Tuesday, September 30, 2008

"that dog made a break for freedom"

i read this post and this first comment and lol'd all over the place

it says that dog made a break for freedom. what the fuck. hes GREEN

dogwalking question

rocky and grace's mom thinks nacho's name is taco. when she saw us coming down the street nacho got low to the ground, put his ears back, and wagged his tail so hard his whole back half swayed and she said 'it's taco! the friendliest polar bear in the world! hey taco...'
should i correct her?

Monday, September 29, 2008


clotheswap, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

i went to a ladies' clothing swap this weekend at my friend michelle's house. it was separated - tops in one room, pants/dresses in another room, accessories/shoes in another room. i got rid of some clothes i never wear, and got some clothes i will wear, and we all had a super potluck in a sweet old house painted like a creamsicle in the middle of a national forest with kobe beef cattle grazing on the other side of the hill. and all the extra clothes are going to a local women's shelter.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

waiting for treats

waiting for treats, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

you can actually see nacho's drool

Friday, September 26, 2008

yes holden?

yes holden?, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

mr. sensitive would like another ginger heart treat

swollen, stinging, and dripping

my face is

all the OJ & grapefruit seed extract in china has not stopped the flowing and clogging

these are the soup days

hope you are all breathing well

Thursday, September 25, 2008

dying monarch

dying butterfly, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

this guy was struggling with one functioning wing on the street today. the kindest thing would probably have been to kill it, but i didn't.

holden and nacho are the luckiest dogs on the block! they got a box full of ginger treats in the mail today from bone appetit in east greenwich, rhode island. were those from their uncle henry? they say 'thank you! ruff ruff!'

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

what "stud" mean?

nacho, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

i have a flickr friend named Diana from Indonesia. Diana has a beautiful golden retriever boy named Gogo. She is trying to learn English, and here's an exchange we had through comments -


Diana&Gogo says:
Yeah Nacho you are so cute and handsome.... Love your smile :-)
Posted 36 hours ago.

skippy haha says:
thanks diana! he does look like a little stud here, doesn't he?
Posted 27 hours ago.

Diana&Gogo says:
skippy haha actually I am so shy asking you this question but what "stud" mean? I try to find the meaning in dictionary (the dictionary write related with horse) I really confuse +_+. Are you trying to say Nacho look like a little Horse here?

Hehe.... I'm keep trying to improve my English. Plz be patient to my language and my question (I'm a person that never tired to learn and asking question for everything I don't understand). ThQ....
Posted 17 hours ago.

skippy haha says:
Diana, that is great, I hope i can help you learn english! I think a "stud" means a handsome male dog, that all the lady dogs want to be with! Like a movie star! If he is a STUD, he is so handsome that all the lady dogs want to have puppies with him :)! Gogo is DEFINITELY a stud!
Posted 4 hours ago.

instant karma

to make up for having one of my favorite days i've ever lived last friday into saturday, i am struck now with fever, swollen glands, and ear and throatache. holden almost died. there is no gasoline to be found in western north carolina, the gulf hurricanes knocked out some pipelines, and the area is in a panic. wall street collapsed. even if the amount of fun i had caused these troubles, i would still re-live friday, over and over on repeat if i could.

yin yang

yin yang, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

balance is restored, however fleeting, and sweeter the appreciation

holden seems good, going back to the vet next week for blood tests that better be better

the vet's name is Dr. Riggle (rhymes with wiggle) which i think is the best vet name i've ever heard. he wrote at the end of holden's chart - Holden is a wonderful dog - so of course i like him.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

crazy holden

crazy holden, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

holden's blood tests came back and his protein levels are low. that could be because they're flushing him out with so much water, or because something's wrong with his liver or kidneys. but the dr. says he looks perfectly fine and i can pick him up this afternoon. they want me to watch him and bring him back for more blood tests early next week to make sure it's just because all the fluids.

Monday, September 22, 2008

i promise i don't have this

Munchausen syndrome by proxy
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fabricated or induced illness (FII), or factitious disorders, originally and more commonly known as Munchausen syndrome or Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP), are insidious disorders in which injury is deliberately and gradually inflicted upon a person usually for gaining attention[1] or some other benefit[2].

The caregiver is usually a parent, guardian, or spouse, and the victim is usually a child or vulnerable adult. Although cases with feigned or induced physical illness receive the most attention, it is also possible for a perpetrator who emotionally abuses a victim to simulate and fabricate conditions that appear to be psychiatric or genetic problems.

