National Suicide Prevention Week

On Wednesday, Lastech and I spent the day in the Marin Headlands. It was a foggy, but beautiful day. I only wish it had ended that way. On the way home, we stopped to take a few pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge. I had taken several pictures when I heard the Coast Guard helicopter. I watched it fly under the bridge and it was at that point that I saw the flare on the water.

Flares on the water to help with the victim search
Flares on the water to help with the victim search

When someone jumps, a flare is dropped on the water to show the searchers the direction of the tide. Someone lost a friend, a lover, or a family member that day. It was a painful reminder that I’ve lost two friends to suicide. This post is dedicated to Candy and Dora. It’s too late for them, but not for others.

Disclaimer: jellybeansofdoom is not associated with the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We deeply appreciate what they do.

To reach the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-8255. For Veterans, to reach the Veterans crisis Line, call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. If you are in distress or a friend or family member of someone who is, then please call the number.

Do you know someone who may need help? According to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible by calling the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

The Lifeline is there for anyone. If you are in distress call them. If you have lost someone to suicide and need help then call them. Don’t suffer alone.

Please please please seek help if you need it. The ribbon will take you to the Lifeline.


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Another Smoke Free Anniversary

Three years ago today, Lastech and I smoked our last cigarette. We never looked back. It wasn’t our first try. It wasn’t even a second or third. In fact, We had given up counting. It WAS our final quit. The time was right and we were tired of being slaves to the almighty tobacco.

Since then, our outdoor adventures have expanded to include stairs and steep climbs. Yesterday, I wrote about visiting the Point Reyes Lighthouse and the fact that the descent and return included 308 stair steps (one way). I wouldn’t have made it before the quit.

One of the first things we did once we had some lung function back was to go to Cataract Canyon. I wrote about it back in 2010 and it was called Hiking Cataract Trail in the Marin Municipal Water District.

Lots and lots of climbing
Lots and lots of climbing
It's worth the climb
It’s worth the climb

Nowadays, the ashtray in our car is empty most of the time. When it’s not, it looks like the photo below.

Fennel and lavender
Fennel and lavender


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Memorial Day

Today, we are taking time to remember all those brave men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military.

San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco National Cemetery in The Presidio by Fred Hsu
Normandy American Cemetery
Normandy American Cemetery

We also remember the brave horses and dogs who served in our military and continue to serve to this day.

Coast Guard WWII
Coast Guard
U.S. Field Artillery in Chateau-Thierry 1918
U.S. Field Artillery in Chateau-Thierry 1918


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It’s Our 8th Anniversary

I met Lastech almost ten years ago. We married 8 years ago today. I have to be completely honest and say that life hasn’t always been easy, but being married has not been difficult at all. There are harder things in life than being married to your best friend.

Together we have adopted 4 kitties. We lost a sweet one to cancer, but we still have three.

The Boober, who we miss dearly
The Boober, who we miss dearly
Our other furkids. From left to right: Miss Nightshade Jenny, Tito, and Kitsune aka Maz Whang?
Our other furkids. From left to right: Miss Nightshade Jenny, Tito, and Kitsune aka Maz Whang?

In addition, we have managed to go exploring in the mountains, beaches, and parks of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Big Basin Redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Big Basin Redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Tennessee Cove in Marin County
Tennessee Cove in Marin County
Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park
Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park

Throughout all that, one of our biggest accomplishments occurred in 2008. Together, we quit smoking. Even that wasn’t enough to make us get cranky with each other. I have many words I could use to describe my life with Lastech and boring isn’t one of them.

In other words…

Love

And now for an absurd and almost annoying anniversary song by the Flintstones.


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Frightnin’ night cat blogging: Happy Halloween!

This is a bit of a tour de force: Rhudha-an carved the pumpkin, set up the background, lured Kitsy to pose and shopped the photos in a short afternoon:

Of course, Tito appears as his favorite Halloween character:

Tito

As some of you know, we’re huge fans of the Mighty Boosh here. Watching the series episodes again, it was amazing to see how many unique ideas for Halloween costumes they provided. Thrown in for good measure in position number two is a music vid from Kasabian with Noel Fielding from the Boosh as Vlad the impaler. Enjoy.

Mighty Boosh (Noel Fielding Julian Barratt) “blackfrost” from the “Tundra” episode:

“Vlad the Impaler” by Kasabian with Noel Fielding (Mighty Boosh):

Mighty Boosh “super magic men”:

Mighty Boosh “Nannageddon”:


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It’s JBoD’s Birthday!

One year ago today, we made our first post, Welcome to JBoD.  The blog has been a work-in-progress ever since.

Tito's jellybeans
Tito’s jellybeans

For those who may not know, jellybeansofdoom is named after our kitties and their jellybeans, that come with claws attached.

