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February 21, 2005


The Bent Policemen

(Thanks to Sondra Anderson)


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How proud his mom must be.

Happy Birthday, MOAT!

Whew! A lot of pressure to be funny. OK, here goes:

What do you call a sheep with no legs?
A cloud

What do you call a camal with 3 humps?

What do cows do for entertainment?
They rent moovies!

What does a fish say when it runs into a wall?

If a turtle doesnt have a shell, is it naked or homeless?

What do you call a fish with no eye?

What do you call a deer with no eyes?
I have no I-Deer.

What is invisable and smells like carrots?
Rabbit farts.

Why was the Energizer Bunny arrested?
He was charged with battery.

What do you call two Mexicans playing basketball?
Juan on Juan.

Why do gorillas have big nostrils?
Coz they got big fingers!!!!!!!!!

What's the difference between a woman with PMS and a Pitt Bull?

HAHAHAHAHAHA!! I'm such a hoot.

Hello Peridot! I'm Periswinkle. We must totally be, like, related or something.


Those are terrible. I loved them.

OK, they were awful, I know. I have some good ones I was saving to post at my place but since this IS a birthday, here's my gift to the MOAT:


"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." --Winston Churchill

"A modest little person, with much to be modest about" -- Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."
-- Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."
-- William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"
-- Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know." -- Abraham Lincoln

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." -- Groucho Marx

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." -- Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.² -- Oscar Wilde

"I enclose two tickets to the first night of my new play, bring a friend... if you have one."
-- George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

"Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend second, if there is one."-- Winston Churchill, in response.

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." -- John Bright

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." -- Irvin S. Cobb

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." -- Billy Wilder

"He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others." -- Samuel Johnson

"He had delusions of adequacy." -- Walter Kerr

"There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure." -- Jack E. Leonard

"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge." -- Thomas Brackett Reed

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
-- Charles Count Talleyrand

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." -- Forrest Tucker

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"
-- Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." -- Mae West

*zips in*

*waves hi to Peri*
Thanks for making silly jokes to lower the apparent anger level shown by peridot.

There's a lot I don't understand in peridot's post, because it seems, to me at least, to be somewhat contradictory: we're not as funny as we used to be and we don't do other things we used to do, but peridot still is interested in us?

Anyone who finds the MOAT is always welcome. That has always been MOAT policy and still is.

The ReMOAT and the MOAT are two different places. My co-owner, wolfie, will no doubt be here in a while, and since she is more knowledgeable about Yahoo Groups than I am, I'll save that for her to talk about.

And yes, we did go through the ReMOAT member list and purge people who signed up in 2004 and from whom we had heard nothing since. We assumed that those folk were no longer interested. And anyone who still was could and did reapply.

And I'm not at the computer 24/7, and neither is wolfie, so sometimes we are off 'having a life'. :)

Thank you Jeff, for coming to our defense.

More to follow in a while.

One of my favorite Churchill insults is this exchange with Nancy Astor:

Lady Astor to Churchill: "If you were my husband, I'd put arsenic in your coffee."
Churchill: "Madam, if I were your husband, I'd drink it!"

huge surprise there right?
first let me say Happy Birthday Moat!

second let me say WTF?
*anyone not wanting a bit of rant might want to skip it*

In one breath peridot you inform everyone we arent that funny and you didn't get the reception you wanted and in the next breath you want access to watch everything? ummmm.. why? seriously? we don't get paid to be your entertainment. if you haven't enjoyed time spent here then why do you want to be a part of it? The issue has been raised in the past about people being uncomfortable with spilling personal info not knowing who was reading it. i took care of that.
the Ygroup is NOT the Moat. we don't have to be sunshine n roses all the time. we also don't have to let in anyone we dont want to. the group is now restricted membership and adult. i have no desire to have the group T.O.S.'d by yahoo for anything said there so i made it so we won't be. it's an adult group and as such we can say who can join and who can't. we also don't need to explain or justify any reasons beind it.
yes, i am in fact, a b!tch.
then we have not responding to the email fast enough. we have a life. i'd apologize for that but frankly i'm rather proud of that fact.

thirdly... *snork* @ peri. those were soooo bad. i liked it.

