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November 8th, 2003

#6240 same as it ever was

Miami's Local Feeds has begun updating my journal again! I wonder what stopped it for a week?

Frankie came by, looking to mooch from me, for the first time after I talked to him about it. . I told him that I had nothing for him, and that he must've forgotten what we had discussed.

I got an emergency call form the big kahuna last night, 8 year old went missing and code red's system took a dump. I got in there, and took care of it. It turns out that she was found earlier and taken to a mall up the road.

Bro called me about some sort of DVD / VCR combo for sale at sears for $35. if that's true, I'll pick up two of them, and give one to Danny, so he can watch his currently player-less discs.

Skinny cow's "strawberry shortcake" ice cream sandwiches are yummy, and really not a big drag on points (2) at all. I'll try the Dulce de leche next week.. or maybe mint.

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How to Exploit the New Cell-Phone Rules If you have a cell phone (especially if you hate your service) you may want to read.
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Wow, the rain has been almost continuous! I think I'll share the wealth, and send it out and about over the USA, using my mental powers and connections with Norse weather gods.

Good Ol' Danny came by, and visited for a bit... first time since he got his wicked sickies. He was kind enough to do my laundry for me a week ago, and was feeling guilty about not dropping it off... no problem here! Not like I was going to use it for a week or two more. He also brought over some yummy sushi!

I'm glad he stopped by.. we got to gab and hang out for a bit. I told him a bit about Metamorphosis Alpha (Well, the sort of revised version I played when I was 12.. we knew we were on a ship, and were long awakened "sleepers" rather than mutants.. some article in an ancient issue of Dragon, no doubt..)

After getting into the gaming mindset, we discussed his rogue (read- thief) that he's planning on playing on occasion with the Sci-Fi club he sponsors at the school...All of the stats were in place via his GM, so we just bandied back and forth ideas for his background, mannerisms, and motivations. He wants to have some redeeming qualities that'll make the guy fun to play. The Latin dictionary was handy for his mock-spell casting bluff...a tool I haven't used for that purpose in years. I'm a little wistful about gaming... with the right group, it's a great way to socialize and have fun on the cheap. (Flip side, the wrong group can foster the most social person to decide to become a hermit.) I think it'd be fun to play with Danny and a few others in a Metamorphosis Alpha sort of game, at least as a one or three-shot.

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After he took off, I set upon the task of finally trimming the beard back to a close goatee again. The crazed caveman look was nice for a while, but it's good to be back to the general hippie/pirate/whatever guy instead for a bit.

Made a New icon, for Florida-specific stories. (or whatever... heck, I have 50 spaces to fill so why not): Maybe I'll update the "sticker zones with little lj logos or something.


Get your own plate for whatever state at the ACME License Maker.

Back is pretty much filled in, still pink along the cut-line, but the scab is starting to fall off. I think that the paper "butterfly bandages" are not really needed, but they're not doing any harm.

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Poll #202278 FL Poll

A West Palm Beach parent is upset because Roosevelt Middle School's mascot is the Maroon Devil, saying it is a satanic symbol offensive to his Christian beliefs. Should the school change its mascot?

Yes. Symbols that are offensive to certain groups of people shouldn't be used as school mascots.
No. Devil mascots are common for schools and don't have anything to do with satanic beliefs.

Miami Beach, perpetually snarled by car traffic, is considering street cars as a way to entice more people to use mass transit. Which mass transit system do you like best?

Streetcars. They're picturesque and more reliable than buses.
Buses. Rail systems are expensive, unsightly and too disruptive to build.
Light rail and buses. Combining the two is the best way to create efficient mass transit.

Odyssey Middle School in Boynton Beach is experimenting with separate classes for boys and girls to study whether student performance improves. What do you think?

Good idea. There are fewer distractions with single-sex classes, and teachers can tailor subjects to suit boys or girls.
Bad idea. This is the 21st century. Everyone should get the same education.

(Anyone can vote, Floridian or not, and feel free to add opinions in comments below.)

Volusia County, Florida has no luck. In 1994, a woman was struck by lightning and sued the county for not warning her that the sky occasionally shoots electricity. Three years later, an alligator attacked a little boy and his mother sued Volusia County for not having enough warning signs. (She won $35,000.) Finally, in July of 2000, a young girl was bitten by a shark while she was dangling her leg in shark-infested waters, and last month she filed a suit complaining that she was inadequately warned that sharks eat stuff like that. Apparently, the citizens of Volusia County are not going to be happy until every square inch of Mother Nature lets you know she's trying to kill you.

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The county soon discovered that attaching warning labels to every alligator and storm cloud was a logistical nightmare for their paste department, so they knew they had to take a radical approach to preventing these lawsuits. They've authorized the formation of the Super Squad, a genetically engineered team of shark obedience trainers who wear lightning rods and run through the streets blasting citizens with precautionary alligator poison. The program will cost the taxpayers nearly $72 billion, and the small fee of every fifth newborn being seized by the county and used in the making of the unique protein pulp required by the Super Squad's enhanced biosystems. As a proactive safety measure, actor Jean Claude Van Damme has already agreed to hunt down and defeat any of the squad members who go renegade.

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