05 December 2003
The mail system in Pennsylvania is seriously messed up, and when our landlord, John Polander, gave us the list of things to set up, he never mentioned mail. He gave us the mailing address as though it is the physical apartment address. I found out from the cable company that mail was being sent back, so I phoned the post office and talked to Mike Reeping, the Post Master of Perryopolis, who told me that it was because they did not know us and we had to have a P.O.Box. The post office is only open from 7am to 5pm Monday through Friday and 7am to 3pm Saturday according the the Post Master there. But when John stopped at the post office on his way to work a little after 7am, it was still locked up so he could not get the mail. This is so nuts. Isn't is a constitutional right to be able to get mail?
02 December 2003
"Finally, the guys side of the story. We always hear "the rules" from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side. (Please note... these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE!)
1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down.. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hea r us complaining about you leaving it down.
1. Sunday = sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the
tides. Let it be.
1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.
1. Crying is blackmail.
1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!
1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every
1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it.
That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.
1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days.
1. If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't
expect us to act like soap opera guys.
1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.
1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.
1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.
1. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.
1. Christopher Columbus did not need directions and neither do we.
1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings.
Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a
fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.
1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.
1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like
nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth
1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an
answer you don't want to hear.
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine ... Really.
1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, or monster trucks.
1. You have enough clothes.
1. You have too ma ny shoes.
1. I am in shape. Round is a shape.
1. Thank you for reading this; Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the
couch tonight, but did you know men really don't mind that, it's
Pass this to as many men as you can - to give them a laugh.
Pass this to as many women as you can - to give them a bigger
It was great to see my parents. Mom gave me a wedding card with a lot of cash in it, which we later used a little more than a third of to pay for the pizza. After rehearsing twice, we decorated and everyone else ate (I was too nervous to eat.) John went to Larry & Debbie's after they escorted me to the motel. After checking in, I went to Mom & Dad's room and talked with them. They were already in bed. Then I went up to my room. It was after midnight. I carried the dress up the the room along with all my make-up and hair stuff. I tried to go to bed. I checked the clock every hour to see if it was time to get up yet. At 5 a.m. I phoned down to the front desk to cancel my wake-up call. I was up.
I noticed I forgot shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste...you know, the essentials. So I went down to the front desk and got an essentials bag of stuff for 5 dollars which I put on my motel bill. Then I got some coffee. A little later, Mom came up to my room and ironed my wedding dress, slip, vale. The closer the time came, the more nervous I got. Mom later phoned me that she had paid my motel bill and for me not to worry about it. That was so sweet and I was very grateful, but I felt guilty about it. It was terrific when dad came up to help me carry stuff down to the car. I had not seen them in a few years, so it was really terrific to see them. I am so glad that they were able to drive down and be there, concidering that at first they were not going to be able to make it.
My mom showed up pictures of her grandchildren, which I do not know. It was actually the first time I had ever seen a picture of them. Then I saw a picture of my sister's bridal shower and felt annoyed than there were members of my dad's family that made it to my sister's bridal shower but they did even bother to send a card or email one for the wedding. Then the entire time during the rehearsal, I heard a lot about my sister and her wedding and her sons. It brought back a lot of hurt from childhood when my sister cried wanting something of mine, my mom would give it to her to get her quiet. I know it sounds petty of me, but I did not go to prom or anything else like that in high school. And then at my own wedding, it was still about my sister. The next day, during the rehearsal, my sister called my dad 3 times on his cell phone because she wanted to know when he was coming back so her could watch her son. It hurt. It made me wonder if my parents were there for me, or if it was because of my grandmother. I do not know. And that hurts also.
The movers called and will try to get us moved quickly. They first tried a mover that was in our town. I guess he does not need the money. So they got a mover that is further south and seems a lot nicer. We should be moving within the week, at least our stuff will be moved. We still have to keep this apartment and clean it up. I see a lot of cleaning in my future. The day after the wedding, I had to go do laundry so John would have clean clothes to wear to work. Not exactly the way I wanted to honeymoon. Things will get better. We already had our first wedding blowup the day after the wedding. I thought being married would be like living together. It is not. It feels much different. And it has only been 3 days.
