April, 2010

  1. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

    April 30, 2010 by myeye

    No trip in the past 18 hours has been uneventful. The drive back from Las Vegas included travel through gorgeous sunshine, rain, blinding snow, and sleet. The trip to the airport tonight included a stop at a sobriety checkpoint right before the exit to the Sunport — fortunately, I had not downed wine before I headed south to pick up Leidy. So, the cops let me go.

    The flight was on time, Leidy was glad to see someone who knew her name. I rescued her, put her in the car, called Jenn to let her know Miss Leidy was in good my hands, and we drove home.

    Inca sighed — “another dog?”  Chase said, “Hmmm, how does she smell?”  Holmes said, “Oh, oh, oh let’s play.”  I gave our new resident some tripe — to make her feel welcome — and we are getting ready to pile into bed.

    Holmes Meets Leidy 5-1-2010I’m Holmes, I’m glad you’re here, I’m really cute

    These boys -- geez 5-1-2010Why do you have these boy dogs?  Are they staying?

  2. The Rio Grande/Coronado Kennel Club Count

    April 30, 2010 by myeye

    Our four day cluster (May 15 through 18) is a REALLY BIG SHEW!

    Saturday: 9-14-3-0 (3 pts. dogs/4 pts. bitches)
    Sunday: 9-15-3-0 + 1 vet (3 pts. dogs/5 pts. bitches)
    Monday: 10-14-3-0 (4 pts. dogs/4 pts. bitches)
    Tuesday: 9-13-2-0 (3 pts. dogs/4 pts. bitches)

    In the “why?” department: Why are Patrick Ormos and Jim Reynolds judging on the same day, one at Flagstaff and one at Colorado Springs?

  3. A Friday That’s Too Full

    April 30, 2010 by myeye

    First, I just learned that Chase’s half sister the beautiful Dolly (CAN BIS/CAN CH/AM CH* Yasashiikuma Smoky Mountn Maid) was Winners Bitch for the second year in a row at the CWCCA Nationals to finish her AKC Championship with three 5-point majors (two of them at the Nationals — wow).  How Amazing is that?  We may have to send a construction crew up to Ontario to extricate Shelley’s head from the ceiling.

    I got up at 4:30, left the house at 5:30, got to Las Vegas a 7:55, testified at 9:00, left the courthouse at 9:30, and made my noon appointment, which just finished up.  I have a 6:30 appointment, a 7:00 dog club meeting, and am picking Leidy up at the airport at 11:00 (yes — PM) — oh, and Adrienne is spending the night!  Tomorrow we are going to pack up Chase’s TV dinners.

    A word about being a witness.  When you are the lawyer, you know how all the little pieces of evidence should fit.  When you are the witness, you just know the part you know.  Everything else is a mystery.  I have no idea whether the puzzle piece I provided fit with all the other puzzle pieces.  I expect my client will call me with a result  though that will probably not be until Monday.

    I took two pictures between 7:55 and 8:00 when the courthouse door was unlocked.  The first is of the courthouse — it’s new and boring.  The second is of the older church across the street.  I didn’t have time to go explore it and take more photos.  Las Vegas was a big railroad town at the turn of the century and has a very large section of Victorian homes.  I need to go up, visit my sister, and wander around with my camera.

    San Miguel County Courthouse

    Curch Across the Street - Las Vegas NM

  4. Witness? I Don’t Wanna Be No Stinkin’ Witness!

    April 29, 2010 by myeye

    In November 2008 I went to a pre-trial conference in northern New Mexico.  After it was over, my client asked if I wanted to see the land that had been in his family forever.  I love the northern part of the state — it’s beautiful — so I said, “of course.”  We went to the tiny village of Ojo Feliz (“Happy Eye”) and I saw the little adobe home in which he grew up.  Someday when he retires (he’s been a police officer for 36 years), he’s going to restore the house.  It would certainly be worth the effort.

    We then traveled down the road near the home of the man that had filed a private criminal complaint against him (the reason we were at the pre-trial conference).  In Mora County,almost all disputes center around property or love interests.  It’s a land grant area, the deeds are a “little” loose.  The complaining party had bought some property, paid cash, not ordered a title search or survey.  His deed showed he had purchased three acres of land, but in reality, the seller had only an acre and a half to convey.  The additional property he thought he owned actually belonged to my client’s family.  Major mess!

    So, Al and I drove onto his land, up toward the tree line, it was a gorgeous sunny fall day.  I was standing outside the car, drinking in the beauty when I noticed a white pickup truck driving down the County road — graded, not paved — but the main drag nonetheless.  The truck stopped at a gate, a passenger got out and opened the gate.  He got back into the truck and they drove on down the road.  In this part of the world, you leave a gate the way you find it.  When it’s closed, you close it after you pass through — that’s a rule.  That’s an absolute rule.  So, I was being outraged when my client said, “Some guys are suing me for blocking the road.”  I asked him where he was blocking it — obviously, it wasn’t at the gate through which they had just driven.  He said, “I’m not.”

    Well, things moved along (very slowly, obviously), and I received a subpoena.  It turns out the pickup/gate incident is pivotal in the lawsuit about blocking the road.  So,tomorrow morning at 8:00, I need to be in Las Vegas (NM) to testify.  To make that happen, I’ll have to get up at 4:30, drive 2-1/2 hours, testify for five minutes, and drive 2-1/2 hours back to Albuquerque.  Unfortunately, I can’t unsee the pickup driving through the gate.

    I don’t wanna be no stinkin’ witness!

  5. National Specialty – not exactly results

    April 29, 2010 by myeye

    I think that some of these photos are of Lani Fry, Maggie and Ziggy in Novice Brace on Monday.  Since the handler is always looking down at her dogs in the photos, it’s an educated guess!  The dogs definitely look like they’re having fun — not as much as last year, but still having fun.