Published on October 13 2006

...to all you paraskavedekatriaphobics out there!!! May you all have a wonderful day!!! (and yes, I actually did know that word without looking it up. Trivia goddess, and all.)

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Published on October 12 2006

Spotted on Camp Phillips Road « WWW.WAUSAUBLOG.ORG And yeah, it's doing the same thing here. Ugh.
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Published on October 12 2006

Candidate touts sex with Packers in campaign - CNN.com
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) -- Sex! The Green Bay Packers! Sex WITH the Green Bay Packers!
I mean...the headline says it all. The only thing that could have improved it might have been the mention of "deer hunting". And beer. Maybe.... Sex and Leinie's with the Green Bay Packers! Wearing Blaze Orange!! Sandy would win in a landslide. LaFollette wouldn't stand a chance, political legacy or no.
The usually ho-hum race for Wisconsin secretary of state is being spiced up by one candidate's naughty tell-all book about her bed-hopping exploits with Green Bay football legends during the team's glory days under Vince Lombardi in the 1960s. Sandy Sullivan, a 65-year-old Republican with no political experience, self-published a gushing memoir in 2004 titled "Green Bay Love Stories and Other Affairs" in which she claims she was the girlfriend of Green Bay Packers Paul Hornung and Dan Currie, deflected a pass from Hall of Famer Don Hutson and was on the receiving end of a saucy comment from Richard Nixon. In it, she confides that her goal was always to marry a pro football player, saying they are "fast, sleek and clean," are built like "Greek gods" and love women. "The football players of the 1950s and '60s were every bit as 'HOT' as the men of the present day, if not more so," Sullivan writes of the days when she was a trim, miniskirted brunette who did some modeling. "Remember, the '60s was the 'dawning of the Age of Aquarius' and some women ... were thrilled to experience this brave, new freedom, and celebrate our sexuality ... and the football players loved it!"

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Published on October 10 2006

The world seems just a wee bit smaller today...... :D And NO, I am *not* going to show the photo inside. Let's put it this way. I can't decide whether I look more like a deranged blonde terrorist or a frightened-deer-in-the-headlights. If THIS photo doesn't get me an intense wanding at the next airport, NOTHING will.
Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away! --Dr. Suess
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Published on October 9 2006

Look out, you southern-type folks -- they're on their way. The last week or so, I've been able to hear honking nearly every night as they fly over. They're also on the ground. Leaving PILES of goose poop behind. Some of which I managed to pedal over on the trail the other day and splatter EVERYWHERE. Goose poop on a white sweatshirt is an instant laundry problem. Doesn't scrub off bare legs too well, either.
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Published on October 8 2006

Okay, now I am *not* going to do a daily countdown. And I pormise this is *not* going to turn into the "Seger Fan Page" even though the last couple of posts might look like it. Surfing around Youtube brought back some memories of why I'm a Seger fan. I booked a couple of the videos, and if I feel the inclination I may write about them, lol. Then again, maybe not. It's keeping my mind off some other things that I want to avoid thinking about for a few hours, anyway. YouTube is a good way to kill HOURS. But one song on Youtube in particular was my introduction, the song that got me hooked. I'm talking about "Turn the Page" of course ....what a wonderful song this was. It was the summer of '76. We were in between moves at the time, between Bowie, Maryland and England. I was heartbroken at leaving Bowie--I'd made a lot of friends in the year we were there, and had begun to get very involved in high school life for the first time. It was awful to just pack up and leave at the end of my sophomore year, even though I was beginning to get excited about the idea of living in England. (I was still trying to decide if I was nervous at the prospect of living away from my family in a dorm at school, alternating between "PLEASE don't make me go away" and "I can't WAIT to get away from you". On an hourly basis.) We were living in northern Wis, staying with my grandmother while my father was in Spain? Montreal? can't remember. All I really remember is that I had begun to tire of the constant cross-country moves. Although new places were always exciting, I wanted to have friends for more than a few months before we packed up to move again. Our lone rock radio station up here had a bad habit of playing incredibly great songs and then not telling who the artist was--one of my absolute pet peeves, and the reason I love satellite radio so much now. I heard so much good music in those days, from Springsteen to Heart to Steve Miller to the first Boston album--and it was sometimes weeks before I could figure out who the bands were. Darned WIFC, anyway. I do remember the first time I heard this song. I had a small radio that I would turn on in my bedroom as I went to sleep. I happened to be lying there sleepless in the dark late one night, thinking the usual teenage angsty stuff (emo kids had nothing on me in the 70's)... and this quiet slow ballad started playing. I turned the radio up a bit, and lay there transfixed, frozen absolutely still, trying to catch every word of the song. That mournful saxophone, sad enough to bring a hormonally-charged teenage girl who missed her friends to tears. The dreamlike sound of the electric piano. That gravel-over-silk voice, dramatic even in its restraint. The way the singer referred to himself in the third person during the verses, as if he were outside looking in at the lonely traveler who missed his home. The line
..and you pretend it doesn't bother you, but you just want to explode....
Whoa. The story of my life at age 15. A life spent rootless on the road was something I immediately identified with. Yeah, yeah--emotional explosions come with the territory of being 15....but the song stuck with me. I had to find out who this band was!!

