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30 September 2006

PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT SATURDAY


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hen I saw the topic for this weeks photo shoot, I didn't need to think twice. I immediately knew the subject would be my bed.

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Yes, nice and comfy... Since you all have a bed, I am assuming, then you know that great feeling when after a long and hard day of blogging when you finally crawl into your ship of dreams.

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As you drift off, away from the shoreline of everyday life your mind begins to wander and takes you to many places. Everynight is a new adventure. MMmMmMmm yes, and this is exactly where I should be right now at 2:45 AM in the morning instead of sitting here wide awake doing this blog.

Observations and Questions
And just for the heck of it, as you look at the picture, I sleep on the left side. The right side is open and available! LOL

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1926 Robin Roberts Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer (Won 28 in 1952). And in the death notices in 1955 James Dean killed in an auto collision at 24 near Cholame Calif.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Botswana: Botswana Day (1966)
29 September 2006

WHEN IS TOO FAR... TOO FAR?


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emember the other day when I wrote about my hometown being on the cutting edge of non-smoking? The have enacted a bill to prohibit smoking in bars, restaurants and pretty much every other place in town? Well, they have made news again... they want to be so cosmopolitan ya know.

Philly celebrates Hispanic Heritage in September, African American Heritage in February, and Asian Pacific American Heritage in May. Well, now you can add one more month to celebrate in Philly... February is now officially Gay and Lesbian Month. Not only is it official now but it will also be taught/studied/examined in public schools.

An irate Senita Watson went to school district headquarters yesterday to find out how she could homeschool her daughter for the month of October. She won't let her 7-year-old second grader attend Emlen School during that period, she said.

"How can you celebrate gay and lesbian month? What are you going to teach my daughter?" asked Watson, who said she was calling on other parents to boycott the district in October. "They need to have a nonviolence month, not a gay and lesbian month... Our children have enough to worry about with drugs."

It should also be noted, especially if you live in Philly, that the National Day of Silence Against Anti-Gay Bullying is on April 18.

Now if there are any gay or lesbian people reading my blog today, please don't get your panties in a bunch... Gay/Lesbian anything is not a heritage... it's a sexual preference.

Yes sir/ma'am, Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love... my home town!

Observations and Questions
I may just write City Council a letter asking for a Heterosexual Male Month be on the calendar for next year.

NOTE I am not gay-bashing here... just pointing out that fair is fair.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1935 Jerry Lee Lewis singer (Great Balls of Fire, Breathless). And in the death notices in 1989 A.A. Busch Jr brewer/baseball owner (St Louis Cards), dies at 90.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Bhutan: Dhimbhulhami Tsechhu
Paraguay: Battle of Boquer¢n Day (1930)
Brunei: Constitution Day
India: Durga Puja
28 September 2006

WHEN HEARTACHES BECOME A HEART ATTACK


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ot your attention? Good, come on in, pull up a chair and relax... This is a story of the heart... no, not love-related matters... other matters of the heart... more like my heart attack. Why? Well, the other day I was chatting with a blog friend and she suggested I write about these things... my medical problems... you know, get them out in the open and talk about them. Possibly it would do me some mental health good. My Psych might agree, she reads my blog... I think she is monitoring my goofiness. Anyway...

If this gets boring, I need to know that right away. I'm not too sure about writing things like this... I am a pretty private person in real life... and writing about my health is kinda private... so I am a little reluctant.

Let's see.... it was in January or February of 2000... I had just finished an argument with someone, who will remain nameless. I left the dining room and went and laid down... within several minutes I began to feel "odd", something was wrong but I didn't know what.

I got out of bed and took about 6 steps into the living room and simply sat down on the floor. No pain, nothing... but something was off-center. My ex helped me up and walked me over to the sofa where I sat, kinda dazed. Neither of us knew what was wrong. Within dunno 15 minutes I was fine it seemed, and went to bed. Looking back I should have called 911, but I didn't - (1st mistake).

Skip ahead 6 months and I am sitting in work one days and began getting strange feelings. This time I figured maybe I should get myself checked out. I went to the local hospital. I guess I looked a mess when I walked into the emergency ward... the next thing that I knew, I was laying on a table, shirt off and hooked up to all kinds of machines. Now this is where things get a bit bizarre. After about a half hour, the cause of the heart attack shows up... to make a long, boring story short... I get dressed and leave the hospital. Yes... you read that right - (2nd mistake).

The next day I woke up in the morning and didn't feel good again. I got dressed and drove myself to the VA Hospital here in Houston. I explained the problems and they put me on a table and went to work. I did not like all of the attention I was getting... especially when the nurse stuck her finger up my butt, looking for God knows what. I mentioned to her that the pain was a bit higher in my body.

