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A blog about my life, universe, etc. At any given time you might find something endlessly interesting or just me ruminating on something else, which no one (not even myself) finds interesting. That's the way blogs go, I suppose. Anyway, I was eleventh in line, and you weren't. Hah!

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Columbus, OH
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Ohio State University
Political Science, International Studies
High School: Home Educated
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My Novel: Cipere Lumen

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My Novel: Beyond the Cliffs of Kefira

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My Novel: sul Okyar tir taTz'ileea

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Thursday, October 23, 2003
Well, okay, fine, so in three hours and forty-one minutes (or so; my clock says it's 11:11 now -- and yes, I observe the moment of silence at 11:11 on November 11th... but I digress) I will be 23. On the 23rd. In 2003. How cool is that? For your personal edification, let me share with you...

Stuff that Happened On October 23rd (from the AP, TNL.Net, AmbitWeb.Com, History Net,and other sources):

On this date,

In 4004 BCE, according to 17th century divine James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh, and Dr. John Lightfoot of Cambridge, the world was created this Sunday morning, at 9 a.m.
In 1641, a rebellion begins in Ireland. Catholics, under Phelim O'Neil, rise against the Protestants and massacred men, women and children to the number of 40,000 (some say 100,000). The Cromwellian Conquest of Ireland follows.
In 1679, the “Meal Tub Plot”, seeking revenge, Thomas Dangerfield alleges to the British government several plots by Mrs. Peter Cellier, including one detailed in a document hidden in a meal-tub in Mrs. Cellier's house, charging with treason most of the leading Protestants in England (Mrs. Cellier was arrested and tried for high treason, but found not guilty since the fabricated document was the only evidence)
In 1694, American colonial forces, led by Sir William Phips, fail in their attempt to seize Quebec.
In 1707, the first Parliament of Great Britain meets.
In 1783,Virginia emancipates slaves who fought for independence during the Revolutionary War.
In 1790, slaves, led by Vincent Ogé, revolt in Haiti (the rebellion fails when the white militia reinforces itself with a corps of black volunteers, but a revolt a year later leads to the establishment in 1801 of the black nation of Haiti)
In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C. for all military-related cases.
In 1864, the Battle of Westport Missouri. The Army of the Border, led by Union Major General Samuel R Curtis, defeats the Confederate's Army of Missouri, led by General Stirling Price (est. 3,000 casualties)
In 1871, Columbia & Sappho (U.S.) beat Livonia (UK) in the 3rd America's Cup
In 1876, the New Orleans Mint reopens as an assay office
In 1888, Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx is vested
In 1890, the opera “Prince Igor” is produced (St Petersburg)
In 1910, Blanche Scott becomes first woman to solo a public airplane flight
In 1915, 25,000 women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote.
In 1915, the first national horseshoe-throwing championship is held (Kellerton Iowa)
In 1918 President Wilson feels satisfied that the Germans are accepting his armistice terms and agrees to transmit their request for an armistice to the Allies. The Germans have agreed to suspend submarine warfare, cease inhumane practices such as the use of poison gas, and withdraw troops back into Germany. When the United States entered World War I, propagandist George Creel set out to stifle anti-war sentiment.
In 1927, the City of Netanya is founded in Israel
In 1929 the first transcontinental air service begins from New York to Los Angeles. Air Mail's first day.
In 1941, Walt Disney's “Dumbo” is released
In 1942 the Western Task Force, destined for North Africa, departs from Hampton Roads, Virginia. The men of Sub-Task Force Goalpost.
In 1942, Britain launches a major offensive against Nazi forces at El Alamein Egypt
In 1944, the Soviet army invades Hungary
In 1944, the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf began.
In 1945, Jackie Robinson signs a contract with the Montreal Royals
In 1946, the U.N. General Assembly convened in New York for the first time, at an auditorium in Flushing Meadow.
In 1950, the cardiac "Pacemaker" is developed
In 1952 the Nobel Prize for Medicine is awarded to Ukranian-born microbiologist Selmart A. Waksman for his discovery of an effective treatment of tuberculosis.
In 1954, Britain, England, France & the USSR agree to end occupation of Germany – in Paris, an agreement is signed providing for West German sovereignty and permitting West Germany to rearm and enter NATO and the Western European Union.
In 1956, students hold a demonstration in Budapest Hungary, demanding reforms and democratization, that turns into a riot, beginning a nationwide revolt against the Communist government that fails and ends on November 3rd (crushed by Soviet troops and tanks)
