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[28 Nov 2007|09:22pm]
I've been watching the Republican youtube debate on CNN.  Usually, I wouldn't do such a thing but it's good to know your enemy. 
Let me tell you, Americans scare me.
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[26 Nov 2007|10:30pm]
We saw No Country For Old Men last night.  I think you should go and see it too.
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[18 Nov 2007|06:52pm]
I did volunteer work for eight hours yesterday for the local aquatic preserve.  I was in charge of roping kids into spinning a wheel with questions about local flora and fauna.  They had to spin the wheel until they answered a question correctly and then they would win a coloring book.  I actually had a blast convincing older women (50 to 80 year olds) that they need to spin the "wheel of wonder."  I managed to give away as many coloring books to women as children.
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Anesthesia is for wimps...??? [25 Oct 2007|06:55pm]
I went to the dentist a couple days ago to get a filling replaced and while I'm laying down in the chair, the dentist says, "Well, do you want to try this without anesthesia?"  I laugh and say, "Ha! Not funny."  His reply, "Come on, give it a chance.  Just let me know if it gets uncomfortable."

As he moved toward my mouth with the drill, I realized he was serious.  I was panicky and too taken off guard to say anything and before I knew what was happening, he was removing my old filling.  I was so tense!  It didn't actually hurt but there was a dull slightly uncomfortable feeling plus the fear that at any moment I was going to get a sharp jolt of unthinkable pain.  It went well and I had a new filling in place within 10 minutes with no numb face afterward.  I decided that it was an interesting thing to have done.

I've got an appointment next month to replace a cap and I'm scared to death...but kind of curious too.
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[12 Oct 2007|04:49pm]
Remarking on an idiot driver...
Me: I'd like to punch that fool straight in the mouth.
L: Yeah, well they're gonna get double punched because I'm going to punch them in the mouth too.
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[13 Sep 2007|07:33pm]
Until a few days ago, I hadn't been to the Veteran's Hospital in about six months.  The most striking thing I noticed was how many more amputees there were.  It used to be that most of the amputees were old diabetics; they probably still account for the highest percentage, but there were quite a few younger amputees this time around.  Missing an arm, missing both legs...it's ugly.

There was a young dental student from the local college doing clinical work there.  While she was working on my cleaning, she mentioned that she was thinking about joining the military and asked my opinion.  When I said she might not want to  do that if she wants to keep all of her limbs, she didn't understand what I meant.  When I told her to look around at all of the amputees in the hospital, she got quiet and didn't ask any more questions.
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[08 Sep 2007|02:24pm]
Is there anybody out there?
I haven't been on the LJ for oh, so long.  Since I started going to school again.  School sucks.  It interferes with my pool/beach/cafe Cubano time.  Other than that, what's to complain about?  Life is good to me.

So, I was trying to figure out which director I'd seen the most movies by after I realized I'd seen seven Kurosawa films.  I found that for me, I've seen seven of quite a few directors but getting above that is tough.  My brother was laughingly saying I'd probably just embarrass myself when I realized I'd seen more Spielberg movies than anything else.  Lucky for me, I said that wouldn't be embarrassing because it turned out to be true by a long shot.  Not to say that I wouldn't have rather had Waters or maybe Kubrick at the number one spot. 

Spielberg won with 13 titles watched.  Tim Burton came in second with 10, Hitchcock third with 9 titles watched and Miyazaki with 8 coming in fourth.  Tons of directors with seven films watched -Takashi Miike, Kubrick, Waters, David Lynch, Fellini, etc. 

Many of the Spielberg films were crap I watched when I was younger but several of them I still love including E.T.!  There, I said it.
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[20 May 2007|10:59pm]
Going to Houston next weekend to see the Lizard (our 18 yr. old daughter) graduate high school.  Very excited about seeing the whole family.

This college thing is driving me crazy...I don't like taking tests or writing papers or listening to middle-aged men babble on and on, but I'm trying to get into the right frame of mind.  The Art Appreciation class sucks because the Prof. sucks, but I love the textbook -lots of interesting stuff.

kiki_otoole  clued me in to an excellent song that sounds like it's being sung by Marzipan from homestarrunner called Polaroid Baby as part of my burning down the city song collection plus I ran into an excellent cover of the Talking Heads song Burnin' Down the House done by Tom Jones that is my new favorite song.  Even better than his Sex Bomb.

In other news, feel free to hate me for linking to these songs.  Now Tom Jones will be poor. :(
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It's a Wonderful Life! [15 May 2007|04:09pm]
Started back to school for the first time in many, many years, last week and put that together with playing Pokemon nonstop and that is basically all that is happening.

Me to L, yesterday: Uh, L, you do realize that if you want to be the best that you can be you need to be playing, right?
Her: Yeah, I know, just let me get my coffee and I'll start playing.

It's all about the Pokemon, though she is stuck playing Ruby as she didn't buy herself a new one and she was a slacker and didn't do it ages ago like a true trainer would have...

