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    Hey Salsa,

    I always enjoy NZ...except the weather. It rained 80% of the time we were threre. We went to my fave cafe in Rotovegas called The Fat Dog , visited friends I haven't seen for almost 2yrs and found that some of the horrible Auckland motorway system has finally been improved. Even the infamous "bridge to nowhere"(kiwi ladies will understand) in the Waikato has been completed!!!! finally!!!

    We also have two friends/couple seriously thinking of moving here from Auckland They have nothing to lose moving & Perth was one of the three places to choose from.(the others-INdonesia, Europe & Aussie-main reason is the gent(chris) is a diving instructor...)

    Right..The Queen-Helen Mirren's awesome & I highly recommend the film. You may wish to take kleenex with you as the footage of the flowers etc after Diana's death is still quite sad for me. I remember where I was when she died & it's still sad seeing images of the outpouring of grief.

    Ps-salsa i found a litte item for ya & will send it along with all the other items I need to send folks!!!

    c

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    80's videos

    Watching 80's videos on my computer..What on earth were artists on back then?? Don't answer that..

    I was watching the banned version of "Relax"by Frankie goes to Hollywood

    Just plain weird...

    c

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    DVD drive

    Quote Originally Posted by crazycanuck View Post
    The dvd bit is dead..
    This may be a bit technical for you but my dvd drive recently died and I revived it by giving my laptop a good thump. This prompted it to recognise the drive as new hardware and re-install it. Worth a try
    Last edited by Bruno28; 12-30-2006 at 07:52 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KnottedYet View Post
    Now that Saddam is dead, can the US leave Iraq and my brother come home? In the last 4 years he's only been home a total of 6 months.

    And why did we put Saddam into power in the first place all those years ago?
    It was never about Saddam, it was always about the oil...and about some people making a LOT of money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa S.H. View Post
    It was never about Saddam, it was always about the oil...and about some people making a LOT of money.
    Yep. And now I guess it comes down to whether the new Dems in Congress have grown enough spine to stand up to Bush and his gang of war profiteers. Hang in there, Knot, Knot's brother, and all the other soldiers, families, and Iraqis waiting for this war to end. Let's hope it ends SOON!
    Half-marathon over. Sabbatical year over. It's back to "sacking shirt and oat cakes" as they say here.

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    What makes me wonder is this: if so many people in our country are so unhappy about what's happening over there, why can't we change it? Why are our voices seemingly unheard? Why can't our elected officials do what we elected them to do (represent us)? I know- that's a rhetorical question because of the games that are played in that big white building on capitol hill. I hope that with the change in power that we can start to make our exit- and focus on what's wrong with our own country. I hope the new dems have the backbone, and the pull, to turn this thing around.

    Knot- even tho I'm against the reasons for us being there, I love our soldiers, support what they do and pray for them everyday. I hope that he (and they) can all come home very, very soon. We live in a military town, and I see the sadness of the war all around me. Let's bring those boys and girls home!!

    Sorry so political... I live in a very "red" state and I'm a very "blue" person. I don't get to voice my opinion anywhere around here without great opposition and arguments. Thanks for letting me vent!
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    Even my brother questions our reasons for being there. He just does it very very quietly... Most of the guys have the same opinion we do, they just can't say anything.

    And yes, there is a HUGE distinction between supporting the troops and supporting the way they are being used. They know that. We know that.

    It's an ugly complicated situation our government has gotten into, and it's gonna be awfully hard to get out of it.
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    The president of this country has entirely too much power. Not entirely by constitutional design - more by congressional abdication. DoW is right, our congressmen need spine. I also think we need to impose real qualifications for presidential candidates - elections have been a poor way to pick. Maybe require at least 1 term in the senate so the candidates have a record on foreign policy. As it is, those with no record can get elected easier, since a voting record yields more negative advertising potential.

    Knot, I really hope your brother and all the others can come home soon. Doesn't look good for now unless the Dems tighten the purse-strings.

    It's precipitating here. I think it's a combination of snow and sleet - mostly sleet by the sound of it. About 31 degrees. Now it looks like graupel. Changing by the minute.

    My weekend project: a bicycle cover for my daughter's bike. I didn't order the fabric until 3 days before xmas, so this is a late present. She gave me the bike measurements and the location of the lock (will leave a hole there).
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    Your daughter's lucky, Deb. My old bike was covered by a plastic sheet held down with bricks!

