January 5, 2011

why you should use Google Docs

Posted in office, technology tagged , at 7:18 pm by weiszguy

Google Docs (http://docs.google.com) is an online office suite par excellence.  It has all the components you have come to expect from an installed office package (word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program), plus a few others (forms and drawings).

Google Docs exists entirely online.  You don’t have software on your computer, you don’t have files on your computer.  All you need is access to the internet.

Benefits:

  • You save all your documents online.  You no longer need to worry about running out of space on your hard drive.  And you don’t have to worry about backing up your files, either.  Google’s systems are infinitely redundant.  If your hard drive crashes, you won’t lose anything.
  • You don’t have to try to remember which computer a certain file is on.  Your files are on the internet and you can reach them from any computer with internet access.
  • You don’t have to try to keep multiple copies of a file in sync.  For example, a certain file is on your home computer, so you bring a copy of the file to work so you can have it there, too.  Now you have multiple copies, and you have to think about keeping all your changes consistent across all your copies.
  • You don’t have to install any software.  You also don’t have to apply any patches or upgrades.  When Google makes changes to their applications, you see it automatically when you log in.
  • You don’t have to email documents to other people.  Attaching a document to an email usually isn’t all that hard, but it’s one less step nonetheless.  Plus, no more merging changes from other people with the master document on your computer.  If you want someone to see the document, you just invite them!
  • You can have multiple people working on a document at the same time.  You can see where each person is in the document, and you can see what they are changing.  Again, this also saves the step of merging changes from multiple copies.
  • If you absolutely need a local copy of a document, you can download it in any of several common office formats, and use your local software to edit it.

If you don’t like Google…
Some folks have an aversion to all things Google.  If this is you, Zoho (http://docs.zoho.com) is another great option for you.  Everything I’ve said about Google Docs also applies to Zoho.  Check it out.

January 4, 2011

RSS – simple!

Posted in blogging, technology tagged , at 8:04 pm by weiszguy

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and that is probably the easiest definition possible.  It’s a way to syndicate, really simply.

Not as many people take advantage of RSS as could benefit by it.  Let’s take a look at the benefits of RSS, and then a quick and easy way to set it up.

The Problem

The reason many people are not taking advantage of RSS, is because they don’t realize how powerful it can be, i.e., they don’t realize they have a problem.

Let’s take a hypothetical internet user named Merlin.  Merlin is a savvy citizen of the 21st century – he gave up television news for Yahoo News.  He particularly like the sports section and his local news section.  He also follows blogs about economics, eastern European politics, and miniature shih tzus.  Merlin visits these five news sources every day.  He has them all bookmarked in his browser.

If Merlin wants to add a new source of information, he has to bookmark it, and then visit it every day.  His list of sites to visit every day quickly becomes quite long, and visiting them all takes more and more time with each new source.  To make matters worse, sometimes there is nothing new on his blogs, and so he has wasted his time checking them out.

What Merlin doesn’t know is there is an elegant solution that combines all his favorite news sources in one place, and only shows him new information.

The Solution

An RSS feed reader is analogous to an email program.  But instead of showing emails, a feed reader shows “feeds”.  A feed is a stream of information from a particular source, published using the RSS standard.  When Merlin starts looking for feeds, he discovers that Yahoo publishes all their sports information on a “Sports” feed.  The miniature shih tzu blog also has a feed.

In a feed reader, Merlin subscribes to these feeds, and the feeds of all his other favorite news sources, and can see them all in one place.  When the Vikings win the Super Bowl, Yahoo adds a story about the miracle to their Sports feed, and Merlin reads it in his feed reader, at the same time he reads the latest economics news, and the latest news from eastern Europe.  Merlin never misses an important story, and he doesn’t waste time surfing to sites that haven’t been updated.

To his great surprise, Merlin discovers that adding new feeds is painless, and reading all his feeds takes much less time than visiting each web site individually.  With all the time he has saved, Merlin adds new feeds with reckless abandon, and is able to keep up with all of them easily.

Getting Started

You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a feed reader.  If you have a favorite reader go ahead and use it.  If you don’t have a favorite, use mine – Google Reader http://www.google.com/reader.

