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At Last, At Rest

Such is the vast wasteland my social life has become that I get excited over the simplest things. Take, for instance, my recent foray into the world of big-time consumer shopping; or, as I like to call it these days, "Doing My Patriotic Duty". I am the proud owner of a new bed. This may not seem like much to you, but to someone who is tight-fisted with money, who's suffered from a perpetual backache for the past few years, and someone who yearns to achieve the same economic status she enjoyed under her parents' roof this is a big thing indeed.

I already had an antique maple bed frame, but to that I have added a new chi-chi mattress and box spring, a new Egyptian cotton mattress pad and pillows, new percale sheets (in the color of plum), a new white comforter, and a new cream-colored duvet. All told, this spending spree put me back hundreds of dollars and three feet higher in the air. I'm now above my old footboard and headboard and need a stepladder to get into bed. But it was worth it. Why?

smiley - zzz

I sleep like a baby now. No, even better. A narcoleptic baby.

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Latest reply: Nov 15, 2001

At Last, At Rest

Such is the vast wasteland my social life has become that I get excited over the simplest things. Take, for instance, my recent foray into the world of big-time consumer shopping; or, as I like to call it these days, "Doing My Patriotic Duty". I am the proud owner of a new bed. This may not seem like much to you, but to someone who is tight-fisted with money, who's suffered from a perpetual backache for the past few years, and someone who yearns to achieve the same economic status she enjoyed under her parents' roof this is a big thing indeed.

I already had an antique maple bed frame, but to that I have added a new chi-chi mattress and box spring, a new Egyptian cotton mattress pad and pillows, new percale sheets (in the color of plum), a new white comforter, and a new crean-colored duvet. All told, this spending spree put me back hundreds of dollars and three feet higher in the air. I'm now above my old footboard and headboard and need a stepladder to get into bed. But it was worth it. Why?

smiley - zzz

I sleep like a baby now. No, even better. A narcoleptic baby.

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Latest reply: Nov 15, 2001

T-Day

Tomorrow I am having my wisdom teeth removed. This is something I've put off for quite some time--ten years as a matter of fact. Dental insurance, money, and nerve never seemed to come together at the same time. I'm trying to put a positive spin on the whole event. Not only will the bothersome teeth be gone once and for all, but I'll be getting some REALLY good drugs. smiley - biggrin

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Latest reply: Sep 27, 2001

An Open Letter to All Researchers

Going over the comments in the forums in the Talking Point: 11 September 2001 has really given me pause. The level of callousness, especially among a group of people who are supposed to be somewhat enlightened and educated, is surprising. In particular, there are some real gems in the "Love Islam, Hate America?" forum. I had to contrast the celebrations and attack justifications of some researchers against the outpouring of love and support from other countries and fellow Americans as shown on the news, in print, and on the web. Do you really imagine for a moment Americans do not know what our country has done in the past? We know about CIA-led coups, about US-funded death squads, about support for oppressive regimes in the name of Anti-Communism. We do not kid ourselves--we know our hands are not clean. However, Americans are on the front lines, everday, protesting and working to rid the world of these evils. We are arrested for protesting on the grounds of the School of the Americas or the policies of the WTO in Seattle or Genoa. We donate millions upon millions to causes around the world from Greenpeace to Save the Children to Amnesty International. We are among the first to respond to disaster in any country, ready with our time and money. Thousands of Americans every year help developing countries under the auspices of the Peace Corps. And the great thing is that, in our country, we have the freedom and the right to protest oppressive and unjust policies. In addition, our Constitution will insure that the perpetrators will enjoy every protection under the law in addition to legal representation. Yet we are being lectured on democracy and peace by those countries that have neither. We do not rejoice or offer half-hearted condolences when your children or loved ones are killed. Think about this: if our country is destroyed or harmed, the rest of the globe suffers as well. Why? Not because we will be indiscriminately bombing countries, but because our country is the bedrock upon which the world's economy and culture lie. You might think, "That's okay, we don't need another Bill Gates, another greedy lawyer, another Wal-Mart, another shoddy Hollywood movie." America means more than those, however. A lot more. Millions of people from every country and walk of life come to our shores looking for peace and prosperity every year. We have always found it in our hearts to take them in and shelter them from brutality and oppression back home. Now thousands upon thousands of innocent people have been killed, and not just Americans. All because of past hatreds and justifications. When do we say enough is enough? When do we end the circle of violence? I'm sure some of you will say I'm nothing but a cultural imperialist. So what? I've put my time and money towards good causes. Can you say the same? Or would you rather sit on your backside and whine about American domination? In front of us we have the example of the innocent passengers--heroes--aboard the "fourth plane". If reports are correct, they tried to overpower the hijackers and died trying to save the rest of us and America's symbols of freedom. If nothing else, they should be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. I'd like to end this rant with a final request: all American researchers should take the time out of their day over the next month, or several months, to donate blood to the Red Cross. It might be all that you can do, but it means a lot to victims and our country.

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Latest reply: Sep 13, 2001

The Missoula Gnome Liberation Front

Our fair city has recently been the victim of a vicious crime spree. Innocent people are suffering at the hands of a gang completely unlike any other in the annals of the Wild West. Yes, that's right. Gnome liberators. An outfit calling itself the Missoula Gnome Liberation Front (GLF for short) has been rescuing those hard-working, long-suffering silent sentinels of the yard from a lifetime of drudgery. With the battle-cry of "Just Say Gno to Gnome Abuse!" ringing in the mountain air, Missoulians have awoken to find their yard gnomes missing for the last few months. The police have had little breaks in the case until the manifesto appeared on a recently-emptied porch one summer morning this week.

In black and white it outlined the goal of the GLF: humane (or gnomane, in this case) treament for yard gnomes. They clearly stated they were not holding our concrete or plaster friends for ransom, but allowing them to have "a vacation". The message read, in part: "The gnomes realize that they will be returned to their owners. They are willing to forfeit their freedom in the hopes that their owners treat them more respectfully." Wise words, indeed.

After weeks of worry and mounting suspicion, with neighbors pointing fingers at neighbors, the light at the end of the tunnel came yesterday morning. All 35 hostages were released. Schoolchildren at Lewis and Clark Elementary awoke to find the missing gnomes adorning the school's Outdoor Discovery Corps Garden. They were plastered with signs. One read "We would rather die in the streets than live in your lawn!". The crime spree seems to be over for now. However, the shadowy members of the GLF should not rest easy. Police are still investigating leads and hope to round up the perpetrators. If you, or anyone you know has information on this case, keep it to yourself.

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Latest reply: Aug 31, 2001


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