30 November 2003
Debbie picks me up to go to her house where does an incredible job taking care of her 3 daughters while preparing Thanksgiving dinner and helping me with the wedding. She did a brilliant job of making alterations to the wedding dress, making alterations to her daughters dresses who were my junior bridesmaid and flower princesses. The girls were absolutely beautiful and wonderful during the entire wedding. At the same time Debbie was working on the dinner, dress, wedding details, her husband was getting the wedding music together. He did a brilliant job of orchestrating the entire wedding and reception.
I am still over at Debbie's where she is up before the sun preparing Thanksgiving dinner, getting the Turkey ready along with everything else. Catherine, the oldest is up first. She is definitely in the Thanksgiving spirit with the song "cornucopia." It is a very addicting song. Catherine did a terrific job getting through the Explorer program she had on the computer. Thanksgiving dinner was terrific!!! Afterwards, we watched entertaining home movies of the girls. I see Academy awards in their futures.:-) The movies were very touching. It was also really sweet when I saw Debbie playing dolls with the youngest girl. I started getting scared of the wedding then thinking, I have no idea how to play dolls. I have no idea how to be a parent. How can I can I get married and have children? What if I mess up? I was scared. So I cried for the entire two hour drive home. When we got home, I got a call from Elayne. Her printer was messed up and would only print 2 programs an hour. After 4 hours, she gave up, and emailed the program for us to print out. I could not get it opened. John could not get it opened. After a couple hours on the phone with Greg, they decided to phone Robin and have her try to open the program. The conclusion was to go without a program, so John emailed Larry and Debbie that we would have to do without programs at the wedding.
The cats make sure John and I get up at about 7 am. After taking wrapping my hair up in a hair claw, I remind John to feed the cats while I jump in the shower. Then I throw on a pair of jeans and a fleece sweater while John watches the weather station complaining that the weather will be getting worse and that we will have snow and ice on our wedding. Then he sees my fleece that says "Let it snow" on it. No time to worry about looking nice...We are on a mission...To get married. First, it is off to the landlord's to give her some money for rent. She just had surgery and was in pain, but still graciously congratulated us on our wedding. Next, we drove through the drive-thru of McDonald's where they were just switching over to lunch, so I got a fish sandwich. Brunch was eaten on the way downtown to get our wedding license. It was a madhouse downtown with all the day after Thanksgiving shoppers. We made it to the courthouse in the freezing rain. After we got the license, I told John that we had to phone Debbie to tell her that we got the license. John replied that we could call them when we got home. I promised her that I would call her as soon we got the license, so John found a pay phone there in the courthouse. From there, we walked to the mall where John bought a tie and I tried on shoes for the wedding with no success. We then went to the Disney store to look for presents for the 3 youngest girls in the wedding party with no more success than finding wedding shoes to buy. So we drove to Target. There, John and I split up. I went to look for presents for the girls while John went to get stuff for the wedding. I saw some cute stuff, but were not sure that they were age appropriate, and we wanted to try to give them all the same thing to avoid jealousy. For that mission was a failure. I then bought myself make-up for the wedding. While getting hair stuff for the wedding (bobby pins and pretty hair jewelry which I forgot to bring in the church), John was exclaiming that it was already 3 pm and we were running late. So it was off to Sam's Club to pick up the food and drinks for the reception and hurry home. I quickly made a reservation for myself at a motel, threw all my make-up and hair stuff in a bag and we were off to the rehearsal, which was a 2 hour drive. By now, John was hungry and stopped at Long John Silver's close to our apartment. While driving, he was able to down a few fillets, but then his stomach was upset and we had to stop at the rest stop. We were late. The rehearsal was for 6 pm. We arrived at 7:15 pm. Everyone else had already started decorating. The church looked beautiful. Sandy, Debbie, and Robin were very hard at work to make sure John and I have a perfect wedding. When I first saw it, I felt impressed, extremely grateful, and extremely guilty because I was so used to doing things myself, I did not know how to respond to so many people focused on me and do so much for me. I am very indebted to them. My parents, Pop Ullom, Larry & Debbie, Jason & Robin, reverend Bill and Sandy, the girls...I am so very indebted to them, and so very grateful for them. They did an incredible job at the rehearsal. We had to go through the rehearsal twice. I was very nervous. Mom gave me a card for the wedding then along with some cash. Then the guys ordered the pizzas after coordinating who was suppose to be calling and ordering. I was too nervous to eat. I did notice we had programs laid out beautifully for the wedding. Debbie did a beautiful job making the programs at the last moment. There is no way I could have ever done any of this without them. My days as a Maverick are over.
