Friday, August 20, 2004

Sad News

Monday night, while I was taking a shower, a friend from Wells Fargo called to tell me that another lady I worked with had died late Sunday or early Monday. I still don't know how she died. The last I knew they were going to do an autopsy to find out. The funeral is Friday at 10:30 am. The old wive's tale says that deaths happen in threes. Ruby was one and Donna was two. Who knows who three will be.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Visiting Family

Sunday afternoon my sister and her husband and eldest son got here from New York. They had planned to leave at noon on Friday and arrive here Saturday afternoon but Jeff didn't get away from work until 6:30 pm Friday. They decided instead to leave early on Saturday and get here Sunday.

Saturday I started getting a sore throat and now I have a full blown cold. This is the first cold or flu I have had in four and a half years so I figure I am doing pretty well overall.

The whole bunch of us went to the fair today. It was my little sister Linda, her husband Jeff, their oldest son Cory, my older sister Marsha, Both nieces Kate and Steph. Because of my cold I only made it to about 4:30. We got there around 10 am.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Iowa State Fair

Yesterday was the opening day of the 150th Iowa State Fair. It was also the one month anniversary of my surgery. I went to the fair with my sister and niece, Marsha and Steph. I normally go to the first day of the fair by myself but this year I wasn't sure I could make it by myself so I asked them to come with me. We got there about 9 am and left about 9 pm so I made it about 12 hours. Last year I was there for about 14 hours.

We watched the opening ceremonies and dedication of the new fountain outside the Agriculture Building. We also got to watch a concert at the free KCCI stage. I saw the group Vocal Trash last year and was glad to see they were returning this year. Marsha seemed to enjoy them also.

Friday, August 06, 2004

which rejected character are you?

You are a banana! Good job, captain obvious.

which rejected character are you?
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The Year I Was Born

In 1960 (the year you were born)

-Dwight Eisenhower is president of the US
-Sit-ins begin after 4 black college students in North Carolina refuse to move from a deli counter when denied service
-A U-2 reconnaissance plane belonging to the US is shot down in the Soviet Union
-Hurricane "Donna" strikes the East Coast causing over 100 deaths in the US and the Antilles
-John F. Kennedy defeats Vice President Richard Nixon in the presidential race
-Cassius Clay (who later took the name Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional fight
-Michael Stipe, Tony Robbins, Bono, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Jeffrey Dahmer are born
-Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series
-Philadelphia Eagles win the NFL championship
-Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup
-Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is the top grossing film
-To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is published
-The Beatles make their debut in Hamburg, Germany
-The Flintstones debut

Thursday, August 05, 2004

New Mouse

For my first big outing since my surgery I went to Best Buy to buy a new mouse for my computer. I went with the intention of just getting the same kind of mouse that I had. What I got was a cordless optical mouse. It seems to work pretty well.

Ruby Is Gone

One of my favorite Sunday School teachers just died. She was 87. She moved to Arkansas several years ago when she retired because her daughter lives there. The grave side service is tomorrow, Friday. I would like to go except for the fact that I know people from my former church will be there and I just don't want to have to deal with them and their garbage. I haven't talked to most of them since I left and most of them haven't even tried to contact me. The obit didn't give a cause of death. I don't remember her having any health problems.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Church Attendance

I went to church this morning for the first time since the end of June. Everyone was surprised to see me. It was nice to be back in church. The message was really good too. The scripture text was Romans 8:28-31. Alan talked about how everything works together for good for the believer, even the things that we might think of as bad or evil. God doesn't force us to obey Him, He leaves it totally up to us. Disobedience causes sin and that is why we have evil things in our lives. But God is able to make things turn out for the best for us.