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Written By: Gary on March 30, 2005 2 Comments

These are the three smartest words in the world, “I don’t know”.

I ask lots of questions. Many times it becomes more questions because instead of saying “I don’t know” people feel the need to give an answer, eventually I notice it doesn’t make sense so I ask more questions. It’s a viscous cycle, especially since I have to backtrack and figure out when the information went sour…

When someone says “I don’t know” it gives more credibility to the other things they said (it says I know what I know and what I don’t know). It seems silly that “I don’t know” can be a good thing but just think about the people who don’t know what they don’t know.

Written By: Gary on March 30, 2005 No Comment
  • TODAY- Had to run around for work and do a bunch of errands, it was a beautiful day out so it was a great day to do it.
  • WFD- Grilled steak and teriyaki vegetables (carrots, broccoli and cauliflower).
  • QOTD-You are taking an evening course and have a student identification card. A small movie house gives $2.00 reductions to students. You have a good full time job. Do you ask for the student rate? You bet. The best things in life are free (or discounted).

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    Written By: Gary on March 30, 2005 One Comment

    In case you weren’t sure Riverside, Iowa (pop. 928) is the future birthplace of James T. Kirk (yes, that’s really their claim to fame). So it’s not so strange when William Shatner comes to town to film a science fiction movie. Of course he needs some townspeople to play parts. THe eccentric William Shatner brought his (no such a) body double, his “shats” (red, green or yellow berets) that he’s about to market, his spiritual advisor and a horrible script for Invasion Iowa. The most important part is — he’s not really making a movie, it’s a reality/hoax show. I’ve startied watching the first episode, it’s kind of fun so far. It’s on SpikeTV all this week.

    Written By: Gary on March 29, 2005 No Comment

    So for the second day in a row I got to eat lunch outside! It was so great outside with the sunshine and barely any clouds. I wish it could be like this on a weekend…

    It’s been really quiet at work this week. Most of the staff have the week off since they are teachers or principals. Most of the rest of them took the week off anyway for a trip or because their kids have the week off (or just because).

    This has got to be one of my most boring posts ever.

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    Written By: Gary on March 28, 2005 No Comment
    1. I’m waiting:: again
    2. Speak:: or forever hold your peace
    3. Roger…:: Dodger
    4. Knock knock:: Who’s there?
    5. Hybrid::  Car (can I get a convertible hybrid yet?)
    6. Can’t believe my eyes:: prize (I came up with nothing so you got a rhyming word)
    7. Hooked:: fishing
    8. Pontificate:: Church
    9. Slime:: green
    10. Unwelcome:: solicitors (the ancient spammers)

    From Unconscious Mutterings.

    Written By: Gary on March 27, 2005 4 Comments

    Weekend America had an interesting ten minute segment on the Terry Shiavo case this weekend. I thought it was interesteing and had a lot more info than the little 45 second snippets I mostly hear. I thought it was interesting enough to share. It’s available Real Audio or MP3 (go about 2 minutes in) (or as a podcast). Is it Terri or Terry? (Yes, I know it’s Theresa).

    Written By: Gary on March 27, 2005 One Comment

    WhirlyballreachingJaialaiThe game is called WhirlyBall. Picture it as Jai Alai (with the the scoops with a whiffle ball) but you ride around in bumper cars and your trying to score by making shots in a flat basket on the wall. I really wish I had taken photos so I could illustrate this. This was hysterical to play, we had about twenty people and we played in shifts (8-10 minute games are more than long enough) and you play in teams. It was great! It was easy for all us to learn and lots of laughter! Thanks to Jenny and Susan for inviting me!!!

    What else can I tell you: It was a little pricy, I’m guessing it was about $300 for the court for two hours (but that’s why you bring a bunch of people). The official site is http://whirlyball.com/ but they don’t list all the locations, I’m only listing it since it has some visuals. The scoops and the wiffleball is available as a kids game on it’s own (you basically just play catch) but none of us could think of the name of the game, we found it as a toy called Jai Alai but we thought the sport used much longer scoops (can anyone help me with the name of this kids game?!?)…

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    Written By: Gary on March 26, 2005 No Comment

    Jane says:

    I amaze myself sometimes. I lie to my mother about like, what time I woke up yesterday morning yet I’ll tell the complete, absolute truth on a two page internet quiz about Which Harry Potter House Do You Belong In?