These beans belong to a very sweet natured, but very paranoid kitty named Tito. Tito is a domestic shorthair and we found him (as a kitten) at the SFSPCA. It was love at first sight.

Tito's baby picture
Tito’s baby picture
Tito
Tito

These beans, on the other hand, belong to the class clown named Kitsune. Kitsune is fearless to the point of lunacy. We would find him hanging from the chandelier if we had one.

Kitsy's beans
Kitsy’s beans

Kitsune, also called Kitsy or Mazuzu Whang? has no baby picture as he was an adult when we brought him home.  His wrinkly breed is called Sphynx.

Kitsune
Kitsune

Of course, none of this would have happened without the bestest kitty on the planet. We lost him to lymphoma a couple of years ago, but he is still a part of our lives.

The Boober, soaking up the sun
The Boober, soaking up the sun

A friend made this for us. It’s so very true.

The Boober
The Boober


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Tito and Kitsune Reflect on Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day, and we think that mothers should certainly be honored. However, there are a LOT of mums out there who haven’t given birth or adopted, or raised human children. These women who nurture animals or the children of others deserve just as much honor on this day. With that in mind, we would like to honor a friend of this blog.

Her username is flumptytail and she’s mum to a human and LOTS of kitties. She rescues ferals, and has them spayed and neutered. She also takes them for regular checkups, teeth cleaning and various things. Once healthy, they have the run of her home, indoors and out. They are free to come and go as they wish. She has made many of our brothers and sisters very happy kitties.

How many kitties call her mum? Well, according to flumpty:

I have 32, 34 if you count the 2 that belong to someone else. I had said 28 before , but that was just a quickie list and I had left off some that I hardly ever see. They just come in once a day for a few minutes to eat and disappear again. Although by now there’s only one who never stays in all night.

Here are some of her kitties.

This first picture, according to flumpty:

I keep a big cage in the dining room for when I have to keep a cat in it overnight if they’re getting neutered or spayed or their teeth cleaned, etc. in the morning. I leave the door open other times and the cats like to sleep in in. Here is a picture of a pile of kittehs.

flumptytails cats
Lots of kitties. Photo by flumptytail
flumptytail's cats
Red in a pink box. Photo by flumptytail
flumptytail's cats
George is watching the yard. Photo by flumptytail
flumptytail's cats
Hidey (left) and Kiki (right). Photo by flumptytail
flumptytail's cats
Cidney. Photo by flumptytail
flumptytail's cats
Do you want to know a secret? Photo by flumptytail
flumptytail's cats
Cat beds. Photo by flumptytail
flumptytail's cats
Kitties getting a roasted chicken treat. Photo by flumptytail
flumptytail's cats
Fritz. Photo by flumptytail
flumptytail's cats
Gracie in the garden. Photo by flumptytail
flumptytail's cats
Upside down Suzy. She likes to walk on the keyboard and help flumpty type. Photo by flumptytail

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Not to worry. We love our mum too. We gave her head bonks and left our toys in her shoes for her to find.


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Happy Pi Day

Today, March 14, is Pi Day.

Pi, according to Wikipedia:

… is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any Euclidean plane circle’s circumference to its diameter; this is the same value as the ratio of a circle’s area to the square of its radius. It is approximately equal to 3.14159265 in the usual decimal notation. Many formulae from mathematics, science, and engineering, involve π, which makes it one of the most important mathematical constants.

π is an irrational number and cannot be expressed in a fraction.

Now we’re done with the geek bit. And we’re on to the fun stuff.

Pi Day was created by Larry Shaw in 1989. According to Wikipedia:

The holiday was celebrated at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where Shaw worked as physicist, with staff and public marching around one of its circular spaces, then consuming fruit pies. The Exploratorium continues to hold Pi Day celebrations.

In celebration, here is a bit of Pi for your enjoyment.

Pi r square.  No Pi r round
Pi r square. No Pi r round
Pi_monumentum
Pi sculpture Sculpture at Harbor Steps in Seattle, Washington

A little music…

No, we didn’t forget the kitties.


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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!.  Rather than go into the history of this day,  I’m going to talk about my love:  I met Lastech back in November of 2001.  He cracked a joke about cats and that was all she wrote.  LOL!  We’ve been together since.  I had to wait until middle age to find him, but you won’t hear me complain.

Soooooooo I’m going to post a vid or two.  They best express how I feel.

The first is by Barry Louis Polisar, who writes children’s songs and this one was used in the movie “Juno”.   My hope for today is that our readers have as much happiness as we do.

Note: In spite of what you see on the video, Rod McKuen did NOT write this song. He translated it from the French. The song was written by Jaques Brel.  I couldn’t find an embed of it that was good enough.  Dame Shirley Bassey did an excellent cover of the song.


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