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Thursday, 12 February, 2004

Great news on the Africa front: both Ron and Jim are going to go with Mom and Dad! Assuming they can work out the flight details. How fun!

Speaking of trips . . . we've picked a dive trip for this year - Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. We're going to go on the T&C Aggressor for a week and then stay at a land-based resort for another week. We looked at trying to go to Fiji, but airfare is so expensive and the frequent flyer seats are so limited that we couldn't get the right combination of days. Actually, it will be kind of nice being on vacation in the same timezone for a change.

[And without two days of air travel to get there.]

Sad news today:

Barbie and Ken 'Split' After 43 Years

NEW YORK - Just like J.Lo and Ben, the romance is over for Barbie and Ken.

After 43 years as one of the world's prettiest pairs, the perfect plastic couple is breaking up. The couple's "business manager," Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, said that Barbie and Ken "feel it's time to spend some quality time apart."

"Like other celebrity couples, their Hollywood romance has come to an end," said Arons, who quickly added that the duo "will remain friends."

Barbie the most popular fashion doll in the world, according to toy maker Mattel met Ken on the set of a TV commercial in 1961, and they have been inseparable ever since.

Arons hinted Wednesday that the separation may be partially because of Ken's reluctance to get married. All those bridal Barbie dolls in toy chests around the globe are really just examples of Barbie's wishful thinking, she explained.

[She waited for 43 years before dumping this guy? *sheesh*]

Quote du jour:

"We Barbie dolls are not supposed to behave the way I do."

-- Sharon Stone (1958 - ____) US actress

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