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you see a bomb technician running, follow him." - USAF Ammo Troop
I have a friend who filled his car with gas at a self-service gas station. After he had paid and driven away, he realized that he had left the gas cap on top of his car. He stopped and looked and, sure enough, it was lost.
Well, he thought for a second and realized that other people must have done the same thing, and that it was worth going back to look by the side of the road since even if he couldn’t find his own gas cap, he might be able to find one that fit. Sure enough, he hadn’t been searching long when he found a gas cap. He tried it on, and it went into place with a satisfying click.
"Great," he thought, "I lost my gas cap, but I found another one that fits. And this one’s even better, because it locks…"
"If you are sure you understand everything that is going on, you are hopelessly confused." -Walter F. Mondale
"We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon." - Konrad Adenauer, German statesman (1876-1967)
"History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided." - Konrad Adenauer, German statesman (1876-1967)
On this day in history, August 29, 1911: Ishi is found near Oroville, California. Ishi was the last survivor of the Yaha People. He was said to be the last Native American who lived most of his life outside European American culture. "Ishi" means "man" in the Yahi dialect. It was forbidden in Yahi society for one to say his or her own name and no other Yahis survived to utter this last man’s true name. It remains a mystery.
Ishi’s mother and companions died and he was found, emaciated and ill, near Oroville. He was taken into custody by the local sheriff for his own protection. He moved to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco where he lived until he died of tuberculosis in 1916. While there he was studied by anthropologists Alfred L. Kroeber and Thomas Talbot Waterman who documented the Yahi life style. Edward Sapir studied the native language.
"The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic: The land was alive to his loving touch, and he, its son, was brother to all creatures." - Stewart L. Udall
"No longer will Native American culture be bottled up in collections and hidden from so many people in the world who wish to share them." - Ben Nighthorse Campbell
"The art of Native Americans is integrated into the functional. Many times the designs have symbolic or even magical meanings." - Peter Jacobs
“Your lifestyle - how you live, eat, emote, and think - determines your
health. To prevent disease, you may have to change how you live.”
I love my job. Okay, sometimes I love my job. Take for example the recent development with the library server we have in our server room. You see, the external tape drive that we back up the server’s data to recently stopped working. That’s not a good thing, as if the hard drive on that server failed, we would lose all sorts of valuable information, such as what books were checked out by whom and when they are due back. Luckily, when they paid for the server, we made the library pay for a gold level service contract. Sure, it costs them a lot of money, but if there is a hardware failure, a technician will be here within four hours to fix it.
That’s what the contract says. I thought it was pretty silly to send a tech out for something that would take me about five minutes to do, so I told them to just overnight the drive. That was Monday. After I left work, I got an e-mail from the company informing me that while our contract says there is a four hour response time, that is only if a technician comes out. The drive would be shipped two-day, so I should get it Wednesday. I could deal with that.
On Wednesday I got an e-mail saying that the original order didn’t go through for some reason, and the tape drive had to be reordered on Tuesday. I should expect it early Thursday morning. I was also told that if it wasn’t there by 1:00, e-mail them and they will look into it. 1:00 came and went, and my e-mail was sent. I received a reply saying I would have a tracking number by 3:00. Instead I got an e-mail saying they had to open a new case and the tape drive would be here by 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.
I then got a phone call from the shipping company. They said they could have the drive here by 7:00 Thursday night. I told them we close at 4:30, but our office opens at 7:00 a.m. on Friday. I was told I would get the drive by 9:00 a.m., and that the order as placed had a delivery deadline of 9:00 a.m. Thursday, which had passed almost seven hours earlier.
I can’t wait until 9:00 tomorrow morning, and I almost hope the drive doesn’t show up on time. I want to call back and demand they sent out a technician to unscrew the ONE screw it takes to replace this drive. That tech would have to be here by 1:00 p.m., or they violate our contract. If that happens, I get to call management and explain all this to them. Our contract says four hours, not four days. I need to vent some frustration for being nice, even if someone does lose their job over it.
