December 31, 2002

New Years Eve


2 years ago, on this very day, Mike and I were spending New Years Eve in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle. We were staying in the Tahuayo Lodge on the Tahuayo River, a tributary of the Amazon. While the other tourists in the Lodge went to celebrate New Years Eve in one of the nearby villages, Mike and I stayed behind. We went down by the boat docks and listened to the music drifting in from the two villages nearest us. They have a ceremony where they burn an effigy of a man. He is supposed to represent all the bad things of the previous year. The effigy of the man in Buena Vista village looked strangely similar to one of the men who actually lived there. (The women of the village made the effigy, and from what I understand, the man who they made it after had a reputation of giving the women there a hard time). We were looking up at the stars, where Orion was straight up, instead of further south like it is here. It was really nice. I won this particular trip. It is the only time I've ever been out of North America. I would like to go back someday. This is a picture of one of the houses from Buena Vista village. One of the more larger and "modern" villages along the river.

Happy New Year!

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December 30, 2002

Drink and Drive? Get A Free Funeral!

I was looking over on CNN's site and came across the following article. It's titled Thinking of Drinking on New Years Eve? And it goes on to say that a funeral home director in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has come up with a novel idea to make people think before they drink and drive this New Years Eve. From the article:

A funeral home director is adopting a strategy to shock motorists into staying sober -- free burial for anyone who signs a pledge to drink and drive on New Year's Eve.

They're hoping that people will stop and think before they think of driving drunk. Anyone with a driver's license can sign the pledge on New Year's Eve. So far, they say, no one has signed up.

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December 29, 2002

The Sound of Music

I have to admit, I have a soft spot for the old musicals. Especially the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. The Sound of Music is on broadcast TV right now. Of course, I'm watching it. I'm typing this during the commercial break. This is my number one favorite, followed closely by Carousel. Non Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals I like are My Fair Lady, based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. The screenplay was done by Alan Jay Lerner. I also like Singing in the Rain.

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December 28, 2002

It's Butchering Time!

Heh! I spent this morning pruning the rose bushes. I cut off all the dead growth and cut back any wooden stems. They're not much to look at after all that, but it needs to be done. They were overgrown and ragged looking. I meant to take before and after pictures, but I started pruning and was halfway done before I realized I hadn't taken any before pictures. But, I'm sure that I will be taking plenty of pictures of beautiful healthy roses next spring.

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December 27, 2002

Rotten Tomatoes

One of my favorite websites, is Rottentomatoes.com. I usually try to hit them every Friday. Since most new movies are introduced on Friday's, (unless it's during the summer and around Christmas, when they release some movies on Wednesday), they are a good source to hit for movie reviews. Their rating system is either rotten or fresh. What they do is grab all the movie critic reviews and from that, rate each movie. They use a Tomatometer. From their site: "In order for a movie to receive an overall rating of FRESH, the reading on the Tomatometer for that movie must be at least 60%. Otherwise, it is ROTTEN." So, before you spend your $8.00, I recommend you check out their site. Anyway, movies that are fresh will have a little red tomato icon next to it's name. And ones that are rated rotten, will have a little green splat icon.

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December 26, 2002

They Don't Waste Any Time!

The mailman just came by and dropped off a bunch of catalogues in the mailbox. I figured that they were probably some late Christmas catalogues. Glancing through, I saw that they were already plugging Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. Geez!

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December 25, 2002

Merry Christmas!

Well, the presents have been unwrapped and the girls are playing with their new things. Teresa got a game for her Game Cube and Amanda is looking over her shoulder as she plays. We are going to be going to my mom's house in the afternoon for more gift exchanging and Christmas dinner. This is a picture of our tree. I meant to post more images of the decorations around the house, but I never got the time.

Merry Christmas!