26 November 2003
Don't cry fowl, but the first Thanksgiving was not celebrated by the Pilgrims. In fact, Thanksgiving Day has been celebrated in one way or another throughout history by cultures around the world. Today, Americans of all religions and ethnicities take the fourth Thursday of November to appreciate all that we have to be thankful for. So, let's cut through all the turkey, and tell you the real story:
Animist tribes believed that plants and animals had spirits which were angered by the harvest. To appease these spirits, tribes would make offerings which often included elaborate festivals. These ceremonies provided the foundation for today's Thanksgiving Day holiday.
In addition, the ancient Greeks, Romans and Hebrews all performed their own festivals to celebrate bountiful harvests. The Greeks honored their goddess of grains, Demeter, during the autumn festival of Thesmosphoria. The Romans made annual offerings to Ceres, the goddess of corn. The Jewish people have been celebrating Sukkoth, the harvest festival, for over 2,000 years.
The American tradition began in 1621 when Massachusetts Bay Governor William Bradford proclaimed a feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. The colonists had suffered severe hardships during their first year in the New World, and the successful harvest provided hope that things were improving. According to several documented accounts of this feast, the colonists shared corn, fruits, vegetables and fish with friendly native American tribes who in turn provided fresh venison.
Stop! Hold the cranberry sauce! Although this autumnal feast has served as the foundation for later Thanksgiving Day celebrations, the Pilgrims neither called it "Thanksgiving," nor did they repeat the ceremony in future years. In fact, a day of "thanksgiving" would have been spent fasting and praying by these devoutly religious peoples.
So when did the holiday start? Actually, there were various Thanksgiving Day celebrations throughout the early years of colonial USA and Canada. It was George Washington who first declared that all the members of the new Union should celebrate Thanksgiving on the same day, Thursday, November 26, 1789. But, not surprisingly, it was Abraham Lincoln who first declared Thanksgiving as a US national holiday in 1863. America's neighbors, the Canadians, celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October.
While on http://www.theknot.com, my home page pops up that I only have 3 days left until our wedding. So much to do. So little time. I remember when I used to be in school looking at the clock thinking how horribly slow time was. When did it speed up so quickly? And 24 hours in one day is definitely not enough time. There should be at least 36. That way I could get maybe 6 hours of sleep. Last night, I went to bed at 1am after washing the dishes, cleaning the cat litter, taking out the trash. At 3am, my oldest cat woke me up to feed him. So I got up and put down some more of his favorite kibble (he already had some in his bowl, but he wanted fresh out of the container). Then at 7:30am I was up filling the flower vase that the cats like to drink out of, cleaning their water bowl which they never drink out of and filling it up with water, tossing old kibble out of the food bowl and putting fresh kibble down, and opening 3 cans of cat food and 1 pouch of cat food which they just snubbed. But then 2 hours later, the middle cat came over to me "asking" to be fed, like I am suppose to open another can so it is fresh just for her considering they did not touch the other cans. The sad part of it is that I set them up to be that way. It is not uncommon for them to come ask for food and for me to give it to them no matter what the schedule. So I only have myself to blame.
Last week, I was told everything was taken care of for the wedding and not to worry. Now 3 days till the wedding, it seems as though there is a ton of work to do: sizing the dress, getting the food, decorations, reorganizing the wedding party when people are unable to attend, etc. I am completely going nuts. Who was the Sadist who invented weddings?
