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Missing People

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There have been a lot of reports of missing people in the news.  Some get more coverage than others and I’m not sure what drives that.  My best guess is that the families drive the amount of attention that they want drawn to the case.  That and the situation surrounding the disappearance, like pregnant mothers and small children.  Personally I think they all deserve equal coverage but I think there are too many cases these days.  Perhaps someone should create a missing persons channel.  Hey I think I’m on to something here.  It would be a good way to get pictures out to the general public. 

Recently there was a case of a missing woman in WI, Francine Tate.   There were also 2 other missing women in WI at the same time, Kelly Nolan who was found dead and then Mahalia Xiong who was just found in her car that went into a lake (or a river).  Before Francine was found alive and before Mahalia’s car was found in the water, there were reports that perhaps there was a serial killer on the loose.  3 women missing around the same area, it’s possible.  It turns out that was not the case.  Francine was found alive, for whatever reason she up and left her life.  She knew that people were looking for her, she even saw her picture on a missing person sign, but didn’t contact anyone to just say that she was still alive and just needed to be alone.  A day or so later, Mahalia’s car was found submerged and it seems as if that was just a tragic accident. 

All three cases were given a fair amount of coverage, which was good since all 3 were eventually found, although not all alive.  The case that should disturb me most is Kelly Nolan, we still don’t know how she died but it seems like foul play was involved, but it’s more the case of Francine Tate.  Anyone who watchs tv, reads a paper or surfs the net hears of missing people all the time.  I believe it’s a serious issue for this country.  It bothers me that Francine just picked up and left, more unsetteling is that she knew her loved ones were concerned and looking for her.  This selfish act is not only hurtful to her family, friends and community, it’s also a waste of tax payers dollars.  Just like the run away bride, people need to get a grip and face the music.  Sure life is tough but there are many ways to handle these situations without causing concern to loved ones and wasting the time of law enforcement.  This only takes time away from those people who are missing against their own will.

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Written by Kim

July 30, 2007 at 10:16 am

Posted in News

And they’re off …

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One of the best things about living in the Capital District is the Saratoga racing season.  It’s the August place to be!  Well, the season has been opening earlier over the past couple of years so end of July place to be too.  Almost every Sunday, if not every, they have a giveaway.  Today was the Saratoga baseball cap.  Admission is $3.00 and with that you get a ticket to redeem your free gift.  Some people aren’t content with just one and go in and out of the gates, paying $3.00 each time, so they can get however many they feel they need.  These people are called spinners and I bet if you check e-bay right now, you’ll see the Saratoga hat there.  Who knew there would be such a market.  I just paid once and got one hat, I don’t even weat hats.  LOL  Oh but all the ladies (the rich ones) are dressed to the nines with big beautiful hats.  Saratoga attracts a lot of people from downstate (NYC), that’s where the money’s at. 

I did well on the first two races, picked both winners!  Don’t get too excited for me, I only place $2.00 bets.  I ended up $6.40 ahead of the game.  WOO HOO!!  With one day at the tack under my belt I’ll be all prepared when we go this Thursday with work.  Nothing like an afternoon off from work!

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July 29, 2007 at 6:24 pm

Posted in Life in general

A lot about nothing

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Today I have no organized thoughts so I’ll just babble.

I was able to sleep in this morning, which was nice but I should have gotten up earlier to complete an assignment that was due last night.  Maybe I should have just stayed up an hour longer last night and just finished it.  Oh well, it’s done now.  Once I wrapped that up I poked around online to some of my favorite places to visit, like the court tv fourms.  I’ve been sucked into them since the disappearance of Jessie Davis.  There are a lot of missing people out there, some aren’t missing, they just decided to pick up and go.  Which makes me wonder, who’s to say a person is missing?  I mean, if you’re an adult who just can’t take it any more is it ok to just leave?  You should have a personal right to do so but in this day and age with missing kids and abducted adults (usually women) I think you owe it to your family, friends, the community to at least leave a note “I can’t take it any more”.  That should do.

On a lighter note, I’ve discovered a new musical artist that I just can’t stop listening to, Lily Allen.  I just love the sarcastic tone of her music as well as it’s light and whimsical feeling. 

I guess that’s all I have for now.  Have a great weekend!