Jeff, regarding the picture on the Great Wall and whether or not his mother was proud, she was in fact rather amused. There was no one else around except for her son and his friends. There were out there in the middle of the Chinese countryside and one by one, stripped and had their photos taken from behind them in all their lily-white a$$ glory.

That kind of continued a tradition of theirs. When they were in Austria a couple of years ago, they did the same thing in the Alps. We're wondering if it is their own version of the Traveling Gnome from Amalie; The Gnaked Gnome. Except he's over 6 feet tall.

Needless to say, the photo was rapidly forwarded among his family. His cousin opened the attachment while in a lecture class and had quite a bit of difficulty stifling her laughter.

I haven't said anything yet about peridot's remarks, mainly because I've spoken on the subject before and am tired of repeating myself, "all are welcome, we know we're not funny like we were but we've become friends and don't HAVE to be funny all the time to like each other yadda yadda yadda."

I agree that a few more restrictions on the Remoat Y site are OK because there are photos, etc there and it's kind of nice to have an idea who is looking, etc. AND, there were a ton a people who signed up one week in September 04 who have never been back, so a good housecleaning was in order. If people had the opportunity to say they didn't want to be deleted, then OK.

I know there are blurkers out there and that's ok, but to have someone come out of blurkdome and dump a load of critique on us is, imho, totally uncool. Blurking is one thing. Blurking and dissing is another. If you are going to diss, them at least participate first.

*waves "HI" to Peri and wolfie*

*jumps in her CAR with license plate BOOGER and drives off to work*

Hey, I'm all about peace and all that other hippy shit these days! =) I've got olive branches coming out of my ass (and if you don't think that's painful, just try it some time *rimsh!t*[sly!]) and a peace pipe - er, bong - and really groovy tunes.

*puts a daisy in all the gun barrels*

OK, so you know how all you guys make fun of my kitchen misadventures? I am referring specifically to kibby and his 'insert Peri's pic here' calendar but also to all the other smartypants. Well, haha, I recently bought some new kitchen stuff, including a cast iron skillet and now I can make the best fried chicken you've ever eaten. Also, I can do things to a potato that you would not believe.

So there I was, thinking I'd left my past behind me, when last night I suddenly (and without warning) threw a plate of french fries at a customer at my restaurant. Did I feel like a goof? And then his diner companion said "Don't worry, everyone throws things at him." You can apologize all over the place but you never really recover from a thing like that.

Happy Birthday MOAT!!! *smooch*

El, you and wolfie have LIVES??? No! (OK, with my bad typing I actually almost typed lice...and I don't think either of you have lice. I hope.)

Peri, that really isn't a good place for an olive branch. Not that I've ever had one there, but that would be really painful.

And as for me, I knew nothing about the change in management at the ReMOAT...I was out of town since Sunday with no email...finally chech things Thursday night...and all these messages that make no sense from the ReMOAT group, not in any particular order...I'm sure the new management is working things out as best they can...they had a lot to do.

As for me, laundry awaits...and maybe a movie. My daughter is yelling to go somewhere.

Never mind we've been somewhere for a week. THAT doesn't count.

Happy freaking birthday, MOAT.

I always wanted my a parents to be reasonable.

Posted by: neophyte | 07:15 PM on April 11, 2007


OOOOO, Leetie! Way to freaking simul, babe =)

And I'd like to add my name to Leetie's birthday shout out to the MOAT! :)

thanks, Peri. :)

Happy freaking birthday, MOAT.


Happy freaking birthday, indeed.

Peace on earth and goodwill to all Moaties. Please.

The second list is great Peri!

My favorite, which may or may not remind me of my youth:

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
-- Charles Count Talleyrand

Hey! Have we seen pictures of Kibby's latest trip to Ireland and F2.3!?!?

Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes, and here's to many more.


Happy Burfday to da moat! Happy Burfday to da moat! Happy Freakin Burfday to da MOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAT! Happy Burfday to da moat!

We are back. We went to the city to see a show - well done if upsetting - called The Accomplices. It's the true story of Jews who tried to get the Roosevelt administration to do something about saving Europe's Jews between 1940 and 1944.

