Archive for March, 2009


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>32º per weather bug, 31º per the sign by the school. Then I had to stop for a roadblock on the road down to the train. It is enough to make one swear. But I didn’t, not really. I was just wondering what kind of idiot police department conducts a roadblock at 6:00 in the morning when people are trying to get to work. I guess they were finding what they were looking for since there were a few vehicles pulled over. I have current inspection and current registration so can’t stop me. :p

Then to my doctor’s office for my appointment and as I was waiting I was wondering what was making that buzzing noise? It was my phone, LOL, sometimes I amuse myself. Then when I got on the train at GCT to come to work the train just buzzed by my stop. Seems like whenever I get on the train in the middle of the day to come to work I get an express and end up at Queensboro Plaza.

When I got off the train I went to the Deli and got my lunch sandwich and then came to work, rest of the day was ho-hum normal except for a few little snags that I will have to work out tomorrow and then I will tell you. Right now I have to fly quick to go home.

>CREATIVE PUNS FOR "EDUCATED MINDS"

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  1. The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
  2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian ..
  3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
  4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption..
  5. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.
  6. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
  7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
  8. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
  9. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
  10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
  11. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
  12. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
  13. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’
  14. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
  15. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’
  16. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, ‘No change yet.’
  17. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
  18. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
  19. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
  20. A backward poet writes inverse.
  21. In democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes.
  22. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
  23. Don’t join dangerous cults: Practice safe sects

>For those of you who don’t know:

  • Rosacea is a chronic condition of unknown origin that primarily affect the central area of the face, especially the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead
  • It usually causes flushing and redness, as well as bumps and pimples
  • Rosacea is often marked by flare-ups and remissions
  • By managing your triggers and using FINACEA® (if appropriate for you) and rosacea-friendly skin-care products, you can keep your rosacea under control
  • What this means basicly is, its a rash, it comes and goes, when it comes, it gets better and worse, they don’t know what causes it (and aren’t really interested in finding out).

    I have often wondered if I had rosacea since sometimes my face would get really red. This time I got nasty red bumps on my left check and side of my nose. That is what prompted the trip to the doctor. Now I have the diagnosis and a prescription cream for it, which better work since I paid $40 for it!

    So that’s my excitement for the day. How’s your day been?

    >Staten Island Advance
    Saturday, March 28, 2009

    Beautiful and dangerous: Poisionous snakes and other exotics illegally kept and sold in Castelton Corners, authorities say

    By DOUG AUER

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A Castleton Corners man has been caught collecting, buying, selling and trading protected snakes, turtles, lizards and salamanders — going so far as to erect a building in his backyard to house his extensive, illegal menagerie, authorities said.

    Ronald Peteroy, 33, of Garden Street, was snared in an undercover investigation begun by the state Department of Environmental Conservation in 2007.

    The sting — dubbed “Operation Shellshock” — has led to charges against 18 people in New York state, including Peteroy, along with six in Pennsylvania and one person in Canada.

    The crimes encompassed more than 2,400 animals.

    The investigation resulted in charges including 14 felonies, 11 misdemeanors and dozens of violations, DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis announced.

    For his role, Peteroy is charged with one count of felony commercialization of wildlife involving a federally protected endangered species.

    According to the court complaint against Peteroy, the DEC was first tipped off to his animal activity by a Waterways Conservation Officer with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, who had seen an Internet posting advertising two venomous reptiles.

    On May 24, 2007, a DEC investigator called the number included in the Web advertisement and was connected to Peteroy, who offered to sell a copperhead snake and rhino viper for $300.

    His wife was expecting a baby, Peteroy said, which had forced his hand in respect of the venomous snakes.

    During the conversation, Peteroy acknowledged that possession of the copperhead was illegal, because he did not have a permit.

    When undercover DEC officials met with Peteroy on May 31 at his home to pay for and pick up the snakes, he expressed relief that the buyers were not “Fish and Wildlife” officers.

    In a June 23 e-mail sent that year, Peteroy also admitted to undercover DEC officers that he had acquired ridge-tail monitors, which are unprotected exotic lizards.

    On March 3, 2008, plainclothes DEC officers met Peteroy at the Long Island Reptile Expo in Melville, where he informed the would-be customers that he was starting a business, Chris Wholesale Animals, that specialized in the importation of reptiles.

    Later that month, on March 15, Peteroy sent the DEC officers an e-mail listing more than six dozen species of exotic and native New York turtles, with prices ranging from the hundreds of dollars to $10,000.

    Peteroy sent an updated list on Aug. 21, including alligator snapping turtles, red-headed Amazon River turtles and yellow-spotted Amazon River turtles.

    In a Sept. 5 phone conversation, Peteroy told the DEC officer that he was getting rid of the yellow-head turtles because they could result in the business’ being shuttered. He noted that a friend of his had been sent to jail for selling the turtles without the proper accompanying paperwork.

    Peteroy also noted that he and a separately charged partner from Long Island had “white-headed monitors. White-headed monitors are legal in America. But they are illegal because it’s illegal to import them from the Philippines.” Peteroy revealed that he would be using contacts in Indonesia and Africa to obtain the animals.

    Peteroy then bragged that he and his partner have animals — including breeding stock — stashed in numerous locations.

