Friday was all-black, which
made people associate his name with “Black Friday” whenever they
met him; but he got his name because he was born on a Friday in July.
Yesterday, on another Friday, he passed away.
He'd spent a night in intensive
care at the veterinary hospital. One night earlier, he'd curled up and stayed
the whole night between Denise and me. That was unusual for him; it was as
if he knew something, and he was saying farewell. These pictures were taken
December 4. He looks pretty good here. In just two weeks, things would be very
His kidneys had been weakening
for at least a couple of years, but some time in October or November, he
developed a kidney infection. It must have ravaged his already-weak
kidneys. For several years, he'd had a variety of seemingly-mild medical conditions,
but advanced kidney disease ultimately brought about the end of his life.
To combat the kidney infection, Denise and I had to administer antibiotics
to him orally for more
than a month. Each day,
wrap him in
a towel so
that he wouldn't claw us — a prospect that didn't always work out too well
— and then try to get him to open his mouth long enough to shoot in a couple
of ml's of creamy white tuna-flavored glop. We missed a few
times — medicine coating a wall, some of Friday's fur, Denise's arm, or her
clothes, instead of going into Friday's belly. We all got better at it though.
and complain a little as we scooped him up for the morning ritual. He got better
at squirming, but we got better at gently restraining him. I learned his timing,
so that I could quickly position the syringe and squirt the medicine into his
mouth before he snapped his jaws shut or flipped his head. He never got completely
used to the process, and would scurry away to sulk for
after each administration. The process undoubtedly bought us a little more
time with him.
We were relieved to finish the medication, thinking
had been stopped, but rarely thining about additional damage that the infection
may have caused to Friday's kidneys. We already had an appointment
with the doctor for the end of the month to re-check his condition. Soon, though,
we couldn't help but notice that something was wrong as his appetite waned.
Though he seemed to be drinking more water, we would soon find out that it
wasn't nearly enough. He grew awkward and more lethargic. Denise picked up
the phone and called for an
the next available
doctor. When the doctor saw him, he said the prognosis wasn't good, and that
Friday was very dehydrated. He'd also lost 2 pounds in the month or so since
the previous visit to the vet. They kept him overnight, administering fluids
and vitamins to stabilize
own, but threw
eat any more. We visited him at the hospital the next day, and though he seemed
slightly better, he wasn't right.
By 4:30 that afternoon, he was gone. Denise and I both cried. When I
got home that night with our dinner, I dropped the plastic bag from the groceries
on the floor — a habit I'd developed because Friday loved to play with plastic
bags. He would sit on them, crawl into them, and occasionally chew on them.
Seconds after I'd dropped a bag on the floor, Friday would step into the room to investigate.
Often, he wouldn't even wait for the bag to be empty, before he was sniffing
and pawing at it. It was strange to climb into bed last night, and not hear
him bounding down the hall or feel him landing on the bed.
He was a wonderful pet. He'd always liked
to be close, but he was never a lap cat, and didn't even like being held
very much. Toward the
life, he seemed to give in to our affections. He even rested his head in each of our laps a few times.
The Living Room Thursday night. Slammin. They're a “funk organ trio.”
I overheard a tiny bite of someone's conversation as I passed by a Manhattan
sample sale last night, and it still makes me smile. Two guys were talking
boom box. I suspect the song playing was by Nirvana, but I didn't recognize
it. The guy sitting behind the desk was saying emphatically “David
Crosby is the godfather of grunge music.” Hmmm...
Chocolate delicacies :-)
I had some delicious dessert at Mocca Caffe in Manhattan last weekend. The coffee
was excellent too. The Israeli menu designers had unwittingly placed a bit
of entertainment on the menu: several of the desserts listed “chocolate mouse”
[sic] as an ingredient. I suppose it's a lot easier to domesticate
a chocolate mouse, than a chocolate moose! Both manage easily to slip by your
checker. I give them credit — the spelling was consistent.
Web Standards? Yeah, well...
OK, I tried out some of the ideas presented in the Zeldman and Meyer books, and
got mixed results. I'm able to use CSS for more than text styling, which I like
a lot. Without too much anguish, I was able to open a HTML layout in Safari,
and have it display
like the prototype design I did in Fireworks. Then, I opened it in Mac IE, and...
oops. A bit more fooling around, and the two looked almost identical. I fired
up Virtual PC/Win 98/IE 6, and crap... looks about as bad as what I saw in the
Dreamweaver Layout editor.
Conclusion? Float is a disaster. Even if you can get it to work on one browser,
chances are, it won't look right on another. I tried to use absolute or relative
positioning to resolve some of the problems I was having as I built the Safari/Mac
IE versions, and never got it to work. So, I'm back pedaling to using tables
to hold the structure together. But, things are a little different. I don't
foresee a need for nested tables, for example.
The resulting code will be a lot cleaner than my old-school designs, even
with the addition of a couple of new tables, and a couple of cell splits. I'm
using a lot more IDs, and a lot fewer CLASSes. I don't think it will come up
in this project, but I'm looking forward to being able to assign two classes
to a single element- something I didn't realize you could do, until I read
those books. I was able to get very precise control of the relative positioning
of elements by adjusting the padding attribute of ID'd DIVs and TDs. The resultant
HTML is very spare. While the resultant CSS is longer than anything I'd written
before, it's not crazy.
One nice thing about designing this way, is that it makes the
prospect of handing off the page to someone else, who's supposed to update
the content, a lot less scary. They can still screw things up by deleting structure
tags, but there's a lot less to confuse people here. I wonder how all of this
would play against Contribute, but that's not something for me to think too
much about today.