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December 24, 2002

Christmas Eve

It's hard to believe that nearly a whole year has passed by and it's now December 24th of 2002. Where does the time go? I can remember when I was a kid and this date, to me, was the longest day of the year, as far as I was concerned. I think I actually liked this day better than Christmas Day. It would be hard for me to get to sleep, I was so excited. I loved looking at the lights outside on the neighborhood houses. And listening to the Christmas music that my dad would play on the stereo. (On 33 1/3 vinyls!) Finally, I would nod off at around 2:00am. Only to have my sister waker me up around 5:00am. And we would go down and open all our presents. I remember one year, we tried to keep one present wrapped, each, so our parents would get to see us unwrap at least one present. But, we didn't make it. I hope everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas!

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December 23, 2002

Jardinains!!!

My oldest daughter, Helena, installed this game on my computer. It's called Jardinains. And now, I'm hooked!!! It's a variation of that old Atari 2600 game called Breakout. I think that version was the original in this format. It's like they took Breakout and Winbrick and combined them. You have a ball bouncing around and hitting the brick, but there is also these trolls that are throwing things at you. Then, if you hit a brick that a troll is standing on, he will fall and you can bounce him off the paddle for points. Ever since she installed it on this computer, I have been playing it off and on whenever I have any extra time. I'm addicted!!! Argh! ;-)

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December 22, 2002

A Break From Tradition

I did something different this year.... Every Christmas Eve, I would wrap the gifts for the girls after they had gone to bed. I'm not sure how this "tradition" got started. It may be that I remember my mom doing the same thing. So here I am, waiting for the girls to go to sleep and then wrapping their gifts. More often than not, they wouldn't get to sleep until midnight. And then I would be wrapping gifts and stuffing the stockings until 2:00am-3:00am. Then, I finally get to go to sleep, only to be woken up by everyone at about 5:00am to unwrap presents. Even though the girls haven't believed in Santa Claus in years, they still like their presents put under the tree after they've gone to bed Christmas Eve. For the first time ever, I wrapped all the gifts already. Two of the girls were out tonight and the third, Amanda was playing Game Cube. So, I took this opportunity to drag everything out and wrap them. So, after they go to bed on Christmas Eve, I can put everything under the tree and do the stockings and get to bed at a more reasonable time. I don't know why I haven't done this sooner, maybe it's my procrastination thing I mentioned in another entry....

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December 21, 2002

I Love Albertsons!!!!

We have a supermarket chain here called Albertsons. I was in line waiting to check out when I noticed that the man in front of me seemed overly friendly with the woman ahead of him. I looked at his purchases and noticed that it was a 15 pack of MGD and what looked like Bailey's Irish Cream, I wasn't too sure. Then he turned and stared at me for awhile. And I noticed the flushed face and the glazed eyes. I also noticed that he smelled like a brewery. He was about 6 feet from me and I could smell him. It was his turn to check out. He asked the cashier a question, I couldn't hear what exactly it was that he said. But, she replied, "I'm sorry sir. I cannot sell this alcohol to you." His glassy eyes widened, "Huh?" She replied, "I can smell alcohol on your breath sir. I cannot sell this to you. If you want, I can call the manager over." He gets a little defiant, "I would like that, yes!" She calls the manager. He comes over and she explains the situation. The manager nods his head, "We cannot sell this to you." The drunk replies, "What store is this? Albertsons?" The cashier nods. "I'm going to tell my friends!" He said as he stomped out. I thanked both the cashier and the store manager for doing that. The cashier told me that he had claimed that he was sober. I didn't catch that. But, if that was sober, I would hate to see what he's like drunk. I told them that I would let the corporation know, commending them for doing that. I hate drunk drivers with a passion. I was in an accident with a drunk back in March of 1986. My car was totaled and I was injured. So, this is personal to me.

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Noise! Noise! Noise!

I remember an old MGM cartoon involving this dog who checks into a hotel. He tells the owner, Barney Bear, that he doesn't want to hear any noise! "I hate noise!" I can sympathize with that character. I hate excessive noise too. I was bombarded with it at Sam's Club. They had Christmas carols blasting over the store's sound system. And, as I go to check out, the registers are over near their audio/video department. Some nimrods had turned a couple of the stereos up full blast. Unfortunately, they were different stations. And, they also had the bass up as far as it could go. And then, there were home theater systems showing the latest DVD movies. These also were full volume. Along with video game demos. My ears were ringing by the time I left the place. Now, I can feel the beginnings of a headache. Argh!

