December 9th, 2005

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Weird behavior on the freeway

This morning, trying to entertain myself while stuck in traffic, I noticed some of the behavior of the people driving around me more than I usually do. I noted, and was amused by, the motorcyclist with a Mountain Dew strapped to his front forks. I also noticed this freak who I ended up driving behind for several miles. I cannot believe what he was doing while driving, and so must share the story.

I noticed as I was watching him go by and preparing to get behind him that his passenger window was open. This struck me as odd, particularly as it was cold and he had no passenger. I could see a window open if he were a smoker, however no smoker I know uses the passenger window for this purpose. After I moved into the space behind him the man kept looking to the right, continually turning away from his rush-hour-stop-and-go driving to face the car beside him. The driver of the white Bronco (or are they called Escapes now?) also had their window open so it appeared that this crazy man in front of me was trying to have a conversation with whomever was driving the car. This seemed especially likely since it appeared he was also pacing the car in the slow lane. How on earth he thought he could talk to a person in another car over the freeway noise while commuting is still beyond me.

Finally traffic forced the man (who I'd decided at this point was insane) to push forward and stop pacing the Bronco. As we're moving forward, I noticed that this guy is looking at everything. He looks at the big brightly colored trucks, but he's paying particular attention to cars with women in them. In fact, the driver of the Bronco was a woman, and didn't seem to be aware that the guy in front of me had been staring at her. In fact, about the time I figured out that this guy was probably trying to pick up women on the freeway while commuting, I noticed that he seemed to be staring at me in the rearview mirror. It totally creeped me out.

After changing lanes to get to my exit, I checked out the guys passenger window. It was closed, as I expected. I wonder if that poor woman had any idea he'd been trying to have a conversation with her.
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Friday Five

1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

I really wanted to be a Scientist who Invented Things. Yes, the scientist bit was non-specific.

2. Did you follow through? If not, what happened?

Heh. Right, that's what I'm going to do. Invent Things. I think I got stuck by not having any ideas on what to invent, other than a flying car. And really, that died with Back to the Future 2.

3. Is your life turning out the way you thought it would when you were a kid? If not, is it better or worse?

This is totally not where I intended to be when I was little. I definitely didn't want to work in an office, and certainly didn't intend to be married. The marriage part makes me happy, but the office working I could do without. Some day I will work for myself. Dammit.

4. Paradoxes aside, if you could time-travel back to when you were 10 years old, what would you tell your 10-year-old self?

Learn to make friends. Wanting friends doesn't make you vulnerable, it makes you happy. Taking your own sweet time to figure this out will mean that you waste a lot of time feeling isolated when really every teenager is going through the same damned things.

5. Do you think the child you were, would like the adult you've become?

Nope. Little me was rather... judgemental about married people. Especially those who compromised. I think she might have been blinded by that.
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Raw cat food

I've been interested in raw cat food for a while now, ever since one of the ladies in my communications class gave a speech on how well her dog responded to a real food diet. If I remember correctly, her dog had a disease (diabetes?) that was cured by switching to a real food diet. I talked to my vet about it once and she said "don't you think you should just leave that to the experts? The pet food industry has been making stuff for a long time (expertise implied here)." Well, I know exactly how well the food industry works (why the hell do they put food coloring in everything?). Anything to turn a profit, right? Why not just put hormones in our milk!

So when I came across CatInfo, I decided to spend a day reading about raw catfood. Its not like I have anything more pressing to work on. The contention is that anything that closely resembles a cats natural diet is better than what's provided in processed food. I'm not sure that I believe this, particularly as I look at my "natural" diet and am astounded at how short it falls from what's actually good for me. So natural with supplements seems to be the best of both worlds, at least as far as I can tell.

Some of the claims make sense: that carbs, which cats can't process, cause obesity and in turn leads to diabetes; that vitamin B complex is important; that bones are important for healthy cats. But some of it seems, well it just seems silly. Raw food will make my cat more catlike? The food should be mouse body temperature? They'll consume less food? Cats shouldn't have any vegetables? Right. My cat gets cranky if she doesn't get enough veggies, and cats certainly voluntarily eat grass.

Nevertheless, I find myself intrigued by the idea. Is it really possible that my little fatty would lose weight and stop compulsively eating if I switched him from dry food? What about my poor little monkey who occasionally has bloody stool? Will more vitamin B repel fleas? It's hard to avoid being optimistic about such a simple switch. Especilly since making catfood would mean that I could control the amount of psyllium they get during shedding season. I guess when we're done with this batch of dry food, the kitties will switch to wet. And then we'll go from there.

Links:
catnutrition.org
Flea Treats
Study Shows 'Catkins' Diet Helps Cats Beat Diabetes