Dec 062018

I saw a news story the other day saying that many radio stations across the country have bowed to demands by the #Me Too movement not to play the Christmas classic song Baby, It’s Cold Outside, which has been a holiday favorite since 1944. According to those who object to the song, its lyrics encourage date rape.

I don’t know about all that, I stopped being politically correct a long time ago. Okay, let’s be honest, I was never politically correct. That nonsense has gotten so far out of hand that any minute now somebody is going to be demanding we change the sexist name of the sperm whale.

But putting all of that aside, I’m going to say it – baby, it’s cold outside! After a cold snap a few days ago, it warmed back up for a day or two and then the thermometer started dropping again. Yesterday’s high was 61, and last night it got down into the upper 30s. If it gets much colder I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing penguins hanging out with the manatee who spend the winter in our canal.

Since it was too cold to do anything else, I stayed inside and spent the day writing yesterday. By the time I knocked off, I had added another 4000 words to my new Big Lake book. I’m still way behind schedule, and it’s going to be a challenge to get it out by the end of the year, but I’m trying.

I expected some negative feedback after I suggested in Monday’s Q&A blog that it might be time for someone to put an aging dog down whose quality of life was not good. And while I did get some flack, it wasn’t nearly as much as I had expected. One woman did write to tell me that life must be miserable for somebody like me who hates animals.

That’s not true. I like a lot of animals. I’m very fond of elephants, dolphins, and manatee. Although I hate to admit it, over the years I have met a cat or two I liked, and I love real dogs. Note, I said real dogs. I can’t stand yappy little ankle biters of any breed. I have friends who have noisy little dogs and they keep telling me I must like them, because sometimes I pet them while we are visiting. No, I’m just being polite. If you had ugly, noisy kids, I would be nice to them, too. After all, I’m the visitor and my mama taught me how to be polite when I go to somebody’s house. That doesn’t mean I like your little dogs or your kids.

I do love well mannered medium and large size dogs, with a particular fondness for German shepherds. Apparently one of my blog readers has decided that since we are no longer RVing and I’ve expressed my appreciation for that particular breed of dog, it is her job to find me one. The last few days she’s been sending me links to German Shepherd pet rescue groups in the southeastern part of the United States, as well as links to German shepherds advertised by local dog pounds and on Craigslist. Here are two of them. How can you not fall in love with those faces?

But I shall love them from afar. Terry and I are both animal lovers and we have had many pets in the past. But we are at the point in our lives where we don’t want the responsibility of a pet. We like being able to jump in the car and go someplace on the spur of the moment and not worry what time we get home to take care of an animal. And, it hurts so darn much to lose them when the time comes. I think we’ll keep things the way they are.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Stillborn Armadillos, the first book in my John Lee Quarrels mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s because she changes it more often.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  6 Responses to “I Don’t Care, I’m Saying It!”

  1. Nick time to do more research for your next book. Hop on your horse and head to the Key’s for a few week’s. Get out of the cold for awhile!

    Mel O

  2. When we spent a winter in Florida we found out that the town of Frostfree wasn’t…..we were a little farther south of there and had frost.

  3. For my money you cannot find a more intelligent and loyal dog than a German Shepherd. I think you should get one.

  4. I feel exactly the same way about yappy ankle-biters as you. If talking to owners I pretend to like them but I’m lying. I love normal-sized dogs and particularly german shepherds as well. Why do small dogs get away with bad behavior when larger dogs don’t?

  5. Small dogs can be trained … just like big dogs. If the so-called ankle biters had responsible owners, they would be as well behaved as a “real dog”. We have two small dogs; one is 12 # and the other one is only 6.5 #. They both bark but stop on command. They love people but are wary of strangers until they get to know them. We did not have animals during the 7 yrs. we were fulltimers but once we gave up that lifestyle (due to health problems, not because we were tired of it) the first thing I did was start looking for a small rescue dog. We found Sophie (a 10 #Yorkie) and gave her a really good life for the last four years she lived. Sophie couldn’t bark or bite as the puppy mill she came from had cut her vocal cords and her many litters had caused her to lose all her teeth. Phil and I LOVE all animals and also have a rescue neutered “Tommy” cat who sleeps on my pillow with me at night. One of the things I missed most while living in an RV all those years was not having dogs and cats! Like you, we felt they would cramp our style and it wasn’t fair to them either. I say this: ” to each his own” but just had to put my two cents into the conversation! Love your books Nick and miss seeing you guys. Does Terry still come up with her delicious recipies anywhere on line? Here’s to the good old days! Joy and phil

  6. I read in ‘The Week” magazine that some neighborhood in a town was in trouble because the theme for this year was “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” and there a lot of Black people in the neighborhood so that theme was insensitive!!

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