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December 20, 2002

Ever Have One Of Those Days?

Where you spend every waking hour driving? Or so it seems. I'm just now sitting down and resting for the first time today. And it's 6:45pm. I got up at 6:30am, took the girls to school at 7:00am. I get home at 8:00, gather the trash to set out at the curb. I grab a quick breakfast and my oldest daughter, Helena (who is out on Winter break from college), and I go out to the mall to do some Christmas shopping. Leave the mall at 12 noon and head for the Junior High School to pick up Jeren, a school friend of Teresa's, who I also give a ride home. Teresa was going home with a friend after school, so, obviously, she didn't ride home with us. From there, I stop at my Mom's real quick to pick up some gifts. I get home at 1:30pm and have a quick lunch and go back up to Teresa's old Elementary school which is near her Junior High School. She had gone with her friends to visit their old teachers. I needed to pick her up and take her to get her cast removed. The orthopedist recommends I get an ankle brace at a certain sporting goods chain. So, we drive there, get the brace and then head towards the freeway. Take the freeway back to town and hit the local Sam's Club to stock up on groceries. $321.00 dollars later, we load the car and come home. Unload all the groceries, with the whole family helping. Then, I get to put them all away. Finally!!!! I am done, I can take it easy and catch up on my e-mail. What a day! Tomorrow, I will sleep in, hopefully.

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December 18, 2002

Where Are The People?

I'm beginning to wonder if a larger percentage of people are doing their shopping either via the internet or catalogue. I took Teresa shopping this evening at Del Amo Fashion Square in Torrance. This used to be the biggest mall in America, until they built the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. I figured this close to Christmas, less than a week away, and as everyone was getting off of work, I would have to be insane to even think of going over there. But, like the other day at the south Bay, Galleria, I encountered half empty parking lots. There was more than the usual number of people inside the mall, but it was nothing compared to past years. The only two stores, that were really crowded, were both candy stores. See's Candies and The Sweet Factory. I guess I shouldn't complain since I usually hate shopping due to the crowds. But, it just really seems strange to encounter this.

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December 16, 2002

I Need A Boat!

It started pouring here about 1:00pm. I needed to cross the street to move the car back. (We have street sweeping on our side of the street every Monday and all the cars have to be moved). I look outside and it's pouring. I decided to wait until it died down before I went to the car. No chance. At 2:00pm, it's still pouring. I left early to go pick everyone up from school. I have to drive 12 miles, because the kids are in a Magnet program and attend school in another town. The streets were flooded. I would say that 99.9% of the drivers out their behaved. No one was driving too fast, considering the conditions. Low visibility, flooded streets, etc. Even crawling along at 15-20 miles per hour, I could feel my little car trying to hydroplane a couple times, the streets were that wet.

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December 15, 2002

Nauseatingly Cute!

My oldest daughter Helena has a best friend, named Shannon. Shannon's parents own a kennel. They sponsor "puppy parties", so Shannon has access to a lot of puppies. Occasionally, after she's done a party, she will drop by and bring out some of the puppies for us to play with.

Yesterday, she brought by two little Shiba Inu puppies. They were six weeks old and about the cutest things I've ever seen. Sickingly cute! They didn't run, so much as they hopped around the yard. They were so affectionate and playful. I took about 40 pictures, that were mostly just blurs. I finally had to have Shannon just hold them still, so I could get these. They will eventually go to good homes.

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December 14, 2002

"Pull My String!"

Was over on CNN's site and saw an article about a "George Bush Action Figure". From the article:

"The $29.99 doll sold out a first shipment of 12,000 this week, and a second shipment won't arrive until after Christmas."

