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The grackles are back!

And taking over the streets. You know fall is coming to Texas when there are grackles everywhere. What are grackles, you say? Well...This is what they look like, and this is what they sound like. You might want to turn the speakers down when you play that .wav file, though, coz those birds are LOUD. And they always sound like that.... Read more →
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Before I hear from others

I wanted to put my notes into this post from the presidential debates this evening. They're not in rant form, so bear with the randomness of the selections. Bush: "there have been rumors on the internets" Yeah, all of the millions Internets, right. Sounds like my grandmother.Doomsday forecast "not if, but when" sucksBush: "there was weapons... Read more →
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The End of an Era

And no tears are shed. I cancelled the service for ctjie.com, and it's now available for anyone who wants it. When I was talking to the guy who cancelled the service for me, I got disconnected while in the middle of the salvage pitch. He talked about how Yahoo! has added more storage space and blah blah blah, but I am not interested anyway.... Read more →
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Yahoo! lifesaver

A friend of mine recently lost her Yahoo! email account because someone else somehow got in and changed her password, or something. I am still not clear on this whole thing. Most worrysome was the loss of all her contact data. If you rely on Yahoo! mail alone, do this: 1. Click on Addresses, a tab at the top of the email screen. 2. To... Read more →
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From Florida…

From: Colleen To: Dad Sent: Saturday, September 11, 2004 Subject: The next storm... It's hard to get good news about Ivan and I know it's early yet, it might peter out and die off before it becomes an issue, right? But I am worried about you anyway. Are you going to brave this one,... Read more →
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Finally

I thought this week would never end. It should have been short because of the Labor Day holiday, but it wasn't. At all. Last night Tony saw Yaya squinting a lot, and I told him not to worry about it, that it's probably just an eye-poke, and she'll be just fine. An hour later, Ya made a liar out of me, still squinting somethin' awful.... Read more →
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This kid is scary

This website relaunched with a paltry offering of Asian goods for the Western shopper. Yawn. The site looks OK, though there is not much to buy here you couldn't get at your local Chinese grocery store. But this kid's spooky, and there's no way I am buying that dress for my kids, no way. Am I the only one who thinks this? I am usually in... Read more →
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A monkey WHAT?

I teach an 8-year old Korean boy three hours a week, and we were doing an exercise today on word play. I wrote several words on the board, and asked him to tell me a story using those words. I tried to choose words that he would know, but also to help him make up a creative story. So I wrote: monkeycarthinkairplaneKoreahomeand asked him to... Read more →
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Diamonds are forever…well, for everyone else

Everyone else but me, y'all, coz my man got my stone in. Now these pictures are not retouched, but they may be enlarged, coz my hand fo sho aint that big. So feel free to ooh and aaah coz it's soooo beauty-ful. ring pic #2 (side of the setting) ring pic #3 (better shot of my whole hand) And it reeeeally sparkles in the sunlight. My... Read more →
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How to Survive The Internet Dating Scene

I met my man on the internet, and so I can truthfully say it is possible to find love on the Internet. It is also possible to find a totally normal guy, or a complete loser-guy, so don't take this as a paid endorsement for one specific site. Since American culture isn't exactly a date-friendly culture (where do we meet other people like us... Read more →
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August, 04

Damn. I would feel guilt for not updating my journal periodically through August, but then that guilt would be assuaged by sleep, blessed sleep. We went to Los Angeles for 4 days, we got married, and we went to Azi's wedding, a house-warming, and I found my wedding dress in a single weekend. I think a lot was done in August. In LA, I met... Read more →
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One of Life’s Blessings

We have gathered here in the sight of God to witness Tien and Colleen bond their lives together. They do not enter this union lightly but with light heart and firm purpose. May this beginning lead to the fulfillment of all their dreams. Tien, do you take this woman, Colleen, to be your lawful wedded wife? Do you promise to love, honor, keep... Read more →