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hello from lauren-land

First off, thank you to everyone for your wonderful comments on my hair. I was incredibly nervous before I got it done, but now that it's over with, I LOVE it! It is so much healthier, and I'm helping out a good cause at the same time. So thank you for all your positive comments that made me realize I made the right decision. :-)

Anyway, on the political front--it looks like Katherine Harris won the primary yesterday. Booo. There's no way she will beat Bill Nelson...so we get stuck with him for six more years. Joy. Will McBride should have campaigned more--I didn't see ANYTHING regarding his campaign this whole primary. Oh well. His loss. Ours too, of course, but...what can you do.

Another shameless plug for FAIRTAX.ORG! One of these days I'll get geared up to write a nice long entry all about it...but you might have to wait a while.

So I'm at work right now, and I have about 10 minutes left until I can go home and take a nap before class! Yay. Until next time, I want everyone on my friends list (EVERYONE) to leave a comment updating me on what's going on in your life. Who's engaged, married, broke up, done with school, got a new job, got fired, WHATEVER! Since I haven't used LJ in like, a year or something, haha. I'll screen them so no one else will see what you write, but I wanna know, and I just literally don't have the time to go through everyone's journals and catch up! :-( I wish I did, because I love reading about you guys. Hopefully now I will be able to catch up on my friends list, but we'll see!

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Rhianna - Unfaithful

I don't know how many of you have heard the song "Unfaithful," by Rhianna. If you haven't, look up the lyrics on Google or something, lol.

Every time I hear it, I just want to scream -- YOU ARE BOTH RETARDS! First of all, the woman is repeatedly cheating on the man. What a slut. If you're going to cheat on someone like that, BREAK UP with the dude!! Seriously, what's the point?? You obviously don't love him or want to be with him, because you want to be with someone else, soooo...what's the deal?

But the icing on the cake, for me, is that THE DUDE KNOWS SHE'S DOING IT!! Why the hell doesn't he break up with her?! I mean, what a pussy! Come on guy, you can find someone better. You can't be so pathetic that you're with this girl who obviously doesn't care about you and is making a fool out of you by sleeping with someone else every night, can you? What a douche!!!

Anyway, that was my rant for the day. I have a lot of pent up frustration right now so I had to take it out on somebody. Rhianna just happened to be the lucky winner today. LoL...sorry!
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Long time.

I never update this thing anymore. So much has been going on recently, and right now I just feel so overwhelmed by it all.

My grandfather passed away at 9:20 this morning. He was 81 years old. He was such a strong man and an inspiration to us all. He had cancer 25 years ago and no one expected him to live past 55. But he fought the good battle, overcame it, and since then has lit up all our lives every day. Even in the past couple years when he was in the nursing home and not able to recognize some of us (myself included) he still kept a positive attitude and continued to fight for his life. Although he lost the fight today, he is no longer in pain and he is in such a better place. My family is struggling right now, obviously, and I ask you all to please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. The wake is on Monday and the funeral is on Tuesday, and I think those will be the toughest to get through. And for all of you who have been keeping me and my family in your prayers, and have offered a kind word or gesture, I can't tell you how much I and my family appreciate it. I love you guys.

I'll never forget our visits to his house when they lived in Lady Lake. How he would take us out in the golf cart and drive us around just so we could ride in it. All the funny things he used to say...when we'd sing happy birthday, EVERY TIME he'd add at the end, "you should live in a zoo, cause the monkeys and the elephants remind me of you!" And "Hullooooo Robert!" And how when we'd drive off, he'd sit in his chair by the window and lift the drape to watch us drive away. I keep thinking we'll never see him do that again. We'll never take rides in the golf cart, or go to the house on Silver Lake Drive. It's sad.

I had another rant I keep meaning to write, but it just seems so shallow now. Maybe I'll bring it back up when I feel better.
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From hollie_is_right

We're Losing
By Ben Stein

Published 2/23/2006 12:08:35 AM

Greeting, fellow Americans. I have some serious news for you about the war against the terrorists, the war we are fighting to protect our liberties and our Constitution against Islamic totalitarianism. We're losing, big time. I don't mean we're losing in Iraq, where our brave men and women are fighting well in difficult conditions and with the home grown doubters at their heels. Nor in Afghanistan, where our men and women in uniform are also fighting brilliantly.

No, we are losing our freedom here at home, and in a particularly nasty way. It has to do with those cartoons mocking Mohammed that were published in a Danish publication and have excited riots and burnings across the Moslem world and fear and terror in Europe.

The problem here is that some students at the University of Illinois' student newspaper thought -- with some reason -- that the cartoons are newsworthy. They published six of them along with a written statement of why the cartoons were offensive. A few Moslem students complained, which surely is their right. The university officials stepped in and the student editors were essentially fired. Yes, because a student publication might cause offense. Imagine that.