""We anticipated it being a very popular item but we just didn't think it was going to take off that quick," said Jim Wessling, co-founder of TalkingPresidents.com Inc. in Irvine, California. "

"Most of the 17 sound clips are straightforward quotes about the war on terrorism and other topics -- such as "Terrorism against our nation will not stand."

But the doll also offers some of Bush's malapropisms.

"There's nothing derogatory, everything is complimentary, there's nothing to make fun of him ... (but) the doll is a good representation of the president," Wessling said. "There are two or three of his Bushisms." "

"The fledgling company isn't planning to stop with Bush. A talking Ronald Reagan is in the works for the spring. After that, Wessling and Warnock plan to manufacture talking Richard Nixons, Bill Clintons, John F. Kennedys and George H.W. Bushes."

What will they think of next?

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December 13, 2002

Children? Can I Ruin Your Credit?

Was reading through the Business section of today's, Los Angeles Times, and came across the following article. Parents, who are so strapped for cash, that they take out credit cards in their children's names. I could never do that to any of my kids:

Strapped Parents Taking Kids' Credit
By Martha Irvine
Associated Press

December 13 2002

It was her first credit card application, or so she thought, prompted by an offer on her Ohio college campus of a free T-shirt. But a rejection letter uncovered troubling news: Someone had opened four credit cards in her name and rung up $50,000 in debt. That someone, it turned out, was her father.

"I couldn't believe it," said the young woman, who asked not to be named for fear of humiliating her father, who never faced criminal charges.

The woman, now 25 and living in Chicago, said she knew her father was struggling financially. But she never imagined he would fill out credit card applications sent to his home in her name.

With the proliferation of credit cards, experts say, parents with financial troubles are tempted to dip into their children's credit. As cosigners, all they need is a birth date and Social Security number.

Last month, a father in Billings, Mont., was sentenced to five years in prison for charging $12,000 on credit cards in his daughter's name.

Some parents put bills -- cable TV, utilities -- in their kids' names. That's what Teena Touch, a 28-year-old Los Angeles resident, said her father did. "It started with my summer jobs -- checks my dad was supposed to deposit but never did," said Touch, whose father was convicted of embezzlement in 1993.

Dionicio Campos, 29, of Chicago said he was stuck untangling trouble caused by his mother's ex-boyfriend and others using his Social Security number. "I'm sure a 17-year-old kid isn't worrying about his mom taking his stuff from him -- but maybe he should," Campos said.

Identity theft and credit card fraud have reached an "epidemic level," said Carl Pergola, national director of fraud investigations for accounting firm BDO Seidman. Vital information, he said, is being stolen by parents, co-workers and hucksters.

He said young people whose parents have money problems should consider obtaining credit reports regularly -- and request that the three major credit agencies notify them when accounts are opened in their name.

Last year, the Federal Trade Commission said, 6% of the 86,168 people who reported identity theft to the agency said a family member was responsible. Joanna Crane, an attorney who manages the FTC's identity theft program, said those figures are "only the tip of the iceberg."

For children whose parents have abused their credit, the options include paying the debt in big chunks or filing a complaint that could send the parent to jail.

The 25-year-old from Chicago persuaded her father to consolidate the $50,000 debt and repay it by having his wages garnished.

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December 12, 2002

Favorite Christmas Movies

I was digging out all my old VHS tapes of Christmas movies I have collected over the years. So, here's my list of favorites in no particular order:

A Christmas Story - "You'll shoot your eye out!"

It's a Wonderful Life

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Miracle on 34th Street (The original with Natalie Wood)

A Christmas Carol (The 1951 version with Alastair Sim)

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Prancer

March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934 - Laurel and Hardy)

Scrooge (1971 with Albert Finney and it was a musical)

I think that covers it.

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December 11, 2002

First Things First

It's become somewhat of a tradition around here. The first decoration to go up is a nativity scene. I'm not particularly religious or anything. I was given this set when I was around 14 and I have displayed it every Christmas, since then.

