Author Archives: Rick Westbrock
Up until about a week ago this web site was hosted on a server run by a friend of mine. I decided that it was finally time to move to a commercial hosting environment (even though the old hosting was free) in order to get 24×7 support and not have to burden my buddy with […]
Never has a cliche been more true. PETCO outsourced their enitre IT department earlier this year but offered me a retained position as a “Store Software Architect”. Now mind you I’ve never been a software guy, I’ve been pretty much in networking since I started in IT in 1998 or so (but have dabbled in […]
Poor Jackson had two small masses that had to be removed at the vet yesterday. Everything went well and he’s doing fine but we are still awaiting the results of the biopsies. He’s got two large shaved patches but at least they just sedated him and used a local so he came out wagging his […]
Huge thanks for the comment that pointed out the Inland Chorus web site to us. I checked out the 1953 concert photo and found my grandfather (after whom I am named) right in the front center. I still have to go through the rest of the site but a quick peek at one of the […]
I can’t believe it’s already been a whole year since Saratoga’s crippling spinal cord injury. She is getting around so well now it’s amazing. She runs as much as we’ll let her (although the faster she goes the more her back toes scrape the ground). She can go up a curb with no problem and […]
Sadly Dora passed away today but she had a good run. She lived probably twice as long as any other mouse we ever had, close to four years. We’ll miss you little one, and so will Jackson & Milo.
Our poor Dora (the wild deermouse) had to visit the vet last night. On Sunday we noticed that her ear looked bad and she had been scratching the heck out of it. It turns out the she had cut the ear pretty badly, we think on a metal wire that holds together the straw ball […]
Today is two years since we brought home Jackson so he’s probably about nine years old if we believe what they told us when we adopted him. This picture was taken as soon as we got him home; his dark spots have since disappeared.
Well I’m working my way down the Google search of my own name and found that a user named treblechoir99 has uploaded a video comprised of the audio from the records that Lee ripped (see previous post), still photos of the Chorus and various Biblical images. This text was posted with the video: From the […]
On a lark I decided to search my name in Google this morning and the first two hits were for the Inland Children’s Chorus that my grandfather (after whom I am named) directed from 1937 until he passed away in 1955. The chorus was founded & sponsored by the Inland Manufacturing division of General Motors. […]
Last night our parakeet Angel passed away. One minute he was fine, the next I head an odd noise and Jackson ran over to the cage and was looking up at Angel with his head cocked to the side. I ran over and poor Angel was on the bottom of his cage on his side […]
Holy moly, we got home tonight and out of the blue Saratoga started walking on all four legs for 4-5 feet at a time. This is truly amazing, it was only about six weeks ago that we brought her home with no feeling in her back legs and now she can cruise around on her […]
Saratoga seems to impriving every day. Over the weekend she has started swinging her back feet forward just a bit during physical therapy. She also has some bowel control and when we’re out walking her tail shoots straight up in the air right before she starts going. I’m not sure if that’s just a localized […]
I thought that if I provided a way for everyone to share their wish lists that gift buying for birthdays & holidays would be easier. I know for sure that if I could see a wish list for others that I would find it much easier to get them something they want that isn’t a […]
Well after the downs & ups Saratoga is coming home tomorrow. She doesn’t have use of her back legs or control of her bladder just yet but her prospects are looking good. We’ll be doing physical therapy with her three times every day so she should be walking again in six weeks (hopefully).