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Published on May 29 2007

Attention: Dear Prominent User Of The Internet
Okay. I'm already worried. All this time, I was shooting for inconspicous.
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this mail meets you in a perfect condition.
If you don't count the knees...yep. Damn near perfect. 8-|
This is from a total cash prize of US $2.5 million dollars, given to the first FIVE (5) people who will be compensated in this world internet programs. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site Through computer draw system and extracted from over 700.000 companies I am using this opportunity to thank you for using the internet daily.
Thank me? For using the world's best library? For contact with a world outside of my little corner of it? For keeping me away from the Tube? For indulging an addiction? Kewl.
Due to your effort, using internet programs indoor and in your office, We want to compensate you and show our gratitude to you with the sum of $500,000.00 Thousand United States Of America Dollars we have authorized MR. FERNANDO CLINTON. to assist your in getting your compensation check across to you.
Better to use internet programs indoor than outdoor, I always say. But I am concerned about having to deal with MR. FERNANDO CLINTON. I always worry about people who insist on being referred to as ALL-CAPS. Especially when their name is CLINTON.
The name and contact address of theMR. FERNANDO CLINTON. is as follows; COMPENSATION HEAD OFFICE CONTACT AGENT: MR. FERNANDO CLINTON. EMAIL:claimagent_info144@yahoo.no Tel: 009-234-80-22-926-328
In case anybody else would like to call MR. FERNANDO CLINTON, that is.
Finally remember that I have forwarded instruction to the MR. FERNANDO CLINTON on your behalf to send the cash prize of Five Hundred thousand UnitedState OfAmerica Dollars to you as soon as you contact him without delay . Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of our heart. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hope to hear from you soon. Mrs. Marcia Oliveira Presidential Library & Museum Former Director International Online programme Co-coordinator. © 2007 WORLD INTERNET PROGRAMS®
Wow. Copyright marks and all. I *am* impressed. It's funny, though-- after so many spams promising me millions and millions of dollars of African Dictator dollars, "Five Hundred Thousand United State OfAmerica Dollars" seems sorta measly in some ways. I still think the best spam I ever got was the one involving the Russian cosmonaut who was stuck on the space station, unable to access his bank account and would I help for a fee?

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Published on August 6 2006

This week August 7 through August 13 The Full Moon in your love and romance zone on Wednesday may bring even more feelings to the surface, and this may not help your current situation. Love and friendship could become extremely muddled at this time, and trying to choose what do next could be very hard going. When Mercury moves into Leo on Thursday, you may find talking about it all doesn’t exactly help. The Sun opposes Neptune on Friday, and this may completely alter your perception of what you thought was happening. Again, don’t believe what you see just yet, as things will probably look very different next week.
I just knew there was a full moon coming!! Well, while I ponder the constellations' effect on my love life, I think I'll take my knobby knees off to the orthopedist again. ANY excuse to drive the big red waterski!!! UPDATE: The verdict is in. I have a "cute" arthritis, lol. Personally, I don't find it all that attractive, but there you are. Arthritis, a nasty sprain, don't walk on concrete (?!?!), keep working out all I can stand, arthroscopic surgery maybe next month (but that may not help). Sigh. Aging is not for sissies. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to stay off concrete. :-))

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Published on October 2 2005

This really sucks...badly. Woke up this morning to a knee swollen to half again normal size....swollen and stiff. This is *not* good. Went for my normal ride this afternoon, very very very slowly, but I just *had* to feel like I was doing something positive. It felt pretty good while I was riding, but I do NOT like the way it looks right now. Ice on the way. PLEASE don't let this be what I think it is.

