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Thursday, 29 April 2004 [00:43 CDT]

Actually late Wednesday night....

Lois Cole Adrian, age 100, went home to her Lord on Tuesday, April 27th. Her funeral service will be this Friday, 2:00 PM at the Eubank Funeral Home in Canton, TX. Granny died peacefully at the hospital in Grand Saline following a short bout with pneumonia. That's my great-grandmother, by the way.

Though she's been in the nursing home for more than fifteen years, up until a couple of years ago, her mind was still as sharp as a tack. She could remember birthdays of cousins and grandchildren and even the spouses of grandchildren, as well as everybody's names and where we lived and what we did for a living.

Anytime we'd go see her, she'd ask, "Are you still teaching in Austin? Is that going well?" And, "Do you have a girlfriend yet?"

Well, she'd been going deaf and losing her vision lately, and finally her mind started to go, too. And in the last couple of years her sister and daughter both passed away, so she was pretty much ready, I guess.

We'll miss her all the same.

I'll be out of town Thursday evening and Friday for the services, though I may be back in Austin by Friday night.

Now to see if I can get away despite rescheduling band practice, TAKS testing and all the legal rigamarole that goes along with that, an AP study session (since the exam is Tuesday, and with a dozen students taking it at over $40 a pop, that's a lot of money wasted if I let them take the thing unprepared), spending the hour or so it takes to get things ready for a sub, not to mention I don't get a conference period tomorrow, and tack on a three-and-a-half hour drive at the end.

It's possible I'll get all my responsibilities taken care of and still get to East Texas before bedtime, but it won't be easy.

Sunday, 25 April 2004 [20:07 CDT]

Bah. Haven't posted in a bit.

School is winding to a halt (just projects and finals left, really). Church is going well. I've been sick for the past week. Chase was in town and I was up way too late two Wednesdays ago helping celebrate Stephen's "bachelor" party, and I think that brought it on.

Nothing much else to report, except that my mom bought me the Almost Famous director's cut DVD for Easter. She rules.

And I should mention that for the first time probably ever, my little brother has a faster computer than I do. Don't know if I want to let that persist for long....

I'm tempted to sit for a while trying to brainstorm everything that's happened since April 5 and write them up, but I don't feel like taking half an hour for this update. So I won't.

Monday, 5 April 2004 [23:24 CDT]

First of all, a riddle. What do you get when you combine one part AC/DC, one part Queen, and one part Spinal Tap? Well, nothing less than The Darkness. Truly, they are men what do rock, baby. To really get a feel for the The Darkness experience, click on AUDIO/VIDEO and scroll down a bit to watch the video (not merely the mp3) for "I Believe in a Thing Called Love".

Giant space squid should learn to fear the power of rock and roll.

Secondly, I'd like to suggest that Daylight Savings Time is really a conspiracy hatched by the early birds against us night owls. I read somewhere that there are about twice as many evening folk as morning folk. However, it is my suspicion that early birds are more likely to be legislators, who are ultimately responsible for the daylight savings fiasco.

Proposed by an aged Benjamin Franklin, essentially as a joke bceause he was living in Paris at the time and noticed they never got out of bed until noon, thus leading him to believe that the sun rose later than it does. He proposed a "solution" to encourage the French to wake earlier and go to bed earlier, thus saving money on candles.

Even today, they herald daylight savings time as being beneficial so we Americans can "save energy and enjoy sunny summer evenings".

Bah. It's hard enough for us more numerous night owls to get up in the mornings anyway, and much more so when it's still dark outside. And it's the wimpy "morning larks" who can't stay awake once the sun goes down. I say it's a plot by chipper legislators to keep the rest of us more grouchy.

Not much important school-wise has happened in the last week or so except that my CS-3 kids have finally "finished" their dossiers and turned them in, so I'm free to move on to something more interesting. (In this case, assembly language.)

And a student sold me a Switchfoot album he'd bought and didn't like, for the low price of $5! Excellent.

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