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from pasisz :
Tim Sandlin's new book comes out in January. I'm recruiting people for a street team to drop off postcards at cool spots in their town. The people that help will get an advance copy of the book in December. Let me know if you are interested - curt@timsandlin.com
from mrs-roboto :
I NEVER work out when I am sick. It has never made me feel better to "sweat it out." I just rest till it passes.
from mrs-roboto :
I hardly feel like an inspiration - a half marathon seems harder then a tri in my opinion. I'm okay up to 5 miles and them I sort of lose stamina and focus. My weight routing is basically three days arms/ two days legs on machines as designed by a trainer. I was going to leave this comment at the new blog but it won't let me - boo!
from polly-esther :
Hey Karen, No worries. I understand! I hope you had a great time. I'm looking forward to a recap entry!
from gumluverxoxo :
Hi I'm gumluverxoxo and I'm new. Note me sometime
from foryoumister :
I hope you are having fun on your cross country trip!
from theshivers :
yay for the road trip! I am so jealous - but also happy you get to do it. Take lots of pictures, write when you can and be safe!
from ikss :
congrats on the new car, but I am terribly sorry about your friend. :( *hug*
from mrs-roboto :
sorry to hear about your loss. PS Fume Bella (the bungalow colony)also had only one phone in a shack where the one washing machine and dreyer was housed.
from polly-esther :
Wow, that's so scary.
from princessreva :
*hugs* wow, much love coming your way. the same thing-ish happened to a friend of mine last week, freak car accident. It's funny how when a friend of mine dies, I find it scary to live.
from citizenjane :
look really interesting, but i'll be on the gulf - madeira beach. just me and sand and HB, of course. (and her aunts)
from theshivers :
whoo-hoo on the car! If you think you're going to make it thru Sac-town during your California drive, let me know!
from mrs-roboto :
I think you are going to make it! I totally forgot about Brooklyn Day! What a made up holiday that is.
from polly-esther :
That sucks about your paper. A few times I lost entire stories at work and had to start from scratch, including calling the people and re-interviewing them because I also lost my notes, which I type instead of jotting in a notebook. UGH!! And you're right about the work thing. I need to look out for my own interests because nobody else is, and if I want to switch jobs because it will be good for me, then they'll just have to get over it.
from foryoumister :
computers never seem to work the way you want them too, which will be the downfall of us all ;-)
from polly-esther :
Well, T is a sore subject and I think I have the situation under control, so I don't think I'm going to mention it to Matt. I think he'd get upset if he even saw a copy of the stupid magazine he works for in the house, let alone finding he's still been contacting me. I like how you handled the "mad racist" situation. You tell him!!
from ikss :
A belated Happy Birthday to you!!!!
from theshivers :
happy birthday!!!! I hope it was a fabulous day and that the coming year brings you all the goodness you deserve...
from polly-esther :
I hope your birthday was fabulous! And good luck with the house search. It sounds like a great idea to buy a place as an investment.
from princessreva :
Happy Birthday!
from mrs-roboto :
Good luck on the home search. I hope you find a cute cabin in the woods. We too are looking at property in the mountains although I think we are going to buy land and build.
from theshivers :
and a happy Easter to you too! Hope you have a lovely weekend...you certainly deserve something relaxing ...
