Stranger Than Fiction

I have an uncommon last name (Kusleika). It’s Lithuanian and it may have been Americanized from Kusleikas or Kusleikus. I don’t know for sure if it was. Last night, my family and I were watching Dog Whisperer, a show about a Mexican guy who teaches people to control their dogs. It’s an interesting show.

One of the families that was helped last night had the same last name as me. My family and I were looking at each other with wonderment at the coincidence of seeing our uncommon name. We’ve only seen the show a couple of times before, so it’s not like we never miss it. As our astonishment was subsiding, the show mentioned the town where this family lives. That’s right, it’s the same town I live in. Freaky.

I hope the Kusleika’s poodle has stopped humping the furniture, or whatever it was doing.

In other news, Ron de Bruin pointed out an error that Internet Explorer was reporting. I had some javascript that controlled the expandable menus in the sidebar. It read a cookie on your computer so that the menus you had expanded the last time you were here, would be expanded this time. The error was

Could not get the display property. Invalid argument

It pointed to this line;

I changed it to this

var cookievalue = getCookie(elemname);;

That fixed the error in IE6, put merely pushed the error down one line in IE7. Firefox, incidentally, didn’t complain about any of it. Moving the function call to a variable instead of the ‘display’ line was the extent of my troubleshooting abilities. I had been planning on simplifying the sidebar in an effort to get the site to load faster. So rather than fixing the problem, I just eliminated the javascript. I didn’t simplify the sidebar as much as I wanted to, but I do notice a significant reduction in the load time, so I guess it’s adequate.

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8 thoughts on “Stranger Than Fiction

  1. My family came to E. Granby, Connecticutt, America from France in 1717 (on their way to Nova Scotia) courtesy of the English Navy . The family name was Cose (Capet d’Cose du Brissac). The only thing my kids think it strange the patriarch’s name was Rene’.

    Somehow over the last 300 years Cose turns to Cossitt for us yanks and Cossette for the Canadian French … go figure.

  2. J-Walk – “…Is that anything like an AutoFilter?”
    Sounds more like Advanced Filter to me…

  3. So, I’m guessing that your poker face didn’t give away to your wife that you have a whole other family. Whewwwwwwwwwwww, that must have been a little dicey for you.

  4. I am a Kusleika, and the dog wisperer was my cousin Cory. I was put up for adoption by my birth mother Anita Lin Kusleika. Our family is both Lithuanian and Swedish. I got the Lithuanian side from my grandfather John Kusleika who’s parents came directly from there. I don’t know much about my birth father but I do know my birth mother’s family. Unfortunately my mother died when I was three after my adoption so I never met her but I have met my grandfather, her older brother and family, younger sister and family and they have kept in contact with me over the years. How strange to run across your post. Small world. I would love to talk to you by email. My email is All of my relatives on the Kusleika side live in Omaha Nebraska. I live in Lincoln. Some of them are on Facebook too.
    Feel free to write to me if you want to, the world is getting smaller by the minute.

    Thanks for your time,
    Mary McCreary (birthname: Jo Anne Kusleika)

  5. Mary (Jo Anne), my name is Christine Ulanowski (quinn) and your mother Anita lived down the street from me (westridge 90th st.). I didn’t know her well, but she was a year older than me and I remember her being a very stunning blonde. So sorry her life was cut short. God bless

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