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11/08/2006 11:15:31
 Jim  Called Prelegal about UMC charges
Attorney Iris Fieldman, Esq returned my call.
520 S 4th st #360, Las Vegas, NV 89101.
Tele: (702) 388-4401, Fax: (702) 388-2519
She said call The Nevada Office for Hospital Patients Ombudsman 486-8255.
They are a state funded consumer billing advocate.
I'm faxing the lawyer my invoice, a letter I sent UMC, and the note I showed the receptionist, nurse and doctor.
She will fax me a General Authorization Letter.
She said I might call the County Commissioner.
She said the charges were OUTRAGIOUS!
They would probably justify the markup by citing they take care of the indigints.
11/06/2006 22:39:29
 Jim  Do women have an extra rib?
I asked this question while eating BBQ Ribs at Memphis Barbeque last night
because I wanted female baby back ribs!
So, is it true that women have two more ribs than men do?
If so, could this be the origin of the biblical story about how Eve was made from Adam's rib?
The answer follows:
All people have twelve ribs.
The origin of the Adam's rib story isn't known for sure, but some think it may stem from a Sumerian joke.
So, you won't get 2 more ribs if you order female baby back ribs.
11/04/2006 23:01:42
 Jim  Vote!
Gibbons for Nevada Governor.

I didn't even know they could run!
Another election year.
Another year of representives bashing other representives.
They seem like children fighting over a toy.
Why do these political commercials intermesh with my otherwise pleasant TV time?
Me, I don't vote for anyone who spreads hate or negativity. 
The problem is, there's so much of that.

Me, I'm still upset about the Bush/Gore election.
As I understand the news, some votes got lost in the swing state of Florida, which happened to have Jeb Bush as governor
and Gore lost the election even though he had the popular vote.
But I'm not making this up...according to the The 2000 Presidential Election by Wikipidia
Main articles: Florida Central Voter File and Florida election recount
Some observers have questioned whether he or Secretary of State Katherine Harris attempted to help his brother in the 2000 presidential election by tampering with the voter rolls and then certifying a controversial election, though there is little evidence to back this. Questions have been raised about Bush's involvement in the notorious "Florida Felons List" affair in which primarily black and Democratic voters who were not in fact felons erroneously were listed as ineligible to vote. Bush ignored at least one direct warning from a state computer expert that the list was flawed and should not be used. [13] Questions were also raised about the conduct of the vote count itself, which was chaotic at best--- although it should be pointed out that there were Democrats who arguably contributed to the confusion as well

While your voting, ponder this from:
Some of the worst news possible for the security of U.S. elections came a year ago, and somehow I missed it. In March 2005, Smartmatic, a company based in Venezuela, purchased Sequoia Voting Systems, a company which makes electronic voting equipment.
What's the big deal?
Sequoia's systems are just as insecure as Diebold's, with irregularities being reported this week in Pittsburgh and Chicago. And the parent company, Smartmatic, whose machines were used in Venezuela's 2004 recall election, still refuses to answer questions over the results of that election.
11/04/2006 22:00:00
 Jim  Vote for Jennifer: Dog Pound Director
Jennifer and I got into a mock debate for the position of Dog Pound Chief.
Jim :
Jennifer, my esteemed opponent has no experience with dogs. I have pictures of a dog walking her!
Jennifer: If I am elected, I will make sure the dogs aren't fed bad food
Jim: Jennifer is a dog. She wants to feed them her food.
Jennifer: I will make sure these dogs are treated humanely.
Jim: Jennifer wants to put innocent dogs in prison, with gang members.
Jennifer: I will act in both the dogs and your best interest
Jim: Thats the problem, she's not real. She's an actor.
Jennifer: I honestly love dogs. I'd never do anything to hurt them.
Jim: See, she admits never doing anything.
Jennifer: Vote for me on election day. I'll try to do what best for all of us.
Jim: Vote for Jim. The man of the people, for the people, by the people.
I'd vote for Jennifer. She actually said something.
11/04/2006 11:12:20
 Jim  Home Schooling, is it quality?
I just helped Dustin with his math homework.
EG: Simplify this ratio 15 cats to 50 dogs.
       Answer: 3 cats to 10 dogs or 1 cat to 3.333_ dogs
       Dustins answer: 3 continous
EG: The temperature went up 7 degrees between 1990 and 1997.
       The temperature went up 6 degrees between 1997 and 2000.
       During which period did the temperature climb the fastest?
      Answer: 1997 to 2000
      Dustins answer: 7...between 1990 and 1997.