The doctor came along and informed me that after evaluating my test results I was being put into the hospital. He started reading off the problems they found besides the obvious heart problem.

Next Thursday: The real reasons for the heart attack and the aftermath: the path to 3 strokes.

Observations and Questions
If this is boring, let me know. I'm still not sure if this is entertaining.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 106 BC Pompey (Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus) Rome, warrior. And in the death notices today we find in 1978 Pope John Paul I 65-yr-old found dead, after only 33 days as Pope. Hmmmmm....


Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
California: Cabrillo Day discovery of Calif (1542)
Guinea: Referendum Day (1958)
Kiwanis: Kiwanis Kid Day
Libya: Shawwal 14
Republic of China (Taiwan): Confucius' Birthday/Teachers' Day
27 September 2006

JUST A NICE STORY


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very once in awhile I come across something nice that I think you should read. Today, I'm sharing a good one.


SYRINGA, Idaho - It was a ricochet nearly 50 years in the making. At age 8, Terry Jackson gave up his prized .22-caliber Winchester short-barrel rifle to get his grandmother a washer. Recently, the 57-year-old got the gun back through a series of chance encounters and conversations.

"I didn't even have much reaction," said Jackson. "I was so dumbfounded."

As a boy, Jackson felt bad that his grandmother was too poor to have a washer. So he took the rifle he had earned money for by mowing lawns and doing other chores to a pawn shop.

"That was the only thing I had that was worth anything," Jackson told The Lewiston Tribune.

The pawn shop owner agreed to trade a wringer washer for the rifle. When the washer was delivered to his grandmother, Edna Jackson, she refused it until realizing the sacrifice her grandson had made.

"She just couldn't believe it," Jackson said.

The rifle, meanwhile, remained with the pawn shop owner, Bill Jackson. He never sold the rifle, instead giving it to family friend James Grow in the 1980s, recounting the story that accompanied the rifle.

"He told me the story but I never thought anything about it," Grow said. "I didn't even know who Terry Jackson was at the time, although Bill did tell me his name."

Grow said Bill Jackson told him the gun might be worth something someday. He never shot the rifle and kept it in his closet.

Grow become an attorney in Lewiston, and Terry Jackson recently hired Grow to do some legal work. The connection might not have been made about the rifle except for a conversation Becky Brotnov, Terry Jackson's companion, had with Grow during a business lunch.

She told the story of Terry Jackson giving up the rifle to get the washer.

"All of a sudden it dawned on me, I own the gun," Grow said.

After hearing the story, Grow said he knew he wouldn't keep the gun. So he recently drove to Terry Jackson's home to return the rifle.

"That was a really nice thing he did for his grandma," Grow said.

I just had to look up the census data for this town. I can't imagine this ever happening in Philly, Houston or New York. The population is 270. I imagine everyone is practically related to everyone else in the town.

Observations and Questions
Free day... anything ya want!

Tomorrow's Preview
The Heart Attack!

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1895 George Raft NYC, actor (Each Dawn I Die, Scarface, Some Like It Hot). And in the death notices we have in 1984 John Facenda sportscaster (NFL Action), dies at 72.


Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
South Belgium: French Day
Taiwan: Moon Festival
World: Ancestor Appreciation Day
Hong Kong: Moon Cake Festival
26 September 2006

"AH! VELCOME DERE HERR SHANE", FREUD SAID...


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ome here and lay down on the sofa and tell me your problms... Okay, this might need a bit of an explanation. The other day I was chatting with someone I like and a regular visitor to the News. As y'all know, I have some memory problems but the gist of the conversation was that I should talk about my feelings, emotions and other deep, dark secrets on my blog. This person thought that it would be therapeutic for me.

I honestly didn't realize I needed this kind of therapy. And I am not making fun of this person's caring about me. Not at all and that is not my intention and I hope they realize that point.

The way I have always looked at my blog was more of an entertainment stop-over on your way to another blog. I try and write happy articles... ok, some things I write are about a few things that piss me off... but for the most part... it's light and airey.

They thought I could benefit from your comments when I write about my heart attack, three strokes, clinical depression, memory loss, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and there must be something I am forgetting... geez, I have everything else. lol

One way I look at it, is that if a young miss comes along and MIGHT be interested in me... as soon as she reads my lists of ailments... well, you get the picture.

So I am asking for your help. Should I continue to write what I write... or should I be more personal? Tell you my deepest secrets? Expose my soul bare?

Observations and Questions
So.... what do you think? Talk to me... I'll listen...

