Word of the Week #2

Transmogrify

“I imagine a gentlemanly bare-knuckle boxer used it as a legal wavier freeing him of responsibility after he used his fists to transmogrify his opponent’s face into a butcher’s dumpster.”

Verb 

to change or alter greatly and often with grotesque or humorous effect. (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

Enough heat will cause any plastic to transmogrify into a twisted mess. 

One of my Favorite Writings

I think, of everything President Obama may be remembered for, his ability to deliver moving speeches will be one of them. But a voice can only take a speech so far. The words themselves are vital, so that whether it is heard out loud or read on paper, the speech can resonate. The keynote address of the 2004 Democratic National Convention is that kind of speech. One reason may be because of how Obama speaks his message for every American of every background in a way that seems more sincere than most, especially when he shares his own personal history, not only to relate, but to show that the American Dream is achievable.

One theme that I like the most in the keynote address is the call for unity and solidarity in America. It’s not the same gung-ho, greatest nation on Earth type of call that you hear in most American political speeches. It is a call that asks all Americans, black or white, red or blue, gay or straight,  to work together so we can truly succeed. And while it is hopeful and optimistic, it calls for action and not “blind optimism”. To have “the audacity of hope” despite the difficult times we face. That to be American is to hope beyond reason that despite how bad things are, there will be better days ahead, and that those days will come when we make them possible.

Andy’s Pet Shop

Andy’s Pet Shop is a store in Downtown San Jose on 51 Notre Dame Street, near the San Pedro Public Market. Andy’s sells 100% American made products for pets, and also have animals up for adoption ranging snakes and lizards to birds and cats. The Shop itself is not non-profit, but the animals it shelters are brought in by different organizations, such as North Star Animal Rescue, West Coast Boxer Rescue, Mickaboo Bird Rescue, and several more bringing in rescued pets and animals for adoption. Every animal that can be adopted at the shop is a rescued animal. The shop is currently owned by Lisa but is staffed by volunteers with their own organizations that contribute to the animals living there. Zoe volunteers at the Pet Shop but also is on the board of directors for the West Coast Boxer Rescue. She and her adopted boxer Mosey can be found at the shop, along with king pigeons, cats, kittens, tortoises, fish, mice, guinea pigs and Mango the Toucan. The shop has been in San Jose since 1950 and while ownership has changed hands it remains a home for many pets that would have none.