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Rebecca Todd

Gin and Topics: Snakes, Dogs, Cats, and Pigs Oh My!

By: Rebecca Todd | July 12, 2013 | 
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Gin and Topics

By Rebecca Todd

The shelves are eight feet high, packed tightly in no apparent order. The aisles between have stacks upon stacks of books of all sizes and descriptions.

In order to gain access to the heart of it all, you must ask permission, and directions. When I do so, she parts a few of the stacks and points me on the right path. I pick my way amongst the teetering tomes with a bag of fresh mini donuts (with cinnamon and powdered sugar, of course) and wander the rows, enjoying the smell.

That’s what summer is to me. It’s time to sit in the shade with my lazy hounds beside me, reading all those words I don’t have time for in the rushrushrush of the “busy” season.

My sticky flag highlighter pen at the ready, I embark upon a summer of hammock time with my novels.

I teased Gini Dietrich about her “summer” reading list, full of lots of death and darkness, but I headed right to the science fiction and fantasy corner to grab the next six things I will read.

I’ve had my nose firmly buried in Speaker for the Dead since then, but am emerging briefly to gather these fine videos for you.

This week’s Gin and Topics is brought to you by Amy Hingston, Paul Seale, Christina Pappas, Lindsay Bell, and me.

5. Giant Snake Opens Door, Nightmares. All my nightmares had a similar theme after watching this. Call me when you can’t sleep. I’ll be up.

4. The Difference Between Dogs and Cats. I always have the feeling that cats are just waiting for the opportunity to eat my face off. This confirms it.

3. French Bulldog Fart Scare. Bathroom humor! Bathroom humor! There is almost nothing more powerful than a dog fart (if you have a dog, you know what I mean), but this little bulldog might just be as appalled as his humans.

2. Hamlet the Mini Pig Goes Down the Stairs. I don’t know if I’ve ever wanted anything as much as Hamlet wants his oatmeal. At first he looks like he’s learning how to ski, criss-crossing down the stairs. But the best is when he finally reaches the oatmeal.

1. Russell Brand Interviews Westboro Baptist Church. This is long, but worth watching right until the end. I really admire how Russell encourages his fan to respect the courage that it takes these two men to come in front of an audience that obviously disagrees with them. To then confront their hate with a message of love and tolerance, while still demonstrating his intelligent opinions… really classy, Mr. Brand.

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About Rebecca Todd


Graduating with her bachelor's of education degree, Rebecca Todd knew the classroom wasn’t for her. Her passion for adventure carried her to educational publishing, and now she travels the globe and savors life on the road as a representative for Ivey Publishing. But she’ll always be an academic at heart, as evidenced by the meticulous annotations in the science fiction novels she loves to find in second-hand bookstores. When she’s not working on her list of the world’s best vegan restaurants, she enjoys hot yoga, hangs with her dogs, and sometimes thinks about working on her Victorian home.

35 comments
Word Ninja
Word Ninja

Thanks for the videos, everyone. Always enjoy gin and tonic...topics! topics! 

Dog and cat trust is so funny. I don't watch too many videos but always know these will be doozies. 

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

@ginidietrich is definitely a dog. And I am definitely a cat.

I want to burn down the Westboro Church because if I did that I can say 'It was God's Will' and they would have to accept it based on their beliefs. That is the beauty of religion. It removes all free will and decision making from us. In fact why we have anyone in jail amazes me. Everyone is innocent. God is the one who should be in jail....with the Westboro Baptists LOL Not sure why the only people I hate are haters but damn I hate them so much,

Latest blog post: The Three Things: Edition 39!

Jensenborger6
Jensenborger6

That snake is straight out of Harry Potter.

Enjoy your sci-fi, but be prepared... I thought Ender's Game was a lot better! 

Cheri Disse Cimmarrusti
Cheri Disse Cimmarrusti

oh... me too and my brother-in-law loves dog... and too be politically correct... let's just say isn't a big fan of cats... it will have him rolling!

Arment Dietrich, Inc.
Arment Dietrich, Inc.

The dog/cat one made me laugh out loud...I think I might have scared my dog!!! ^yp

ifdyperez
ifdyperez

Ermagherd! That snake vid is totally giving me the heebie jeebies!

RobBiesenbach
RobBiesenbach

Yup, still a cat person. (At the risk of starting a war with the mini-pig people.)


biggreenpen
biggreenpen

Seeing Hamlet THOROUGHLY devour that hard won oatmeal was awesome!

DwayneAlicie
DwayneAlicie

The snake owner sounds appropriately scared, IMHO. Beyond creepy! I shall now have nightmares!

I love Russell Brand!  I didn't, until I saw him do a show live here in SF and really fell in love with his brand of Crazy.

Also: I am soooo a cat.

yvettepistorio
yvettepistorio

OMG, I DIED with the trust one. I've seen the dog video before, but that cat one is freaking hilarious!!!

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

I've already finished it and am on to Xenocide! I'm sure the original will remain my favourite, but not ready to leave that universe yet. What do you think about the upcoming movie?

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@Cheri Disse Cimmarrusti I thought Russell Brand was great! He managed to get an interview done without making them too angry.

Latest blog post: The Three Things, Edition 39

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

They scared me before they could open doors, and now...eep!

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

The sounds of his little snuffles...adorable!

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

Whilst I am obviously a dog.

Ugh you saw RB live? He's my boyfriend.

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

So evil. I've never had one and don't get them.

Jensenborger6
Jensenborger6

@RebeccaTodd Can't wait. I've heard rumors they would make one for 10 years, but I never imagined that when they did it, it would star Harrison Ford. I'm so stoked! (Have I just marked myself as a nerd?)

biggreenpen
biggreenpen

@RebeccaTodd Ha ha Rebecca - you'll have to check out the link I posted to today's Three Things! It's like you are psychic or something.

DwayneAlicie
DwayneAlicie

@RebeccaTodd HHHHHHIIIIISSSSSSSSS!  <swat> That means I like you.

Yep, and he came down in the audience and walked around. He was centimeters away from me at one point! Surreal.

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

I know!!! And Kingsley as Rackham... Need squeal!

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

Hah I love how it looks at the camera and yawns like it ain't no big thing. Thanks for sharing that!