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  • Self-service cat restaurant

    Posted on December 29th, 2005 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    When she was being fostered, Zoe basically had all-you-can-eat dry food. When a recent visitor proclaimed her “fat”, I decided to actually feed her what was recommended for her age and weight. So that means that the buffet was over. Unfortunately she’s not a big fan of this policy… look at what I came home to today:

    She basically knocked the canned AND dry food onto the floor, and of course the dry food spilled all over the place. I found her cleaning up the mess when I entered the kitchen. I guess I need to put the food somewhere in a secure, undisclosed location!

  • Five lessons learned in 2005

    Posted on December 28th, 2005 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    As the year comes to close, I’ve been thinking about some things that I learned this year. Some of them I already knew, while others were things that I haven’t really thought about before. In no particular order, they are:
    1) Trust your gut. If you have a strange feeling about someone or something, it’s probably right.
    2) There’s no such thing as a one-way friendship. Friendships should never be one way.
    3) While they’re fun to have, having a nice house, fancy car, and lots of toys has no long term benefit. In other words, money doesn’t buy happiness.
    4) On a related note: any problem can be solved with money. I learned this from my realtor and, at least with houses, it’s true.
    5) Gaining weight is easy. Getting rid of those extra pounds takes forever. Apparently this applies to cats as well as humans.

  • Losing it + storm prep

    Posted on December 26th, 2005 Jeff Keller No comments

    For the last week-and-a-half I’ve been needing to take night photos with the Fuji FinePix E900. Tonight I brought every camera with me to Treasure Island, except for the E900. I think I’m losing my mind!
    In other news, it’s supposed to get VERY wet here this week, so I need to prepare. Drainage is a big deal here, so I’m going to make sure the storm drain is clear, and I also want to clean out the waterfall as much as possible so it doesn’t overflow like it did last week. I sure hope that hill behind the house is stable!

  • Surf’s up

    Posted on December 26th, 2005 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    The weather was decent today (meaning that it didn’t rain), so I ventured out to take as many photos as I could with the various cameras that I hvae to review. After my usual stroll through Chinatown I went over to the Golden Gate Bridge to find some HUGE surf. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many surfers out there, and there were plenty of other photographers there too, including one with a heck of a lens for his Canon D-SLR.
    Click the link to see a few pics taken with the Nikon D200 and the 18-200 lens.

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  • Happy Holidays

    Posted on December 24th, 2005 Jeff Keller No comments

    I hope you all have a happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, or whatever you choose to celebrate (all three for me). And watch out when opening presents, there could be a crazy kitten inside!

  • I got one!

    Posted on December 21st, 2005 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    After much searching I finally got myself an Xbox 360. I’ve never had to work so hard to buy something before. I was at the right place at the right time (thank you!) and scored one for myself, and helped Mark get one too. While I considered it, I didn’t have to spend the night in any parking lots to get it!

  • Expensive doors

    Posted on December 21st, 2005 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    So the contractors are back today installing a new door in the kitchen and a sliding door in the master bedroom. After taking out the door in the bedroom they discovered that the subfloor is totally rotted out. That means it needs to be replaced, which makes this one very expensive set of sliding doors.

  • Jeff vs. Squirrels, part five

    Posted on December 20th, 2005 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Despite numerous attempts, I have been unable to keep the local squirrels from eating the seed right out of my birdfeeder (see here and here).
    Today I fought back, by installing the Squirrel Be Gone birdfeeder that I found at Pet Club the other day. This thing detects the weight of the squirrel and closes off the food so they can’t get to it. I’m sure they’ll figure out a way around this (they’ve got all the time in the world), but at least it’ll be entertaining to watch them try.