Tuesday at 10:00.

R.I.P., Crumb

A couple of hours ago, Crumb was euthanized.

For the past few weeks, I’d noticed him getting bonier, but I just chalked it up to him getting old (he was two years old, and rats only live for 2-3 years, generally). Today, I found him lying on the bottom of the cage, not doing too well at all. We called the Cornell Animal hospital (getting a poor vet student out of bed), and after a bit of “troubleshooting”, and Crumb getting worse, brought him in. At the hospital, he wasn’t breathing too well, so they put him on oxygen. That didn’t work, and they performed CPR. That worked, but he was no longer breathing on his own. The apparent root cause is a massive stomach tumor he had, which apparently took up most of his stomach, and likely spread to other parts of his body.

At this point, the only humane option was to put him down. It’s not likely that he suffered.

Bat friend!

Tonight while I was playing WoW, Dexter chased something flying and flappy into my room. At first I thought is was a large moth (it was dark, and all I saw was a blur), but then I realized it was way too large for that… It was a bat!


It was completely awesome, but also a bit scary because it was flapping all over to get away from the cat, and I didn’t want to have to go get rabies shots in case I got cut. So, after yelling for Andrea to come and see, and then hiding behind her like a little girl as she tried to catch it with gardening gloves for protection (we both screamed like little girls a few times here), we let it go in the backyard.

I hope it doesn’t die. It was cute, despite being mildly virally threatening.

We don’t know how it got in, but I imagine it lives in our attic with friends, and Andrea theorized that it crawled into the house proper via the crack under the cubbyhole door in happicow‘s room.