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Monday, 24 June, 2002

I can tell it's summer because:

a) My allergies are kicking into over-drive
b) I'm sweating on my way to work
c) I'm freezing once I get to work because they crank the AC in the office
d) All of the above.


I had a fun evening yesterday. My friend Keith was coming to Philly from London so he came over and met Suki after he got into town. We walked over to Old City and had dinner at a restaurant called Novelty, which was converted from the "General Novelty Toy Company" a few years ago. Keith showed me pictures of his two adorable sons, Edward and William, and we caught up on things.

Today, David, Jennifer and I went to lunch with some good friends, Jon and Chip from Opus Re. As we were sitting down, Keith appeared with some other reinsurance people! Small world.

In 1999 my cousins, Jim and Jacque, got married in Scotland. Whether they liked it or not, several members of the family (including myself) went over for the wedding and we all stayed in a fabulous castle in Fintry, just outside of Stirling. It was such fun, that the rumor is we're all going back for their 5th anniversary in 2004.

As such, I noted with interest a story today that Scotland has the highest concentration of UFO sightings on the planet, both in terms of sightings per square kilometer and per head of population. The Scottish Tourism Board says that 0.004 UFOs were spotted for every square kilometer which is twenty times the sightings per kilometer in the U.S.

The favorite spot for Scottish UFOs is Bonnybridge, 50 km west of Edinburgh. It is, I might add, not too far from Fintry. So I'm thinking that we should incorporate some amount of scientific research into our next family foray into the Highlands and go look for some UFOs. I bet we could find a few . . . after a couple of bottles of wine at any rate.

Oh, and Happy International UFO Day!

[No kidding!]

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Quote du jour:

"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible."

-- Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745) Anglo-Irish satirist, author, clergyman

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