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Posts in April 2005

We Won!!!

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-04-29 00:00:00
YAHOO!! The Mavricks won last night. I knew they wouldn't let me down. I am so way excited. The Rockets are going down.

Giving Blood is only for the Brave!

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-04-27 00:00:00
I donated my blood today for the first time. It was quite a devastating experience for Chris, my cheer leader. I believe the marks on his hand are still there, because I was squeezing it so hard. After he stopped crying we got some minute maid raspberry lemonade. I am still really out of it. I think I 'll stop writing now, nothing is making any sense tomekbjseareaklhirebiabrdlaal llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Read more...

NBA Playoffs

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-26 00:00:00
I meant to post on this earlier, but I was a little busy and kept forgetting.

The Rockets made the playoffs, and are currently playing the Dallas Mavericks in a best-of-seven series. The Rockets beat Dallas on Saturday night, and last night (113-111; Yao Ming scored 33 points in 36 minutes of play), making them 2-0 in the series. Two more wins, and the Rockets will proceed to the next round of the playoffs.

I admit that I don't watch much basketball until the playoffs, though I do keep up with the Rockets through the newspapers. Anyway, I know the Rockets got a lot of heat for trading Stevie Francis to Orlando in return for Tracy McGrady, but look who's in the playoffs and who's not.

It's been ten years since I last saw the Rockets win an NBA Championship. I want to see it again.

Best Buy Sucks, v. 2.0

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-25 00:00:00
Via Kim du Toit, I give you this link about Best Buy being the crappiest store there is.

For the record, I hate those purchase tracking systems that stores have nowadays, too. Especially the ones where sale prices aren't available to you unless you use their stupid card. Jerks.

Stupors 'n Forks

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-04-25 00:00:00
I've never been confronted with so many forks in the road. They came all at once this past week...or at least they seemed to manifest themselves in the, "You have to choose now!" form--alot of decisions to make and some to toss aside, though I'm not sure which ones yet are gettin' canned..

I had a realization last night (while brushing my teeth) that the Lord doesn't work with "urgency". Like, He doesn't make hasty, half-hearted decisions. He consults those with wisdom and insight outside of His own(His Father), patiently waiting for that attention and those answers, before choosing any fork while here on this earth. I think that's a key part in learning what His will is for me--that I don't think in a rushed, flushed cheek manner. He wants me to come to the conclusions He has drawn in the same way He came to them.

Be like Him. If I don't honor that then I'll never feel the inclination to move one way or the other. I'll have a "stupor of thought" as they say. I have to bring what I've come up with to the altar and he'll say "yeah" or "nay". If nay, then it's back to the drawing board and to the knees.

I'll get better at discerning answers to my prayers one day...with practice. I tend to let the days click by, thinking it will just come to me. I actually said aloud that He just needs to come down in a burning bush and tell me already.

Ha, wink. Lightning will strike at any time..

Only In Texas

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-04-25 00:00:00
Late last night, while driving home in her fiancees boss's car on a back country road, my sister hit a cow! After the accident a cowboy hopped out of his truck and restled the half broken cow to death (no kidding). The car had a dent in the hood and was missing a front left light. My sister was pretty upset with wrecking the car, but the topper was when the police officer declared that it was her fault b/c in Texas on country roads cows have the right of way!


by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-24 00:00:00
No, not the Battle of Marathon, though that was interesting in its own right.

I'm referring to the 25+ page paper I'm writing for POL 336W (The Presidency). I'm at 16 and one tenth of a page, and it does indeed feel like I'm in some sort of marathon. Mainly because when I finish the 25+ page paper I have a 7+ page paper to write for CJ 362W (White Collar Crime), and then I have to start preparing for what are shaping up to be some pretty tough finals.

I think I'm wearing down. I need some Gatorade or something. Quick, give me a cup of water I can splash on my head!

This is the last writing-enhanced course I take (except for CJ 478W, that one's required). Read more...


by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-04-23 00:00:00
A few days ago (21 April 2005), my dad had what is called a "Transient Ischemic Attack" or TIA which left him with symptoms of a stroke. For a while he said he lost the ability to write. This, coupled with my newly learned knowledge that those who have had TIAs are more susceptible to having a stroke, leaves me with two words in my mind: very. scary.

Dad will start a regimen of aspirin, as the doctor says, "everyday for the rest of [his] life." That whole phrase sounds ominous to me, but not to worry because "Aspirin is a simple but important part of preventing stroke."

The best idea ever

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-04-23 00:00:00
I have a cousin who was issued an iBook for school. He is in Jr. High and has no text books. Everything is done on his very powerful laptop. He was even issued a specialized backpack for it. It is smooth. I'd like to go back to being 13 again just to get one, and I don't even like Macs. This whole program is a good sign.

He turns in his homework and assignments electronically!! and wirelessly!! I'm sold.