    That’s over at Girls in the Bag. A few different women post to the blog, but it seems like Jane does the most of them…

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    Written By: Gary on March 26, 2005 No Comment

    I do have to agree with Judi the is one good thing out of the Terri Schiavo media coverage: people are thinking and talking about what their wishes are. I just hope they’re writing them down also…

    I hope that some families do this and it helps avoid the problems and pain the Terri’s family is having.

    Written By: Gary on March 26, 2005 32 Comments

    If you’ve been wanting a Gmail account (1 GB of storage), I’ve got accounts to give out, it’s your last chance to try and get yourname@gmail.com (they’re slowly opening it up to the public). No charge. No cost.

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    Written By: Gary on March 26, 2005 One Comment

    So everyone is chatting about Schiavo whom they don’t know about just giving their two cents. I haven’t give my two cents but since you asked, I would say it’s time to let her go, no matter what end you measure it from it’s probably the best thing in the long run.

    But that’s not why I’m here today. I’m here for something far more local and that I actually have a little bit of an opinion on because it happens in my neighborhood.

    Not far down the street is a clinic where (I’m assuming) that they do abortions. Quite often there are protesters out there chanting/singing/praying (sometimes with signs with horrible photographs). This has got to be quite awful for someone who has made a decision to go in there and I don’t think they need those people torturing them as they are trying to complete their decision. If those old men and old women think they are going to be someone’s salvation by changing someone’s mind at the last second then they are crazier than they look. I just think they are being mean, it’s not like they haven’t made choices in their life that others don’t agree with. If they’re gonna “help” at least hand out flyers for an adoption agency (they’d probably get more people to change their mind that way anyway).

    And yes I do understand that I’m skating around the definitions of choices and decisions and life, that’s because my topic here is Mind Your Own Business.

    Written By: Gary on March 26, 2005 No Comment

    As I mentioned in an earlier post that Battlestar Galactica is now podcasting a Directort’s Commentary, it now appears that Stargate Atlantis is doing the same thing. I wonder if this is the wave of things to come on the SciFi channel…?

    Written By: Gary on March 25, 2005 No Comment

    So it’s Friday and I’m off to bed early (again). We did hit happy hour a few hours earlier than usual (since work was closed today), we actually left at the time we usually arrive. Still, I think I might need a few more things going on in my life to keep me busy. Actually, a few more things related to dating (and not sleeping) would probably be more of a step in the right direction…

    Written By: Gary on March 25, 2005 No Comment
    1. In your opinion, how important is spirituality in a person’s life?
    I really think it depends on the person and the situation that they are in.
    2. On a scale of 1-5, how spiritual are you?
    I’m about a two-and-a half. But that’s just an average, I think I spike up and down so I’m all over the place. I’ve had times when I’ve been pretty low and a few times I was a six.
    3. If you could ask God a single question and get the answer now, what would it be?
    When will I die? (Just the fact that I could get an answer would answer about a million other questions I have).
    4. Do you believe in miracles?
    5. Ever experienced a miracle? If so, tell us about it.
    Yes. I’ve seen and held a brand new baby. The most “brand new” one I ever held was premature and he was so small I couldn’t even believe it, I was glad he was so covered up in blanket or I would have been afraid to hold him. (That couldn’t be any more miraculous unless they grew on trees.)

    From TGIF

    Written By: Gary on March 25, 2005 No Comment

    I really love the Apple iTunes Music Store (some of the links on this page won’t work if you don’t have iTunes installed). In case you didn’t know they offer (for free) Music Videos and Movie Previews. They also offer Audio Books and once in a blue moon they’ll offer the first chapter for free download. This seems like a good marketing scheme but it’s really hit or miss, I mean you can get a free iTunes song every week but you never know when you’ll get a free chapter…

    Sometimes they just have something odd for free like some extra interviews at the Academy Awards but you never know when. Does any one know of a better way to find these free items/events?!?

    Written By: Gary on March 23, 2005 One Comment

    Kelly has the newest blog that I’ve been reading. It’s name is I am who I am. I don’t have much else to say other than to take a look. She just started last Sunday so there are only a half-dozen posts so you can see for yourself. Her post on the high school shooting yesterday really puts a lump in your throat; it’s really more her thoughts and feelings about it that’ll get to you…

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    Written By: Gary on March 23, 2005 No Comment

    What piece of music have you listened to just because someone you respect or admire – but don’t actually know in person – recommended it?

    The Lacivious Biddies. They do an interesting mix of music and harmony. Adam Curry, (the father of podcasting (and former Mtv VJ), loves them and plays them on his show and I really liked the songs he plays. I jsut got the CDs last week and a few tracks have grown on me (a few others I’m not sure of yet). Here’s a few samples: You don’t know me, (I Wanna be) Famous, Coney Island and they do a great cover (of the Go Go’s) Head Over Heels too!