And to top it all off, we are moving to a new state at the same time. I must be a glutton for punishment.
24 November 2003
To allow for complete devotion to their faith, Muslims must abide by stringent rules from dawn until sunset for the entire month. Eating, drinking, smoking, and sex are strictly forbidden during daylight. In addition, Muslims must show greater sympathy for the needy and poor. Fasting plays a key role in accomplishing these goals by allowing for greater concentration on the spiritual, generating empathy for the hungry and cleansing the body of overindulgence.
At the end of each day, Muslims break their fast with a meal called the iftar. Following the custom of Prophet Muhammad, the fast is often broken with dates, then followed by a prayer and dinner. Muslims also generally have a pre-fast meal, called the suhoor, which occurs before dawn.
The evening of the 23rd day of the month, or Laylat-al-Qadr ("the Night of Decree"), is a very special day in which all sins are forgiven and any act returned multi-fold. This night is believed to be the one on which Muhammad first received the revelation of the Holy Koran.
The day after Ramadan ends, Muslims celebrate a holiday called Id-al-Fitr, a three-day "Feast of Fast Breaking." During this time, gifts are exchanged, large meals consumed, and the company of family and friends enjoyed.
Hopefully, we will learn more about each other and war can end. We are all God's children, we just have different traditions to worship him by. That is all.
23 November 2003
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been "lost" and is not available.
I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.
I graduated from Yale University. I was a cheerleader.
PAST WORK EXPERIENCE
I ran for US Congress and lost.
I began my career in the oil business in Midland, Texas in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.
With the help of my father and our right-wing friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected Governor of Texas.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS GOVERNOR
I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union.
During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.
I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.
I set the record for the most executions by any Governor in American history.
With the help of my brother, the Governor of Florida, and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President after losing by over 500,000 votes.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT
I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week.
I spent the US surplus and effectively bankrupted the US Treasury.
I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in US history.
I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the US stock market.
I am the first president in US history to enter office with a criminal record.
I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one year period.
After taking-off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S.history.
I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a WMD.
In my State Of The Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq, then blamed the lies on our British friends.
I set the record for most campaign fundraising trips by a US president.
In my first year in office over 2-million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues every month.
I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
I appointed more convicted criminals to administration than any president in US history.
I set the record for least amount of press conferences than any president since the advent of television.
I presided over the biggest energy crisis in US history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.
I presided over the highest gasoline prices in US history.
I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families -- in war time.
I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people) shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.
I've broken more international treaties than any President in US history.
I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. My "poorest millionaire," Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.
I am the first president in US history to order an unprovoked, preemptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of US citizens, and the world community.
I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States government.
I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Human Rights Commission.
I withdrew the US from the World Court of Law.
I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war "detainees" and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.
I am the first president in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US election).
I am the all-time US and world record-holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.
My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in US history.
My political party used the Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the US Supreme Court during my election decision.
I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution.
More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history.
I garnered the most sympathy for the US after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the US the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.
I am first president in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.
I changed the US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein to justice.
RECORDS AND REFERENCES
All records of my tenure as Governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed, and unavailable for public view.
All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-president, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.
Please consider my experience when voting in 2004 -
If you vote in 2004, you may still have an idiot for a President, but at least the President will be "Your" idiot.
02 November 2003
So this morning, John gets up at a quarter after four a.m. to feed the cats. And then Rusty wakes him up at 7 a.m. by swatting John in the face. John rolls over. Rusty moves to the other side of John and swats him in the face. This goes on until Rusty wins. John is up and in the shower. After my shower, we take Moocher to the vet to get his shots. Rusty's attitude: Better him than me. Ashley's attitude: One down, one to go. But then we bring Moocher back. When Moocher gets out of his carrier, he walks up to John and gives him a talking to.
