Puppy Size

May 8, 2008

clip_image001"Puppy size"…  Danielle keeps repeating it over and over again.

We’ve been back to this animal shelter at least five times.

It has been weeks now since we started all of this,’ the mother told the volunteer.

‘What is it she keeps asking for?’ the volunteer asked.

‘Puppy size,’ replied the mother.

‘Well, we have plenty of puppies, if that’s what she’s looking for.’
‘I know, we have seen most of them,’ the mom said in frustration.
Just then Danielle came walking into the office.

clip_image002‘Well, did you find one?’ asked her mom.

‘No, not this time,’ Danielle said, with sadness in her voice.

‘Can we come back on the weekend?’

The two women looked at each other, shook their heads and laughed. 

‘You never know when we will get more dogs.

clip_image003Unfortunately, there’s always a supply,’ the volunteer said.
Danielle took her mother by the hand and headed to the door.

‘Don’t worry, I’ll find one this weekend,’ she said. 
Over the next few days both mom and dad had long conversations with her.
They both felt she was being too particular.

‘It’s this weekend or we’re not looking anymore,’ Dad finally said in frustration. 

clip_image004‘We don’t want to hear anything more about puppy size either,’ Mom added. 

Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning.

Now Danielle knew her way around and ran right for the section that housed the smaller dogs.

Tired of the routine, mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of the first row of cages.

There was an observation window so you could see the animals when visitors weren’t allowed.

clip_image005Danielle walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take a closer look.

One by one the dogs were brought out and she held each one.

One by one she said, ‘Sorry, you’re not the one.’ 
It was the last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup.

The volunteer opened the cage door, and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it closely.

This time she took a little longer.

‘Mom, that’s it!  I found the right puppy!  He’s the one!  I know it!’ she screamed with joy.  ‘It’s the puppy size!’
‘But it’s the same size as all the other puppies you held over the last few weeks,’ Mom said.

‘No not size, the sighs. When I held him in my arms, he sighed,’ she said.  ‘Don’t you remember?

When I asked you what love is, you told me love depends on the sighs of your heart? 

The more you love, the bigger the sighs!’

The two women looked at each other for a moment.

Mom didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.  As she stooped down to hug the child, she did a little of both.

‘Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh.

clip_image007When you and Daddy come home from work and hug each other, you both sigh.

I knew I would find the right puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms,’ she said.

Then holding the puppy up close to her face she said, ‘Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!’

Close your eyes for a moment and think about the love that makes you sigh.

I not only find it in the arms of my loved ones, but in the caress of a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool air on a hot day.

They are the sighs of God.

Take the time to stop and listen; you will be surprised at what you hear.

‘Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.’

On the Yahoo! acquisition

May 6, 2008

I was prepared to write something simple… something about why our "walking away" was the right move to make and that while I was still disappointed that an agreement couldn’t be made, I was proud that our leadership didn’t do anything stupid like up our offer anything ridiculous.  And I was also ready to respond to certain two-bit Northern California hacks in the media announcing how "Microsoft failed" and "Yahoo won" etc.  Ahem.

Then the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Bloomberg chimed in, among others, and… well… pretty much did the typing for me.

ESPN: You guys are a piece of work

May 6, 2008

This is the kind of shady billing that really chaps my hide.

If you sign up for "ESPN Insider", they actually force you to auto-renew.  This means that one day, you look at your credit card and you see $49 charge from ESPN on there.  No email notification, no nothing.

ESPN.com will automatically renew and charge a Customer’s account as follows:
* Once per month for a Monthly Subscription
* Once every six (6) months for a Six-Month Subscription
* Once per year for an Annual Subscription

I’ve NEVER heard of this.  Usually, they make auto-renewal an optional element of membership for convenience, (in the form of a checkbox or some kind of indicator stating that that was your will) but subscription services NEVER automatically force people to perpetually auto-renew.

And not only do they basically just take your money automatically, then they have no way on their web site of "canceling" your account.  They take the tact of basically making it difficult to cancel your account through obscurity.  I challenge you to try to figure out how to unsubscribe.

I did an Internet search and turned up a phone number to call.

Call 1-888-549-ESPN to cancel an account.

“Just Pick One”

May 6, 2008

I’ve seen a lot of political videos on both sides of the fence but this one is definitely one of the funniest!

INFO: Reinstalling Zune Drivers in Windows

May 5, 2008

image Interestingly enough, if you do a repair installation (an Upgrade install over an existing installation) of Windows, Zune’s driver apparently disappears. 

I recently did a repair install myself and to my dismay, my Zune no longer synced when I attached it via the cable to the USB port of my laptop.  Windows said that it needed a driver all of a sudden and when it searched Microsoft Update for the driver, it came back empty.  I pointed to the original install files and no joy:  Windows didn’t find the driver there either.

The obvious solution is to simply uninstall the Zune software and reinstall it, to make sure that the drivers got installed into the OS.  Of course I was a little worried:  I didn’t want to have to reinput all of my podcast URLs – especially since I had no idea where it stored this information on the drive.

Fortunately, all that configuration information remained after I uninstalled the software and reinstalled it.  And as expected, once I did that, Windows picked up my connected Zune immediately and started the process of syncing the new podcasts and clips I’d made available.

So the good news is that the workaround is simple.

The bad news is, why is getting the Zune driver such a pain in the butt?