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               Friday, June 7 2002 

Late night jonal entry

Today's post is a first since the beginning of daily posting for the past 15 to 16 months, a mailing delayed by an interruption of service by my Internet Service Provider. My high-speed connection went out around 7 p.m. and didn't come back on until after 2 a.m. I had gone to bed but felt compelled to make one more try after doing so and, at last, my email was pouring in and the Home Page was displaying again. This Jonal entry had been formatted and the inspiration and humor corners completed, but had no main entry content when the breakdown occurred. So, you'll have a rather thin literary piece today, I fear.

Fortunately, I had announced my plans to ditch work today so I could have some leisure to get diabetes test updates and pursue some financial records. So being up so late is not as bad as if I had to get up at 8 a.m. But still my eyes don't want to stay open.

I've been thinking of taking off an extra day for a while, even considering working four-day weeks for the rest of June. But already I feel guilty. I've never played hookey. Not once in my 12 years of public school did I ditch a class day for anything other than sickness or a rare family trip to Detroit or some other distant point to visit relatives, and that was under my parents' instigation. The same was true in college. In both high school and college my homework habits left much to be desired (I literally never took a book home from high school), but my class attendance was almost perfect.

I don't remember ever having a sick day in my eight years of higher education, though while at Johnstown Pitt I may have missed a day or two because of weather conditions. Otherwise, I was always in every class. I go on about this because some of my friends were in the habit of ditching class for any old reason. Even now, I know people who ditch work for reasons I've never found sufficient.

Part of my motivation at taking a day off this week is that work is slow and I know I can keep up with the load without having to put in overtime next week. In fact, my reduced hours might be considered a good thing from the company's perspective. But I'm already doubtful that I'll make four-day weeks a habit.

ELSEWHERE...No one ventured even a guess of the singer who recorded "Moonlight Swim" in response to my question yesterday. When I proposed the question I didn't know myself who it was, but was chagrined to learn, using an easy Google search, that it was Elvis Presley, 1961, from the soundtrack of his movie, Blue Hawaii.

óWebmaster Jon Kennedy

In-flight funnies (series)

In light of all the recent air security that's been put in place, crew members try to lighten the mood. Here are (allegedly) real examples of how they make the in-flight "safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more entertaining.

.On a Continental flight with a very "senior" flight attendant crew, the pilot said, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants."

Upon landing, the stewardess said, "Please be sure to take all your belongings. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have."

— Sent by Trudy Myers

Thought for today

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

— Charlotte Bronte

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