Friday, June 18, 2004


I probably won't be blogging this weekend. Dale and I will be in Melbourne visiting his dad for Father's Day. Even if I didn't want to go (and I do!), I would feel I had to as he has so very generously offered to take us on a cruise this summer! Yippee! Don't know when yet, but I'm ready anytime! I didn't realize how badly I needed a vacation until the subject came up.

I had to get the A/C fixed on my van today. I just couldn't go another day with no A/C. It only involved putting more Freon, or whatever it is they use today, in. About two pounds worth. So, in about 10 minutes, I was good to go. And it was cooler, by a considerable comfort level, traveling down the road.

I stopped at Big K. I had planned to get a new necklace for my Chihuahua charm, but couldn't get near the jewelry counter. This particular store is closing because Lowe's bought out their lease. It's going to be interesting. Home Depot is about a half mile away. I bought a couple of tops and some undies. The tops are a bit too small yet, which I figured, but I hope to lose enough weight to be able to wear them on the cruise. It's a do-able plan if I watch what I eat and keep up my exercise routine until the cruise.

Speaking of exercise, I had a weigh-in at Curves on Monday. The results were not what I expected. Tina and I both gained weight and inches. I did however, lose some body fat. YAY! Lori, the instructor who took our measurements and weight, said she also gained and doesn't believe the scales are registering correctly. Tina and I decided that we may not have lost, but neither of us believe we gained, so with what Lori said, I feel honest in saying the scale is wrong! Wrong, Wrong, Wrong! Okay, I feel better now. As far as the gained inches, well, the instructor who measured us last month could have measured in a slightly different place than Lori and so the measurements could be off. Both Wednesday and today she kept reassuring me that I was smaller than when I joined. I'm not concerned (too much) about weight loss, my clothes are fitting better, so I'm happy. Can't say I'm in a smaller size, but the clothes are definitely looser. They keep telling me that at some point the weight will begin to drop off as right now I'm replacing fat with muscle. Okay, I'll buy that, but could I really have that much fat that can be replaced with muscle???

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

The Right to Know

You know, I completely believe in "the people's right" to know. I don't want the government or anyone else not telling me things, or telling me it's for my own good or, let us worry about it. When I hear either of the last two, for about two seconds feel like a child being patted on the head and told to go play.

But. I also believe that there are things that the public doesn't need to know. Such as the location of Cheney's bunker. If I can read it's location in Time Magazine (or on the Internet), so can anyone with a grudge against Cheney or the government, up to and including Al-Queda.

So now that the secret is out, what do you think the government will do now? Continue to use that bunker? After all, we've spent millions of taxpayers dollars building it, don't we have to keep using it? No, Cheney will be spending his time at another installation until yet another (secret until Time finds out where it is) bunker is built for him. Costing more millions of taxpayer dollars.

Okay. Here's a question: How did Time find out where it was? It's supposed to be a secret location. Who let the location out of the bag to Time? I probably missed the answer to that, I have a bad habit of skimming news stories and sometimes miss key facts, but I know that I don't know the answer.

Can someone be investigated for revealing state secrets? Can the taxpayers sue Time for the money spent on the two bunkers?
Pet Causes

In my job, I can't do too much politicking. I have a government job, and in most government jobs, unless you're campaigning for the boss, it's frowned upon. Not to the extent that you lose your job (although that is not unheard of; if the higher-ups are looking for a reason to let you go, any reason will do), but, it can be a career killer, or at least a career slower.

Since I need my job too badly to risk it for campaigning, I have to use other means, and that is one reason I started to blog. So I could voice my opinion, and if by doing so, was able to convince someone that my opinion was the best, the most correct, whatever you want to say, so much the better. I have a high opinion of myself most days, and of course, I think my opinion, if not the best written, is as good as the next person's.

Anyway, one of my pet causes right now is to convince people to vote. But, I don't want people to just walk into the voting booth and mark their choice. I want them to be informed and make their choices intelligently. I don't want anyone to read my blog and not question me. Even if they don't leave a comment, or send an email asking how I arrived at my opinion, I want them to think about what I wrote and to do some research on what I have to say or what they think about what I've said. The Internet is just full of information. I honestly believe that everything that has been printed, thought, or said can be found somewhere on the Internet. If it's not there yet, it's like the weather in Florida, wait five minutes and it will change.