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July 28, 2007 at 3:01 pm

20, 40, 60, 80 …

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Have you been to the bank recently?  Now that everything is conducted electronically I don’t find myself there as often as I used to.  On occasion I do need to physically go to cash a check or deposit money into the kids passbook accounts.  So when I go to cash a check what sort of services should I expect out of the teller?  Forget friendly service, that died a long time ago.  If you’re lucky they’ll ask “how do you want that?”.  The one thing that I feel the teller should be doing is the obvious …counting my money back to me!  At what point did this all stop.  They take the money out of the drawer, add it up on their adding machine (can they even count without an adding machine?) and then they just hand you the cash.  I’m sorry but shouldn’t that be counted back to me so I can count along to make sure everything’s right.  Oh, I’ll count it again after they count it back to me because sometimes they get it wrong.  Maybe that’s why they’ve stopped, they know the customer will count it regardless.  I don’t like it, not one bit.

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July 27, 2007 at 8:08 am

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I was right

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I knew it wouldn’t last long.  My daughter, the newly declaired vegetarian, had a hamburger last night.  She says she didn’t even think about it but is back to being a vegetarian today.  LOL 

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July 26, 2007 at 5:40 pm

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When summer camp goes wrong

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I come home from work last night to hear my daughter say “I’m never eating meat again”.  Confused I asked “what did you learn at camp today?”. 

My daughter goes to camp at the local community college, they offer week long “courses” on a variety of topics.  Last week the class she went to was “star reporter”.  I thought this was great, she was going to learn how to get the scoop on breaking stories.  Ok, so I’m living through her a little.  Anyway, this week the class is “animal activists”, the only one she really wanted to attend.  In the brochure it states: “Many of us are concerned about the plight of homeless and abused animals.  Since we can’t bring them all home, this class is designed to increase awareness of effective options for helping them.”.  Seems harmless enough, right? 

My daughter told me that they watched a video on how cows are slaughtered (I believe she said skinned) alive and 7 chickens are kept in a cage with their beaks clipped.  After stating that she’s never eating meat again and that she’s now a vegitarian she added “happy cow’s don’t come from California”.  To that I had to chuckle. 

Still curious, I had to ask if the instructors (camp councelors or whomever they are) were from PETA.  She said she didn’t know but it’s mentioned a lot.  Thankfully for me she has her head on straight.  She said, with a roll of the eye, that they (the instructors) were crying during the video and were getting themselves all worked up.  I think she’ll be back to hamburgers by the end of the week.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think any animal should be abused in any way.  I’m all for animal rights but I’m not into fanatical groups, they take things too far. 

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July 25, 2007 at 9:03 am

Posted in Kids

Tag, I’m it!

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Steve has been kind enough to tag me with 8 things MeMe.  I am up to the challenge but give me til the end of the work day 🙂

OK, I’m back with my 8!  Now I have to find 8 people to tag.

  1. When I was little nobody wanted to take me on car trips because I would make them stop for a potty break.  When I did go they told me “don’t drink anything”.  Well, I still have a small bladder.  brb
  2. Speaking of small bladders, when I was in kindergarten I waited too long to raise my hand.  You can guess what happened next.  Hey, I was 5!
  3. Ok, I can see where this whole post is going …down the toilet!  LOL  It was Thanksgiving night in 1993 and I was pregnant with my first child.  After a long day of eating I had terrible pains in my stomach.  Thinking something could be wrong with my pregnancy I went to the ER.  Hours later, after a rectal exam and a shot of Maalox I was all better.  Gas, who knew?
  4. My dream job is to own and operate a hot dog cart.  Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up.
  5. If I can’t have a hot dog cart I want to run a 50’s type diner/drive-in. 
  6. Back in high school, I broke my left pinky finger.  I was getting out of my cousins car, did some fancy twirling action and shut the door.  When I tried to walk away I couldn’t.  OUCH!
  7. The one video/dvd that I can watch over and over again is the musical Sunday in the Park with George by Stephen Sondheim.  I also have the cd!
  8. I love cookies!  I haven’t met a cookie I didn’t like.  Ok, that’s a lie.  I don’t like molasses.

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July 24, 2007 at 9:49 am

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