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Mon, Jul. 17th, 2006, 10:55 am
Happy birthday to me

Today is my birthday!

Nicole got me a bunch of great presents - books on economics, the Lord of the Rings boxed set, and an Ipod Video just to name a few.
The Ipod is an amazing little device - it has more hard-drive space than the computer I'm typing on now. It's stylish and very easy to use - just what I'd expect from Apple.

Sat, Apr. 29th, 2006, 12:39 pm
Cat needs a new home

In a follow-up to this post:

Brat needs a new home. He's about 13 years old, no front claws, in good health.
He's living in the East Bay now but is willing to travel.

If you or anyone you know can take him, please contact me: leifterry@livejournal.com or any of the usual methods.

Thank you!

Tue, Jan. 3rd, 2006, 09:39 am
Fast and shiny it is

Nicole and I spent a couple of weeks looking for a new car for her.
We spent a lot of time doing research and trying to find the best car that suits our needs.
We looked at sedans and wagons, hybrids and even small SUVs - from Subaru to Lexus.

Then she bought a 2003 BMW Z4.

I love her. She's crazy.

Fri, Dec. 9th, 2005, 03:49 pm
New car

Nicole got in an auto accident today. No one was hurt, thankfully, but her car was badly damaged and will probably need to be replaced.

Either she buys a new car or I give her my BMW and I get a new car.

Nicole has a commute, I don't. She likes the idea of a hybrid, but she also likes the idea of fast and shiny. We don't have kids... yet but we probably will in three years.

I haven't been in the market for a while, I don't know what's out there.
Suggestions anyone?

Thu, Dec. 1st, 2005, 12:37 pm
Daily blogs

There are a couple of political blogs I read everyday.

By cartoonist Tom Tomorrow with frequent guest contributors.

Bob Harris, a This Modern World regular, has his own site.

I recommend these to anyone.
You won't find angry ranting. You won't find lies and distortions.
You will find news and well-reasoned discussion from a liberal point of view.

In particular, this recent post by Mr. Harris sums up my feelings on America's foreign policy better than I ever could.

Fri, Nov. 4th, 2005, 09:00 pm
Engagement addendum

I have never seen the sky as beautiful and blue as it was today.

Fri, Nov. 4th, 2005, 07:39 pm
We're officially engaged!

Nov 3rd 2005 is the one year anniversary of me packing up all of my worldly belongings and moving cross-country to live with Nicole.

It's been a wonderful year. To celebrate, we went to a quiet romantic dinner at a very nice restaurant in Decatur.

Afterward, we went on a short walk and I showed Nicole a sculpture called "Valentine". It's a sculpture about long-lasting love, about old love.

I said, "This is what I want for us."

Nicole sat down on the bench beside the couple and I kneeled in front of her.
Then I presented her with a diamond ring.

"Will you be my wife?", I asked?
"Absolutely", she said.
Then I put the ring on her left ring finger, replacing her claddagh.

We cried and laughed and kissed and giggled and cheered.

The we went home and called our parents.

I'm sorry that you are reading this here and that you haven't heard from me personally. I've wanted to tell everyone but haven't had the chance yet.

Grow old along with me the best is yet to be.
- Robert Browning

Sat, Oct. 8th, 2005, 12:43 am

Lots of things going on in the brain. Here's one:

The images of Katrina showed a world-view where the weakest of society suffer.
The question it raises is one of what role government should play when calamity visits.

There are those who say that the government should do nothing, that everyone needs to take care of themselves. "No handouts" say those of a libertarian mind.
We have a situation where people are suffering - the poor, the weak, the elderly, the
unlucky. Our government has awesome resources at our command that could greatly help the problem. Yet we do very little.

The Republican leadership is breaking with their philosophy and doing a little to help the victims of the hurricane and flood, but it is a short-term public relations gimmick - it runs counter to their stated policy.

Katrina was a huge catastrophe, but families are visited by smaller ones everyday. These smaller catastrophes (unemployment, illness, bankruptcy) can be devastating. In each of these cases, the government is doing less and less to help those affected. These small but are rarely televised, but if you look at the images from Katrina, you know what it looks like.

Mon, Sep. 12th, 2005, 06:50 pm

On Saturday, I asked Nicole's father, Karl, for his permission to marry her.
He was delighted.
Nicole's mother, Shelia, gave us a ring that had been in their family for generations. I need to get some of the stones reset, but it is quite lovely.

I haven't ask Nicole "officially" (she's a bit of a stickler for paperwork), but now I have everything I need.

My friends here are saying that I'm "pre-engaged".

Sun, Jun. 19th, 2005, 10:50 pm
San Jose Tour June 2005

I'll be in San Jose for business again next week. One of the many consequences of working for a company that is, in fact, in San Jose. I'll arrive Tuesday the 21st and leave the morning of the 28th. I'll be working most of the time, but I hope to see a few people while I'm out there.

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