UPDATE: Zippy is home, tentatively diagnosed with peripheral vestibular disease. Dog presents with puking, staggering, weird eye movement. In other words, she’s seasick. A full recovery is expected. Thanks for all the well-wishes. Looks like they may have worked.
The dog Zippy, Spinster Aunt HQ’s oldest denizen, is in the hospital again. I’ll be abandoning my post once more until she resolves it one way or the other. Meanwhile, on the way to the vet this morning, I pulled up behind a sun-bleached, blackish, dented GMC van of the sort one imagines is seen parked in front of government buildings just before bombs explode. The driver, reflected in his rear-view mirror, was wearing — that’s right — a green beret. Through the back windows of this van I could make out rifle cases, rolled up American flags, and a black velvet (I think) painting of a bald eagle. On the exterior were four stickers. One was about 2 feet square and proclaimed that the van was a Proud Member of the NATIONAL GUARD! The other three were regular bumper stickers:
“Don’t Steal; The Government Doesn’t Like Competition”
“Keep Honking … I’M RELOADING!”
and the sweetest of the sweet:
“Lost your cat? TRY LOOKING UNDER MY TIRES!”
On NPR yesterday I heard a guy telling how the cops had pulled him over because of his bumper sticker. What did it say? “Powered by 100% Vegetable Oil.”