June 30, 2007
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June 28, 2007
Will he be wearing the wig at Ogfest? Inquiring Minds want to know.
Guarantee: –noun 1.a promise or assurance, esp. one in writing, that something is of specified quality, content, benefit, etc., or that it will perform satisfactorily for a given length of time: a money-back guarantee.
"It can be said that the quality of China's exports all are guaranteed," Wang told reporters at a regularly scheduled briefing.
So, he's guaranteed the quality (whatever that might mean), but then what? If I get sick because of an import from China - what do I get? Who do I complain to? And what are they going to do about it?
They can talk about guarantees all they want, but unless there is a measure of relief to go with that guarantee, then it means absolutely nothing. Let's have a little fictional conversation shall we...
Me: I used your toothpaste and got very sick. I hear you guarantee the quality of your products.
Chinese government: What a shame you got sick. We're sorry. We guarantee our products to be safe.
Me: But your product made me sick, what are you going to do about it?
Chinese government: We gave you a guarantee, what more do you want?
The couple finally told authorities that April Moylan sleeps with a loaded .32-caliber revolver under her pillow. They said that when the burglar alarm sounded at about 4 a.m. Tuesday, she grabbed the gun and it accidentally discharged, shooting her husband in the head just behind his ear.
Mascara said the couple told authorities they couldn't simply call 911 because both are convicted felons and are not allowed to own a gun so they concocted the headache story.
That's it! I blame the NRA! (note language NSFW)
I had read the above post around the time it was originally published. Even reading it again, I am still moved to tears. Yet there is more to the story. How I wish that everyone could have such a wonderful caring family. They were all gathered for her final days.
We hear so much of horrific and painful deaths that it's hard to imagine death can be beautiful. Yet, such was my experience of my mother's death. She was in her own house, in her own bed, surrounded by love. Every one of us believe that it was a great privilege to be with her and with each other, our bond as a family greatly strengthened.
However, it is Jill's Eulogy, bringing to life a woman I have never met, yet admire tremendously, that was the most moving. She had a long full life, including service to her country during WW2.
Cormac McCarthy said “The closest bonds we will ever know are the bonds of grief. The deepest community is one of sorrow.” We are sad, yes indeed. But even in this time of sorrow, we sons and daughters of Ruth Fallon are grateful. And gratitude is a higher tribute than grief. We’re so proud of her being our mother.
We ask ourselves - How did we get so lucky?
Thank you Jill, for telling us about your mother, her life and death. I wish I had been able to meet her, but I count myself very fortunate to have met you.
And what of my post title? "If I Had My Choice"... it would be to approach the end of my life with such dignity and grace.
June 27, 2007
NO! Say it ain't so! We can't have Chinese people moving to cities! They need to move to caves.
Where's our news crews? You mean we can't get a camera here? But we're having a PROTEST, we must have cameras! Well, drat, we'll do it another day.
Huge Dust Storm Breaks Out on Mars
Oh, so that's why my Firefox weather thingamabob keeps warning me of severe weather. I wonder if it will hit here soon.
And last but not least...
Who the hell cares?
MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida man awoke with a severe headache and asked his wife to drive him to a hospital, where doctors found a bullet lodged behind his right ear, sheriff's deputies said.
Ouch - one hopes that once the bullet is gone, his head feels better. Of course he may have a few domestic problems to contend with.
The wife, April Moylan, fled the emergency room when the bullet was discovered but later told deputies she had accidentally shot her husband as he slept early on Tuesday. She was jailed on a weapons violation charge while deputies pursued additional charges.
She was just checking to see if it was loaded... right? Guess it was. If I were him, I'd find a new roomie. One who doesn't play with guns while I sleep. Just a thought.
When I saw that it was 80 degrees (my office is in the basement), I reluctantly turned on the A/C. I have, in the past, killed computer components by not paying attention to the room temp - it gets expensive.
June 26, 2007
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Bill Barnes says he was scratching off a losing $2 lottery ticket inside a gas station when he felt a hand slip into his front-left pants pocket, where he had $300 in cash.
He immediately grabbed the person's wrist with his left hand and started throwing punches with his right, landing six or seven blows before a store manager intervened.
"I guess he thought I was an easy mark," Barnes, 72, told The Grand Rapids Press for a story Tuesday.
He's anything but an easy mark: Barnes served in the Marines, was an accomplished Golden Gloves boxer and retired after 20 years as an iron worker.
Excellent work Marine!
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