    They also do a podcast – The BiddyCast.

    From the Midweek Music Meme

    Written By: Gary on March 23, 2005 No Comment

    Hope to have your art in a famous museum someday? Why wait? Just go hang it yourself!!!

    A guy did this in The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. This is something if I tried it, I’d get caught and accused of stealing the art! (FYI – Tesco is a European grocery/department store.)

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    Written By: Gary on March 23, 2005 No Comment

    It’s 10.00 GHz AMD Athlon, 2000 MB RAM, 30000 GB, weight 14.00 hundredths-pounds and it runs DOS!!! What is it? I’m not sure what it is, but it’s on Amazon and it’s got great reviews (62 comments as of right now). Be sure to check it out, I liked it so much I added one to my wishlist.

    Note: I see they’ve cleaned this up a lot (as of April 16, 2005). I think I saved a PDF but that might have been between my last backup and a hard drive crash.

    Written By: Gary on March 21, 2005 No Comment

    Molly has some great rules for How to Live a Lousy Life. I know you’ll laugh when you read this (sad) list, but only because you are picturing someone you know with each rule you read.

    I saw this at Amy’s (she’s actually got this printed out and on her refrigerator).

    Written By: Gary on March 21, 2005 One Comment

    So if you’re watching the new Battlestar Galactica on the SciFi channel (several times per Friday night) there is a way to listen to a commentary by producer Ronald D. Moore (like the director’s commentary you can listen to on DVDs). They are marketing these as podcasts but they are really just MP3 files (but of course you can get them with your podcasting client. I haven’t listened yet (I’m a few weeks behind on my TiVo) but I thought I’d mention it…

    Also they’ve got the first episode on-line with a few deleted scenes. I’ve got to assume the deleted scenes and commentary will al be available once they release the DVDs…

    Written By: Gary on March 20, 2005 One Comment

    SwsxThe 2005 SXSW (South by SouthWest) festivals + conferences in Austin, Texas. It’s a ten day Music & Media Conference and a intereactive technology festival and a film conference & festival! Over 1300 musical acts! It’s been happening in some form or another since 1987 growing and adding additional conferences…

    Are you sad you missed it too? Well you can download over 750 songs (in one huge bittorrent) by some of the bands there (full-length high quality mp3s). It’s 2.6 GB so be prepared to leave your computer running for a while (I can’t promise how long this download will be available).

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    Written By: Gary on March 20, 2005 One Comment

    Harry F. CarswellHarry loved the Harrison Roadhouse so after the funeral (see my earlier post) we went to the Roadhouse to eat and drink (and be merry) and they had changed the sign out in front of the restaurant to read “We Luv Ya Harry”.

    The funeral was at the MSU Alumni Chapel and it was packed to capacity (standing room only). Harry seemed to know everyone and everyone seemded to really care about him. The service was great and Darren gave an excellent speech on Harry meeting Melissa (Mom) and becoming part of their family and Harry becoming his and Rebekah’s Dad. A few others had things to say up on the podium but we weren’t really sure if we should applaud but when Darren was done we knew we should…

    Written By: Gary on March 20, 2005 One Comment

    It’s been making me crazy that I haven’t ever finished changing my layout after I started it a few weeks ago (I never intended to permanently keep that crazy background). I’ve looked for layouts and backgrounds a few times but never really found what I wanted. Actually I still haven’t found exactly what I wanted, I really wanted something with a more “springy” feel to it (but I was trying to avoid flowers and such)…

    Trish had some patterns that I liked so I picked them up for a great price from In A Mood Designs at iam-designs.com

    I really liked the background I’m using (scroll down to see it without text in front) it’s got the greens I was looking for (with some yellowish tones and red) but in an outer-space nebula-ish looking way (but I never ended up using the greens in front).

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    Written By: Gary on March 20, 2005 One Comment

    Cat in the hat in a classroomSo you could have had the Cat in the Hat come to your house for the meager price of $55!!! I went a little cheap (and that was after I bid against the first low bid that was just sitting there; does that count as insider trading?) but a lot of items seemed to go for a bargain this time around; I’m not sure if there wasn’t enough people, too many items or the money crunch is hitting more and more pockets. I’ll end up reading at a young lady’s birthday party in a few months (I think she’ll be six) and I think her mom will probably making it a Dr. Seuss themed party. I always run into the birthday girl around town, I wonder if she’ll recognize me? The (school fund raising) auction was fun; it’s always great to do the silent bids and then see what you got later… I walked away with four items that I “won”.