Sign in, or create an account if you need to.  Then in the upper left corner of the page, click the “Add a subscription” button.  Then type in the name of the site that has the feed you want to subscribe to.  Google Reader will automatically discover the feed and add it to your list.  Repeat this process with each of your favorite news sources, and soon you’ll a list of feeds that contains all the news that thrills you.  If you’re using a different feed reader, you’ll see different buttons, but the process will be the same.

After you have subscribed to all your feeds, you won’t have to visit those web sites again.  Just open your feed reader, read all the news, and save yourself all the time of visiting each sites separately.

Also, please subscribe to this blog in your reader!

 

benefits of daily blogging

Posted in blogging tagged at 5:28 am by weiszguy

benefits of daily blogging:

  • you develop the habit of doing something consistently, even when you don’t feel like it
  • you learn to use language to express inner thoughts and emotions
  • you learn to use language to discover what those inner thoughts and emotions are, in the first place. Sometimes you don’t know what you think about something until you’ve tried to put it on paper.
  • helps you stay up-to-speed on what’s going on around the internet, as you read other blogs and other bloggers read you
  • stimulates creativity. It can be hard to come up with something new to say every day. Forcing yourself to write stirs up your mind so we can see what’s in there.

 

January 3, 2011

lost drain plug

Posted in philosophy, theology tagged , at 6:47 am by weiszguy

We lost the drain plug for the kitchen sink today. Without it we can’t do the dishes.  While this was a matter for some joy in certain quarters of our house, I’m sorta bummed by the festering mess on the counter.

Can I learn something from this?  Where’s the life application?

Each plate is a life. The gunk on the plate is the gunk we each carry around with us. The water is our best effort to remove our gunk. But after the water has done its work, the gunk is in the water. It’s still hanging around. The drain plug is the only thing holding the gunk from going where it needs to go. Can the plate remove the plug?  Can the water?  Of course not, we need someone to pull the plug for us.

You could do better?  Take your best shot.

 

January 2, 2011

fathers deserve more credit than they get

Posted in gender differences, marriage, parenting tagged , , at 8:16 pm by weiszguy

Fathers deserve more credit than they get.

Fathers are usually raked over the coals for not being better fathers. Fathers are no good at being involved in their children’s lives, no good at probing for deeply held feelings, no good at comforting broken hearts. Fathers are no good at dishes, laundry, and shuttling kids to soccer practice.  In short, fathers are not very good mothers.

Nobody ever mentions the paychecks, or bailing out the basement during a flood, of forbidding the wearing of mini-skirts by daughters. If fact, people usually look down on fathers for being workaholics  and for preventing their offspring from having any fun. Nobody considers that most fathers, at one point in their lives, were 17-year old boys.

Don’t make a father be a mother. Don’t make a father be a teenager. Let a father be a man.

January 1, 2011

blogging is better that facebook

Posted in blogging, philosophy tagged at 8:50 am by weiszguy

Facebook is good for things like telling the world you just had a bagel.  But if you want to get any more detailed than that, Facebook is not the most ideal platform.

For the most part, I don’t care if you just had a bagel, and I can’t imagine you’re too interested in my breakfast either.  What I’d really like to talk about is meaningful, deeper stuff.  Anything really.  Everything from world-stage type stuff all the way down to deeply held personal thoughts and beliefs.

In 2011 I’m going to try to stay almost completely off of Facebook.  This move should reduce meaningless noise in my life, and probably in yours, too.  If I have something meaningful to say, I’ll say it here.  If I don’t have anything meaningful to say…

December 31, 2010

3 countries I’d like to visit

Posted in travel tagged , , at 6:06 pm by weiszguy

There are three countries I’d like to visit.

France

For some reason I can’t explain, I’ve gotten into 19th century French literature. Specifically, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Les Miserables. Isn’t that weird? Either of these books, by themselves, could anchor an aircraft carrier. I want to go to France and see all the places these books talk about, including the angles of Fort Saint Nicolas in Marseilles, that Edmond and Mercedes disappeared around. I was in France once, in college. I am sorry I didn’t take better advantage of the experience.

Italy

The place just breathes culture and class. I guess I’m hoping if I go there I’ll find some. Watch the Godfather movies and tell me you wouldn’t like to have a close-knit family like that? I was in Italy once, too. I’m sorry I didn’t have the chance to meet up with any mobsters.

