Pierce College Drill Team

April 24, 2012 - Leave a Response

The drill team consists of members of the Pierce College herd school horses. Most are quarter horses, a couple are mustangs, all are geldings.

Tommy the mustang. You can see his BLM tattoo.

This pretty paint is named Mac.
Mac has been with the Pierce herd for years.

Farm Walk at Pierce College: Equine Performers!

April 24, 2012 - Leave a Response

Dancing horses, dressage horses, minis and more!

Farm Walk at Pierce College

April 24, 2012 - Leave a Response

Breed Bigots stoop to new lows

March 3, 2012 - 4 Responses

We’re all familiar with the racist policies most apartment managers have these days. It’s difficult enough to find a complex that allows pets, but even when you do, they throw another hurdle at you: They either only permit icky “purse dogs” (One building has a 5lb weight limit on dogs. Good God. A hamster weighs more), or else they ban practically any breed worth owning. Recently, two local apartment corporations have stooped to new lows. Interestingly, both have complexes in Simi Valley – not a city know for its racial tolerance of people, let alone animals.

The worst offender is Sequoia Equities (They own Shadow Ridge and The Villas at Wood Ranch – and possibly others). Read just how psychotic their pet policy is: http://www.experienceshadowridge.com/p/apartments/pet_policy/simi-valley-ca-93065/shadow-ridge-apartment-homes-5404 

Yes, besides the usual victims, they even ban standard poodles, poodle mixes, basset hounds and ALL terriers save for Westies, Yorkies, and Jack Russells ( ehh, hate to tell them this, but Jack Russells can be very destructive dogs if kept in apartments). Even Dandie Dinmonts and fox terriers are banned!

But it just keeps getting dumber: one of their photos shows a dog snuggling with a cat. Interesting, the dog appears to be part German Shepherd – one of their banned breeds!!! Oh you’ve got to be fucking kidding me.

Another silly one is Fairfield Residential. They own Rancho Corrales in a toney section of Simi (seedy??) Valley. Among other things, their policy forbids dogs younger than 1 year old and most of the usual victims of breed discrimination, plus dalmations, huskies, and St. Bernards. They even require written approval for a bird or a fish. After their extensive list of banned breeds, they finish by saying, “We reserve the right to add additional restricted breeds at any time.” So in other words, all dogs are banned.

It is bad enough we have to deal with the usual breeds being banned. But these two corporations stoop to new lows and they must be stopped NOW. They need to learn that dogs are going to be the least of their concerns.

READ THEIR POLICIES, Call them now and give them hell.

Sequoia Equities: 1987 Ridgegate Lane, Simi Valley, CA 93065 (805) 328-3176 ‎

http://www.experienceshadowridge.com/

http://www.indianoaksapts.com/

Fairfield Residential: http://www.ranchocorrales-apts.com/

643 Country Club Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065 | phone 866-847-3491

We welcome you and your best friend, too!

Looking for a new home for you and your pet? We are one of the few pet friendly communities in the area and enthusiastically welcome you and your pet (Some restrictions apply).

Pet Overview: Dogs and cats welcome. Your pet must be one year of age, have had health check and shots and be spayed or neutered. A signed animal addendum is required to be on file in our leasing office.

Deposit and Pet Rent: $500 deposit, $35 monthly pet rent

Additional Details: We also welcome your domestic pet if it is a bird or fish with written approval from our onsite management team. No reptiles or exotic animals please. Fish tanks are not to exceed 55 gallons.

Support Animals: If the animal is a service animal for a disabled person, pet deposits are not necessary and breed restrictions do not apply. A signed Letter Regarding Support Animals from a qualified professional verifying the need for the service animal along with proof of current rabies shots and licenses (if legally applicable) is required.

Breed Restrictions: We welcome all breeds of dogs at least one year old, except the following breed or mixed breed: Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Chow, Dalmatian, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Husky, Pit Bull Terriers*, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard and Wolf Dog Hybrids.* (including all Pit Bull breeds – American Pit Bull Terriers, American or Irish Straffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers, Pit Bulls, American Bull Dogs, and Presa Canario.) We reserve the right to add additional restricted breeds at any time.

New Year’s Eve 2011!

December 31, 2011 - One Response

Most of the country is already safely into 2012. They are reassuring those of us here in the Pacific Time Zone, where it is still 2011, that all is well in the New Year. The world still exists, 2012 is nothing to fear. Whew!

A Springsteen lyric is apropos for those ahead of the Pacific Time Zone: “…We’re livin’ in the future, and none of this has happened yet.”

Happy New Year! May 2012 be filled with nothing but health, happiness, fun times and prosperity for all of us. May all your wishes come true!

No creatures were stirring….BECAUSE EVERYTHING WAS CLOSED!!!

December 24, 2011 - Leave a Response

It’s Christmas Eve, and not even a mouse can get some cheese tonight. Because every damn store and business feels obligated to close down.