    If you’re into sports you should go to these types of things, there is always all sorts of sports memorabilia (some autographed), tickets and tailgating type packages put together that you can bid on. I’m not so into the sports but I do notice the quantity of items along these lines…

    Written By: Gary on March 20, 2005 No Comment

    It’s time for this week’s free association meme from Unconscious Mutterings.

    1. Stink:: Skunk
    2. Renewal:: License
    3. I remember…:: when I…
    4. Loneliness:: Boredom
    5. Ooooh::  Ahhhh
    6. For real:: ________ (not a thing pops into my mind)
    7. Titanium:: Powerbook
    8. Get down:: Make Love (Queen song, right?)
    9. Rupture:: Burst
    10. Dramatic:: Prose

    From Unconscious Mutterings.

    Written By: Gary on March 19, 2005 No Comment
    1. Are you afraid to die?
    No. It’s going to happen (I’d just prefer it’s later than sooner).
    2. If you had your way, would you rather die because of a lingering disease or instantaneously?
    Instantly. But it does have the disadvantage of not being able to put your affairs in order.
    3. It’s your last day alive and you know it. How will you spend your last 24 hours on earth?
    With my friends and family. Maybe buy (charge) them all sorts of gifts since I won’t have to pay off the charge cards…
    4. Describe your funeral or wake.
    A regular old church service with everyone getting together for some food/drinks/celebration-type stuff. I’d like something different, maybe a drawing for some prizes or something…
    5. How would you want your remains to be put to rest? (Ashes scattered at sea, traditional burial, your urn at your family’s mantle, be preserved like a mummy… eww.)
    It doesn’t really matter too much. Probably buried in the regular old way, maybe launch my body (or ashes into space?).

    From TGIF.

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    Written By: Gary on March 17, 2005 No Comment

    “How can you live in New York and not understand sarcasm!!!”

    I just love this show… (Thursday nights at 8 PM and 8:30 PM EST)

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    Written By: Gary on March 14, 2005 No Comment
    1) Have you ever swam in the ocean? If so, which ones?
    Atlantic (from both sides, although technically I might have been in the english channel?) and Pacific at varying degrees of latitude.
    2) Have you ever been snorkeling or scuba diving?
    Never, although I think I’d like to learn.
    3) Do you like traveling by boat and have you ever?
    Yes. I did a small cruise up the coast of Alaska. I think I might like one warmer though…
    4) Do you believe that Atlantis existed?
    I’d like to think so, to believe other wise seems as if it would put some restraints on the imagination.
    5) If you could live on the coast of any of the oceans, which ocean and which coast?
    Pacific Ocean, west coast, south probably near Costa Rica. Although if someone was handing out villas I could probably deal with anywhere.

    From Sunday Brunch.

    Written By: Gary on March 13, 2005 No Comment
    1) Did you go to college?
    Yes! Four of them (only graduated from three of them).
    2) Did you live in a dorm or an apartment?
    I lived in the dorm for four years and I loved it! I only moved out because I needed more space (I would have stayed if I could have gotten the “apartment” that was in my building).
    3) Who was your favorite roommate?
    I’ve never had any in the dorm. In an apartment it was probably Wayne and Cheryl, we lived together for about three years (we had such opposite schedules most of my friends didn’t even believe I had roommates).
    4) What is your favorite college sport?
    Didn’t really do much with sports (watching or playing).
    5) Who was your favorite professor and class?
    Professor McClure, he taught the impossibly (for me) hard calculus classes I was required to take. I wouldn’t say those were my favorite classes though.

    From Sunday Brunch.

    Written By: Gary on March 13, 2005 One Comment

    I was cleaning up one of my other web sites that I work on and I just accidently deleted all my pings/trackbacks back to this site. Fortunately there were only 23. The important this is that I noticed it just as I was about to delete all the comments for this site!!!!! That would have been hundreds of comments…

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    Written By: Gary on March 12, 2005 2 Comments

    Mvc-002FOn Friday, March 18, 2005 the South Redford Foundation for Educational Excellence will be having an auction for the public schools in our district. We even let students write grants for their classrooms) in south Redford, Michigan. You’ll be able to bid on all sorts of things including an opportunity to bid on the Cat in the Hat to come read to you and/or your kids! And not only do you get to support the schools you get to meet me!

