Thumb’s Up Thumb’s Down 2/19/09

I know I sounded like one of those energy vampires I wrote about last week in my posting about the doom and gloom the feds forecasted yesterday.  Even I – the optimistic writer – gets caught up in the ongoing barrage of negativity in this economy.  I gave myself a scolding for being negative yesterday because people who know me personally know I usually laugh at everything I can laugh at and I try to stay away from those who don’t.

There is no laughter in my heart for the chimp gone wild story.  I give a big thumb’s down to having wild animals as pets.  I have done a lot of work at wild animal rescue organizations here in Florida.  When I first looked into assisting these shelters I noticed that we do have a monkey rescue.  One of the requirements to work there is you need to have Hepatitis immunizations.  That was enough to say to me that this is perhaps not the place I want to volunteer.

I remember as a young child going to Cedar Point Amusement Park and see the Jungle Larry Show.  Jungle Larry was a celebrity zoo keeper who worked between Florida and Ohio.  He showed us the chimpanzee bite scars on his arms.  He told people that chimps are dangerous pets to have in the house.  I believed him.  What I don’t get is why the media is dwelling on the killing of this poor confused animal and nothing is being said about his victim who almost lost her life.  Thumb’s down to that.

As I was saying, we have wild animal rescues here.  In fact we have two large cat rescues about 10 miles from where I live.  While they do have to be inspected and they do have to meet standards all that can blow in the wind if the wind comes through and takes down the fencing.  We do get tornadoes here in Florida and that is a concern of the local near-by neighbors.

I asked the manager/owner of one of the big cat rescues why he had no white tigers – and he clearly said no one wants them.  They seem to have an extremely vicious side to them.  Remember Siegfried and Rooy?  In fact they used to very expensive to purchase and now they are “on sale”.

I just cannot believe people do not understand these animals belong in the wild or in a zoo with properly sized living areas and not in  your bed.  Siegfried and Rooy allegedly allowed the cats on their bed.  Chimpanzee woman slept with Travis.  I am rolling my eyes.

Moving on to a really inspirational story a huge thumb’s up to the 73 year old man who has not only returned to college but plays on the college basketball team.

Mink, 73, is a 6-foot, 190-pound newcomer to the Roane State (Tenn.) junior college basketball team about 35 miles west of Knoxville.

He’s likely the oldest person to ever play college hoops. To put Mink in perspective, Utah State’s Gary Wilkinson will be among the oldest Division I players this season; he just turned 26.

Now that man and that college and all the team mates deserve a huge thumb’s up.

I was perusing the news today looking for interesting pieces for this column and I came across the news that more and more hotels are catering to ladies only.  Now that is fantastic and those participating hotels deserve a big thumb’s up.  Some are supplying female accoutrements, others are making entire floors women only.  It is good for making us feel safer for sure, as well as not worrying about seeing your boss in his boxers should you both be picking up your newspapers at the same time.  What a novel idea and about time.

And lst of all for all of you ER fans who are enjoying the way the final season is going breaking news – according to www.backseatcuddler.comnot only is George Clooney coming back to do a reprise of where he has been during the past 9 years BUT Julie Margulies (Nurse Hathaway) is coming back too.  I am a fan of the original cast, and did we not love it when she went to Seattle and there he was on his boat – scruffy and sexy – and he saw her and our hearts collectively melted.

I do have to give the people behind this final season a huge thumb’s up for ending it in a really nice way.  Fans count!

That is it for today, Thursday Feb 19 and that’s a wrap!

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