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1888 T.S. Eliot St Louis poet/dramatist/critic (Waste Land-Nobel 1948). And in the death notices we find in 1820 Daniel Boone frontiersman, dies in Missouri at 85.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
New Zealand: Dominion Day
Sri Lanka: Bandaranaike Day (1959)
Yemen Arab Rep, Yemen Peo Dem Rep: Revolution Day (1962)
Khmer Republic: Ceremony of the Dead
24 September 2006

YOU KNOW WHAT DAY IT IS, RIGHT??


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ou have been sinning all week now and it's time to unburden those sins. I know I was a bit late today getting here but I was chatting with a girl on camera and... oh wait... this isn't about my sins is it?

If I go into detail then you will just read and forget all about your sins.

And we don't want that, do we? I didn't think so... Ok, you know the drill, ladies on the left and men on the right. Ladies get preference in the confessional. And remember I am always available for private confessions!

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Ok, enough of me blabbing... let's talk about you now.

Observations and Questions
Ok, let's get to the good part... the sins! Also, I know that this music has been playing for 748 days now, but I like it... and it's really good to confess sins to...
23 September 2006

PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT SATURDAY


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kay, I admit... I was caught off guard today. All week I was so excited about that I forgot all about the Scavenger Hunt Photo for today. Today's photo is/are Eyes.

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When I woke up this morning about 1:30AM I realized that today was Photo Day and the subject was/is/are Eyes. Furthermore, I had nothing planned. So, as a cheap replacement for an otherwise astounding photo, I took a quick snap of what my eyes look like at 1:45AM

My eyes at 2AM


Yes, I know they're bloodshot. They always look that way when I wake up. I also have discovered that my one eye looks crooked. It really isn't... it must be the camera angle.

Holy Crap It's 11AM and I am fully awake. I just looked at my picture. WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING???? Good Lord alive, geez.... I can't even imagine waking up next to me in the morning and seeing those two things staring at me. No wonder I don't get dates! lol

LAST MINUTE NEWS FLASH

PARIS (Reuters) - France's Defense Ministry said on Saturday it could not confirm a newspaper report quoting French secret services as saying al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had died but would launch an inquiry into the leak of secret papers.

The Defense Ministry issued the statement after the French regional newspaper L'Est Republicain said Saudi Arabia was convinced bin Laden had died of typhoid in Pakistan last month.

Observations and Questions
Don't forget tomorrow is "Get Rid of Your Sins Day! Come prepared to confess all of them!

Next Week
Comfy

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1920 Mickey Rooney Bkln NY, actor (Bill, Andy Hardy, Sugar Babies). And in the death notices in 1939 Sigmund Freud created psychoanalysis, dies at 83.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Puerto Rico: Grito de Lares Day (1868)
Saudi Arabia: Unification Day (1932)
Wyoming: Frontier Day
Japan: Autumnal Equinox Day
22 September 2006

IF I DIDN'T KNOW BETTER


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fter watching the side show that Hugo Chavez has put on in the last several days, I would swear he was running for President. Chavez stunned delegates at the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday by calling Bush "the devil himself" and saying he left the smell of sulfur hanging in the chamber from his appearance the previous day.

He received an ovation at the United Nations.

However, what caught my attention was the raucous and upbeat receptions later Wednesday at a free university and again on Thursday at a Baptist church in the predominantly black neighborhood of Harlem.

U.S. officials said Chavez's remarks did not dignify a response. Even Nancy Pelosi, a liberal member of Congress and one of Bush's fiercest political opponents, called Chavez a "thug" for likening Bush to the devil.

"Hugo Chavez fancies himself a modern day Simon Bolivar but all he is an everyday thug," the House Democratic leader said at a news conference. In his New York appearance, Chavez invoked Bolivar and his other favorite leaders and thinkers as he lectured Americans on their own history and race relations, such as slavery and the conquest of Native Americans.

I don't know friends... I look around the world and I shake my head. I can't even imagine what the world will look like as my grandchildren grow up.

Observations and Questions
If you could have anyone, and I do mean anyone... presently living or dead in history be the President of the US, who would it be? They don't have to be an American citizen either.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1960 Joan Jett Phila, singer (Blackhearts-I Love Rock 'n Roll). And in the death notices we have in 1989 Irving Berlin composer, dies at 101.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Mali: Independence Day (1960)
Wheaton, Illinois: Autumn Harvest Festival
US: American Indian Day (4th Friday in September) (1916)
21 September 2006

EVER HEAR FADO?


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ne of the things I do not regret about my life is that I have exposed myself to many cultures, languages and music. Especially music. Growing up, just because I didn't understand the language didn't mean I didn't listen. Actually, you don't have to know the language to appreciate a song.

Playing in the background today is from Portugal... it's a type of music called Fado. I don't know why I enjoy it, but I do. Fado (translated as destiny or fate) is a music genre which can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. It is characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor.

