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Tuesday, December 4 2001

Season's greetings

No, I'm not jumping Christmas by sending my Nativity felicitations this early. Rather, today's title is a play on words, recalling that yesterday and today the Home Page has been "greeting" the season by decorating the front page with lights like the ones I remember strung along Chestnut, Roberts and the lower part of Lloyd Streets in downtown Nanty Glo. We've pulled out some cybermagic to darken the background and get a snow flurry going and a bright star leading the way, and have changed the music on the front page from "Allegheny Moon" to "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas."

Besides the Christmas decorations, I've also added four new dropdown menus on the Front Page, to make the appearance neater and the navigation of the whole site easier. The scrolling marquee listing links to most recent additions to the site continues on the Front Page, but has been moved below the animated photo montage, so it won't interfere with the dropdown menus. The menus will continue to be under construction as I'm able to make more "tweaks" and improvements. I'm pleased with this improvement and it took many hours of fiddling to get it to work as well as it now does. A downside (there's always a downside), however, is that that falling large snowflakes that were there last season and for a day or so earlier this month had to go. They worked with the menus in place, but the menus wouldn't work with them there...One of them would open and not close as long as the snowflakes were falling. It's a matter of two Java applications not getting along together. A better technician than I could probably fix the problem, but despite my fulltime employment in a high tech environment, programese is still way back as my second language.

This is also a good time to announce our annual invitation to share Christmas memories with the whole Home Page community. Write a letter, paragraph, poem, story, or article to share memories of Christmases in Blacklick Valley. Christmases when you were first our of the valley, in the military or after marrying and moving away, perhaps, are also welcome, though references to our shared background are encouraged. I'd prefer that they be sent to me, rather than the whole list, so I can format them and put them in the Christmas index. However, there is no "rule" about sending to the list whatever you want.

Also, if you're thinking of sending a Christmas letter instead of sending cards, or as an enclosure with your cards, you're welcome to post it here on the Home Page. See the index (link above) for more details.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Leap in the dark

Two men are drinking in a bar at the top of the Empire State Building. One turns to the other and says: "You know, last week I discovered that if you jump from the top of this building, by the time you fall to the 10th floor, the winds around the building are so intense that they carry you around the building and back into the window."

The bartender just shakes his head in disapproval while wiping the bar. The second man says: "What are you, a nut? There is no way in heck that could happen." First Man: "No it's true let me prove it to you." So he gets up from the bar, jumps over the balcony, and careens to the street below. When he passes the tenth floor, the high wind whips him around the building and back into the tenth floor window and he takes the elevator back up to the bar.

The second man says, "You know, I saw that with my own eyes, but that must have been a one-time fluke." First man: "No, I'll prove it again," and again he jumps and hurtles toward the street where the tenth floor wind gently carries him around the building and into the window. Once upstairs, he urges his fellow drinker to try it. Second man: "Well, what the heck, it works, I'll try it." So he jumps over the balcony, plunges downward, passes the 11th, 10th, 9th, and 8th floors and hits the sidewalk with a splat.

Back upstairs the bartender turns to the other drinker, "You know, Superman, you're a real jerk when you're drunk."

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Advent thought for the day

Don't pity yourself. Don't be afraid to tell God your troubles. He knows all about your troubles. A little song says, "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen," but there's Somebody who knows, all right. And our Fellow Sufferer still retains a fellow feeling for our pains and still remembers in the skies His tears, His agonies and cries, though he's now at the right hand of the Father Almighty, sitting crowned in glory, awaiting, of course, that great coronation day that yet is to come. But though He is there and though they cry all around Him, "Worthy is the Lamb" (Revelation 5:12), He hasn't forgotten us, and He hasn't forgotten the nails in His hands, the tears, the agonies and cries. He knows everything about you. He knows! He knows when the doctor hates to tell you what's wrong with you and your friends come and try to be unnaturally encouraging. He knows! With boldness, therefore, at the throne let us make all our sorrows known and ask the aid of heavenly power to help us in the evil hour.

—A. W. Tozer
Sent by Jim Martin

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