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Important Notice*climbs down from her soapbox sheepishly* Ahem, just letting everyone know I have moved my blog so this page will no longer be updated, my blog is now at http://www.neverplaynice.com/blog.html I'm sorry for all the trouble but promise its staying there for good this time!

~*~ Me

 

 

Thursday, October 25, 2001

Well Its Two Days after My Birthday and FIRST I want to apologize to ALL my friends for not saying anything sooner. Birthday night I got in late and wasted.... not to mention no browser and yesterday I hid in bed with an aching shoulder/back so PLEASE forgive me. That said, I don't even know where to start... You guys made my birthday fantastic... I can't thank you enough, there's no damn way to kick these words and make them -show- you how much it means.. so I thought I'd work on my own little "thank you card" for all of you (as well as something else which you should all find in your emailbox) The Special Doll.... The tons of Neo Gifts, the Greeting Cards, The Incredible purkle Zippo (It Finally Came!!!!!) The "Happy Birthday's" Thank you guys so much. I was so bummed out with Brian gone and my Dad forgetting my birthday... But you guys helped make it great. Thank you a Million times over for more than you realize.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2001

--Is it really my birthday? Again? I feel so old *g* Anyway, the following are from an email "What happened on your Birthday, This day in History"

BEIRUT BARRACKS BLOWN UP:

A suicide bomber drives a truck packed with explosives into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 U.S. military personnel. That same morning, 58 French soldiers were killed in their barracks two miles away in a separate suicide terrorist attack. The U.S. Marines were part of a multinational force sent to Lebanon in August 1982 to oversee the Palestinian withdrawal from Lebanon. From its inception, the mission was plagued with problems--and a mounting body count.

In 1975, a bloody civil war erupted in Lebanon, with Palestinian and leftist Muslim guerrillas battling militias of the Christian Phalange Party, the Maronite Christian community, and other groups. During the next few years, Syrian, Israeli, and United Nations interventions failed to resolve the factional fighting, and on August 20, 1982, a multinational force including 800 U.S. Marines was ordered to Beirut to help coordinate the Palestinian withdrawal.

The Marines left Lebanese territory on September 10 but returned in strengthened numbers on September 29, following the massacre of Palestinian refugees by a Christian militia. The next day, the first U.S. Marine to die during the mission was killed while defusing a bomb. Other Marines fell prey to snipers. On April 18, 1983, a suicide bomber driving a van devastated the U.S. embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people, including 17 Americans. Then, on October 23, a Lebanese terrorist plowed his bomb-laden truck through three guard posts, a barbed-wire fence, and into the lobby of the Marines Corps headquarters in Beirut, where he detonated a massive bomb, killing 241 marine, navy, and army personnel. The bomb, which was made of a sophisticated explosive enhanced by gas, had an explosive power equivalent to 18,000 pounds of dynamite. The identities of the embassy and barracks bombers were not determined, but they were suspected to be Shiite terrorists associated with Iran.

After the barracks bombing, many questioned whether President Ronald Reagan had a solid policy aim in Lebanon. Serious questions also arose over the quality of security in the American sector of war-torn Beirut. The U.S. peacekeeping force occupied an exposed area near the airport, but for political reasons the marine commander had not been allowed to maintain a completely secure perimeter before the attack. In a national address on October 23, President Reagan vowed to keep the marines in Lebanon, but just four months later he announced the end of the American role in the peacekeeping force. On February 26, 1984, the main force of marines left Lebanon, leaving just a small contingent to guard the U.S. embassy in Beirut.


What else happened?


42 B.C. Brutus commits suicide

Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, commits suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi.

Two years before, Brutus had joined Gaius Cassius Longinus in the plot against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, believing he was striking a blow for the restoration of the Roman Republic. However, the result of Caesar's assassination was to plunge the Roman world into a new round of civil wars, with the Republican forces of Brutus and Cassius vying for supremacy against Octavian and Mark Antony. After being defeated by Antony at a battle in Philippi, Greece, in October 42 B.C., Cassius killed himself. On October 23, Brutus' army was crushed by Octavian and Antony at a second encounter at Philippi, and Brutus took his own life.

