dutch lessons .01 (application through Anthropomorphism)

Let me begin by clarifying that these are lessons learned from the Weimaraner, named Dutch, at my house, not actual lessons in the Dutch language. If you need to move on to another blog due to the misunderstanding, please do so now. 

We have all heard that “the grass is always greener” and Dutch seemingly proves this over and over. The grass is greener on the other side for any number of reasons but the one I would like to highlight is contentment. Dutch will sit inside by our sliding glass door and look out over the backyard. Aside from bird activity (more on this in the next episode) and the occasional breeze blowing leave across the patio, there isn’t much to excitement. The backyard is a good place to entertain, just not entertaining on its own accord. 

Dutch is trained well enough to know to go to the bathroom outside. He does this mostly on a schedule so it is rare that he will randomly need to go. Should that time arise he will sit or lie down by the door – stay there – and even begin to whine if needed. If we call him away from the door, he will not budge when he needs to pee or poop. Sometimes he just really wants out though, in these cases he will lie by the door and whine or sigh (like a kid in timeout or teenager ready for this lame time with the parents to end). Naturally, it is up to us to let him out and as always, better safe than sorry. 

WITHOUT FAIL once he is outside, he will want back inside. Regardless of whether he goes out to do business or just to chase a bird, his desire to be outdoors is short-lived. That is until once he is back inside, where after getting a sip of water or taking a lap around the living room, he will immediately need to be outdoors again. I have yet to test it, because of the strain it would place on me and possibly my sliding door, but it might be fun to see how many times he would go out and come in and go out… consecutively. 

Application: What window am I looking out? Where do I want to be and then do I double back to the place I just was? For me I know that I am very “in the moment” but write this today because of how easy it is to want to be on the other side. 

Anthropomorphism: Dutch leaves the comforts of the indoors for the excitement and beauty of the outdoors but misses that beauty and excitement because he immediately wants back in. Once inside he is uncertain how comfortable and cozy it is because he once again desires to be somewhere else. 


have you seen johnny on the spot?

Last night, before going to a great ACL Live taping of Portugal. The Man, some of us happy hour’d at La Condesa. Brilliant place to go from 5-7 on a weekday, by the way. Our conversation drifted from the last flood and potential new flood (which did happen, more news here) to Halloween plans to my phoning a friend to find an answer to a million dollar question.

My friend Eric is a native Austinite. He knows the most up-to-date information regarding Austin and, among other sports trivia, Longhorn Athletics.  On my drive downtown, I passed three police SUV’s pulled over to the side. No big deal, right? But when I see another threesome and another and multiple roads closed and police barricades – I begin to wonder. Driving is no time to text or research online and a bit ashamed that I was naive to the situation, I phoned a friend. “What’s going on in Austin that would merit multiple police entourages and barricades?” and maybe I was a little more long-winded than that. He simply replied, “Joe Biden is in town.”

I told the others at the table that this story and by taking the train or working downtown, they had missed the traffic. None of us knew why he was in town, so naturally we googled it. More on why he was here can be found here.

Someone at the table brought up a hotline that Auburn University hosted back in 2007. Call  (334) 844-4244 and ask them any question that you need. The number service is still active. We joked about the phone a friend option from Who want’s to be a millionaire? 

To paraphrase something I once heard from a comedian: [Remember when we just didn’t know things? You and your friends hear a song on the radio and don’t know who sang it and it would bother you and bother you and even still today don’t know who sang that one song.] If you know of the comedian, please remind me of his name.

So dated, all these things. The guy that would know the thing, have the answer for whomever may ask and be ready at any beck and call, was named Johnny-on-the-Spot. Until, Eric’s help last night, I thought we had lost him somewhere along the way. I supposed he had died of unnatural, technological advancement. We used to ask our friends, then our computers, then our phones and now our watches.

Call me old fashioned but I will strive to keep Johnny-on-the-Spot alive, even if only in spirit; I will call Eric. Additionally, while many Americans, specifically today’s youth, find the quick answer on-line, I will challenge myself to read and study in order to know. It is becoming easier to get away with knowing less, but I say there is no good excuse.

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