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Archive for May 4th, 2007


Posted by ALmod on May 4, 2007

I’ve just read an email from Kathy telling me that Danny over at Doc’s Political Parlor is in the hospital.  I don’t know how much he wants to keep to himself, so I’ll just ask that everyone send their thoughts and prayers his way.  I know I will be.


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The Hits Keep On Coming

Posted by ALmod on May 4, 2007

Before he was singing about bombing Iran, John McCain appeared on SNL.  Whether or not you like his politics, this is worth watching.

The first time I saw this, I laughed so hard I cried.

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This pretty much says it all…

Posted by ALmod on May 4, 2007

We’re #4!

I can’t believe we beat out Detroit!

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Rep. McClendon Discusses HB98

Posted by ALmod on May 4, 2007

I’m so very sorry that I’m late in posting this, but Rep. McClendon sent me this link, and I’d like to post it here. Just click below.

Rep. Jim McClendon (R-Springville) discusses HB98.

He makes some interesting points. It’s a good read. I’ll try to write my own op-ed a little later.

UPDATE:  I forgot to mention that the bill was pulled on Tuesday.  It’s still floating around there, so we may see it in one form or another later.  Yes, I am that far behind.

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I’m BACK, Baby!

Posted by ALmod on May 4, 2007

I’m so sorry that I had to leave for a while, there. I had about a gazillion things going on in my life, and as you know, they come first. For the record, I’m still very busy and will continue to be through the summer months, but I can at least get back to regular posting. I guess an update is in order.

My father is much better. He’s been back to the doctor twice now, and he’s moved to Foley. He should be done furnishing the house by this weekend, but we won’t be able to visit until the end of May or beginning of June. (There’s just too much excitement around here!) We found out that he has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. He has a fondness for the KFC, so the tough part is going to be keeping him on his diet. He refuses to eat oatmeal. I wasn’t much of an unsalted/unsweetened oatmeal fan myself until I discovered frozen blueberries and fresh peaches. You can heat the berries with the oatmeal or cut up the peaches into the prepared oatmeal. Either way, you get a juicy sweet treat with every bite, and it’s better for you. Maybe I can try this trick with him. If that doesn’t work, I’m shoving Cheerios down his throat. My stepmother made the observation that the hospital let him eat biscuits, scrambled eggs, and bacon for breakfast like it was okay for him to have it. I wanted to strangle her AND the nurses. “Moderation” does not mean “at least three times a week.”

My mom is doing better, too. She’s out of the hospital, now. Thank you for all the prayers and emails. I don’t think I got around to telling you what happened. She was coming home from her sister’s house when a police SUV (lights, no siren, responding to a domestic dispute) hit her Altima head on. I think the combined speed of the impact was around 65 mph. The engine was practically in the back seat. Mom’s left ankle was broken and dislocated. On the left side, she had a compound fracture, a shattered ankle, and a chunk of missing flesh (not just skin). The doctor told us that night/morning that the artery in that foot was gone and that she would lose her foot. Since they would fit a prosthesis, she’d lose her leg from the shin down. Thankfully, the doctor was able to find the artery during a later surgery, so she’ll keep her leg. They’ll fuse her foot to her leg bone, and she won’t have the fast recovery and greater mobility that she’d have had with an amputation and prosthesis, but she’ll have her own body part. In the meantime, she isn’t able to get around on her own, so she’s staying in a nursing home for a few months until she can put pressure on at least one foot and get around on her own.

My brother and sister-in-law finally moved. They’re in the Quail Ridge subdivision. I still haven’t figured out if that would be considered Odenville or Argo. They have been told that it’s Argo, but their zip code and utilities are Odenville. Argo doesn’t have it’s own postal code or utilities, so it’s hard to tell. If anyone knows, let me know. They also want to know what school system they’re zoned for.

I’ve talked to not one, but two other people who are in the process of moving to Argo. One is in Misty Pines and the other is in the Jefferson County patch behind Crosspoint. I’m excited to have them, since both seem to have small children who could potentially be future playmates for my little Punkin.

Speaking of the baby, she’ll be a year old this Wednesday. I have her birthday party scheduled for the following Saturday. Nothing fancy. Just cake and ice cream. I considered some adult drinks and appetisers but decided against it when I realised that catering for 40 isn’t cheap. I’ll save the open bar and kabobs for the adult parties. (Somebody suggested foie gras, but I don’t even like the stuff. Besides, this is a birthday party for a small child. Foie gras is just overdoing it.)

We’re having a yard sale tomorrow from 8:00 a.m.-noon. If you’re in the area, stop by. I have plenty of baby stuff to get rid of, and if we don’t sell it, I’m giving it to TEAM and whatever other charities will take it. My husband has some comic books that he’s looking to get rid of. It’s mostly because I’m sick of having them in boxes in my basement. Some of them are probably worth something, so it’s worth taking a look. (He just sold a few old Transformers toys from his childhood on eBay for over $100 only to find out that he could have sold just one of them for $200 by itself. He still has a few of those left, too.) If they don’t sell, they will be used to roast marshmallows in the near future.

Now I’m not saying that my husband is a packrat, but we have a box of rocks sitting on a shelf downstairs. Rocks.

Meanwhile, it looks like former gubernatorial candidate and fellow blogger Loretta Nall finally got her case dismissed. Good for her! You can read the article here and here, and you can see her gloat about it (and it’s some well-deserved gloating) here.

Ooh! And they found kryptonite!

UPDATE: Thank you to one Alabama Moderate reader from Argo, who sent me a map showing that Quail Ridge subdivision is in Argo.

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