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Things I missed while on vacation
Pay attention, because the following will appear on the final exam:

  1. Free Moblogging from your cell phone
  2. Metapop -- a collaborative weblog
  3. Web Fire Escape -- allow readers of weblogs to instantly replace a Web Fire Escape equipped blog with an alternate work-safe site or application (added above Blogroll)
  4. The blogging evolution exam -- like a purity test, but not (I scored a 44)
  5. FeedDemon -- coming soon to an RSS addict near you
Did I miss something? Just let me know in the Cliff's Notes!
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Thank you for bein' a friend



I had a pretty crappy start to my day yesterday all things considered, so what did I wake up to today...but these gorgeous flowers "just because" from Susan. And as if that wasn't enough to make my disposition sunny, I also got two Audrey Hepburn magazines from Lisa for having her 1500th comment. I'd have to say it was a good day. Thanks guys! -Robyn
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Take that, Ebert!

The first review of "The Matrix Reloaded": Jim-Jammity Jesus Krispy Kreme Christ on a twat-rocket, this movie blew me apart and put me back together only after I’d got put back I felt like I had thirteen dicks and they’d all gotten blown by a surfer chick with 26 heads (2 mouths on each cock). I will see it ten times and if I see Star Wars George or that gay Batman director butt-hole any time during the ten screenings here comes Mr. Punch.....This movie is a pillowcase with soda cans inside that beats the living mule-fuck out of you but you’re all like, “Bring it on honky tonk” because the beating feels like summer and Halloween and Cheetos at the same time.....This movie is tits! [review link (with spoilers) courtesy of Sensible Erection]

Now I'd like to take a moment for us... Only twelve fucking more days left! Aaaaaah!
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Frankly my dear...
I'm up waaaaay past my new bedtime, but I finally finished all of the Savannah photos. Five pages of 'em to be exact, with most put online for the very first time. Right now they're all at 640x480 for space's sake, but if you see one you just can't live without -- give me a yell. I have them all in up to 1600x1200 (by request). So go here for the "people photos" and here for the "places photos". Knock yourselves out.
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Say cheese!
I'm in the process of breaking down all of our vacation photos into people / animals and places. It's gonna take awhile... But here's the first batch that I've added to Shutterblog -- "the three of us in Savannah". If you're wondering why the long face on Todd in his last photo...it's 8:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning... That's why! *wink*
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He yelled, "Stick 'em up!" -- and let two fly.
I sat right behind one of my biggest pet peeves all the way down to Clearwater this morning: the lopsided bumper sticker. Now I don't expect people to go out and get a level when they slap 'em on their cars, but nothing drives me more berserk than to see a brand new car sporting a sticker Ray Charles could've placed on there better. Yes, I'm an anal perfectionist. But it's my belief that if you're going to spend upwards of $20-grand on an au-to-mo-biiile, at least take the time to place your buck-fitty sticker in a straight line on top of it. And don't even get me started on people who put the damn things directly on the paint itself...
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Two paws up
Some of you saw the photo of Claire's "suite" on Hilton Head Island and asked about it, so here's more info. Pets aren't allowed on Disney property, so we boarded her just up the road at the Evergreen Pet Lodge. (Disney resort guests receive a 15% discount on their bill.) This way we could have her with us, visit her each day, and it actually ended up being about $3/day less to put her in a private suite than a caged run at our local vet's would have been.

For more information about pet-friendly hotels and boarding options, visit:

  1. Hilton Head Island pet-friendly accommodations
  2. "Pet Friendly Travel" across the USA
  3. "Pets Welcome" US Listings
  4. "Pets Allowed Hotels"
  5. Kimpton Group Hotels (most offer pet packages)
I can't imagine being gone long without Claire -- so this really was the best option for us. She travels very well and made our vacation all that much better.

UPDATE: Christine has a great list of links for pet-sitters as well.

UPDATE 2: Here's a list of dog-friendly beaches on the U.S. Eastern seaboard, and more dog-friendly beaches and parks in Florida. And here are even more pet-friendly hotels in the U.S.
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In 200 words or less...

[Blogging Cliffs Notes]

This worked out great the last time I tried it, so I thought I'd do it again...

Since I've been away from blogging for a week -- what's an entry you've left since last Friday that I probably missed but shouldn't have? Leave a link and brief summary in the comments please so we can all check it out! And we thank you for your support.
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And I want to thank you...
I have a few public notes of thanks to pass along, so please indulge me for a second. First off, a very belated thank you to Tam for the Rivers Cuomo / Weezer article she mailed me! I missed that one, and was thrilled to get it. Also thanks go out to Pete for the signed Derrick Brooks rookie / draft card that arrived while we were gone. Very cool -- we both really appreciate it! Last but not least, special thanks go out to JE and Dori for her "Race for the Cure" shirt. They look great!

