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Aimee Has an Adventure

Let me share the following email I received tonight from my friend who is also my cat sitter. Hi! Thought I should tell you about Aimee’s adventure today. First, keep in mind she is now ok and sitting under my sofa.

posted at 10:54 pm on Apr. 30, 2005
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Jet Blue Flight, L.A. To New York

I’m on a flight to New York on Jet Blue. It’s a comfy airline, no doubt.  And the rates were good. But the best part is the Long Beach Airport. Wow.

posted at 11:50 pm on Apr. 27, 2005
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Am I a Sex Fiend?

So, I’m sitting on my couch one day, watching television, and I’m right beside the big window in the living room with the great view out over the park, the bridge, and the ant hill-like apartments nearby. And I can’t help but notice that a nearby apartment is filled with light, like those bright lights from a studio photo shoot, and that there are two people inside, kanoodling.

posted at 11:49 pm on Apr. 27, 2005
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Online Maps and Directions for Pedestrians

My good friend Julie has come up with a cool idea. She’d like to be able to use a Web site that allows you to get walking directions from one place to another, instead of driving directions.

posted at 11:38 pm on Apr. 27, 2005
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Musings on Marriage

When Susie and I announced we were going to be married, the reviews were decidedly mixed, and I’ve always resented that. So when a friend announced her engagement to me a year ago, I wished her the best and meant it.  But now, having seen her married…

posted at 2:57 pm on Apr. 23, 2005
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Paying the Meetup Tithe

The online meeting organization site, Meetup, is charging $9 / month from now on.  People are frothed up.  I say, the service was better than good enough when it was free, so why not pay for it?

posted at 4:25 pm on Apr. 21, 2005
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Wax Museums, The Deal With

What is the fascination with wax museums? It’s much stronger in Canada.  There’s one just across the water in Victoria, and my Canadian friends are always telling me I should visit it. I think it’s climate related.

posted at 6:14 pm on Apr. 20, 2005
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