Saturday, January 29, 2005
Sunday, January 23, 2005
From #6 to #9
The top 10 baby names of 2004 (vs. 2003)
- Emma (Emily)
- Madison (Emma)
- Emily (Madison)
- Kaitlyn (Hannah)
- Hailey (Hailey)
- Olivia (Sarah)
- Isabella (Kaitlyn)
- Hannah (Isabella)
- Sarah (Olivia)
- Abigail (Abigail)
- Jacob (Jacob)
- Aidan (Aidan)
- Ethan (Ethan)
- Ryan (Matthew)
- Matthew (Nicholas)
- Michael (Joshua)
- Tyler (Ryan)
- Joshua (Michael)
- Nicholas (Zachary)
- Connor (Tyler)
Saturday, January 22, 2005
They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert but not startle the bears unexpectedly. They also advise you to carry pepper spray in case of an encounter with a bear.
It is also a good idea to watch for signs of bear activity. People should be able to recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear droppings.
Black bear droppings are smaller and contain berries and possibly squirrel fur.
Grizzly bear droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper spray.
Friday, January 21, 2005
For my poor friend Lucas. He got food posioning on his birthday. How horrible is that!
I saw billboards all across I-70 on my way home from Springfield for the site.
Half-ton man drops nearly 500 pounds
Deuel, 42, was scheduled to leave the hospital as early as Friday, seven months after he checked in in grave condition, at 1,072 pounds.
After undergoing stomach-reduction surgery in October, he is down to 610 pounds and is healthier.
Now, the Valentine, Nebraska, man looks forward to the simple things others take for granted, such as taking out the trash and shoveling snow. Can a 600 pound person even do these things? I would think he is still quite limited!
"We've given him (another) shot at life ... and I hope he seizes on it," said Dr. Fred Harris, leader of the nine-person medical team responsible for Deuel's care at Avera McKennan Hospital.
Deuel was admitted on June 4.
Heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure and other problems caused by severe obesity threatened to kill him. He had trouble breathing and was malnourished because so many of his calories came from foods high in fat and carbohydrates. He had been housebound for seven years and bedridden for months.
Deuel could someday go back to work if he sticks to his diet, keeps building his strength and increases his level of activity, his doctor said.
"My hope is Patrick will be able to remain mobile enough to get out of the house and get a job," Harris said. "He could have a career in motivational speaking. He's got the smarts."
Harris knew surgery was Deuel's best chance but said Deuel needed to show he was healthy enough to undergo the operation. Deuel was put on a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet and started exercising, and was soon strong enough for surgery.
Deuel said he is not particularly worried about sticking to a diet once he returns home; he used to be a cook and restaurant manager.
He said eventually he would like to get down to 240 pounds -- although the last time he saw that on the scale was when he was in sixth grade.
They didn't mention anything about any improvements on his medical conditions either. Hmm.....
Thursday, January 20, 2005
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (AP) -- A homeless man with nowhere else to go says he went back to his old high school and posed as a student for three weeks, sitting in on classes, showering in the locker room and sleeping in the theater.
"Anywhere I could hide," Francisco Serrano said from jail Wednesday after he was arrested twice at Apple Valley High.
Serrano had attended the school as a 19-year-old sophomore during the 2002-03 school year and was a very good student, Principal Stephen Degenaar said. He is 21 but looks 16 or 17 and would have easily blended in with the student body of 2,300, the principal said.
"It's a sad story," Degenaar said. "I hope the young man gets his life in order."
The principal said there were no adults who could verify that Serrano was in the building during classroom hours. But he said it would have been easy for Serrano to slip in during events over the Christmas break such as sports practices or games, when lots of people were coming and going and there was just a skeleton staff.
A physical education teacher saw Serrano taking a shower at one point but did not realize he did not belong there, Degenaar said.
Serrano denied eating in the cafeteria, as some students claimed. He said he would slip out for meals to a nearby buffet restaurant where he knew the manager.
He said he and his family moved to Connecticut after his sophomore year here. He said he returned to Minnesota on Christmas Eve with only $200 in his pocket.
According to police, a janitor found Serrano sleeping in a classroom January 7 but let him go after Serrano provided his old student ID card and said he was a student.
During the day, though, school officials determined that Serrano was not a student. Serrano was found back at the school that night, and he was thrown in jail on trespassing charges, then released three days later. He was arrested again Friday night, this time claiming that he had returned to get his things.
The principal said Serrano was not a danger to students or staff. But he also said: "Obviously this raises the issue of security in the school. We're reviewing all of our systems to ensure it doesn't happen again."
Alyssa Luftman, 18, a senior, said she saw Serrano several times in study hall.
"We came back from Christmas break and there was this new kid sitting at our table," she said. "We just assumed he was a new student. ... He never said anything to anyone."
Serrano faces a court appearance Friday. If he is allowed to go free, he said, he can stay with a friend in the apartment building where he used to live, in the suburb of Eagan, and find a job.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
JUST A REMINDER......
No plastics in micro No water bottles in freezer. No plastic wrap in micro
Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in their newsletters worth > noting... This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dioxin Carcinogens cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Don't freeze your plastic water bottles with water as this also releases dioxins in the plastic. Dr. Edward Fujimoto from Castle hospital was on a TV program explaining this health hazard. (He is the manager of the Wellness Program at the hospital.) He was talking about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat and plastics releases dioxins into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Dioxin s are carcinogens and highly toxic to the cells of our bodies. Instead, he recommends using glass, Corning Ware, or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, without the dioxins. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He said we might remember when some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. To add to this, Saran wrap placed over foods as they are nuked, with the high heat, actually drips poisonous toxins into the food; use paper towels. Pass this on to your family & friends & those that are important in your life