Friday, February 22, 2013

Day 1165

There must be some money in the neighborhood. When I left the cool restaurant this morning, I noticed that my car was parked right next to a brand new McLaren MP4-12C. What a beautiful car! I've seen plenty of Ferrari's in Dallas, but this was the first time I've spotted a McLaren. I was curious who actually owned the car, since everyone in the restaurant was dressed like a homeless person. I guess this just underscores how blurred the boundaries between style and substance have become. Any one of the disheveled looking guys wearing grungy wool hats and plaid shirts could have been a hedge fund manager or the star of a new reality series. Maybe the guy who owns the McLaren will give me a ride someday. I'd love to tool around the neighborhood in a 618 horsepower rocket that goes from 0 to 60 in three seconds.

Sadly, my "go-to" breakfast at the cool restaurant may soon be off limits. I ran the scrumptious concoction made with two over-easy eggs on a bed of spicy pulled pork, spinach and hash browned potatoes through my tracker app and discovered that this single dish contained 171% of my entire daily cholesterol allotment. I had always considered this dish a "healthy" meal too. Sad!

I finally got a new assignment that isn't due in two hours. One of my European clients has given me an entire week to write an article for them. Such luxury! I've also been asked to bid on a new video project. Things are looking up.

When I was walking the dogs this morning, Dot tripped on a rock and started limping. We stopped for a while and I gently massaged her leg. Within a few minutes she seemed fine again. Dot is getting old and it is sad to see her start to fade. She seems a bit fragile now. Dot is the most athletic Dalmatian we have ever had and it's going to be hard on her when she starts to lose her mobility. Aging isn't much fun, for humans or their pets.

Maggie is today's Dalmatian of the Day
Watch of the Day


  1. How do you get assignments that actually pay enough to live on? I write for 2.2 cents a word. Hardly worth it, but I need ever dollar I can get. And yes, it's really sad to see dogs get old. Maggie is really slipping... I sense a tough decision in my near future.

    1. For many, many years I wouldn't even go near a keyboard unless I was getting at least a dollar a word. It's a little harder to get that in today's market, but I guess I've still got a long way to fall before I hit two cents. Maggie will tell you when it's time. I hope she still has a strong will to live, even though she is getting frail. It's sad to see an active dog lose their will to live...

  2. Thanks, John... she is mentally ok most of the time. Some strange barking patterns some days that make me nuts. Really slow... no more walks... failing kidneys. She's 15... I think we are definitely in our final year. Last year I got a real payment from a magazine. $800 for about 1200 words. That was awesome! But you don't get anything like that online. And for 2.2 cents they want flawless grammar and no typos. Even I can't manage to not make an occasional comma error.