    Is 6 o'clock too early to go to bed? I'm stuffed.
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    Just now took the dog out for a run and showered and got dressed. And it's LUNCH TIME. I want a nap.

    Holiday weekends by myself are faaaaaar too lazy!
    "If Americans want to live the American Dream, they should go to Denmark." - Richard Wilkinson

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    I love lazy weekends. It is warm and dreary here. I am about to have a late lunch and a nap sounds very nice. Dinner is in the crockpot and the house is back to it's pre-Christmas state. All is well.
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    Jen- Just because.

    X- Thanks, much. PITA.

    CWR- Hope your weekend's going okay- don't go postal...

    Life is good; So good.

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    ain't it good to be alive....
    ain't it good to breathe the air; another spin around the sun; on this speck of light in the universe; a little peace of love in everyone


    just found a CD my DOL made for me awhile ago... this is the 1st song on it, and it feels good today.

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    hi TD. I haven't been around much. first our power was off for 3 days after big windstorm and now our cable/internet and phones still aren't working.

    we finally broke down and got a generator. we're in a redwood forest and trees are always knocking down power lines, so we'll be out of power a week a year.

    sounds like everyone is having fun or hanging in there. sals, what's up w/ the contractors?? bmo3 sorry about the migraines. that just stinks. I am "typing" on my treo since we don't have cable, so it's hard to catch up on all the posts.

    I did a 50 mile ride today - my fourth ride since coming off the meds. I am super slow on hills because the dr. wants my HR below a certain #, but I actually felt good. now I am relaxing w/60 pound lab on my lap.

    happy almost new year TD!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by maillotpois View Post
    hi TD. I haven't been around much. first our power was off for 3 days after big windstorm and now our cable/internet and phones still aren't working.

    we finally broke down and got a generator. we're in a redwood forest and trees are always knocking down power lines, so we'll be out of power a week a year.

    sounds like everyone is having fun or hanging in there. sals, what's up w/ the contractors?? bmo3 sorry about the migraines. that just stinks. I am "typing" on my treo since we don't have cable, so it's hard to catch up on all the posts.

    I did a 50 mile ride today - my fourth ride since coming off the meds. I am super slow on hills because the dr. wants my HR below a certain #, but I actually felt good. now I am relaxing w/60 pound lab on my lap.

    happy almost new year TD!!
    HA!!! Your FOURTH ride. That is so cool. I'm sure the Lab is helping keep your HR down, too.

    The contractor does good work but does not communicate at all. So we keep getting surprised by delays that we would otherwise have been able to prep for, or by coming home to conditions that aren't quite livable. Arrrr. For example. The drywallers were supposed to do their thing the week before Christmas, when I was with Mom in Albany, Chris was on a work related boat trip, and cats were boarded. Chris got home Friday night the 22nd to find that the drywallers had just started, the house was not livable (and really, you can't live there during the whole drywall process--which is taking a couple of weeks, actually), and we had nowhere to board the cats for a few days because the boarding place was booked for Christmas and we hadn't thought we'd NEED to keep boarding them. So Chris went to a hotel that took cats. And our cats are OLD and have medical needs--shots, subq fluid, etc. The contractor knew all this. I flew home on Christmas Day with several flight cancellations and lost luggage (retrieved two days later). We're now back in the hotel by Paine Field watching Boeing fly its planes around, and will be here through next Thursday (or longer, of course). Cats are back at boarding place now that the Christmas cat rush is over. Anyway, the point of all that is if the contractor WOULD JUST CALL US, we could plan for such stuff, but he never does, no matter how many times we're ranted at him about it. The work will be excellent but I would not hire him again because this lack of communication makes it all so much harder than it needs to be. We've managed to dock him some of his profit for not calling to move deadlines, so that makes me feel better (but I'd rather not have to do it in the first place). Oh well. As Trek420 says, they never call, they never write...we just want it to be done, already.

    Watching the Boeing planes take off over our hotel room is fun. I'll take all the OT I can get at this point...and the house will be so cool when it's done. And how fun to hear you've done four rides already. I love that.
    "My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved;I have been given much and I have given something in return...Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and an adventure." O. Sacks

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    Hey, MP, glad to hear you're up to 50 miles!

    Salsa, I have a present for you. I printed this out and hung it in my kitchen in a frame that used to have a pic of DD, four years old, at Sanibel Island. She's been replaced!

    Today I caulked up all the windows on the north side of the house- now I need a big rain storm to test them out.

    Next Saturday is a 200k ride, and the weather looks WARM!!

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