from dope-slave :
"Cane Toads" is a strange documentary about yet another animal that humans have introduced to Australia. As with many of the others, it is doing a fine job of breeding out of control. The fact that it appears here at Badmovies.org should clue you in to the work's eccentric nature. Part of this can be blamed on the cane toads themselves (you will read why shortly) and the rest on some weird people armed with film equipment. Add a soundtrack with music reminiscent of a low budget horror movie at times, then suddenly shifting gears into "The Cane Toad Blues." Now you see why this naturalist romp makes me giggle. During the late 20's and early 30's, Australia's sugar industry had a big problem: the cane beetle. Apparently this insect spends its early life as a grub chewing on sugar cane roots, then develops into a beetle that also burrows. To combat this pest the Australians imported one hundred and two cane toads (Bufo marinus). Since the beetles are either flying or underground, they seldom fall victim to a hungry cane toad. The amphibians, finding themselves out of work and with nothing else to do, started making little toads. A reoccurring theme is the cane toad's single-minded determination to propagate the species. Dr. Ingram was kind enough to describe amplexus, the process of their mating, in sordid detail. He even had a boy and girl toad for demonstration purposes, but they seemed a little shy when under pressure. In the wild though - look out! A female toad can lay tens of thousands of eggs every year and some lucky fellow is going to fertilize as many as he can. Tens of thousands! I get blue ba... ...er, tired, just thinking about it. Cut to another scene of a scientist motoring down a country road while the radio blares "I Want Candy." He suddenly stops and gets out of the car, staring in sick astonishment at yet another cane toad mating spectacle. A male toad, atop a female, is trying to make more baby toads. Forget the fact that he is conducting business in the middle of the road; Mrs. Toad is roadkill! I don't mean just dead, either; the female was mashed quite flat and had been dead several hours! The human voyeur's face was priceless. Printing "What in the bloody hell?" on his forehead with a permanent marker would have been a waste. Following that eye opener, I made a promise to Katie that, should I ever find her dead in the road, I would not attempt coitus. She seemed relieved. "Frogger" jokes are hard to avoid during this movie. The fact that cane toads are often casualties while crossing roadways comes as no surprise, but the director made certain to include numerous shots from a toad's point of view. Hop, hop, hop... ...you get the idea. Then there is one bloke who describes, in detail, the art of running over cane toads with his van. Watch in amazement as it roars down the road, swerving from one side to the other, popping toads all the way. The toads tend to puff up when threatened and being crushed under the tire makes them sound like a balloon popping. The other defense mechanism that the cane toad has is a very effective poison. Glands above their shoulders will spray deadly venom up to one meter when then toad is given a hard squeeze. This is the real problem with the imported monsters. They kill anything that eats them. Dogs, snakes, birds, etc. - all dead within minutes of getting a mouthful of poison. Dr. Archer learned the hard way that you should wear goggles when thumping a toad. This poison is what gave some people the idea of killing a toad, boiling it, and drinking the water to induce something like an LSD trip. Guess who the authorities attribute with inventing toad toking? Hippies, go figure... To counterbalance people who hate the imported amphibian, there are several interviews with cane toad boosters. Mostly these are old folks in command of dubious mental capacity. The one geezer, clad in his shorts and wife-beater, was almost in tears expressing his love for the lowly cane toad. Maybe it is time for a couple of state-funded rest homes in Australia. Of course, then you would still need to do something about the government officials who wanted to commission a one-meter cane toad statue for the town square. I cannot finish this article without talking about what is the single most disturbing part of the documentary. We are informed that cane toads are not particular about their diet. Considering the fact that they are extremely large (an adult's body can be more than six inches in length), the beasts eat whatever fits down their gullets. Well, at one point they filmed a toad eating a mouse. Not some sort of pygmy Australian species either, but a regular white lab mouse! You can even see the doomed rodent struggling, trying desperately to escape, but the cane toad gulps it down. Ahhhhh! I still cannot believe that it ate the freaking mouse! Shaken by the mouse's demise, I began imagining a movie in which giant cane toads (say a few hundred pounds) threaten a small town. Would they swallow humans whole? Even worse, considering their ardent nature, what if the movie's name was "Night of the Amplexus." Egad.
from mrs-roboto :
Thanks on the congrats. I am FREAKING out about this interview but I liked your suggestion of saying "hey I'll be ______" in the group project. Next year after you're all done with school, I am going to convince you to run Danskin with me in Seattle!
from ikss :
heh-heh...karaoke. :) Glad I'm not the only one who gets caught in that trap every once in a while.
from mrs-roboto :
Ican't believe this show is being aired. Yuck.
from in-my-life :
Why am I not surprised? I, too, hope that they get the pants sued off them. Come to think of it, I'm surprised that we don't hear about "reality" related lawsuits all the time.
from polly-esther :
I've been there. After I slowly gained 20-plus pounds I was still trying to squeeze in my old pants and one day I was at my desk and the front of one pair just exploded. It took forver trying to find new ones that fit right. It's never a pleasant experience. Drinking water is a good idea -- but the only downside is the peeing! About Down's folks...They're great people, aren't they? For the most part they're friendly and silly and upbeat. That's cool that you used to work with them. Doug knows how to square dance! :)
from citizenjane :
i hear you. i am so tired of the snow, too. and i can't believe you haven't had one snow day. they never close the courts - but they could close school once in awhile!
