March 18, 2004

My Schedule Today

  1. Up at 6:00 A.M.

  2. Ablutions - 6:15 to 6:45

  3. Exercise ankle and stretches - 6:45 to 7:15 A.M.

  4. Breakfast in the apartment not in Pine Needle dining room - 7:15 to 8:00 A.M.

  5. Help Peter do his wash and clean his apartment - 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A. M.

  6. Take my old cucaracha (VW beetle) for gas - 9:30 to 10:30 A.M.

  7. Get Godiva chocolates a dinner gift for Ruth - 10:30 to 11:00 AM.>

  8. Return to Pine Needle at 11:30 A.M.

  9. Lunch with Jim and Peter at the Ritz Carlton (that’s the Prickly Needle Dining Room) - 12:00 P. M.

  10. Bridge - 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

  11. Back to the apartment and catch up on periodicals and and read news on line - 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.

  12. Dinner at the Ritz with Peter & Jim (Jim invited Millie Denkle and Tillie Herr to sit with us tonight, Drat!) - 6:00 to 7:30 P.M.

  13. Back to the apartment and I’m working on this entry, Dear Journal - 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. I know an hour is a long time to compose this little bit, but I shake a lot!

  14. Evening ablutions 9:00 to 10:00 P.M.

  15. Bed to read a bit more and watch the news on T.V. 10:00 to 11:00 P.M.

  16. Go to bathroom (the first of 4 to 6 nightly trips. ( I’m going to have to ask the doctor about this. It’s up from 2 times/night

  17. Lights out at 11:30 P.M.

29 Die In Baghdad Hotel Blast


What were Bush and his cronies thinking when they thought they could just walk in and create an Arab democracy in a year or two. And, they planned to do that in a country that had lived under a maniacal totalitarian dictator for 35 years. Iraq is a country with no history of democracy whatsoever. Our democracy didn’t just happen with the signing of the declaration of independence. Then it was a democracy for white males of some substance. Women and native indians were both excluded, as were the blacks brought to most states as slaves. We are still struggling with the idea that all our citizens deserve the same rights. During the 19th century women fought for the vote. During the 20th blacks fought for the same rights as whites. Today gay and lesbian people fight for the same rights as their heterosexual brothers and sisters. In fact the very same man who believed he could cram democracy down the throat of the Iraqi people wants to write a constitutional amendment in this country to make GLBT people second class citizens with limited rights.

Ah, well. I feel pain for the families of the 29 people killed in yesterdays bombing. And, I feel anger at the horrible idea that killing oneself in order to kill others is service to Allah. I have news for these sick maniacs, if your god, Allah exists rather than mine - and I doubt that - they are probably one and the same entity - he/it/she does not condone your death and will not supply you with wine women and song in heaven. The people you killed may be enjoying the benefits of heaven. There is no room for you there, only that place we in the West call hell. Enjoy!

*image acquired from “Blood for Oil, “,” September 27, 2002 (viewed Thursday, March 18, 2004, 6:30 A.M. EST).

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