Family Meeting

It’s my dog’s 18th birthday today, so this . . . well. It’s quite good. Rob? Get these guys a sitcom.

  1. DrewInWisconsin

    I’ve probably been reading about Jasper for 16 of those 18 years. Wow.

    Jasper and I are both old.

  2. Junkyard

    Happy Birthday to Jasper!     

  3. Rob Long
    C
    Richard Fulmer: Whoa, that took a nasty little turn.  Won’t it be jolly when these sorts of talks are coming from the government? · 56 minutes ago

    Very very very good point.

  4. raycon and lindacon

    Sign ‘em up, Rob.

    Chloe and grandma will both be glad to know their futures are in loving hands.  Practical loving hands, we mean.

  5. Douglas
    Richard Fulmer: Whoa, that took a nasty little turn.  Won’t it be jolly when these sorts of talks are coming from the government? · 1 hour ago

    The government isn’t going to have these kinds of conversations with us. Just a letter with “We regret to inform you…”, with a bureaucracy designed to insure that it never gets beyond that. 

    Eventually, not even that will happen. The people that spin the wheels on these things will begin to move the cultural posts, and in the future, it will be your patriotic duty not to go to a doctor when you’re old. It will be taught that this is selfish, and the press will make a lot of sarcastic Ayn Rand quips when your grandpa wants to get a pacemaker instead of dying like a Good American. Everyday America looks a little more like something out of Logan’s Run. Extreme hedonism, but ultimately at a price. Right now, the legacy of the “greatest Generation” and the Baby Boomers is eternal youth; using doctors and medicine in an attempt to live forever. Economics will force  reality one day. And “All will go to Carousel”, be it 30 or 70.

  6. DrewInWisconsin
    Richard Fulmer: Whoa, that took a nasty little turn.  Won’t it be jolly when these sorts of talks are coming from the government?

    That struck me as the point of the whole thing.

  7. James Lileks
    C

    Drew: exaaaactly. 

  8. Concretevol

    Just give the dog the “blue pill”.

  9. Look Away

    Earth to Rob!

  10. drlorentz
    Richard Fulmer: Whoa, that took a nasty little turn.  Won’t it be jolly when these sorts of talks are coming from the government?

    I liked the patronizing, treacly hypocrisy. It’s so real.

    You are an important part of this family; make no mistake. A vital part.

    Sadly, this is a social trend that pervades the culture. No need to wait for the government to do it in healthcare. The sweetening up of the stab in the back is far worse than a straight-up you’re fired or whatever the bad news is. It doesn’t soften the blow at all. Most people know what’s coming next after they are told how valuable they are.

  11. Kevin

    Happy Birthday Jasper!

    I put it off w/ Orpheus as long as I could but once it got to the point where the little guy was in so much pain he’d rather stay where he is that goto his bed or his dish…

  12. Astonishing

    An important rehearsal, since we’ll all be counting on Grandma to do the right thing!

    (Have you filled out your Living Will yet?)

  13. Brasidas

    Hope Jasper gets a nice treat after dinner tonight.  Maybe a marrow bone.

  14. Babci

    It must be something about not being a dog lover but I found that not funny.

    Or, maybe it’s because I’m a Grannie.

  15. Reese

    Livgren and Walsh said 35 years ago that eventually, “All your money won’t another minute buy.”  Wife and I would like it to be up to us when that happens.  There’s no guarantee, but we work to make it likely. 

    My best to Jasper, James.  Frosty Paws and pizza rinds all around!

  16. Rob Long
    C

    Very funny.  As a dog person, I can attest that dog people can be, um, a little too intense.

    For instance, my dog’s birthday was yesterday.  (Yes, she was born on Valentine’s Day.)  And of course my parents sent her this card:

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    Love the video, by the way.  Very funny ending.

  17. Richard Fulmer

    Whoa, that took a nasty little turn.  Won’t it be jolly when these sorts of talks are coming from the government?

  18. She

    Very funny video.  Cuts a little to close to the bone for me, as I sit here surrounded by a menagerie of geriatric, arthritic, incontinent, diabetic, epileptic and OCD canines, all of whom were surrendered, abandoned, lost, or just in need of a new home.

    What baffles me is how they know among themselves when space is available.  Last month, our Cinnamon, who was with us for 17 of her approximately 19 years, finally gave up the ghost.  I told all my doggie friends to please not try and find me another, as I was sure the Lord would provide as He always has.

    I’m currently trying to find the owner of the Shepherd/Husky mix who turned up in my driveway yesterday wearing only a red collar and no tags.  He’s fairly young, and neutered.  Very friendly, gentle, and well-behaved.

    If he belongs to any of you, please send me a message . . . 

    And James, congratulations to your pooch.  126 in human years!  Here’s to many more.

  19. Percival

    Birthday felicitations to Jasper of Jasperwood.  Long may he wag.

  20. Yeah...ok.

    Better push nana down those stairs. ADA will force you to install an elevator to bring her down to get loaded into the Soylent Green truck.