I got tired while working on my column Thursday, so I yawned a bit.
“Quit it,” Shilo, our German shepherd, said as she yawned along with me.
“Quit what?” I asked.
“Quit yawning. You’re making me tired,” Shilo said.
“How is my yawning making you tired?” I asked.
“Don’t you know anything?” Shilo said. “Dogs can tell when their pet humans are tired, and when you yawn it makes us tired, so we yawn.”
I decided to let Shilo’s version of the pet-owner relationship slide. Instead, I told her that I didn’t know that she could tell when I was tired.
“Well, you would know that if you would read things on your computer besides stuff about the St. Louis Cardinals and information about Jimmy Buffett,” Shilo said.
Shilo had a point.
Time magazine recently had a story on its website about a study by a Japanese-based research team on dogs. The researchers tried to find out if dogs could tell if their owners were tired.
What the researchers did was study the way 25 dogs of various breeds responded when their owners were tired and let out a yawn. What they found was that 87 percent of the dogs licked themselves, 10 percent looked for squirrels and 3 percent checked their cellphones for Twitter messages.
Ha. That’s just a dog-research joke.
Nope, what the researchers found is that the dogs were far more likely to yawn when their owners did rather than when strangers yawned.
The researchers also found out that dogs were able to tell when their owners were yawning for real as opposed to when they were faking a yawn.
“What the story said is that we can tell when you’re tired, that we understand you,” Shilo said.
“So you feel my pain?” I asked.
“Yep,” Shilo said. “I’m a regular Bill Clinton.”
It’s funny that Shilo mentioned Bill Clinton because I was just thinking about him the other day when I read about Bob “It Was a Joke” Filner, the mayor of San Diego. Bob is in trouble for allegedly sexually harassing at least a dozen women over the past few years. A story on National Public Radio’s website said that all four Hooters restaurants in San Diego have banned Bob.
I’m certain that when Bill heard that news, he asked, in a worried voice, “They can do that?”
Seriously, how awful do you have to be to get banned from all the Hooters in town?
I’m guessing pretty awful.
According to what I read, Bob isn’t going to be taking home any “Boss of the Year” awards anytime soon.
Of course, Bob, who used to be a Democratic Congress Creature, said he won’t resign as mayor, and then he went off to seek treatment for what he said was “inappropriate conduct involving women.”
Yeah, that’ll learn him.
Actually, the idea to ban Bob from Hooters, and several other San Diego businesses, came from Glenn Beck. Again, how awful do you have to be to make Glenn Beck sound reasonable?
According to the NPR story, it might not be possible for Hooters to ban Bob. Apparently, businesses aren’t supposed to ban people just for the heck of it.
I guess I can see that, but still, if I’m a waitress at Hooters and Bob happens to walk in, I’m going on break. Heck, even if I don’t work at Hooters and I’m just eating there, if Bob walks in, I’m going on break. And if Bob and Anthony Weiner walk in together, I’m calling Nancy Grace.
Now, that WILL learn them.
Bob is set to finish his “treatment” and return to work next week. And, when he gets back to work, I’m pretty sure Bob will take full responsibility for his actions, and say specifically what he did and why what he did might have been wrong. Then he will apologize for everything he may have done and promise never to do whatever he may have done again.
And then he will go out and do it again.
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I got tired while working on my column Thursday, so I yawned a bit.
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