Perhaps it's because it's box is most accessible when I start yanking the decorations down from the attic. But, up it goes, first thing. It's in a cabinet just above the TV in our entertainment unit. I've run mini-lights around the cabinet and at night, with all the lights in the room turned off, the mini-lights make a nice effect the way they glow around the manger. I took a picture with the flash on the camera shut off, but it came out blurry. I am going to try to take another one using the tripod.

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December 10, 2002

Mmmmmmmmmm....

I love the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree. We bought ours last night at our local Target store. The stores here usually carry Noble firs or Plantantion Douglas firs. We usually get the Douglas fir in the 6-7 foot range. The one we bought last night had already been tossed aside by someone. I don't know why. It's a perfect tree. About 7 feet tall, nicely shaped, quite fresh, judging by the needle test. We put it in it's stand and I added water. Now, it's spreading out it's branches and the whole house has the fresh tree smell. I love it!

Hopefully, I can get the rest of my Christmas decorating done. I usually start the day after Thanksgiving, but I'm really behind this year. It takes me about 2-3 days to decorate. I'll take pictures when I'm done.

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December 09, 2002

Clothing Optional?

I was looking for a book on Amazon.com, and I got an unusual recommendation:

I thought maybe the "clean underwear" recommendation may have been another title of a bizarre book over on Target's site. But no, it was a link to some underwear as you can see here:


click on both pictures for larger images

It's nice to know that the people who are dressed, when they shop Amazon, are at least, wearing clean underwear! ;-)

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December 08, 2002

Bizarre Dream

Maybe it had something to do with me trying a sample energy drink yesterday... But, last night, I had some really strange dreams. The one that stuck out the most, was actually kind of amusing. It involved the draft being reinstated in the United States. We were on the verge of going to war with someone. (Could have been Iraq, it was never made clear in the dream.) Anyway, the draft board's criteria for selection involved a forum on the internet. It seemed that there was this one forum that everyone in the United States participated on. Never caught the url, could have been unitedstates.com, or somesuch, I don't know. (I know the logistics of such a thing would be dang near impossible, but in dreamland, it seemed quite normal....) Any male between the ages of 18 to 25, who, when they posted messages, flamed, trolled, or intentionally misspelled words, (like l8r, warez, doodz, etc.), would get drafted into this new army. But, anyone who posted generally helpful messages, would be exempt. And, this was retroactive, so none of the trolls could clean up their act. Everyone in the dream seemed to like the idea, except maybe the trolls....

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December 07, 2002

Instant Headache

If you want to waste an entire afternoon and go crazy, go to this site here. It's a page with links to different optical illusions:

http://www.anomalies-unlimited.com/Illusions.html#

Then, there's this page:

http://www.mantasoft.co.uk/_stuff/recursive.htm


My oldest daughter, Helena, found these this morning and I've been looking at them and getting instant headaches. On the first link, you have to click on the raised blank squares to see the different optical illusions.

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December 06, 2002

A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)

Have you ever watched a movie, that, several hours, or even days later, you still think about? Stephen Speilberg's A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), was one of those types for me. It portrays a grim future where the polar icecaps have melted, the oceans have risen by several hundred feet and large cities are now underwater. Countries have enacted population control procedures, due to the lack of natural resources to go around. So, companies have created, robots to fill in as replacements for various tasks. I don't want to give to much away. Even if you didn't like the movie, one would have to admit that, Haley Joel Osment is an excellent actor. I don't think he was yet a teenager when this movie was made, but he can act circles around people who have been in the business for decades. Jude Law was also great as a robot "gigolo". I need to see this one again, as there was too much to take in, in one viewing.

It shows this movie as coming out in 2001. One of the shots is supposed to be the Manhattan skyline underwater, with only the tallest structures peeking out. It was kind of a sad feeling to see what was supposed to be the twin towers rising up out of the ocean.

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December 05, 2002

A Follow Up (Of sorts)

If you remember in this entry, a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned about the trash truck that was dropping some of it's load in the freeway. And, how I registered a complaint with the California Highway Patrol. Well, I received a nice letter from them today. They took me seriously enough to contact the company. I don't know what will come out of it. Hopefully, they will do better to secure their loads. My mother-in-law suffered permanent injuries due to striking some debris that fell out of the back of a pick-up truck. I guess that's why things like this peeve me.

