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9th of December 2000

     My wife is in the hospital with heart problems. Updates may be sparse for awhile. Prayers gratefully accepted.

8th of December 2000

     If you had to give up one of your senses to save your life, which would it be? Would you choose to live your remaining time blind or deaf? Perhaps you'd decide to do without smell or taste. How would you feel if you reached out to touch a loved one, but couldn't? My recent experience with eye surgery leaves me pondering the importance of these gifts, and how we often take them for granted. It gives me a deeper respect for those who must live without one or more of their senses.

     I've been told many times that I already have poor taste, so it seems my decision might be easy. When all is said and done though, I would cast away the sense of smell to save my life. As a long time allergy and sinus sufferer, my sniffer never has worked right anyway. And the one I could least do without? Living through the worry and aftermath of eye surgery, vision is most precious. For those who can't use all senses each and every day, my hopes and prayers are for medical miracles.


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7th of December 2000

     A date which will live in infamy. — Franklin Roosevelt

     On Sunday, December 7, 1941, USS West Virginia lay moored outboard of USS Tennessee at berth F-6 with 40 feet of water beneath her keel. Shortly before 0800, Japanese planes, flying from a six-carrier task force, commenced their well-planned attack on the Fleet at Pearl Harbor. West Virginia took seven 18-inch aircraft torpedoes in her port side and two bomb hits. The first bomb penetrated the superstructure deck, wrecking the port casemates and causing that deck to collapse to the level of the galley deck below. Four casemates and the galley caught fire immediately, with the subsequent detonation of the ready-service projectiles stowed in the casemates.

     With a patch over the damaged area of her hull, the battleship was pumped out and ultimately refloated on May 17, 1942. During the ensuing repairs, workers located 70 bodies of West Virginia sailors who had been trapped below when the ship sank. In one compartment, a calendar was found, the last scratch-off date being December 23. In total, 107 of her crew perished.

     Eventually West Virginia departed Pearl Harbor for a complete rebuilding.West Virginia performed valiantly in the South Pacific through the remainder of the war, earning five battlestars. The war ended on August 15, 1945. West Virginia drilled her landing force in preparation for the upcoming occupation of the erstwhile enemy's homeland. She reached Tokyo Bay on the last day of August and was thus present at the time of the formal surrender on September 2, 1945. Learn more of the complete history of the USS West Virginia.

     Reinvigoration of the IB Community continues. Candi Wilt, head red at the Realm of Redheads, chimed in with an essay describing the genesis of interactions with her fiance. Online relationships have become a hot topic at the Community — three of the essays now tackle this controversial subject. Whether yer fer it or agin it, Net discourse is here to stay.

6th of December 2000

     California — turn off your holiday lights!

     Rust never sleeps.

     I used Amazon for the first time. Through all the hype, I finally tried out what is often touted as the best shopping interface on the web. It was in fact easy, more so than most other online purchases I've made. Amazon appears to have done this right. I ordered three books, only stuttering through one phase of the process; even got a 40% discount. If the delivery goes well, they may have earned more business from me.

5th of December 2000

     Perhaps not as well known here in the U.S. as she is in her native Australia, Sally McLean is a remarkable, and beautiful young woman. Radio personality, independent film producer, published author, artist and web developer supreme, Sally seems to have unlimited talent. I've been fortunate to become her friend.

     Heeding my call yesterday to re-energize the IB Community, Sally promptly responded with a new essay describing her personal experiences with the recently completed Sydney Olympics 2000. While in progress, I watched nearly everything from the Olympics that was televised. I've always loved what the movement stands for and represents and, as a long-time sports nut, the competition was pretty cool too. So it is really interesting to read the perspective of a native who was there. Check it out.

     It's great to see Jann back up and at 'em. I have to admit MSNBC has become my new favorite TV Channel too — and isn't it interesting the preponderance of women working there?

     Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Tomek.

4th of December 2000

     I've kinda ignored the IB Community for several months now, but an old friend reminded me it's still useful by writing a new essay. She described it as "Community. Friends. Helping. Teaching. Sharing. Those things are synonymous with the Internet." See if you agree by visiting the IB Community. You might even want to participate. Let's get it cranked up again.

     From the SatireWire, "It's often said that if someone approached the FDA with aspirin today, the product would never be approved. Would the same hold true for Priceline, Amazon, Yahoo, and other big Internet players? If they took their ideas to their version of the FDA — venture capitalists — would they be "approved," Or would VCs ignore them like a banner ad?" Link via The Beeline.

     There's talk of Bill Clinton being Chancellor of Oxford University. Let's see, Hillary in Washington as a U.S. Senator and Bill in England by himself. Watch out coeds.

3rd of December 2000

Bluzz of the Week      This is Sunday, so it must be Bluzz of the Week. Through this feature, I'm searching for the brightest, funniest, most controversial or otherwise intriguing comments from the previous week in Bloggerville. It isn't expert testimony or talking-head punditry, but it usually is fun and stimulating reading. If you find a true treasure you'd like to nominate, even if you wrote it yourself, please let me know.

     Observing self-discovery is always enlightening. It's like standing on the blind threshold of tomorrow; then taking that first tenuous step into the next phase of personal development. Proving again that you can go home, six|and|one described a catharsis he experienced during his Thanksgiving holiday visit with family. Author of the piece for Speech Therapy, Six found a new focus and motivation that has been demonstrated all week in his journalling. Here is an excerpt:

     "the trip home was something i have needed for quite sometime. it was a time to reconnect with who i am, and i suppose reflect on all i have done. i walked out into the pine laiden forest my parents own and everything seemed to come into focus. all i had wanted to do, had tried to do, and had succeeded in doing. very wonderful medicine, indeed. as i looked out on the fields surrounded by never-ending pine and oak, and other, i thought about everything i had done there. all the friends i had known, had hung out with, and lost. over the years time seems to get the best of you, does it not? life gets busy and things and people slip away. oh, you dont mean for them to, but they do. the best you can do is once in a while pick up your phone and call them. send them a card, or write them a letter, in an effort to tie up old, loose bonds." — six|and|one

2nd of December 2000

     My wife Lynn has been busy all week decorating for the upcoming holiday season. The Christmas tree is already up — bright lights are winking and blinking on the front porch — she even pulled out the seasonal music. I guess you could say she's got me in the mood. So here's the new Lucid Confusion you'll see throughout December. Just one thing though; do you think it's too girlie?

     Lot's coming up this month. In about a week, I'm going through a scientific sleep study. I've been experiencing considerable fatigue for nearly a year now and decided it was time to get it checked out. I went through a battery of tests and lab work in October and November — all looked good. My doc thinks it's time to see if I exhibit sleep apnea. They will hook me up to dozens of wires and monitors, then watch my sleep patterns. It's all on tape.

     Mid-month, Lynn and I are heading to Florida to visit my folks, check out Disney World again, play some golf and hit the beach. Hopefully all the election mess will be over by then, but it sure doesn't look like it. Our luck, they'll probably have the National Guard out setting up checkpoints.

     We'll be back in time for Christmas with our kids. Anna's coming down from Cleveland for the four day holiday and C.A. will be glad to get back to his own apartment after minding the five dogs while we're gone. No plans yet for the true millenium celebration, but it can't be as exciting as Y2K. Somewhere in there, I need to develop a new cover for Internet Brothers. The motivation project has been up long enough.

     Oh, and I'll get all the linky-love back up tomorrow. Still have more work to do on this new layout.











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