Archive for September, 2006


Quick and Painless

September 29, 2006

I just got done with the home inspection part of the adoption process. There wasn’t much to it. The woman came by, looked around only a little bit, and had me fill out a form. Hopefully I’ll be hearing back from Joanne soon to arrange a meeting with the dogs. If I like the dogs, I’ll end up taking them for the 30 day trial period. That could happen as early as sometime within the next week; that depends in part on if my brother can take care of them while I’m in LA next weekend. If he can’t, it will have to wait until after I get back. It’s frightening how quickly this is all happening.


Phase 2: Completed

September 29, 2006

I just got off the phone with Joanne, the woman in charge of the basset rescue group here in Denver. She seemed thrilled that I was interested in Gladys and Scout, which I take as a good sign. She’s going to call my mom this afternoon to verify that we are allowed to have dogs in the condo (mom owns the condo, so it’s her call). No surprises here, I’ve already talked this over with mom.

I mentioned that I would like to meet the dogs at their boarding facility before taking them in for the 30 day trial period; if I’m lucky that will happen this weekend. I had anticipated this being a slow process, but Joanne seems keen to get these two out of the facility and into someone’s home, so it may go more quickly than I expected. I also made sure to tell her that I’d be going out of town next weekend, so it would be best to wait until I return to start the 30 day trial period. We’ll see…

I’m starting to get a little nervous now, as taking these dogs in will require some changes in my life due to the added responsibility. I think, however, that given a little time the changes will become habit in the same way that getting up and going to work became a habit. But the thought of being responsible for two lives other than my own is a little unsettling.


Wish Me Luck

September 26, 2006

I just submitted an application to the High Country Basset Hound Rescue & Adoption Service for adopting a basset hound. It’s going to be a long process, I gather, but hopefully by the end of it I’ll have a pair of bassets to keep me and my brother company in the condo.


American Astronaut (Again)

September 21, 2006

So I went to see American Astronaut again. I love that movie and don’t think I’ll ever tire of it. Afterwards the Billy Nayer Show did a concert. It was a lot of fun. On my way out of the planetarium—did I forget to mention both the movie and the concert were in Fiske Planetarium?—I saw Cory McAbee standing by the merchandise table. Quickly I went and bought a copy of the American Astronaut DVD, and took it over to him. He signed it to my brother for his birthday. Pretty cool gift, I think. One of a kind.

Anyway, seeing the movie again made me start thinking about all the fun times David, Micah, and I had when the three of us were living together. Knowing that they often read this due to PTC, I thought I would mention that, just so you guys know I was thinking about you tonight.

It was a good movie, and a good concert. I’ve never seen a live laser show before. All in all, time and money well spent. Now I think I’ll collapse, I’m pretty tired.


Baby Steps Into Adulthood

September 6, 2006

It’s funny. In this country when you turn 18 you are legally an adult. But the things that make you—or at least, make me—feel truly grown up come in small doses spread out over the years.

I remember my freshman year of college having to deal with some problem; I don’t even remember what it was now. I had to make a couple of phone calls to straighten something out, though. It was the kind of thing that my parents would normally have done, or at least helped me to do, when I was still living at home. It wasn’t a big deal, I didn’t quite know who to call about whatever it was, so I had to look up a couple of numbers in the yellow pages and call around until I found someone that could help me and get things straightened out. I remember thinking at the time that this is what being an adult is. As a kid it always seems like adults know how to handle these situations. In reality they don’t always—and if they do it’s because they’ve already struggled through figuring it out the first time. Being an adult does not mean knowing how to deal with lots of situations, but learning to deal with situations that you have no idea how to deal with. This, I think, was my first baby step into adulthood.

Today—just five minutes ago, in fact—I booked myself a round trip flight to L.A. for the first weekend of October. There’s a Capoeira encounter out there that weekend and a few of us from class are going. The reason I mention this—in fact it is the impetus for the entire post—is that this is the first time I have set up a trip for myself by myself. I have taken vacations alone before, usually down to Durango to visit Joe. But those are just road trips; no big deal. For the first time I have booked and paid for my own flight to another city. I’m excited. It promises to be a good trip. A whole weekend of Capoeira. I’m going to be so exhausted on Monday.

That’s one small step for me, one… well, I’m actually pretty sure this hasn’t affected mankind at all.