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Pinstripe for Firefox 2.0

Check out this awesome update of the classic Firefox theme for OS X users. It really makes Firefox fit in with OS X.
Although I do not understand why one of the main developers of Firefox want us to install it. If he likes it so much, why isn’t it in Firefox 2.0?

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Corrupt Politics

Couple interesting articles I read today on corrupt politics in this country.

BeyondDelay.org – 13 Most Corrupt Members of Congress

Washington Post – Ties to GOP trumpted skill on Iraq team

I’m hoping beyond hope that there is lots of new faces in D.C. come November. But seeing how corrupt things are these days, it wouldn’t surprise me if things stay at the status quo.

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5 years later…

I had just gotten out of the shower and had started to get ready for a day of classes. It was a beautiful Tuesday morning, about a week into my sophomore year of college at SNHU. In a week or two I was planning to join the college radio station. I had just started working my work study job for the second year in a row. Just one week in and it felt like I never left college.

At home, I would watch the morning news while getting ready. However, we didn’t have a TV yet, as that was coming up that weekend when my roommate’s dad visits. So my routine was still out of sync with my new reality of college.

As I was getting dressed, I happened to hear the soft ding of my computer receiving an instant message. I look over and it was from my friend Rico. I remember asking myself why he was sending me an IM this early…quite unlike him.

Then my heart stopped. It was about 9:05 am.

I had to read his IM again. Then three more times, each slower then the last. My mind was switching into overtime, as I typed as fast as I could. A second plane just hit the World Trade Center? SECOND PLANE? There was a first?

I quickly fired up my web browser and tried to hit any news site I could think of. CNN, MSNBC, FOX, BBC…all of them were taking minutes to load or were timing out. Instantly these web sites must had gotten 100-200 million hits in seconds, vaporizing them into dust.

I quickly told him I would be back and ran to the lounge on my dorm floor. Flipped on the TV and saw the burning towers. Stunned silence on my part.

A friend on my floor was walking by and asked what I was watching. I couldn’t speak and just motioned him over. He watched for a few seconds and let out a couple f-bombs in disbelief. He then ran out to find out who was around.

Within minutes we had a group of college students in the room.

I watched for a few moments, stunned at what I saw. I knew instantly that it had to be terrorism. One tower would be an accident. Two intentional.

I walked out of the room, somehow finished getting ready, and ran to the cafeteria. On the way there, I called my mom, as millions in the country were probably doing at that moment. She had heard the news too. I filled her in what I knew and she likewise, then we decided to call later.

I entered the cafeteria and was greeted with a group of 30 or 40 people just standing, watching the TV which had been switched from the Campus TV channel to CNN. I somehow managed to buy food, but I could barely eat it while I watched the TV, numb.

The rest of the day was a blur. I had a professor who had the nerve of having a class, despite what was going on. Of course it was a lab class, so no one did work…all we did was hit refresh on whatever news site had an ounce of bandwidth available for a text version of their headlines.

Five years later, I cannot think about how amazing the period right after 9/11 was. The heroics of those people directly involved that day. The thousands of American flags I saw while driving around.

I salute those we lost that day and those who risked their lives to save others. No one will ever be forgotten.

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The first 5K run

Today I participated in my first 5K (just over 3 miles) run. It was a race at Pease International Tradeport to benefit the St. Charles Childrens Home. Over 773 runners finished the race and I am proud to say I am one of them.
I thought going into this that I would have a tough time during the race. I have been working out just a month and haven’t run any long distances since high school.

However I thought I did very well. With the exception of a 1-minute at each mile marker to take a brief walk, I ran the entire distance and finished with a respectable 35 minutes, 50 seconds time. Much better then I thought I would do and it was a lot of fun.

I honestly cannot wait for the next race. My employer sponsors and/or participates in many races during the spring, summer, and fall. I am sure I will be recruited to run in those races now.

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I am afraid to sneeze wearing my Red Sox hat

The amount of injuries the Boston Red Sox have suffered is unbelievable.

Here is just a list off the top of my head that have happened in the past month or two:

  • Matt Clement – 15-day DL, right shoulder strain
  • Tim Wakefield – 15-day DL, broken rib
  • Jason Varitek – 15-day DL, knee surgery
  • Trot Nixon – 15-day DL, strained right biceps
  • Manny Ramirez – hamstring and knee problems
  • David Ortiz – Irregular heartbeat
  • Kevin Youkilis – Flu
  • Alex Gonzalez – 15-day DL, right oblique strain
  • Jon Lester – 15-day DL, diagnosed with a treatable form of anaplastic large cell lymphoma
  • Mark Loretta – Leg injury, has DH’d or played 1st base the past week
  • Coco Crisp – Has missed several games due to a sore shoulder
  • Jonathan Papelbon – left game on 9/1 with a shoulder strain

My prayers are with the Lester family. What a unbelievable thing to go through.

There are times when life is more important then a stupid game. This is one of those times.