Antony and Octavian soon turned against each other, and in 27 B.C. the Roman Republic was lost forever with the ascendance of Octavian as Augustus Caesar, the first emperor of Rome.

1855 Rival governments in bleeding Kansas

In opposition to the fraudulently elected pro-slavery legislature of Kansas, the Kansas Free State forces set up a governor and legislature under their Topeka Constitution, a document that outlaws slavery in the territory.

Trouble in territorial Kansas began with the signing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act by President Franklin Pierce in 1854. The act stipulated that settlers in the newly created territories of Nebraska and Kansas would decide by popular vote whether their territory would be free or slave. In early 1855, Kansas' first election proved a violent affair, as more than 5,000 so-called Border Ruffians invaded the territory from western Missouri and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature. To prevent further bloodshed, Andrew H. Reeder, the territorial governor appointed by President Pierce, reluctantly approved the election. A few months later, the Kansas Free State forces were formed, armed by supporters in the North and featuring the leadership of militant abolitionist John Brown.

In May 1856, Border Ruffians sacked the abolitionist town of Lawrence, and in retaliation a small Free State force under John Brown massacred five pro-slavery Kansans along the Pottawatomie Creek. During the next four years, raids, skirmishes, and massacres continued in "Bleeding Kansas," as it became popularly known. In 1861, the irrepressible differences in Kansas were swallowed up by the outbreak of full-scale civil war in America.

Chart Toppers for Oct 23rd
1960
Save the Last Dance for Me - The Drifters
My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own - Connie Francis

Devil or Angel - Bobby Vee

Alabam - Cowboy Copas

1968
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Fire - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Little Green Apples - O.C. Smith

Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - Eddy Arnold

1976
If You Leave Me Now - Chicago
Still the One - Orleans

She's Gone - Daryl Hall and John Oates

You and Me - Tammy Wynette

1984
I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) - Billy Ocean

Lucky Star - Madonna

I Don't Know a Thing about Love (The Moon Song) - Conway Twitty


Famous Oct 23rd Birthdays

1835 - Adlai Ewing Stevenson (23rd Vice President of the U.S. [1893-1897]; grandfather of U.S. presidential candidate, Adlai Stevenson [1952, 1956])
1906 - Gertrude Ederle (Olympic swimming medalist [1924]: gold: 4x100-meter relay team; bronze: 100-meter freestyle; 1st woman to swim English Channel [14 hrs., 31 minutes - set a world record]; swimming instructor of deaf children; International Women's Sports Hall of Famer)

1914 - 'Bruiser' (Frank) Kinard (College and Pro Football Hall of Famer: University of Mississippi; NFL's Brooklyn Dodgers; AAFC's NY Yankees; All-Pro: [1940, 1941, 1943, 1944]; 'ironman of football': played 708 out of 720 season minutes [1936]; missed only one game in nine years of pro ball)

1918 - James Daly (Emmy Award-winning actor: Hallmark Hall of Fame: Eagle in a Cage [1965-66]; Medical Center, Planet of the Apes, The Invaders; father of actress, Tyne Daly)

1923 - Ewell Blackwell (baseball)

1923 - Ned Rorem (Pulitzer Prize-winning composer: Air Music [1976])

1925 - Johnny Carson (Emmy Award-winning comedian, TV host: The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson [1977-78, 1978-79], 1979-80, 1991-92]; The Johnny Carson Show, Who Do You Trust?, Earn Your Vacation)

1927 - Sonny (William) Criss (musician: saxophone: LP: The Bop Masters, Saturday Morning, Criss Craft, Out of Nowhere, Warm and Sonny)

1931 - Jim Bunning (baseball: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher: pitched a perfect game [6-21-64]; Pittsburgh Pirates, LA Dodgers; U.S. Senator from Kentucky)

1931 - Diana Dors (Fluck) (actress: Children of the Full Moon, Oliver Twist, Unicorn, Theatre of Blood, The Devil's Web, Baby Love)

