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WEEK 48 2003

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Saturday 29 November 2003

Saturday - still feeling better. I resisted the urge to go out and work, and shop, and all the rest. Next week is a work week, as they all are until Christmas, and I hope to not get sick again!

I am listening to KFOG, here in the desert! (Something acoustic by Natali Merchant, I think...) It's their 'acoustic sunrise' program. I enjoy it when I am up in the bay area, the "local" stations down here are pure top forty only, be they country or rock. And one moldy oldie station - which is actually the only "local" station, the rest being chains.

Of course, after a while you get tired of KFOG patting themselves on their own back. Sadly it seems that 'The voice of Clayton Valley High School' is not yet streaming audio. My own high school was not cool enough to have their own radio station, but the kids at Clayton would put a bunch of LP's on to play between classes - no commercials, just music.

Anyway, an internet radio locator site is here. There are many others, of course.

Friday 28 November 2003

Friday - feeling a bit better. I actually went out and tried to buy some new tennis shoes, but didn't find the kinds I wanted at 'Big 5' sports, and wasn't really up to much shopping.

Stopped by my brothers and checked on his critters, cats and dogs, again. Everyone is fine - the two kittens should be called "Curious and Curiouser" I think. All he had was 'Vanilla Coke' to drink. Foul & repulsive. Drank it anyway.

In lieu of actual posting, here is the text of the presidents speech this thanksgiving to the troops:

Thank you. I was just looking for a warm meal somewhere. Thank you for inviting me to dinner. General Sanchez, thank you, sir, for your kind invitation and your strong leadership. Ambassador Bremer, thank you for your steadfast belief in freedom and peace. I want to thank the members of the Governing Council who are here, pleased you are joining us on our nation's great holiday, it's a chance to give thanks to the Almighty for the many blessings we receive.

I'm particularly proud to be with the 1st Armored Division, the 2nd ACR, the 82nd Airborne. I can't think of a finer group of folks to have Thanksgiving dinner with than you all. We're proud of you. Today, Americans are gathering with their loved ones to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. And this year we are especially thankful for the courage and the sacrifice of those who defend us, the men and women of the United States military.

I bring a message on behalf of America: We thank you for your service, we're proud of you, and America stands solidly behind you. Together, you and I have taken an oath to defend our country. You're honoring that oath. The United States military is doing a fantastic job. You are defeating the terrorists here in Iraq, so that we don't have to face them in our own country. You're defeating Saddam's henchmen, so that the people of Iraq can live in peace and freedom.

By helping the Iraqi people become free, you're helping change a troubled and violent part of the world. By helping to build a peaceful and democratic country in the heart of the Middle East, you are defending the American people from danger and we are grateful.

You're engaged in a difficult mission. Those who attack our coalition forces and kill innocent Iraqis are testing our will. They hope we will run. We did not charge hundreds of miles into the heart of Iraq, pay a bitter cost in casualties, defeat a brutal dictator and liberate 25 million people only to retreat before a band of thugs and assassins.

We will prevail. We will win because our cause is just. We will win because we will stay on the offensive. And we will win because you're part of the finest military ever assembled. And we will prevail because the Iraqis want their freedom.

Every day you see firsthand the commitment to sacrifice that the Iraqi people are making to secure their own freedom. I have a message for the Iraqi people: You have an opportunity to seize the moment and rebuild your great country, based on human dignity and freedom. The regime of Saddam Hussein is gone forever.

The United States and our coalition will help you, help you build a peaceful country so that your children can have a bright future. We'll help you find and bring to justice the people who terrorized you for years and are still killing innocent Iraqis. We will stay until the job is done. I'm confident we will succeed, because you, the Iraqi people, will show the world that you're not only courageous, but that you can govern yourself wisely and justly.

On this Thanksgiving, our nation remembers the men and women of our military, your friends and comrades who paid the ultimate price for our security and freedom. We ask for God's blessings on their families, their loved ones and their friends, and we pray for your safety and your strength, as you continue to defend America and to spread freedom.

Each one of you has answered a great call, participating in an historic moment in world history. You live by a code of honor, of service to your nation, with the safety and the security of your fellow citizens. Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth. I'm proud to be your commander in chief. I bring greetings from America. May God bless you all.

Thursday 27 November 2003

Thursday - still sick. I went over to some friends, for a fine spread of turkey and various goodies. ( I informed them in advance of my cold, but they weren't worried...)

Wednesday 26 November 2003

Wednesday - out sick.

Tuesday 25 November 2003

Tuesday - yeah, definitely sick. Bah. I went to work but I probably shouldn't have. I did call my Dad after getting home to tell him I wouldn't be up. Bah. I have about four phone calls to make, but I think I'll just 'veg out' for now.

Titan A.E. is on teevee, I might watch it. Not really much of a movie. I saw it with someone on a first date, years ago. Afterwards I couldn't find my car...wrong side of the parking lot. She thought that was funny, but eventually discovered a lot of things that she thought weren't funny about me. So it goes - that's why one dates.

There was a beautiful crescent new moon next to a bright Venus on the way home. You could see a ghostly ring on the edge of the dark portion - the old moon in the new moon's arms. The question is, why did the dark limb seem bright? The bulk of the dark side is lit by 'earthglow', but why the brighter edge? Certainly there was sunlight just a few degrees around that edge of the moon, but unlike earth there is no atmosphere to scatter that light around the edge. I'm guessing it is the human eye, some physiological trick of vision. Our eyes and nerves do a lot of processing before any image gets to the brain. We 'see' a lot of things that really aren't there, and miss a lot of things that are.

That seems to be true of life in general.

Monday 24 November 2003

Monday - I seem to be coming down with a cold, or a flu. Bah. Runny nose, sore throat, mild fever this evening. Not really enough to make me stay home, yet.

My friends OSX mac conked out, again, over the weekend. All the windows and unix boxes stayed up. I'm not too impressed with what I've seen of OSX so far.

Sunday 23 November  2003

Sunday - cold, cold, cold. About 19 degree's, and the high was in the low fifties. I took advantage to almost finish the painting - now  there is just touch up to be done on the upper front part of the house, and just a bit more on the downstairs as well. I'm at that point where as I paint with the green I drop onto the tan, requiring me get overpaint that, at which point I drip tan on the green. Eventually my time, paint, or patience will come to an end and the painting will be officially over! As for the rear eaves - if I get some good weather, and there hasn't been a lot of rain, maybe. Otherwise it'll have to wait until spring.

But it does look good.

Enterprise was weird. Apparently in this episode (I missed the start) the chief engineer has a brain injury, so they force grow a clone so that they can grind up the clone's brain to save their engineer. That's....wrong. Ugh. The clone didn't care for the idea and I can't say I blame him.

The 49er's looked bad, but it may be that they were just up against too strong of a front line, defensively and offensively. The Green Bay backs tore holes in the 49er's front line that you could drive a Humvee through, and defensively they repeatedly sacked Rattay. Hey, welcome to the show, smack!

I didn't see Oakland play, but it sounds almost as bad.

Picture of the Week
   foundations of roman gatehouse at chester
Photo Notes: The city of Chester, in England, was one of my favorite places. I walked all the way around the old town on it's wall. Here is a shot looking down from gate through the old english wall, onto the foundations of the much older Roman gatehouse! It's interesting how streets and thoroughfares remain the same over millennia.

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