Living Water

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-04-23 00:00:00
A family is a great river of living water that twists, turns, and branches out, filling every conceivable crack and available space. It eventually spreads so far that you wonder if it will ever come full circle to find its origin, its manantial.

It's ironic that the living are rarely drawn so together as they are when one of their family dies. And so the rivulets return to their source, tributaries to the family river.

"We pray to the Lord. Lord hear our prayers."

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-04-23 00:00:00
I like the ceremony of the Catholic church. After the mass, the whole of my family present walked by us as we were sitting in the back of the chapel because we were seventeen minutes and twenty-three seconds late. They left a wave of emotion in their wake that liked to knock me over had I not braced myself when I saw it coming. I don't cry in public much and I might've allowed for it now except that I do not recollect ever meeting my cousin Ernest personally. Ernest died last Thursday, 21 April 2005. All things considered, it was a somber mass.

... continued later ...

Possessive of Plural Nouns

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-22 00:00:00
Okay, I have a question for y'all. In Strunk and White's Elements of Style, the first rule is "[f]orm the possessive singular of nouns by adding 's," with the admonition to follow this rule whatever the final consonant of the noun. In other words, don't write "Charles' new car is beautiful." Instead, write "Charles's new car is beautiful." This is fine with me, because I think the latter makes much more sense.

But what is not discussed is the possessive of plural nouns. Does the same rule apply? For instance, would it be "veterans' organizations" or "veterans's organizations"? Personally, I'm leaning toward the former, but I want a second opinion. Or maybe somebody could suggest an alternate sentence structure.

In The Hollow Of Thy Hand

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-04-22 00:00:00
My baby bro is on his merry way to serve in the Salt Lake City mission. Mission Mail came today after 5 weeks of anxious anticipation.

He departs on June 29th. (Awh, same day as "almost boyfriend" comes home..I KNEW THAT WOULD HAPPEN. I had a feeling and so did his mother...peculiar)

He'll serve in the greatest army known to God & His angels.

I love him THIS MUCH and I'm stoked.

I don't have any stats or pics on the city because I'm too stoked to research it right now.

SUPER stoked.

I'll be taking down words of wisdom if anyone has anything to relay so that after 2 years he can say he returned with honor and left that way as well.

World War III

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-21 00:00:00
Wouldn't it be strange if World War III was fought over Taiwan?

With the French throwing their support behind China, and the U.S. traditionally supporting Taiwan, I could see major problems if the dispute really does come to shooting. If the U.S. were to support Taiwan in that case, what would the French do?

Honestly, I kind of wish the French would pick a fight with us, that way we could beat the crap out of them. And yes, if we invade France, I'd definitely want to go, but only if we're gonna fight an all-out traditional Western war. You know the kind: invade their country, dismantle their government, military, economy, and make sure they won't be able to pull any hijinks or start wars for at least a few decades.

I want to be the one to blow up the Citroen factories.

Yeah, France and China are two countries we could do without on this planet. Read more...

Take a hint!!

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-04-21 00:00:00
Today after class this kid came up to me and asked me to go out with him on the 21st of May(a month away). This is not the first time he has asked me out. I keep saying no, but can he take a hint? NO

Craig Biggio and Cooperstown

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-21 00:00:00
Austin Bay has a piece on Craig "Bidg" Biggio, the Astros man on second base who just passed the venerable Ted Williams on the all-time hit list.

Mr. Bay rightly endorses Bidg as a Hall-of-Famer. Despite Bidg's age catching up with him as of late, he deserves a spot in Cooperstown. So does Jeff Bagwell, for that matter.

via Instapundit, of course.

Earth Day, Shmearth Day

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-20 00:00:00
Jeez, I had no idea Earth Day was this Friday (April 22nd). I knew that Thursday was the 169th Anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. But Earth Day? Sheesh. Let's all celebrate the earth like good little barbaric pagans.

Cox and Forkum shows us the real reason to celebrate the earth:


Frigid Poetry

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-04-20 00:00:00
While Laura is cooking stir fry, I stand infront of her fridge and play with her magnetic poetry tiles. The following poem took me a week or so.

A week?? Yes, because most of my stanzes came out "dirty". You can't tell, but the surrounding words made my choices slim pickins. I mean, what kind of poem uses the word "apparatus" or "sordid"...

I was lucky that my first attempt was PG rated!! Apparently, this is the "clean" version of magnets sold...riiiiiiight.

The Dance

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-04-19 00:00:00
Have you ever finished dance and had an aching back? Well mine hurts really bad right now! I went to Austin this weekend and let me tell you the drive was way long. Now my back is way sore and when I danced this afternoon I think I threw it out. OUCH!!

What to think!?!

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-04-19 00:00:00
I have always had a respect for shrewd politicians not dishonest, but shrewd. Recently I have heard of someone (who I know) play a dirty political move. I was surprised to find that it bothered me. I was very impressed by it though. Wierd, huh?

