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September 29, 2006

Was it real? Or just a dream...

I was awakened last night by the sound of what I thought was a WWII era bomber. I quickly ran to the window to discover that the aircraft in question was not a bomber, but some strange space-going craft; the likes of which I have only seen on Star Wars. As the spacecraft circled around the neighborhood, it suddenly lost altitude and slammed into a grove of trees; sending a huge fireball into the air.

I quickly jumped into my car to investigate what had happened; but before I could get close, I was met with a strange force that would let me go no further. From the center of the crash site came a purple-hued energy field with such heat that I was forced to duck under the dashboard to keep from being incinerated. The radiating heat was almost unbearable, but at least I was still alive... and then everything went black.

I woke up in my bed this morning wondering if it was all a dream. One moment I'm in my car battling some alien force, and the next minute I'm waking up in my bed. I decided to go out into the back yard to investigate further, and everything seemed normal... that is until Noah noticed something unusual on the ground. He bent down and picked up a piece of red-hot metal and instantly burned his hands. The metal must have come from some sort of aircraft wreckage... so was it real? Or just a dream?

I had to go ask some of my neighbors if they had experienced anything strange that night. Mike, who lives next door, was standing out in front of his garage, smoking a cigarette -- as he usually is. I asked him if he had heard anything about a UFO crashing in the area, or if I had only dreamt it. He replied, "Look at your windshield. It's all melted; of course it really happened."

Just then a swarm of emergency vehicles went flying past our houses. As I turned to the east to follow them, I noticed a crowd of people gathering along the sides of the street; trying to catch a glimpse of what was happening. Lasers began flashing all around us -- all emanating from the point of impact. Police and military personnel returned fire, but their bullets were no match for the laser beams shooting out of the serpentine cannons that rose above the crash sight. I couldn't believe my eyes... I was witnessing The War of the Worlds in my own backyard. Just then an 'army man' with a rocket pack and a large machine gun swooped in and took out the alien being... and it was all over.

And then I really woke up. I'm not sure if I have ever had a dream within a dream before... surely none that I have remembered so vividly. It makes for a strange feeling when you really do wake up...

September 20, 2006

What do you get when...

Q: What do you get when you put 25-30 kids in a school classroom?

A: A cold.

It happens every September. School starts and germs get passed around. One more argument for home schooling, I guess...

September 11, 2006

Save the Molalla River

So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. - Genesis 1:21

A group of Molalla developers and politicians has devised a plan that will pump treated sewage into the Molalla River, one of Oregon's cleanest rivers. Those who support the plan see it as a cheap way to expand the City of Molalla, as the current sewage treatment plant will not sustain further development. So rather than bringing the idea before a public vote, city officials ram-rodded it through; trying to get it up and running before an opposing initiative could be brought before voters. Well, they have the discharge pipes in place, but they have to wait until September 19th to see the outcome of measure 3-219 (a 'yes' vote would block the dumping of sewage into the river).

I don't generally bring up political topics on this blog, but this time I will not keep silent. I strongly urge anyone eligible to vote in this election to vote 'yes'. I won't resort to name-calling here, but if you give the main developer of this ill-conceived plan the green light, you may as well be accepting an apple from the serpent in the Garden of Eden. If you don't believe me, check out their latest dirty trick.

Save the Molalla River. Vote YES on Ballot Measure 3-219.

[EDIT 9/20/06]

Wow. I am shocked. 58% of Molalla residents are in favor of dumping sewage into the river that gives our community life. I guess that's kind of the state of affairs in this country right now... the pocket book is more important than the world around us... pretty sad.

September 1, 2006

Celebrating Six Months of Miss Emily

So I'm a little late getting this posted... big deal! For Little Ems 6 month post, I thought I would just put up a few pictures...

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'Half Birthday' cake from Cutsforth's Thriftway

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Emily gets her first taste of sugar... and loves it!


And a few photos not from her half birthday...

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I wish I could wake up looking so chipper...

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Like mother like daughter... yes, that is a toothbrush. :-)