In 1958, Soviet novelist Boris Pasternak wins the Nobel Prize for Literature; the USSR lends money to the United Arab Republic to build the Aswan High Dam
In 1962, USAF Major Robert A Rushworth takes the X-15 to 40,800 m
In 1967, the New Jersey Americans (later NY/NJ Nets) play their first ABA game
In 1968, Kip Keino (Kenya) wins the Olympic gold medal for the 1,500 meter run (3 min 34.9 sec)
In 1970, Gary Gabelich sets an automobile speed record 622.4 mph (1,002 kph)
In 1972, the musical "Pippin" opened on Broadway.
In 1973, a U.N. sanctioned cease-fire officially ends the Yom Kippur war between Israel and Syria. Sacrificial stand in the Golan Heights.
In 1973, after months of stone-walling, President Nixon agrees to turn over the White House tape recordings to Judge Sirica (the existence of the White House taping system was first made public during the testimony of former presidential aide Alexander Butterfield before the Senate Watergate committee in July)
In 1975, Islander Glenn Resch's 5th shut-out of an opponent (Flyers 3-0)
In 1977, Panamanians vote to approve a new Canal Treaty by a 2/3rds majority
In 1980, Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin resigns, due to illness
In 1981, U.S. National Debt hits $1 trillion
In 1983, At 6,22 a.m. suicide terrorists drive a large TNT-loaded Mercedes truck into the Marine compound at the Beirut Lebanon airport and crashes into the first floor of the four-story concrete building where approximately 300 service members are quartered resulting in an explosion that killed 220 Marines and 21 other U.S. service members (At almost exactly the same instant, another suicide bomber in a pick-up truck full of explosives crashed into the nine-story building that houses French paratroopers, obliterating the building and killing nearly 60 French soldiers)
In 1983, two million people march in Western European capital cities demonstrating against the deployment of 'Cruise' and 'Pershing' missiles
In 1984, NBC telvises BBC footage of the Ethiopian famine
In 1984, the STS 51-A launch vehicle moves to launch pad
In 1987, the U.S. Senate rejected, 58-42, the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork.
In 1989, Charles Stuart alleges he and his pregnant wife, Carol, had been shot in their car by an African American robber, fanning racial tension in Boston (Carol Stuart and her prematurely delivered baby died from the shooting, but Charles Stuart was implicated later in the killings and was subsequently found dead, an apparent suicide)
In 1989, George Harrison releases his “Best of Dark Horse 1976-89” album
In 1989, The 62nd U.S. manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) returns from space
In 1991, Dr. Jack Kevorkian attends deaths of Sherry Miller, 43, of Roseville Michigan and Marjorie Wantz, 58, of Sodus Michigan (both use similar machines to inhale carbon dioxide)
In 1992, Japanese Emperor Akihito began a visit to China, the first by a Japanese monarch.
In 1993, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Joe Carter becomes the 2nd player to end the World Series with a home run (a three-run, ninth inning homer giving Toronto an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6)
In 1995, A jury in Houston convicts Yolanda Saldivar of murdering Tejano singing star Selena outside a Texas motel on March 31, 1995 (the jury deliberates only 2½ hours before returning their guilty verdict)
In 1996, The civil trial of O.J. Simpson opens in Santa Monica, California (Simpson was later found liable in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman)
In 1997, In the Cambridge Massachusetts trail of British au pair Louise Woodward, charged with murdering a baby in her care, she denies that she'd ever hurt 8-month-old Matthew Eappen, saying “I love kids”
In 1998, Dr. Barnett Slepian, a doctor who performed legal abortions, is killed at his home in suburban Buffalo NY, when a sniper fires through his kitchen window
In 1998, Following nine days of talks at Wye River MD, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat sign a breakthrough land-for-peace West Bank agreement at the White House

Ten years ago, The Toronto Blue Jays repeated as baseball champions as they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-6, in game six of the World Series (news - web sites). An IRA bomb exploded in Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing 10 people, including an IRA operative.

Five years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (news - web sites) and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (news - web sites) signed a breakthrough land-for-peace agreement at the White House. Barnett Slepian, a doctor who performed abortions, was shot and killed at his home in suburban Buffalo, N.Y. Typhoon Babs pummeled the northern Philippines, killing at least 189 people.

One year ago, Gunmen seized a crowded Moscow theater, taking hundreds hostage and threatening to kill their hostages unless the Russian army pulled out of Chechnya (news - web sites). President Bush (news - web sites) signed the biggest military spending increase since Ronald Reagan (news - web sites)'s administration — a $355.5 billion package. Broadway librettist Adolph Green died in New York at age 87. The San Francisco Giants edged the Anaheim Angels, 4-3, to tie the World Series 2-2.