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Published on September 25 2005

1 - number of times I did the whole Hazelhurst to Tomahawk on the Trek. 2 - piles of bear...um, "scat"...I saw this summer. Yes, I know where the big bear poops. Right in the MIDDLE of the bike trail. 3 - number of deer I saw this evening on my ride. 4 - number of suicidal squirrels I've almost squooshed this summer on rides. 5 - number of times I got soaked by rain while riding. 6 - the number of gears on my 24-speed bike that I actually used! 7 - 8 - number of times I did the full Bearskin trail 9 - 10- average miles per day since I started riding at the end of May. . . . . 645- number of times I heard Ben Folds' "Landed" on the 'pod. How ONE purchased song managed to replicate itself on every single playlist (even my audiobooks file!!) is beyond me. Some kinda virus, I guess.

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Published on April 27 2005

NCHC | Facts About Healthcare - Health Insurance Coverage
Economist James Smith found that insured households paid an average of $26,957 in total medical spending after the diagnosis of a serious new health condition; uninsured households paid $42,166. (James Smith, “Healthy Bodies and Thick Wallets: The Dual Relation Between Health and Economic Status,” Journal of Economic Perspectives 13(2): 145-166. Quoted in Levy, Ibid).
I'm starting to see the bills for the knee. I've grumbled about the brace, and I've joked that if I had known I would be in harness for this long, I would have limped around a lot longer---but I might also have had second thoughts if I had seen these costs ahead of time. And I am insured!! Of course, I have all the co-pays, as well as the 90/10 coverage, but at least I HAVE insurance. There is still going to be a significant payment out of my pocket. (Overtime, here I come.....) I cannot even imagine having to pay the entire bill out of pocket, though. We're talking the cost of my first house, here. We're talking about the price of a new car. How on earth does somebody with no insurance DO this? I joked about it being elective surgery, painful as the knee was prior. For somebody with no insurance, or even lousier coverage than I have--the "elective" part is no joke.

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Published on April 10 2005

ACL No, that ISN'T what you thought it was!!! I got the pictures from the knee arthroscopy, and decided to SHARE them with all of you!! ( Lucky you) That picture above is, according to the squiggle of the good doctor's handwriting around the border, a perfectly normal ACL--the ligament in the knee. Yup, that isn't what I thought it was at first, either! holes This is the end of the bone in my knee--forgot the name of it. Those are the holes they hammered into it to try to get the bone to fill in. No wonder it ached, eh?

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Published on April 7 2005

Yahoo! News - John Kerry Recuperates From Knee Surgery
The Massachusetts Democrat, who is in Rome for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee during the recent congressional recess and will be on crutches for a couple of weeks to keep weight off his knee, said his spokeswoman April Boyd. Boyd said it was an outpatient procedure to repair cartilage in his knee, which was damaged by "years of soccer, hockey and marathon running."
Nice to know I'm in....um.....good company. Yep, must have been all that marathon running I did.....and on second thought--what a WUSS!! I was off the crutches after the first day!!! L-)

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Published on April 6 2005

bike This is how we handle the first day of spring and knee surgery in the same week bike1 Ah, for the days before thigh-to-ankle knee braces...click on 'em for a slightly bigger pic.

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Published on April 3 2005

yukky knee Click on the pic for a truly stomach-roiling, disgusting experience..... I particularly like the gorgeous yellow-green color---and the swelling, too. Just the thing to make my sense of the aesthetic roll over and play dead. Will I ever get my normal bony knees back? b-(

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Published on March 31 2005

and yes, I was wearing underwear for this picture, folks!! Yes or No? And Shannon and I managed to not get too artistic; sticking with a simple "yes" and "no" instead of going with our first instinct of a stoplight drawn on each knee, a green light on the right and a red light on the left. Fixed I hope Turns out the news from inside the knee was a little worse than originally thought. There was a lot of scar tissue that had to be scraped away, and they had to pound holes in the bone--I'm not sure why, something to do with the arthritis in there. I have to wear this medieval torture contraption for TWO WEEKS!! They explained more of the reasons to Hubby, seeing as I was having a little problem staying in the 21st century. Blame it on the Valium and the Pink Floyd in the headphones - It was back to the 70's for me! @-) Hopefully, the Vicodin continues to work as well--pretty achey (ache-y?) right now...

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