Published on December 31 2006

Happy New Year, everyone... may your next year be better than your last. As for me....thank God 2006 is over, lol. And I'm outta here. Time to go to work.

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Published on December 31 2006

Uh, oh. The three scariest words in the world for somebody who can no longer run since knee surgery are "Tag. You're it". Old buddy Bill from InstaPinch surely picked a [insert favorite naval aviator terminology for extremely slow moving target here] when he sent this one my way. [Update: I have been informed that the correct "naval aviator terminology for extremely slow moving target" is "Zeppelin". Which is appropriate, since I am a huge Jimmy Page fan] 1. I am without a doubt the most gullible person in this entire world. I will believe anything, anytime, anywhere, anyhow that anybody tells me. I am one of four people in the entire country who has spent an evening in the woods shining a flashlight into a paper sack, chanting "heeeeere, snipe, snipe, snipe". Hey, I was eleven, what can I say? But if you have a practical joke you need to try out? Call me. Anytime. Really. 2. Karl, knowing your profession, you may not want to read this one. When I was 16, I was talked into trying to sneak out of the bill at an Indian restaurant in London by two classmates. ( It's that gullibility thing again.) We all three made it out the door, but the traffic light changed and the slowest of us ( guess who that would be- I wasn't very speedy even before the knee surgery! ) was dragged back into the restaurant by the collar, face burning and terrified, until my two classmates came back and paid their share of the bill. It remains to this day the most embarrassing and never-ever-to-be-repeated experience of my life. By the way, those two classmates? One is now a college professor, and the other is a Judge. I will leave it at that. 3. Going to take a cue from Pinch on this next one. If he can 'fess up to his weight, so can I. Sorta. I am six feet tall. I spent my most of my thirties and began my forties as an extremely large person. I am not going to give you exact numbers, but when I reach the number I consider a good and reasonable and achievable goal, I will have lost very nearly one hundred pounds. I'm almost there now, but this last bit is a lot harder than the rest. I have discovered a new diet recently however. All it takes is thinking of somebody eating mayonnaise right out of the jar, and your appetite evaporates instantly. 4. I passed my motorcycle endorsement test on the first try. The other adult member of my immediate family at the time very nearly got a speeding ticket. During the test. Think I might have rubbed it in just a teensy bit? Yew betcha. 5. Nobody has seen my natural hair color since about 1985. I'm not even sure what color it might be under the L'oreal, but I'm guessing it ain't reddish-blondish-brownish anymore. Hmmm, 1985. Isn't that the same year my number one daughter was born? Coincidence? I think not. Now, the tough part. None of the people I want to tag are active bloggers!! :-(( So, I'm going to issue a challenge. I want to hear from family members, whether you want to do it in comments or whether you want me to set you up your own blog (hint, hint, Kidbrudder) or even just a post from here or InstaPinch or Chef Mojo. I'm sure we would help out our family members right, guys?? I want all of you to join in this one! (I'm still a little :-& over the idea of somebody eating mayonnaise with a spoon right from the jar.)

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Published on December 30 2006

Watching President Ford's arrival at the Capitol over the internet tonight--thank god for CSpan, since I don't get to watch much tv.... so strange to see all of those people from the 70's again. Kissinger, and all the rest. All of those people who were were around when I first began to notice politics and the news. My eyes kept going to Betty Ford throughout all the reverent ceremonies. So tiny. So strong. Such a beautiful woman. Watching tonight only increased my years-long admiration for this woman. Tears coming to my eyes as I watch her. Of course, hearing "America" ( and that one hymn which I've never known the name of ) does it to me almost every time, too. And "Amazing Grace" always finishes me off. I'm such a wuss. The commentators describe him as being "her best friend". I wonder what it's like to be married to your best friend for almost 60 years...

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Published on December 30 2006

The video of the hanging is all over the internet, and was all over CNN this morning. All of the TV stations were of course careful to end the video before the actual hanging, thankfully. It's not exactly an image I want to have anyway. But it did make me wonder....how is it that Hussein's hanging is deemed too graphic for our delicate tastes, yet CNN and some of the other news channels had absolutely no problem airing the video a few weeks back of an Iraqi sniper killing an American soldier? Just sayin'.