Antarctica

Man. Vast, white, frozen expanses of land. What’s not to love? I want to see penguins. I want to trace Shackleton’s voyage. I want to see the south pole. I want to join the 200 club, where you sit in a 100º sauna, then go outside and run around the actual south pole at -100º, for a total temperature differential of 200º. I need to wear that badge of honor.

Name three countries you’d like to visit.

October 28, 2010

The 1960s was not a pivotal decade

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 6:58 pm by weiszguy

It’s getting a little old.  Why do we keep hearing about the “Pivotal 1960s“, the “Counterculture of the 1960s“, or the “turbulent 60s“?  Why do we worship the 1960s?

Yes, the 60s offed the Kennedy’s and Martin Luther King Jr. Yes, there was that little struggle in Southeast Asia. Yes, we went to the moon. But so what? Is that any more “pivotal” than any other decade? Has anything “turbulent” happened in this decade? The September 11 terrorist attacks and the election of the first black US president spring immediately to mind. But nobody calls the 2000s turbulent.

Is there nothing countercultural about Lady Gaga, Eminem, or Madonna?

Come to think of it, has there ever been a decade that wasn’t turbulent? In the 1970s we had Watergate. In the 1980s we had the beginning of the digital revolution. How about the 1940s – can anybody think of anything pivotal from that decade? How about the 1860s? The 1770s?

The 1960s were no different from any other decade. The only reason we look back in awe at the 1960s is because the people from that generation, the baby-boomers, write about it in hushed tones. They grew up then, and so they think the world began with them. They think they changed everything. The world was monochrome and monotonous before they arrived, but – praise God – they did arrive.

The fact is, turbulent times have always been with us, and they will always be with us.  There is nothing new under the sun.  Boomers, I love you, but you can have your 60s back. We don’t want ’em.

May 11, 2010

a man of principles

Posted in gambling, stuff I think about tagged , , at 6:38 pm by weiszguy

Some principles must not be violated, ever, for any reason.  Others are more like guidelines, really:

Facing high unemployment and the aftermath of a $3.2 billion state-budget shortfall, Ohioans voted to allow casinos in November. Gov. Ted Strickland dropped his longtime opposition to video lottery machines, proposing to add them to racetracks to generate new tax revenue.

“If I had not been confronted with these difficult circumstances, I would have obviously opposed expanding gambling in Ohio,” says Mr. Strickland.

Obviously.

April 15, 2010

silence

Posted in communication tagged , at 7:35 pm by weiszguy

I just ran across this quote from Thomas Merton:

If our life is poured out in useless words, we will never hear anything, will never become anything, and in the end, because we have said everything before we had anything to say, we shall be left speechless at the moment of our greatest decision.

I think there is some pretty amazing wisdom in these words.  I speak when I have something to say.  When I’m not speaking, it’s because I have nothing to say.  If you force me to speak when I have nothing to say, what do you expect to hear?

February 11, 2010

some annoying keyboard shortcuts

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , , , , , at 7:39 pm by weiszguy

I’m a big fan of keyboard shortcuts.  Keeping my hands on the keyboard and off the mouse is what I’m all about.  But there have been a couple lately that really annoy me.

In Google Reader, “j” means next item.  I get really used to “j”-ing through my feeds.  But in Thunderbird, “j” means junk.  I hit “j” and my email disappears!

In Gmail, “a” means reply all.  In Thunderbird, “a” means archive.  Again, my email disappears.

In Firefox, “Ctrl-T” opens a new tab.  In Notepad++, “Ctrl-N” gives you a new tab.  In Firefox, “Ctrl-N” opens a new window.  I always have to pause for minute and think about which application I’m in.

In Firefox and Chrome, “Ctrl-L” places the cursor in the address bar.  In IE6, which I’m required to use at work, “Ctrl-L” opens an Open dialog.  Really? Who opens a browser, and then wants to open a file from in there?  In IE6, it’s the “F6” key to get to the address bar.

I wonder if it would be too much to ask to create an International Keyboard Shortcut Compliance body?

January 10, 2010

Wave? I don’t get it

Posted in technology tagged at 9:18 pm by weiszguy

I guess I have to throw my vote in with the “Huh?” crowd.  I’ve been on Google Wave for a couple months now.  My list of contacts is extremely short because I know very few people who Wave.  I’ve invited some people myself, and most of them have accepted my invite, but there just doesn’t seem to be any reason to use Wave.

