"what are you reading?"
"its a…online book."
"oh cool, what’s it about?"
I love that everyone just knows
"what are you writing?"
"oh cool, what’s it about?"
"can i read it?"
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I can go back on the internet!
— Someone in the theater at the end of Doctor Who.
There are 6 separate showings tonight o doctor who at my local theater. Six.
APPARENTLY when someone said they needed me to find room for a “polar bear” in the basement what they meant was “a 5,000 artifact arctic collection that includes a musk ox, caribou, a few wolves, seals, arctic foxes, and that’s just the animals.”
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It’s like your in my brain right now.OH JOY, university life, where all the faculty have god-sized egos and the staff have to schlep dead rotting polar bears for peanuts.
styro said: Too late for “Thanks but no thanks,” I guess?
What’s worse is that we’re a public institution. So that means that once someone has accepted a “gift”, it takes a huge stack of paperwork and an act of god to get rid of it.
Oh, do you work at a university, too? I just had to redistribute portraits from storage, they were all falling apart, gotta love giving someone their own portrait where the frame is falling apart. A++ work, team!I do! We should trade horror stories!
Let me tell you a little story about why we do not allow university presidents to go off-message. Because when they escape their handlers, and someone runs up to them and says, “I have a taxidermied arctic animal collection I’d like to give your illustrious school.” They tend to say, “cool! Thanks! We enthusiastically accept!!” Without thinking through important things like 1) where the fuck are we going to put a bunch of stuffed said arctic animals, 2) why do we want said collection, 3) who is going to have to take care of said collection, and 4) what sort of condition are these things in, rotting? Most likely rotting.so…. I’m gonna ask the obvious question. How did you get a polar bear? and for what purpose? and may I ride it to school instead of driving?
So APPARENTLY it is a fucking logistical nightmare to find space for storage of a polar bear because to do so is technically considered trafficking in polar bear parts which is apparently illegal so we have to get special permission to do so and no one thought of this. So not only do we not have space for this polar bear that someone ‘donated’ (they’re probably sipping a $12 latte and saying, “your move now, suckers”) now we’re not even sure how to go about moving it.
tehjennismightier said: Every day I realize again how I know nothing. (Also: please clip flames or lightning bolts into a horse?)
Tracy wants to do stars and I told her that was fine by me. Maybe lightening bolts would be easier.
In fancy shows, people brush sharks-teeth patterns and checker boards into the hair on their butts. If they are ridiculously clean and their coat is really healthy, the hair can be brushed in different directions and it shows up as these patterns in the sun. Like so:
It’s a way of showing off how clean, nice, and fancy your horse is.
- styro said: wut… ignore styro
- tehjennismightier said: I didn’t even know you could clip horses. I still don’t know why you would, unless it’s like flames or lightning bolts on a car chassis.
It’s common to clip horses that are ridden all winter. The clip that Tracy did on Rhythm is called a trace clip and it’s one of the most conservative ones out there, generally used in colder climates or for horses that aren’t ridden every day. The idea is you clip the hair on the parts of the body where they sweat when they work.
With their winter coats, it’s hard to keep them warm while they dry out after sweating, it takes a long time for them to dry, and the sweat attracts a lot of dirt and can irritate the skin. Clipping them makes it easier to dry them and keep the skin clean where they sweat in the winter.
Now that he’s clipped though, it means his cold tolerance isn’t quite as high. He’ll need to be blanketed any time the temps drop below 45 or so, and the lower they go the more blankets he’ll need. Before clipping he could tolerate it if it dipped to freezing as long as it didn’t stay there. I’ll probably make him a fleece snuggie for his neck, but he’s got big thick heavy blankets for his body.
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