from mrs-roboto :
I NEVER miss snow. The many, many snow days spent tromping across Boston to get to my job and school are burned in my mind. I like the idea of snow on the mountains but I like to look at it from a distance and call it good.
from mrs-roboto :
hugs. my thoughts are with you.
from polly-esther :
I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs...
from mrs-roboto :
It's an Amy Butler Pattern - the Madison Bag. Real easy to make.
from mrs-roboto :
Oh man. I am sending hugs. You know, this time of year makes everything seem worse than it really is, short days and crappy weather. Just take deep breaths and know that you have a purpose in doing all of this. Hey if you send me your passwaord, I'll try to fix your template.
from ikss :
hey! Where the heck is your guestbook? Anyway - I just want you to knw that I never find your entries boring at all. Most of us write about the every day, but I like the way you qwrite about yours. Have a great weekend! :)
from heidiann :
Dear god! I think I know what everyone's getting for Christmas!!!!
from polly-esther :
oh no! i've temporarily messed up my template before too. don't panic. i'm sure it will be OK! I just wanted to say thanks for the input on my diet and exercise issues. I'm going to Philly tomorrow and i'm hearing it's 7 degrees there. NY is probably worse. Keep warm and happy holidays!!
from theshivers :
hey, i just switched computers and can't find your mailing address and was hoping you'd re-send it to me...btw, I think you're right to remind these kids by hitting them where it hurts (i.e. gifts)...honestly that's sometimes the only way we, as people in general, learn anything.
from mgonzo :
Hello again:) I have been teaching for three years and this year i am teaching RSP at an elementary school. I taught a K-2 day class in the ghetto last year and it nearly killed me. If only there was funding and support for special ed, we teachers could do so much. I don't think I have ever met a sped teacher who didn't truly love their students and work their hardest to help them succeed. I miss my former students so much... they were definitely CRAZY and infuriating at times, but they were also really great. I am sure that you are a much better teacher than you give yourself credit for! Just remember, the kids may be tough on you, but they will always remember you, and the first year really is the hardest! (and the kids usually settle down alot after winter break:)
from theshivers :
not a dumb question at all! actually probably a good idea....if i get a negative on Monday I guess I'll email him in NYC and see if that's a possiblity...thanks for the suggestion!
from mrs-roboto :
Not sure how far Tahoe is from Vegas but we will only be there till the 26th. We are meeting my mom and dad and sister there after much debate about where we could all go for Xmas. My mom wanted to go someplace warm with casinos and a liberal smoking policy. Vegas was discussed but I wanted to be able to do something outdoorsy and I sort of think snow is part of the holiday. My first choice was London but it was a no-go. Just looked it up - Tahoe is very far from Vegas - 9 plus hours by car.
from theshivers :
Ms. Ethel...there's NOTHING wrong with being idealistic...screw those jaded teachers...YOU rock! Thank you for fighting the good fight for these kids.
from mrs-roboto :
I will email you a picture. Don't know why the pic won't show up. Hmm....I wish were in Oaxaca today. I am making mole but it's a poor substitute.
from theshivers :
i really wish i had some words of wisdom to offer...all I can say is that I know you're doing the best you can and eventually that will win out. Anyway... I know this is probably the least of your concerns but I'm finally getting the chance to read your story and was wondering if it'd work to send you my comments by using the track-changes feature in Microsoft Word
from kitten65 :
Hi K!! I decided to make my diary entries private and write them the old fashioned way...with paper and pen in a locked diary like when I was a little girl. It's time for me to go, but I am so glad to have met you here. In the past 2 months I've learned a lot about myself and others. Please stay in touch: deb529@optonline.net. Good luck with school!!! You're my idol!!! Deb :) xoxoxox
from ikss :
Re the spot in your picture: I just thought it looked...interesting. Not that it looked like a person or anything in particular, but then pictures of this sort rarely do. I actually am a believer because I have had many strange and unexplanable things happen in some places I've lived, and as a result I've done a lot of research & looked at many pictures of supposed "ghosts". I rarely believe that's what they are though, and I also approach everything with a large degree of skepticism. Was there a window on the left (out of frame)? because it also kind of looks like there may be a light source coming from there and reflecting on the wall. I wouldn't think the flash would reflect like that, unless there was plastic on the wall or it was a high-gloss paint (I assume that's wallpaper, though). :) Kinda cool, any way you look at it.