And also a quick note of appreciation to everyone who left notes from the Love-In last Friday. I'm sorry I missed participating in it, but they were very nice to go through on vacation! Hopefully I'll be able to get things back to "normal" around here soon...
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Back to life...back to reality...

[on Hilton Head Island]


We're both back to work tomorrow, and I have a 10:45 a.m. doctor's appointment. Whee!

UPDATE: I added a wallpaper from our trip to the sidebar -- pick it up in 1024x768 here.
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Ain't no lie - bye, bye, bye
What is up with the NCAA coaches lately? First you've got the Iowa State fiasco -- two separate events involving two basketball coaches. (The head coach is on the verge of being fired for excessive drinking and photos with young women -- and an assistant coach forced to quit after child porn charges.). Then you've got the new, "never even coached a game yet" Bama football coach scenario, which is looking more and more like a job termination situation every day. Do these people not realize, like it or not, they do live in a fishbowl? And to put that kind of stuff on the university's credit card is just...beyond dumb.
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There's no place like home
This is one of the few vacations I've ever been on where a major national -- or global -- catastrophe didn't occur while I was gone. That is, unless you consider this -- or the fact the President's daughter may soon be gracing the pages of Hustler magazine. So much for that whole "bringing morality and decency back to the White House" campaign, huh? Oh well, college kids will be kids... Whaddya gonna do? I guess she could always go on the down-low and train to be a Southwest pilot 'til this all blows over.



The Day I Get Home

When this young man comes rolling home
The lamp posts move and in the road
I sing and dance in falling rain
It's good to be back home again

The roads of air that map the globe
Take me away to places new
I'm lucky I can get around
I'm taking off and touching down

When I get home it’s much the same
The tax returns return again
The news is on it isn't good
I see the trees but not the wood

The road stretches out as far as I can see
And I eat the lines ahead of me
It's experience
As the days unfold
But there's nothing quite like
The day I get home

When this young man comes rolling home
The cheese on toast is in the grill
Memories are filed away
I come and go, it's fun that way

The roads of air that map the globe
Go East and West and North and South
I like to look and see the sights
I stay up late and hit the heights

When I return things haven't changed
Neither have I, I like to think
The world's an oyster on a plate
I get around and get up late

The road stretches out as far as I can see
And I eat the lines ahead of me
It's experience
As the days unfold
But there's nothing quite like
The day I get home.....

Lyrics credit: Squeeze
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Fantastic voyage
Today we took advantage of a free "beach nature walk" tour offered by the Disney resort. It's honestly been one of the favorite parts of my vacation. We had a great guide, and it was only us and four other people (two parents and their two kids) so it was very interactive.

I can also honestly say it's the only time in any tour I've taken where the guide has uttered the phrase, "If I'm going to pay that much for drinks at a titty bar [in Tampa], it had better not be a cock tease." (The family with kids were long gone to their resort room by this point, for the record, so he was safe in saying it.) I'm still giggling about that one -- the "other" side of Disney. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun! Click here for photos. Tomorrow is another travel day by the way, so I'll see ya' when I see ya'!
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G'day, and welcome to day four
A day full of sun, sand and yummy-nummy banana daiquiris by the pool! Again, sorry for the small size, but they'll have to do for now while we're on dial-up...
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Who 'dat?

Warren [Sapp] was interviewed at a Orlando Magic game. The reporter asked him, "What do you think of your knew quarterback Chris Simms?" His answer was: "Who? Who is that?" [pay-link from Todd]

Now that sounds more like my Tampa Bay Buccaneers!
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Oh, Carolina!
We've finally arrived at our main destination -- Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort. Thanks to an amazing FL resident special, we were able to reserve a 2-bedroom villa for several dollars a night cheaper than the published rates on the studios. Needless to say, it's absolutely amazing here -- but I don't expect anything less of Disney.

We're both exhausted, so we're taking the rest of today as a lazy day off. Todd's catching the tail-end of the NFL Draft, and I just put more photos online. We couldn't resist heading to the Savannah Historic District one last time early this morning. We took Claire for walks through the parks and shot more of the beautiful scenery. Again, they're all small 'til we get home since we're still on dialup -- but I have two new galleries with about 1/4 of the pics taken:

1. Savannah Historic District - 04.27.03
2. Hilton Head Island - 04.27.03

I'll try to actually write a few summaries later, but after "Mr. Irrelevant" is selected, it's nappy time! Hope everyone had a great weekend -- I've really enjoyed reading all your comments! -Robyn
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