Then when we got home we watched the even more upsetting United 93, which was tough enough to sit through at home after 5 1/2 years. I'm glad we didn't see it in the theater.

And how was your day?

Oh yeah, it was a beautiful day for the most part - mid-50s and mostly sunny.

DDi, I just found out Tax Deadline Day is Tuesday the 17th, not Monday! Apparently, there is a holiday in D.C. (Emancipation Day) on the 16th, so they gave us an extra day.

In 2007, the observance of this holiday in Washington DC had the effect of nationally extending the 2006 income tax filing deadline from the 16th to the 17th of April, a delay that will recur in April of 2011. This 2007 date change was not discovered until after many forms went to print.


Jeff, I won't watch the United 93 movie. I think it's still way too fresh for too many people.

Wheeeee! The Moat Bar is open for business! I'll have one of everything please.

The nor'easter is here, sort of, though they say the heaviest wind & rain will arrive around noon. We made sure we had enough food in the house so we don't have to go out today - or tomorrow, for that matter, if it stays around that long.

As long as it's gone by Wednesday, when we have our first baseball game of the season.

What a spring!


Discussion about Don Imus and what is acceptable.

David Brooks: ....blah blah, blah....then there are comedians and comedy.

Gwen Eifel: But isn't comedy supposed to be funny, David?

David Brooks: Comedy TRIES to be funny.

Me: *click*

Jackie watched quite a bit of this crap over the last few days.

Isn't there anything important going on in the world, like...oh, I don't know...a WAR?


Just got back from lunch with my parents (which was fine); but met a new resident who is quite impressed with herself. She's a retired professor (NYU)who said that at first, she was concerned her brain was going to atrophy after moving into the retirement center. She said she was pleasantly surprised by the level of intelligence among the other residents and that they have more interesting backgrounds than being farmers.

ohhhh kay. pardon me while I mop up some of the self-importance that you've dribbled around the place.

at least some of the attention is being focused on some of the songs talking about 'h*'s ... the first time i heard that word was eddie murphy's 'velvet jones' character on s.n.l. but he was specifically referring to prostitutes.

David Brooks!?!?! Where?

Oh. Probably not the David Brooks I went to school with.

*quick check*

Very clearly not.

Heavy rain earlier, just windy now. Of course the rain got very heavy just when I got to church. At least I had an umbrella, for all the good it did me.

a self-important college professor? who was a new-yorker? (sorry,jeff!) say it ain't so, sly!


Sounds like the name of my ex's roommate in college.

insomniac: we were just talking about that last night.

Velvet Jones and his book, "Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Ho?"

That's when it was funny.

Sly, the woman sounds like a self-important b!tch.

You should have used the old Steve Martin line:

"Well, excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me!"

Whoops. Seems the title of Velvet's book was I Wanna Be a Ho.

By the way, as of 6:00 we had reached #6 on the all-time rainiest days in New York, with 5.50" in the bucket in Central Park.

And what would possess these fools (OK, I guess I answered my own question) to get out on the road in this weather, driving at 50 mph through deep standing water?

And then there was the People's Court segment with Mr. Jones being sued by a disgruntled customer who bought his book.


I just turned on the Food Network Awards. They just had a commerical for Babyfirst TV; television for 6 month old babies.

STOP IT!!!!!

Let the kids enjoy part of their life tv-free.

I haven't watched much of it, but the FoodNetwork Awards are......


Can't be dumber than "Cleaver", Christopher's movie on The Sopranos, though it is just the kind of thing that makes money these days.

Not only is it still raining here but we just had lightning and thunder.


Being a foodie, I watch FN, and for some reason, thought the Awards were going to be live. And interesting.

Albert Pujols and his wife were on to present the award for America's favorite comfort food (burger and fries). Since he hit two homeruns yesterday afternoon in St. Louis, I'm going to guess that part was taped awhile back.

But during the shows that aired earlier in the day, they had a clock in the upper right hand corner giving the count down to the awards show.

Big build up to NOTHING!!!

I turned it off when Sandra Lee was presenting the award to America's favorite grocery store.

