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Booker T. Washington said . . .

"There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs....There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."

Could he possibly have had premonitions about people such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton?

Monday, August 30, 2004

Heart monitor

I had a portable heart monitor attached to me, today. I will have it removed tomorrow afternoon. The doctor wants to get a 24 hour reading on the minor 'fluttering' I periodically have.

My blood tests all came back normal, so there's no muscle damage.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Open house

Our daughter's school had an open house tonight. She's in 9th grade, this year, first year of high school . . . they certainly grow up fast.

Her classes are scattered from one end of the school to the other. Makes for a 'healthy' travel between classes.

Fat White Vampire

I read a book by Andrew Fox called Fat White Vampire Blues last year. It's a pretty entertaining book, and I recommend it for just about anyone. Now, there's a sequel, Bride of the Fat White Vampire. I picked it up last night from Walden Books. I will let you know what I think of it.

It STORMED pretty heavily last night. Our trouble load is up today, of course. Work, work, work . . .

Wednesday, August 25, 2004


We had a storm overnight, and everything is washed clean. What a great way to start a day. It's going to get hot, though.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004


I think I want to become a Linux Guru. I think that Linux operating systems are probably the wave of the future. There's MUCH open source software out there, which offers good, workable, (usually) FREE alternatives to the more expensive operating systems such as Micro$oft.

Now, all I need to do is find a willing teacher. I have a few Linux operating systems on CD at home, already. I just haven't done much with them.

Well, it's almost time to start work.

If you want/need a VERY good alternative to the expensive MS Office, try OPEN OFFICE at the following link. It's fully compatible with MS Office documents, and it's FREE!! For full functionality, it does need Java Runtime Environment which can be downloaded at if you don't already have it.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Blood test

Today was the day I got my quarterly blood test for cholesterol, blood sugar, and enzymes. i will have the results in a few days. There's usually not anything extraordinary about the results. What IS unusal is the news that I learned today. The lady, Linda, who took my blood for the last few years died, following surgery, from a bloodclot. She was in her late 40's. That came rather unexpectedly.

2004 Indiana State Fair

We went to the final day of the Indiana State Fair. You can see the pictures here.

It will take me a few days to get them all uploaded to that site, so check back to see if there are new ones.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Google Toolbar Installed

Google Toolbar Installed

Migrating another blog

I am migrating another blog to this one. When I started out blogging, I wasn't sure that was what I wanted to do, but this, combined with the ablility to post pictures in it, is really an exciting thing for me. So, hang in there with me while I get it together.

A Glorious Morning!!

It's a BEAUTIFUL Sunday here. It's the last day of the Indiana State Fair, too, I believe. We haven't gone yet, so this is the day if we're going to go. I will try to take some pictures and post them here and on my OTHER blog,

I switch back and forth, but will try to keep both updated until I decide which one I like best (not that anyone reads them, anyway, but someone might).

Saturday, August 21, 2004

1954 heater was centrally located.

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Drivers door.

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Vanity mirror on the passenger side.

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Driver's view of the steering wheel and dashboard.

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Back seat.

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A/C was a luxury.

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Passenger floorboard.

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Front seat. The seats had covers put on them before the car was driven from the dealer.

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Friday, August 20, 2004

Dad's 1954 Plymouth

Below are some pix of dad's newest car. It is a 1954 Plymouth, with 25,000 original miles on it. It sat in a garage for about the last 4o years. I will post some pics of the interior in a day or so. It's in pretty good shape, except it appears the motor has 'seized' up from not being started.

Front view of dad's Plymouth

Dad's 1954 Plymouth

Dad's 1954 Plymouth


It's raining, today. Not just the 'little trickle' that most of the US (with the exception of Florida) gets, but it's REALLY raining.

Rain is a good thing, but it's difficult to work in it when one works outside.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

This is the first

Ok. THIS is actually the first REAL day of this 'blog. However, I will be merging entries from an older 'blog in the near future. So, you might check back to see if there are changes prior to this day.