June 12th, 2003

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The beach party is July 18th through the 20th. It's at my family's cabin. There is limited space avalable. It's about 5 minutes south of Lincoln City at Glen Eden Beach.

Due to limited space, please RSVP!

My last count (subject to memory errors) had the following people coming:

That is 9 people. There is a common room down stairs, where 4 can stay. Two bedroms (two people each), and I get one. And the living room floor, where six more can crash. So, ideally we have room for 5 more people.

Also, put dibs on where you want to sleep. Downstairs, you can sleep in late. the living room floor, you are at the mercy of other peoples sleeping habits. The bedrooms, you can sleep in AND you have privacy (Oo-la-la!). Taking bribes on the bedroom now.

If you don't have a bed, you will need to bring your own sleeping stuff.

And don't worry about getting dirty or wet, there is a washer and dryer. (Why is it, that they spell the mashine "dryer" but the person or condition "drier"?)

There is a kitchen, so we can eat in. There are many restuarants in easy driving distance if you are rich/lazy.

Hmmm... Other things...

The cabin is on a bank over looking the beach/ocean. The beach access is three houses down (easy walk). There is a cute malls with cool stores and an excellent grocery store about a half mile away (still and easy walk). There is a glass blowing place a couple miles away. near by golf courses. Lincoln city is very close, as are outlet store. Deepobay, the Devils Punchbowl, and the sea lion caves a a short drive. And the Sea Aquarium (where they originally housed Keiko for a few years) is also a short drive. Fires on the beach are allowed. (bon fire and weenie roast! Smores!) There is a stong undertow, so swim with a partner. The water is VERY cold, so warm up with a partner. Due to erosion, there is NO climbing on the bank. The normal weather patterns for summer are: foggy in the morning with no wind. Your mom. The fog quickly burns off and the wind gradually bulds up. Finally there is a gorgeous sunset with strong winds, and as soon as the sun set's the winds die. It is public beach, with no nudity allowed, but if you insist on sex on the beach, don't bitch to me about where the sand ends up. There is no stereo, that I remember. If you want to bring a boom-box and cds, great! There is a TV, with basic cable (I think) and a VCR. There are plenty of cards for drunken gaming. The alcohol that is there is my grandfathers. If you want to get drunk, bring your own. If you want me drunk, I'm poor, bring some for me.

I think that's about it.

So please RSVP and/or confirm your RSVP (due to my faulty memory) so we know how many people are coming.
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100 movies. Bold the ones that you've seen.

1 Godfather, The (1972)
2 Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
3 Godfather: Part II, The (1974)
4 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)
5 Schindler's List (1993)
6 Citizen Kane (1941)
7 Casablanca (1942)
8 Seven Samurai (1954)
9 Star Wars (1977)
10 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
11 Memento (2000)
12 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
13 Rear Window (1954)
14 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
15 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
16 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
17 Usual Suspects, The (1995)
18 Amelie (2001)
19 Pulp Fiction (1994)
20 North by Northwest (1959)
21 Psycho (1960)
22 Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
23 12 Angry Men (1957)
24 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
25 It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
26 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
27 Goodfellas (1990)
28 American Beauty (1999)
29 Vertigo (1958)
30 Pianist, The (2002)
31 Sunset Blvd. (1950)
32 Apocalypse Now (1979)
33 Some Like It Hot (1959)
34 Matrix, The (1999)
35 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
36 Taxi Driver (1976)
37 Third Man, The (1949)
38 Paths of Glory (1957)
39 Fight Club (1999)
40 Boot, Das (1981)
41 L.A. Confidential (1997)
42 Double Indenity (1944)
43 Chinatown (1974)
44 Requiem for a Dream (2000)
45 Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
46 Singin' in the Rain (1952)
47 Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
48 Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) (aka: Spirited away, for those who don't know :) this is the japanese name)
49 Saving Private Ryan (1998)
50 All About Eve (1950)
51 M (1931)
52 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
53 Raging Bull (1980)
54 Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
55 Se7en (1995)
56 Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
57 Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
58 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
59 Vita e bella, La (1997)
60 American History X (1998)
61 Sting, The (1973)
62 Touch of Evil (1958)
63 Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)
64 Alien (1979)
65 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
66 Rashemon (1950)
67 Leon (1994)
68 Annie Hall (1977)
69 Great Escape, The (1963)
70 Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
71 Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
72 Reservoir Dogs (1992)
73 Sixth Sense, The (1999)
74 Jaws (1975)
75 Amadeus (1984)
76 On the Waterfront (1954)
77 Ran (1985)
78 Braveheart (1995)
79 High Noon (1952)
80 Fargo (1996)
81 Blade Runner (1982)
82 Apartment, The (1960)
83 Aliens (1986)
84 Toy Story 2 (1999)
85 Strangers on a Train (1951)
86 Modern Times (1936)
87 Shining, The (1980)
88 Donnie Darko (2001)
89 Duck Soup (1933)
90 Princess Bride, The (1987)
91 Lola rennt (1998) (aka, "Run Lola Run")
92 City Lights (1931)
93 General, The (1927)
94 Metropolis (1927)
95 Searchers, The (1956)
96 Full Metal Jacket (1987)
97 Notorious (1946)
98 Manhattan (1979)
99 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
100 Graduate, The (1967)

