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Dick Martin died. Why does this make me feel bad or nostalgic? Laugh-in was old hat before I was born, but I loved seeing it on Nick at Nite.

Forgot to mention the awesome sub/pizza shop discovered on Saturday. Selby Sub Shoppe - found when we took a wrong turn looking for Thai food. Best mistake we could've made. Larry was especially happy that he didn't have to consume anything involving curry or green beans. He got chicken wings, while BHK, Chris and I gobbled down some white pizza... with red sauce on the side.

So good. Also good was the lemon coconut cake, lemon pie, chocolate mousse pie and the lemon cookies. We seem to have an inordinate amount of lemon fondness in our desserts.

Random statement - I don't think that Andy Kaufman was very funny, even in a meta-way. Entertainingly random, at best.

Current music - The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson
If you were falling, then I would catch you.
You need a light, I'd find a match.

'cause I love the way you say good morning.
And you take me the way I am.
If you are chilly, here take my sweater.
Your head is aching, I'll make it better.

'cause I love the way you call me baby.
And you take me the way I am.

I'd buy you Rogaine if you start losing all your hair.
Sew on patches to all you tear.

'cause I love you more than I could ever promise.
And you take me the way I am.
You take me the way I am.
You take me the way I am.

BHK got her first filling today - her personal tooth-care is far superior to mine.

Dreamt last night of being at the Disney lagoon - BHK and I were swimming with giant sharks, eels - no fish was smaller than half my size, most of them were between 30-40 feet long. At one point I was kidnapped, and was told that if I escaped, my entire family would be killed. I grabbed the person and immobilized him by snapping his arms and legs off like dried twigs - when I went to finish him, the police showed up and told me that his brain shouldn't be damaged, as they needed it to ge tthe information on how he would hurt folks. I didn't care to see him live, but I relented - though only if I could pack his head with salt and ash. That was ok with the police, who decapitated him, and put his noggin in a clear tube for analysis... the head was somehow still alive, but as long as he couldn't speak, he couldn't hurt us... some sort of vampire, or lich, maybe?

Adam is home from Haiti - note form MVW

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your prayers! Adam returned home safely this past Saturday evening. He did have his Dad take him to the Hospital late Saturday evening because he was not feeling well. He had something called "Acute Pharyngitis" but he is feeling much better now!
I finally was able to catch up with him at our friends home, Sven and Mary Thulin's, last night. He promises to catch up with us soon and let us know some of the highlights of his trip.
A few things he did mention last night were:
Haiti has a 4% employment rate. 80% of the people are under the poverty line. 55% make less then a dollar/ day. He went to a town called Petit Goave for 3 days. They had no bathrooms to use, but only the Caribbean Sea for these 200 people. Adam's team helped build a shelter out of tree branches and metal.
He was impressed with the local church they had in the center of the little town. He said "their faith is very strong and their worship is very intense." One of the most important things I heard him say was that "As poor as they were, they were very content considering their situation".
I guess, sometimes we just need to hear these things to remind ourselves of how blessed we really are.[...]

A small group in Santa Fe, New Mexico is claiming that the city is discriminating against them by having wireless networks in public buildings. How are these buildings discriminatory? Simple. These people are allergic to Wi-Fi.

1 year ago - pepper picture (first harvest from the garden), navicat, website revamp thoughts, sweet sue's secret ingredient, 9 million bicycles

2 years ago - newtcam server down, social kicks up, movies, quizzes, juice newton

3 years ago - power outage, scruffies, grow an armchair, Audry Landers/ woodchuck/ Gene Rayburn, don't step in the cake, swat monkey, em's ink, best quote ever, soap for meth, Man Arrested for Wearing Grinch Mask, letter from mp, bro call, peacekeeping purse

4 years ago - animated newt pic, open courseware, a lovely phone call, athenos reply, name meme

5 years ago - Cross-sections, candy bars and otherwise, panoramas, hut-building, surreal candy, there b3 features, wvum, world as blog

6 years ago - Memorial Day, documentation, Jakushitsu, Animal crackers, flash & the elongated man, sleeping late with a cat, what's better. (First appearance for the Newton-yawn icon)

7 years ago - nice dreams, four legs good, two legs bad, saw Shrek, first mobile entry from the laptop

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Forgot to mention yesterday - fresh kittens in the neighborhood. I think Tuxedo-kitty is the father, and one of the "cimnim" kitties is the mama.

