I've decided that I'm going to delete most of the pre-election links I've stored up...after all, as far as political rants are concerned it's a new era. I expect to be back to a regular posting schedule by Monday. Thanks so much for your patience with the recent scarcity.
This one has been making the email rounds lately, and it's worth mentioning. The NFL is offering a Web site at which you can donate a can of Campbell's soup to the hungry simply by clicking on the helmet of your favorite team, and even return on a daily basis to increase the count. The New Orleans Saints are ponying up some soup thanks to me. I strongly recommend this quick and easy way to help the hungry!
Bruce Springsteen's concert scheduled for this Sunday has been postponed until December 17. Sax player Clarence Clemons recently underwent surgery for a detatchjed retina and is doing fine. This is all good news, as I'm going to be out of town at a wedding this weekend and might otherwise have missed it or just been too doggone tired to enjoy it. I certainly wish "The Big Man" a speedy and complete recovery!
In the wake of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, a Canadian ship was dispatched for the grim taks of collecting the bodies of the disaster. Among the bodies recovered was a boy about one year old who lacked any identification. Greatly moved, the ship's crew took up a collection to have the boy buried in a cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where some of the Titanic's other victims were laid to rest. The sailors erected a handsome monument with the legend "Unknown Child."
Although best known for his role as Dr. Smith--a sinister Communist sabotuer trapped with the Robinson family when the Jupiter 2 went off course--Harris (no relation) also starred in such Saturday morning kiddie fare as My Favorite Martians and the live-action series Space Academy (boy, does that take me back!). He also lent his voice talents to several animated shows and movies, including Freakazoid and the Pixar features A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2. Photos of the late actor are here.
Before I go, I want to congratulate the Republicans on their victories in yesterday's elections. Of course I far from welcome the notion of GOP control of the White House and Congress, but there's no question the Republicans simply ran better campaigns. And I have to admire Bush putting his personal prestige on the line--he gambled, and he'll deservedly reap the benefits. The next two years promise to be interesting times.
I'm still catching up on some work/personal matters so posting continues to be light to nonexistent. I have considered just accepting reality and declaring a hiatus, but I remain hopeful I can get back to frequent posting soon.
The girls are better. Cecilia is fully recovered; unfortunately, Naomi was sick again last night (and yes, we both lost a lot of sleep dealing with it; my lovely wife correctly pointed out we should be grateful we haven't had to do so more often).
Updates as they occur; when I'm back up to normal speed, you'll know it.
...well, not really, but I am catching up from a wonderfully busy weekend. I'm very nearly done with a big raft-o-work, after which things should be more or less back to normal. Full details when regular posting resumes, either later today ot tomorrow at the latest.
I owe Dodd a couple of responses (see comments below--if they're working), and of course I have a ton of other links to follow up on. In retrospect, I wonder if I shouldn't have simply gone on hiatus instead.
I do need to observe that some time over the weekend, the hit counter passed 7,000. A modest achievement, but I do appreciate the people who stop by.