Since we do not have much time to get everything done, we do not stop to make anything to eat. We are off to Target to buy cat food so the poor guys do not starve. Considering Moocher has gained 2 pounds since his last visit to the vet, I doubt that is going to happen. We buy 60 cans. Then it is off to Lowe's to try to find something work-related. Our search was unsuccessful. By this time we are starving, so Ryan's steak house for their all-you-can-eat buffet is a necessity. Then we are off to Home Depot to see if the work related item is there. It is not. So John decides he will have to build one himself. Next stop: Sam's Club. We buy 4 tires for our poor car that has been screaming neglect. It is amazing how a tire that advertises it is only 68 dollars a tire quickly ads up with all the extra charges like sales tax, tire disposal, service charge, etc. So while we are waiting the hour it takes for them to install the tires, we wander around Sam's Club practicing extreme restraint. By the time we get our car back, I see it is too late to go do laundry which definitely needs to be done before tomorrow afternoon. And they are advertising that they will be closing the bridge tomorrow that leads to the laundry mat. I am so glad it is not tomorrow yet.
So, since we do not have time to go do laundry after Sam's Club, John wants to go to Books-A-Million which is like a candy store to a child. John shows extreme restraint by just buying 2 papers, and I get a free publication, which brings me to my next subject: Insane lawsuits.
While reading Free West Virginia Entertainment Guide *November 2003* Vol. 14,page 24, there is a commentary by Darwin Smith titled, BMI sues Huntington bar over karaoke show. In the article, Mr. Smith writes,"...No one is safe. Everyone knows that the Recording Industry Artists Association is pursuing grandmothers and small children for what they call internet piracy, and the Motion Picture Artists Association is ruining the prints of their own films to track internet piracy. But did you know that the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers has sued the Girl Scouts for their campfire sing-a-longs?
At the heart of the struggle between small-city entertainment centers and BMI is a dispute over what constitutes fair use, and BMI's renewing of the rights of songs that, did the company not exist, would have passed into public domain long ago.
BMI and ASCAP insist that every performance of the songs licensed by them must be performed in either a licensed venue, or by a licensed performer. However, karaoke jockeys already pay a licensing fee which is factored into the cost of their music catalog. This is why karaoke CDs cost more than common CDs.
Since the license has already been paid, fair use dictates that it should well be within the discretion of the KJ where and when these songs are performed, with no further licensing being required by either the venue or the performers who sing to the KJ's discs.
However, BMI and ASCAP's behavior leads one to believe that they feel you don't pay enough when you purchase your music. From their behavior, one could only presume that they want everyone who ever performs or sings their songs to be licensed.
For example, you shouldn't sing "Happy Birthday" to your kids on the anniversary of their first breath. Should one of the children decide to play "Spies" as per Orwell's 1984, you may find yourself the target of a $10,000 lawsuit leveled at your head by ASCAP.
This sort of behavior on the part of BMI, ASCAP, the RIAA and the MPAA displays an adversarial relationship with their own customers, which goes quite a long way to explain why all four organizations are experiencing a drop in revenue. ..."
I completely agree with Mr. Smith. Before these wealthy corporations got even more greedy, we used to buy a lot of videos, CD's, tapes. Since they sued Napster and are continuing this insanity, we have completely stopped buying their products. I have not gone to see a movie in over 2 years. On television, I see a lot of ads talking about the "poor entertainment industry." This same industry forgets that they need us far more than we need them. And if they are doing do poorly, why are they living in million dollar mansions throwing million dollar parties? How audacious of them to expect sympathy from us. It is time they got their heads out of the sand and started realizing that their egos are far more inflated than their actual worth.
30 October 2003
Now lets talk about the fire. Why are firefighters on the news saying that they are creating backfires during unstable winds to save the houses first, and then they will work on putting out the fire? Put out the fire first!!! Houses can be rebuilt. Lives cannot!!! And why are people staying in their houses when a fire is at their back door? When our neighbors house caught on fire, which was far less severe than the fire in California, our first concern was the safety of our cats. We were not taking any chances, and got a friend to take the cats for their safety, and then we removed our most important items like documents and pictures. You do not stay in a house that is close to a fire.