from sarafem :
Your wedding idea sounds fabulous too. I would have so much fun at that kinda party.
from kitten65 :
Have an awesome time!!! I was cracking up when I saw the Lizzie Borden B&B. Too funny...
from kitten65 :
Thanks for the compliment "K". One of these days I'm gonna play out in Brooklyn again - and I'll definitely let you know!!!
from kitten65 :
Mosquito Bites: 1.Wash the infected area with soap and water as soon as you recognize that you've been bitten. Try to keep the site clean and dry until the irritation abates. 2.Avoid scratching. Although a mosquito bite should itch for only a few days, continual scratching will increase your discomfort and may prolong the itching. 3.Make a paste of baking soda and water, using just enough water to make the paste sticky. Spread the mixture on the bites. 4.Rub soap directly on the bite. This is an oft-repeated home remedy for mosquito bites. 5.Apply an ice pack or ice wrapped in a washcloth to the bite area. 6.Use calamine lotion or a topical anesthetic containing pramoxine to help relieve pain and itching. 7.Purchase 1-percent hydrocortisone cream to alleviate the itching. Follow directions on the package for safe use. 8.Use an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen or naproxen to reduce any accompanying swelling or redness.
from heidiann :
Yes...we're right and they're so clearly wrong. I'd never gone out with anyone from group before, it was a little odd. I don't know if I'd want to do it again. The different context thing was rather weird.
from heidiann :
NO! I WON'T BELIEVE IT!! COULDN'T it's COULDN'T care less!!! What's the point of saying "I could care less"? If you say "I coudldn't care less" you're saying it's impossible for you to care any less than you already do. Which is the whole point! How can it be "could"?! My whole world is crumbling around me!!
from kitten65 :
K - you are such a sweetheart. I always enjoy reading your notes. I have to tell you that because of meeting you here, D*Land has proven itself to be one of the most beneficial self-help tools I've ever come across. It's not only helped me to answer questions about who I am as a person, but also has become a place where I can learn how to improve my relationships with others. The feedback I have received from you, as well as the rest of the community here has been so valuable. I swear I NEVER knew that people kept online diaries. What a frickin great idea!! How crazy is it that the circumstances that brought us here turned into something so wonderful. Who knew????
from plopphizz :
Also, let me know whether you pick up a new writer or not. I want to loop the story back through my site again if you don't get any takers. So either way, leave me a note. Thanks, P.P.
from plopphizz :
Ethel, to make sure you are always linked to the story, even after onewetleg updates her newest entry, use this as your link to the previous installment instead: http://onewetleg.diaryland.com/zookeeperbo.html
from mommylap :
Hey! Thanks for continuing the story! The first part is actually done by plopphizz and he came up with the idea. Go check out the real beginning of the story!
from anisettekiss :
:) HI!!
from kitten65 :
Thanks so much for the advice on the NYC Teaching Fellows - I didn't even know where to begin. My life has got to start meaning more than just serving my boss coffee every morning. You're the best K. :)
from kitten65 :
I just read everything you wrote to me as well as your last entry. My husband said we should make a movie out of this - it's such an unbelievable story!! What a crazy coincidence - but thank goodness a happy ending for both of us. I'm not so sad anymore...I kinda feel a little lighter tonight and will sleep like a baby. Sending good vibes your way. Be well - and no, it's not too weird to stay in touch. :)
from theshivers :
it's good to have the distance and it's even better to have the perspective of the "other side"...it's not easy, but it's good..
from kitten65 :
I just read your entry from today and I'm blown away...read mine. It's for you. You're an amazing person, and whether you know it or not, you've touched my life in a very strange but wonderful way. THANK YOU.
