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Everyone, everywhere should have a favorite book – something that inspires, comforts, entertains… something that lets us live outside ourselves if only within those pages!

Killer Mutant Hail Prevails?

Well after the giant, killer, mutant hail last week that took out the power for 2 hours… I have insurance claims for both my car and my house. 

The car actually got the worse beating.  Taking that in a few minutes to have the insurance guy give me the rundown.  The windshield needs to be replaced.  The Auto-Glass guy was out last week and told me it couldn’t be patched.  The passenger side got pummelled more so than the driver’s side.  It’s amazing what a little ice can do!

The assessor for the house insurance is going to be out on Wednesday.  I had a roofing pro take a look the day after it happened and he thinks the roof needs to be replaced to include all the soffits and some of the siding as well.  Oi vey!  Not sure how that one is going to play out.  I could see the damage he was talking about when he explicitly pointed it out but I would not have found that myself.  The damage to my car was way more obvious (at least to me).  Guess that’s something I’ll have to learn being a new home owner.

In other news… trying to work with the local school district to make sure Austin doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.  I don’t want him repeating basic math when he took Pre-Algebra last year.  Spoke with the middle-school principal today and I think it is worked out.  Guess I’ll know for sure when I get a copy of his schedule in a couple weeks.

Also… helping my cousin, Sarah, with her 1st Annual 5K Walk\Run to Help End Domestic Abuse.  (I’m helping with the website.)  For more info please check it out! HEDA

The twinnies get their 15-month check-up on Friday after which I will likely (finally) turn their car seats around.  Probably seems insignificant to some of my readers but for us it’s a bit of a milestone. 

Next week I will be in a training class working towards my CCAA (Citrix Certified Advanced Asministrator) – I take the test the following Tuesday.  So – if I don’t answer your call or e-mail next week it’s because I’m in training and trying to pay attention and actually learn something!  (-:

Well… that’s all for now.  Have a good rest of the week!

Vocabulary you can *trust*

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.” ~ Kurt Cobain

con?spir?a?cy??/k?n?sp?r?si/ [kuhn-spir-uh-see]
–noun, plural -cies.
1. the act of conspiring.
2. an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot.
3. a combination of persons for a secret, unlawful, or evil purpose: He joined the conspiracy to overthrow the government.
4. Law. an agreement by two or more persons to commit a crime, fraud, or other wrongful act.
5. any concurrence in action; combination in bringing about a given result.

Dictionary.com, “conspiracy,” in Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Source location: Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/conspiracy. Available: http://dictionary.reference.com. Accessed: August 24, 2009.

Patternicity – The tendancy to find meaningful patterns in random noise.

Agenticity – The bent to believe the world is controlled bu invisible intentional agents.

Confirmation bias – which seeks and finds confirmatory evidence for what we already believe.

Hindsight bias – which tailors after-the-fact explainations to what we already know happened.

Scientific American, September 2009, “Paranoia Strikes Deep” by Michael Shermer, page 30