Munchausen syndrome by proxy: pet

The medical literature includes a number of descriptions of a subset of Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP) caretakers, whose cases are labeled Munchausen syndrome by proxy: pet (MSbP:P). This is a factitious disorder with pet proxies, malingering with animal proxies, or even instances of "battered pet syndrome" (in reference to battered woman syndrome). In these cases, pet owners correspond to caretakers in traditional MSbP presentations involving human proxies.[12] No extensive survey has yet been made of the extant literature, and there has been no speculation as to closely MSbP:P tracks with human MSbP.

battered pet syndrome!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

the greatness of a nation

0921081609, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

believe it or not, holden is at the emergency vet overnight because he ate a bowl of trail mix containing raisins and when i got home an hour later and called they had me try to induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide by the tablespoonful (i mixed it with cream cheese in the top of a peanut butter jar and he drank a little, but not enough), and i brought him in and they induced vomiting with an injection and got all the raisins and nuts out and he is there til 720 tomorrow morning, at which point i can pick him up and they think he should be transfered to his regular vet and stay on IV fluids longer, and also have his seroma looked at because they think it's too big. i can't believe i left trail mix where he could get it while nacho & i took a walk. it was pushed back very far on the aerogarden on the kitchen table, and i think he must've jumped up on a chair that isn't usually there so he could get it. luckily i'd eaten the chocolate out of it. it's unbelievable if it wasn't true. i should have my dog owner license revoked.

I've Got a Truck- Trevor Garrod of Tea Leaf Green

but it's not my child!

green power knuck

green power knuck, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

this weekend has been full of excellent people and excellent music, glitter, gold medals, corn pudding, and 14 hour couch naps.

fall has fallen. turn it up. call 1-889-spamsandwich

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

me as a toddler

me as a baby

xavier rudd

xavier rudd, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

a great way to spend a tuesday night is jumping and smiling at a sold-out orange peel while xavier rudd plucks and bangs and blows on his gadgets and sings about peace and love in a real real real way.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


i heard from the vet yesterday after she got back holden's pathology tests on the tumors they removed. 5 of the 6 were benign lipomas, the 6th - the biggest one the size of the big mac over his heart - was a myxosarcoma. those have the potential to come back and spread. right now it's where the seroma is - the fluid build up - which is the size of a nerf football waterbed hanging from his chest.

she said if the tumor comes back the options are either radiation or another surgery with more 'aggressive' tissue removal. the closest place for dog radiation is in south carolina and he'd have to go back several times. i told her i would not have him radiated. i said i'd think about more aggressive surgery. she said it would be months or a year before the tumor came back and i said i'll monitor it & let her know.

because of the seromas and stitches he has been housebound for weeks now. he hasn't even gone for a walk around the block. i guess he's happy enough going from dogbed to dogbed but it seems like that's no life for a dog.

i think if it comes back, i'm not going to have him go through surgery again and i'll just let him go. you know?

i love you dog.

Monday, September 15, 2008

practicing confrontation

downtown asheville, walking past the jerusalem garden restaurant this morning, a man who looked to be the owner or manager was hosing down the sidewalk. spraying water on and in between all the cement blocks to wash cigarette butts into the street or in front of his neighboring businesses on either side.

he paused as i needed to walk on the sidewalk he was spraying

me: you know we're in a terrible drought?

him: (yelling) people should not be allowed to smoke on the street!

me: don't you have a broom? this is so irresponsible and greedy.

him: (glare)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

scenic roots

scenic roots, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

scenic roots played a 'battle of the bands' today at the garage at biltmore & kicked ass! it's so much fun to watch talented friends do their thing.

the best part of this video is about 30 seconds in.

scenic roots is playing at the garage again november 6. see you there.

fluff jar

fluff jar, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

asheville gear stolen!

September 12, 2008

Dear fans, family, and friends,

Please forward this to everyone you know in Asheville NC....

So we played at show at the Garage at Biltmore last night in Asheville NC and had to leave our bus there because our fuel filter needed changing (and we were going to cange it in the morning) long story short...someone (or people) stole gear from our bus and below is a list of what it was. The worst thing about it is our lighting guy, Brian, had his recording gear from which he makes his living off of (valued at $8000) stolen. It was probably stolen between 3:30 and 8am. If you have any information about the gear below please email or call me as soon as possible. Luckly we still have all our instruments and lights so the tour will go on as scheduled with the exception of our alley katz show in Richmond VA tonight (9/12) which has been canceled so we can deal with this issue.

Stuff that was stolen

1. Brand new Red Ibenez Artcore Hollow body guitar, double humbuckers
In a epiphone case, semi scratched. Pocket Rocket headphone amp inside in console with $300-500 cash in it.

2. Macbook Pro silver. 15 inch. Not even a year old. Little bit of a dent on right front corner. In a foam silver and black gun case.

3. Macbook Black. Little beat up. One scratch in the middle of the screen.

4. Sound Devices 442 four channel mixer - Black

5. Sound Devices 744T four channel recorder – Silver

6. Schoeps condenser microphone w/ GVC & Cut 1 – silver

7. Audio Technica condenser microphone –Black

8. Sony 7506 Headphones – very used

9. Sony Cybershot camera 8.1 megapixels -silver

Total value approx. $12,000

Brett R. Wilson / Bombshelter Records
Management for Roots of Creation
Ph: 603-801-4477

Myspace: www.myspace.com/rootsofcreation
EPK: www.sonicbids.com/rootsofcreation
Label: www.harmonizedrecords.com
Booking: www.inthepocketartists.com

Eastern Mtn. Sports - www.ems.com
Peterborough Music Company - www.peterboroughmusiccompany.com

Roots of Creation c/o
Bombshelter Records
PO Box 491
Rindge NH 03461

stealing musical instruments from a band? how low can you go? bastards! help these folks get their gear back!

