Archive for the ‘Off-Topic’ Category

Off-Season Rant: Drug Overdose and Preseason

July 16, 2008

Ok ok… so this isn’t about a sports athlete or even a person at all. It’s about my cats! But can you blame me? It’s off-season for the NHL and this event made me angry.

I took both of my cats (approximately 1 years old) to the vet yesterday after one of them had signs of having tapeworms (usually a result of fleas). As with anytime you take your pets in, they first do a quick physical exam of them including taking weight measurements. And the method they use to take the weight of each animal is to weigh the animal while still in its carrier, then weigh the carrier and subtract it from the total weight. Pretty simple, right?

Well they took the weight of each cat in their respective carriers and then forgot to subtract out the weight of the carrier! They then proceeded to give them a shot to treat the tapeworms, with the dosage of the shot being determined by the weight of the cat. Well, guess what? My cat doesn’t weigh 16 lbs.!!! They technically overdosed my cats! I discovered this after I dropped the cats off at home and headed to work. So, I called them up and asked about it. They basically said “oops” and told me to bring them back immediately if they begin to vomit or have diarrhea. Are you idiots??

I now had to skip out on work to keep an eye on the cats. The cats did have slight vomiting, however not enough to be of concern. They made it through the night and seem to be okay now. I’m not a huge cat person, but these cats are amazing and plus my wife would kill someone if something happened to them.


Sharks announced their entire pre-season schedule for the 08/09 season (view). The usual opponents include the Ducks, Kings, Coyotes, and Canucks.


Off-Season Rant: I need gas money!

July 15, 2008

Gas is hovering around $4.60/gallon and I commute over 40 miles to work everyday. That’s 80+ miles round trip! Thankfully I have a somewhat fuel efficient Corolla. I would move if I could afford to. However, the closer you get to LA, the worst the housing costs. Never understood that, considering how worse the housing gets as well. Anyway… speaking of gas prices…

With gas prices on the rise and the economy coming to a standstill – like the lines at the release of the new iphone (idiots, get a life) – Minnesota Wild’s Stephane Veilleux fired his agent and took back his 4% (story). Go Stephane! Stephane awoke from his deep slumber and quickly realized that he possesses a law degree from Cornell.

“I was rummaging through my sock drawer one day looking for gas money and found this piece of paper with my name on it,” stated Veilleux with excitement. “Then I thought, why am I paying a guy 4% of my salary to do something that I am fully capable of? I could have used the extra 4% to fill up my ride – a Porsche 911.”

Veilleux is now assisting Radulov with contract negotiations.