This despite the proliferation of highly sensitive individuals and groups who feel deeply offended by the very mention of Christmas. Despite the fact that Americans are fleeing religion en masse, and membership of non-Christian religions is growing thanks in part to the large number of immigrants. Thus, we have a large population of people in this country who either do not celebrate Christmas, or else do celebrate, but do not think it a sacred enough day to shut down entire cities.

Then there is the economy. So many people in the US are out of work, or under worked. Even most Christians today would be happy to work on Christmas Eve and Day in order to get much needed funds. Others prefer to work as they have nothing else to do today.

So why do most businesses still close early, or do not open at all, or even remain closed for days or even weeks?

If they cannot find the staff to work these days, then that’s a different story, of course. But it would benefit society in so many ways to keep these places open.

11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month of the 11th Year…Happy Veteran’s Day!

November 11, 2011 - Leave a Response

Even though I did not celebrate such a special Veteran’s/Armistice Day the way I would have liked, I did manage to do a little something today and drag a vet to one of the many restaurants whoch were kindly serving free meals to veterans on this day.

His choice was Applebee’s in Chatsworth. He wore his Marine vet hat and a USMC sweater. I wore my Absolute Marines t-shirt. On the way up to the place we encountered others wearing Marine jackets, shirts or hats. My friend exchanged cheerful remarks with others waiting who noticed his hat and shirt.

We arrived around 5:20 and the joint was already packed. The wait was said to be 1:15 hours.

My friend made the best of the time by greeting other vets, and I enjoyed watching them. I would say a small majority of the parties included at least one Marine. The next most common would be Army, then Navy. I believe I saw two USAFs. Perhaps more. It was nice to see that there were quite a few WWII vets in attendance!! Always so heartening to see them out and about! I’m very happy they got a free and high quality dinner tonight. I think these vets should always be offered a free meal. It’s the least they can do for them.

The wait was actually much shorter than they said it would be. The meal was brought to us promptly, and I splurged and ordered a Kahlua for myself as well as a meal. We had fun, and then some real laughs (or, more likely, giggles) occurred when a band of Marines – in dress uniforms waited outside. A few came in and stood by the bar. One of them bore a striking resemblance to a character in a war movie I’d seen recently. Possibly  “The Pacific”.

We did not take our time; we figured we should eat and leave so as to not make people wait any longer than they did.

On our way out, my friend was greeted with smiles and camaraderie from the rest of the young Marines still waiting outside. I leered at each one of them and smiled, and got bright-eyed looks & smiles right back.

Now THAT was a pleasure!

Who did they think they were?

April 16, 2011 - Leave a Response

Unfortunately for us, with progress usually comes regress.  For every step forward, we take one or two more back.  Major problems facing our society today include the sad fact that nothing is sacred, one must always take the easy way out, and everything – and everyone – is replaceable. We throw good stuff away. By good stuff, I not only mean objects, but animals and people as well.  Yes, we throw away people too. I’m not talking about literally, although we do have plenty of examples of that with all the murder victims found in dumpsters, and babies thrown out. But we also throw out people every time we give up on someone or stop associating with someone, merely because the individual is no longer pleasing us; perhaps they said something we don’t like, isn’t living up to expectations, or did something to anger us. So we toss them out. And replace them with someone else.

Animals have it even worse. They are literally thrown out. Sometimes merely because they are no longer new and “cool”.  Other time they made the fatal sin of making a mistake. They peed on the carpet, barked, dug, scratched, bit, chewed. Sometimes they aren’t compatible with new people, pets, or even furniture. Yes, animals get thrown out for not matching the furniture. Or they take too much time. Or a fad goes away. Or “we can’t take him with us.” Or they grew too big, aren’t aggressive enough, are too aggressive, too energetic, shed too much, no longer useful for fighting or breeding, or…or…or…So they get dumped at a pound, where the stench of urine and death linger in their sensitive noses 24/7. Odds are, they will not get adopted. Next they get dragged off and killed like parasites, stored in a freezer, dumped into a trash bag, and thrown out or sent off for rendering.

What gave them the right to abandon their responsibility as a pet caretaker? Why is it acceptable to dump and kill a fairly highly evolved life form such as a dog, cat, horse, or rabbit? It can’t speak your language, so it must not think or feel, and even if it did, its thoughts and feelings are not as important as yours, and thus, it is ok when they die or suffer. It is not like you are, thus its pain is ok. It is lesser than you. Nothing else matters except you and your selfish whims. Some people in dire circumstances really don’t have a choice. But we aren’t talking about those people. We’re talking about those with ordinary difficulties, who should be able to find acceptable solutions.

But solving problems is not EASY! And we want things EASY! It isn’t EASY to cure an animal of bad habits, convince household members to co-exist with said animal, or keep up with the needs of an animal. And it’s so EASY to just dump them in a death chamber somewhere. who cares, right? Out of sight, out of mind! problem solved, just like that! After all, we’ll get another pet someday….