EG: A line goes from x,y coordinates (1,1) to (4,2) on a cartesian graph. Find the slop.
      The formula is Slope=m where m=(y1 - y2) / (x1 - x2)
      Answer: 1/3
      Dustins answer: 9
Matter of fact, out of 60 questions, he only got 1 right by accident.
He said it didn't matter. He'll still get a C.
First off, I'm wondering HOW?
11/04/2006 09:22:26
 Jim  Primatene Mist Scare
For a long time, the FDA has wanted to ban Primatene mist because it uses chloroflourocarbons as a propellent.
They contend those little bottles are destroying the ozone layer.
I've read cows burping methane are destroying the ozone layer too. We still eat cows.
I went to Smith's Food King to by a Primatene Mist inhaler last night.
They told me it had been removed from the shelves.
During my next near fatal astma attack,
I must decide to die or lose everything I've got to medical professionals for what should be minor care. I don't know why professionals would put anybody in that position. I was able to purchase Primatene Tablets (which take longer to work), but I had to provide my drivers license which was keyed into Smiths database. Now my name exists on some lists that I don't want to be subscribed too.
According to what I've read, 3,000,000 people use Primatene to control their Asthma.
700,000 people use it because they have no health care. I would be one of those.
In effect, my last bottle of Albuterol, along with 5 antibiotics, and some steroids, cost me $700 with the doctor visit after all of the tests they seemed to need to confirm the obvious.
It was like a mechanic doing an alignment to fix a flat tire on an old car.
I suppose in a reach, the alignment could be the problem.
In the end, I called around. Primatene Mist is not banned yet.
Smith's Food King told me they had to remove it from the shelves.
Hopefully, the FDA will wait until another product hits the shelves before banning it.
For me, Primatene Mist is the only thing that controls my Asthma in Las Vegas.
Of course, I'm no doctor...I'm just a silly consumer who thinks Primatene helps.
11/01/2006 23:30:56
 sae  .The Pharaohs must have been resurrections.
Did you stop after the two beers? And by "two beers", I assume you don't mean two six packs or two kegs.
11/02/2006 12:35:07
 sae   (Reply)...The Pharaohs must have been resurrections.
I am so pleased you stopped at two... What did you do differently, that you didn't turn those two into 100 or more? So, what is the word from Frank McDonald?
11/01/2006 11:37:56
 sae  .Stardust closes at Noon
Woof..... There goes another one of my "favorite" old hotel/casino on the Lost Wages Strip. A sad day. Why did you let it happen, Jimmy Cutlar? You probably funded that $4 billion to the builders of the Echelon complex. Bite, Bite, Bite anybody who does that. 
11/02/2006 10:17:50
 Jim   (Reply)Stardust closes at Noon

Stardust is closing today at noon, to make way for the 4 billion dollar Echelon complex.
Wow...I did say that right!
It opened in 1958.

This really puts pressure on Phil Ruffin to finally make a decision about The Frontier.
With Echelon, Encore, Palazzo and The Trump Towers, The Frontier will look like a trailer park surrounded by luxury if something isn't done - And Circus Circus will probably have to go as well.
11/01/2006 11:27:24
 Jim  Halloween 2006 - Green Valley Ranch Gang
Jennifer,Becky,Renee,Jonathon,Dustin at the Green Valley Ranch.
11/01/2006 11:17:50
 Jim  Green Valley Ranch - Becky, Jim
Becky and Jim, gobbling around at the Green Valley Ranch.
One kid asked me what I was supposed to be.
I said, I'm a "Hekifino".
In this picture, is just my imagination or is my head HUGE!
11/01/2006 03:09:15
 sae  I took off my mask and scared everybody to death..
And it didn't cost anything.
10/31/2006 21:58:56
 jim  Vegas,NV-GhostHunting-Sonny,Jim,GVRanch
10/31/2006 21:58:56
 jim   (Reply)GhostHunting,NV-Sonny,Jim
10/29/2006 11:56:41
 Jim  Halloween Bashes
Green Valley Ranch
Trick-or-Treating at The District
Tuesday, October 31 (Halloween) - 5pm to 8pm
Bring the kids to The District for Spooky Halloween fun!

Halloween event sponsored by KB Home, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at its Chaco Canyon community. Head west on Blue Diamond Road/Highway160 from Interstate 15 for five miles, left on Buffalo Road to end, left on Starr, left on Rainbow Boulevard, left on Fort Churchill to the community on the right. Trick-or-treat at model homes, free refreshments and prizes.
at Rafael Rivera Community Center, 2900 E. Stewart Ave., 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Haunted house, costume contest, carnival-style games, light refreshments, goodies. Free. All ages. 229-4600.
