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Saturday, 20 July, 2002

A busy day. I got up early and went skating - did over twenty miles today! While I was out, Mom called - they had stopped to visit Pam and Ron at their vacation house on the Oregon coast, and are now on their way to Seattle. They had a long drive yesterday so they found a hotel just over the Washington state border and stayed the night. They were expecting to be at Jeff and Lucia's early this afternoon.

I over to THE HOUSE for a while this afternoon. Richard had told me that the stone floor in the den turned out really well and it is just beautiful! It looks like it's been there for years. I think we're going to put a sealant on it both for protection and to darken the color a bit. Most of the gallery floor is done - they are waiting for the last bit to come in but by the end of the week I should be able to walk to every room in the house.

[Without climbing ladders or balancing on planks ten feet above the concrete floor.]

I went to the grocery store this afternoon to find something for dinner. I bought a lobster. I was really torn about it, since I've never cooked a lobster myself. But I figure that has to be a better way to go than the lobster sashimi we had in Singapore.

So I boiled the water, plucked the unlucky dude out of his carrier and plunged him into the pot. Fifteen minutes later, with the help of some drawn butter and a pair of pliers, he was dinner. Yum.

Saw a preview for an upcoming Disney movie today called, "The Country Bears". From what I can gather, it is a story of a bear that was adopted by a human family, and when he gets to be a teenager he goes in search of his real family and ends up in a bear band.

[So what?]

Usually Disney creates movies and - once they've become huge hits with the kids - then they develop a ride or attraction at their theme parks to capitalize on it. But this time, they've made a movie about one of the attractions already in the parks: Country Bear Jamboree. The attraction has been in the parks for years - a theatre with "audio-animitronics" in a story involving singing bears. I guess they figured that since they already had the capital investment in the parks, they should make a movie so they can capitalize on the tie-ins with the kiddies. Although I think they got rid of the attraction in the California park last year - maybe they'll be bringing it back. It was always one of my favorites.

[So one can hope.]

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Quote du jour:

"People spend money when and where they feel good."

Walt Disney (1901 - 1966) US movie producer

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