Staying safe – real world advice

February 20, 2011 - Leave a Response

There is plenty of information floating around out there on how to stay safe from urban predators. Much of it doesn’t seem to come from people who have actually practiced this out there on the streets. So here is some advice that I’ve learned not via others, but through personal experience trying to stay safe in the Southern California area. If you’re smart, you observe things. You figure things out on your own; you don’t need others telling you.

So to start with, keep your phone in your hands and ready to dial 911 at all times.

Just because it’s a nice, ritzy neighborhood, does not mean it is safe. Robbers love nice neighborhoods. They think everyone in them has money.

Worried about someone walking behind you or driving alongside you? Take a casual glance in store windows, car windows, puddles of water – anything that gives off a reflection. This way, you can see what the person behind you is doing – and looking at – without turning around.

Do NOT stare. Do not stare at people, even if they are behind you. Turning around once is fine, but do not get that look of sheer terror on your face just because someone has the audacity to be walking behind you. Assuming an individual is a criminal will piss off even the most mild mannered person. He or she may not have meant you harm before, but they sure do now!

If you really are concerned about being followed, do not go home. Keep walking or driving to the nearest open business and hang out inside there for awhile until the other person has wandered off. If the individual is still following you, now it’s time to call the cops. As a general rule, if anyone is behind you, don’t go directly home. Just circle around and go home after the other person is gone. You never know.

Certain types of cars are more likely to contain criminals than others. Vans, minivans, sports cars, pickup trucks. Vans are good for grabbing people and pulling them inside, and are often driven by shady characters. So are pickup trucks. Those are often driven by illegals, who are very likely to at least disturb and harass you, if nothing else. SUVs and sports cars are driven by assholes who will try to run you over or at least, scream their drunken asses off at you. When you see these cars, pay a bit more attention.

Cars parked along the side of the road are great at protecting you from abductions. Someone driving by can’t just reach out and snatch you if there is a car between you and him. Then again, do pay attention to parked cars as someone who is sitting in one could try to grab you and pull you in. Again, vans and RVs are good for abductions, but any car can be dangerous.

When ever you feel in danger, talk on the phone. Don’t get so into your conversation that you get distracted, but being on the phone can scare off certain types of criminals. Even pretending to talk on the phone can help. It’s saved me on more than one occasion. And speak loudly.

If you see a truly suspicious person, try to get these facts (although try to get them in a casual  manner that doesn’t make it obvious you are studying the suspect): Race, clothes, gender, height, weight, age, car. You may not remember most of these details if all you get is a casual glance at the guy. Clothes, sex, and race are especially important. Even shoes. A suspect may be able to change his clothes quickly, but not likely his shoes. Does he or she have any scars? Earrings? Tats? Any unusual marks on him? Anything unique about this person at all? Hair? Hat? Again, you’re not going to remember most of this in an emergency situation, so do try to practice this with friends before something actually happens.

Sometimes criminals will try to stop you on the street and ask you seemingly innocent questions, such as ask for a cigarette, a light, money, the time, where a street is. Most of the time, these people don’t mean any harm, but just in case, don’t stop too close to the person, and do TALK LOUDLY. LOUD TALK can frighten some criminals. “YEAH, VENTURA BLVD IS THAT WAY!!!!!” “SORRY, I DON’T HAVE ANY CASH ON ME!!!!!!!!!”

Do remember, most people out walking or driving at night are NOT hoodlums. Do not stare, but be aware. Do not glare at them or watch them as though it’s your job to catch every scumbag on the planet. Just merely be aware that there is a person there, take proper precautions, and go about your business or just discreetly remove yourself from the situation (i.e, calmly walk across the street and go into a store).

At night, if you are walking while carrying a purse, put it in a shopping bag. A shopping bag is less likely to attract a robber than a purse.

Do not call 911 because you see something suspicious unless you honestly feel someone is about to attack  – or is seriously following you. Call a non-emergency number such as 1-877-ASK LAPD instead.

A few more trips: Keep a working cell phone, pepper spray, mugging wallet or purse (a wallet or purse with nothing in it – just something to throw at a robber) with you at all times. A knife and a large dog do not hurt either. A chihuahua cannot help you on the street, but they are good watchdogs for the home. They can at least alert you that someone is there.

George Carlin on aging

September 17, 2010 - Leave a Response

“One of the best things about getting old is that you get to forget stuff, even important stuff. You can even make believe you have Alzheimer’s disease. Ah, that’s a lot of fun. Works great at the family dinner table.

You look around and say ‘Who are you people and where is my horse?’ 

Then you stare at your oldest son and say ‘Agnes! I haven’t seen you since first communion!’

It fucks them up. It’ll take them a week to get over that shit, and they’ll listen to you a lot more carefully from then on.

So don’t be afraid of getting old, it’s a great time of life. You get to take advantage of people…and you’re not responsible for anything!”

Thanks to Carlin for giving all of us something to look forward to one day. Wisdom is very nice, but nothing beats having a good laugh at the expense of friends and family members!