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Two interesting things that totally don't go together.

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First, by way of satanslisunbeam:

Chef Julia Child, others part of WWII spy network.

While Julia Child was cooking pheasants, she was also part of an international spy ring during World War II.

Famed chef Julia Child shared a secret with Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world.

They served in an international spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.

I mean, really, how cool is that – I wonder if she had her own Q Branch?


And from The Scientific American and C|Net (of all places)

Big claim about Bigfoot: bogus or bona fide?

Here’s a story that’s leaving a pretty big footprint on the Web: Two people claim to have bagged Bigfoot in northern Georgia (the U.S. state, not the at-war Central Asian country).

. . .

They apparently won’t cough up the body at this conference though, which is probably making Scientific American columnist Michael Shermer roll his eyes. His mantra is “show me the body.” We’ve also profiled prominent Bigfoot researcher Jeffrey Meldrum.

Maybe the Bigfoot folks can have the “Montauk Monster” and the chupacabra at their press conference too. We’ll believe them all when we see them.

Hunters claim to have nabbed Bigfoot, Internet goes nuts

A couple of hunters in northern Georgia (the state, not the country) claim to have found a carcass of the legendary creature known as Bigfoot (or Sasquatch, if you prefer).

The two hunters teamed up with a fellow named Tom Biscardi, head of a group called Searching for Bigfoot; they plan to hold a press conference on Friday in Palo Alto, Calif., to show off DNA evidence and photos–but not the body itself. That’s apparently being kept under wraps. (Yeah, right.)

One of my co-workers has already weighed in and suggested that instead of Bigfoot, these guys found an inbred hillbilly.

Stupid People Should Not Breathe

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One thing about the commute I take, I plan for unforeseen events. I actually get to work (normally) about thirty minutes before I am scheduled to be there. Not out of masochism, but to make sure that I allow for plenty of time for traffic, weather, acts of deity, etc.

Now I have to add “acts of asshat” to my planning.

Now you probably remember this asshat from my commentary on my commute the other day. Yep, you are right, this is the one who would not stop at my regular stop and went on about half a mile before I could get him to stop.

Well, normally, after leaving the Pearl Street Station, the shuttle goes up Olive one block then jogs over to Pearl street at Ross. And from there to Wodall Rodgers Freeway (a.k.a. Spur 366) and then merges onto I-35 heading north and west towards Irving.

Not so today.

Today, the asshat driver went past Woodall Rodgers, and got on Cedar Springs, from there we turned onto Maple, and then to Inwood, and then to Harry Hines, and then to Mockingbird, and then finally to I-35.

And a normally 20 – 25 minute trip was extended to 45 minutes.

I got to work at 7:50 this morning – 20 minutes later than I normally do. No explanation as to *why* he felt it necessary for us to leave the standard route – we didn’t stop to pick anyone special up, just “let’s go traipsing through the center of Dallas on surface roads and through construction zones in the middle of rush hour”!

I wonder how the concept of “non-stop express” fails to register in that thick head of his.

Just in case you were curious . . .

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I had my camera with me during my walk and had snapped a LOT of pictures – these are just a few that I really liked, so this way, you can see all of what I have seen.

We cut because we care . . .

Well, foo.

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Nobody expects the Spanish Baptist Inquisition!

From Channel 11, Houston.

Church wants “Gay Boulevard” name changed

KHOU.com staff report

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – What’s in a name? A lot of your church sits on Gay Boulevard.

That’s the case for Second Baptist Church in San Antonio.

Officials there want the name changed.

In order to do that, the church will pay a $500 application fee to the city to change the name and pay for about $800 worth of new street signs.

“First of all, Gay Street, that’s not a proper name because I’m, anti-gay,” said someone with the church.

“We get opposition, it’s the people that have an address on the street who have to change stationery or information they have. But there are no residents with the address of gay street right now, so that’s not an issue,” said Roderick Sanchez who is the Director of Development Services.

Church officials say this is not all about sexual preference.

They say that their facility has been in the neighborhood for 120 years and plans to open a community center down the road.

A city park nearby already bears the church’s name.

They want the street changed to Second Baptist Way.

The San Antonio City Council will vote on the name change proposal Thursday.


“First of all, Gay Street, that’s not a proper name because I’m, anti-gay,” said someone with the church.

You know what? I just erased my rant I was typing up.

That one sentence says it all, right there. There is an extra toasty place in Hell reserved for that unnamed asshat.

*ow*

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Today, my feet hurt, I think that this may be related to yesterday.

It did not help that the mook who was driving the shuttle this morning overshot my stop by oh . . . half a mile or so. I was ready to smack him upside the head to get him to stop when he finally did. And then acted all suprised that I was not pleased with having to backtrack several city blocks to get to work.

Yatta!

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New personal best (since I started recording this sort of stuff for my reboot)

Steps walked today: 23,871
Feet walked today: 59,677.5
Miles walked today: 11.30

The coolest thing? Aside from the fact that the soles of my feet are sore (uh, hello! No Arches here! We are beyond just sore, but you have a damn high pain tolerence! – your feet) but I really could go further, and several months ago, when I started this, I would have not been this damn perky and upbeat about all of this.

OK – I am the Ghey

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John Barrowman & Ruthie Henshall – “Anything You Can Do”

John Barrowman and Ruthie Henshall perform “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” (from the musical Annie Get Your Gun). From the program “The Sound of Musicals”, which aired in January 2006.

Damn they had fun with this.

Curious Banzi is curious.

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*gasp* *collapse*

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*Walks in door*

*Puts away groceries*

*Collapses*

So, this whole “being more healthy” thing is going to be the death of me.

A couple of hours ago, while it was still in the 80s (ok – 86 F / 30 C) – hot but not enough to matter (so I thought), I decided that instead of driving to the grocery store on my weekly trip for supplies, I would walk. And so I did, it was warm but not too bad, really.

But then I shopped, and had to carry back two carry sacks of groceries.

And the temprature has gone up from 86 F to 102 F (39 C) Thing is, that when you take into account the Heat Index for the 40% humidity – that equates to 114 F (46 C).

Only half a mile walk, but when carrying 50+ lbs of groceries, you can get a little hot.

But I did take care to make sure I did not overheat myself too much but rest assured that I am not going to try and pull that stunt again in this heat.

And now I am going to go make myself some tea and cool it a little while I re-caffinate my bloodstream before my CNS falls out on the floor.