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Published on January 20 2007

A favorite site of mine is the Urban Legends page. When I get one of those emails detailing all of the things I can win if I only send Bill Gates a short note, or a long story about a young cancer patient who wants to break the record for emails received, or how I can stop a robbery by entering my PIN code in reverse at the bank (I can't even remember my PIN code the usual way most of the time!), I usually gently push the sender towards this site. While perusing the latest Urban Legends, I came across this one. It's an email exchange between an Army SGT. stationed in Iraq, and a retailer of custom mats and flooring based in West Allis, Wisconsin. It's a request from that soldier, wanting to know if this flooring company will ship its products to an APO address, since not all companies will due to the extra shipping, packing, and customs requirements. The emails follow:
From: SGT Jason Hess Sent: Tue Jan 16 3:25 Do you ship to APO addresses? I'm in the 1st Cavalry Division stationed in Iraq and we are trying to order some mats but we are looking for who ships to APO first. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- From: contact@discount-mats.com Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 9:44 PM Subject: Re: Feedback: from discount-mats.com SGT Hess, We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq. Bargain Suppliers Discount-Mats.com
Yeah, Yeah, I know all about free speech and opinion, and all that. I'm just thinking that the next time I need a yoga mat, I know where not to buy it. Pretty rare to see a Company so uninterested in serving their customers. Especially the customers who have a lot to do with our freedom of speech to send rude emails and our right to be sensible idiots. Maybe after this gets around, they won't have that customer problem.

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Published on January 14 2007

Illinois man seeks spinning world record - Yahoo! News
BURR RIDGE, Ill. - George Hood may have pedaled his way into the Guinness World Records book on Saturday night. The 49-year-old Aurora resident began riding a stationary bike at the Five Seasons Sports Club in Burr Ridge at 4 a.m. Wednesday and surpassed the previous record of 82 hours by 8:28 p.m. Saturday. He stopped several minutes before midnight after completing his goal of 85 hours.
And I have trouble riding for more than 40 minutes or so. Then again, I hate stationary bikes almost as much as I hate treadmills. I can NOT wait for spring. My Trek keeps calling my name from the basement.

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Published on January 1 2007

Yakking on the phone. Figures. Image000.jpg

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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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Published on December 17 2006

The crewdudes and I decided that it's pretty bad when the "best prime rib I ever had" were the ones we smoked at work for our (early) Christmas dinner.
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Published on December 15 2006

Wisconsin Man Runs Over, Eats Seven-Legged Transgendered Deer
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Rick Lisko hunts deer with a bow, but got his most unusual one driving his truck down his mile-long driveway. The young buck had nub antlers — and seven legs. Lisko said it also had both male and female reproductive organs. "It was definitely a freak of nature," Lisko said. "I guess it's a real rarity." John Hoffman of Eden Meat Market skinned the deer for Lisko, who wasn't going to waste the venison from the animal. "And by the way, I did eat it," Lisko said. "It was tasty."
Only in 'sconsin.

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Published on December 5 2006

No, not that kind of "wild life"--after all, I'm not single again yet!! Give me a couple of months and it'll be karaoke on the bar. (not) I went for my usual daily 3 1/2 mile walk through the same area as in the pictures below. It looks a little different today, however, because we are under "blizzard conditions" this afternoon, snowing heavily and getting very cold. Here comes the Alberta Clipper, lol! As I walked up the Hog's Back, I happened to glance up from watching my footing on the snow and ice to see two hen turkeys sauntering down the trail ahead of me. I've seen turkeys dozens of times from the car as I whizzed by, but this was the first time I've ever seen them up close. I was surprised at how tall and long-legged a wild turkey is; I had always thought of them as sort of a squat, low-to-the-ground bird. After they disappeared into the brush, I walked up to their tracks in the snow. Those tracks were the size of my hand!! Thinking well, that was a pretty neat thing to see, I continued on up the hill--couldn't stop for long for the wind blowing off the iced over river. As I topped the hill and started down, I saw a large dog crossing the path ahead of me.....no, that's not a dog. That's a fox, a big fox!! A trapper would have turned up his nose at this fox, halfway through its color change with a red body and a gray brush; but I thought it was beautiful. He trotted off the trail and down to the houses at the edge of the park and out of sight in the heavy snow.

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Published on November 30 2006

Last day of November, with winter coming on fast--proof was the slightly below zero windchills this afternoon. Trust me, my three-miler went a little more quickly than usual today, even with stopping to take a few pictures. Click to make 'em bigger: { gallery [parkpics] }

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Published on November 15 2006

To heck with grumpy gay musicians who need a nap (yes, I'm talking about you, Elton John!), I have someone even MORE interesting to go hear!! Looking at the setlists from the shows earlier this month.......

Oh boy. He's going to open with my ALL TIME FAVORITE (OH MY GOSH I CAN'T BELIEVE I FINALLY GET TO SEE HIM) SONG OF ALL TIME.

I am not going to get a *wink* of sleep tonight. Not even the Ambiens are going to put me out.

Seger Live


Grand Rapids Set List -- 11/12/06


Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Wreck This Heart
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Wait for Me
Face the Promise
No Matter Who You Are
Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the page
Travelin' Man
Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Simplicity
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est La Vie
Satisfied
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Night Moves
Hollywood Nights
Against the Wind
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

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Published on November 7 2006

10:13 pm CST--CNN just announced the Dems took back the House. Not sure yet about the Senate, that's still an if. Wonder if they've let John Kerry out of his soundproofed padded room yet? We're back to a divided government, more partisan, more deadlocked, and accomplishing less than ever before. Let the investigative hearings begin!! "Wonder how long before impeachment proceedings begin", mused a coworker last night. He seemed excited about it! I have a feeling it's going to be more of a circus sideshow out east than I/we thought possible. At least both parties are going to be more worried about the 2008 Pres election than getting anything done. On a local note, Doyle held on as governor, Kohl as Senator, and Dave Obey as Congressman from D7. From the looks of our announced winners' results, we like our incumbents here. With the Dem majority, Dave Obey becomes Chairman of the Appropriations committee. Guess who'll have a big say in where the $ are spent? The Marriage Amendment passed.
“Marriage. Shall section 13 of article XIII of the constitution be created to provide that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state and that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state?”
The surprising (to me, anyway) result is that the Death Penalty question is so close. It's only an advisory referendum, but I'm surprised the results are as close as they are at this point.
“Should the death penalty be enacted in the State of Wisconsin for cases involving a person who is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, if the conviction is supported by DNA evidence?”
Going to bed now, too pooped out to listen to the rest of the results.

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