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Just thought of this analogy. [Jan. 18th, 2011|06:52 pm]
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You may use this on your anti-vaxxer acquaintances.

Your 16 year old wants her driver's license. Awesome. What do you do? Drop her in London or the Autobahn and let her figure it out in real-world death-traffic? Or do you sign her up with AMA and practice parallel parking in a quiet school lot?

Same thing with your immune system. Vaccines are a patient teacher saying "here's what to look for. If you run into this situation, here's what you do. Now, take that turn again, but this time don't loose the clutch without the gas. You'll stall." Wouldn't you rather your immune system have some sparring before meeting up with real pertussis?
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Not sure what I think of this: [Jul. 14th, 2010|08:52 pm]
There are enough kidnap victims in Columbia that radio stations will play messages from family members to the disappeared. I guess there's a buck to be made doing just about anything.

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New acquisitions [Jun. 21st, 2010|07:33 pm]
We went on a quick tour to Banff yesterday, and my word there are a lot of fossil/gem shops. Their effect on me is cumulative, especially if there's a sale. I now have a piece of iron meteorite. Something 4.5 billion years old was waiting just for me. Anyone here old enough to remember King Tut's tour of 1979? I fell in love with lapis lazuli as child. 30 years later I have a pendant. Chocolate and fudge are compulsory, like opals in Australia. I also have a dress made from soft musk-ox wool. It's like a cloud. And a Hudson's Bay flannel duvet cover and red long underwear with a *flap* at the back! Kelly-Ann used to have one!

Keeping my spending in a province without sales tax.
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Not usually a technophile... [Jun. 20th, 2010|09:16 am]
I had to be dragged kicking and whingeing into the internet (back in 1995), and I originally took to an iPod because I was fed up with a Discman that ate batteries like I eat peas.

Last night Big Gay Al took us to see "Toy Story 3" in Imax. 3-D.

Oh, crumbs. Children, it was amazing. The countdown at the beginning of a movie? Those numbers flew into my eyes and right through my brain. That comes close to being more than a metaphor. I had *no* idea that the technology was that advanced.

I may have to save my ducats to get a 3-D tv. To heck with plasma. Leapfrog that technology. Wait for the second generation, and watch "Green Acres" as it was meant to be seen.
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Excommunication [May. 6th, 2010|08:48 am]
Well, that was easier than I thought. Bishop Henry has complied with my request. I am no longer a Catholic. Alas, I don't get a cool certificate in Latin saying so, but when the Pope speaks for all those people, he can no longer include me!

Henry did get his little dig in, suggesting I am prey to the Fallacy of Ignorance. The nerve!
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Church decision. [Apr. 28th, 2010|08:48 pm]
I've hemmed and hawed for years, meaning to do this, but not getting cross long enough to follow through. Today, after talking with Squire, I have drafted a letter to send to Bishop Fred Henry of Calgary, asking officially to be excommunicated.
I can't bear that each time the Church thunders denunciations at people it hates, it thinks I'm behind it, as I was baptized and your membership doesn't lapse with inactivity.
Hitchens and Fry taking down Ann Widdicombe was just the last straw. The letter goes into the mail tomorrow.

I don't even have parental disapproval egging me on. My *dad* came out as an atheist! I've ordered him a Polish copy of Dawkins' "God id Not Great." At long last, we may become friends.
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Status report [Mar. 31st, 2010|06:24 pm]
You know how a transmission will blow about a week after the warranty expires? 2 days after my birthday I wake up with a stiff lower back, and it has *stayed* stiff all day. Ah, mortality.
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marital status [Feb. 24th, 2010|07:45 pm]
As some of you know, Squire is now in Fort MacMurry. More specifically, he's in Suncor's Firebag project, which is two hours north of Fort Mac. Internet is twitchy, the phone connection is waves, not particles, and there are no post offices.
Somehow, it's the last that really isolates me. I've grown dependent on the written word, sending clippings and weird things that fall my way (like the religious tract disguised as a lost $50 american bill).

There are those out there who are living in semi-detached marriages. How do you keep the connection strong?

Cristabel. And now his promised 4 days off this weekend has been Lumburgh'd. He needs to go ahead and come in on Saturday. Crumbs.
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A minor sewing rant. [Feb. 23rd, 2010|10:01 am]
Florence, in its Renaissance height, had a population of about 30 000. Calgary, with a million people, doesn't have fabric stores that sell 3/8" self-cover buttons. Am I asking for the moon? Anybody out there in a *real* city? Could you send me a pack? I'll pay you!
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