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Archive for November, 2006

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Naked Man Saved From 12 Foot Alligator in Florida.  (not smart, but this sort of thing is my favorite thing about the state of florida.  Environmentally, the place is nuts.  Lightening strikes florida more than anywhere else in the world.  Cool.)

Secret Santa Faces Cancer. (This one is a few weeks old, but still touching.) 

11 Year Old Boy Tasered at School.  (Sounds like this kid deserved it.  The most amazing part is that after being tasered once, he attacked the girl again and had to be tasered a second time.  Wow.)

5 Year Old Boy Listed on Craigslist as "Free To A Good Home."  (Wow.  That is all I have.)

We All Need To Start Looking Into Real Estate On Other Planets – According to Hawkings.  (I think I’d rather be extinct than live in a space station where I couldn’t go outside.)

Drunk Driver Bites Cop.  (Awesome.)

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Sometimes I think the books and songs from my childhood are no longer acceptable.  Which is sad.  Like Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby.  I loved Brer Rabbit.  Or some of the nursery rhymes we used to sing – that still go round in circles in my head.  I mean – I understand why such stories are not politically correct, but they are a part of the culture of the south.    I don’t know.  It is just a thought. 

Have I ever told y’all how much I love my job?  I love my job.  I have a great job.  I don’t know what I’m going to do when I have a more stress filled job.  My job is great.  I love the people and everything. 

And my dog is great too.  She is so stinkin cute I can barely take it.  So cute.  She can be bad, but she is cute.  She is getting really tall.  And blond. 

The weather has been unseasonably warm lately.  Like – even warm at night.  It was 60 degrees at 10 last night.  Weird.  But it hasn’t been too hot – just warm. 

Thanksgiving was awesome – we finished the half marathon in two hours and a minute or two – which I thought was very respectable and my calf muscles did not appreciate.  I was literally sore until yesterday. 

Georgia stomped all over the yellow jackets on saturday – which was sweet.  I know I haven’t had much to say about my little bulldogs this season, but I think they have done a great job turning the year around and I am proud of them.  I’d rather lose to Vandy and Kentucky and beat Auburn and Tech – especially if it ruins Auburn and Tech’s dreams.  I’m a sweet girl. 

I have been watching a few Ally McBeal episodes on dvd – and let’s just say I’m sad I don’t have all the seasons because I think it is hilarious.  On that note – the new show 30 Rock – I was crying laughing when I watched the free episode I downloaded from iTunes.  Go get it.  It is like the Office but making fun of NBC with Tina Fey and Alec Balwin.  Awesome. 

Love y’all. 

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So I’m going to the ATL tomorrow.  We are having thanksgiving with the Cherry’s.  And tomorrow morning Elizabeth, her sister Emily, me, Libby, Steve, Steve’s dad, and a host of other folks are all running in the turkey trot half marathon.  13.1 miles.  Yay.  I hope I don’t die. 

It is still raining here.  I’m ready for some pretty weather. 

Last night, after I iced the precious little turkey cookies my mom made,  Jennifer Blanchard and I went out for a little bit – hung out with Travers and a host of other kids.  It was a lot of fun.  There really were some young kids at the bar though.  Made me feel very old. 

Betsy and I discussed this morning how fast time passes these days.  We can’t believe another year is over.  We are a touch worried we are going to wake up one day and be 35 and have no idea where our twenties went, much less our early 30s.  I’m in my mid to late 20s.  That is nuts.  I feel like I should be 19.  Of course then I see 19 year olds at the bar and I realize I’m not 19. 

I have very festive mittens that make me happy.  And I’m eating a now and later that is probably ten years old.  Eww. 

Let me just say for the record that Happiness is an egg and cheese biscuit from bojangles.  Pure and utter joy. 

I am very thankful for so many things in my life.  And I appreciate all of you who read my blog.  I feel like it has given me the opportunity to interact with a lot of really cool people in many different places. 

I want one of these for christmas (in person, please)- Tas20060623135941496

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Georgia, Georgia –

"What the hell is that noise?  That hollow, rushing sound outside my window?"

"The wind?  Really?  I guess I am on the ninth floor.  Look at all the trees and the people blowing about."

"Wait, what is that other sound?  The tinkling on the glass?"

