Sep 27

7th Annual Irvine Pet Trek

John, Max & I participated in this year's Pet Trek. This event raises money for the Animal Shelters in Irvine & Costa Mesa.
I got a bunch of generous pledges from my friends at work. Yay!



Sep 21

Bumbler: At the Movies

My Uncle Rickster decided to dog tag me and asked me to list my top ten favorite movies of all time. Well I couldn’t let him down so I asked my Ma and Pop for some help and I came up with my list. They are in no particular order unless random is a particular order:


101 Dalmatians - not the live action one, give me animation any day. I once spent an entire week trying to count all of them and then I counted the spots just for fun. For the record, the little girl, I think she’s number 42, is howling-ly cute and she does it for me. So much so that I got ink all over the carpet.




Underdog - Well, this is not animated but it does star a beagle as the hero which I is half of so I give it some credit for being very well filmed and close to historically correct. Don’t get me started on that Sweet Polly Purebread. WOOF! I’d give her one of my smacklepuffs any day and you know how I feel about smacklepuffs.



Homeward Bound - This one almost didn’t make the list but Frodo swore to me he would kill me in my sleep if I didn’t put it in here. He has a crush on that Sassy cat chick. So I put it in here cause he knows where I sleep. And I do that often.



Benji - Not only one of my favorites but one of my Pop’s favorites too. We love to bop to the Charlie Rich “I Feel Love” theme song. I give it 4 and a half bones.



Because of Wynne Dixie - This one is not only a good movie about a dog that smiles (it really does, I swear) but it also has Dave Matthews in it. A fact that will surely make my Uncle Rickster run out and buy it. NOT!



Cujo - To everyone else this is a horror movie. To me it’s like watching Diehard and seeing Bruce Willis die in the first movie. I hope to some day be like Cujo just take out the rabies and stuff.




The Fox and the Hound - A pawsome movie that teaches racial tolerance without being preachy. Who doesn’t love this movie? Say you don't and you're just asking for a ruff round of bitey face.



Lady and the Tramp - Another Disney animated classic. This one gives me happy ears. Also notice I resisted the urge to put the default picture of them eating the spskettis and meatballs that leads to their kiss and put a totally different picture cause that’s how I roll. And that Lady ... (sighs) I wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating kibble that's for sure!



Beethoven - I tried for years to tell myself that this was a Cujo prequel but then I realized I don’t know what a prequel is, but it’s still a good movie. I would go as far as to call it bone - a - rific!





The Wizard of Oz - Think about the celluloid landscape if this movie or book for that matter were never made. Yep, there would be no LOST without this movie and we would be without that great quote “I’ll get you my pretty and your little dog too!”. That would be a sad world to live in.


That’s my list and I’m sticking to it.

Sep 18

The Case of the Low Frequency Hum…

I have decided to blog about something non-puggle related after many months of blogging about nothing at all. This is more of a curious or should I say furious blog about a low-frequency hum in my neighborhood. Maybe if I can get my story out there it might seem more credible to others experiencing and maybe even researching the same thing! I am in Colorado…

Below is a letter that I wrote to the school district. I will keep you posted on future events regarding this issue.

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I  am writing in reference to ____ Elementary School. Since renovating the elementary school in 2002, there is a low-frequency hum caused by the new/renovated larger heating system. This low-frequency hum can be heard by some of the neighbors surrounding the school within the neighborhood. I can hear this noise with clarity every second that I am home. This noise starts up when the heaters at the school are turned on in early September every year and ends in May. I can also tell you that this year the heater was turned on earlier than usual… in August.

This low-frequency hum is very disturbing to those that can hear it. It is a pulsating rumbling feeling in the ears. It sounds like diesel truck or commercial airplane idling nearby. This noise travels through the ground and is louder when the ground is wet from rain or covered in snow. This noise is amplified inside the house and can not be heard when standing outside. The house acts as a large speaker system for the hum, as does the bed mattress at night.

I am aware of at least one neighbor that has also complained to the school district and has since moved from the neighborhood because this noise was so disturbing to her. I know of other neighbors that can also hear it.

There is much ongoing research about low-frequency hums, many from Great Britain. Other reports are in regards to train noise traveling through the ground into surrounding buildings. Here are a couple… you can Google for more! 
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg12416942.500-science-lowfrequency-hum-may-permeate-the-environment.html
http://www.noiseandhealth.org/article.asp?issn=1463-1741;year=2004;volume=7;issue=25;spage=23;epage=28;aulast=Feldmann

I am writing to ask the school district to please take this complaint seriously. This is not my first complaint to the district. The low-frequency hum generated by the heating system at the elementary school is a very real nuisance to some residents within the neighborhood and perhaps nearby town homes. I would like a small team of a heating professional, an acoustical engineer (familiar with low-frequency sounds), along with school maintenance workers to please look into the system at Polton and to hopefully find a cost effective solution.