Today's Birthdays,
1750 Nicolas Appert, the inventor of canning.
1805 John Bartlett, lexicographer best known for Bartlett's Quotations.
1844 Sarah Bernhardt, French actress.
1869 John Heisman, American college football coach for whom the Heisman Trophy is named.
Former "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson is 78.
Movie director Philip Kaufman is 67.
Soccer great Pele is 63.
Author Michael Crichton is 61.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Barbara Ann Hawkins (The Dixie Cups) is 60.
Actor Michael Rupert is 52.
Movie director Ang Lee is 49.
Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 47.
Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 47.
Movie director Sam Raimi is 44.
Parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic is 44.
Rhythm-and-blues singer David Thomas (Take 6) is 37.
Rock musician Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 37.
Country singer-musician Junior Bryant is 35.
Country singer Jimmy Wayne is 31.
Actor Ryan Reynolds is 27.
Blogger Sarah Marie Parker-Allen is 23.
Actress Masiela Lusha ("George Lopez") is 18.

AP's Thought for Today, "It is the characteristic of the most stringent censorships that they give credibility to the opinions they attack." — Voltaire, French author and philosopher (1694-1778).


Wednesday, October 08, 2003
Okay, so I haven't blogged in more than two weeks. That's just sad. Really, I admit it. But come on! I've moved, I've been applying for jobs left right and center, and there's this little political thingamajig going on in my state which just... well, heck, I've been distracted, and let's just leave it at that.

Today I volunteered at the South Bay (Redondo Beach) Republican Party Get Out The Vote (GOTV) HQ, because I got an email saying they really needed help. After I got my donuts and voted myself, that is. For what it's worth, I had a punchcard ballot, I punched my four responses ("should Davis be recalled," "who should replace him," "3% on infrastructure," and "stop collecting info about race on some government forms"), I pulled my card out, I referenced the numbers (next to each punched hole) to make sure that I had in fact voted the way I believed I had (for what it's worth, I think my answers were something like "4", "36", "157" and "158"), based on the numbers by the responses that I wanted in the little voting book thing. No hanging chads, no extra holes that couldn't be explained, no dimples, not even a little bit of baby fat. My ballot was, in my view, perfect, and so I turned it in and got my "I Voted" sticker and my ballot stub and THEN I went and found Redondo Beach. It turns out that it's a lot farther from the far edge of Long Beach than I thought it was, and apparently they're reconstructing a significant bit of Pacific Coast Highway. Next time I'll take the freeway. ANYWAY.

I showed up at 12:19pm and was put to work calling people to remind them to vote. My script was something like:

"Hello, my name is Sarah and I'm calling from the South Bay Republican Party Headquarters. We just want to make sure that you remember to go to the polls before 8pm tonight and vote yes on the recall, which is question ONE on page ONE of your ballot. If you need help getting to the polls, please call our headquarters at (phone number here) and we'll have someone drive you to your polling location. Your polling place is located at Our Lady Guadalupe Church, at 320 Massey Ave. in Hermosa Beach. The polls close at 8pm tonight and you must arrive by then in order to vote. Thanks for voting yes on the recall, good bye!"

I only really got to do that for the voicemail. 99% of the time I got people who had already voted, or I got bad numbers. Then, we did poll-watching. I was working the Torrance precincts (poll-watching = crossing off names as registered voters, you know, voted -- and then walking the precinct until I was abandoned) and if nothing else, the turnout alone dictated this was going to be a blow-out. In mixed party households, the Republicans had all voted by 3pm and none of the Democrats had, or the Republicans had all voted absentee and the Democrats were going to head to their polling place "sometime tonight." By 5pm I had whole pages where every registered Republican had voted and only 5% of the Democrats had voted (annoyingly, not that many A/I and N/P [third parties, independent voters, and no party affiliation] folks had voted, either), and in Torrance it's about a 50-50 split. After I was abandoned I went back to the HQ and called people in the Torrance precincts until I had to leave. It was fun. Of the calls wherein I made actual contact with the actual registered Republican I was trying to contact, only one person had not yet voted either absentee or earlier in the day, and she was just worried about where she was Officially Supposed To Vote. When I told her it was Our Lady Guadalupe Church, she got all relieved and went off to vote.

I signed out at 5:40pm. I'm going to definitely do more stuff for the presidential campaign, as well as any Schwarzenegger reelection campaign that might occur. This political stuff is fun.


Because only so many people can be eleventh in line.