October 31st, 2006

magikist

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It was on this day in 1987 that Mary and I packed up our possessions and moved to Marietta, GA from Chicago. We had both grown up in Chicago (or the Chicago area; I lived in Northfield for several years while in high school). Mary, in fact, had lived in the same house all her life. We brought our five (at the time) cats with us: Kittyface, Baby, Moe, Larry and Curly. (Baby almost didn't make the trip. She escaped from the house the night before we were to leave.)

The drive to Atlanta was unspectacular. Apart from the cats howling the entire way (oddly enough, the ones we had tranqued were the noisiest and most persistent), we made it here by 4 AM and spent our first night sleeping on the floor. The one funny incident was at a Waffle House (our first visit to one) in Chattanooga. We went in to get coffee and use the facilities, and found that we were the only two people not in costume. I kid you not.

Anyway, we're entering our 20th year in the Atlanta area. All of the cats who accompanied us on that maiden voyage are gone now (the most recent departure being Larry, in April 2002), but we've found a few replacements. For that matter, most of the possessions that we brought with us are now gone as well, including the baby grand piano (long story, would rather not talk about it). We've put a lot of work into the house and the grounds around it, but it still feels like the place that we found (at long last) at 4 AM on November 1, 1987. Mary and I have celebrated our 10th and 20th anniversaries here; we have spent the majority of our 30s and 40s here. God willing, we'll be here the rest of our lives. We always get calls from realtors asking when we're planning on selling. They're always shocked to hear us say that it'll take six men to get us out of here.

So, today's a happy one for us here.
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In Day By Day, it appears that Jan is echoing half of the sentiment of Winston Churchill. Let's remind everyone that the second half of the sentiment was "If an old man is a liberal, then he has no mind."

Cox & Forkum have a new book out. It'd be worth the $20.

4-Block World compares two media personalities who have made waves during this election campaign.

Helen Thomas models her Hallowe'en costume in today's Gaggle. And, apparently, Wolf Blitzer was surprised by the spanking he got from Mrs. Cheney the other day. Details here.
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Some of you will probably find this amusing. It reminds me of an old Gahan Wilson cartoon: an executive is shooting energy pulses out of his fingers at one of his underlings. Two others are standing there, and one says to the other, "You know, I've always known that he could do that."
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This one's from dafne99:

Whether you've ever been interested in me or not, for the moment consider that you are trying to seduce me. What song would you use to set the mood? If you respond here and repost this in your journal, I promise to return the favor. (And yes, all comments are screened. I promise. Please let me know if you'd rather not have it posted.)
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An election-time joke from a friend of mine:

A cannibal was walking through the jungle and came upon a restaurant opened by a fellow cannibal.

Feeling hungry, he sat down and looked over the menu...

Broiled Missionary: $10.00

Fried Explorer: $15.00

Baked Politician: $100.00.

The cannibal called the waiter over and asked, "Why such a price difference for the politician?"

The cook replied: "Have you ever tried to clean one?"

A little better than the last cannibal joke I posted out here, but not quite as good as this one: Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other, "Does this taste funny to you?"