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Thursday, 23 January, 2003

OK, this is just WRONG. I don't think it got out of the teens today, and with the wind-chill, well . . . it's just nasty out. I was supposed to have lunch today with the owner of a racehorse, but I called this morning to see if we could reschedule for next week. I could hear the relief in his voice.

[Those cold temps in Florida last week are looking REALLY good right now.]

Update on the Virgin Airlines story: all the miles are there! Steve, my caseworker, sent me an e-mail entitled, "They tell me we're done?!" I confirmed it, and then sent a nice note to Virgin complementing him on the work he did. A real pain, but hey, I have enough miles for a free flight now.

[Maybe somewhere WARM.]

It was a banner day for friends of the blog. I had lunch with Diane, Eva and Ellen - replete with bad Yugo jokes. There was even a George sighting.

After work, I needed to meet with Richard to go over some cabinet, hardware and finish details. John K had gone to a new restaurant in town called Salt over the weekend and gave a rave review of it to me and Jon. So I arranged to meet Richard there - it is a tiny place, and I didn't have a reservation so I waited at the six-seat bar. Imagine my surprise when in walked Diane, Eva and Jon! They kindly bought me a glass of wine and invited me to join them, but Richard arrived and we ate at the bar while discussing the plans.

We all compared meal choices this morning. It appears that the saddle of lamb and the skate with pickled spaghetti squash were a little tastier than the "thymus gland with cloves." The foie gras looked pretty yummy as well, so I'll definitely go back.

Rummy, Rummy, Rummy. Donald Rumsfeld is just awesome. After Germany and France declared their intention to oppose any military action against Iraq in the UN, Rummy delicately hinted that their support was not required. Actually what he said was that they, and the UN, are irrelevant now. Which is true. USS Clueless has - as usual - some incredibly insightful observations on this and other topics.

I also find the USS Clueless timeline and assessment of how the war will unfold to be very interesting. Read this if you have the time and/or inclination.

And as if Rumsfeld's comments aren't humorous enough in their own right, another entry from Scrappleface.com:

Rumsfeld Sorry for 'Axis of Weasels' Remark

U.S. Secretary Defense Donald Rumsfeld apologized today for referring to France and Germany as an "Axis of Weasels."

"I'm sorry about that Axis of Weasels remark," said Mr. Rumsfeld. "I didn't mean to dredge up the history France and Germany share of pathetic compliance with ruthless dictators."

[Cheap, but accurate.]

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Quote du jour:

"The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one."

-- Lewis Grizzard (1946 - 1996) US writer

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