August in Florida

After July

August 1-5, 2005

Monday, August 1, 2005

This is probably a girl/boy thing: Susan self destructed in a string of fits; Titus was blown to bits by an unseen foe.

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Is this another girl/boy thing? Though most guys are pulled towards trains from their Lionel days I can't imagine that drains are ever a draw for gals. But, maybe with a name like Una ....

PS: Is a Mercedes V8 super-charged 500 horsepower engine with a 0 to 60 mph acceleration point of less than 4.2 seconds anything less worthy than a Danish or Swedish Green Award Car that makes the same 'flight' in twice or thrice the time?

Yes, but the MB is a lot more fun to drive!

Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Winnie with ice; Xerxes with mice.

Thursday, August 4, 2005

Today the last of Gorey's 26 kids died. Yorick went out with a bash to his head; Zillah followed him with a more subtle bash to her brain.

Our minders:

The following announcement was recently issued by the Department of State in Washington.


1. This Public Announcement updates information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against Americans and interests overseas. This supersedes the Worldwide Caution dated March 8, 2005 and expires on February 2, 2006.

2. The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. Americans are reminded that demonstrations and rioting can occur with little or no warning. Ongoing events in Iraq have resulted in demonstrations and associated violence in several countries; such events are likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Nation-wide elections in Afghanistan scheduled for mid-September may also trigger violent anti-American actions.

3. Current information suggests that al-Qa'ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics to include assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings and bombings. Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. The latter may include facilities where U.S. citizens and other foreigners congregate or visit, including residential areas, business offices, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, hotels and public areas.

4. In the wake of the July 2005 London bombings and the March 2004 train attacks in Madrid, Americans are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems. In addition, extremists may also select aviation and maritime services as possible targets.

5. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security. For additional information, please refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" found at

6. U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert. These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. Americans abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

7. As the Department continues to develop information on any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information through its consular information program documents, available on the Internet at In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

Friday, August 5, 2005

They are all here. Count them; 26 headstones...for everyone from Amy to Zillah.

Next: Part II

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