Friday, October 29, 2004

how do you do?

This week has been delightful. My eldest brother and his wife and son have been visiting since last Saturday. We've watched movies, played games, toured Seattle, and discussed biblical theology. Many people think it's strange how much my family talks about the Bible and things of God. I think it's strange that more people don't. There's so much to learn about and from others, but we don't dare risk asking their philosophy about life. That's too personal an issue. We have become so afraid of offending that the only level of communication we reach with people is that of cliches and "how do you do's". How are you supposed to answer that question anyway? But I digress.

Yesterday was my mother's birthday. We played CLUE and she won two out of three games. I don't know how she did it! I thought I had it every time, but I never did! Afterwords we went to Ruby Tuesdays for dinner. The staff did a wonderful job of wishing her a happy birthday. Then we came home for Cherry Cheesecake! Courtesy of yours truly. Then we put on "Cracking up with Jerry Lewis" which my sister in law had never seen. I don't think she was that thrilled. I guess that kind of humor doesn't float her boat.

The family takes off tomorrow at noon and I have to work tonight, so tomorrow morning is all I have left with them. I hate it so much. My nephew is growing up and I don't get to be there for the everyday cuteness. We have so much fun when we're together, but I imagine my aunt's felt the same about me. Sometimes I wonder what he'll think about me when he's 20 and I'm in my 40s. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2004


Yes, I admit it. I've tried online matching sites. There are so many benefits, yet so many frustrations. In the world of dating you might walk into a club, or otherwise established singles gathering, and scan the room. Right off the bat you would see probably a half a dozen people you'd be interested in meeting based on appearance and demeanor. The next step would be to approach each of them and find out important information. Things like money management, family ties, political stance, religious beliefs, and their goals in life. This would be difficult enough if you were only trying to find out the answers for just one person. But six?! That's certainly not going to happen in one night. I'm sure you see where I'm going with this. Online dating profiles allow you see the basic foundation on which each match stands. You can dismiss a person without ever saying hello.

On the other hand, let's say you walk into an eClub. You walk around picking up profiles of the people you find attractive. You go over each one throwing away the ones that don't fit you. Then you walk up to a potential date and say your hello. Now, assuming he's read and approved of your profile you begin a conversation. This conversation isn't going to be much like one you'd have at a club. Suddenly you feel like a big time CEO interviewing for a company partner. What's your age? Do you like sushi? How much do you make in a year? Oh yeah, what's your name? This can become droll very quickly. And you start to loose perspective that these profiles have actual people on the other end of them. You forget about flirting and romance. And how do you smile into your computer? :) Doesn't quite do the trick.

I haven't quite figured out the solution, except to have your date's photo in site while you chat or email with him. I have found e-dating to be a positive thing for me because I have high standards and I'm terrible at talking face to face with guys. And so I will continue to look for love through my computer.

If I don't meet the love of my life, at least my writing will have improved! 

Sunday, October 3, 2004

The Katie LN Reporter

The Katie LN Reporter
Volume 1, Issue 1
3 October, 2004 Sunday

by - M. Goose
We've all heard the childhood nursery rhyme, "Make new friends, but keep the old ones. One is silver and the other gold", but how many of us actually took that rhyme to heart? After feeling left behind by her closest friends, Katherine R****** of Puyallup, WA, did just that. She decided that though her dear friends were off on their own adventures, she would keep them close to her heart, but at the same time step out and make new friends. On Friday afternoon, October 1st, she took her first step at making a new friend. Around 3:30 she went into work to relieve her co-worker, Ryan P********, of his duties. When P******** inquired as to what the Lord was doing in her life, R****** replied with a smile, "He's forcing me to make some new friends!" Mentioning that she'd like to visit P********'s church, he responded that she was welcome to join his posse of pals. P******** then proceeded to give her his cell number (and his girlfriend, Amy Jo's number) so they could get together. R****** felt a glow of success in her first attempt to at developing a new relationship. So with the infamous words of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), "This looks like the start of a beautiful friendship."

by - U. N. Owen
Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (aka TEN LITTLE INDIANS) is perhaps the most famous murder mystery ever written. What is even more intriguing is that the author herself decided to write the play as well. We at the K.L.R. decided to investigate and sent reporters Candice C***, and our very own Katie Laine, to the scene of the crime. Although Laine had to constantly remind C*** that they were not in fact, on the set of C.S.I. and would not be allowed to dust the stage for prints. They did, however, much enjoy the re-creation of that disaster of a weekend on Indian Island that sadly took the lives of 8 people. That's right, Christie did it again! A twist at the final moment revealed Phillip Lombard, who was shot only moments earlier, was not dead, indeed. He was able enough to save the life of Miss Claythorn from the crazy Jusice Wargrave and leave us with two survivors instead of the original NONE as described in the novel. "Two little Indians left all alone, they went and got married, and then there were none."
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