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  • Tuesday, September 5, 2006
    2 Comments - 7 years 28 weeks ago

    I have several ancestors who walked the 1,271 miles from Nauvoo, IL to Salt Lake City, UT as part of the Mormon migration in the winter of 1846 and 1847. Some members of their families died. Others suffered sickness and injuries. Most left all they had behind in Illinois.

    My family drives 1.3 miles each way, every Sunday to avoid what could be a 5 minute walk each direction. They would not even have to walk the full 2.6 miles as there's a walking trail that cuts through a neighborhood and middle school field that would make the total walk less than a mile round-trip. There are hundreds of thousands of Mormon families who do this same thing every week.

    I propose that the LDS church reduce the size of their ward house parking lots to accommodate only parking for the handicap, elderly and those required to work long hours at the building. That is, no parking for the general congregations. Make these families get off their asses and get some exercise, if only once a week. They could do their part to reduce pollution from cars, reduce obesity in children, and -gasp- improve the overall health of their membership.


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  • Wednesday, August 16, 2006
    2 Comments - 7 years 29 weeks ago

    Sally Field is hot. She always has been. Gidget, The Flying Nun (What is it about nuns that is SO hot?), Smokey and the Bandit, the braless Norma Rae, Sybil ("I want to be YOUR little girl!"). Hot, hot, hot. Who cares if she's older than my mother? She's hot.

    Now, I find myself once again predictably aroused by her in an ad for an osteoporosis medicine. She keeps talking about how she told her girlfriend how hard it makes your bones. It then cuts to a shot of her eating a piece of fruit with her eyes closed in slow motion.

    And then, as if I weren't aroused enough, she says the name of the product, "Boniva". Gawd, could it get any better than this? "Boniva", she says again matronly. This is some great advertising.


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  • Sunday, August 13, 2006
    3 Comments - 8 years 5 weeks ago

    I never suffered from allergies as a kid. I remember hearing the term "hay fever" in movies and on TV. I had friends who complained about seasonal allergies but always felt it was something of a literary convention, something the folks at Warner Brothers made up so Jerry could make Tom sneeze himself to death on a dash of pepper. That is until a few years ago.

    I was with the family at Lagoon Amusement Park one Saturday when it happened. I was on the skyride with my oldest daughter when the intense spinning and vertigo hit. I panicked. I felt my throat swell and itch. My nose filled. I went straight to the doctor's office. I thought I was having a panic attack. Once the doctor saw the redness and fluid in my ears he recognized my symptoms as seasonal allergies.

    He prescribed an antihistamine and the symptoms subsided. Since that day though. I have suffered every summer. My nose clogs, my ears stop up, and my throat itches so badly I am tempted to remedy it with a Dremel tool and 80 grid sandpaper.


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