That's on top of the fact that despite these cartoons being huge news, not one major paper has reprinted them. Not the fearless Washington Post, not the thorough Wall Street Journal, not any major newspaper of record that I know of. Nor have any of the major networks shown them, as far as I know.

So here's where we are: we have a first amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech and separation of church and state. That means so-called artists can make art of a crucifix soaking in urine and of holy Christian images made of animal dung and no one can stop them. That means bookstores of brick and on-line can sell Mein Kampf and the vilest writings of Hitler's lackeys. These horrible excrescences are protected and the media screams bloody murder if anyone tries to protect the sacred in Christianity and Judaism from the most putrid attacks.

But the media censors itself about the cartoons mocking the prophet of a religion many of whose adherents want to destroy our country and our way of life. We will fight to the death to protect the artists who create Piss Christ, but we'll also fight to the death to protect the feelings of the people who hate us and kill our children. We have surrendered our free expression to people who are at war with us. They kill us in the name of a religion and we bow and scrape to that religion while letting people dump on Christianity and Judaism.

There's a word for this, beyond the words Stockholm Syndrome and the words Political Correctness. The word is cowardice. Or maybe an even shorter word: defeat. Wake up, America. This is serious.


Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He also writes "Ben Stein's Diary" in every issue of The American Spectator.

http://spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=9444
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Reminiscing.

I have to go to the bathroom SO. BAD. However, I am currently the only one in the office, and I can't leave until someone comes back (which will most likely be Christina first, cause she just went downstairs to get a salad).

I'm confused. My posted balance as of 2/17/2006 in my checking account is $61. But now, my available balance as of 2/22/2006 is $161. And it won't say where the $100 came from. That's weird. And a little exciting.

So Hollie posted a question that sparked some memories within. The question was along the lines of, "Do you return the carts to the designated area in the parking lot?" And it brought me back to the good old Albertson's days. I worked there from my junior year in high school to well into my freshman year of college...Had some good times. I was a bagger for about 9 months before I moved up to a cashier. Man, that was the most slackinest (?) job I ever had. Bag some groceries, go "return some carts" and sit outside for like an hour with a couple of the other baggers...we'd sit at the little picnic table thing they had out there. Or we'd go upstairs in the break room and hide. Or in the back delivery area. Haha. I'd say the amount of work I did there in two years probably equaled about six months. LoL! Just kidding. But really. Fun times. Good memories. I'm not sure why I'm writing this down other than I'm bored out of my mind and can't wait to get off work and GO BUY RENT ON DVD!!! WOOOOOO
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Boo.

Yeesh, I never update this thing anymore. Between two jobs, classes, Ryan, and whatever else I have going on, I never really find the time to update. I'm on myspace more, anyway...so blah.

Not much to report on. Ryan took me to Atlanta for Valentine's day. We went with Brent, because his girlfriend lives up there (that's where he's from) and we all went out to eat that night at Ruth's Chris downtown. Atlanta's okay. Way too many annoying homeless people. You can sit there and tell them "I don't have any cash on me" and they'll KEEP pushing! Man fuck you, I'm not giving you any of MY money you damn freeloader. Go get a job.

I'm so heartless.

Check out fairtax.org. Cool site.

Ummm....Yeah. Not much else going on. I'm getting over a cold so I've been really weak and feeling crappy the past few days. Ryan and I were BOTH sick in Atlanta, which sucked. Oh well, we still had fun. The hotel was way overpriced....room service was like 50 bucks and the breakfast was crappy. Haha. It just wasn't such a great experience up there. OH WELL.

Anyway, I'm gonna wrap up this pathetic excuse for an entry and get ready for class...on PRESIDENT'S DAY...the most boring class in the world (administrative law) with the MOST BORING teacher ever. I can't stand the fact that he talks so slow that his two-hour lectures could easily be brought down to 45 minutes if he would GET THE WORDS OUT! I'm dreading sitting through another class of his tonight...ugh....

Alright. Hope you're all having a good week so far. I know I'm not, but it'll get better. :-)~
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One year ago.

February 7th, 2005: Ryan and I went on our first date. AWWWWWWWWWW.

Our anniversary is in two days. I still can't believe it's been so long...but then I stop and think, and it really feels like we've known each other forever!

And we're still just as happy as ever.

I ♥ him!
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Hah.

I was looking at my W-2 and commenting on how much of my money went to taxes, social security, and medicare. My mom goes, "See where it says social security? Put your lips up to it." I did. "Now give it a kiss goodbye cause you'll never see it again."...hahahaha. A thousand bucks of my money GONE to some old cooter and by the time I'm old enough to receive any I WON'T GET IT. I hate Social Security.