Thursday, April 26, 2007

A camel kills someone in Florida?

Well, since I have been away for a while, I haven't heard a lot of the news stories around here. Work was just ending today, and one of my coworkers came in and said did you hear about the camel that killed a woman on her farm (I don't remember how we got on the subject... maybe because I start blasting Arabic music in my office at approx. 440 PM every day)? This happened to be in the same town another coworker is from, tiny little Wewahitchka, FL, and she ended up knowing the woman. If you have ever been near or on a camel, you will know that this death could not have been pretty. It's really sad.

It even made the LA Times too:

Fla. Woman Dies After Camel Sits on Her
By Associated Press6:46 PM PDT, April 24, 2007
WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. -- An owner of an exotic animal farm has died after being kicked and then sat on by a camel. Cathie Ake and the 4-year-old camel were being filmed by a local television station on Sunday when the camel kicked her and then sat down during a break in filming.The station was doing a story on Mini-Akers Exotic Animals, the 15-acre farm Ake owned with her husband.Cathie Ake's husband, Donnie Ake, said he would find a new home for Polo, the camel, The News Herald of Panama City reported Tuesday. He believes the 1,800-pound animal was agitated by mating season.The couple bought the camel at an auction three weeks ago and kept him in a 50 foot by 80 foot pen."My wife did a lot of rescue," Donnie Ake said. "She wouldn't let an animal suffer."We might not have food in the house, but she made sure they had something to eat."A reporter called 9-1-1 when Ake fell under the camel."To be honest with you, I don't think there's much that she could have done," said Gulf County Sheriff Dalton Upchurch.A deputy and paramedics moved the camel and recovered Cathie Ake's body.Donnie Ake said he believes his wife either suffocated or was crushed by the animal. The Akes started their exotic animal farm nearly 10 years ago.,1,896120.story?coll=sns-ap-nation-headlines


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Discovery Channel is amazing

So if you have not been watching the mini-series on Discovery called Planet Earth (made in cooperation with the BBC b/c you know the Brits are smarter and better than we are!-that's the truth-I am not making fun of them), you are really missing out. Just the opening makes me have goosebumps! The music together with the various habitats and animals around the world... it's spectacular.

It's an 11 part series filmed in over 200 locations over 5 years. Wow. Animals and places no one has ever seen or visited. Chacma Baboons wandering through flooded water in Botswana which I have NEVER seen before, lions attacking and killing an elephant, tiny little Pygmy Seahorses only a 1/2 inch long in the Indo-Pacific seas, wild yaks, birds dancing, Bactrian camels in the Gobi.... it's awesome!!

I especially love it because it bounces around the world and each episode focuses on a particular habitat. :) GO TO IT!! I love the Earth! I want the DVD.

Also watch Deadliest Catch Tuesdays at 9 on Discovery. It showcases the most dangerous job on Earth in my opinion: King Crab hunting off the Bering Sea. There are 5 fishing boats with captains, deck bosses, etc. and it goes through the crab season and weather, personal conflicts, boat breakdowns, and other things they have to endure.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

This world makes no sense

A Zamboni is a VEHICLE, no? And he was drinking, NO? Isn't that DRUNK DRIVING?

No drunk driving charge for Zamboni operator
N.J. judge rules that ice rink-grooming machines aren’t motor vehicles

Updated: 11:24 a.m. ET April 3, 2007

NEWARK, N.J. - It’s not drunken driving in New Jersey if it involves a Zamboni.
A judge ruled the four-ton ice rink-grooming machines aren’t motor vehicles because they aren’t useable on highways and can’t carry passengers.
Zamboni operator John Peragallo had been charged with drunken driving in 2005 after a fellow employee at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown told police the machine was speeding and nearly crashed into the boards.

Police said Peragallo’s blood alcohol level was 0.12 percent. A level of 0.08 is considered legally drunk in New Jersey.
Peragallo appealed, and Superior Court Judge Joseph Falcone on Monday overturned his license revocation and penalties.
“It’s a vindication for my client,” Peragallo attorney James Porfido said after the hearing. “It’s the right decision.”

Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Joseph D’Onofrio said no decision had been made on whether to appeal.
Peragallo, 64, testified at his trial that he did drink beer and vodka, but not until after he had groomed the ice. However, he told police he had a shot of Sambuca with his breakfast coffee and two Valium pills before work.

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Monday, April 02, 2007


THANK GOD APRIL IS FINALLY HERE!!!! That means not very long until my wedding!! :) <3