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Archive for June, 2008

Why I Lie

Well, I avoid lying – but I often evade the truth.

People often ask how veterinarians respond when I tell them I feed my cats a homemade raw diet. Honestly, I don’t generally tell veterinarians that I feed a homemade raw diet. The vets at the general practice clinic where I take my cats know. I don’t really now how they all feel about it. I’m fortunate there was a holistic vet that practiced acupuncture that used to work in this clinic, and I know she fed raw. I generally ask for two particular vets at the clinic. They know, and they seem fine with it. They know I credit my cats’ health (and “recovery” from IBD and diabetes) to the diet. One of these two prefers that I’m feeding homemade than a commercial raw diet, he thinks it’s safer. There’s a third I’ve seen a few times and she’s voiced the typical concerns about bacteria like salmonella, warning me to wash their bowls each meal. I wonder if she warns caregivers feeding commercial dry food about salmonella? We know with certainty that dry food often contains pathogens like salmonella, do vets express the same concerns to their clients about the bags lining their own shelves? I tell caregivers, regardless of what they feed their pets, to handle food and bowls with care and wash their hands well after handling food, bowls, and scooping litter boxes.
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I hate to fly. Hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it.

I didn’t always. Years ago I flew all the time, voluntarily. Learned to pack light (carry-on only) and hop on a plane without much notice and fly off for business or pleasure. Built up a pretty decent pool of frequent flyer miles.

First, let me clarify – I am not *afraid* of flying. Hating and fearing are different things. I have no worries that the plane will suddenly drop out of the sky with me in it. I just hate being stuck on an airplane. I also hate sitting in an airport. I hate the entire process, from packing to getting to the airport to waiting at the airport to getting on an airplane and arriving at another airport and traveling from that airplane to get to my destination to doing the entire thing in reverse.

I can almost pinpoint the time when I started hating it. I think it was a (very long) flight to Hawaii. Stuck in a little seat for hours, needing to use the restroom but having to wait because the flight attendants had the aisle blocked with the food cart. That was many miserable hours, I have to say – and the return flight was no better.
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I recently attended a conference for work. For the final session, for reasons I no longer remember, I signed up for a session on engaging an audience. I resist speaking/presentations at all costs (including career advancement), so I’m a bit perplexed as to why I signed up for the session. I guess I just thought after two and a half days of presentations on health insurance and disability insurance, I’d want to listen to something a little less complex, maybe even engaging (if the presenter knew his or her subject matter).

Well, it wasn’t the session I imagined. Within minutes of walking in, the presenter announced that we’d each be presenting to the group. The topic: What do you like to do, how did you get interested in it, and why do you think others would like to do the same?
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