January 19th, 2004

ASPCA RANT

So, Ive been so absorbed in the one hour swim and mentally preparing for that...however there is something more imporant to write about and something I think people should know.

I went up to the ASPCA on Friday after work (pretty much the only time I really have to get up there). I adopted out a cat. But I was REALLY upset with the new policy changes. After I did the adoption, one of the customer service reps tells me :oh you dont have to check the references any more. OMG! Horrible! She told me about dog adoptions taking 15 minutes...as long as they had their ID and the ap filled out and it looked ok, we could adopt out. I feel ill. I really do. Here the ASPCA is talking about how much they care for the animals, and now a crackhead can adopt a pet. It's a terrible message. THE CSR says no one in teh administration seems to care. There have been so many returns since the policy changes (duh), and she cant stand half the people now who sheis forced to create adoptions contracts for. Meanwhile, the A is just trying to show that more and more adoptions are taking place. I guess it's all that matters now.

I dunno if I can work in that environment. Apparently, some adoptions counselors have told potential adoptees that the A has certain policies on this or that, and the staff over-rides is...like separating kittens, or adopting a kitten by itself that's under 6 months, or separating cats that have lived together . You can do that now, unless there is specifically a sign saying not to. Can you beleive it? And apparently, a lot of the new volunteers do because they dont understand why its bad.

Ok, rant rant. I just feel that my time should be spent at a shelter. closer in brooklyn, one that really cares.

OHS results

Ok, so I didnt do as well as I wanted to, but I learned (or should I say re-learned a lot) about my distance race. I got a horrible stitch in my right side about 15 minutes into the swim. And because of this, I held back quite a bit in the second 20 minutes (20-40 min section). I sped up the last 20 minutes, because I felt I was lagging a bit. The last 5 minutes were the worst. I knew it was time to really start sprinting, but my side was hurting terribly. I could barely breathe, and I was so cramped, I almost felt I was going to double up and curl in on myself. I wasn't tired particurally..just in intense pain. I tried all the techniques: stretching it out, breathing our hard (sometimes a stitch is caused by nitrogen build-up because you dont exhale fully with each breath). Nothing was working. The last 200 yards was not as sprinty as it should have been. But I didnt stop. And I ended up swimming a 4,035 yards. Not the 4200-4500 I was looking for, but considering the circumstances, it was alright. This was my first OHS, so it's something to base off of and I have to take it as that. I can still feel the stitch today. One of the coaches tried to tell me it might be trapped gas (which sometimes happens if you eat and then try and workout..and you get that stitch)..but I think my abdominal muscle on the right side was overworked or something, especially since the most intense feeling was pain with the inclination to curl into a ball.
Anyway, Im alive. James is at the dentist and when he returns, we are going grocery shopping. Im calling Charlotte, from class, when we return, and she's coming over to we can practice our swedish techniques. I ordered my massage table yesterday, so hopefully it will be here by the beginning of next week, at the latest.