Published on April 7 2005

door1 Was up pretty early ( or awfully late, depending on how you look at it) , watching the Pope's funeral and thinking about doors in general....

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WorldNetDaily: Granddaughter yanks grandma's feeding tube
By Sarah Foster © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com In a situation recalling the recent death of Terri Schiavo in Florida, an 81-year-old widow, denied nourishment and fluids for nearly two weeks, is clinging to life in a hospice in LaGrange, Ga., while her immediate family fights desperately to save her life before she dies of starvation and dehydration.
And this in direct contravention of her living will, according to the story. I've been reading a lot about that slippery slope the past few days, and it sure looks like we're headed there.

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GoogleMaps Satellite View Real-World-Mix on Flickr - Photo Sharing! This is the coolest picture I've seen in a long time!!! Be sure to click on the "reference" to see how it would look from GoogleMaps.

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I spent some time over the last couple of days with my Dad, going through large--extremely large--tubs of photographs and papers, and old valentines, and.....etc. I have this project in mind of scanning all of these old faded photos, and trying to make a little sense out of them. Thankfully, most of them are marked on the back as to WHO the subjects of the photos are. I'd be in a lot of trouble if they weren't already captioned, and in some cases, dated. Click for bigger pictures: PettisFamilyRock This picture is of the Pettis family, taken about 1880 or so. Left to right is Sarah Crandall Pettis, grandson Willie, and Albert Munson Pettis. The Pettis' were my 3x great-grandparents on my father's side. Note the little rock on the bottom shelf of the plant stand in the photo. Looking at the photo, I thought it was a concrete chicken, and I asked why they had a chicken in their photo. My dad laughed, and retrieved a treasure from a shelf in the next room. the Rock Look familiar?

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Yahoo! News - John Kerry Recuperates From Knee Surgery
The Massachusetts Democrat, who is in Rome for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee during the recent congressional recess and will be on crutches for a couple of weeks to keep weight off his knee, said his spokeswoman April Boyd. Boyd said it was an outpatient procedure to repair cartilage in his knee, which was damaged by "years of soccer, hockey and marathon running."
Nice to know I'm in....um.....good company. Yep, must have been all that marathon running I did.....and on second thought--what a WUSS!! I was off the crutches after the first day!!! L-)

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AP Wire | 04/06/2005 | Jennings to take part in trivia contest
WAUSAU, Wis. - A millionaire game show whiz joins thousands of competitors this weekend at the 36th annual self-proclaimed world's largest trivia contest. Ken Jennings, who won nearly $2.5 million during a 74-game winning streak playing "Jeopardy," will visit the contest 30 miles south of here in Stevens Point to witness the competition in his research for a new book about trivia. Will he want to play after getting caught up in the passion of the 54-hour marathon of the mind that begins Friday? "I don't think it is the kind of stuff I would be that good at," Jennings said in a telephone interview from Salt Lake City, his hometown. "My impression is to make the questions Google-proof, they have to be pretty obscure stuff, not the kind of general knowledge that "Jeopardy" tests, but really specialized kind of minutiae. And I have no way of knowing how I would do at that kind of stuff. I would probably get my butt kicked. I am just sort of interested in seeing what the vibe is like."
Shawn called this evening and happened to mention that this weekend is Trivia in Stevens Point. She is headed down there tomorrow for a meeting, but isn't planning to stay for the weekend...too bad, almost--Triv was SO much fun the year I particpated, although our team finished WAAAAY down the list. I don't even remember if we broke 500 points!! :-)) I can't even imagine what it must be like to play now, with Google and the 'net instead of the way we played, our stacks and piles of trivia books, old encyclopedias, collections of phone books, and bags of potato chips. And even harder to believe the same Oz is there as when I played!! An article from the area paper on Trivia is here: Trivia at the Herald and here's the main page for WWSP: WWSP Looks like Trivia is played over the 'net now--a far cry from how we tuned in the tiny 10-watt campus radio station (WWSP 90 FM, yeah!). I'll have to tune in.....

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bike This is how we handle the first day of spring and knee surgery in the same week bike1 Ah, for the days before thigh-to-ankle knee braces...click on 'em for a slightly bigger pic.

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Tartan Day - About the Event
Woodrow Wilson said of the Scots, "Every line of strength in American history is a line coloured with Scottish blood." The contribution of the immigrant Scots upon North America is massive and these people have remained proud of their heritage. Numerous groups and societies throughout Canada and America have taken the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath (1320) as their national date to celebrate their Scottish roots.
Okay, I wanna know... who's going to wear the kilt around here?! ;-)

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I have to answer this myself, I know. I can't even ask a question like this... damndamndamndamndamn maybe I won't be here on the 20th of August, after all...... outta here.....

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Feingold Using Leadership PAC to Raise Profile - from TBO.com
Russ Feingold, whose name has become synonymous with campaign finance reform, is raising both his profile and thousands of dollars with his new leadership political action committee. Feingold, D-Wis., is using the PAC to pay for political travel and to make contributions to fellow Democrats as he tries to help the party regain the Senate next year. The PAC, the Progressive Patriots Fund, is also likely to pay political dividends for Feingold, especially if he decides to run for president in 2008. The travel is getting him exposure among voters and media outside Wisconsin, and the PAC's contributions will earn him gratitude from influential Democrats.
hmmmmmmmmmmmmm........

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