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September, 2005

September 30, 2005

Hey, it actually feels like fall

Wow, this was quite a weather change.  It's in the 50's now when the weather's felt like summer was still here just last week.  I've been noticing some leaves on the ground already, which was a bit weird with warm weather.  How do the leaves know it's time to fall?  I thought the cooler weather made that happen.  Ah, whatever.  At least it feels like we should be decorating for Halloween.  I should start to dig out my warm clothes, too.

So, I'm gratified to see the numbers of visitors to this site increase daily on the home page but wonder who is actually reading this.  Don't be shy, sign that guestbook.  I feel a little like my friend, Ste, whose blog I enjoy reading.  He said once that six people read his blog.  I said that wasn't true, there must be more than six people reading it.  He replied, "No, it's been documented.  Six people read my blog."  I'm wondering.  Who's reading this drivel!

Happy Friday!


September 28, 2005

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September 20, 2005

  Billy on the ice at The Rinx.

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September 17, 2005

Today in history:  On September 17, 1862, the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history, took place.  "The losses for the one-day battle were staggering. McClellan lost a total of 12,401 men, including 2,108 dead, 9,540 wounded, and 753 missing. Lee lost 10, 406, including 1,546 dead, 7,752 wounded, and 1,108 missing."

Last night, I went to Smithtown to see Stop the World, I Want to Get Off.  I'd seen this play years ago, I think it was a college production, but I couldn't remember anything about it, other than the songs I was familiar with since I'd heard Anthony Newley sing them on TV.  I enjoyed the show, the performances, as always, were great.  Sue and I will be interpreting the show next Thursday so I'll be living and breathing it for the next several days.  Some of the songs are a bit difficult.  We always come through, though. 

Weird group of theatre patrons last night, however.  People kept coming in before the house was open, mostly looking for the bathroom.  There was an older man, though, who came walking into the lobby and came up to me (why, I don't know), grabbed my arms very tightly and said to me, "I need a beer or a drink of water".  I was a little bit frightened by this.  I wasn't sure if he was serious or joking or what.  I said, "I can't help you with either of those" and Kelly, seeing the look on my face, literally took the man's hands off of me and asked, "Sir, can I help you?"  He proceeded to do the same thing to her.  She instructed him to wait outside and she brought him water.  Scary.  It appeared he had already had beer or something alcoholic.  It was an older crowd and some of them appeared to be a bit batty.  Strange night.

Lots of rain the last couple of days but the humidity is still with us.  I hope it breaks soon.  The classrooms are unbearable in this weather.


September 12, 2005

A Shortcut in Time by Charles Dickinson

I finished reading this book last night.  I liked it from the beginning but it didn't really grab me until halfway into it.  I was midway through it yesterday and finished it in a couple of hours.  It didn't end anyway near like I thought it would end.  Have you ever finished a book and then thought that can't possibly be the end?  I kept thinking, "Wait a minute.  No way!"  But the more I thought about it, it ended the way it should have ended.  I can't explain without giving away the story but if anyone has read it and would like to share thoughts, I'd love to do that.  I just had to think about it to really understand the ending, as unsettling as it was.


September 11, 2005

    "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'" - Eleanor Roosevelt.  God Bless the USA.


September 10, 2005


I did a little reorganizing here.  I moved links from the Honig Family page to a new page, Photo Galleries.  This page also links from the Honig Family page.  Just a little maintenance.

Recently, I had to buy a new hair dryer.  I can't remember how old this one was but it was probably older than five years.  Anyway, I was drying my hair a couple of weeks ago when I noticed the dryer smelled funny.  I took it away from my hair (good thing!) and looked at it.  Suddenly, flames started shooting out of the dryer!  I dropped it on the floor and it shut down and the flames went out.  Yep, time for a new dryer!  When I told Billy the story, his response was, "A flame-throwing hair dryer?  That's awesome, can I have it?"  Sigh.  He was a little disappointed that I'd thrown it out but I had to explain it wouldn't do that again.  It's drying and flame-throwing days are over.  Never a dull moment.  For instance, I dropped a chair on my toe at work yesterday.  It's fine, it's just bruised.  I'm such a klutz. 

The weather is absolutely perfect.  Bill's out playing golf and I'm enjoying a quiet Saturday around the house.  I did a few chores and will finish up tomorrow but this is a very pleasant way to while away the afternoon.



September 9, 2005

Back to school/work

School began this past Tuesday, Sept. 6 and we're back in the swing of things.  The day moves pretty quickly, especially since we don't have a lunch period.  I'm missing the time I used to have to read every day but after all, it's only half an hour.  Doesn't make that much difference, really.  We eat lunch during class fifth period before heading to tech.

I saw Douglas in Deuce Bigalow.  Awful movie, though Douglas was good.  Just not my kind of movie at all.  Ugh.  Some pretty weird images.

TGIF today, although we only had a four day week.  I'm so tired, though.  I think I'll read a little and go to sleep. 

  goodnight, all


September 3, 2005

Labor Day weekend

" Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country.  All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day...is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation."

So said Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor.  I was curious as to the history of Labor Day.  Maybe sometimes, we should give some thought to the reason for these holidays we take for granted.  I'm as guilty as anyone in that regard.  Labor Day, in particular, is a holiday we all share, celebrating those who do the work that keeps the country moving.  It's also a time when we can remember what working conditions were like in the early years of our country's history and the improvements so many workers fought for, improvements we do take for granted today. 

Enjoy the holiday weekend and the unofficial end of summer.



September 2, 2005

September has arrived...

Of course, it's nowhere time yet to rake leaves.  Still feels like summer out there.  Nevertheless, the month of September is upon us and that means I'm going back to work on Tuesday.  I feel like I did in elementary school, like maybe if I whine a little, summer can be extended? 

Before the work week begins, however, it will be time for the annual Labor Day party at the Washington's for all those who have "labored" for the theatre in the past year.  One last hurrah before Tuesday.

On a more serious note, I hope all of you have made a donation to a charity to help the victims of the horrifying hurricane (if you are able, that is).  Here is a link if you are so inclined. 

Good evening, everyone.


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