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I'm sorry about the disorder that your daughter's change of heart has caused. I imagine that the suddenness of the decision must have been a shock. Youth is about exploring, though, and finding a passion. I wish your daughter luck in her search and wish you strength as you witness and enable it.
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Donna, I'm sorry that I jumped on you. In Michigan, we're all scared to death of what's happening to the auto companies and what that means for our future. It gets to me sometimes. I appreciate you putting in a good word for Detroit cars to your friends. I honestly believe that GM and Ford have many good cars to see. Chrysler has some good ones coming in a couple of years (if they survive). You are right to consider a company's future viability in your next vehicle purchase. I think that I was lamenting the Catch-22 aspect of that calculus on the future of GM, Ford and Chrysler. If people think that the companies may not survive, they won't buy their vehicles. If the vehicles don't sell, the companies won't survive. This is why I would like to see Congress approve the bridge loans (albeit with very strict conditions and time limits). If the companies can't make it then, so be it. Once again, I apologize for unfairly criticizing you above. Thank you for your concern about and support of the American auto industry.
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Oh, SoCal. On one hand, I'm glad that you'll at least look at a car from the Detroit Three (believe it or not, a huge number of people won't even go that far). On the other hand, your comment about needing "to be sure that the manufacturer will still be in business in six months (or ten years)" is the sort of thinking that insures their demise. Oh well. The way the Congress is acting, you won't have to think about this much longer. If they keep dithering, GM will die by year end, Chrysler will be gone by March and Ford will be crippled by the supplier blowback. This will hit the upper midwest, particularly Michigan, like a nuclear bomb and have a similar economic half-life. You, I and the other people of the United States will have to spend ten times the amount of money requested in loans to cover pension guarantees, unemployment, Medicaid, etc. with no possibility of return. I'm sorry if I'm a bit sensitive on this topic. I just see a lot of prejudice against GM, Ford and Chrysler. Even though Buick's quality tops Toyota and Ford's quality and safety have been extolled by Consumer Reports, it's not enough. It's never enough. It's the sort of thing that African-Americans probably used to feel, that, no matter what they did, they'd never get chosen. Thankfully, Barack Obama is helping us overcome that horrible state. Unfortunately, he'll probably be too late to do the same for the Big Three.
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Big congrats, Donna. I'm trying to lose weight, too. My workplace has a program that seems as though it will work, not only for now but for life. In a couple of weeks, I've lost a couple of pounds but it's been a real struggle. It helps to hear stories of people who succeed.
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Somehow, the toast story does not surprise me. After all, why should believers have a monopoly on overactive imagination?
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Hey, at least you didn't ask him to buy vaginal cream!
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Thanks for the link to Arianna Huffington's piece on Benazir Bhutto. I also posted on this topic. I didn't know much about the woman but she was definitely courageous.
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2007 on Benazir Bhutto at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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Sounds like a fun weekend. I got a chance to shoot the breeze a bit with Bob Hope years ago when playing in a band at a benefit. He was a nice old guy, more like your uncle than a celebrity.
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The sacrifice that these people made is hard to fathom and impossible to fully thank. However, it makes me angry that the current American leadership was and is so cavalier about putting our fine young women and men in harms way.
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Good piece. Happy belated birthday! I turned 50 back in March. Only a small fuss was made. I may write about it soon - before I forget (forgetfulness being the main gift I received).
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Welcome back, Donna. Thanks a LOT for the picture. Now, I'm jealous of your vacation AND normal lives.
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Another great post. I can imagine Henry Winkler doing pantomime, though the guy I'd really love to see is Bill Shatner. I hope that you and Gareth made it through the anniversary on the 27th OK. The anniversary of my mom's death happened on June 27. My dad, who lives with us now, made it through OK. At 90, he is such a strong person and he still gets around well. I hope for the same for myself!
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What a fabulous post that was! You've got me all interested in going to Bath now. I actually used to live in a town outside Detroit (Mt. Clemens) that had a similar history of baths, restorative waters and celebrities. I'm also encouraged to know that there are plenty of vegetarian dishes available in Britain. Perhaps, if England and Wales follow Ireland's lead of making all public places smoke-free, Mrs. CA and I will visit someday. I'm sorry that I haven't visited your excellent blog in so long. Your clear, pithy writing is a joy to read. I'll be catching up with previous posts now.
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Good luck, Donna. Keep it rolling.
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2006 on NaNoWriMo NoMo? at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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The election was a bit heartening wasn't it. However, we may not be celebrating for long. Check out my latest post for why.
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I sat through a minor tremor at the Rose Bowl in 1979 when USC played Michigan. It produced less rumbling and more tilt than I thought it would. Then again, that could have been my brain tilting at Charles White's phantom touchdown.
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2006 on Back to School at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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I haven't been to a Seder since my childhood, when my old baubie did most of the cooking. I'm glad that you got through it and that everything went well.
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Great post. We get BBC America but I haven't watched it lately. Now I will.
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Good. I'm glad that Gareth is coming home to share the load. Make sure that you tell him how much credit you built up.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2006 on Da Meet at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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I'm with you, Donna. I'm in week 2 of the Comfort Addict diet (sensible portions, eating only when I'm hungry but not too hungry, good fats, good carbs, lots of exercise). So far, I have lost 3 pounds but it's tough. We on the diet path definitely don't need obstacles. As for the work or pay policy for the meet, I guess that it's OK (if a little Nurse Ratchedy). I hope that it goes well for you.
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"Back to winter?" I'll have to send this to the judges but, from the vantage point of Detroit, mid to upper sixty degree weather does not qualify as winter. Then again, it's all about perspective. I can already hear those keyboards in Minot, North Dakota and Caribou, Maine clicking away
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2006 on back to winter at WWdN: In Exile
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"Back to winter?" I'll have to send this to the judges but, from the vantage point of Detroit, mid to upper sixty degree weather does not qualify as winter. Then again, it's all about perspective. I can already hear those keyboards in Minot, North Dakota and Caribou, Maine clicking away
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2006 on back to winter at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, Boy, do I know the feeling of being swamped by clutter. I could almost write an algorithm that relates the likelihood of pitching something to the amount of clutter per square foot and the length of time that it has been there. When you figure out a way to solve clutteritis, let me know (I am a major sufferer). I'm hoping that your exile ends soon (and ends better than Napoleon's) and looking forward to seeing the new site.
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2006 on buy the sky and sell the sky at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, Boy, do I know the feeling of being swamped by clutter. I could almost write an algorithm that relates the likelihood of pitching something to the amount of clutter per square foot and the length of time that it has been there. When you figure out a way to solve clutteritis, let me know (I am a major sufferer). I'm hoping that your exile ends soon (and ends better than Napoleon's) and looking forward to seeing the new site.
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2006 on buy the sky and sell the sky at WWdN: In Exile
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