And now, with all the problems here at home and with our country in a serious recession, where are we going to come up with the money to rebuild Iraq? We do not even have the money to rebuild our own country. That is like a homeless starving child giving away his last piece of bread to another kid that he just beat up because he thought the other kid might of had a slingshot in his back pocket. Please. To quote a famous news reporter: Give me a break.
Our world, or at least our country, as gone insane. Maybe that is why Dr. Phil is so popular. How else do you explain a guy who is not exactly thin, and we have never seen without a full suit on, be able to sell a diet plan so successfully. And he does not admit to having any training in nutrition or the science of exercise.
He is just a shrink. Amazing how gullible we Americans are.
21 October 2003
A colleague and good friend of mine passed this information to me and I consider it relevant and important enough to pass it along to all of you.
Please read and act accordingly as many of us, our friends and our family members carry Cell Phones.
The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (IE: Cell Phones) ignited fumes during vehicle refueling operations.
In the first case, the cell phone was placed on the vehicle's trunk lid during fueling. It rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.
In the second case, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a Cell Phone call while fueling their car.
In the third case, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the Cell Phone - which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT:
1. Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes.
2. Mobile Phones that light up when switched-on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for fuel/fume ignition.
3. Mobile Phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boats, etc.
4. Mobile Phones should not be used, or should be turned-off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust.
(IE: solvents, chemicals, gases, grain, dust, etc.)
REMEMBER THESE THREE RULES FOR SAFE REFUELING:
1. Turn off the vehicle's engine.
2. Don't' Smoke.
3. Don't use your Cell Phone - leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off!
You can find out more about these potential Cell Phone Dangers at the Petroleum Equipment Institute Website located at http://www.pei.org. Once there click on the center of the screen where it says "Stop Static".
Thanks in advance for reading this information and PASSING IT ON TO OTHERS!
Lindsay E. Ferguson
Safety & Environmental Health
INVENSYS Metering Systems
I shattered the record for the biggest annual deficit in history (not easy!).
I set an economic record for the most personal bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period. According to Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi, in their new book, "The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke" we are on the verge of a sobering statistic. Families will file more bankruptcies than divorces, and not due to a drop in the divorce rate. In August or September the number of late payments on mortgages reached an all-time high.
I set all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the stock market.
I am the first president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.
I am the first president in US history to enter office with a criminal record.
In my first year in office I set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history (tough to beat my dad's, but I did).
After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over the worst security failure in US history.
In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their job.
I cut unemployment benefits for more out-of-work Americans than any other president in US history.
I set the all-time record for most real estate foreclosures in a 12-month period.
I appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history.
I set the record for the fewest press conferences of any president, since the advent of TV.
I signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any other US president in history.
I presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.
I cut health care benefits for war veterans.
I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.
I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.
I've made my presidency the most secretive and unaccountable of any in US history.
Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (The poorest multimillionaire, Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker namedafter her).
I am the first president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously struggle against bankruptcy.
I presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud in any market in any country in the history of the world.
I am the first president in US history to order a US attack and military occupation of a sovereign nation, and I did so against the will of the United Nations and the vast majority of the international community.
I have created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States, called the "Bureau of Homeland Security"(only one letter away from BS).
I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any other president in US history (Ronnie was tough to beat, but I did it!!).
I am the first president in US history to compel the United Nations remove the US from the Human Rights Commission.
I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Elections Monitoring Board.
I removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history.
I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant.
I withdrew from the World Court of Law.
I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.
I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors access during the 2002 US elections.
I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations. The biggest lifetime contributor to my campaign, who is also one of my best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).
I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.
I took the world's sympathy for the US after 9/11,and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).
I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.
I changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
I set the all-time record for the number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling their huge investments in corporations bidding for gov't contracts.
I have removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history. In a little over two years I have created the most divided country in decades, possibly the most divided that the US has been since the Civil War.
I entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.
RECORDS AND REFERENCES:
I have at least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).
I was AWOL from the National Guard and deserted the military during time of war.
I refuse to take a drug test or even answer any questions about drug use.