Books. Bold the ones that you've read.
1984, George Orwell
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm, George Orwell
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
The BFG, Roald Dahl
Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Bleak House, Charles Dickens
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
Catch 22, Joseph Heller
The Catcher In The Rye, JD Salinger
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
Dune, Frank Herbert
Emma, Jane Austen
Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
The Godfather, Mario Puzo
Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
Holes, Louis Sachar
I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
Katherine, Anya Seton
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien
Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Magic Faraway Tree Enid Blyton
Magician, Raymond E Feist
The Magus, John Fowles
Matilda, Roald Dahl
Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
Mort, Terry Pratchett
Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
On The Road, Jack Kerouac
One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Perfume, Patrick S?skind
Persuasion, Jane Austen
The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen
The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
The Ragged Trousered Philantrhopists, Robert Tressell
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
The Stand, Stephen King
The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Tess Of The D'urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Twits, Roald Dahl
Ulysses, James Joyce
Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
War And Peace, Leo Tolstoy
Watership Down, Richard Adams
The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne
The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
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I stumbled across the web page that got me back into photography about 8 years ago or so.

Phil Greenspun was/is a lecturer at MIT. He had a pet Dog, George. George went everywhere with him. Work, home, walks, I think even out to eat. George was more a companion than a pet. When George died, it hit Phil pretty hard, so he dropped everything and took a cross country trip to rediscover himself. He also took his camera and lap top and documented the trip.

I had been doing a bunch of point and shoot photography, then I read Phil's travel log and I wished I could write about and photgraph life around me as well as he does. I saved up, bought a Cannon Elan IIe, and started avidly taking pictures.

It is an excellent example of how to turn greif into something positive, and how people recover.

Anyway, Phil went on to found photo.net and write a couple technical books.

Here is the story, Travels With Samantha.

And after reading it, let me know if you feel up for a road trip? :-)
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I saw someone else doing this in their journal, but I don't remember who (kencam, I think)... But anyway...

It's time for everyones favorite game of morbid curiosity!!!

That's right, it's "Who's Next?"

The concept and rules are simple. As we know, bad things happen in threes. And we have had two celebrity deaths. David Brinkley and Gregory Peck. That means there is one more coming. You pick three people, in order of most likely to kick the bucket. The order you pick is only important as a tie breaker. If you do manage to tie, the first person to have entered thier selection wins.

My picks:

  1. Kieth Richards (The drugs have got to get to him eventually)
  2. Bob Hope (He's older than the pyramids)
  3. Little Richard (I suspect that he and Dick Clark are weird androids or aliens. Either way, his warrenty is up)

What are your picks?
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My truck, the fire hazard. We went to pick up the lawn mower, and I realized I don't need the charger for my cell phone, so I took it out of the lighter socket and put the lighter back in. For the hell of it, I put it all the way in. It hasn't been used in a while and is dusty, so it smoked a little. But then, when the button popped, it had enough force that the lighter flew out of the socket, bounced off the center console, and landed in the cup holder. Just a little frightening, since the cup hold is full of papers and garbage.

Anyway, I thought I would share.