1935 - Juan 'Chi-Chi' Rodriguez (World Golf Hall of Famer: record for most consecutive wins on Senior PGA Tour [3]; established pro-am tournament: proceeds for Children's Hospital in Puerto Rico; founded: Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation)

1939 - Charlie Foxx (singer: Mockingbird [w/sister, Inez])

1940 - Eleanor (Ellie) Greenwich (Ellie Gay, Ellie Gee) (songwriter [w/Jeff Barry]: My Baby, Chapel of Love, Da Do Ron Ron, Then He Kissed Me, River Deep, Mountain High; singer: group: Raindrops: What a Guy, The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget; solo: LP: Let It be Written, Let It be Sung; on Broadway: Leader of the Pack)

1940 - Pel» (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) (Brazil's soccer star; record for most wins: 3 winning teams [1958, 1962, 1970]; most career goals in international competition [97, 1957-70]; most career hat-tricks [92, 1956-77] in film: Escape to Victory)

1942 - Michael (John) Crichton (writer: Jurassic Park, Twister, Rising Sun, The Great Train Robbery, The Terminal Man, Disclosure, The Great Impostor, The Secret of Canta Victoria, Congo; director: Runaway, Coma, Westworld, The Great Train Robbery)

1947 - Greg Ridley (musician: bass: group: Spooky Tooth: LP: It's All About and Spooky Two, Ceremony; VIP: LP: Supernatural Fairytales)

1950 - Ed Smith (football)

1952 - Andrew Jones (football)

1954 - Dwight Yoakam (songwriter, singer: I'll be Gone, Bury Me, Miner's Prayer, South of Cincinnati; LP: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., A Town South of Bakersfield)

1959 - 'Weird' Al Yankovic (singer, comedian: parodies: Eat It, My Bologna, Another One Rides the Bus, I Love Rocky Road, King of Suede, I Lost on Jeopardy, Polkas on 45, The Brady Bunch, Like a Surgeon)

1962 - Doug Flutie (football: Boston College quarterback: Heisman Trophy winner [1984]; Canadian Football League: individual record: British Columbia Lions: passing yards gained in a season [6,619 in 1991])

1962 - Mike Tomczak (football: Pittsburgh Steelers; Chicago Bears quarterback: Super Bowl XX)

One last Group of stuff, these are from Yahoo, I got a hell of a grin out of the first couple lines where it reminds you how many days are left in the year. How appropriate *big grin*

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2001. There are 69 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 23, 1983, 241 U.S. Marines and sailors in Lebanon were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International Airport; a near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 paratroopers.

On this date:

In 1864, forces led by Union Gen. Samuel R. Curtis defeated Confederate Gen. Stirling Price's army in Missouri.

In 1910, Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a solo, public airplane flight, reaching an altitude of 12 feet at a park in Fort Wayne, Ind.

In 1915, 25,000 women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote.

In 1942, during World War II, Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein in Egypt.

In 1944, the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf began.

In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time, at an auditorium in Flushing Meadow.

In 1956, an anti-Stalinist revolt that was subsequently crushed by Soviet troops began in Hungary.

In 1973, President Nixon agreed to turn White House tape recordings requested by the Watergate special prosecutor over to Judge John J. Sirica.

In 1980, the resignation of Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin was announced.

In 1987, the U.S. Senate rejected, 58-to-42, the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork.

Ten years ago: Cambodia's warring factions and representatives of 18 other nations signed a peace treaty in Paris.

Five years ago: Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole tried to persuade Ross Perot to quit the race and endorse the GOP ticket, but Perot refused. The civil trial of O.J. Simpson opened in Santa Monica, Calif. (Simpson was later found liable in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.)

One year ago: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright held groundbreaking talks in North Korea with communist leader Kim Jong Il.


Thought for the day from Yahoo

"Truth is not introduced into the individual from without, but was within him all the time." --Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813-1855).
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~*~ Feeling Sad, Still ~*~

Long night. Too worn out emotionally to write much... Bri called from Jacksonville during a layover tonight.. Greatly helped.. despite ending up in tears it meant the world to hear him tell me how much he loved me and missed me already. He's going to get to call me tomorror, erm today, thank God... I think... My Birthday would have been a washout if I didn't get to hear Happy Birthday from him. *sigh* Miss him so bad it hurts, already. Will write more later....