    During the phone call, Peteroy described his inventory as “some really nice stuff,” including Italian fire salamanders, an albino-colored timber rattlesnake, salmon-colored snapping turtles and bearded dragons.

    Peteroy also offered to buy baby common snapping turtles from the DEC investigator and revealed another connection in New Jersey.

    And he boasted breeding exceedingly rare animals, including a black-headed monitor.

    When asked by the DEC official he kept his collection, Peteroy admitted to building a 16-by-20-foot structure behind his house, to which he had connected illegal sewer, electrical and gas hookups from his home.

    At the Sept. 7 reptile show in White Plains, Peteroy sold the DEC agent two yellow-spotted Amazon River turtles for $2,000.

    Then, on Sept. 21, he explained in detail during a phone call with the DEC office how he had cared for the turtles and that he could procure ball pythons from New Jersey and bog turtles from Florida, if needed.

    On Nov. 28, the DEC agent spoke with Peteroy, who explained how he used the phone and Internet to communicate with dealers and buyers, and that he had four computers consolidated onto one hard drive maintaining his business records and transactions.

    In total, Peteroy’s wholesale list named over 60 species of native and exotic turtles and reptiles, some of which are illegal species, according to the DEC.

    “This investigation showcased the callous depth of cruel wildlife-smuggling black markets. The Humane Society of the United States is pleased that New York officials have sent a strong message that this kind of wanton trade and commercialization of wildlife will not be tolerated in the state,” said Patrick Kwan, New York state director for the Humane Society of the United States.

    New York State law prohibits the illegal commercialization of wildlife and possession of protected species, and a 2006 law specifically protects all reptiles and amphibians.

    Doug Auer covers police and fire news for the Advance. He may be reached at auer@siadvance.com

    >I was excited, very excited I tell you, to see that I had 20 followers on my book blog, Bella is reading… Then I noticed I was following myself. Sort of like a cyber dog chasing its tail, although I’ve never been called a dog, but I have been called a bitch! Not undeservidly (is that even a word?) either.

    >~ On This Day ~

    >On March 29, 1973, the last United States troops left South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.

    NY Times

    >”I hope that Afghanistan will not be Obama’s war, because it should be owned by all of us.”
    – JAAP de HOOP SCHEFFER, NATO’s secretary general.

    NY Times

    >Yes we did it again.

    >Em and I went to Manhattan again. Gwen and Tigger went with us. Originally Em was going to get a facial at Lancôme but Leonardo is no longer there so she decided not to get a facial there. I had an appointment to get my nails done so Gwen and I went there, she got a manicure also. Em and Tigger went shopping, she wanted to get D some shirts for Puerto Rico, they are leaving Tuesday.

    After Gwen and I were done we headed up Madison toward to Central Park. I forgot my sunglasses so we walked over to 5th Avenue to find a street vendor. Gwen loves street vendors, I thought we were going to have to stop at everyone we saw. We got sunglasses and watches, she got a big digital diver’s watch, I got a little black bracelet watch. Emphasis on little, it fits my wrist.

    We had lunch then continued on to Central Park. Em told me they were on the West Side of the park so we went over to 6th Ave. I was getting ready to head for 7th Avenue when she asked me where we were, she said they were going to be coming out at the 5th Avenue exit. They were on the East Side of the park.

    When we got to the park, we saw the carriages, Gwen was excited, she also loves horses and wanted to go on a ride, I didn’t tell her that Em and I had already discussed this and were planning on it. So after several text messages back and forth and having to find a bathroom for Tigger (Em and he did), we were waiting by the vendors and I was getting annoyed at the guy who wanted to sketch me, “Only 7 minutes!” Em calls, “Where are you?”, “Waiting by the carriages across from the big statue in front of some street vendors.” “Where are you exactly?” “Near the scary gold lady.” She starts laughing, I thought because of what I said, actually it was because she was on the other side of the scary gold lady. Tigger took a picture of her. I will have to have him send it to me.

    The ride was nice, the driver was chatty and funny. Then we went to the zoo, but didn’t go in, decided the price wasn’t worth it. So we went in the gift shop and spent a bunch of money there. I got Em a stained glass box with 3 votive holders in it, she got a snow leopard for Stitch and I got a Tamarin for Tigger. A stuffed one, not a real one.

    We had dinner at our regular spot, then rushed to get home cause Gwen was tired and grumpy. After she had a nap on the train, she was in a much better mood. Tigger fell asleep too, right on my arm. We stopped at Ron’s, it is open now, unfortunately Ron is still not able to walk. Maybe by summer. When we got home, Em realized that they hadn’t got anything for Fred, so she gave him the squirrel she bought while she and Tigger were in the park. They had named him Beauregard.

    I took pictures, but I am too tired now to put them in a side show.

    >So tired

    >That seems to be everyday, course if I went to bed at a decent time instead of playing on this computer, I probably wouldn’t be so tired all the time.

    Even with missing the train this morning I was able to get my fruit and yogurt and get to the drugstore to drop off my prescription from the doctor, and even with missing the subway train when I left work, I was still able to get back to the drugstore to pick up the prescription and catch my train. I also did some work today. Shocking isn’t it? So in all, that makes today a pretty good day.

    Em is still having trouble getting her contacts out. She says she has no trouble putting them in, but they just don’t want to leave her eyes. She has also found out that contact lens solution takes off mascara really well.