It makes no difference that I don't understand Portuguese. Shrug. I like a lot of things I don't understand. Laugh.

Observations and Questions
Is or are there things you enjoy from a foreign country that you don't understand but appreciate?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1947 Stephen King suspense writer (Shining, Kujo). And in the death notices we find in 1974 Jacqueline Susann author (Valley of the Dolls), dies at 53 of cancer.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Malta: Independence Day (1964)
Philipines: Thanksgiving
20 September 2006

MEL'S DAUGHTER GETS MARRIED


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el Gibson watched his daughter get married yesterday - in his own personal church.

According to reports, the 'Lethal Weapon' actor looked on proudly as his daughter Hannah tied the knot with guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd in a traditional Catholic ceremony at his Holy Family church. The church is situated on Mel's estate in Malibu, California. But the fact that the church is on Mel's estate isn't what caught my eye and normally I wouldn't have cared.

What did catch my eye was the fact that the wedding ceremony and Mass was said in Latin! Way to go Mel! Call me an old-fashioned Catholic... but having been an Altar Boy and learning the dead language in order to give the proper responses, I have had an affinity for the "out-lawed" Latin Mass.

Maybe I'll get in trouble with some of my more modern Catholic readers but I do not like the present day Mass. Clapping, singing, shaking hands... ugh. I always felt that you went to church on Sunday to pray... not to perform and get so wrapped up in singing and clapping that you have no time to do what you are supposed to do in church... pray and think about your life.

The Latin Mass was used only for about 1500 years... until Pope Paul VI decided the Mass should be said in the local language.

Anyway, I could go on and on and write paragraph after paragraph on this subject. It's one of my all time favorite "bitch about" subjects.

Observations and Questions
Is there anything about your religion that you would change, if you could?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 357 -BC- Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia. And in the death notices we find in 1973 Jim Croce singer/songwriter (Time In A Bottle, Bad Bad Leroy Brown), dies in a plane crash at 30.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Laos: Thanksgiving
19 September 2006

I MAY BE HORNY BUT THERE'S A LIMIT


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eenage hormones may run amuck every once in awhile but the following really... well, I'm not sure what it really says about teenagers today.

It seems that Nicholas Grunke of Wisconsin really has out of control hormones. In his local newspaper he noticed a picture of 20 year old Laura Tennessen. He stated that he really became smitten by this girl. The accompanying picture of the girl which was in the Obituary section of the newspaper obviously didn't matter.

Undeterred, Grunke allegedly plotted with his twin brother Alex and a friend, 20-year-old Dustin Radke, to rob Tennessen's grave so that he could have sex with her corpse.

However, being the level-headed person he was, he also stopped at a local Walmart to purchase condoms. The necrophilia plot was disrupted Saturday night when police received a report of a suspicious vehicle near St. Charles Cemetery in Cassville, where Tennessen is buried. When confronted by a cop, an "very nervous" Alex Grunke admitted to the grave robbing scheme, noting that his cohorts were then digging up Tennessen's coffin. When police arrived at the gravesite, Nicholas Grunke and Radke were gone, though cops noticed that a hole had been dug down to the concrete vault encasing the woman's coffin.

The plan was to open the casket, take the girls body to a spot behind Grunke's house where the night of un-consenual sex would take place.

The cops arrested all 3 when they were discovered by a patrol car. Arrested, the bail was set for all 3 at $1000 to $1500 each.

Observations and Questions
Okee dokee... I don't even know what to ask here. I guess the only question would be: "how far would you go for sex?"

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1943 Mama Cass Elliot Balt Md, singer (Mamas & Papas-Monday Monday). And in the death notices in 1881 James A Garfield US president, dies of gunshot wound.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Bhutan: Blessed Rainy Day
Chile: Army Day (1810)
UN observance: Intl Day of Peace
18 September 2006

WE INTERRUPT CONFESSIONS FOR THIS NEWS EDITORIAL


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es people... I am breaking into your confessions to address something that is really starting to piss me off. Now the Muslims are taking out their anger on the Pope and vowing destruction of Vatican City.

Get a grip people!

Now I'm NOT talking about the majority of Muslims throughout the world. I'm specifically talking about the small group intent on blowing up the world. These people need some serious injections of Prozac.

What I don't understand is why the bulk of the world's Muslims don't bring hail and brimstone down on their alledged brothers in the Muslim faith. I mean really do a jihad number on their brethren to stop all of this sword rattling and violence.

Let's assume they win and take over the world... yes, they control the entire world... it will only be a matter of time before they get bored and start battling themselves in the name of Allah.

