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Skip ahead to :40 in this video Wednesday, October 29, 2008 | comments

and watch this guy paint first with water and then with ink. You'll see

Finding a $10 bill would be better Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | comments

I put on my winter coat for the first time of the year yesterday. I've got a lot of stuff in my pockets. Usually the first time I put it on I notice the weight of it and after that just forget about it and cram more papers in.

I started looking through some of the papers yesterday, however, and among them was a class schedule from college dated 1/9/2006, making it over two and a half years old.

Obama and McCain joke around Friday, October 17, 2008 | comments

http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-10-17-voa8.cfm.
I'm glad they're able to joke around about this whole election/debate process:

"Being a friend and colleague of Barack, I just called him 'that one.' [laughter] My friends, he doesn't mind at all," McCain said. "In fact, he even has a pet name for me: George Bush."

Workers find path made of grave stones | comments

From the Ann Arbor News article:

"[...]But it wasn't until Thursday morning that the Knight's Grading & Excavating worker, who was readying a westside Ann Arbor home for a sewer line replacement, flipped one of the 100-pound slabs over.

"Beloved Wife, Mother Viola T. Bagnasco, 1901-1969."

Stunned, he turned over the rest of the stones: All were grave markers.

And though they did not need to pull up the remaining 51 1x2-foot slabs that made up the walkway, he and company owner Bob Knight said they are sure they too are grave markers.

AANews: "Packing heat at the party" Tuesday, October 14, 2008 | comments

Yesterday's Ann Arbor News has an article about people that carry guns openly in public which is allowed because "the city attorney's office ruled that it is legal to have a weapon in a holster in the open." As the article shows, it seems that you would run into a lot of problems with people not wanting you around if you walk around with a gun on your hip. Definitely worth a read.

"Will you protect the Great Seal and provide for its proper use?" Monday, October 13, 2008 | comments

I'm working on my application to become a notary public and I have to submit my application to "The Office of the Great Seal" which is an awesome name. Perhaps I will be taken to a special office in the Secretary of State where the Seal's Great Counsel sits around a magic orb and determines if I have what it takes to bear the seal.

Further adventures in wrong numbers Friday, October 3, 2008 | comments

Mike: Thank you for calling P--- V------ Aparments, this is Mike!
Her: Hi Mike, this is [I Forget Her Name] and I had recently put a deposit down on a house
Me: Ok, and how can I help you? [we get a lot of people that move after buying a house]
Her: Well we put a deposit down of a thousand dollars on a bed and were were supposed to get it back.
Me: I'm sorry, a bed?
Her: (Getting angry) No!
Me: Did you put in an application for an apartment? [at this point I realize she's a wrong number but she's being so vague I dont' want to dismiss her when she may mean something like "security deposit" but just not know the word.]
Her: No we put down a thousand dollars and we were SUPPOSED to get it back in 30 days but we HAVENT
Me: Are you trying to--
Her: And because we canceled we were supposed to get our money back!
Me: I'm sorry are you--
Her: Wait this isn't Better Homes Realty?

Neuman wannabe stores mail rather than delivering it Wednesday, October 1, 2008 | comments

Full Story from the AANews

More than 9,000 pieces of mail - including first class, magazines and priority parcels - were discovered in a storage unit in Livingston County, stashed there by a carrier who just couldn't keep up with her route, authorities said Tuesday.

[...]

"Hull said she was unable to get the mail delivered on time, so she left what she could not deliver in her car and drove around with it,'' Mills wrote.

"She said after a couple of weeks of doing this, she realized that nobody seemed to notice that she did not deliver it. ... At that point, she knew she had to get rid of the undelivered mail,'' Mills said."