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Updated: 06/30/06

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Friday, 30 June, 2006

They say that good news comes in threes, so here's hoping the last one will be just as good. Good News Number One and Two are as follows:

ONE - Last night we picked up Katie from school - she's taking a summer session at Moore College of Art in downtown Philadelphia. It's a four week course for high school aged women, which gives them 3.0 college-level elective units. She's in town every day through the end of July, so we went down to Rock Lobster on the Delaware River for dinner. Sat outside and had a nice meal - they actually have a pretty good deal on snow crab claws, so we'll keep it in mind.

I hefted my purse onto the chair next to me and Katie asked if it was heavy. I said it wasn't, but I couldn't lift my arm above shoulder height. I tried to demonstrate - by actually lifting my arm above my shoulder! Haven't been able to do that for almost two months now. I still have a bit of trouble lifting it straight up to the side, but definite progress.

TWO - Gary was scheduled to be on call tonight, and on back-up for the rest of the weekend. Even though that doesn't mean actually being *in* the hospital, we wouldn't be able to go down to the beach since he'd need to be within about twenty minutes of the hospital in case of emergency. He called this morning and said that he was speaking with his boss who said that he and his family were planning to be at home anyway, so he offered to switch schedules with Gary. So . . . as soon as rounds are finished tomorrow morning, we'll head down to Longport! Yea!

So, now I'm waiting for THREE.

Apparently it is NOT Lucky Friday for the top road cyclists. Both Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso - the two co-favorites for this year's Tour de France, which starts this weekend - have been banned from the race for potential doping violations.

A doping scandal rocked the Tour De France before it even started.

Already missing retired seven-time champion Lance Armstrong, cycling's most prestigious race will not even feature co-favorites Jan Ullrich of Germany and Ivan Basso of Italy.

Ullrich, the 1997 winner, was removed from the T-Mobile team on Friday morning after being named in a doping investigation along with dozens of other cyclists. The 32-year-old Ullrich claims he is innocent, but his protest was not enough to keep him in the race.

Basso, who rides for the CSC team and finished second last year behind Armstrong, was also included in Spanish media reports on a list of 56 cyclists under investigation.

In a year when professional cycling is trying to find a new charasmatic hero to replace Lance, this is definitely not a good thing.

But in other news, Britney Spears posed nude on the cover of Harper's Bazaar.

[So maybe a biking scandal isn't so bad.]


[Only 7,201 more needed for our wine cellar wall.]

Quote du jour:

"Though it be honest, it is never good/
To bring bad news."

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) English dramatist, poet
Antony and Cleopatra

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