Take a look at the Bible and the Quran. They are identical, the old testament and the Ouran... they begin to dither with the new testament. Well, actually the Quran doesn't have a new testament, but none the less.... Hmmmm, looking over the old testament, God does seem a bit onery with His smiting and smoting fits.

But I do believe the underlying messages and feelings are the same, whether it's the Bible, the Quran, the Torah... whatever. Give it a break people.

Observations and Questions
Comments? Here's your chance to unload freely of your own will.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1940 Frankie Avalon, Phila, actor (Beach movies)/singer (Venus). And in the death notices today in 1970 Jimi Hendrix rock guitarist, dies at 27 in London.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Chile: Independence Day (1818)
UN observance: Intl Day of Peace - - - - - ( Tuesday )
US: Constitution Week
17 September 2006

STEP IN, KNEEL DOWN AND LET 'ER RIP!


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es, I know, it's been two weeks since I've been here to handle all of your sins. I imagine you must have a whole bagful to confess. Who will be first? No shoving, no pushing, everyone will get a turn.

And remember, impurity sins get preference!

Me personally? Well, I have been pretty good and haven't committed any sins the past two weeks. Yes friends... it's been a boring time for me. No sins, no fun, right? Sigh!

I do have a few stories left of my digressions but I am suffering from sloth and laziness and it's too much typing. But we don't want to hear my sins, we want YOUR sins!

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Observations and Questions
Ok, let's get to the good part... the sins!
16 September 2006

PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT SATURDAY


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his week may be one of my favorites. Entitled "Lookin' Up". I'm not very good at looking up at the sun so I don't do "sun" very well. It hurts my eyes. lol But I do love the moon! My only problem is that I always seem to see it when I am alone. Sigh.

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This has got to be one of my all time favorites... The sunrise over Ambergris Caye in Belize.

Sunrise Over AC


Next up, an unbelievable moon in the sky over Altun Ha in Belize. Altun Ha was a Maya religious site in it's heyday. Can you even imagine sitting ontop of that Maya temple with that special someone?

Moon Altun Ha, Belize


However, my all time favorite is the Forum in Rome. As many of you long time readers know I have an affinity for Rome. If there were ever previous lives, then this is where I was in one of those bygone lives. This is a shot of the moon over the temple of Saturn and the temple of Vespasian. This is why I keep going back!

The Forum, Rome


Observations and Questions
Don't forget tomorrow is "Get Rid of Your Sins Day!

Next Week
Eyes

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1924, my first true love, Lauren Bacall Staten Island, actress (Dark Passage, Key Largo). And in the death notices in 1498 Tomas de Torquemada, inquisitor and kinda kinky guy who burned 10,000 people, died.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Malaysia, Singapore: Independence Day (1963)
Oklahoma: Cherokee Strip Day (1893)
Papua-New Guinea: National Day (1975)
US: American Legion Charter Day (1919)
15 September 2006

WHAT? IT'S NOT SATURDAY?


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oly cow! I woke up about 2AM this morning and thought: "geez, it's Saturday and I don't have a photo for Scavenger Hunt Saturday!" I didn't even know what the subject was... Then I realized that I hadn't put out the trash either and I would be stuck with it until Monday. After about a half hour worrying, I realized it was only Friday. Man, was I relieved.

Did anyone catch the news about this girl in Arizona who hired a hitman to kill a girl whose picture appeared on her boyfriend's Myspace page? She met the "hitman" at a grocery store and paid him a down payment of $400 towards the $1000 price to bump off the girl. She wanted the girl shot in the head, and then a picture of the body to make sure she was dead. Lucky for the intended victim that the 'hitman' was an undercover cop.

I have to admit, I had a myspace account for about 2 days... decided I didn't like it and stopped posting to it. I'm not even sure I posted anything on it to begin with.

Observations and Questions
Ok, now that I am out of Saturday mode and into Friday mode, I don't have a clue what to ask. Therefore, it's open mic day on the News.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1907 Fay Wray Alberta, actress (King Kong). And in the death notices in 1979 Tommy Leonetti singer/actor (Gomer Pyle USMC), dies at 50.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Costa Rica, El Salv, Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua: Ind Day (1821)
Iran: Imama Ja'afar Sadeq's Death
Japan: Respect for the Aged Day
UK: Battle of Britain Day (1940)
14 September 2006

GOD GIVETH, GOD TAKETH


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ow what a weird turn of events. By now I am sure y'all have heard about Anna Nicole's situation in the Bahama's. The other day she gave birth to a little baby girl in a Bahama hospital. Her 20 year old son, staying in the room with her died the next day in a hospital chair.

At first they said natural causes, but come on... a 20 year old? natural causes? I didn't believe it the moment I heard it. Now there is an investigation into his death.