All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my fathers library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
All minutes of meetings of any public corporation for which I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.
03 August 2003
First of all, we will start with Speedy. Speedy is the name John gave the black and white stray male kitten Moocher found living under Doc's house. We are still trying to find a home for Speedy. In the meantime, Speedy has made himself at home as part of the family. He is now litter trained thanks to Rusty. He has also discover that getting petted and scratched behind the ears was a good thing. So getting picked up and carried around is something the little guy will tolerate now. He is so adorable. Unfortunately, Ashley still does not like him. She figures she is already out numbered by guys and does not want to add another one to the pack.
Now about the latest news on the firebombing. Monday night at the beginning of NightLine, which is around 11:30 p.m., John heard a noise and went to check it out when he found our porch on fire. Screaming "Fire!" and yelling at me to call 911, he grabbed the fire extenguisher and put out the fire that was in the tree, on our porch, and falling from the porch upstairs. After John put out the fire, first the fire department, and then eventually the police showed up. I was still shaking. John's adrenalin was still gushing. The police told us that this was not an accident and that the people would probably be back who did this. We did not know if it was targetted at us or the upstairs neighbor. Steve, our upstairs neighbor came down after John had the fire out. Fortunately, John acted quickly because Steve's mother upstairs had canasters of oxygen which she used for medical reasons. The entire building could have blown.
The police told us to make a list of anyone who would have any problems with us no matter how minor we may believe it to be. It turned out the Steve's nephew who lived upstairs also was involved in a bad drug deal. So the next day, the family confronted the kid and made him give up the names while kicking him out of the apartment. As the kid was driving to his mother's house, a truck followed him from the apartment to the house (the truck had apparently been watching the building without us knowing about it.) and apparently confronted the kid. Steve, the kid's uncle, took the names to the police so the police could then lift the finger prints off of one of the bottles that did not break. The police still have not lifted the finger prints and are burying the investigation for some reason saying that the kids are not big time and not worth persuing. They were big enough to try killing us. Yet the police to not care. We do not do drugs. We do not even approve of drugs, yet to be involved in this just because we have an upstairs neighbor whose teen grandson got involved in drugs is ludicrous.
I even phoned the mayor after talking to a police sargeant and trying to talk to the police chief. The mayor just said that they dropped the ball on this and got defensive. Still, the fingerprints have not been lifted from the bottle and nothing has been done. So I tried phoning the district attorney who told me that they could not do anything unless the police brought it before them. And I phoned the state arson investigor who I am still waiting for a return phone call from.
So now we are moving to Uniontown, Pennsylvania. John was offered a John there and quickly accepted without even negotiating anything because of the firebombing. John wants to get out of here as soon as possible. I am making him wait 2 weeks because I had to give my 2 week notice at work. Everything is happening very quickly. My head is still spinning. John's and my relationship is strained to the limit. Not good. It feels like John is trying to make all the decisions and I am just along for the ride. He is even criticizing this blog because he does not like me writing about our life for the world to see. Yet he has his own blog. We will see what happens.
31 July 2003
1. No man or woman is worth your tears, and the one who is, won't make you
2. Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't
mean they don't love you with all they have.
3. A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your
4. The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting right beside them knowing
you can't have them.
5. Never frown, even when you are sad, because you never know who is falling
in love with your smile.
6. To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the
7. Don't waste your time on a man/woman, who isn't willing to waste their
time on you.
8. Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right
one, so that when we finally meet the person, we will know how to be
9. Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened.
10. There's always going to be people that hurt you so what you have to do
is keep on trusting and just be more careful about who you trust next time
11. Make yourself a better person and know who you are before you try and
know someone else and expect them to know you.
12. Don't try so hard, the best things come when you least expect them to.
REMEMBER: WHATEVER HAPPENS, HAPPENS FOR A REASON.
True friends: How many people actually have 8 true friends?
Hardly anyone I know ! But some of us have all right friends and good
You have been Tagged by the Green Dog! ,-._,-.