"Sleet?  What?  Is it really SLEETING?  I didn’t even know it was that cold outside.  Are you sure it isn’t rain?  No, you are right.  It is sleet.  We should all go home and get in our beds immediately."

"Do you think this weather is coming from the mountains?  No?  From the Ocean?  I didn’t know the weather blew west.  The sky is falling chicken little. "

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President Bush is in Indonesia today, according to a tv news broadcast I heard through a wall.  So I started thinking about Indonesia, and about how far away it is from Georgia, and how you don’t normally meet people around here from Indonesia or even people who have visited Indonesia.  And then I remembered a story from my childhood.

When I was in the fifth grade there was a kid in my class who we will call R.  I went to a small private elementary school.  Most of my classmates had been in my class since we were 4.  We had very few new kids and very few kids moved away or left.  Well, R had been there a few years – and everyone liked him.  His mom was from south Africa and would sing us African songs on field trips.  This was very exotic for Georgia.  R also had bleach blond hair. 

One day R shows up to school and tells us that he isn’t going to be around much longer because he is moving to Indonesia.  We all laughed.  He might as well have told us he was moving to the moon or to mars.  Like the aliens were coming for him on Friday night to take him to Jupiter.  No one believed him.  He was very adamant that he was telling the truth, and that we would see when he didn’t come back that he really was moving to Indonesia.  We looked up Indonesia on the globe.  We laughed again.  We didn’t believe him.  Our teacher didn’t believe him. 

Finally, R’s parents wrote a letter to the school explaining that they really WERE in fact, moving to Indonesia.  We were shocked.  R  really was leaving.  No one ever really left – and if they did they sure didn’t move around the globe to somewhere no one had ever heard of like Indonesia.  And just like that – R was gone.  A few months after R and his family relocated to Indonesia his nice mother sent a letter to our class telling us how happy they were in Indonesia and how R got to surf all the time but that he missed us.  We felt bad for not believing him – and we felt slightly jealous for his adventure. 

So last night I looked R up on myspace to see if he still exists.  He does.  We are friends once again.  Yay.  That is all the personal knowledge I possess about Indonesia.

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Rare Legal Thoughts

What do you think it says about me that I don’t think it should be against the law to lie to the police?  Probably that I have problems with authority. 

I think it is appropriate for it to be against the law to lie under oath – especially in a court of law or other court proceedings such as depositions – but otherwise I think it is rather ridiculous.  Okay – if you are under arrest – and have been read your rights and are protected by your right to remain silent – that isn’t too much of a stretch either.  But as far as a simple police interview of a witness – it seems rather heavy handed for lying to be illegal.  You shouldn’t make stuff up – but I think I have I right to lie if I am being interrogated (not officially interrogated, but questioned in an aggressive manner) and I feel like it.  Especially if lying puts me in a compromising position.  It is just a slippery slope that I’m not very comfortable with.  Police are allowed to lie to the people they are interviewing.  Flat out lie.  Maybe I’m confused and can’t remember exactly and don’t want to tell you what I do remember because it might be wrong.  Or maybe I’m just scared to death of the police. 

I know that not letting people lie to the police serves the greater good and I understand why it is important, etc – and life isn’t fair – but it just rubs me the wrong way.  I guess this is something I should chew on for a little while, try to make some sense of it.    Maybe even look up the actual law and see what it says, and whether or not I can come to terms with the statute.  What do you think?

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My sweet dear friend Robert, or as we like to call him – Bobby Bond, is leaving today for Japan.  He flys F-18 in the Navy and is very clever and talented.  Bobby is  excited about being at least half a foot taller than everyone in the general population and looks forward to eating a great deal of sushi.  He has been warned that if children start crying when he approaches them that it is only because they have never seen someone as big as him.  He is going to be catapulted off and landing on the USS Kitty Hawk Ussk for the next three years and stationed about an hour south of Tokyo.  The USS Kitty Hawk is out at sea right now – so Bobby will go straight to the boat from California with a brief stop at the base.  Everyone please keep Robert and all our other military people in your thoughts and prayers.  Remember that tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, which means I don’t have to go work and we should all find a Veteran to give a hug or a beer to.  Yay America!

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