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Today is Thursday, January 31.

I just finished a new site for the Griffiths Senior Center
here in Black Diamond and they invited me to come over and 
join their Floor Curling, and hopefuly take some pictures.
Well, at -22 cameras chill off and pictures get a bluish
tinge, so for today I just walked without any camera, just
to see what is going on.

I expected half a dozen octogenarians shuffling around, and 
was quite surprised. There were about 60 very lively people
between 50 and 90, and before I knew it, I had been drafted
to fill in on a team. Since I had never competed or even 
played Floor Curling, they graciously allowed me six practise 
shots. I blew them all. My aim was exellent, but unlike
bowling, you don't put much force into a shot. 

Halfway through the game I learned to just gently slide the
stone and we did win, just barely. That's how good the rest
of the team were!

I'll take some pictures next Wednesday.

Have FUN!

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A Zebra dies and arrives at the Pearly Gates. As he enters, he says to St. Peter , "I have a question that's haunted me all of my days on earth. Am I a white horse with black stripes, or a black horse with white stripes?" St. Peter said, "That's a question only God can answer". So the zebra went off in search of God. When he found Him, the zebra asked, "God, please ~ I must know. Am I a white horse with black stripes or a black horse with white stripes?" God simply replied "You are what you are." The zebra returned to see St. Peter once more, who asked, "Well, did God answer your question?" The zebra looked puzzled. "No sir, God simply said 'You are what you are.'" St. Peter smiled and said to the zebra, "Well then, that answers it ~ you are a white horse with black stripes." The zebra asked, "How do you know that?" "Because," said St. Peter, "If you were a black horse with white stripes, God would have said, "Yo is what yo is."
Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, "Why is the bride dressed in white?" Well, the mother did not really want to get into a deep discussion about innocence and virginity, especially since this was the fourth wedding of the bride, so she fibbed: "Because white is the color of happiness, and today is one of the happiest days of her life." The child thought about this for a moment, then said, "Mom, why is the groom wearing black?"
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>Thanks to Billie for this story: A few years ago I went to visit my brother who was stationed in Germany. I assumed that enough Germans would speak English so that I could at least get around. But I found that many people spoke only their native tongue - including the ticket inspector on the train. He punched my ticket, then chatted cordially for a bit, making gestures like a windmill. I just nodded from time to time to show him that I was interested. When he had gone, an American woman soldier in the compartment leaned forward and asked if I spoke German. "No," I confessed. "Then that explains," she said, "why you didn't bat an eyelid when he told you that you were on the wrong train going in the wrong direction."
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Although he was a qualified meteorologist, Hopkins ran up a terrible record of forecasting for the TV news program. He became something of a local joke when a newspaper began keeping a record of his predictions and showed that he'd been wrong almost three hundred times in a single year. That kind of notoriety was enough to get him fired. He moved to another part of the country and applied for a similar job. One blank on the job application called for the reason for leaving his previous position. Hopkins wrote, "The climate didn't agree with me."
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Today, Jan 28, in 
0876 Charles becomes king of Italy
1578 Battle of Gembloers
1627 Spanish government goes bankrupt
1696 Revolt of undertakers after funeral reforms (Amsterdam)
1779 Charles Messier adds M57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra) to his catalog
1851 Gail Borden announces invention of evaporated milk
1855 Western railroads blocked by snow
1862 Telescope maker Alvin Clark discovers dwarf companion of Sirius
1865 Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)
1871 Millions of birds fly over western San Francisco, darken the sky
1874 Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill MO
1905 1st auto to exceed 100 mph (161 kph), A G MacDonald, Daytona Beach
1906 Strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake, Colombia, 8.6 Richter
1911 Congress names San Francisco as Panamá Canal opening celebration site
1915 1st (German) poison gas attack, against Russians
1928 Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company
1929 Leon Trotsky expelled from Russia to Turkey
1930 1st US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst New Jersey
1932 US railway unions accept 10% wage reduction
1933 Hitler promises parliamentary democracy
1934 FDR devalues the dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce
1940 40 U boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
1941 21 U boats sunk this month (127,000 ton)
1942 62 U boats sunk this month (327,000 ton)
1943 39 U boats sunk this month (203,100 ton)
1943 Chile breaks contact with Germany & Japan
1943 General Friedrich von Paul surrenders to Russian 
   troops at Stalingrad
1944 U-592 sunk off Ireland
1948 Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
1950 President Truman reveals that he ordered the Atomic 
   Energy Commission to develop the hydrogen bomb
1953 "Princess Victoria" capsized off Stanraer Scotland; 133 die
1955 RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
1957 Liz Taylor's 2nd divorce (Michael Wilding)
1957 Trans-Iranian oil pipe line finished
1958 US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1
1961 Ham is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2
1961 USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights
1968 Viet Cong's Tet offensive begins
1974 McDonald's founder Ray Kroc buys San Diego Padres
1978 Israel turns 3 military outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements
1980 Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41
1990 1st McDonald's in Russia opens in Moscow, world's biggest McDonald's
1994 Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo" burns down 
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