Friday, July 14, 2006

MEME: Weekend Assignment #120

John Scalzi's Weekend Assignment #120: Searching for Pets

Each week, John Scalzi, AOL's “Blogfather” poses a question to the AOL Journals community and anyone else who'd like to play along. If you want to participate, leave a link to your entry in the comments at John's AOL Journal, By The Way (just click on the link above to be swept away to the specific entry). You'll need an AIM identity, hardly a problem for the vast majority of users in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand or just about anywhere else except China.

Weekend Assignment #120: Do a Web search on a pet's name and let us know some of the interesting things that pop up. It doesn't necessarily have to be a current pet -- if you've got a previous pet whose name will elicit more interesting Web results, by all means use that one instead.

Extra credit: Tell us an interesting name of a pet that wasn't your own.

Dear John,

It's time to speak of our dearly departed friend, companion, and (ahem) bitch extraordinaire, “Myla” -- a German Shepherd Dog who owned me for nine years (too few). She died two summers ago. I haven't been able to bring myself to replace her yet, as she was truly a dominatrix at heart and, well, you just don't go replacing ladies like that too quickly. One needs to heal for a while. Sadly, I have no pictures to share with you. It was just one of those things. I never got around to taking her picture until it was too late...

A web search on her name turned up about 1.2 million entries, the very first one to a “luxury sexy lingerie, designer sex toys, stockings and suspenders, beauty products and accessories” shop. How odd is that? Then there's a link to Myla Goldberg's page on the Random House site – she wrote Bee Season which was made into a motion picture starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche in 2005. And there are lots more where those came from (1.2 million – Jeez!)

In the extra credit department, my mother used to have a toy poodle named Heyù (pronounced Hey – You!). Then there was the Black Labrador Retriever of a friend of my brother's named, due to propensities demonstrated from the very first day they met, “Trouble” -- very apropos...

That's a wonderful shot of Krissy you used with your entry for this week's assignment – she's becoming more beautiful every day. Have a great weekend.


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