    Written By: Gary on March 12, 2005 No Comment

    Here’s a preview for the 3rd (6th) Star Wars movie. It’s large, weighing in at 38MB, so don’t try it with dial-up….

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    Written By: Gary on March 12, 2005 9 Comments

    Harry Carswell passed away last week… I’ve restarted this a few times and I guess I don’t really know what to put here… I’ll start with a story: About three or four years ago I was visiting Harry in the hospital, I don’t remember exactly what he said the doctors told him, something like “six months to live” and I laughed and then he joined in so I felt a little better about it because I knew he knew why I laughed. We laughed because ten or fifteen years before that after some major heat surgery they had given him three to five years (or some other deadline he was way past). I’m sure a few other times (not even related to those issues) they had given him some other timelines and they all passed but then he’d have some other problems every so often. He knew it was time this time and moved back into his home last month because that’s where he wanted to be.

    Harry F. CarswellHarry worked at Michigan State University with Student Services, the Homecomming Committee, Student Life and I’m not sure what else; it seemed like he knew everyone there. It’s funny, I never had any direct connection to him when I went there or (kinda) worked there. I met him through one of my best friends and he eventually married her (and her kids). They got married at the president’s house at the university (I told you he knew everyone) and remember videotaping the wedding. He was only forty-nine and in addition to squeezing a hospital visits into his time he sure managed to squeeze a lot of life into it too.

    Written By: Gary on March 10, 2005 2 Comments

    H2G2-IconFinally a real preview! All I’ve seen previously is several teasers. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy actually looks like it could be a good movie. I think it’ll even stay a little true to the books. FYI – The original book had the the same title; the next four books in the Douglas Adams trilogy got stranger and stranger… Check out http://hitchhikersmovie.com/ for more info!

    Update: I just found a link to a different trailer that I hadn’t seen yet…

    Written By: Gary on March 10, 2005 One Comment

    I saw two movie previews today; actually I saw a few more but I’m only going to mention two.

    The Interpreter preview which I’ve seen about a gazillion times but it’s never come out yet. Where Nicole Kidman plays an interpreter at the UN and hears a murder plot (stars Sean Penn). Is this movie actually ever going to come out?

    Written By: Gary on March 10, 2005 No Comment

    It’s been cold lately but at least it’s been sunny. There’s even been a few unseasonably warm days (or small portions of days) here and there. I bring this up because so many people complain about the cold but it’s very bearable to me if I have the sunshine. I suppose it’s a bonus that I do get to park inside at my house so that I don’t have to get in a cold car or scrape it or anything like that… But still…

    I might have talked about this before but I’m not on-line as I write this so I can’t actually check. But if you never read that post it doesn’t really matter, right?

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    Written By: Gary on March 8, 2005 No Comment

    Imagine that you are a guest in your own home. Which three things would you find most interesting or unusual?

  • The Leg Lamp (from A Christmas Story)
  • All the remote controls
  • All the books (and the inconsistency diversity of the topics)

    From The Daily Three Things

  • Written By: Gary on March 8, 2005 No Comment

    Gary LaPointe Highway

    Wealthville 9
    Lake Love 22
    Valley of Depression 53
    TravelWorld 144
    Bog of Eternal Marriage 359
    Please Drive Carefully

    Written By: Gary on March 8, 2005 3 Comments
  • Smoking
  • Lying
  • Smelling (Feet, Breath, etc.)
  • Always late (just tell me a different time or call to say it’s going to be later)
  • Whining
  • Snoring
  • Lack of decision making skills (location for dinner or what to order should not take more than 10 minutes each)
  • Takes longer to get ready than the actual event itself
  • Not knowing how to say “I don’t know” (or “I’m sorry”)
  • Judgemental/Bigoted

    From Ten on Tuesday

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    Written By: Gary on March 5, 2005 One Comment

    So it’s been a little crazy lately. While I seems like I spent all my time in February talking about books and music, it seems all I’ve been doing lately is some of the memes that are out there (but they’re so much easier than doing a meaningful post).

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    Written By: Gary on March 5, 2005 No Comment

    I’ve removed the psychedelic background and I’ve also softened up the colors a little.

    I will be totally rearranging the background to something more themed (as I usually have) but I just haven’t had the time and probably won’t for a few more days…

    Written By: Gary on March 4, 2005 No Comment

    That’s all I’ve got to say for now…. I’ll do some real posting this weekend. G’night!

