05 November

who knew politics could be so ... dangerous
Philly is one tough city. By the time the polls closed in the city today, the District Attorney had recorded 171 serious complaints, and the Police had recorded 84 incidents at polling places. The union members were beating up Katz supporters and the Republicans sent out roving gangs of men-in-black types to scare away the minority voter. Is this Philadelphia or a third world country?
Freddy vs. Jason just won't do
Perhaps I have been out of the loop too long. A horror-movie loving co-worker commented that she hadn't seen any good horror movies lately. After much discussion, no one could think of a horror movie worth recommending. Even old ones. So I am challenging you, dear reader, to help us. Share with me a movie, any movie, that will scare the bejeezus out of us.

04 November

A truely dedicated democrat
I found this on snopes.com and couldn't resist sharing ...

This was an actual obituary published in The Times-Picayune, New Orleans on 10/2/2003:
Word has been received that Gertrude M. Jones, 81, passed away on August 25, 2003, under the loving care of the nursing aides of Heritage Manor of Mandeville, Louisiana. She was a native of Lebanon, KY. She was a retired Vice President of Georgia International Life Insurance Company of Atlanta, GA. Her husband, Warren K. Jones predeceased her. Two daughters survive her: Dawn Hunt and her live-in boyfriend, Roland, of Mandeville,LA; and Melba Kovalak and her husband, Drew Kovalak, of Woodbury, MN. Three sisters, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren, also survive her. Funeral services were held in Louisville, KY. Memorial gifts may be made to any organization that seeks the removal of President George Bush from office.

03 November

As Sarcasmo has done a wonderful and incredibly accurate job of introducing me (see, the sarcasm runs in the family) I'm just going to jump right into my first blog ...

Last Friday, I had the unique experience of going Geocaching. Not only is this a clue into how cool my boss actually is since I got to do it during work hours, but it was also a fantastic-ly fun time. Geocaching is basically treasure hunting. People - and anyone can do this - hide "caches" all over the world, and then post the GPS coordinates online. You can find some information and coordinates at geocaching websites like this one. You then plug the coordinates into your GPS and go to it. The really cool thing about it is not the finding of the actual cache, which is admittedly fun by itself, but all the cool things that you encounter along the way. Here is a list, in no particular order, of what Danny (my co-worker) and I encountered along the way:
-A Buddhist temple
-A monkey sunning himself on a dam
-A wildlife preserve with nature trails
-A pig farm
-Several golf courses
-Japanese locals harvesting rice
-An Okinawan Soba joint

This last one was very important as it was lunch time and we were hungry. We found all of these things within 20 minutes of our office. This is a great way to learn about where you live.

Other Random Thoughts ...
Sarcasmo is either gracious (or crazy) to give me a place to post my many thoughts. And while her introduction was very accurate, it did leave out one part of my life that I feel is worth sharing. I am currently living in Japan with my husband who is in the US Army and I work for the US Navy. I am not telling you this to elicit sympathy, enrage you or make you uncomfortable. I am telling you because it is a strange way to live, made even weirder by the fact that I serve a community that supports that USS Kitty Hawk which has been directly involved in the war, while my husband is serving in a unit and we live in a community that is not involved in the war effort. It is a surreal way to live.

I am thankful for the fact that my husband is here everyday. Thankful that the Army needed him here instead of there. Thankful that North Korea has been behaving itself. Thankful that my closest friends have too been lucky (so far, although some will be sent soon) And as I watched the news today, fearful that this war will become my generation's Vietnam. I am a realist. We have to finish what we started, whether or not I agree with the reasons that we went there ( and I don't) I know that we have to finish what was started. And I know that more people will die. The citizen/tax payer/activist in me is outraged at the course the counrty has taken in the last year. And the wife/neice/friend in me worries constantly that the next time a Helicopter is taken down it will hit closer to home.

I've not yet come to terms with the war yet, even though I live with so many sides of it every day - and I have no concluding argument or statement one way or the other. It's just my perspective.

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