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"When I see people like you, when I step into a room full of color, light, love, and hope, when I see a dream made real, I'm recharged. It makes everything seem possible again. That's all I wanted to tell you. Just that you're important, that you do Good Things, and that you've made me feel a little better." -- email from a fan I met at Origins

Kristin's Birthday, 2003
by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland

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What's Going On? Bertha's Bumper and Other Distractions

Check out what happened to Bertha, our trusty brown van! There she was, parked on the street in front of our house, still heavily loaded with stuff we hadn't unpacked yet from Origins, when someone driving up the street grazed her side! We don't know exactly when it happened, but we can easily reconstruct the events by looking at the damage. From the way the bumper is bent out of shape, the other car must have been going pretty fast when it snagged Bertha's bumper. In case you think it might somehow bend back easily now, forget it... it's gonna take some serious hammering to reshape Bertha's Bumper. On the whole though, the damage was pretty minor. I wonder how the other car fared? I'll be looking for clues when I see other cars on our street and around the neighborhood, but so far, I have no idea who bent Bertha's bumper out of shape.

Anyway, it's been that kind of week. Last Thursday, I mentioned that the update was late because our house suffered a partial power outage. Well, the long and short of it is that a really big fuse in the main breaker burned out somewhere in our really old and frighteningly complex fusebox. Because our electrician was out of town for the July 4th weekend, it took us 4 days to get it fixed. The situation was not as debilitating as a full-fledged power outage, but it was still pretty annoying. Our entire kitchen was off-line, as were most of the air conditioners, and of course this happened just as the summer weather went into sweltering mode. Anyway, we spent a lot of this week feeling lazy, taking refuge in the only room we could keep cooled down.

Furthermore, we also had to take time out to celebrate the 4th of July (we had a great time watching stuff explode over at Leah & Frank's) and today is another important holiday, at least for us: It's Kristin's Birthday! As soon as we get this site finished up and posted, we'll be taking the rest of the day off to play.

Speaking of playing, we've also been distracted this week by a cool new Icehouse game by Dan Isaac called IceSickle. It uses only one stash, it's fast and easy, and it passes the fun test! Give it a try!

Anyway, these are all our excuses for not having much finished yet in the way of Origins reporting. But hey, I'm still waiting for some photographer rabbits to email me their best pics for the Photo Album. (For example, I know various people were taking photos of me when I was dressed up for the Origins Awards and when I was in the Klingon's jail, yet I still have no photos of that...) Hopefully I'll really get my Origins Scrapbook built by next week. (In the meantime, have you seen Brad Weier's Origins page? He built a great panoramic view of our Lab...)


Happy Kristin's Birthday to Everyone!

Thought Residue
"Those who played board games had a 74 percent lower risk and those who played an instrument had a 69 percent lower risk. Doing crossword puzzles cut the risk by 38 percent." -- Shankar Vedantam, reporting for the Washington Post (June 19th, 2003) on a comprehensive study of the benefits of intellectual stimulation among the aging, which found that exercising the brain regularly can greatly reduces your chances of developing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

"AS THE .... 4 HRS THE VICTIMS OF THE ... YOU FORWARDED TO THE ... AT FORT WORTH, TEX. ... THE "CRASH" "STORY" ... FOR 0984 ACKNOWLEDGES ... EMERGENCY POWERS ARE NEEDED SITE TWO SW OF MAGDALENA, NMEX ... SAFE TALK ... FOR MEANING OF STORY AND MISSION ... WEATHER BALLOONS SENT ON THE ... AND LAND ... ROVER CREWS ... SIGNED ... TEMPLE" -- supposed text of a telegram held in the hand of General Ramey in a photo taken during the press conference in 1947, held to announce that the "flying disk" which supposedly crashed near Roswell was actually just a weather balloon
"Despite billions spent yearly on the drug war, addiction is up. Our country must rethink a policy that produces many casualties, but benefits only the prison-industrial complex. Non-violent drug offenders often receive Draconian sentences, tearing apart families." -- Dennis Kucinich, Democratic Presidential Candidate, on his website


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