Oh, and gas is $2.75.

So...what was America's favorite grocery store? Inquiring (vacant?) minds want to know.

So, the storm goes on, though it's slowly winding down and moving away. We'll probably have lighter rain most of the day and maybe into tomorrow.

This was a storm of historic proportions for us. It ended as the second rainiest day in NYC history - I haven't heard what #1 was - with over 7.5 inches of rain! Had it been cold enough for snow it would have totaled over SIX FEET!

Maybe Meanie & others in the area will check in with how their neighborhood fared. We're just glad we live on the sixth floor and don't have to worry about flooded basements.

It's a beautiful sunny day here in the midwest. SPRING is finally here.

Neighbors have moved out already.

Cardinals won.

So far, so good.

Our neighbors are gone as well, sly, leaving behind just their empty giant Poland Spring water bottle to remember them by.

Ah, peace.

Spring, on the other hand, remains elusive.

A cool morning here in SC, but not as windy as yesterday.

And with the heavy rain yesterday, the pollen seems to be mostly gone. Yay!!!

And my taxes are done! Well, theoretically. I need to copy them over. I usually do them in pencil, then copy them over in ink on the second form in the book. That way I have one to keep, and a clean neat copy to send off. I have to redo them in ink. Won't take long, then I'll send them off.

Taxes done! I just need to mail them off. Wooo!

Side note...anyone watch SNL Saturday?

I had a rather awkward moment after one of the skits. I was watching with my mother, and after one of the skits she commented that she didn't understand it. If you saw the show, I imagine you can guess which one. I just didn't feel up to explaining it to her...

Oh I am such a chicken.

Holy crap!!!

What's going on at Virginia Tech?!?!?!?!?!?! 21 dead?

Oh hell, Punky just posted an entry on her blog stating she was going on indefinite hiatus...

Sly, now the news is saying 32 dead.

What was with all those students walking around all morning?

i don't get it either... the first shots were fired around 7:15 a.m. and then the shooter managed to elude police until 2 hours later? the big second-guess will be why not send everyone home or back to their dorms when the first victims were found? (of course since the first shootings were in a dorm maybe it was felt students would be safer in class...)

We just got home so hadn't heard a thing about it. Incredible.

A: September 23, 1882.

Q: What was the only day ever that NYC had more rain than it had yesterday?

Yes, nearly 125 years ago was the only day where the rainfall topped yesterday's 5.77 inches. And yet, we were very lucky in this: since the storm went right over us we didn't get the winds that had been predicted.

They speculated that at least they should have had all the teachers lock down the classrooms. It seems to be a large campus, so if no one saw the shooter at the dorm and his guns were hidden I suppose he could have gotten across campus, but why not take the obvious precautions?

Why on earth be obvious?

And was it in fact really SNOWING there this morning? I looked at the NOAA weather site this morning for the area, and there was no mention of any precipitation at all, never mind snow.

Today's playlist...

Monday 4-16-07 All Request Lunch Hour
“Born on the Bayou” Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Got To Get You Into My Life” Earth, Wind and Fire
“In A Little While” Uncle Kracker
“Black and White” Three Dog Night
“Private Dancer” Tina Turner
“Dance With Me” Orleans
“Walking On Sunshine” Katrina and the Waves
“Baby I Love Your Way” Peter Frampton
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” Queen
“Babe” Styx
“Hey Jude” Beatles
“New Kid In Town” Eagles
“Sir Duke” Stevie Wonder

Susan, if you mean 'here' by 'there', it was all rain but there was plenty o'snow upstate.

I'm really destroyed by what happened in VA today. Unbelievable. Waiting to hear if anyone I know was affected.

Jeff, I mean there as in VA. The footage from this morning certainly looked like snow falling, with big flakes coming down.

That's an inexcusable amount of people.

I saw the coverage, Susan, and realized that was what you meant when I saw the flakes cocming down.

I sitll don't get how it happened. Even if they thought he'd left after the first shooting why didn't they think to warm the school?

jeff. - it is a very large campus...

It is just... unbelievable. I can't even imagine.