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    Written By: Gary on March 3, 2005 No Comment
    Onesome: Routine— Tell us about your morning routine. Do you get up at the same time every day, or do you sometimes hit the snooze button on your alarm clock more often than you should? Do you head straight for the coffee or into the shower?
    A bright light turns on automatically just before the alarm, I hit snooze a few times and get up. Turn the shower on, put some bacon on the stove and hop in the shower. Flip the bacon, get some clothes, bacon in the oven to warm and put on an egg. Grab the cellphone out of the charger, drag the podcasts that got downloaded in the night onto the iPod. Flip egg, dress, cut a slice of catelope, eat, leave. (Other than the iPod part this has been my routine for years)
    Twosome: Scheduled— What’s on your schedule for the day? Do you schedule every minute or go with the flow?
    I gotta go with the flow, but there are days when it’s all pre-scheduled in advance.
    Threesome: Maintenance— What do you do to maintain your sanity each day in this hectic world? Do you find a little time to yourself each day and meditate, or wait until everyone’s tucked in for the night and log on to the computer or settle down with a book? Or do you run off to the gym and maintain your body while maintaining your mind?
    I always need to escape work and get lunch and I generally read a book while eating. Sometimes I’ll read before bed too (but a different book, since the first one is still in the car).

    From The Thursday Threesome

    Written By: Gary on March 2, 2005 No Comment
    Would you enjoy it– not ‘would you’ or ‘would you not’, but ‘would you have a good time’– if you spent a month of solitude in a setting of your choice? Food, shelter, and any other physical needs would be taken care of, but you could have no contact with any other person. What would you do? What would your setting be?
    I think I could and would have a good time. I would be somewhere warm, on the beach. I’d want my my computer, music, audio books and a bunch of podcasts to listen to; actually I’d probably have some regular books too. Can I have a telescope and some clear skies? I’d love internet access (high speed of course) and if it was required I could avoid two way communication (e-mail and chat etc.) but I want to be able to work on my sites. I’d need to atleast blog about not having human contact(?).

    From the Question of the Week.

    Written By: Gary on March 2, 2005 No Comment
    1. Are you craving anything and if so, what?
    I’m craving the attention of a new romantic relationship….
    2. What is the weather outside, and do you wish it would change?
    Cold and snowy. Yes I wish it were sunny (and 90 degrees)
    3. What two websites do you think you will go to next after you are finished here?
    Probably some podcasting sites; I haven’t checked what was new lately.
    4. Do you wish you were somewhere else and if so, where?
    Somewhere warm. Costa Rica has been on my mind lately.
    5. Do you wish you were someone else, and if so, who?
    Someone else… Unless it’s someone who just won the lotto I really don’t have anyone to be anyone else.

    From the Tuesday Twosome.

    Written By: Gary on March 1, 2005 No Comment

    “Through greater effort and hard work a precious dream comes true…”

    Speaking of lucky numbers, did everyone get their Big Game lottery ticket? It’s up to 112 million tonight!!!

    Written By: Gary on March 1, 2005 No Comment

    CreditmapSo now every year (by law) you can get a Free Credit Report from each of the credit report companies (Equifax, Transunion and Experian). They’ve been rolling this out by zones; zone 1 got it earlier this year, 2 (the Midwest) got it today, 3 in June, 4 in September. I did mine today, I did the Transunion one (I had never done that one before). I think I liked the Equifax one the best, it seemed the most complete and understandable (IMHO). The first time I ever did one I had over a dozen open credit cards that should have been closed. The FTC has more info on-line.

    There is two ways to do this, get all three at once if you really want to clear things up, or get one every four months to keep an eye on it. Be sure to print it out when you get it, it’s really hard to see the 10+ page report on the display.

    They will ask you personal information to determine if you are really you, this includes: SS number, mortgage and loan companies, monthly payments, past addresses, etc. But they do much of it as multiple choice questions (and some answers are ‘none of the above’).

    There is no catch but they will try to sell you your score (or other services). If you’ve got wrong info on your report who cares what your score is? Clear up the problems, close the cards you don’t use and get the score the next time around. If you close a few of your cards you can write to all of the companies (Equifax, Transunion and Experian) to close them (and ask that they send you a corrected report they might just send you one for free). Then see how clear the other ones looks the next time around.

    I’ve done mine a few times over the past few years and I’ve noticed they’re about 80% the same (they generally don’t list my jobs or previous addresses very completely). If you see you’ve got things wrong you can dispute on-line. Don’t wait to get this, some times it takes ages for things to appear (or disappear), if you ever need your report to look nice you can’t wait until that time.

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