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November 17, 2006

it's ... sunny

The clouds lifted and I feel much less claustrophobic. Yep! The sun is shining. Mount Rainier is covered in snow. The Cascades look beautiful. And I need to fix my skis. Last winter when I went home for Christmas I didn’t ski because I got really sick. When I got back to Colorado and unloaded my skis—my binding was flat against my ski, the metal was bent and cut in a few places and the screws were torn out. I don’t know what happened—but it happened between Denver and Boston. I called United but they said unless I had shown someone immediately after claiming my skis at baggage they couldn’t be held responsible. Anger! I learned an important lesson: check your skis right away or you will pay—thanks United and your not-so-friendly skies.

November 16, 2006

You learn something new everyday--

-- but you don't always learn something "useful".

"Some things" I learned yesterday:

The first person to decorate their Christmas tree electric lights was Edward Johnson in 1882. He worked at Edison Electric Light Company and had the lights made especially for him. Nice job, Ed.

William and Mary College, where my little brother Daniel goes, is the second oldest institution of higher education in the United States. It was founded in 1693!

Side-note: Robert Gates is a graduate of William and Mary.

Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) was born in Fort Collins, CO—where I went to school (I may have found that because I wanted to see if CSU could compare to William and Mary—it can’t—you win, Daniel.)

I think that’s all I learned… oh, wait. Sara taught me what ‘radio buttons’ are and she probably taught me how to spell something. Unfortunately, I rarely retain forced facts. (hehe--just kidding Sara : )