This morning's shootings were at my alma mater. I just found out about 6 pm today (I wasn't online, wasn't near a tv). I'm still in shock. The site of the first shooting, West AJ (the dorm), I had a lot of friends who lived there. I didn't have any classes at Norris Hall but it wasn't just used for engineering classes--one of the classes hit was a German class!

I can't believe it happened at Tech. Tech! Bucolic, sleepy, friendly Tech. Security level nil. They don't even lock all the doors to the dorms at night. Never heard of a murder there. Never heard of a rape there. (Although there probably were some that never made the news.) The last bad thing I heard of happening there was some poor kid falling out the window from his loft bed.

How could some bastard have shot up my alma mater?

Tech will never be the same. They'll ramp up security and make it awful. :(

Such extreme suckage. I still can't believe it. That's my school!

VA, Horrible thing to happen!

It flurried here yesterday. Apr 15th? It was purty though.

Still no work yet, but am enjoying spending time with the wifester (except I am driving her insane)... NEED WORK!!!!!

Beautiful day today, 60 and sunny, got some honey-do-list done today, but now my back hurts...oh well.

Why didn't Tech react quicker? I have a theory. Nothing ever happens there! besides kids getting drunk and doing stupid-drunk-kid things, I mean. They probably didn't even have a disaster plan. It's a thousand miles from anywhere. The closest thing to a major city (Roanoke) is just a small city, and it's a hour north. Blacksburg is the largest place for miles around, but it's really in the middle of nowhere. Nothing but cow pastures and Tech. And frankly, I think the campus authorities were more worried about preventing deaths from alcohol poisoning than the possiblity of a crazy a&&hole shooting up the student body.

They weren't prepared, because How could such a thing happen in Blacksburg???? How could such a thing happen at Tech???

I mean, OMG. OMG, OMG, OMG. and WTF.

I think the campus did hte best they could. They had apparently sent out emails asking students to remain in their rooms and were making announcements over the PA. It is a big campus and there is no way to let everyone know what is going on at once. Plus he was already in the dorms so how can they even say staying in your dorm is safe? No matter how the police had acted there would be criticism. There is no way that the police/campus can be responsible for one mad man's actions.

Everybody hug your family a little tighter tonight.

Well, in the bad-news-turning-worse category (as if there isn't already enough), my best friend's mother, who is terminally ill, has taken a turn for the worse.

It's an all bad news day today.

Mad, they waited TWO HOURS to send the e-mail, when the mass shooting had already started.

What is with April?!?!

Siege at Branch Davidian Compoung in Waco; April 19, 1993

Oklahoma City Bombing; April 19, 1995

Columbine, April 20, 1999

Now THIS: April 16, 2007.

Mad, Eleanor is right. They didn't send the e-mails until 9:26 and the 911 call went out at 7:15 after the first shootings. There is no excuse.

Blogchik, I had no idea you went there. Wow.

Sly, I know some people have planned actions on the anniversary of Waco & Oklahoma City, so not a coincidence. This time, who knows? The campus cops are doing their best but come across as bumbling fools. They won't give out any information, just misinformation. It must be incredibly frustrating for the parents of the students who are there now.

It's now sounding like the two incidents were separate. But who knows. In the aftermath of such events, confusion is rampant.

One story is that the first incident occurred between a couple who were arguing. An RA tried to break it up, and the male student shot him and the girl.

There were bomb threats the week before.

Meghan worked with several VT students last summer and has heard from all or about all but two. At this point, she's thinking that if they had been victims, she would have heard, so she's cautiously optimistic.

Earlier today, I made an offhand remark that we'd keep hearing about Imus and that ugly incident until something bumped it from the front page.

I was really hoping it would be another celebrity tripping over his tongue. Not something like this.

kibby remembers peridot "HI!"

kibby's also happy peri "enjoyed" her moment of calender notoriety. he's frequently enjoyed her stories of kitchen mayham and cat stories.

*pictures cat sliding across the kitchen floor*

Nope, kibby hasn't had time to post F2.3's photos yet. She did draw Daddy a VERY nice picture too!

kibby's been sanding and painting (followed by more sanding and painting) boat parts for the past 3 days. His arms are starting to feel like Popeye ones.

