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Friday, July 29, 2005


Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Republican candidate for the 2008 Presidential race.


Wednesday, July 27, 2005


God. NASA sucks lately. They're grounding the space shuttle fleet?!? Like we were going to launch another one, just out of the blue, while we already had one in orbit...? How do you ground something that's already in outer space?! It makes our whole space program seem like it hinges on the integrity of a piece of beer-cooler quality styrofoam.

In other news...they finally changed the Yahoo Mail homepage. Bout frickin' time. The previous thing looked like something I could have come up with for twelve bucks and a half hour's work. I'm not sure what I mean by that.

I need to stop blogging after having a few beers. I'm no longer the expert I once was, and 2 beers pretty much makes me feel more or less kersmashed these days.

I think I forgot to share this precious story the other day:

Amputee happy to be reunited with foot.


Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Man. I'm struggling to work up the attention span necessary to somehow post 550 (or at least 300-some) photos from our Europe trip. There are several website hosting services out there that might work, but I'm too lazy to wade through them all to find one that doesn't have some stupid, lame, static, pre-set format, and also has enough room for all the images (up to 200 MB). Until then, I may just share, as I get a chance, some of my more favorite images:

I took this out the train window as we wound along the northern edge of Lake Geneva (a very large lake) in Switzerland. It is impossible to overstate how beautiful that particular place was. This image is nice, but be aware that it doesn't do justice to the beauty of the area..

Left to right: Jen, Me, Shelby's host mom (Maria), Shelby's host uncle (Iwan), Shelby's host dad (Andre), and Shelby's host aunt (Lena). We were tipping back the first pouring of a batch of 7-year old cognac they'd had made from their own grapes. Our 5 days with this generous and welcoming family were 5 of the best days we spent in Europe, or anywhere, for that matter. By the way, tradition requires that a brief toast is made prior to one slugging down the hard stuff in a single shot, whereupon one sets their glass down on the table and finds it immediately full again.

This was taken at the top of the Aiguille du Midi, a 9,000' high cable-car ride above the town of Chamonix, in the French Alps. The views from this vantage, into the Swiss and Italian Alps, are among the most amazing I've ever seen. We had planned to take another cable car across a glacier field, and then another down into Italy, but the one across the glacier field was still closed for the winter. For the record, it was frickin' cold up there.


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