Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. First off I need to wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day. Yeah…yeah…I know...

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. First off I need to wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day. Yeah…yeah…I know …but it was my Master’s fault. He recently printed a past issue instead of a current article….that…for the record…was submitted on time. Well, part of that statement is true…the Master did print a past issue…but to be honest…Valentine’s Day just blew by me. However, I did send out some valentine cards to close friends and family, and I handed out heart-shaped boxes of candy at the office.

I buy those little one-dollar boxes of chocolate, put them in a big wicker basket, and I hand-deliver them to each person in the office. Surprisingly, not one person turned me down using the old excuse “I am on a diet.” If you are wondering…I did not put on the Cupid wings and the other accessories; just the image of me running around dressed like Cupid sends little chills down my spine. Brrrrrr! Other news…I have a big fake tree in my living room, and I hang those little Christmas lights on it for special nighttime effect.

I am sure you have seen them at fancy restaurants, and I have always enjoyed sitting on the couch, with the fireplace burning, drink in hand, sitting in the dark, mesmerized by the light show. I noticed that my lights were not coming on at night, and checking the timer..which I have had forever…I found that it had finally gone where dead electronics go. I bought a new one…and carefully followed the instructions on how to set the current time, the start time and the ending time. The appointed time came and nothing happened. So I waited another night in case it needed a full 24 cycle to kick in…and again nothing. I unplugged everything…started over…and repeated the cycle with the same results. I was getting frustrated with myself for not being able to program a simple little timer, when I got the bright idea….maybe I should just check the lights themselves…and what do you know? They were burned out, even though they are the kind are supposed to stay lit even if a bulb burns out. So good news…my little everyday Christmas tree is back where it belongs…shining [right now] as beautiful as ever. Sigh!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Politicians are the same all over this world. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” Nikita Khrushchev [By the way…do not get nervous…the Russians are not hacking the Dogpound].
A FEW WORDS ON POLITICIANS
“Diapers and politicians should be changed frequently and for the same reason.”
–Mark Twain

“An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.”
–Simon Cameron

“I looked up the word politics in the dictionary, and it’s actually a combination of two words; “poli” which means “many,” and “tics,” which means “bloodsuckers.” –Jay Leno
That is all I have for today. As always, be good, do good, play safe, and remember to change your password regularly and do not respond to any email links. Everyone is watching…and I mean everyone.
JR