Published on August 18 2006

Working on my "resume" for my "how-tp-do-an-online-class" class at APUS. It's required that all students take this as their first class towards a degree. I'm trying to worm my way out of it, having done the UW classes over the last year. To get out of it, a student is required to turn in an essay on "why I don't need to take this class"...and a RESUME. This is going to be the most BORING resume ever written. Should I include my stint as a salad girl in a restaurant? I learned a lot about lettuce on that job, after all. How about my very first job, washing dishes in the school cafeteria during lunch when I was in 7th grade? Or my fame as 'sconsin's first female paperboy at age 13? (Who knew I'd be breaking down barriers so young? 8-| ) I definitely need to include my job as a carhop at a drive-in fast food joint in wintertime to show my determination to succeed--you know what tips are like when you deliver trays of food to people who have their defrosters/ heaters running full blast to keep their windows from freezing over at 20 below zero? Not good, lol. Hope they don't giggle too hard at a resume of 26 years as a factory babe.

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Published on August 17 2006

I just found this story online last night, and started reading the chapters already posted. I am *so* glad they are posting it this way, but damn....what a book this would have made. The Jill Carroll Story
My chief captor had an idea about how to prod the US government into action: another video.

He said this one would be different, and left.

I turned to the two guards sitting on cushions a few feet away and started to panic. Really, really panic.

"Oh my God, oh my God, they're going to kill me, this is going to be it. I don't know when but they're going to do it," I thought.

I crawled over to Abu Hassan, the one who seemed more grown-up and sympathetic. His 9mm pistol was by his side, as usual.

"You're my brother, you're truly my brother," I said in Arabic. "Promise me you will use this gun to kill me by your own hand. I don't want that knife, I don't want the knife, use the gun."

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Published on August 17 2006

Damn. This is the most over the top example of hoof-in-mouth disease I've seen in a long time. Even *I* couldn't have topped this one--and I am famous for my little problem of speaking before I think. Tramm Hudson Destroys Himself | Redstate Sure wish we had video of the Q&A afterwards.

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Published on August 17 2006

Just a little Public Service Announcement for all the men in our lives...pass it on to all your beloved males. It really *is* a matter of life and death, gals.
Police are warning all men who frequent clubs, parties and local pubs to be alert and stay cautious when offered a drink from any woman. Many females use a date rape drug on the market called "Beer." The drug is found in liquid form and is available anywhere. It comes in bottles, cans, or from taps and in large "kegs". Beer is used by female sexual predators at parties and bars to persuade their male victims to go home and sleep with them. A woman needs only to get a guy to consume a few units of Beer and then simply ask him home for no strings attached sex. Men are rendered helpless against this approach after several beers; men will often succumb to the desires to sleep with horrific looking women whom they would never normally be attracted. After drinking beer, men often awaken with only hazy memories of exactly what happened to them the night before, often with just a vague feeling that "something bad" occurred. At ot her times these unfortunate men are swindled out of their life's savings, in a familiar scam known as "a relationship." In extreme cases, the female may even be shrewd enough to entrap the unsuspecting male into a longer term form of servitude and punishment referred to as "marriage." Men are much more susceptible to this scam after beer is administered and sex is offered by the predatory females. Please! Forward this warning to every male you know. If you fall victim to this "Beer" scam and the women administering it, there are male support groups where you can discuss the details of your shocking encounter with similarly victimized men. For the support group nearest you, just look up "Golf Courses" in the phone book. Click here to see how the "Beer Scam" works.

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Published on August 16 2006

Congratulations Graduate!
We are proud to award you your Associate of Arts and Science Degree from The University of Wisconsin Colleges!
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Degree : Associate of Arts & Science Degree(Ethnic Studies) Confer Date : 2006-08-31 Requested By : Engle,Laurie Crofoot I will mail your diploma to you as soon as I receive it from the printer. That usually takes 3 to 4 weeks. If you have moved since you filled out your application for degree candidacy, please send me your current address. Graduates will be posted on our website by the end of the week.
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Published on August 13 2006

All You Need to Know: THE YOUNG MAN AND THE RIVER
It’s easy to forget about all of the bullshit that plagues our day-to-day existence when we’re surrounded by that much happiness. We become kids at recess – not a care in the world…and those three days every year are our 10 minutes on the schoolyard. Our time to play. Our time to stretch out our legs. Our time to scream for no reason. Our time to call each other “gay” over and over and over again. I don’t know why we do that, but we do.
Terry writes a great piece about his river-rafting trip to 'sconsin. I especially loved the last two paragraphs. Okay, it may be overusing the metaphor just a little to compare "life" to a "river"; but every word is perfect.