I know, I know, you can take polls and playback conversations – but so what?  I never needed to do those things before Wave, and I haven’t needed to do them since Wave.

Anybody know any reason why I should use Wave?  Had any positive Wave experiences yourself?

November 23, 2009

i’m Waving

Posted in technology tagged at 8:55 pm by weiszguy

I finally got invited to Google Wave.  But now I don’t have anybody to Wave with.  I don’t have invitations of my own, so I’m kind stuck until more people get on the system.

Unless you have a Wave account and you want to Wave with me?

November 13, 2009

anyone got a Google Wave invite?

Posted in technology tagged at 2:32 pm by weiszguy

I’d love to get an invite to Google Wave, but haven’t found one yet.  I could get one here: http://lifehacker.com/5403318/the-google-wave-invitation-donation-thread-is-open, but I don’t have an approved commenter account.  If you have an approved commenter account, you could request an invite, and then send me an invite.  Or if you are already in the Wave, just invite me.  I’ll be your friend forever.

October 14, 2009

the end of the office

Posted in stuff I think about tagged at 9:30 pm by weiszguy

I just finished The Office wedding episode.  What a colossal disappointment.  A failure of astronomical proportions.  What should have been the most exciting episode in the entire series, was instead very likely the worst.  Instead of great Office humor, we were treated to a smorgasbord of junior high toilet and sex jokes – and not even funny ones.

To say nothing of the near-constant, not even subliminal, message that sex is and should be free and easy between complete strangers.  Please.

Good bye, Office.

September 26, 2009

Why I love Colorado

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 7:26 am by weiszguy

whyIloveCO

September 8, 2009

Monopoly fans!

Posted in investing, money tagged , , at 8:18 pm by weiszguy

Monopoly on steroids!  I played countless hours of Monopoly growing up.  I had most of the numbers on most of the cards memorized.  But now that I’ve grown up, I see a lot of deficiencies in the game.  It doesn’t emulate real property investing very well.  Looks like that’s about to change.

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/07/googles-monopoly-the-board-game-not-antitrust/

August 28, 2009

forget elephants, Amazon never forgets

Posted in money tagged at 8:20 pm by weiszguy

I was messing around in my Amazon account today.  I can browse all my Amazon orders back to 2003.  I don’t know if that’s impressive… or scary.

May 25, 2009

star trek

Posted in movies tagged , , , at 6:47 pm by weiszguy

I saw Star Trek this weekend with my son.  As a mild Trekkie, I have to say it rocked.  It had suspense, action, humor, lots of explosions (which made my son happy), and lots of the human element (which made me happy).  The opening scene had me in tears, because of the sacrifice and heroism depicted.  And just a few scenes later is the classic man-up-and-take-responsibility-for-your-destiny challenge, but still made my heart swell.  It made me want to go bust some Romulan heads.

Karl Urban completely nailed Bones.  Zachary Quinto was a better Spock than Leonard Nimoy.  And Chris Pine’s Kirk is exactly how I imagined Kirk at that age.

Of course, there were a few timeline flaws.  We know from all the other Star Trek shows and movies that Romulus and Vulcan still exist, so their annihilation here is a little problematic.  But as long as you don’t stick too closely to the Star Trek mythology, this is a kick-butt movie.

May 22, 2009

comparison

Posted in philosophy tagged , , at 5:57 pm by weiszguy

“Comparison is the root of all misery.  That and intestinal parasites.”

May 18, 2009

music critics are weird

Posted in music tagged , , at 7:02 pm by weiszguy

This is from a brief bio of AC/DC:

AC/DC’s mammoth power chord roar became one of the most influential hard rock sounds of the ’70s. In its own way, it was a reaction against the pompous art rock and lumbering arena rock of the early ’70s. AC/DC’s rock was minimalist — no matter how huge and bludgeoning the guitar chords were, there was a clear sense of space and restraint.

I have no idea how music can be pompous or lumbering.  I also can’t tell you what art rock is, or what arena rock is.  Furthermore, I don’t understand the use of the words minimalist, huge, bludgeoning, space and restraint.  I hope the critic is proud of himself.

