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Published on March 6 2006

Never Own Your Home Outright.
Never Own Your Home Outright. Instead, Get a Big 30-year Mortgage, and Never Pay It Off — Regardless of Your Age and Income
Well, according to this guy, I did EVERYTHING wrong. It's fun to do everything wrong sometimes, though. I paid it off today. All of it. My home is now free and CLEAR. The only thing that even slightly marred the experience was when I marched in, cash in hand, to make the final payments. The nice young gal behind the desk asked my name, since I had forgotten (of course!) to bring the account number along. Strangely, I was not in the computer anywhere. Hmmmm....turns out I don't exist. "You should have given me your husband's name right away--everything is in his name" was her only comment. Figures. I've been writing --and backing up-- the checks for over twenty years, but as far as the world is concerned I'm still the "widdle wifey at home", lol. Do I hear Bob Seger's "Feel like a Number" playing in the background?? I don't care. It's done. It's DONEDONEDONEDONE!!!! Bring it on, ye equity-loan-spammers, ye home-improvement-mailbox-stuffers!!! <:-P<:-P<:-P<:-P

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Published on January 26 2006

There are times I really hate the night shift--not so much because of being awake (or at least trying to look like I'm awake) at all hours as much as I think too much on that shift. There are hours of quiet except for the rumbling of the machinery, and I tend to drift inside a bit. I can be out crawling around on equipment or taking heat readings on some part of the beast, but at the same time be a thousand miles away in my head. Makes it hard to take readings when you aren't even in the same state as the numbers you're writing down. "Inside" isn't always a safe place to go, I've found. I spend so much time on half-awake "what ifs" and "why didn't I's" that I can very easily work myself into a downward spiral. I can so easily start counting up all of things that are wrong in my life that I forget the things that are good. Why do I kick myself like that, I wonder? Do I somehow, deep down, believe that if I pile the guilt on myself that I will be better for it? Where does that come from? I need to remember that even though there are woes and travails (what the heck *is* a travail, anyway??) aplenty, lol--there are wonderful, wonderful things and people in my world. I can't fall into the trap of the "poor me's", since I have lived long enough with them to know what a danger they are. I can see the results of putting self-pity first any time I want. It ain't pretty.

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Published on January 15 2006

This site will tell you the #1 tune in the country (either the US or UK) on the day you were born. My US song is: "Mr Cluster - Larry Verne" Who??? I do recognize the UK song, however. It's: "Tell Laura I Love Her - Ricky Valance" Wonder if that's where the name came from?

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Published on January 1 2006

Midlife Assessment - Cataloging my ruination. By Jonathan Ames
I'm 41 years old, and I'm absolutely falling apart. I'll start from the top and work my way down, cataloging, as it were, my disintegration.
And after reading this guy's "catalog", I feel positively YOUTHFUL, even though I'm four years older. Although there are days when I feel like an old cripple-- especially after a half hour on the elliptical-- at least I can still crawl up onto the thing. However, I am counting the days till I can get the Trek out again. I told a friend in all seriousness that if it weren't for the ice on the streets, I'd be riding it right now. I wonder if they make snowtires for bicycles?

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Published on December 25 2005

Political Compass While farting around on the computer this am, I surfed into a site I've seen before. I've taken this little test in the past, and decided to take it again, just to see if the score is even remotely the same as previous scores. I used to sit out there somewhere around Ghandi, if I remember right. Yeah, yeah, I know. This is what my "political compass" looks like these days....and my score? Economic Left/Right: 0.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.38 How boring. I'm so close to center I don't even think I could have a good argument with MYSELF.

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Published on October 27 2005

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Published on September 3 2005

Mitch at Shot in the Dark, a good Northerner even though not from Wisconsin, wrote a great tribute to a great record album released thirty years ago this weekend. Can it really be that long since we heard the screen door slam for the first time? Tramps Like Us
Born to Run is one of those rare records that feels as good today as the day it was released; it hasn't aged or dated itself one iota; one of those bits of art that will long outlive its creator. One moment at a time.

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Published on August 13 2005

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Published on July 6 2005

snore .......and 24 to go.

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Published on June 27 2005

AAS Degree Requirements
History HIS 101 US History to the Civil War 3 cr. HIS 102 History of the US: From the Era of the Civil War to the Present 3 cr. HIS 127 The World in the 20th Century 3 cr. Political Science POL 175 International Politics 3 cr.
or do I try to raise the grade on that Sociology course--can't let that "D" stand!!

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