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Published on August 13 2006

There is bright news in the world, even though I posted something like this the other day. There is hope for all of us, even self-described "curmudgeons" like my best friend from High School.

 

Bill
I remember Bill well from HS--he was one of the great characters from my two years in high school in London. He was a *doll* back then, with wavy brown hair and the biggest grin on campus. A year ahead of me in school, he was VP of the senior class, editor of the yearbook two years running (and I always give him hell because I had one, count 'em, ONE measly picture in the '77 yearbook!!!), football player extraordinaire, and one of the leads in the big musical production of the year for our Drama Department "Annie Get Your Gun" -- which is where I got to know him.

 

Annie
We didn't run in the same crowd back then for the most part, but our paths crossed often in Drama and Theater classes. I couldn't tell you what he thought of me then, or if I ever even caught his eye; but I do remember him as a friendly, popular-for-a-good-reason type of guy. He was the one you just knew was going to go on to great and wonderful things one day.

 

pinchplane
Well, he did. Although he'll tell you "he's an average guy doing an average job", I happen to disagree. A Naval Aviator, for one, zooming around in F-14 jets. How many people get to do something as cool as that?!?!

 

bill and girls
And the job he'd probably say was most important, single father to two beautiful young women. I got to know Bill again a few years back, through our mutual interest in the London Central High alumni groups. It's a pretty loosely organized bunch of people, but we've managed to have several reunions over the years, amazing since we were all American kids living in a foreign country and have spread out around the world since high school. I spent hours scanning one of Bill's yearbooks for the school alumni website, and we spent quite a bit of email time catching up on our lives since England. We found we could talk about anything and everything over the years, and my admiration and respect for him grew. He's my great supportive, non-judgemental friend and I hope I can say that for many more years. And of course as the link down on the blogroll says, he's the one who got me hooked on blogs and interested in their design and programming.

 

L and B
We finally got to meet up again at a reunion in 2004, and this (I think) is the only picture of BOTH of us--we always seemed to wind up on opposite sides of the lens. Oh wait, first, ONE more Navy pic:

 

sunglasses
Yeah. :-D Still a doll, isn't he? Sorry, but I had to get a pic of the whites in there. Richard Gere and Tom Cruise, eat your hearts out! You don't *begin* to wear that uniform right! Anyway, back to Bill. I mentioned he was a single dad, working and raising his kids for the last ten years alone. I admired his determination to do things right with them, but I also knew how hard he worked at it, and how little time it left him for a life of his own. Well, my best buddy has some wonderful news. I am so happy for him--there's not a trace of his so-called "curmudgeonly self" in that photograph. Go read and wish him a Happy Birthday while you're there!!

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Published on August 12 2006

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Published on August 12 2006

This may be the greatest program ever written for a computer.
AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in your Browser Bookmarks. If a Bookmark has become unavailable you can verify it in the internal preview and delete it from your Browser. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks. AM-Deadlink works with Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla and Firefox. AM-DeadLink is Freeware!
I am embarassed to admit how many bookmarks I have in Firefox. There are...ummm.. over twelve hundred bookmarks in my file, some imported from IE, some I just clicked up while surfing, some--well, not a clue WHERE they came from. Or if they work. The program is still running on my file, and it already looks like there are over three hundred dead links!! Of course, some of them were pretty obvious, like the links to the Presidential candidates for election 2000.....sigh. Organization ain't my strongest point, obviously.

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Published on August 11 2006

Whew!! I haven't even logged in over here for a few days. I signed on to find a MESS of spams--all of which were caught in moderation or the blacklist. Pretty Good!! Well, the reason for the quiet is going to come out shortly to all of my faithful readers who don't already know. I and my husband of 26 years are splitting up. So far, it's going amicably, our focus being making this as smooth as possible for everyone involved. I'll be pretty busy, obviously, over the next few weeks with this transition. We're both starting to look forward to the future. That's a positive, isn't it? There needs to be a positive. Talk to y'all soon.

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