Happiness is only in your heart so Love yourself and you will always have
30 July 2003
I hope you are having a terrific summer.
Do you know anything about Uniontown, Pennsylvania? If so, please email us any information you have. We need to find a place to live there. John starts a job there on the 18th of August. Details have still not been worked out yet. It is going to be a tough move.
Monday night, our apartment building got firebombed. John was very quick in putting out the fire. Fortunately, no one was hurt thanks to John's quick reacting and foresight in buying a fire extinguisher. The police have one of the bottles, but no one has done anything. They will not lift the prints off of the bottle until they have an actual suspect's name. We suspect it had something to do with the teen that lived upstairs with his grandmother who we heard was involved with drugs. But the police still have not questioned him. We have called the police, the district attorney's office, tried to call the chief of police, and called the mayor's office. No one is doing anything. So John stays up every night with his loaded pistols to protect us. Thank God that we still have the right to bear arms. Otherwise we would have no protection.
Write when you can.
28 July 2003
At the farmer's market Saturday, there was a gentleman there who was compaining that he had 3 grown kids and only one of them has given him any grandchildren. What right does a parent tell a child to get pregnant. How ludicrious. It is not anyones responsibility to make their parents grandparents. After all, they are not going to be the one raising them. I work with a woman that made her 17 year old daughter keep a child conceived from a rape that the daughter did not want. But the woman I work with made her keep the child because it was her grandchild.
Parents tell you to listen to them, and then when you do, they tell you not to blame them. It is solely your fault. I think Billy Joel said it best when he sang, "I don't care what you say any more, it is my life. Go ahead with your own life. Leave me alone. ... "
Our apartment just got firebombed. Nothing like this has ever happened before and I am scared. The fire department and police said it was intentional. We do not know if they were targeting us or the people upstairs from us. Here we are worried about terrorism in other countries and we should be worried about the terrorism happening here. We are at war with crime.
13 July 2003
It is time we started questioning our politicians and find our why we are in a serious recession? Why did we declare war on Iraq? Why are we destroying rain forests? Why are people in the world starving to death when farmers are paid money not to grow food? If you were the moon looking down on us, or better yet, God, what kind of questions would you ask, and what would you think of us? Do you care?
12 July 2003
July 15th will be my 3 month anniversary at work. July 16th will be my 39th birthday. I am working both days. Tuesday, from 6am to around 11:30am doing the breakfast bar, and then Wednesday from 3pm to 11pm working front desk. Since I have to work 7am to 3pm Thursday, I will not be able to go out and celebrate my birthday. So I need to start early.:-)
Now for thoughts on politics:I am proud of Senator Byrd for standing up against Bush and the war machine. It is nice to see other Senators finally getting a clue. The Romans tried this and fell. Plus, the way this administration has lied and irresponsibly manipulated our country should be condemned, not rewarded. In the next election, the only person I can think of that would be worse than Bush is Lieberman. So I still have no clue who I will be voting for. But you can trust I will be voting despite Bushes illegal activities at the polls. We all know he was not elected in, but was nominated in through the supreme court and with the help of his brother in Florida. God help our country. Please.
The economy here sucks. And now Bush is making matters worse by changing overtime laws. Already, I will come into work and work off the clock for about a half hour sometimes before clocking in. It is common practice here in the states for employees to work off the clock so they do not get overtime. Walmart has made a practice of it and everyone knows it here. Managers at some Walmart stores will tell employees to clock out and then finish their work. And now Bush is planning to make it worse. In Europe, they get vacation time. There is no law here that requires an employer to give vacation time. Our country is quickly falling downhill, and anyone who speaks out is accused of being a traitor or unpatriotic. Our forefathers are probably turning in their graves right now of shame for all the work they have done is being undone like a fire destroying a beautiful forest. It is sad.
Corporations need to be held accountable for their actions. And their should be a law that companies who had a ceo that is now vice-president, should not be given government jobs. Especially when no other companies were allowed to bid for the job. It is just plain wrong.
It is also wrong that monopoly laws are being repealed and newsgroups are being owned by large corporations.
God help us all.