She was so traumatized by the sudden death on Sunday morning of Daniel Smith, which local authorities have termed "suspicious," that she experienced memory loss, and had to be reminded of what had happened, according to a statement from Michael Scott, her Bahamian attorney.

Like her or hate her, this is a tragic turn of events that I wouldn't wish on anyone. This girl has had one screwed up life, and this episode may be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

Observations and Questions
Natural causes? Foul Play? What's your opinion?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1908 Clayton Moore Chicago Ill, actor (Lone Ranger). And in the death notices in 1982 Grace Kelly princess of Monaco, dies at 52 in a car crash.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Pakistan: Jamat Ul-Wida
US: National Anthem Day (1814)
US: National Boss/Employee Exchange Day
13 September 2006

AM I WEIRD?


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emember last week when I said I was going to the Texas State Prison where they use to electrocute prisoners? I wanted to go specifically to see the electric chair? I haven't forgotten and hopefully I will definitely go either this week or the beginning of next week.

However, I have a new place to add to my list. Anyone out there that watches CSI probably secretly has this nagging wish. Tell the truth... don't you have a yearning to visit a morgue?

Yesterday, on my way to my doctor's appointment I passed the Houston morgue. The thought popped into my head, "I wonder if they have tours?" Hey, calm down, what's so odd about that? Nothing is... at least I don't think there is anything odd. As some of you may remember I sat on the board of a local, historic cemetery in Philly. So therefore... electric chair, morgue, cemetery... anyone see the tie-in here?

Observations and Questions
So... tell the truth... you want to visit also, right? Hello?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1857 Milton S Hershey, chocolate manufacturer/philanthropist. And in the death notices in 1321 Dante Alighieri author of the Divine Comedy, dies.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Pennsylvania: John Barry Day (1803)
Rhodesia: Pioneer Day (1923)
World: Dante Alighieri Day
12 September 2006

HEY, YOU CAME BACK!


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nd I am glad to see you! I know you're wondering just how I spent my self-imposed holiday... Well, the first thing I did was order a pizza from Papa John's... A large with Pepperoni. You would think someone of my age, and having eaten pizza for years, I would know that the first bite can be dangerously hot.

But noooooooooo... I bit right in and burned the shit out of the roof of my mouth. You know, that area right behind your front, top two teeth? I think I burned skin off. And to make matters worse, the cheese stuck there and I think it loosened the skin! I am now wondering if I can sue Papa John's for making the pizza too hot. Hey, that lady in Washington sued McDonald's for making coffee too hot.

Ok, what else did I do or didn't do. I refused to watch the TV movie about 9/11. Movies, either TV or Theater made are supposed to be entertaining. I simply could not find anything entertaining about the subject matter. So I watched a bunch of reruns on everything from CSI to anything non-9/11. I did tune in to the President's speech last night for the first 2 minutes. I went back to CSI.

Oh! I tried to trim my hair again. There are some things I should leave to professionals. Trimmed one side, then the other. I realized I took too much off the one side and tried to even it out. One thing led to another and before you knew it, I was bald again. I went for bagels the next day and the girl behind the counter said: "Hi Den, I see you gave yourself another haircut, huh?" Sigh.

Observations and Questions
So did you do anything exciting since we last saw each other?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1940 Linda Gray Santa Monica Calif, actress (Sue Ellen Ewing-Dallas). And in the death notices in 1972 William Boyd cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau: National Day
Japan: Respect for the Aged Day
Maryland: Defenders Day (1812)
Southern Rhodesia: Occupation Day (1923)
09 September 2006

I KNOW WHAT'S BEEN WRONG


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s you know all week my mind has been blank as far as writing blog entries which is unusual for me. Something was wrong or amiss... there was an over-laying reason... I couldn't put my finger on it.

I sat back in my chair yesterday and began to think of the world we live in right now. What a mess, eh? I think for the first time in my life I am really thinking of the future, not mine, but everyone on the face of the planet right now... and also those yet to be born. What kind of place will this world be in a few years, ten years... 20 years. Will it still even be here. If it is around, it definitely won't be the world as we know it today. The world isn't the same as we knew it on September 10, 2001. The following day, the world changed forever.

On that day, the terrorist won the battle... they gripped our emotions. In actuality it was a well-executed plan. It caught us totally off-guard. They may have won the battle that day, but they will not win the war.

It also did something the terrorist never thought about... it woke us the hell up. I just wish Washington would stop playing politics and get this over with and get the job done. It's not a Republican problem, it's not a Democrat problem... it's an us problem.