May 17, 2009

good friends

Posted in debt, giving, money tagged at 8:08 am by weiszguy

We had some trouble paying the mortgage this month.  No, really.  I don’t mean that we didn’t have the money, I mean that the mortgage company rejected electronic payments from my bank — three times!  The first time I tried to pay was well before May 1st.  The second time I tried to pay was on May 1st.  The third time I tried to pay was at the beginning of this week, but still in time to arrive at the mortgage company before the May 16th deadline.  And all three times the payment was rejected.

To make a long story short, the payments were being rejected because my mortgage is going through the modification process.  And while that’s happening, all mortgage payments must be in certified funds.  For some reason, electronic money knocking on your electronic door isn’t good enough.

I guess this story isn’t getting much shorter.

My bank is an online only bank (INGDirect).  Normally that’s not a problem.  But this time it was a problem because I couldn’t get a cashiers check and send it to the mortgage company in time for the late payment deadline.

So, I called a friend and asked him for enough money to make my mortgage payment.  I would deposit his check in my local bank, which would write me a cashiers check for the amount, which I could overnight to the mortgage company, and then write my friend a normal check from my online bank to pay him back.

My point is, isn’t that a great friend?  How many people do you know who would loan that much money on just your promise that you could pay it back?

I wound up paying the mortgage company with a check-by-phone, which they previously told me couldn’t be done.  So I didn’t need my friend’s check.  But man, I’ll do anything for him and his family now.  Thanks guys!

May 16, 2009

wolframalpha

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , , at 6:31 am by weiszguy

Google has a built in calculator, so if you search for “2+2” in Google, it will solve the math problem for you, rather than give you a bunch of websites that have “2+2” on them.  That’s a pretty cool feature.  But Google has some problems when it comes to queries like “800 PSI converted to MPa”

I just ran into a new “fact engine” that is absolutely amazing.  When I ran the above PSI query at www.wolframalpha.com, I got exactly what I was looking for.  It even shows me the interpretation of my query, so I can be sure it’s thinking the same thing I’m thinking.

Play around with wolframalpha for a while.  It has promise to be exactly the tool I need in many situations.

May 15, 2009

cheers

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 8:00 pm by weiszguy

I’m finally done.  It took four years, but I did it.  I endured mountains of scorn heaped upon me by people who are dear to me, and now it’s finished.

Tonight, I said goodbye to Sam, Norm, Cliff, Carla, Rebecca and Woody.  Tonight, I finished the last episode of Cheers.  My life is complete; I can die happy.

March 28, 2009

the value of books

Posted in education, philosophy, poetry, travel tagged , at 5:08 pm by weiszguy

Reading is priceless.  Books can take you anywhere – to new lands or new planets, in the past, present, or future.  You can experience more adventures than possible in real life alone.  Try sailing the seven seas, or exploring the center of the earth, or navigating the intricacies of Martian society.  Conjure up spells, ferret out unknown truths, or simply discover our own historical past.

I have run into variations on this idea countless times.  Every time someone is extolling the virtues of books, something like the above quote will come out.  Recently I heard it again in the movie Inkheart.  (A great movie.  See it.)

I too am a lover of books, and of reading.  But I shudder everytime I hear books beatified in this way.  It seems escapist, overly entertainment-oriented, and artsy-fartsy, all at the same time.  The purpose of reading isn’t so you can get away and have fun in la-la land.  These things are secondary to the real purpose of reading.  There is much more value in reading than travelling and having fun experiences.

  • From Frodo (Lord of the Rings) I learned the importance of diligence and a sense of mission.
  • From Ben Franklin I learned how far a person can go when given so little in life.
  • From John Grisham I learned the importance of being able to spin a good yarn.  And the futility of trying to live outside the law.
  • From John Carter (A Princess of Mars) I learned the value of superhuman strength and devastatingly good looks.
  • From Hester Prynne and Arther Dimmesdale (The Scarlet Letter) I learned the importance of staying within sexual norms.
  • From Mr. Wickham (Pride and Prejudice) I learned the value of social skills and norms and the danger inherent in transgressing them.
  • From Edmond Dantes (The Count of Monte Cristo) I learned how gratifying revenge can be, and how hollow.
  • From Jason Stevens (The Ultimate Gift) I learned that it’s not about me.  Nothing is about me.  And the sooner I can grasp that truth, the easier things will go for me.
  • From Stephen King I learned the value of following my imagination where ever it leads.
  • From Laura Ingalls Wilder I learned the vital importance of a strong family surrounding me, and the value of providing a strong family to surround my kids.

