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Monday, 15 November, 2004

Had a pretty quiet weekend. We went to dinner and a movie with Katie on Friday night. We tried "Washington Square", one of Stephen Starr's newest restaurants. It was great! Decor is a bit odd - kind of Neo-Asian-Gothic thing going on - but the food was terrific. Katie had a delicious roast chicken, Gary had crab cakes to start and short ribs, and I had a goat cheese/parma ham/endive appetizer and grilled chicken skewers. Very good.

Then we went to see "I Heart Huckabees". Even the parts I didn't sleep through were weird.

[Two thumbs down.]

Quick blog tonight as I'm off to Chez Trauma. But here's a cute story about some resourceful rodents:

A bag of bills stolen from a casino was snapped up by beavers who wove thousands of dollars in soggy currency into the sticks and brush of their dam on a creek in eastern Louisiana.

"They hadn't torn the bills up. They were still whole," said Maj. Michael Martin of the East Feliciana Parish sheriff's office.

The money was part of $70,000 to $75,000 taken last week from the Lucky Dollar Casino in Greensburg.

St. Helena Parish deputies searched for the money for days until a lawyer, hoping to make a deal with prosecutors for a client, called and said the money had been discarded in the creek, Police Chief Ronald Harrell said.

Officers searched the creek during the weekend, finding one money bag right away and spotting a second downstream against the beaver dam.

The third bag of cash couldn't be found, Martin said, so deputies started breaking down the beaver dam to drain the pond it was holding. That was when they saw the dam's expensive decoration. They eventually found the missing bag, which the beavers hadn't completely emptied.

[Talk about a money pit!]

Quote du jour:

"Reduce the number of lawyers. They are like beavers - they get in the middle of the stream and dam it up."

-- Donald Rumsfeld

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