Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Hounds Home For The Holidays Redux

Well, as promised, we are going to take a few days off casting our bleary eyes over the cultural landscape and see if we can get a few more hounds and couches together before the holiday icon formerly known as Santa makes his appointed rounds.

And it turns out that may be a good thing too, as our post yesterday, while incredably ironicus at its most maximus, appears to have been the the result of a reporter's fevered imagination and access to a word processing program. What you say? Articles in the paper can't be trusted to have any connection to reality? Even ones that aren't written by Judith Miller? We didn't know there was a school of journalism in Margaritaville.

Well, having a loose conncection to reality is a state we here at IM Central visit often, occasionally returning with the T shirt, so we'll allow this temporary lapse in our keen eye for the absurd to fade into blogosphere oblivion and get on to more pressing matters. Speaking, of tenuous connections to space time as we know it, let's drop in on the overlords.
It seems there is a bit of infighting going on as they struggle over the last few social security recipients left in the industry. Four Massachuetts tracks--Suffolk Downs (Thoroughbred), Plainridge Racecourse (Standardbred), and Raynham-Taunton and Wonderland (Greyhound) are operating under a five-year agreement that's set to expire. Raynham-Taunton is seeking unlimited simulcasts, something to which the other tracks object. Raynham-Taunton owner George Carney left a legislative summit after he failed to reach agreement with the other tracks. If a compromise isn't reached, no track will be permitted to offer simulcasts.

"Look. They give me what I want or I'm taking my part time low wage no benefit jobs and going to someplace that appreciates me," Carney said. "Someplace like Bangladesh. greyhound or horse racing left in the state because owners can't decide how to divvy up the fixed income crowd.

Oh. Boo. Hoo.

Right Hallo Rooster?

Hallo’s foster mom says he is like a gawky teenager. He is very playful, and loves attention. He is sweet, endearing, goofy, funny, and innocent. He will approach and will touch his cold nose to his foster mom’s legs for attention. He is a “collector” and likes to collect miscellaneous items around the house and take them to his crate. He is generally mellow in the house, but gets really excited when it is time for a walk. He loves to spend time outside and play in the snow. He loves to look at his reflection in a mirror/window. He is smart and learns quickly. He has a favorite squeaky toy that he carries everywhere. Loves to be petted under his chin and chest. His tail is so long and he always wagging that he whacks the walls when he walks and often knocks things off the end tables. For more information about this dog, and other rescued racing greyhounds looking for homes, go here. If you don't know about the plight of racing greyhounds go here.

NOTE TO THOSE OF YOU WHO MAY HAVE RECENTLY FALLEN DOWN STAIRS AND HIT YOUR HEADS: Greyhound make 'greyt' pets, but lousy gifts. If you're thinking about giving someone a greyhound as a gift go here.

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