Wednesday, March 30, 2011

NPR and Channel 7

The drive down to our main agility field takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending on red lights, school buses and construction projects. Sometimes I listen to CDs or iTunes (rather loudly, when I feel like singing - poor Riffle). We most often listen to the radio. When we lose the KRSH signal on Petaluma Hill Road, we switch to NPR. It's great - we learn so much about topics we never considered before. I love the passionate knowledge of many of the speakers....

Yesterday we heard more details regarding Fukushima, in a news report that segued right into a special on Chernobyl.  It reminded me that plutonium has a half-life of 24,000 years. And informed me that the Ukraine needs $800,000 to build another "sarcophagus" around the Chernobyl reactor, because the old one (at 25) is developing tiny cracks. Wowsers.

So I went to our agility lesson feeling stunned about the challenges facing our children, and our children's children, for so many generations to come.... ... ... ... ....and promptly went off-course during our first exercise. Flat-footedly forgot where I was going. Riff waited for me. He held back, looked me in the eye, and encouraged me to play. What a good dog!  I tried to sweep the cobwebs out of my head and concentrate on the task at hand. One of the many reasons I love agility, especially with a dog like the Riffster, is that it puts you in the NOW.

After we got home I made spaghetti, and warmed up French bread. (We'll diet...tomorrow.) We caught the last few minutes of the Channel 7 news. What a switch from NPR.  So light! Like some sort of Americanized fluff.  It was all about Britney Spears, the weather, and the Giants. (I know, I know!  The Giants are not fluffy.)  By the time Jeopardy began, I was ready to tackle the questions.


It's true!  People actually do stuff like solve crossword puzzles and watch Jeopardy, to help keep their brains intact.   So I thought I'd give it a try....


Elf said...

Yep, I do crossword puzzles every day. And Sudoku. Although I think sudoku is dumb. It's still addictive.

Anonymous said...

I think remembering agility courses at high speed counts towards helping keep our brains intact. But I like Jeopardy too. :-)

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