Published on March 21 2007

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London's longest-serving taxi driver has retired, after 70 years of ferrying passengers around the British capital. Alfred Collins, 92, picked up his first fare in 1937 and plied the streets until two years ago, keeping his black cab licence until last month when he finally decided he was not going to get back behind the wheel.
I kid you not, I think this is the guy who drove us around London and gave us a Cab tour while we were visiting London. It sure explains why he knew so much about the city. Can you imagine, he was probably driving US servicemen around London during WWII. Now this is a guy who loved his job.

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Published on March 21 2007

JS Online: Damage blamed on frustration
One day after 21 people were arrested during a demonstration that vandalized a U.S. Army recruiting office on Milwaukee's east side, Wisconsin peace activist groups on Tuesday said some protesters might increasingly turn to destruction as their frustrations mount.
Isn't this sorta what a two-year-old does?
 Regarding a police report that human excrement was smeared on the recruiting center, Johnson said he wasn't aware of such vandalism.
Okay. Smearing $h*t on a recruiting center is a perfectly rational way of showing your disagreement with government action. I do it all the time-- especially during tax season.
Peace Action Wisconsin does not condone violence, said the group's project organizer Julie Enslow, but some anti-war protesters might feel the need to be violent to get their point across. "We do not use those tactics ourselves, but the movement is very broad, and as this war continues, the anti-war movement is going to take many forms - not all of which everyone feels comfortable with," Enslow said.
Consider yourself warned.

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Published on March 20 2007

It's a good thing I work nights... I don't think I can sleep after reading this one. Children used in Iraqi militant attack
WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) - A U.S. general on Tuesday said Iraqi insurgents used children in a suicide attack this weekend, raising worries that the insurgency has adopted a new tactic to get through security checkpoints with bombs.Maj. Gen. Michael Barbero, deputy director for regional operations in the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said adults in a vehicle with two children in the backseat were allowed through a Baghdad checkpoint. The adults then abandoned the vehicle and detonated it with the children still inside, he said. "Children in the back seat, lower suspicion, we let it move through," he said. "They parked the vehicle, the adults run out and detonate it with the children in the back."

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Published on March 20 2007

Well, it's sorta fini, lol. There are a couple more pics on the Flickr site, too. What do y'all think of some art tile to cover those yucky black bricks on the hearth? I've been trying to figure out how to get them clean again, but my mother suggested I hire someone to put down new tile. Heck with that-- *I* can do tile!! finished.JPG Next project is trying to figure out how I'll come up with enough $$ for the gas fire--I'm not going to be able to look at that big blank spot in the middle there for very long. And of course the floor is the next upcoming home improvement project. I already have my floor sander picked out. Look out, Tim Taylor!! :-)) I am soooooo boring, lol. Isn't it great to be boring again?

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Published on March 19 2007

Well, at least it's partly done. I'm sure there is plenty more agonizing in my future. This is after the first coat; it looks to me like it will definitely need a second coat. I love it. There is color in the house!! this-is-it.JPG Yes, to answer your question, that blue stuff is tape and it will come off tomorrow after coat #2.

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Published on March 19 2007

....my ceiling was not this shade of brown when I started painting this morning. Of course, now that I'm old and (getting) farsighted, maybe I just didn't notice. Ten-foot ceilings *are* kinda far away, right?? Yeah. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :-| white-again.JPG

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Published on March 17 2007

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Published on March 16 2007

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Published on March 16 2007

Today is the almost-ex's birthday, so he asked to take #2 child with him tonight. So here I am, my first weekend off as a (almost) single woman. And ya know what I'm doing on Friday night? Putting paint samples up on my wall. Frowning at them. Took a *real* bath! Soaked in the tub and everything!! Bubbles, even!!! Dyed my hair back to its natural red-blonde. (QUIET up there in the peanut gallery, it IS TOO blonde!) Cuppa tea. Earl Grey. White, no sugar. Jammie pants, tank top, and sheepskin slippers. (This picture is getting more and more attractive, isn't it?) Homework. I have regressed to 19 years old again. It's great.

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Published on March 16 2007

Anybody out there think that maybe I'm obsessing about this just a *teensy* bit too much?
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Ok, left to right: I ragged the dark rust over yesterdays' gawdawful orange. I liked it, but not enough to do the whole wall that way. Next up is the deep rust color, which goes by the name of "Autumn Sunset". I'm tempted to use it just so I can point out the name to anybody who asks. Two points for anybody who catches the reference to this movie, hehehehe. Next is another tan which is too pink. Why can't I find a nice tan??? Another strip of Rust, so that I can compare it to my second favorite, "Copper Brown". I like it, but it might be too brown. I also tried one side of the 'place with a dark forest green. It's very pretty, but....I don't think I could live very long with three walls worth of dark green. I'm going to look at it a few more days and think about it lol. Yes, I am being my usual decisive self here. Besides, I have a ceiling to do first anyway, if a certain almost-ex brings back my ladder and my PowerPainter, dammit.I bet this wall looks completely goofy from outside the window on the sidewalk. Even if it does, the curtains are staying open. Maybe somebody out there will take pity on me and pick out some colors. Another shot of copper, yucky tan, and dark rust without the flash flare.
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Comments? Bright ideas? Bueller? Bueller?P.S. It's *fun* to paint when the Dave Matthews Band is blasting. Good thing I don't have to try to stay in the lines!

 

"Its crazy Im thinking, just knowing that the world is round. Im here Im dancing on the ground. Am I right side up or upside down? Is this real, oh lord, or am I dreaming?"

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