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3rd of June 2000

     When I was 15 my family went on a three week car trip that criss-crossed America from coast to coast. I even got to drive some, having just been given a learner's permit by the idiots at the Connecticut Dept. of Motor Vehicles. The road time was certainly boring, but the sights along the way were worth every minute. It was my first discovery of the National Park System and I've been hooked ever since. Been thinking I'd like to do it again soon.

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2nd of June 2000

     Strange email day. I received four different requests to post links on Internet Brothers to other sites. Haven't had much of that in recent months. Used to get it a lot when I was actively engaging in cross-pollination. The irony; only one of the four offered a reciprocal link. Get with the program folks.

     Oh, and by the way — that On Deck Circle of other weblogs over there? ---> That's for me, plain and simple. Those are my daily reads, people who usually provoke thought. With links, I can get to them easy. Nothing more, nothing less. Duh!

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1st of June 2000

     The Net is a restless place. Sure there's the hustle and bustle of electronic commerce and the flamethrowing demeanor of opinionated people; but that's not what I'm getting at. The world of web development seems, to me at least, to be a sleepless society. Look around at the time stamps on web pages. 3:00AM, 4:37AM, whatever. Yes there are international sites on the other side of the dateline, but the same applies to them. When it's afternoon here, they're burning the midnight oil, just as we do.

     What are the reasons for this? In my case, it's the quiet time. Other family members are safely tucked in bed (where I should be), so the concentration is better. The sounds and smells from an open window, faster Net throughput, lights-out wee-hour development is more conducive to productive thought. What about you?

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31st of May 2000

     Dental discourse: "Did that hurt?" Mmmph. Mmmph. "No wonder your eyes got so big." Mmmph. Glub. Mmmph. "How's your wife been?" Mmmph. "Oops." Hmmm? "See ya." Whew!

     Don't know why I always make dentist appointments for first thing in the morning, but I got the worst over early. You know those "A" days? Low humidity, temp in the mid-70s, nice breeze, bright sunshine, birds singing. The grass is already cut when you get home from work. More useful notes than spam in the inbox, including some very kind words. Cherish the day.

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30th of May 2000

     I am officially broke. The good news is, I was able to pay for two weddings in four months without assuming any new debt. The bad news? We're back to living from paycheck to paycheck for awhile. It really isn't so bad though — probably half the people in this country do it, or more. It's just a matter of taking things a day at a time.

     It's all about attitude. I know there are people in Africa that don't even have shoes, or food; heck, there's people right here in West Virginia that don't either. Food is one thing I have plenty of right now. Dozens of little chicken wings, cocktail meatballs, finger sandwiches and polska kielbasa. When this week is out, I'll be able to write a book about Bitesize Creative Cooking 101.

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29th of May 2000

     Today at 3PM local time, join in the National Moment of Remembrance. Americans worldwide are being asked to honor the 1.8 million men and women who have died defending this nation since the Revolution.

     A few leftovers from our daughter's wedding reception the other night: The biggest surprise of the evening was the arrival of my 85 (or more) year old great-aunt all the way from Florida. No one knew she was coming. On this weekend for remembering our service men and women, one of the guests at the reception was my wife's niece Annette who honored us all with her service in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Perhaps the most touching moment was the bride's tribute to her deceased grandparents. There were few dry eyes.

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28th of May 2000

     Beautiful girl. The lights shot diamonds from her eyes. A collective hush when she smiled; stares and dreams as she moved about. Ageless wonder in the air, magic in the night, precious joy and memories to share. I would give you the world if it was mine.


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A guy sits down in a Cafe and asks for the hot chili. The waitress says, "The guy next to you got the last bowl." He looks over and sees that the guy has finished his meal, but the chili bowl is still full.

He says, "Are you going to eat that?"

The other guy says, "No. Help yourself."

He takes it and starts to eat it. When he gets about half way down, his fork hits something. He looks down, sees a dead mouse in it, and he pukes the chili back into the bowl.

The other guy says, "That's about as far as I got, too."






My parents taught me that if I work hard enough, I can make my dreams come true, even the one where I'm driving down the freeway and I look around and notice that all the other cars are being driven by dogs with hats on.


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