10/27/2006 14:01:22
 Jim  Katie Couric: Fat people cause pollution!
She says, fat people, per year, are using 1 billion more gallons of gas than 40 years ago.
Lets see now. 40 years ago, 1966...
How many people drove cars then?
Did we even have freeways?
The population went from 200 million in 1966 to 300 million in 2006.
Looking at this closer, a car weighs around 3,000 lbs.
The full tank alone weighs 160 lbs.
A spare tire (or over weight belly) must weigh around 20 lbs.
So, lets blame the driver. haha
And my truck gets 12 miles per gallon now.
That's what trucks in the 60's got.
But, lets not blame automotive technology.
Lets blame FAT PEOPLE! haha
See now, I might have said:
- Don't lose weight, your probably driving because your overweight.
- Don't keep a spare tire in the trunk.
- Drive on empty
- Remove the back seats
- Remove anything that might use excessive energy, like those 400 watt boom boxes.
- Remove the air conditioner.
- Never roll down your window while going down the freeway.
Why not say, lets all hate fat people, and while we're at it, hate driving our cars too.
What do you drive, Katie?
10/27/2006 04:28:16
 robert  what is family and what is love
To me family is a group of people that take care of eachother,  are there for eachother, that love eachother.. That is what family is. Well I have not had the greatest thing in family since i was alittle kid always moving in group homes, foster homes, shelters, and even Jail. But that is not the reason why I am writing this letter I am writing this cause i heard poeple hare wondering why I dont talk or invite my self over or visit anymore. Well here are my reasons... When we got to Grandmas place everybody is off in there own little world staying in eachothers rooms nobody visiting eachother or hanging like a family should. It would be a lot better if people actually visited eachother oh and another thing family outings like b-days and family fun Joy and I are not invited why is that why werent we told about it? And when we ask for a little help for something or want somthing we get charged for it or somthing happens that i said negative torwards somebody or something and it gets talked about it over and over, It need to be let go tell the person your talking about not to someone else. why gossip? Oh and when we go visit we mostly here a lot of complaing about eachother and then my lady comes home al;l upset telling me about everythign that was said or happend and she is upset and makes me upset cause most of it is about us why?? well i dont need that anymore. to me this is not a family. this is why i strive every day to show her a real family and what its liek to be close and do things together I dont want my kid to grow up like i did I am not going to kick her on the streets at 15 and 16 no matter what there is always otehr options in life and you only have one so live it the bst you can and hope your kid does better. to me thats what life and family is about we love we care we are close to eachother.. I have been sitting back getting a feel testing waters and looking at my family and know that i have i see how they are it is all jacked up to me i dont consider it a family to me this is the reason why i have become quite and I choose not to visit cause its not soemthing i need in my life it brings me down and I do not need that. I have chosen to remove my self from everybody and i plan to stay that way for a while i dont want any part in this family for a while i cant stand it and i have been upset about it for a while and i am through.. Joy will prob still talk or do whatever but i am out i am tired of it i dotn want it and cant take it anymore this is not a family in fact i dotn think i have yet to have a real family that i could get along with and trust and be there for without all the comotion.. but i will still love everyone and everybidy because i am part of you guys still but i dont like what we are i mean we need to take care of eachther there isnt much of us left theres only 6 of us int he spurling family left think abotu that compared to other families we dont know other cousins or brothers or sisters we jsut have our sleves and we need to be there for eachother and have good times not fighting arguing complaining about someone or something. family is for eachother lvoe eachother but this family i see here is full of hate or still mad at things and cant let them go and its not good.. so for know i draw myt self away for a while when i am ready and i feel i am then i will talk but for know i love you all much but i dont want to be a part of this anymore      
10/24/2006 23:08:24
 warren  .E22klmte htvrt
She was away, but returning when I left for Minneapolis.  She met me in st Paul on monday and left for montana and is on the train comin back today.  Of course I will  miss her return because I have to do a job Sunday morning.  aye yaye yaye. "At this rate maybe well never get there". 
10/24/2006 16:42:19
 sae  .That Mustang is Zipper
Just imagine if you were driving a Fererri Enzo. Or is that a Enzo Fererri? Like the guy who crashed one into a telephone pole or something in Malibu earlier in the year at 162 mph. The car was valued at $1 million. Note: The key word here is "was"....
