Monday, October 22, 2007

Have You Ever Googled Yourself?

On his blog, Authorblog, David McMahon asks if we have ever "googled" ourselves. He asks that we answer this on our own blogs.

Yes, David, I have. First of all, I was curious to see with whom I shared my name, and, quite frankly, I wanted to see if I popped up. After all, I owned a store, so the possibility was there. Because I normally go by "Chris" and not "Christine," I googled that with my last name.

I found out that I share my name with a bunch of men! Leading the pack is an English percussionist who performs with a number of bands (and is appearing in the Netherlands this week!). Of the more than 15 Google pages that I checked, he had over 95% of the listings. I found his web site, photos of him, a YouTube page or two, audios of his recordings, MP3 downloads, and a number of articles about him.

In addition, I share my name with a Doctor of Dentistry who teaches at Stoneybrook State University in New York, a professor of biology at Georgia Southern, and a Harvard graduate who is a healthcare management specialist in Maine.

The lone female that I found was yours truly. And, as I figured, I was there because of publicity given my store (photo). I guess I need to work harder on making history, no?

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Dog Day Festival

"All in the town were still asleep
When the sun came up with a shout and a leap.

In the lonely streets, unseen by man
A little dog danced, and the day began!"

- Rupert Brooke

Today was the Nashville Area Humane Society's Dog Day Festival. Meet a few of the dogs that we met while getting photos for our main blog, Nashville Daily Photo.

Also, meet my two dogs, Kasey (left) and Decker (right), and our son's dog, Bean (below). Kasey and Decker are both Welsh Terriers, but while Decker is a retired AKC Champion, Kasey is a puppy mill rescue. We're fortunate that Kasey hasn't had a lot of the health problems that puppy mill dogs can have, although she has always been nervous and skittish, which we attribute to the way she started her life. Decker, on the other hand, is very grounded and very clownish. He often does things (like put on reading glasses) just to amuse me.

Bean is also a rescue dog. Jason found her at a shelter in Cincinnati while he was a senior at Xavier University. We think Bean is probably a Cocker Spaniel/Black Lab mix, and she's a big sweetheart.
They moved from Ohio to Florida about 18 months ago, and Bean now enjoys chasing frogs and herons around their apartment complex.