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Published on December 29 2006

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Published on December 29 2006

Midterm in progress. Wish me luck, lol. [Update two hours later] My head is spinning. Three essays and a bunch of multiple choice questions....and I got one MC question wrong, so no perfect score for me! :-(( And the essays? Not a clue how I did. I can't even remember what I wrote, to tell you the truth.

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Published on December 28 2006

I have just read an "essay" that leaves my mouth hanging open. And my stomach trying not to heave. How the H-E-double-hockey-sticks does this woman keep getting another minute or two of fame? Banana Republics: In Search of Peace with Cindy Sheehan
First of all, I would like to extend my condolences to Mr. Ford's family. Even though he was an ex-President, he was also a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was a human being who had private relationships in a very public life and I am sure his loved ones will miss him deeply. However, Mr. Ford was 93 years old. He lived a full and long life. He spent a very lengthy retirement from public life: golfing and doing whatever else former presidents do. Usually, burying a 93 year old loved one is sorrowful but, I believe his pardon of Richard Nixon is one of the factors that have led to the untimely deaths of over 3000 American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in the Middle East. Just this month alone, 91 of our young people have met early, avoidable, unnecessary and tragic deaths in Bloody George's horrific war. In a month when most people picked out Christmas trees and had joy-filled celebrations in the season of lights, 91 of our nation's families went shopping for burial plots or urns and their holidays will never be the same again.
And then we have this little gem in the comments section (not written by Cindy, but....geez....):
I believe that Gerald Ford replaced fellow Maryander Spiro Agnew because Ford had helped cover up the JFK Assassination.
What was Karl Rove doing back in 1974, I wonder?

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Published on December 28 2006

and as usual, he's hilarious. I loved his take on the next Pres election. Bolding mine. James Lileks
American politics were in that blessed period between elections, but jockeying continued for the presidential spot in both parties. Hillary Clinton made a masterful move to the center by coming out against gay marriage for stem cells; Barack Obama continued to run on a platform of being Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney continued to remind people of his impressive chin. Rudy Guiliani rolled out a new campaign slogan: "Why? Because I'll Nuke Them Old-School Style if I Have To, and You Know It," while John McCain's team came up with a GOP base-tested slogan, "Suck It Up, Haters! It's Him or the Witch."
Only bad part about it is that it's probably exactly what's going to happen.

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Published on December 27 2006

I wrote about this the other day. I spent a little while checking out the company I had ordered from last night--and I was just horrified at the things I read. People who ordered from this company getting cameras with Japanese menus (I don't read that language too well, lol). People who found huge charges on their credit cards, much larger than their original invoices. Huge restocking fees for returned Japanese-menu'ed cameras. Refused returns. Cameras arriving with no batteries or battery chargers. Credit cards being charged even after orders were canceled. There were literally hundreds of these complaints...and I chickened out, called my credit card to let them know I was going to cancel the order and to watch out for a charge from this company. And then I called and canceled my order--AND got the confirmation number that my credit card company requested. I just had a baaaaaaad feeling about the whole deal. So now I'm back to camera-hunting. Think I'll check out the Nikons after all.

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Published on December 26 2006

 

threexmas2006Me and my gangsta daughters on Christmas Day..... One day, sometime in the future, I will get a photo of the three of us in which we all look good. No gangsta signs, no crossed eyes, no CLOSED eyes, no drool.... I swear, if I have to pay for it I will get one eventually, lol!

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laurieandschulzSchulzie, the world's meanest nastiest guard dachshund, trapped me on the steps. He wouldn't let anyone pass until they had shared their Christmas Cookies. (Fat chance of THAT!)civilwarsaber

 

One of the things we did was show the new family historian (Hi Paul!) some of our family "primary sources"--the saber and diaries belonging to Edward Bruce Crofoot, my great-great-grandfather.  The diary is a record of his time with the Wisconsin 32nd, who spent a little time in Georgia on a trip across the state during the Civil War.

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The writing is pretty tough to read, although my Dad "translated" most of it several years ago. Lieutenant Crofoot had beautiful handwriting with swirls and flourishes-- and in a century and a half, we have lost the ability to read "real handwriting".shannondiary

 

 

 

Hope all of you had a wonderful warm Christmas.....

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