Never Forget


I know today was supposed to be Photo Scavenger Hunt and then tomorrow Father Denny and confessions. Sorry folks, I can't get into it. Next week I promise. I'm just going to sit back and relax this entire weekend. See ya on Tuesday.
08 September 2006

FRIENDS, WE ARE GATHERED HERE...


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eez, is it Friday already? I am so unprepared. I don't know what's wrong with me this week. Know what I mean? Do you ever feel like while you were sleeping someone went in and wiped your brain clear of all thoughts? I am looking at my keyboard hoping the words just type themselves. Doing this for a living as a journalist would drive me nuts.

Going to some blogs I am amazed that day after day they have great postings. There are times, like now, where I start typing and as I type I hope something comes to me quick before I get to the end of the article.

Earlier in the week my youngest son turned 32. Tomorrow on Saturday my middle daughter turns 10. I went and bought her a telescope... a BIG one. It's so big she'll be able to see people walking around on Pluto, the ex-planet. This year she didn't want a birthday party... instead she's having a sleep-over with a few girls from her class.

Tomorrow is also our Scavenger Hunt Saturday. This week the subject is Food. Have I written 100 words yet?

Observations and Questions
What's on your agenda this weekend? If it's gonna be boring I want to hear all about it. Misery loves company ya know.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1932 Patsy Cline Va, country singer (Walkin' After Midnight). And in the death notices we find in 1969 Bud Collyer TV emcee (Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth), dies at 61.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Andorra: National Day
Guinea-Bissau: Independence Day (1974)
Lichfield, England: Sheriff's Ride Ceremony (1533)
Malta: Commemoration of Regatta Day/Commemoration of 2 Sieges (1565)
Mauritius: Mid Autumn Festival
*North Korea: National Day (Established Govt) (1948)
South Korea: Thanksgiving Day
Uganda: Republic Day (1967)
Scotland: Fisherman's Walk Day

* I decided from now on that countries I don't like will have a line through them.
07 September 2006

MY BRAIN IS ON VACATION


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es folks, it's true. I had a great post planned but alas, I can't remember it now. It had everything: intrigue, adventure, sex and even more sex. But that was last night and this morning is this morning.

A lot happened inbetween. I watched TV, I went to sleep and then I woke up and here I am. My brain ran away from home sometime during the night.

So in order to give you some entertainment as opposed to my witty banter... here is a little video I thought very funny.



Observations and Questions
So go ahead and comment on whatever floats your boat today.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1936 Buddy Holly singer (Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day). And in the death notices 1966 Al Kelly double talk comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 67.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Brazil: Independence Day (1822)
06 September 2006

ONE MORE MEME


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ne more Meme to fill out or answer. Does anyone know exactly what "meme" is short for? I certainly can't figure it out. Anyway I have to thank Dotm for tagging me on this one.

Are you happy/satisfied with your blog with it's content and look? Does your family know about your blog?
While I am never happy or satisfied with anything I think I am content with my blog. Yes, my entire family is aware of it. Some read it, some are embarrassed by it... but I think I am at an age now where I can pretty much get away with saying anything I want... as long as I don't embarrass anyone in my family. By the way, Happy Birthday today to my youngest son who turns 32.

Do you feel embarrassed to let your friends know about your blog or you just consider it as a private thing?
Not at all. There have been a few times where I have thought about a secret blog like so many other people have... but I haven't done it yet.

Did blogs cause positive changes in your thoughts?
Hmmmm, well I think some blogs have slightly. If I find a blog that has adverse effects on me then I just eliminate it. I like positive blogs.

Do you only open the blogs of those who comment on your blog or you love to go and discover more by yourself?
I do both. I don't get around to everyone's blog and I feel bad about that. However, if people come here and comment then I really try and get to their blogs and comment. Sometimes I forget.

What does visitors counter mean to you? Do you care about putting it in your blog?
Geez, when I first started I was a nutcase with the counter. I even had a spreadsheet going. Laugh. How many visitors, comments, etc. Now I've calmed down and just look at the total. It amazes me that so many people have come by and actually read it. I am approaching 70,000 people and that really does amaze me.

Did you try to imagine your fellow bloggers and give them real pictures?
Hmmmm... I use to and still do to an extent. But that is one reason why I started the Not So Normal Club over on the right. When I asked people for pictures to put there, the one stipulation was that it be a normal picture and nothing artsy. I really wanted people to see my fellow bloggers.

Admit. Do you think there is a real benefit for blogging?
Absolutely! It provides an additional outlet to express yourself. Even if you just write for your own benefit... clears out the brain so there's room for more useless junk.

Do you think that bloggers society is isolated from real world or interacts with events?
No, I think bloggers actually bring more to the table regarding world events, etc.

