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Friday, February 22 2002

Working for the weekend

Yesterday's entry, like the one before, also garnered one email response. Connie said:

I assumed you were swamped with email, comments, etc., and hesitated to
add a frivolous comment you would feel obligated to answer, etc.

When I read your "routine," I sensed a contentment, not a Groundhog Day
at all. It's obvious you enjoy keeping up this Jonal and other pages.
My husband likes to "tinker." If I stand nearby, waiting for him to
fix the toaster, it is a job...if it takes him a few days to take apart,
clean, trace elements, put back together, he enjoys!

I especially like the reference to the Groundhog Day movie, in which the main character is required to relive the same day over until he "gets it" and, in the process, comes to detest the repetition and frustration. If I'd reviewed Groundhog Day (but I saw it after I'd left the film reviewing part of my career), I'd have compared it with the ladder to Nirvana of Hinduism (though the reincarnated soul as Hinduism understands it, doesn't know, but gets only "inklings," that one life is a rehearsal or preparation for the next).

Looking back on my carefree school days and comparing those with this time in my life, it seems like those long semesters were in a similar cycle of much the same routine every day: the same Lebanon bologna for lunch, the same bus ride or walk to school and home again every morning and evening, the same chores after every supper, with each Friday night being the beginning of a holiday, the achievement of another week's reward, a chance to "grow" a little more toward adolescence and eventual adulthood.

Now, each week is seven days closer to retirement and the hoped-for vacation that lasts for (what's left of) a lifetime. Especially when I visit with retirees like my brother and his wife and friends, that seems like a goal worth working toward, even hastening (preferably not by "wishing my life away," but by finding ways to quit work for others more expeditiously).

As for emails, there are too many spams every day, scores of them, but they're "junk mail," things like offers to buy preparations promising to enlarge breasts and other body parts, marketing tools, and other endless offers. But there are never too many emails responding to these daily outputs or the Home Page in general. Keep them coming!


Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Not all that funny, but fun-ny

(Found that file again!) Think you know everything?

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula"

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the Day

Whether you think you can or think you can't — you're right.

— Henry Ford

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