from kitten65 :
Dear Ethel, Thanks so much for changing your entry. It means a lot to me. And thanks for your supportive words. I'm thankful everyday I wake up that I can see life through sober eyes and I have a second chance to make things right for myself. Much luck with your career. It's a very noble profession. I'm sure you're a wonderful teacher. Deb
from kitten65 :
Dear Ethel, I felt compelled to write to you after doing a Google search on my full name, I found that the only place it came up on the entire internet was in your diary. I share the same exact name as the Debbie you called a "Ho that your ex cheated on you with". While I'm sorry that you had that experience (happened to me too a few times), I also feel bad that my full name has been published on the internet in this light - especially since I don't believe that I am the Debbie in question. (At least I hope I am not) I used to live in Brooklyn for a short while. And I did date some guys that swore they were unattached, only to find out later that the bastards lied to me - and they had girlfriends. If I am the Debbie you speak of, I am sorry that our paths crossed in this way and am heartly sorry if I have personally caused you any pain. If I am not the Debbie, then my full name will still be published on the internet and anyone doing a search for me will find your entry. Is there any way you can change the last name to protect the innocent? Sincerely, Debbie P.S. Your diary is very interesting by the way. You're an excellent writer and I wish you luck with your teaching career.
from soapboxdiner :
thanks for the birthday salutations! I'm just 21, you know. I'm gonna go to a club for the first time and it's gonna be uber rad!
from theshivers :
wow, super-congratulations - that's awesome!!! And yes, you can definitely handle it...
from cryondemand :
Happy birthday!!! I hope it was wonderful.
from ikss :
*hugs* and I echo what the shivers said in your g-book. It's nice that you have fond rememberances and take this opportunity to share them with your mom.
from polly-esther :
Oops, that should be I'm NOT that comfortable. (re. the guestbook message i just left...i couldn't sign again that fast)
from cdghost :
pretty words
from in-my-life :
http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/
from ex-stripper :
Hey thaks for the note, I can't wait to read more of your diary!
from theshivers :
(stupid guestbook!!) i'd love to exchange stories! maybe we could have an online writing group of sorts....
from ejaculated :
love love love your layout.
from in-my-life :
I think it truly was that grey out, but I do think that the camera added a bit of darkness overall. I like to think that the clouds look like velvet grey blankets. Cozy. :-)
from cryondemand :
Thanks for playing! Here are your questions: 1.If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 2.What’s your dream vacation? 3.Is there a song that typifies your life? 4.What makes you happy? 5.If Hollywood were to make the movie of your life, which actor would play you?
from squirrelx :
Death-related humor seems to be taboo with most folks and I can never really understand why. Grinnin' at the Grim Reaper makes a lot more sense to me 'cause laughin' at fears is the best way to defeat 'em. Warmest regards, Xtine
from heartshaped :
this is nice.
from snoogy :
Good luck with the teaching thing - you will need it! LOL (my booby is a teacher - I aint mad at cha!) Peace2U
from citizenjane :
hey kid. one of your diary links is screwed up. also, hooray for applying to be a teaching fellow. i have also been thinking of doing it. i'm going to the info session on 01/15/03 and everything.
from citizenjane :
you know, i haven't heard the new album. i'd like to though. perhaps i shall buy it for myself for my non-xmas event. when are they playing next?
from citizenjane :
i just realized that we are the only people on diaryland that claim to like the bottle rockets. we're very cool.
from soapboxdiner :
go check out your gb!
from citizenjane :
i just saw donnie darko, too. love the siblings as well. carry on!
from mrs-roboto :
okay, you have to go check out my guestbook cause someone left a message that is really for you there.
from mrs-roboto :
I am a squatter - I think this comes from going to too many seedy clubs on the Lower East Side which in many ways rivaled the skanky piss pots (one word or two?)of Oaxaca.
from influence :
my guess as to why people can't let other people have no religion: religion is sort of like marriage, they're both supposed to be life long commitments, for good or bad, so just like the married guy who is jealous of his friends' freedom but still pushes all them to join him in married life, these people have made a life commitment and it would make them feel more confident about their choice if everyone else opted for the same.
from mrs-roboto :
Oh and one thing, Monkeyface is on Diary X not diaryland, so your link to him is actually to someone else and since I already promised myself in marriage to that Mexican Lawyer in Etla, I don't want diarylands monkeyface to get the wrong idea!
from mrs-roboto :
Oh I adore your new diary and will tote it to all in the land. A dear friend has mentioned she'd love to design a layout for you .... what do you think?

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