Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Happy Belated 666!

So if you didn't notice the date (or those stupid The Omen movie ads on TV), yesterday was 6/6/06. I have no idea if this date was celebrated by Satanists but it is the classical "mark of the beast" number from various sources. But I hope it was good for everyone.

Thankfully the Senate voted to reject amending the Constitution today. I emailed my Senator and told him how I felt, whether he cares or not. He has enough GOP backing to not give a shit about what one dissenting voter thinks but I told him anyway.

Most bitter to the amendments' authors was the loss of support in their own GOP caucus. Two Republicans changed their votes from yes in 2004 to no this time: Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska did not vote Wednesday because he was traveling with Bush.

All told, seven Republicans voted to kill the amendment. The five others were Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, Olympia Snowe of Maine and John Sununu of New Hampshire.

BURN! That's gotta hurt the GOP and in an election year to boot. So thanks to everyone who voted for those certain Repubs and for everyone who let your Senator knew how you felt on this issue, either for or against. Thanks for taking part in democracy!

We ate at Cheesecake Factory tonight and finally got the chance to partake in the Balls of Doom aka the deep-fried mac & cheese appetizer. Very good and cheesy. If you plan on taking these balls on by your self, don't get an entree. These babies'll stick wit ya. I even scored a free espresso. The server guy came by and saw the dregs of the coffee in the bottom and said "Oh, sorry, that normally doesn't happen. Would you like another?" Um, sure. So it came and apparently "the boss" made this one so it was going to be good. Yep, still there. But isn't it inevitable to get a few grounds in the espresso? I don't really inspect the bottom of all my espresso cups but I seem to recall dregs in the majority. It's no big deal, you just can't take it as a shot (not recommended anyway) unless you want a little extra fiber.

Called our friends who are cat-sitting while we're down here. The cats have started to get into things they normally ignore. We keep some flower/dirt/fertilizer stuff on the bottom of the shelves in our kitchen and they apparently spread it all over the kitchen. It was bone meal which is a P source (as in phosphorus) since it's Ca3(PO4)3. Ah chemical formulas, like a warm blanket. But they're starved for attention. They don't even want to play; they just want some lovin'. And then some playtime. Awwwww, poor kitties. WE'LL BE BACK SOON LEON AND JULIO!

Wedding nonsense: Picked our photographer today, picked our florist, J and I finally saw the ceremony/reception site, and yesterday we found the officiant who is oddly connected with our family (his son went to the undergrad that I went to and then transferred to my brothers, and he used to preach with the president of my undergrad that my g'folks are real good friends with, small world indeed)

Car nonsense: I have seen so many cars with nice wheels down here. Lots of ricers but lots of normal people with very nice wheels on their rides. No pics but just been noticing.

Oh and I'll get up the story that Emily was talking about from the time we stayed in the Disney Empire for Grad Night.


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