No matter how stony-hearted I can get... baby kittens melt it pretty quickly. (Kittens are good for discipline and mind control, as anyone who's watched Hyperdrive can tell you.)

See also, Obama with a Kitty as running mate. (Personally, I'd like to see Kcarab Amabo, AKA The Evil Mirror Universe Barack Obama join in the festivities. )

My livejournal account is 8 years old today.

I didn't really get to posting daily until 8/2000, but 9284 posts in 8 years is pretty surprising to me. Something like 3 posts a day, give or take.

Some had a lot more content than others, of course.

In 8 years... a lot has happened. If you'd have told me then that I would still be doing this now, I'd probably have doubted it. The LJ community as a whole has changed hands a few times. The service has been a great boon to me.

I met my wonderful wife on livejournal.... and more than a couple of other new and delightful people from around the world in person as a result, too.

I reconnected with friends that I thought were long lost - both from gaming groups and high school.

I've pretty thoroughly documented my 30s here. Walkabouts, musings, dating, work - there's not much about me that you can't find here... some things are privatized or friends-only security, but the vast majority is open to the world. I sometimes wonder if that's a good idea, but it's worked well for me so far.

I tend to keep my really rough rants or personal lists (shopping for presents and reminders, mostly) to myself. I also used to archive chats here, before google talk; which automatically does it now. I'm guessing there weren't many - maybe 20 or 30, tops.

I'm not really online much for chatties these days, but here and there you might catch me, dear journal. (Gmail checks, generally) my profile page has a list of assorted locations to look me up.

Adam's in Haiti, doing more missionary work - he sounds all right, there were a lot of concerns for his safety. Funny that nobody raised safety issues when he went to Guatemala last year.

a bulk email he sent out -

Hey Everyone!
I am at a Hotel in Petit Goave, Haiti. The lady at the front desk let me use the Internet, so I have to be really quick.
First of all, we have been very safe the entire time. The first guest house we stayed in was in Port-au-Prince and run by Americans who have live there for 12 years. They laughed at me when I asked if there was anything to worry about, and they said that they had teams down here the entire time the riots were happening a month ago. They said that instead of returning from their work sites at 4:30, they just came back an hour later, because by 5 or so the rioters would get tired and all go home, haha. The house has an average of 13 people staying there every night of the year, it was really cool.
Now we are at a hotel in Petit Goave. It is way too nice for us! It is more like a resort, but I guess it was the safest place they could find, and that's what matters most.
Yesterday we helped out a a track event for children which was meant to bring many schools together to inform them about HIV/AIDS. Today we went to a very poor community in the mountains to inform about the same thing, just didn't have a track meet. We haven't actually done any blood work or anything like that yet, so it's been really safe. For the rest of the week we are going to be doing more events with children and some community clean-ups, etc.
I gotta run. I don't know if I'll be able to email again, but just know that the State Department is full of it, haha. Especially with the precautions we are taking, we are very safe. If I don't get to email again then I'll talk to you or see you in 7 days.
PS: Send this to anyone who might be interested in hearing my status/update, and thanks for your continued prayers. See you all soon!

glad to hear he's aok! I suspected as much.

1 year ago - 7th year entry, milk and cheese figures, bhk takes care of tm's kitties, lunch with in-laws, David and Gill move to Charlotte

2 years ago - 6th anniversary, clothes shopping, busy recovery week, Don't ask for directions in Baltimore

3 years ago - Star Wars, Dead Riddler, PETA kills animals, Newt @ kittenwar, neobrara, hong kong bun-snatching, sex offender sweep

4 years ago - wet week, duckling videos, lots of wander-pics, you're so vain (odd couple sing), using wifi for plausible deniability, Feast Day of St. Dunstan, Florida Black Bear

5 years ago - bro fishing,, asteroid probe, bookhenge in There, Drunk Man Hurt After Running Into Elephant, PT, severe weather, #21 in top 40, ljer ages, compat quiz

6 years ago - no cpap, broken pic links for me to fix later, grocery,waste to energy, Mayan symbols, ginger orange tofu, hot mail copying yahoo jerkiness

7 years ago - Iron Chef, Family Guy, Lj troublesome, feeling coarse, gals system down, astley hoses me over.

8 years ago - Scottobear's LJ is Born - just a marker, really.

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