Thoughts Gallery November 2000
November 1
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People always wonder why only 10% of the population votes, yet when I want to vote I can't find a place that is open to vote in.  That is after I spend the 30 minutes to find my postcard size voter registration form. What about all the purple people eaters out there where is our purple party ballet!!
November 2
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It's nice to get 5" of rain in one day. Now if we could only get some of this in the spring and summer when we need it. This was a nice little double rainbow that showed up outside my work window. It's nice to know the pot of gold is on 6th street, so that's where all the alcohol money goes. I liked the way the rainbow weaves between the downtown buildings.

Today was laundry hell day. 10 loads of laundry, why so much you ask, well that's 6 weeks worth of clothes with a little clothes recycling here and there.

November 3
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Spanish specialists Francisco Rocha (R) and Angel Guerra measure a 'Taningia Danae' squid at the Asturian port of Luarca in northern Spain.  The creature is the biggest example of its type ever found, weighing 124,5 kg (274 lbs) and measuring 2 meters (6 feet) long, and was captured six miles off the coast near Gijon a few days ago. The Taningia Danae has two large photospheres, the largest light producing organs in any known animal, on the ends of two of its arms.

Today I cast my vote for the presidential and local elections. I'm my guess that Bush would take the electoral votes for Texas I decided to cast my vote for a third party candidate. No I didn't choose the education vouchers, global warming, genetically modified organisms  is evil,  legalize marijuana Ralph Nader of the Green Party. I chose Pat Buchanan, for his choosing a non-traditional running mate for his side, IRS needs to be down-sized. This is my favorite campaign slogan, "We need to outlaw the federal classification of American citizens by race or ethnicity, and end all discrimination and all preferential treatment."

It will be interesting to see how long it takes the US to catch up to EU government in terms of splitting vote polls results along percentage lines for power rather that a all or none voting mentality.  I think it'll take about 15 years for there to be serious third party candidates in most political races.

November 4
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Let's see I thought about the notion of getting my oil changed but I passed it up to see the movie Meet the Parents with my younger sister Tia.  After some nice italian food from Carrabba's I was convinced to see an interesting movie called Gossip. It turned out to be a decent movie, a little choose your own adventure which was a little though provoking. NEWS = GOSSIP = LIFE
This image to the right is why I think Austin needs light rail. This is what it does anytime we get 5" of rain in one day, you'd think we would design the road for houston weather were 5" of rain is an almost daily occurrence
November 5
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This sock puppet from pets.com is yet another result of the failed internet ventures. It's scary when the number one sales item of a online pet store is a human toy. 
November 6
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It's nice to know these "peace" keepers are committed to a thorough job in maintaining the peace in West Bank, Israel. 

It will be interesting to see what goes on once Arafat is confident enough to declare a state.  I think if he can get a U.N. protection force that he would declare in within a month of the troops arriving.

November 7
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I find this image interesting because it was used to depict the first votes cast nationwide. It shows the bias to a 2 party system because if they had waited another 15 seconds you could see the vote counts for Nader (3) and Buchanan (1), which were mentioned in the text below this image.

Imagine the mind set of all those crazy political supports standing in the cold weather and rain. At least I figured out it was time to go to the comfort of my warm bed early. I had some friends that didn't leave until 4am and 6am waiting for the election results. At least when this all goes down in the history books I'll have a little story to add along to it 

November 8
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Calif. Mom Arrested for Keeping Kids in Car Trunk 
A California mother in San Jose was arrested for allegedly locking her two young sons in the trunk of her car because she could not find day care, police said.

This is a description of what's going on to the image to the left. Three Taiwanese 'qi gong' practitioners use their penises to pull a 10-ton truck loaded with 50 passengers as a crowd gathers to watch in Taipei. The ancient art of 'qi gong' uses breathing and meditation exercises to improve health and longevity, and is also used in certain martial arts. 

I'm trying to think of how that rope is attached and all that comes to mind is a slipknot. Ouch!
 

November 9
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Chicken Soup for the Pedophile's Soul, naked campbell's kids.
November 10
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It's so interesting when life imitates art. I just hope that they don't totally remove the electoral college from all the legal battles.  I think they should split the electoral votes along the voting percentage lines verses the current winner take all method.

Today was an interesting day at work. We received some real estate investment information about a investment in poland that was in polish and english. Apparently there is a good multi-family market right now from what we could make out of the random email. We also had a manhunt for a digital camera that wandered off in our war room. After calling security and the cleaning company, rummaging a few vehicles, and searching all day, it turned up in a box on top of a the file cabinets.  The needle in the haystack was found, but at least we have some clean office space now.

November 11
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Two houses in my parents neighborhood of Copperfield exploded from a gas-line, they compared the fire to the fires of the burning oil fields in Kuwait. They had to wait for all the gas in the pipes to burn out before they could even attempt to put out the fire. My mom said she heard the explosion several miles away when it happened. This is the first weekend in a while that I have time to relax and enjoy myself. No piles of homework or laundry to do. 
November 12
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Brian and Helle Kain in the village of Naesby, Denmark display a U.S. presidential election postal vote, one of two, that by a so far inexplicable mistake ended up in Denmark. The postal votes were sent from Steven H. Forrester and his wife, of Bellevue,WA. The Kain couple opened one of the envelopes and the content was a vote for George W. Bush. 

Well that's the US postal service for you. It still amazes me that it takes my mail 5 days to get to Houston but on 2 days to get back to me from Houston.
 

November 13
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Man verses Machine. David killed Goliath, so how long does it take to win your own state.
November 14
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Somebody loved Debbie. Somebody really REALLY loved Debbie. Now nobody loves Debbie.
November 15
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Kudos to the maker of this doll for the exceptionally horrible cloudy, corpse-like eyes. It lends an element of palpable terror to an otherwise ordinary doll.
November 16
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UT squirrels are lucky it doesn't get that cold here. They don't even need to pack away walnuts from all the trash that students leave around campus
November 17
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How many of these will be alive in 50 years if we keep polluting the oceans?
November 18
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Did you know that Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland is only 77 feet tall? This is absolutely true. The designers used a technique called "forced perspective" to make the building seem taller than it really is. The "bricks" near the top of the castle are nearly half the size of those on the bottom, giving you the illusion that they are farther away.

Does everyone understand why I'm mentioning this?

November 19
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Oh, this one's just tragic, isn't it? I call her Baby Tears-Your-Flesh.

Seller notes -- "The head is broken and needs to be replaced." CAN'T SAY I EVEN NOTICED.

November 20
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Creative Gardening of the past
A file photo taken on November 14, 2000 shows an aerial view of a giant 60-by-60 meter swastika symbol consisting of larch trees amid a green pine forest near the village of Zernikow 110 km northeast of Berlin. The swastika, which was forgotten during Soviet-allied East German rule and rediscovered only after German reunification in 1992, was planted in the 1930s by a local merchant during Nazi times. About 25 of the lighter-colored trees were chopped down by forestry officials on Monday. The photo was published in several German newspapers recently and caused a wave of protest; it also violates German laws against displaying Nazi symbols. 
November 21
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November 22
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November 24
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November 25
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November 26
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November 27
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RUN FOR YOUR LIVES !
November 28
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November 29
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Superman's newest power... projectile saliva.
November 30
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I'll get you my pretty! And your little dog and your children and neighbors too!
November 31
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Hurry up and dump hot ashes into my lap people seriously do I look like I have all day!