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December 04, 2002

Meow If You Hate Smoke

I was glancing through the November 2002 issue of Reader's Digest, when I came across a small article with the above title. Following is the complete text of the article:

Smokers and nonsmokers alike have had their consciousness raised about the effects of second-hand smoke on humans. But, until now, no one had considered the kitty. A recent study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that cats living with a smoker are twice as likely to develop lymphoma, the most common cancer in cats, as are those in smoke-free homes. Felines living with two smokers face four times the risk. Cats may be particulary affected by household smoke (including fireplace smoke) because they spend so much time indoors and because, when grooming, they ingest particles that have fallen on their fur. Aside from quitting, smokers can minimize risk to their cats by keeping them out of rooms where people light up. Brushing or bathing the cats may also help.

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December 03, 2002

Into Thin Air

When I go to pick up the girls from school. I usually have a wait of 10 to 20 minutes. I use this time to catch up on reading. On the way out, I was looking for something new to read, as I had finished the last book I was reading. (Rose Madder by Steven King). I grabbed Jon Krakauer's book, Into Thin Air. This is about the fourth time I've read this book. If you're not familiar with it, it's about a disaster on Mount Everest, in 1996, in which 8 people died. A lot of people got caught up near the summit when a freak storm/blizzard hit. He's a great writer. His description of events are so good, that you will feel yourself shivering from cold when he writes about what happened and what people did to survive. He also talks about the commercialization of Mount Everest. Basically, anybody with $60,000 and in somewhat reasonable shape can get to the summit. This may have been one of the reasons so many people were caught when the storm hit. They were so many people trying to achieve the summit that day, that there was a queue of 60 people waiting to go up a rope near the summit. That, and the fact that a lot of the professional guides were allowing people to summit well after the cut-off time. If you have already read this book, I also recommend that you read Anatoly Boukreev's, The Climb, which is his version of the same incident.

Psssst! Lynne? I looked at the source code from your blog about the Chevy Chase movie. I learned how to put text to the right of the image.

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December 02, 2002

I Hate Spiders!

I know this is weird. I have pet snakes, pet rats and pet mice. My daughter even had a pet tarantula that didn't bother me. Heck, I even had pet Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. But, for some reason, small house spiders scare me! Regular bugs don't, but spiders do. Maybe it's the eight legs. But then, why didn't the tarantula bother me? I was moving and stacking some books today, when suddenly, my daughter told me in a serious voice, "Mom! Stand up and take a step back!" I've heard that tone before, so I did what she said. "What is it?" She told me that she had seen a large spider crawl under the pile of books I was adding to. So, I started to remove the books to see how big he was. (I know! I know! They scare me, but I still had to see how big this sucker was!). Anyway, out pops Spiderzilla. This sucker was big. He was black, and, I'm pretty sure, what we call "meat eaters" (which are the ones that don't spin webs but actually hunt their prey. I let out a piercing scream which I'm sure was heard on the opposite coast. Now, I've been avoiding that pile of books all day. Even though, I'm sure, that I scared that poor spider as much as he scared me.

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December 01, 2002

Automated Complaint Lines

We've been having the Los Angeles Times delivered here for about 15 years. I think in all those years, we probably have not received our paper about 5 times. This morning was one of those times. The other 4 incidents, when we didn't receive it, I called their toll free number and actually talked to a person. They would take a report and a replacement paper would be brought out. Today, I get an automated voice mail thingy that tells me that, "In order to server you faster, we recommend you use our automated voice line, blah, blah, blah..... About 5 key punches later, they have all our information. If your paper does not show up in 90 minutes, please call again. I don't know what would happen if it didn't show up. Would they have me go through that routine again? I don't know. I didn't need to find out. About half an hour later, a driver shows up and drops the paper on the porch. Which was nice. Usually I find it perfectly centered under the car in the driveway.

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