I could go on, but I hope my point is starting to emerge.  The value of reading is not in travelling to exotic lands.  The value in reading is how the story affects me.  How am I different – better even – for having read that story?  I have lived the lives of many people, just in the short amount of reading I’ve done.  I’ve learned something from all these lives, and I can apply these things to my own situation.

In short, I am a better person (I hope) because of the experiences in these books.  I do not have to make all the mistakes these characters have made, because, in a sense, I have already made them.  I can see the damage those mistakes have caused.  I can see the immediate and future effects of decisions those characters have made, and I can use that knowledge when I come to a similar decision point in my own life.

The fact that I got to travel to exotic lands is just icing on the cake.

February 12, 2009

encouragement to save a few pennies

Posted in money, saving, spending tagged at 8:40 am by weiszguy

If you’re discouraged because you can never seem to save enough money, or if you’re tired of everybody telling you how you can save a few pennies and retire rich, Trent has an interesting analogy you should check out.  It helped me.

February 9, 2009

what is it with Sundays?

Posted in parenting, pets tagged at 1:53 pm by weiszguy

Yesterday, Sunday, we were sledding down by the lake.  My eight year old son ran into a tree, head first.  He was going full speed, hit the tree with his head, and he and the sled recoiled a good two feet or so.  He was able to wiggle his fingers and toes when we asked him to, but he didn’t move of his own will, he just laid there.  To make a long story short, we took him to the ER, they did x-rays and CT scans, but found nothing wrong with him.  Whew!  There’s nothing scarier to a parent.

The Sunday before last we were having a Super Bowl party at our house.  It was a great game.  A friend of mine was driving home afterward and got pulled over, ostensibly for not stopping at a stop sign.  He was discovered to be driving with a suspended license, and now he has some ‘splaining to do before a judge.  And no, he wasn’t drinking.  There is never any alcohol at my parties.

The Sunday before that, as I’ve already explained, was a bad day for my dog.

So the last three Sunday’s have been less than ideal.  Mr. Suspended License and I decided to see if we can continue the streak.  We’re going to take next Sunday off and just drive around until something happens.

February 3, 2009

how not to fix schools

Posted in education tagged at 5:13 pm by weiszguy

We pulled our kids out because the system is broken.  Now, Rapid City thinks “the system is broken” is a good line for luring us back in.

I don’t believe grouping kids together with their peers and isolating them from the rest of the community is a good way to bring them up.  And begging me to send my kids back so the school can have more money is insane.

January 31, 2009

super bowl parties rock

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 6:42 pm by weiszguy

I think there should be a Super Bowl every month.  We did a lot of cleaning today to get ready for the party tomorrow, and you know what?  We have a really nice house under all that clutter.  I mean, I really like our house.  I had no idea it was this nice.  Come on over tomorrow and I’ll show you what I mean.

So If we could have a Super Bowl every month, I bet our house would stay nice.

January 27, 2009

I killed my dog

Posted in money, parenting, pets tagged at 10:52 am by weiszguy

Sunday was a horrible, no good, very bad day.

I was driving away from my house about 8:30 in the morning when my dog, my stupid dog, ran in front of the car and I ran over him.  He limped back to the house, we canceled all our plans and took him to the animal emergency room an hour and a half away.

To make a long story short, it would have cost a couple thousand dollars to patch him up.

I had my wife and all four kids with me (11, 10, 8, 6) and we had to decide whether to go ahead or to put him down.  Again, to make a long story short, there was no way I could pay that kind of money, so we had a long, long, session of trying to figure out where to get the money, and ended up deciding to put him down.

That’s when all hell broke loose.

The kids were hysterical – I can’t think of a better word.  Screaming, bawling, sobbing – for a long time.  The exam room we were in had a box of Kleenex – we used the whole box.  I would try to offer a word of comfort or encouragement, only to have the screaming start up again.

I had to get the kids out of there.  We gave the vet our decision and went out for lunch (because we were 1½ hours away from home).  When we came back, they had a clay impression of his paw for us.

The kids bawled the entire rest of the day.  I tucked them into bed sobbing.

I never ever want to go through that again.

Sunday was a horrible, no good, very bad day.

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