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Sunday,  May 4, 2008

I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: "No good in a bed, but fine against a wall." --- Eleanor Roosevelt Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age. --- William Feather
Continuing the trip. After a day of catching up and cussing at Vista, which makes all work take many times longer, we drove from Hurricane through Quail Creek Park and then, mostly on the old highway parallel to the I-15 Freeway through pretty and slow towns to Cedar City. From there we went West through rather casual farm land to Newcastle, then down to Enterprise, Central, Veyo, Dammeron and then turned right into Snow Canyon Park. Almost missed the little sign, but I knew where the turn-off is and was looking for it. Snow Canyon Park seems to be almost a secret. The park road has been freshly paved recently and most of it is downhill. You can quietly coast through the magnificent scenery. Usually mid April is best, but because of the late season this year, late April was perfect. There was color everywhere! Not just the red and orange sediment rocks and black volcanic rocks, Volcanic rocks on top of orange sediment rock Click on the thumbnail for the big picture. but cacti and flowers blooming all over the place. Dad found some Engelman cacti Click on the thumbnail for the big picture. Click on the thumbnail for the big picture. There is even a small sand dune desert with pinkish-orange coral sand! Click on the thumbnail for the big picture. Eventually we came down to St George and capped a beautiful day with Banana Splits at Denny's before heading back to Hurricane. The Days Inn in Hurricane is an excellent deal. It creaked a bit and the doors occasionally rattled a bit in the strong winds, not enough to worry, but more a humorous reminder of why the town got the name Hurricane. Table and chairs are as mismatched as in 99 % of US hotels and you need the plexiglass sheet, that I described often enough, to jam into the dresser drawer for a laptop table at comfortable height, but the wireless DSL is fast and doesn't drop off. If you want to spend some time in the parks all around there, I can highly recommend it as a base. With on-line reservation it's under $50 per night. OK, enough for today. More tomorrow.
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Thanks to Deeli's Bonehead reports: An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to a city worker in Kinokawa, Japan Speed Porno Watching Thanks to Walter for this submission. May 3, 2008 - Tokyo, Japan - AP A Japanese civil servant was demoted for logging more than 780,000 hits on pornographic Web sites on his office computer over nine months, an official said Friday. The man, a Kinokawa city government employee in western Japan, visited porn sites from June 2007 to February 2008, city official Tomiko Waki said. The man's name was withheld. Despite his frequent porn viewing, none of his colleagues noticed his activities, which he apparently conducted throughout the workday. "Each desk is set apart from each other," Waki said, adding that the man logged 170,000 hits on porn sites in July alone. The man's supervisors discovered his extensive porn site visits after his computer became infected with a virus, prompting officials to examine his Web browser's history. Along with the demotion, he received a 20,000 yen ($190) monthly pay cut, Waki said.
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Little Johnny wasn't getting good marks in school. One day he surprised the teacher with an announcement. Being a good foot taller than her, he tapped her on the shoulder and said, "I don't want to scare you, but my daddy says if I don't get better grades... SOMEBODY is going to get a spanking."
From the Tech Support Pits: From: Loretta Re: No sound I had a computer crash a couple of months ago and I had to reload everything. I thought I had but I have no sound. What have I not done or what do I need to do? Loretta Dear Loretta Most likely something is not plugged in. Even without sound drivers for your specific sound card, the default built in sound should work. You can use Belarc Advisor from my toolbox at to do an inventory of the machine. It will tell you what kind of sound card you have. Then you can go onto the site of whoever made that sound card, and download the driver for it. But first check to make sure everything is plugged in and turned on. For example, I run my sound through a big ol BOOMbox instead of overpriced computer squeakers. However, even the slightest power failure turns the boom box off. Then I have to hike over to it and hit the power button on it to get sound again. Have FUN! DearWebby

The social studies teacher had just finished a unit on war and peace. "How many of you," he asked, "would say you're opposed to war?" Not surprisingly, all hands went up. The teacher asked, "who'll give us the reason for being opposed to war?" A large, bored-looking boy in the back of the room raised his hand. "Johnny?" The teacher said. "I hate war," Johnny said, "because wars make history, and I hate history."

Deeli's Kudos May 2, 2008 - Havana, Cuba - AP Cubans are getting wired. Computers went on sale to the general public on the communist island on Friday and potential consumers were lining up outside store windows to gawk and consider buying. President Raul Castro's government had authorized the sale of personal computers to average Cubans more than a month ago, but they were not made available until Friday. Computer sales are the latest of a series of measures Castro has taken to make life easier for ordinary Cubans. The new government also has erased bans on cell phones and luxury hotel room rentals, and has made it easier for state workers to own homes they once rented as part of their jobs. It also is letting more private farmers and cooperatives take a crack at putting fallow government land to better use. ... t-time.htm

The teen-aged beauty was telling a friend that she was really worried about her mother. It seems she's always fatigued from staying up all night long. Her friend asked, "What's she doing staying up all night? At her age, that's not good at all." The girl replied, "Waiting for me to come home."

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Daily tip from Treat Carpet Stains Immediately Treat spills quickly for the best chance of avoiding a stain. Much can be removed if you immediately blot with a towel. If you have kids, make sure they know that they need to tell you about spills immediately so they do not have time to set. Visit ThriftyFun For Carpet Cleaning Tips By Clicking Here Considering how cheap a small 2 Gallon Wet/Dry ShopVac is, (under $30) I would not squish stuff into the carpet by trying to blot it. Vacuum up what you can, then use a narrow spout watering can and warm, not hot, dishwater to flush the spill while continuing to vaccum. Use lots of water! Even the small ShopVac holds TWO gallons, and your watering can probably only holds a quart. The only drawback to this method is that you may wind up with a patch that is embarrassingly cleaner than the rest of the carpet. Have FUN! DearWebby Check out ThriftyFun's Blog at also has a newsletter. If you want more than just one tip per day, or if you want to share your tips, then you can subscribe to it here:ThriftyFun Highly recommended ! If you like the list, you can vote for it here:

An enormously wealthy 65-year-old man falls in love with a young woman in her twenties and is contemplating a proposal. "Do you think she'd marry me if I tell her I'm 45?" he asked a friend. "Your chances are better," said the friend, "if you tell her you're 90."

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