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Monday, 21 July, 2003

Had a great weekend. Saturday evening I went to Jen and John's for Ethan's birthday party. They just finished their patio and it looks wonderful. It was great to see everyone, especially the babies.

Sunday morning I got up really early and drove down to Stone Harbor, NJ to watch Gary compete in a Sprint Triathlon. Sprints are the introductory triathlons: about a 1/4 mile swim, an 11 mile bike and a 3 mile run. He did a great job, finishing in 1 hour, 27 minutes. I figure just finishing is a huge accomplishment.

I drove back and returned the rental car, stopping at home to put my bike in the back seat of the car. The rental car office is a couple of miles from the Pier, so I dropped it off and rode my bike home.

I got phone calls from both Mom and Dad. Mom is in Montant visiting her sisters and it sounds like they are enjoying themselves. Dad called and said he was getting ready to watch "Little Big Man." He said the cat is pestering him for attention.

Speaking of cats, I got a cute note from Cousin Jody. She writes:

"Your 6/19 post about the costumes for cats reminded me of some "Engrish" I got recently. I was laughing so hard I could hardly read it out loud. You might get a kick out of it too.

It came with a a couple of dance pads for a video game called Dance Dance Devolution. The 3'x3' pad has sensors in it and is hooked up to the video game. You dance along with the music and try to tap the correct part of the pad with your feet. The game gives you a score and says things like "You could use some more practice" to me when I try it on Easy. The kids are *much* better at it.

Any way, here is the funny part:


Forbidden to use this product if your feet are seriously injured. Stop immediately If there is abnormal phenomenon in your foot, waist and back when using it.

Please take off your shoes when using this product, don't wear a smooth sock do not stack up other things around you, keep far away from walls and windows, find somewhere roomy to play.

There is maybe have some white powder on the surface of the product, please wipe off by a piece of soft, clean cloth.

Make sure to pave the cushion.

Don not put it near the funiture and other odds and ends.

Young children must be guided to use it or need parents and teaches to accompany, in case to be tumbled by it.

High technology product, do not apart, separate or fix it anyway. Or the damage can not be guaranteed.

Do not keep it in the quite high or low temperature environment, especially far away from fireplace.

If this product can't work well, please connect with your supplier directly.

This product is made for indoor games only. Do not use it outdoors or in other occasion.

Please shut off the power before removing this product.

Please put it on a flat floor, but not too smooth.

Do not wear sharp shoes when using it, that may cause damageg to the product.

When using this product, pay attention to keep your feet safety.

Stong jump or shake may cause influence to the video and audio output.

Please do not jump strongly, that may bring troubles to the other person.

I hope I got the whole thing right. My mind was actually trying to fix the English as I typed."

[I wonder if I could get Suki to use it . . .]

Quote du jour:

"We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once."

-- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900) German philosopher, poet

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