*loves Kibby some spinach*

"They" (CNN) are now saying that one gun was used in both shootings. I'm so sorry, Blogchik (and Meghan), it must be awful especially for people who went there or know people who went there. My son graduated from Tech in '96. I need to call him.

Two people from Harrisonburg were injured in the shooting, but as far as I know, both are doing okay. One girl just graduated from this school last year and her sister is a senior here.

How awful. These tragedies always happen far away, never home, you know?

Yeah, it's a sucky month. Yesterday my mom was admitted to a hospital with heart abnormalities.


Best wishes for your mom.

Doesn't it annoy you a little when these incidents happen and everyone says "I never expected it to happen there" (wherever there happens to be)?

Face it, it can happen anywhere at any time. The fact that in Virginia anyone can get a gun at any time as long as he has a valid drivers' license is something that needs to be addressed.

My friend Jeff also knows someone involved.

He wrote about the German professor who was killed: The
German teacher was apparently Jamie Bishop, son of science fiction
writer Michael Bishop. (Jamie did the cover to his father's recent
collection "Brighten to Incandescence.")

Good news for Northeast tax procrastinators affected by the nor'easter.

Rita-sorry to hear about your mom


Mad, have you heard from your friends?

Rita - I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom. I hope her health improves soon!

Doesn't it annoy you a little when these incidents happen and everyone says "I never expected it to happen there" (wherever there happens to be)?
And when all the neighbours who talk about the maniac/serial killer/kidnapper/whatever say "He/she was so quiet. He/she seemed like a good neighbour."
I think the quiet area idea isn't a big surprise. As someone said yesterday (either here or elsewhere), the security at VT was not huge, simply because they never had major issues to deal with. So when something beyond anyone's imaginings happened, they were caught completely unawares. Opportunistic psychos LOOK for stuf like that. I can't imagine the mindset it would take to wreak that sort of havoc. It's a real tragedy.

Thanks for the sympathy, all.

Yep, "it can't happen here" is a mentality whose time is long gone. It can and does happen here and anywhere else there's more than one person.

It's just a matter of time till "it" happens at this high school. There's only so much security that can be put into place, and we're doing what we can.

On a happier note, pass the margaritas, please. I made a tequila cake from a mix Tom's daughter gave me, and I don't know what I did wrong, but it was pretty nasty. Waste of cheap good tequila.

By the way, up until maybe 12 or 15 years ago, kids could have shotguns in their cars or trucks on school property, because it was huntin' season and it was a rural county.

I hate it when I break the MOAT.

Rita, I seem to be doing that lately. {{{Rita}}} (and your mother too!)

Margarita cake? Hmmm...interesting.

"It" can happen anywhere. There was a shooting/stabbing here in Cheraw last night.

Unfortunatly not far from the radio station. (Those that have been here, if you remember the Texaco station near the station, there is a big field behind that, then the Dizzy Gillespie and Cool Breeze apartments, visible from the highway. It was at the Cool Breeze apartments.)

The main suspect, they can't arrest yet, he's in the hospital, stabbed. And/or shot. The victim was stabbed, then someone else got a gun out, shot himself in the process, dropped the gun, someone else got it and started firing randomly.

It happened around 8pm, I didn't know about it til I came in to work around 9:30pm, when the Link editor called me about it. There were still police cars there at 10:30.

Yes, I should be worried about being here at night.

And where exactly on the body is the process?

(Actually he shot himself in the leg.)


"Tonight at Ten: Morons with guns."

Be careful out there tonight.

I'm sorry, but to blame the gun laws in the state of Virginia is ridiculous. When there is a will, there is a way. Ask Timothy McVeigh.

{{{{{{rita and rita's mom}}}}}}}

You're right, a place like Tech was a sitting duck precisely because nobody was expecting anything like that to happen. I'd expect that if a gunman attacked a university in the DC metro area (Godforbid!) that they would be more on the ball. Since, yknow, the DC Metro area actually experiences some crime. Other than the occasional missing backpack.