Does criticism annoy you or do you feel it's a normal thing?
You can please some people sometimes but not all people all the time. I realize this and if people disagree with me, that's ok. I don't mind criticism at all.

Do you fear of some political blogs and avoid them?
Absolutely not.

Did you get shocked by the arrest of some bloggers?
Nothing really shocks me any more. I am a strong believer in the Constitution and the freedom of speech. Hey... it's their right to say anything they want and it's your right not to read it. Shrug.

Did you think about what will happen to your blog after you die?
Ummmm, I haven't given it much thought... at all.

What do you like to hear? What's the song you like to put its link in your blog?
Beats me... This question crept up on me and I wasn't prepared to answer it. I'll get back to ya.

Observations and Questions
I don't like tagging people with these, so if you find the need to take it and do it, please go right ahead.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1881 Leo Carrillo LA Calif, actor (Pancho-Cisco Kid). And in the death notices we find in 1901 Pres William McKinley assassinated by Leon Czologosz in Buffalo, NY.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Pakistan: Defense Day
Swaziland: Somhlolo Day/Independence Day (1968)
04 September 2006

"CRIKEY" - NO MORE


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teve Irwin, TV's khaki-clad "Crocodile Hunter," was killed by a stingray barb through the heart while filming a new documentary on Monday.

Admittedly I didn't purposely search out his TV shows, but when I did come across it on cable, I watched it.

"He came over the top of a stingray and the stingray's barb went up and went into his chest and put a hole into his heart," Irwin's shocked manager John Stainton told reporters in Cairns, south of Port Douglas.

Irwin's death was likely only the third recorded fatal stingray attack in Australia, experts said. They said stingray venom was agonizingly painful but not lethal, although the barb was capable of causing horrific injuries like a knife or bayonet.

"It's not the going in, it's the coming out," Australian Venom Research Unit deputy director Dr Bryan Fry told Reuters.

Observations and Questions
Open mic day today! What's on your mind?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1847 Jesse James, Missouri, outlaw. And in the death notices for today in 1980 Barbara Loden actress (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 48.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Iran: Iman Ali Day
03 September 2006

STEP IN, KNEEL DOWN AND LET 'ER RIP!


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ome on in... remember, ladies to the right, men to the left. Several of you have asked if there is an easier way to tell their sins and ask for forgiveness. Today, I announce "Check-o-Sin".

I know there are some among you that might be a little embarrassed about telling your sins in the confessional box. I've come up with the answer. The "Check-o-Sin form is very easy to fill out. Simply find your commandment, check it off, then check off how many times you've enjoyed this sin... If you need to explain, you have a spot to fill it in. Special attention is given to the 6th and 9th commandment breakers. Then click on the button and Viola! by the magic of the internet, your sin is sent to me!

Now really...how much easier can it be? However, there are a few kinks in the form and I need to work on it a bit. Like filling it in and sending it to me.

Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to mention it is a sin to tell a lie in confession also. Some of you have been coming in and saying you've "lied, got mad" etc. On the sin-o-meter, these are kind of generic and we need the major sins. Yes, you know which ones. Don't be ashamed or embarrassed. These two emotions are good for the soul. The more ashamed and more embarrassed you are the more powerful is my forgiveness.

Now no pushing and shoving. Please be respectful of your fellow sinners.

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Observations and Questions
Ok, let's get to the good part... the sins!
01 September 2006

PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT SATURDAY


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n The Road, is the subject of today's pictures. Throughout my life I have been on many roads... some very smooth and other horribly rocky. I enjoyed today's picture because it made me go to a picture box that I don't get to go through nearly enough.

The pictures don't even come close to doing the actual scenery justice.

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Ciudad Acuna, Mexico

Beautiful downtown Ciudad Acuna in Mexico. I think I took this on a Sunday which explains the lack of action on this road.

Ciudad Acuna, Mexico


Big Bend, Texas

Everytime I think of Big Bend, the thought that if God ever had a playground, this is it! If this entire area doesn't take your breath away, you are dead. The first picture is of the road leading to Lajitas Mesa.

Big Bend, Lajitas Mesa


And this one below is the road to the Chisos Mountains.

Chisos Mountains


The End of the Road

This photo is self-explanitory. Some people just never wanted to leave this beautiful area.

Local Cemetery, Big Bend


Observations and Questions
So, what paths or roadways have you taken lately?

Next Week
Food! Ymmy!

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1850 Albert Spaulding baseball player/founded Spaulding sports company, Phila. And in the death notices we find in 1547 Hernan Cortes Spanish general defeated Aztec Indians.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Vietnam: Independence Day (1945)
31 -BC- Battle of Actium; Octavian defeats Antony, becomes Emperor Augustus.