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They Will Certainly Change Their Name June 25, 2011

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I can remember growing up in the ’50’s, and asking adults to explain concepts as I heard about them. The worst one to ask was my father, who would always make a joke about it at my expense and make sure everyone heard it as he laughed at me. I learned about sex from a high school teacher in a classroom, avoiding my dad’s questions about it (“Do you have any questions?”). My mom was a great source for explanations, understanding first that, as a recent convert, her answers on ethics and morality were always biased in favor of the Catholic Church. The best source of explanations about the world was my Uncle Richard: no joking, always a careful listener, and he would explain the answer until he was sure I got it. And, when he didn’t know, he would say so, though he would sometimes add his opinion, and label it as his opinion.
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Not Politically Correct June 24, 2011

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CBS News.com: “Fugitive gangster James “Whitey” Bulger faced a Boston judge Friday after 16 years on the run”

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/06/24/national/main20074149.shtml#ixzz1QFAVjW7Q

I don’t think someone can label a guy “Whitey” anymore. Only if he is being accused of racism.

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Talented Teens! June 23, 2011

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These two teenagers – on cello and on violin – do a very fine job with “Let It Be” by the Beatles.

In fact, they remind me of Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend Stephen Maturin in the novels by Patrick O’Brian.

The movie starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) is very good, but I recommend that you start with one of the novels. Any one, actually. Aubrey and Maturin often play classical music on cello and violin on Aubrey’s ship, HMS Surprise.

These young musicians, Michael Province, violinist (age 15), and Nathan Chan, cellist (age 16), are very skilled and very clever. We should keep an eye on them, because they are going places!

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On The Road Again June 22, 2011

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OK, I tried the retirement thing. Since November 2010, I have been “retired” at my place in Florida, and it has been fine. Social Security isn’t much, and my small investments have had to bridge serious shortages. But Lacy and I have really relaxed. Now it is time to go back to work, and really pack some money away for the future. Now that I have honed some economizing skills, I’m confident that I will succeed.

I have accepted a consulting engineering job with a $17B healthcare branch of a major company for at least 6 months, using my knowledge of FDA protocols and regulations. The job site is in Denver, CO. Last year in Wyoming, now Colorado. If this is a trend, I am going to have to expand my Western wear closet!

The four weeks of interviews, background checks, drug tests, writing samples (!), references and all sorts of paperwork got accelerated last night, when the company said “Yeah, okay, everyone continue your due diligence, but we need Greg to start work July 6th!” Since it’s a 32 hour drive with the Big Ride truck and the Big Easy fifth wheel trailer, I am starting to break camp now and planning to start the drive on July 1st.

Lacy the doggie is already packed, and very excited, too.

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Well, Thanks, ABC News For Clearing That Up June 17, 2011

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Breaking news from ABCNEWS.GO.COM:

“Osama bin Laden Charges Dropped After Al Qaeda Leader’s Death

By RANDY KREIDER
June 17, 2011
“Osama bin Laden is in the clear. Federal prosecutors have elected to drop hundreds of criminal charges against the al Qaeda leader and architect of the 9/11 terror attacks because he will be unable to appear in court to answer them.
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So God Made A Farmer June 10, 2011

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From the Left Coast, my good friend Bob (silfox). Despite his current location, Bob grew up in Indiana so he’s allowed to pronounce upon farmers. He comes up with the best stuff, and this is a good example.

Bob says, “Paul Harvey at his finest.”

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A Capella Tribute to John Williams June 7, 2011

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Straight No Chaser June 7, 2011

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This men’s a Capella group was started at Indiana University in 1999. I think that you will enjoy their version of A Lion Sleeps Tonight. Last December, I posted their Christmas Can-Can medley.

What do you think?

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I Like Living in Florida, Sometimes June 6, 2011

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A short, 64 year old female high school teacher was accused of child abuse for punching an aggressive teenage boy who was defying her instructions and physically pushing her around the classroom.

Fortunately it was captured on a student’s cellphone. Please see the video and the story here. The charges have been dropped.

The teacher was recently nominated by the students for a teacher of the year award. I would also cite her for an award. She should get some brass knuckles.

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Low-Speed Train Collision in Chicago June 4, 2011

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From WGNTV.com:

“Investigators are looking into whether a switching error led to a low-speed collision between a Metra train and an Amtrak train at Union Station that injured at least 12 people, none of them seriously, officials said.

“One railroad source said both trains were moving when at least two cars of the Burlington Northern express from Aurora struck the Amtrak train bound for Carbondale around 8:30 a.m. The source said the investigation will focus on possible errors related to the switching of the trains. The collision occurred at the south end of the station, where there are many track switches in the yard, the source said.”

I went to high school in Aurora, and for school holidays I rode the Burlington Northern into Union Station in Chicago. The last time I rode it was 46 years ago. In fact, we graduated that number of years ago this week. Well, if 46 years is the best they can do for not having a collision, it will be another 46 years before I ride the train from Aurora to Chicago!

The trains were each going about 5 miles per hour.

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