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Published on October 7 2006

She shoots! She SCORES. Something good had to happen this weekend, right? Item #37 on my list is about to be completed. Thirty-odd years since discovering his music and falling in love....I'm finally going to get to see him. I just knew he'd hate retirement, I just KNEW it! Bob sweetie, get the leathers out and Wait For Me, I'm coming to Milwaukee!!!
I love the answer to the inevitable question about going out on the road at the age of 61. "Yeah, I'm going to be doing a few more ballads this time." Now THAT is growing old disgracefully!
    Tickets: $60 each, not counting all the tax and Ticketmonster fees Parking Fees: probably about $100, lol Finally going to see one of my alltime favorite beloved rockers perform in REAL LIFE: Absolutely Priceless.
Two tickets. MAIN FLOOR seats. Going to be weird to not be in the nosebleed seats! :-D Who wants to go???

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Published on October 5 2006

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Published on October 3 2006

North Korea says it will stage nuke test - Yahoo! News
By BO-MI LIM, Associated Press Writer Tue Oct 3, 11:20 AM ET North Korea said Tuesday it will conduct a nuclear test in the face of what it claimed was "the U.S. extreme threat of a nuclear war," ratcheting up tensions amid international pressure to return to negotiations on its atomic program. "The U.S. extreme threat of a nuclear war and sanctions and pressure compel the DPRK to conduct a nuclear test, an essential process for bolstering nuclear deterrent, as a self-defense measure in response," the North's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, using its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"Extreme threat of a nuclear war???" Did I miss something somewhere? Maybe it was on the news, but PredatorGate was so much more important.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said he was urging Security Council members to consult with their capitals on the next steps. "I think it's important that if we embark on something here that we do it seriously and not simply issue statements for the sake of issuing statements," he told reporters before the council met for closed discussions.
Great idea, but how un-ambassadorial. Makes me like him more and more!
The North said Tuesday its ultimate goal is "to settle hostile relations between the DPRK and the U.S. and to remove the very source of all nuclear threats from the Korean Peninsula and its vicinity," accusing the U.S. of posing a nuclear threat in the region. The North, however, said it will "never use nuclear weapons first and strictly prohibit any threat of nuclear weapons and nuclear transfer."
Ok, let me make sure I have this right.... we need to test a nuclear device so that we can remove all threats of nuclear devices. Yeah, makes sense to me.
Charles Kartman, who was the lead negotiator with North Korea under the Clinton administration, said last week that North Korea had few other options than saber-rattling. "If they feel they are not getting interaction with us, they tend to do things to get our attention. And the tools that they have are all bad ones," he said. "The missiles, the nuclear program, the military."
Uh huh. How about we invite Kim Jong-il to the UN, so we can hear more about the eeee-vil US? Would that be enough attention paid?

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Published on October 2 2006

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In addition to explicit sexual language, former Congressman Mark Foley's Internet messages also include repeated efforts to get the underage recipient to rendezvous with him at night. "I would drive a few miles for a hot stud like you," Foley said in one message obtained by ABC News.
Only a few miles? What I remember of DC is that it's a long drive to get anywhere in that town. As is usual with the Blotter, the comments are by far the most interesting part of the article. The comments here are full of accusations by Repubs that it's a Dem plot, accusations by the Dems of Repub hypocrisy--in other words, the usual fare spiced up by name-calling, pedophilia in this case. According to my Webster's, pedophilia is defined as a "sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object". Now, in no way am I excusing this guy's behavior--it was an abuse of his power, sexual harassment probably by either legal definition, not to mention just too stupid for words for a man in his position. But isn't the age of consent in DC 16? A 17 year old, while definitely not yet an adult, is hardly a child. I think "idiot" is a much better description of Foley than "pedophile". There were some other interesting comments on the article, mostly posted by people who are badly in need of spellcheck in the comments box. This however, was a comment that has to be read to be believed:
What I'm wondering here is that since this has been known about for years and most likely involves most politicians, is it that Foley didn't do something that Israel told him to do and that's why ABC is know "ratting him out". I mean it is well known that Israel and it's spy agency Mossad is heavily involved in running the United States Federal government and that they routinely gather damaging information about U.S. Govt politicans in order to blackmail them in to voting in favor of Israel's agenda. This seems as if this more likely the reason that the media is releasing this. Otherwise why would they care since most of the media is morally bankrupt as well. Posted by: The Truth Squad | Oct 2, 2006 4:46:23 PM
Shoulda known. I'm glad the Truth Squad was there to explain how, once again, "the Joooooooos did it". At least we know what the political discussion will be for the next month. World problems will be completely forgotten while we are fed a steady diet of "PredatorGate".

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