I am surprised at how much this attack has hit me. I'm ten years removed from the place, and nobody I know is still there. My teachers might still be there, but I haven't been in touch in forever. I wasn't planning to go back for a visit, since the last time I was back (in the late '90s), so much had already changed. But now, seeing the pictures on the news, it looks the same. (Except for the students having cellphones. Back in the day, nobody had those.)

Such a major collossal bummer...I am trying to wrench my mind away from it and force myself to get some studying done. My semester is going to be over soon and I'm running behind.

{{{HUGS}}} to everyone. Cause I need one. :)

Sly- I was avoiding bringing the MOAT any further down than it already was, but to answer your question - The younger brother of a close highschool friend is among the injured, but thankfully not dead. He was shot in the shoulder and should make a full recovery. Also I knew one of the professors that was killed. He taught at UVA until 2003 (so during the time I was at UVA) and I knew him from a few seminars, but never had him for a class. Still very sad.

Hi MOATies! I've stayed up all night trying to get some traction on my homework. At least I've succeeded in getting my mind off the Bad Stuff Happening, which is good. I'm taking a news hiatus tomorrow (except for silly Dave Barry blog-type news).

(((((HUGS))))) to you all. I appreciate all of you.

blogchik's pulling an "All Nighter"!

I can't remember the last time I'd done that - CRS?

"The Phenomenal Power of the Human Mind"
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

*eyeballs spin in circles, fall out of head and roll across the Moat*

Thanks for that, Kibs!


I'd snee ttah, kbiy!

Mad, glad your friend's brother will recover. There was another good story this morning about a guy who was shot through the femoral artery and would probably have bled out before getting treatment, but he had been an Eagle scout and knew to tie a tourniquet (using an electrical wire) around his leg to stop the bleeding.

... all First Aid Merit Badge scouts know to do that. One doesn't have to be an Eagle Scout - not taking away from that accomplishment either.

First Aid MB is required.

So being able to read that fairly easily means I'm normal?

*pops eyes back into head*

*switches eyes*

srroy rtia, yea...

For those who haven't seen the MB this morning, Dave & the RBRs are going to be performing at Webster Hall (E. 11th St.) in Manhattan on Friday, June 1. Get your tickets now!

Kibby, according to this you've been holding back on us. So you're a doctor?

Chronic cough due to nonbronchiectatic suppurative airway disease (bronchiolitis): ACCP evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
Brown KK.
National Jewish Medical and Research Center, 1400 Jackson St, Denver, CO 80206, USA. brownk@njc.org

OBJECTIVES: To review the role of nonbronchiectatic suppurative airway disease (bronchiolitis) in the spectrum of causes of cough and its management.

Actually that's my weekend job....

Can you fix my cough?

*wonders if this is a loaded question*

*fires anyway*

Good Morning from Sunny Sacramento!!!

Where's it's chilly. brrrrrrrrrr.

*exits to make appointment with Dr. Kibby*

*cough cough*

Not that I'm obsessed with coughs or anything.

Now that my doctor is no longer allowed to write prescriptions, I spend a lot of time coughing up what's left of my lungs.

So I'm googling to see what else can be done. Kibby, do you make house calls?

*smiles prettily*

*as if*

*dons tohng*

YEP! :)

*gets random monkeys, MOATRita mix and hamock before boarding private jet*

Hey! Who left this bananaaaaaa *slip*

Yea, go aehad and sincekr you mnkeios. Let's see how wlel you gilde form 30,000 feet....

You know, if a guy I hardly know sends me a message, pretty much out of the blue, saying "Let me be the ocean for your tears" I think I can safely say that he is a)not in the US of A despite what a profile might say, ii)trying to scam me, not flirt with me, and. (There is, of course, no 3)

I was talking with my boss from across the river yesterday, and on finding out that my vacation was spent with my mother and daughter, and no drinking, stated, as he has before, that I need to get out more. And indeed I need to find myself a man too.

*snort* That may well be. He added I should look online...that's what two of the guys here have done.

The scammers seem to love me. Other, real, guys, not so much. Although there are a large number of guys in Oakland, CA who keep sending the flirts on one site. Maybe I should just move to Oakland?

*watches out for monkeys*

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