Friday, September 12, 2008

palin is a fascist cunt. amen! vote!

bathroom wall graffiti in the preservation pub, knoxville tennessee.

i saw some of her interview with charlie gibson tonight. she winked at him. she is a pageant queen in addition to being a fascist cunt.

tea leaf green 9-19-08

tea leaf green 9-19-08, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

next friday, see you there. you will have a good time. guaranteed.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

building model bridges

model bridges, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

well it's that day again, september 11, seven years later now. time to honor some big lights that were snuffed and pray and work extra hard for peace.

and peace starts with flicking someone in the face with balsa woodsticks.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

cute couple

necessity is the mother of invention
curiosity is the father

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

come together with your hands

spoon, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

if you are looking for a handmade, one-of-a-kind present for somebody or yourself, might i suggest a spoon made by Wormwood Creations?

the spoons are super-high quality, made from an eastern red cedar tree branch that fell in my friend Estes' mother's yard about 10 years ago, and he has put hours and hours into making the smoothest, finest, most functional spoons you could imagine. they are simply beautiful.

he sells them sometimes outside the Grove Arcade downtown asheville, and is glad to take orders by email or over the phone.

if you give a spoon to somebody (your brother), you might get a message saying 'thanks for the spoon, i can't wait til i have kids so i can hit them with it!"

here is Estes booting ball last week while holding his 1-year old niece.

boot with baby

Wormwood Creations (note the branch missing from the tree!)
Functional Art for the Home
Estes Shell

wormwood creations

Monday, September 08, 2008


poor holden. he had major surgery a week ago for his lipoma tumors, and still has stitches in for another few days, but the two biggest tumors look like they're back already. it's like the sites filled back up with fluid that didn't drain. he is going back to the vet this afternoon to get them looked at. if after all this he still has tumors the size of tangerines on his chest i will feel awful. i should have burned that $700 and just cracked him in the ribs with a sledgehammer.

in other news, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SH32! have a stupendous monday! yay being born in the year of the dragon!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

not a flying squirrel

not a flying squirrel, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

my guess is that this guy made a misstep on a tree branch and fell 30 feet to his death on my driveway


Saturday, September 06, 2008

butterflies suck thistle

butterflies, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

went into pisgah forest today to celebrate a sweet dog's birthday & it was beautiful!

Friday, September 05, 2008

home for retired church ladies

well isn't that special?

Thursday, September 04, 2008

koozies float easy to swim with

somebody found this photo today of overbite nacho and grace on flickr with a google search of "do koozies float"

i want to say yes they do, and they are great for dogs so they can swim back with their mouths closed instead of wedged open with a ball and all the water splashes in and they choke.

and for koozies go to vintage vantage or check out your friend who makes drinking fun again - frosty beer man

physics partners

physics partners, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

my freshman year in college i had to take a science class, so the one that seemed easiest was physics for non-majors. this was the lab. the guys were lab partners but did not plan to match.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


if you buy bulk candy at the grocery store and eat it before you get home it never happened.

Monday, September 01, 2008

good grief

"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” - Kahlil Gibran

civic duty

every year BlogAsheville gives out awards to local blogs. nominations are going on now until September 10.

from the official post at BlogAsheville:

Here's how the 2008 Awards will work:

- Nominations will open today in the various categories

- You can nominate any BlogAsheville blogroll blog

- You can nominate yourself

- Any BlogAsheville reader can make nominations

- A blog can be nominated for multiple categories

- Smart people
will link to the blogs they nominate

- Nominations will remain open until September 10th at 1:34pm

- You can copy and paste the list of categories into the comments [
at BlogAsheville, not here! - skippy] and go through them all, or just pick and choose the ones you'd like.

- If you don't want to leave your nominations in the comments, you can
email them to me at scrutinyhooligans AT yahoo DECIMAL com

On September 12 I'll post the list of nominees, and folks can get to voting.

Here are your categories:

Best Craft Blog

Most Likely to Make Money by Blogging

Least Likely to Make Money by Blogging

Blogger I'd Most Like to Have a Beer With

Least Likely to Care About Traffic

Most Likely to Make You Laugh Out Loud

Best Art/Photos

Best Food

Blogger you'd most like to see naked

Biggest Slacker

Best Design

Best Local Happenings

Best Political

Best Blog Beginning with the word "The"

Makes Me Feel Happiest

Most Inspirational

Most in Need of a Redesign

Most Likely to Have New Material

Best New Blog (created in the last 12 months)

Most Deserving of Wider Recognition

Best Writing

Best Overall

i think there are a number of excellent websites being maintained in this town, i had a hard time narrowing the choices down but my list has been sent. anybody can nominate, you do not have to be on the blogroll or live in asheville or anything.