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Monday, October 22, 2001

-- All day. Waited by the phone the entire day for a 30 second goodbye phone call *sigh* Why do I feel like I've been ripped apart by a pack of wolves, then hit by a semi? I would have thought it wouldn't have been so bad the second time around... Jesus I was wrong.
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-- "behave yourself" he says... *g* Riiiiiiight. I don't behave myself when he's home let alone when he's not. God love him. At Anyrate I finally finished the web project I've been working on all week.... I'm really really really pleased with how it came out... I'll put a link up to it once I get it moved to my own domain which would be as soon as I settle on a domain name *sheepish* Right now.. the project looks great in my humble opinion but the popup ads are distracting....
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~*~ Feeling Broken ~*~

--Waking up to the sound of the phone ringing.. to the sound of his voice.. something I'd usually love, something today though that I met with love and apprehension, knowing this is the last time I'll have that chance for nearly a month. I don't even know how to react this time.. Last night was hard, even harder when I actually hung up the phone @ 0300 this morning though its just kind of the dogged beaten down "There's nothing I can do about it" feeling. We only talked for a few minutes this morning, he has so much to get done... but I couldn't go back to sleep so I played channel surfer.... A Little of this and a little of that.. right until I landed on TLC and stumbled on "A Wedding Story" a show I don't usually watch due to it being on so early in the morning.

It was a great episode, the wedding was incredbile... between an AirForce Captain and his bride... Complete with Fairy Tale Dress and Horse Drawn Carriage, God it was gorgeous, at the risk of sounding sappy. I didn't much care for their vows.. a lot of "Entering into Covenent" comments... I'm a little more traditional minded with wedding vows, but it certainly was gorgeous.. as anyone who caught the episode knows =) I Loved her gown... was something like I'd personally choose. They looked so incredibly happy.. it was so beautiful. Definitely not the thing I'm known for watching but... a little unexpectedness now and again isn't a bad thing.....

"Can miles truly separate you from friends....If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there?" --Richard Bach

"Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends."-- Richard Bach

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. " --Lao Tzu
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Sunday, October 21, 2001

~*~ Feeling Sad ~*~

--I can't believe its the 21st already, The last Nine days have gone by so fast I don't even know what to do with myself. God, I spent 5 months alone, wondering every minute of every day if the phone just might ring.... if Brian just might get to call... I spent 5 months waiting for him to come home... and he did, finally. Wonderful? Yes.. I always knew I missed him.. it was hard.. many many nights I spent crying, half desperate, completely proud, just barely hanging in... but I didn't realize how bad it was til I finally got him back. When he graduated the 12th I thought HEY! 10 days God its going to be great, and it has been but.. I didn't realize, I swear to God I didn't realize how fast it would go, or how bad it would hurt to know he's leaving again. *sigh* This will be our last night.. He leaves tomorrow @1800hrs EST for MCT.... 3 more weeks of no contact, no phone calls no letters, No Brian. You just don't realize how hard it is, until you're in the situation. Do I worry about our relationship? Not for a moment, not after these 10 days, BUT hell I miss him already and he's not even gone... I don't even know what to say anymore other than it really hurts. If it weren't for God's Strength and the Gift of friends I wouldn't make it through this.. I really wouldn't. Cyn, Chris, Wulfe, Kristi, Dawn, Alex, Marsha, Jen, my Mom, my animals.. I don't think any of them realize how much they mean to me, or how much I lean on them. I know I have been scarce for everyone... Everyone, but I never stop thinking of my friends and no matter how tough it gets they bring a smile to my face. I hope... they know what they mean to me, and I hope they know I'm not ignoring any of them... I've kind of withdrawn into myself.. into Brian for the few short days we've had to re-get to know each other. Its doubly hard ending up in separate states due to a Future Mother in Law who so obviously doesn't like me. However, after MCT it will all be fixed in more than one way.. I just have to hang on a little bit longer.

"But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
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