15 August 2007

U.S. Senator Arlen Specter Town Meeting Tomorrow

Please join U.S. Senator Arlen Specter at a town meeting to identify and discuss the most pressing issues facing Pennsylvania and the United States of America, on Thursday, 16 August 2007 at 14:15 (2:15 p.m.), at California University of Pennsylvania, Old Main Chapel, 2nd floor, 250 University Avenue, California, Pennsylvania, 15419.

My husband & I will not be able to attend this meeting as he has to work, so I am guessing the majority of attendees will be senior citizens and college students, just because this meeting is during the average person's working hours here in the U.S.. So though Arlen says he looks forward to seeing everyone there, the truth is, if he wanted everyone there, he would have had the meeting on a weekend or in the evening.

What I find even more interesting is, in general, the people who will be working during this meeting, pay the most taxes. Retired senior citizens and college students, in general, have lots of tax breaks, and just do not have the income to pay a lot of taxes. So what is Arlen trying to pass that will cost a lot of tax dollars?

Now to switch subjects...

I want to talk about fleas.

My husband and I are very attentive towards our cats. We made sure our cats did not have fleas, and neither did our residence. Even the vet would check our cats, gave them a clean bill of health, as far as fleas were concerned.

Yesterday, my husband woke up with his legs eatten by fleas.

Some months ago, our downstairs neighbor moved in with 2 flea infested dogs. I saw the fleas on the dogs, but she would deny they had fleas, stating that it was just the dogs allergies. So I offered to wash the dogs using flea shampoo I had bought. I bugged my neighbor until she agreed to let the dogs get shampooed. I should have known better when I saw dog feces on her rug, and that the dogs had no dog toys, but my heart went out to the dogs, and I wanted to help.

We shampooed the dogs outside using the garden hose.

What I had not counted on, was that her apartment was seriously infested also, and through trying to help her and the dogs, I brought fleas up to my apartment.

So my husband and I gave all 3 cats a flea bath, then I stripped the chair and couch and washed the cushions, and am washing all the clothes and bedding. We sleep on an air mattress, so I do not have to worry about fleas there.

I emptied the living room, vacuumed, then my husband scrubbed Borax into the carpeting to kill any fleas that may be in the carpeting.

So far, we believe the fleas are concentrated in the bedroom, which is where I undress. I am guessing when I sat on my neighbor's couch, fleas may have jumped onto my clothes, or it could have been from her carpeting. It could have also been from the dogs themselves.

I flea comb the cats every day, and have not found any fleas on the cats, but it is better to be safe than sorry. I feel so guilty that through trying to help someone else, I hurt my own family.

And it really makes me angry that my downstair's neighbor lies at every opportunity.

O.K...she is a senior citizen. But why deny having fleas when it is obvious her place is infested? And why deny smoking when she has ashtrays in her living room? And why call me downstairs during a serious thunderstorm to plug in her television which she was able to unplug herself? And why tell her satellite television provider it was not raining during a serious storm when her reception went out? And why put handicapped licence plates on your car (which you got because your now deceased husband was terminally ill) when you are not handicapped yourself? And why call the landlord to complain her overhead light does not work when my husband and I both told her that it just needed a new light bulb, which she refuses to buy herself? And why have my husband go down to her apartment to hook up the water connection to her new refrigerator/freezer when her son-in-law works for Lowe's where she bought the frig?

I knew she lied. I overlooked it. But when it hurts my family, that is another matter.

My husband woke up yesterday with his calves flea bitten. It will not happen again.

Lesson learned.

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