I don't agree with everything GWB has done in his time in office, but I think he's done a better job than Al Gore would have done in his place; especially in light of 9/11. GWB and Kerry have a lot in common, but I don't think Kerry would do any better than GWB has done. So, unless something happens between now and November, I will be casting my vote for GWB.

My main pet cause is the Fair Tax Act. I won't go into it right now. If you are interested, the link is in the sidebar to the right. But, I digress.

Wictory Wednesday

I'd like to invite you to join in the Wictory Wednesday effort to help Bush/Cheney to be re-elected. You might volunteer your time, or make a donation to the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign.

Volunteer here

or donate here

Sorry, I don't have the expertise to know how to do the trick where you can click on "volunteer" or "donate" and it will take you to the page. Haven't learned how yet. So, I gotta do it the long way.

By the way, the blogroll for Wictory Wednesday is in the sidebar to the right. Take a moment to visit some of the blogs listed. Show them your support. And, please, support the President.

Sunday, June 13, 2004


We've been having some thunder rumbles here for the last couple of hours. It hasn't rained yet, though. I know it hasn't rained because neither the electric nor cable have gone out and one or the other always does when we get rain.

But, now that I think about it, that could be Liberals reaching for their ulcer medications. I'll bet they've been burning up the phone lines trying to figure how what spin to put on the WMD news.

Anyway, we need the rain badly. Out daily temps are hitting the 90's with upwards of 75% humidity. Just checked the weather, the temp is only 79, but the humidity is 74%. I laughed during the Reagan funeral broadcasts from Washington DC last week. Everyone kept talking about the temps being in the 90's with high humidity. I couldn't help but say, welcome to my world eight or nine months of the year.

I know DC gets hot, I know it gets very humid. I've been in DC in July and while hot and humid, it wasn't as bad as Florida in the summer.

I long for the summer we had last year. Lots of rain kept the temps down to a comfortable (for me) range. I actually enjoyed last summer. Which I can't say for most Florida summers.

I think I'd better end this before the electric or cable goes out.
UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD before war and after

Friday, June 11, 2004

The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003.

The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on new findings that could help trace the whereabouts of Saddam's missile and WMD program.

The briefing contained satellite photographs that demonstrated the speed with which Saddam dismantled his missile and WMD sites before and during the war. Council members were shown photographs of a ballistic missile site outside Baghdad in May 2003, and then saw a satellite image of the same location in February 2004, in which facilities had disappeared.

(All emphasis mine)

See the rest of the article at:

because we all know no one in the "mainstream" media will report it.

I just found this website where you can sign a guestbook and send greetings to soldiers wounded in the line of duty. You can access the Wounded Heroes guestbook and send a message at

Please take just a moment and remember those who have suffered injury so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms we love.
Stanley Cup

I don't follow hockey, I live in Florida, for Pete's sake. I didn't watch hockey for the three years I lived north of the Mason Dixon line and hockey was popular. The only thing skimming across ice in Florida should be a slice of lemon floating in sweet ice tea..hmmmm--good!

Anyway. The Tampa Bay Lightning has won the Stanley Cup. I won't be one of those who jumps on the bandwagon saying, "I knew it all the time." "Go Bolts!" and so on. I can be a hypocrite about some things, such as when the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl, but I actually do watch football occasionally.

First ice hockey in Florida, and now the Stanley Cup comes to Florida.

I think I've seen it all.

In just about an hour from now (noon Central Time) Bush 41, George Herbert Walker Bush, plans to parachute from a plane...a perfectly good, air-worthly airplane. What makes this amazing is that he's doing it to celebrate his 80th birthday.

His first jump was involuntary. He had to jump for his life out of his airplane during WWII. Under those circumstances, I would have done the same. His second jump was five years ago, in celebration of his 75th birthday. And today is jump number 3. And all this after having a hip replace a couple of years ago.

I have nothing but admiration for attempting these last two jumps. I think he's absolutely nuts, but I have to admire him for doing it.

wow.....and doing it from a perfectly good airplane.