Oh, I already got the “Please fill out our customer satisfaction form” e-mail from them. Man, are they going to be sorry they sent that.
using fresh herbs such as dill, chives, parsley, etc., hold them together
in small bunches and snip with kitchen scissors. It is a lot faster
this way, and you’ll find the herbs will be light and fluffy, not
bruised and wet as they often get when chopped. - Peggy in Tonawanda,
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Well, now here’s something else for you who do not wish to make your kids unhappy with you to have fits about. I personally think this deal with having GPS systems on these dang kids who will not go to school is a wonderful idea! Had I had such an option when raising my daughter, who missed as many days in one first half of the year as are in two months all together, I would have jumped at the chance. Do you think that I took that BS about going to jail cause that brat would not go to school? No I didn’t.
where I really have some room to talk. I made some huge mistakes with
my daughter. The first and biggest was trying to have her like me rather
than just pissing her off and saying no. She missed school so much during
her school years that no one expected her to even graduate from high-school.
She did, thank goodness, and has gone on to college.
People think absolutely nothing about handing their child a $500 cell phone that has a GPS system built right in, or a $1500 computer with the net, so they can chat with people twice their age posing as teens, but they have a whine fest cause some one wants to try and track these troubled kids before they end up in the prison system? What in this world is wrong?
Again, the trouble is simply you do not have the gutz that it takes to be parents. Kids are raising themselves. I made these horrible mistakes, don’t continue this life style, or else our country is doomed. Do you not realize that these kids of today, are going to be making the decisions of the future? You know? When you’re too old and stupid to know when you need to wipe the big long string of drool off your chin? Do you really want these kids who have never grasped the meaning of the word no to be running our country? Or worse yet, do you really want these kids deciding where you spend your remaining years?
I think you people best start thinking with your heads a bit, or else you may as well just hand the country over to the idiots that live like they do over in Iraq! Cause that is where we’re headed here. Instead of hollering only, "Just Say No To Drugs"! You’d best be hollering, "Just Say No To Stupidity"! - From Patty, Celine Kitty, the Rowdy Dog, and the Tazz
I think it’s a great idea! Truant gang-banger kids wear GPS locators, and the parents should pay for the program. Most of the time, the parents are at fault as well, maybe not to the degree of the kids, but the fact that they haven’t kept their kids in check like the rest of us do usually leads to the problem. Of course, they don’t see it that way, and there’s absolutely nothing they could have done to change the way their kid is, but most of us see that for what it is. A lack of discipline and respect in the home leads to a lack of discipline and respect outside of the home.
Juveniles can’t be held liable for breaking the law because, technically, they aren’t adults and can’t break the law. The law applies to adults, not kids. But at the same time, they don’t have all the rights adults have, including privacy. Hopefully the courts will see it that way as well. I think as long as they’ve been truant, and been delinquent as well ("committing acts that, if they were an adult, would be criminal in nature"), there shouldn’t be a problem with the plan. And I like it a LOT. - Chris in Utah
This makes absolute sense to me. Truancy is a crime. Since we have free MANDATORY public education. It isn’t the parents who are going to school. (Or rather, not going to school.) It’s time that somebody held teenagers accountable for their own actions. My children are grown now, but I sure could have used this policy for my step-son and my oldest son. I did everything in my power, short of chaining myself to them full time. Parents drop them off at the front door, they’re out the back before you get down the street. My daughter graduated 5th in her class. They all grew up in the same home. Same parents. The only difference was the kids themselves. Some are driven to succeed, some are driven to avoid success at all costs.
Then, too, the schools have to accept their share of the responsiblity. They’re so busy teaching to the "no child left behind" tests, that there isn’t time to make things interesting enough to keep the kids’ attention. Also, too much of the schools’ focus is on socialization, so we really shouldn’t be surprised that by the time they get to high school, they "get" it. It isn’t about education, it’s about socialization. A never ending cycle of fun, and tests. No real education. L&K, - herm
The debate on “junk food” vs “healthy food” is one that’s near and dear to my heart. Living on a fixed income I have to ensure I buy what’s on sale, get what I can for free, and search for bargains. With just the wife and me, big roasts and such are out of the question…too much leftovers. Making casseroles and lasagna in ramekins doesn’t pass muster either.
I lucked out and found the Angel Food Ministries. Every other month I buy a “Senior Box” of prepared meals and a “Special” meat box. This month (September) I’ll get ten restaurant quality prepared meals for the freezer at a cost of $25.00. I’ll also get a meat combo of two 12 oz New York Strip Steaks; two 12 oz Rib Eye Steaks; and four 8 oz Hamburger Steaks for $20.00. Hell, just two of the steaks would cost nearly that much at the supermarket.
There are several different food packages available, and they vary from month to month. The prepared meals are restaurant quality and are nutritionaly balanced, and there’s even a package of fresh fruits and veggies.
