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Saturday, September 25, 2004

Whew!

The wedding was *fantastic*. I danced my butt off, and am very tired.

And of course we forgot the charge the battery for the camera, so I didn’t get too many pictures.

Oh, and Daniel danced A LOT!

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Ends and Beginnings

It’s a week of ends and beginnings.

In the past week two friends lost family members. Kim’s grandmother died last weekend, and Del’s mother died yesterday.

In both cases, it was hard, knowing that a friend was suffering, and there was nothing I could do.

But this week is also a week of beginnings, as Andy (finally) gets married. (Yeah, I find it hard to believe as well!) The wedding is today, and hopefully I’ll remember to take lots of pictures, so there’s proof that it actually happened!

Seriously though, Heather is a wonderful woman, I think they’re wonderful together, and I’m glad they found each other.

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Banned Book Week

Happy Banned Book Week

The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000
(Books I have read are in italics)
(more…)

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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Happy Fall

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

The leaves will be changing color any day now.

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Categories: Science, Health & Nature  

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Compassionate Conservatism

Former West Virginia welfare recipients struggling, study says

Only one of every four former West Virginia welfare recipients whose benefits have run out because of a five-year limit have been able to get a job. And more than half those who are working have only been able to find part-time work, according to a study prepared by West Virginia University researchers and presented Sunday to lawmakers during interim meetings.

The average ex-welfare family earned $6,120 last year – only one-third the poverty level for a family of four. They were twice as likely to have been evicted from their homes, run out of food or had their utilities cut off since they were kicked out of West Virginia Works, the state’s cash assistance program.

That’s in the bible, right? Let those who are poor struggle and remain in poverty, becuase that’s what they get for living in an area with high unemployment.

One-third said that they couldn’t find work because they had no transportation, or weren’t educated enough, or that there were no jobs where they lived. One in four had no driver’s license.

As far as the transportation goes, I highly recommend Mountaineer Good News Garage. They accept cars that are working and in decent shape, but don’t have to be in perfect shape, since they have volunteer mechanics who can fix minor problems.

And while I’m thinking about it, Christian Help is a United Way agency. Just something to consider when you receive your papers for the United Way campaign.

And Morgantown has lots of blood drives right now. There’s a blood shortage, so donate if you can.

Just some thoughts if you’re interested in helping out.

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Monday, September 20, 2004

Geek Alert – Deep Space Nine

My relaxation this past week has been the incredibly geeky activity of watching Deep Space Nine episodes on DVD. It allows me to veg out, but since most episodes are less than an hour, it doesn’t have to take large chunks of time.

Michael and I watched all seven seasons of DS9 this spring, but we went through them in one mad rush. Right now I’m skipping the episodes I don’t particularly care for (anything in an alternate reality), so I’m really enjoying what I’m watching. I decided that The Visitor is one of the top ten best DS9 episodes. Avery Brooks and Cirroc Lofton, especially as the series progresses, have a very believable father son relationship, so for me that episode is particularly wrenching, as I’ve been personally contemplating loss.

Another favorite episode is Explorers, and I really wish they had been two episodes instead of one, since parts of it, especially Sisko building the ship, seem rushed. But it’s still good despite that, and I think the ship he builds is fascinating.

And then there are the episodes with Garak; he is absolutely one of my favorite characters, although I have to wonder whether I’d like him if I met him in person. I think he’s at his best in episodes like “Improbable Cause” and “The Die is Cast”, where we get to see his conflict over his exile as well as in his relationship with Tain.

And, there is always the fun of looking for the regulars when they play extras. Michael and I are constantly saying things like, “That Klingon over there—is that Jake?”

Yeah, we’re geeks, but it’s kinda fun.

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What I Really Want Right Now

Is to go drinking and dancing.

I shan’t, however, be doing either.

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