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June 23, 2005 - Thursday

Miss Mary Bobo's

There's a restaurant just over the border in Lynchburg, Tennessee, called Miss Mary Bobo's. It used to be a boarding house. Reservations must be made and visitors are seated in one of the many fine rooms to eat a real, home-cooked southern meal. My friend, Chuck Bobo, took me here last month. It was so wonderful that I'm bringing my family to try it.

If you want anyone to get a taste of true southern food, this is the place to go. The food was fresh and delicious. I felt like I was a guest at a southern grandmother's house. (There's a cookbook at that I bought - am waiting for it to arrive.)



June 22, 2005 - Wednesday

Well-Made Tiny Desktop Calendar

Rainlender sits on the desktop - cute, useful and not bad to look at and its free --> Calendar Download.



June 21, 2005 - Tuesday = Free Things

Thanks to a posting today at, I got a free 32 mb thumb drive from IBM. Well, at least I ordered it. In the comments, someone said businesses were always giving these away at meetings, etc. I don't know how long this offer will stand, but here's the link I went to --> IBM Thumbdrive (read the small print in the box here).

This is tiny compared to thumbdrives today but, heck, it is free and I can find uses for it.



June 20, 2005 - Monday

IE, Firefox or Netscape?

I want them all, but after listening to Leo's KFI radio show yesterday (well, recorded yesterday and listened to on my iPod today), Leo now loves Netscape version 8.02. He says the new version is much better and it has a button so you can switch between the Firefox engine or the IE engine. It sounds like Firefox and IE all in one. He never liked it before for the myriad ads embedded in it, but he likes it now. I mostly use Firefox, but I think it might be fun to install Netscape and see for myself.

Firefox does more and is MUCH safer, but so many pages are programmed for IE and many look better in IE. I wonder how Netscape will measure up. I am downloading it now. Here's the link directly to the download -->



June 19, 2005 - Sunday

Color vs Word Game

Oh, this is fun! Got it from, Click the Color. This game flashes up a word in one of six colors. The word itself might be in a different color than what it says. The player has to ignore what it says and pick the actual color. The mind wants to pick the color it says it is, but the gamer has to think past that to pick the actual color of the word.

To add to the confusion, there's a background song with color names in it. It really messes with the mind. The game gets faster and harder as play continues. My highest score was 177.



June 18, 2005 - Saturday

Batman Begins - Great Movie!

We've seen all of the Batman movies. Batman Begins was the best of them all. The actors were the best. Michael Caine made a PERFECT Alfred. The music was outstanding. I loved it. (I only wish the quality of the popcorn was as good as it was last year -- but I've said that before. It's gotten cheaper-tasting.)

At any rate, this movie is Academy Award material. It was intelligent and the plot - truly amazing and logical. You don't expect much in comic book movies anymore. It was a pleasant surprise. I was cheering Batman throughout.


June 17, 2005 - Friday

Harry Potter Coming Soon

Barnes & Noble e-mailed a notice that they were offering the Harry Potter book for $17.99. I figured Amazon would do the same thing -- and they all do -- with a promise to arrive on the day the same book appears in stores, for an extra fee, as does Books-a-Million.

Of course, that all depends on if your local UPS will deliver on Saturday, July 16th. I feel sorry for the UPS employees -- they may be carrying a LOT of books around that day. Who knows? Maybe the book will arrive a day early. That's assuming you care. I've never rushed to get a Harry Potter book before, but having read the others and enjoying the movies, I think I'll go ahead and order it. I've always loved science fiction and fantasy.



June 16, 2005 - Thursday

Rocky is at The Infinite Cat Project

I am so proud. My daughter took a picture of her cat, Rocky, who was accepted as today's entry in The Infinite Cat Project. Congrats, Jenny!



The Genographic Project

Thanks to Jennifer C. who is awaiting the results of her DNA sample, comes this link to a fascinating study from National Geographic, "The Genographic Project."


"Explore your own genetic journey with Dr. Spencer Wells. DNA analysis includes a depiction of your ancient ancestors and an interactive map tracing your genetic lineage around the world and through the ages."


This sounds so cool and unlike many family DNA genealogy projects, women can participate in this. A person sends off for the kit, then swabs the inside of their mouth, sends it in, gets an analysis and finds out where their ancestors came from way back in time -- all of it anonymous. I am signing up right now.