Random statement by the Boy:
Man, I want to go to Coney Island really bad!  It's so full of...hotdogs.
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[04 May 2007|12:26pm]
The boy got a Nintendo DS last night with his b'day money along with the Pokemon Diamond.  I couldn't convince him that he should buy me Pokemon Pearl so I had to break down and buy it myself. 

If you don't know...well now you know.   (as B.I.G. put it so well)

I'm off to be the best trainer in all the land! Cya when I cya.
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[02 May 2007|11:29am]
My brother brought up the idea of a playlist of songs about burning down the town.  To get a decent amount of tunes, I've gone as small as burning down the house.  I got some help from thequestionclub (where I spend way too much time) but it's still a pretty short list.  Any suggestions?

So far:
London's Burning -The Clash
Burning Down the House -Talking Heads
Natchez Burning -Howlin' WOlf
The Motor City is Burning -John Lee Hooker
Paris in Flames -Thursday
Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll -Blue Oyster Cult
Bombs Over Baghdad -Outkast
Los Angeles is Burning -Bad Religion
A Rush of Blood to the Head -Coldplay
O Valencia -The Decemberists
Smoke on the Water -Deep Purple
Fire in Cairo -The Cure
Disco Inferno -The Trammps
Fire Water Burn -The Bloodhound Gang
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[01 May 2007|03:51pm]
I just got back from chaperoning a band trip up to D.C.  Thirty-eight kids and 9 chaperones on a bus from Miami to D.C. and back.  I'm not sure that I would ever do that again but it's good to try everything once, right?  Dip your head in boiling oil, chaperon a bus trip...it's good to live it all!

It really was a lot of fun getting to know all of the kids and I love Washington but it was a seriously tiring ordeal.  The band did very good; they are a two year middle school and they just barely got beat by the three year middle school that happens to be a music magnate school so they held their own.

The boy got one of only a handful of personal trophies; I think around seven were handed out total out of around a couple hundred kids so we're pretty proud of the brat-a-tat.  He got his trophy for his guitar solo during on of the jazz bands songs.

Here is a pic of him in the warm-up room before they went on stage:

In other news, I start back to school next week and I'm scared as hell!

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[24 Apr 2007|12:28am]
My brother is quite the bomb.  He actually made my daughter's prom dress!  He can sew like nobody's business.  It's cool that she wanted him to do it and cool that he did it.  What a family.  Oh, and it's his b'day too ;)  Well, if you don't count that it's after midnight...

Here are the pics.
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To all the Buffy fans that also watch off-beat films.... [23 Apr 2007|11:28pm]
Do you think that the Spike character on Buffy was partially influenced by the blond character in Kenneth Anger's Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome?  I've never really watched the show but the mannerisms and darkness of the character make me think of the few glimpses I've had of Spike.

Just wondering.
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[22 Apr 2007|10:06am]
The spring migration has been coming through strong and it's been beautiful to see.  This weeks birds (not counting doves, grackles, etc):

Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Blue Grosbeak
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Scarlet Tanager
Summer Tanager

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Swainson's Thrush
Swallow-tailed Kite  (it swooped down only a few feet in front of our car and about 20 feet up and put on a show -right in the middle of town)
Cooper's Hawk
Magnificent Frigatebird
Cedar Waxwings (hundreds!)
Piliated Woodpecker
Gray Catbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse

Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
American Redstart
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-throated Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black & White Warbler
Northern Parula

By next Spring, we <i>will</i> manage to buy an SLR digital camera and another pair of binoculars!
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[18 Apr 2007|11:09am]
Do you think it's possible to believe in angels but not in heaven or hell?
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[12 Apr 2007|12:16pm]
Life is good.
I've seen some good birds lately at the local park(spring migration is starting):

American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black & White Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Palm Warbler
Prairie Warbler

Magnificent Frigatebird
White Ibis
Blue-headed Vireo
Black-whiskered Vireo (the best siting of the day)
Blue-crowned Parakeet

Not too bad for a small city park.
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[04 Apr 2007|03:10pm]
Netflix film recommendations work in mysterious ways.  Because you enjoyed:
Muppets From Space

We think you'd like H.R. Pufnstuf.

Weirdest part is they are right.
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Go me! [29 Mar 2007|10:39am]
I wrote emails to and made phone calls to both of my Senators, my congresswoman, and the local paper this morning about VA issues and about the treatment of Haitian immigrants that arrive on our shores.

Peeling paint?  The least of the problems in the VA hospital system.

Wet-foot/dry-foot?  It seems that most people outside of South Florida haven't even heard of the program, but basically, it comes down to sending any Haitian that lands on our soil straight home while allowing any Cuban landing here to apply for and nearly always receive citizenship.   And to add to the wackiness, if a Cuban almost gets to shore, even withing a few feet of shore, but doesn't quite make it, he/she is sent directly back to Cuba. 
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An article about Jackson Hospita training soldiers. [25 Mar 2007|09:38pm]
It's where the woman works...
`We see 4,000 major traumas a year here; it's one of the busiest centers in the U.S.''

She works in the neural surgery ICU.
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