Sierra Scissorpaws

Happened upon “Edward Scissorhands” on cable last night. This movie was one of my favorites when I was younger. Roth just mumbled under his breath that he never understood the movie. Relunctantly he let me watch. I caught him smirking at the funny parts.

Watching the movie again made me really sad. It’s quite the tale of an odd-looking outsider trying to fit in to a cookie-cutter world. Of course, the concept of someone having scissors for hands is obsurd, but it made me think of Aron Ralston, the hiker whose hand was lodged underneath a boulder for five days. Ultimately, he used a leatherman-like tool to cut his own hand off to free himself from impending death (I’ve often wondered if I would be able to amputate one of my own limbs to save my life — not sure I could handle going through bone). He has now written book about the experience, aptly titled “Between a Rock and Hard Place.” I saw a NBC news special about him, how he is again hiking and climbing with the help of a prosthetic hand. One of the prosthetic attachments is a scary-looking pick axe. This tool helps him climb icy mountains. It’s crazy, really. But he has adapted with the help of metal and hydraulics, much like the character of Edward Scirssorhands. OK … maybe these stories are completely unrelated. Regardless, I was sad.

Watching this movie also inspired a new nickname for Sierra … Sierra Scissorpaws. She has the sharpest claws. We have taken her to have them trimmed at Petco, but she usually squirms so much that the groomer just gives up. Roth says her claws are like eagle talons. Often times, she’ll beg for food by pawing at our legs with her raptor-like claws (see above photo of her claws). We both have scars from our sweet little beagle!

“Edward Scissorhands” also made me think about another Tim Burton movie that I really liked — “Big Fish.” A former co-worker of mine said she thought it was the worst movie she had ever seen. I was kind of hurt by that comment. How could an imaginative movie with true heart be bad? I cried my eyes out the last 15 minutes of the film. I guess there is no accounting for taste. This was a girl who bleached the crap out of her hair and wore white stiletto heels to work and constantly talked about her birth-control patch.

Two days until I’m 25 — woo-hoo!


My So-Called Life … as we know it

I casually watched (it was on in the background) the new ABC series “life as we know it” tonight. And then I was mysteriously transported back a decade to 1994 when I watched the new ABC series “My So-Called Life.” The two shows are so similar I kept hoping that somehow the new show would feature Jordan Catalano in a cameo. No such luck.

The main difference between “So-Called” and “know it” is that the latter is from a male point-of-view and the former a female point-of-view. The new show features a couple quasi-dorky male teens in their quest to get laid. The old show featured quasi-dorky Angela in her quest to lay Jordan Catalano (but then she got scared when he took her to an abandoned house to carry out the deed, and then Jordan suggested that perhaps Angela was “abnormal,” and then she obsessed about him some more).

I wonder if this new series will ultimately face an untimely demise like its predecessor. Time will tell. I’m not going to watch it die.


There she is, Miss Dog America

I am proud to introduce my little pride and joy — Sierra! Isn’t she a beautiful beagle? I know that I am biased, but she is like a child to me! And who doesn’t think their kids are the cutest?

Sierra is a high-tech pup. She’s been a member of the Dogster community for several months, and she even has her own blog-like diary on the site. Check it out!

Having a dog has totally consumed my life. I thoroughly enjoy the responsibility of taking care of Sierra. Yes, she is ultra spoiled, and I will continue to treat her like a little princess. I know that in return she will worship me forever.


Big news for California

California took a major step forward by having its first ever hearing on legal sports betting. The commission must make recommendations to the legislature by November to legalize sports betting and then collect a $7 million fee annually to be administered by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

If all goes well, the commission could make a decision as early as May. Sports bettor are anxious to start betting on their favorite teams through websites likeĀ FanDuel.

According to the Associated Press, Commissioner Jason Sabean said at the hearing, which he chaired: “In the context of the NFL, where the rules in place have a direct effect on the integrity of the game, and the likelihood that that influence would be diminished by sports betting, it is the commission’s opinion that state law ought to be changed to allow sports betting.”

The public meeting was a chance for the commission to hear from state officials and others involved in sports betting in California. A subcommittee of the commission heard from Sabean as well as a number of representatives from gambling interests, including former Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Len (D-Los Angeles), Rep. Joe Negron (R-Hesperia), and the group The Sports Casinos of California. The subcommittee held the public hearing at a room in the Sacramento convention center with two large projection screens on each wall that displayed a live television feed of the meeting. As the meeting began, dozens of sports betting lobbyists were in attendance, according to De Len and representatives from The Sports Casinos of California. “The purpose of this meeting was to let people know that we are serious and serious about sports betting,” De Len said in an interview after the hearing. “We are ready, willing and able to make the case that it is good for the industry.” On Tuesday, September 24, 2007, the subcommittee voted 6-2 to forward the bill to the full committee for consideration. Minutes later, the full subcommittee voted to recommend that the full assembly pass the bill (as it had done the previous day). The Sports Casinos of California were scheduled to testify before the full assembly that night. The next day, the full assembly voted 38-2 to give a unanimous consent request to the sports book industry, which means it can put on sporting events with Nevada sportsbooks without violating any state laws. This was a huge victory for Nevada’s gambling industry, which had long been threatened by a possible ban. When it came time to put the measure before the assembly that night, sports book lobbyists dropped the ball. After the measure was approved by the full assembly and voted on by the full senate the next day, sports book lobbyists still couldn’t bring themselves to bring it to the floor of the senate for a vote. Not one single vote against the bill was cast, and instead, the casino and sports book industries both got their wish: no state-run sports betting was allowed.

Nevada’s state gaming commission issued a press release the next day explaining why its opponents didn’t have a chance at winning that day.

“All that being said, it would appear that in the first vote of its kind at this level in Nevada, the Assembly gave the Senate exactly what it wanted when it voted to support Senate Bill 254,” the commission stated.

The bill had passed the senate and was on its way to being signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval, who supported the measure along with casino industry lobbyists. It was almost immediately a done deal. On Dec. 5, 2017, Gov. Sandoval signed SB 254 into law.

It’s easy to understand why the casino industry favored SB 254. For starters