The New Pope

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-19 00:00:00
Well they chose a new Pope today. The man elected to the position was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

Upon being elected Pope, each man chooses a new name that I like to call a "poping name," and Cardinal Ratzinger chose Benedict XVI. That means one must not call him by his given name, but by his poping name.

I'm not Catholic so it will never be an issue for me, but if I were to be elected Pope, I'm not sure what I'd pick as my poping name. Here's a list of all the Popes through history. Some are kinda cool, I guess. I'm leaning toward "Pope Doom I", or maybe "Pope Pecos Bill." I dunno, maybe "Pope SinKiller," or "Pope Avenger."

I think I'm having more fun with this than I should. Read more...

Garry Kasparov Attacked

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-17 00:00:00
via Instapundit

Garry Kasparov was attacked as he left a meeting in Moscow the other day. The attacker, who hit Kasparov on the head with a chessboard, is suspected to have ties with Russian President Putin's party, whom Kasparov has frequently criticized for their anti-democratic actions.

I am displeased that someone would attack the Great Kasparov. In the immortal words of Hank Williams, Jr.: "I'd love to spit some beechnut in that dude's eyes, and shoot him with my old .45!"

The Devil Went Down to... Baghdad?

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-15 00:00:00
Via Blackfive:

The Charlie Daniels Band travelled to Iraq to play for the troops. Here's a picture of Charlie Daniels himself in Iraq (nice suit!).

Charlie Daniels is a Master of Country and Western music; you may know him as the singer of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Mr. Daniels has long been a supporter of the troops and a great American. Big thanks to Mr. Daniels for entertaining the troops who are fighting to keep our nation safe.

Underpass sightings

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-04-13 00:00:00
Everyday on my way to school, underneath the overpass at 75 South and 121, I see a chair and some flowers. Everyday.

I wonder who put them there and why. Everyday.

Religion of Peace Strikes Again

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-11 00:00:00
Not all Muslims are terrorists! Most Muslims are peace-loving people! Blah blah blah!

Well, members of the Religion of Peace have done it again. Muslims have egged a Jewish MP in the United Kingdom. They missed though, and instead struck aged war veterans. See, they say Muslims are peaceful... and yet, there seems to be such large-scale harrassment of people they don't agree with.

Article via LGF.

Astros Update

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-10 00:00:00
Things are looking good!

After five games, the Stros are 4-1, the only loss being the Season Opener against the St. Louis Cardinals (nicknamed the Redbirds, but whom I prefer to call the Deadbirds). After that initial loss, the Astros bounced back and beat the Deadbirds the following night, then swept the Cincinnati Reds in three games. Read more...

Best Buy Sucks

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-08 00:00:00
Lone Star Times linked to this article concerning a man in Pennsylvania who tried to pay his car stereo installation fee at Best Buy with $2 bills. Best Buy had him arrested and locked in cuffs and leg irons.

Apparently, there was some contention over whether $2 dollar bills were legal tender or not.

Best Buy has always had the worst customer service but this takes the cake. First, if several of your employees are too stupid to know about $2 dollar bills, they need to be fired. Second... I mean, c'mon, they had him locked in leg irons! This is ridiculous behavior.

I hope this guy sues the pants off Best Buy and puts them out of business. Stupid jerks.

More Regulation! Huzzah!

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-08 00:00:00
The Houston Chronicle reported today that new regulations will require that by the year 2008, all new vehicles in the U.S. be equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems. (sorry, no link available yet)

This is in addition to recent regulation requiring all new cars with a rear seat be equipped with shoulder belts in the center seat. I ranted about that earlier, remember?

Heck, I even wrote a story about it once.

I'm philosophically and morally opposed to any new vehicle "safety" regulations.


by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-08 00:00:00
I need $9,000. Fast.

Why, you ask? Because there is now available a 1966 Dodge Charger, in reportedly great condition for 9,000 dollars. Chargers this old are few and far between (at least around here they are) and I've never seen one for sale before.

Please... somebody give me $9,000. I'll do anything.


Mitch Hedberg, R.I.P.

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-07 00:00:00
Comedian Mitch Hedberg died at age 37 the other day. He was a riot.

He had a lot of funny one-liners, but I like this one the best:

A friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana, and I said "No, but I want a regular banana later... so yeah."


Astros Lose Season Opener

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-06 00:00:00

The reigning National League Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals, beat the Stros at Minute Maid 7-3.

I was hoping for some total domination last night, but it just didn't happen. We may have to wait till Lance Berkman gets back from the Disabled List before the Stros can get too much done.

Astros Preview

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-04-04 00:00:00
Hallelujah, baseball season is back!

Tom at Houston's Clear Thinkers has a great preview of the Stros's 2005 season.

And for the record, the St. Louis Cardinals *spit* will be coming to Houston for the Astros Spring Opener.

I'm so ready.

John Paul II

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-04-03 00:00:00
My family and I prayed for the Pope. As long as I can remember, John Paul II has been at the head of the Catholic church. I will miss him.