This is a good way to stretch your dollars and get “Healthy” food at the same time. It might not be available where you live, and you do need some storage room in a large refrigerator freezer or a freezer, but it’s worth a shot. - sied
just lazy or intimidated Moms who are responsible for adding weight
to kids. Try looking at your local school’s lunch food schedule. We
just got a flier in the mail from ours. Today the elementary school
kids will have French Toast Sticks with syrup, potatoes, sausage and
fruit for lunch. At the high school they replaced the French Toast with
Corn Dogs. From there out, every Tuesday lists Pizza from one of the
area’s pizzarias - apparently Dominos must have underbid others, because
they show up often. . Or how about Thursday, Sept. 18th - "Cheesy
Macaroni, bread/butter, Mini Carrots, Fruit and Frozen Treat" ?
Notice the high carbs here? The saddest part of this menu is how much
it has changed - at the same school - since the 1950’s. Back then, they
held Canning Days in the school kitchen and Moms and Grans and anybody
else who wanted to pitch in would come to school in August and help
prepare and either can or freeze locally grown veggies for use in meals
actually COOKED by the Cook. My mom was among those who pitched in.
Of course, this is a rural school. City schools didn’t do that.
But back then Moms got UP with their kids and fixed them breakfasts, too. The pre-sweetened cereals came along and let Mom sleep in and kids could pour that stuff into bowls, eating it with or without milk. Juice? You’re kidding! The corn syrup laden juice box hadn’t been inventedyet, but as soon as it was, THOSE Moms stocked plenty of them. In other words, for 30 years, and two generations, kids have grown up fending for themselves all too often. All day TV? Well, try being home in a quiet house. You can go nuts in all that silence. Radio blares non-stop noise at a pace that ramps up one’s heart rate, if all you hear is rock and roll. Talk radio - ugh - my opinion - I fill my own head these days with Audio Books from the Library! The choices in audio books are endless. And a neat thing happened to our TV when our cable system got bought out by a Big Firm - we can get 40 music channels! Not one word spoken, no commercials, just music. They display the composer, who’s playing, and bits about them on the screen. My own choice is called Light Classics. But I am not babysitting grandchildren like many have to do today so Mom can work because she MUST to make ends meet! It’s a changed world! - Nancy L in Ohio
"Now, as far as these foods being easy to prepare, what about snack
pack yogurt cups? What about snack pack fruit cocktail? What about ready
to eat granola bars, and cereal bars? What about healthy fruit snacks
like fruit roll ups, and fruit bites?
Re: Organ Donation
I do not wish to be an organ donor, or an organ recipient. I believe that if organs were meant to be transplanted, the recipient wouldn’t need anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. We are not cars with interchangeable parts. Just because a thing can be done, does not mean that it should. When it’s my time to go, I want to go with dignity and grace, and no extraordinary measures. I just feel that it’s absolutely macabre to be sitting around wishing someone else would die so I could have their organs. And, if you are on a list to receive an organ, that IS what you’re doing, no matter how pretty a face you put on it. They don’t come from an organ store. If they did, you wouldn’t have to wait. L&K - herm
Re: BIG KIDS PART 2, and ANKLE BRACELETS WITH GPS SYSTEMS
Now, before I go very far with this, please let me say this. It is not ever my intent to offend any one with my opinions. I never ask for any one to agree, only to consider. I recieved an e-mail cautioning me of my attitude. Well, that person was absolutely correct. It is not anger and emotion that will solve the problems that children face today, problems such as being overweight, and needing a GPS system to try and track the kids to make sure they go to school.
might be. The thing we need most is to remember where we came from,
and where it is that we truly wish to go with our lives, and the lives
of our children. As far as Big Kids go, we simply need to, all of us,
reset our priorities a bit. Include the kids in nightly prepairing of
meals, and even the lunches they take to school, or snacks they may
take to day care, or day camp. This allows for better eating, as well
as more time together as a family, no matter what sort of family you
may have. As far as the kids needing some sort of a device to track
them. I’d say after going through all I went through with a child that
refused for years to go to school, and never really knowing what she
was doing in the evenings when I didn’t exactly know where she was,
and those things she was doing being some of the reason she didn’t wish
to go to school? Well, I’d say if some one had offered such a thing
to me, I’d have happily taken it. I suppose it all depends on how you
look at things. - From Patty, Celine Kitty, the Rowdy Dog, and the Tazz
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