twice in the last week i've had to perform emergency "surgery" on our goldfish...while "cleaning" their gravel, they sucked in a piece that was too big, and got lodged behind their lips. i scooped them out into just enough water to breathe but not enough to squirm too much, and used tweezers to gently twist the gravel around till it could slide out. it's a frightening experience, but so rewarding to see them swim off in relief to be free of the stoney ouchness in their mouths.
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger-all down here on Earth.
Loki/Grendel/Gail/Beowulf/Camilla/River/Bathory/Arwen/Lafayette/Deb/Jack Skellington (soon)