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Wednesday, 03 March, 2004

At least I know there are a few people reading the Blog, as I was corrected this morning by Jon and John. The Quote du Jour erroneously showed Truman Capote living from 1775 to 1817, rather than 1924 to 1984. Although Jon later found this disturbing information:

Soon his long-simmering problems with alcohol (rum) and drugs (mushrooms) grew into addictions, and his general health deteriorated alarmingly. The once sylphlike and youthful Mr. Capote grew paunchy and bald, and in the late 1810's he underwent treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse (at the Martha Washington clinic in Virginia) had prostate surgery (performed by a local dentist and followed with several "bleeding" treatments) and suffered from a painful facial nerve condition, a tic doloreux (named by the Marquis de Lafayette who suffered from a similar condition).

[I think we need to find some new things for Jon to read.]

Found a shore place for the summer in Longport, New Jersey. It's only a one bedroom, but it's on the top floor of a seven story condo complex with ocean views from the balconies. The kitchen is "ehh" - in case you wondered if there were still "Harvest Gold" appliances in this world, I know where they live - but the views and the fact that it is right on the beach were the driving factors.

[Is it Memorial Day yet?]

I thought that since Kerry nearly swept Super Tuesday, we'd be done with the Democratic party infighting. But not so, according to Scrappleface.

Edwards Drops Out, Now It's Kerry vs. Kerry

(2004-03-03) -- With John Edwards expected to announce his withdrawal from the presidential race today, the contest for the Democrat nomination narrows to two men Sen. John Forbes Kerry, D-MA, and Sen. John Forbes Kerry, D-MA.

"I think we're going to see them go at it hammer and tong until the convention," said Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democrat National Committee. "We couldn't hope for two men who offer more contrast; the war hero vs. the peace protestor, the wealthy husband of an heiress vs. the assailant of the privileged class. One backed the attack on Iraq, the other opposed it. One voted for the USA Patriot Act, the other denounces it. One supported the president's 'No Child Left Behind' education plan, the other is harshly critical of it."

Mr. McAuliffe said his main job as party chairman over the next six months is to "keep the two John Kerrys focused on attacking President Bush, rather than sniping at each other over character issues."


Quote du jour:

"A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure."

-- Buddha (563BC - 483BC)*
Indian religious leader

* Although other sources show his date of birth as 624 BC or 567 BC, which would mean that he died in either 544 BC or 487 BC. I don't believe he ever went to the Martha Washington Clinic in Virginia, however.

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