Published on April 30 2005

I am Sooooo un-cool.....
Your Taste in Music:
Classic Rock: Highest Influence
Progressive Rock: Highest Influence
80's Rock: High Influence
90's Rock: High Influence
90's Alternative: Medium Influence
90's Pop: Medium Influence
Country: Medium Influence
80's Alternative: Low Influence
80's Pop: Low Influence
80's R&B: Low Influence
Hair Bands: Low Influence
Ska: Low Influence

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Die Wagenschenke - Das Partyzelt am Albanifest in Winterthur. I am Soooo hooked.... 72 metres!!! What's a Wagenschenke, anyway??

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CNN.com - FDA OKs lizard-derived diabetes drug - Apr 29, 2005
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Type 2 diabetics got a new option to help control their blood sugar Friday, a drug derived from the saliva of the Gila monster -- but one that must be injected twice a day.

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Published on April 29 2005

Missing Bride Found Alive in New Mexico - Yahoo! News
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A Georgia woman who vanished just days before her wedding was found in New Mexico early Saturday after she called her fiance from a pay phone and said she had been kidnapped, authorities said. Jennifer Wilbanks, 32, was in police custody more than 1,420 miles from her home on what was supposed to be her wedding day, said Albuquerque police spokeswoman Trish Ahrensfield. Police were searching for a blue van with a man and woman inside.
Wonderful news for her family that she was found alive. I'm sure the relief they feel must be beyond words. Maybe I'm too suspicious after watching news, but........ doesn't this story sound just a tiny bit odd? The kidnappers got nervous with the publicity and let her go after only cutting her hair???????? Update an hour later---Yup, now they're saying that she chickened out on the wedding, and ran away. Cold feet.
The wedding, which had been scheduled for Saturday, was elaborate. The couple had mailed 600 invitations, and the ceremony was to feature 14 bridesmaids and 14 groomsmen.
Lord, now I understand!!!! FOURTEEN!!!!!!!?????????

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Victor Davis Hanson on Iraq on National Review Online
"Sometimes the caliber of a nation is found not in why it is liked, but rather in why it is not."
Sometimes that goes for individuals, too.

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Published on April 27 2005

NCHC | Facts About Healthcare - Health Insurance Coverage
Economist James Smith found that insured households paid an average of $26,957 in total medical spending after the diagnosis of a serious new health condition; uninsured households paid $42,166. (James Smith, “Healthy Bodies and Thick Wallets: The Dual Relation Between Health and Economic Status,” Journal of Economic Perspectives 13(2): 145-166. Quoted in Levy, Ibid).
I'm starting to see the bills for the knee. I've grumbled about the brace, and I've joked that if I had known I would be in harness for this long, I would have limped around a lot longer---but I might also have had second thoughts if I had seen these costs ahead of time. And I am insured!! Of course, I have all the co-pays, as well as the 90/10 coverage, but at least I HAVE insurance. There is still going to be a significant payment out of my pocket. (Overtime, here I come.....) I cannot even imagine having to pay the entire bill out of pocket, though. We're talking the cost of my first house, here. We're talking about the price of a new car. How on earth does somebody with no insurance DO this? I joked about it being elective surgery, painful as the knee was prior. For somebody with no insurance, or even lousier coverage than I have--the "elective" part is no joke.

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Published on April 26 2005

CNN.com - Bono bunks at Bill Gates's house - Apr 26, 2005
"I was one of 20,000 screaming fans," Microsoft Corp.'s co-founder Gates told Reuters. Gates, the world's richest man, said he got to know Bono through his work with his philanthropy. Gates said that Irish rocker Bono was staying with him and that the two hung out together after the concert in Seattle.
Great that philanthropy can bring people together and all, but I LOVED this next quote!!
Asked if their friendship would entice him to buy one of Microsoft rival Apple Computer Inc.'s black-and-red U2 edition iPods, Gates said: "Absolutely not."
Too bad, Bill--I'm not quite ready to buy a Mac yet, but I sure have succumbed to the Ipod experience!!

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Published on April 25 2005

You Are 33 Years Old
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Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe. 13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world. 20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences. 30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more! 40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.
Wishful thinking, eh?

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Villainous Company: Book Lovers Read Cassandra's absolutely hilarious posting on personals ads in the London Review of Books--and the comments are even better!! I couldn't begin to come up with ads as hilarious as some of these!! I also followed her link to the LRB to finish reading. This was my absolute favorite:
I am the type of female that is thrilled by the tempestuous passions of a slightly mysterious swashbuckling financier who makes his living outfoxing corrupt capitalists and bullying bureaucrats then occasionally pulls away from the tumult in the Grand Cayman Islands. Box no. 07/04
Yeah. Me, too. Mexico wouldn't be bad either.

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