10/20/2006 15:27:54
 sae  I am headed for a Day Trip to Tampa/Clearwater Sat
To watch a football game with Bobby Shannon, someone I worked with at Northrop, and back in 1999/2000 in Boston, MA. We're cheering for opposing teams, so if his team wins, I am grabbing his 50" Sony High Def LCD 1080p TV and making a quick bolt for the door as I head back to Altamonte Springs.
10/20/2006 15:31:53
 sae   (Reply).I am headed for a Day Trip to Tampa/Clearwater Sa
And he's working at your favorite place, Raymond James.
10/19/2006 09:03:03
 sae  .What is Butt Dust?
Butt Dust is the same thing as Dingleberries....
10/18/2006 17:34:39
 Jim  Illusions: See if you can read this
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you can raed tihs psas it on !!
10/18/2006 11:59:59
 Jim  Dad’s life ends on a sour note.
Its depressing when you find your own father despised you.
All I tried to do was be his friend.
Dad and I talked a lot this last year.
He apologized for threatening to sue me.
He apologized for blaming me for losing the St Louis cross when my house got broken into and robbed.
I told him to forget about it, I realized he was just ranting.
He told me he thought he hadn't lived a good life. I told him I thought he had done just fine, that he had a good life.
However, his written words reach out beyond his grave.
Dad missed his calling to be a good parent.
He was never there for me.
We grew up poor, with an outhouse, and a pump well. We washed our clothes in #10 tubs.
Dad was a bricklayer, which should have been good money back then. Most Kentucky houses are brick.
But Dad was constantly sick, with his retina detaching, his arm going numb (he pulled a needle threw it).
He was a hypo-chondriac, which is why I still avoid doctors. I didn't want to be like that.
I was so depressed living in his house once Mom moved out, so at 14 (1970), I moved out to live with my Grandfather.
I moved in with my mom and my step-father from there.
I got Sonny into real estate when I was twenty one.
I'd put myself through college.
I offered Dad $40,000 to invest, and he turned me down.
I borrowed $2,000 and gave him back $2,500 in two months.
Nobody in the family, except for me, Aunt Tass or Uncle Art has done anything for him (to my knowledge).
About Mom and her estate:
Mom left me everything that was left over after her estate was close, that included this house's mortgage.
Basically, Kelly got $80k and I got $80k, but I had to pay the Probate lawyer $12k and take care of Mom's bills for 90 days. I also got this house free and clear, and thats where I really made out.
Dad thought I was a fool
He wanted me to give my inheritance to Kelly because she had kids. Kelly had already gotten half.
Dad thought I should invest in Vector Vest, a stock scam, instead of buying real estate in Las Vegas.
Mom didn't leave Sonny much, so I paid off the condo and put my name on it.
I also bought a house in Summerlin.
He was insensitive to my feelings
When I took out the St Louis Medallion (from a Safety Deposit Box), and my house got robbed, he threatened to sue me.
(never mind, that I left the house to wrap up an IRS audited which I beat, or that I just had major surgery with 3 bags hanging off of me, or that I was going through a divorce).
I suppose, in his mind, he damned me for moving in with Mom.
Now that I've read his letters, and will read more eventually, I finally know what he was saying about me.
He has told Tass, Sonny, and probably everyone else, what a terrible guy I am.
He dismissed these facts as being nothing to talk about:
I payed off the condo for Sonny.
I offered Dad $40k to play with.
I payed him the equivilent of 400%  interest on $2k he'd loaned me.
Meanwhile, in his letters, he's calling me the equivalant of an idiot because I bought real estate instead of running a program called Vector Vest, and investing in its stock picks.
All I can say is, fooey on Dad.
In Dad's words, and in his deeds, he did his best to turn people against me.
Dad did Sonny wrong
A settlement was awarded to Sonny. He suffered from damages in an auto accident while Grandfather was driving. 
Mom used the settlement to pay off the house on Hinkleville Road.
The house placed in Sonny's name. 
Which we grew up in that house.
After Sonny turned 21, Dad got Sonny to Quit Claim the house to him.
Dad sold that house and went on to build a 2 story house, and start an Ice Cream shop.
Dad lost everything. Sonny did not get his settlement money. 
All that talk about he was building the house for us, and what he was doing was just talk.
If there was an insurance settlement for my child,
and I used it to pay off my house, but had to put it in the childs name, I wouldn't hustle the child out of it when he turned 21. The money should have been put in a trust to begin with. I think I would have been grateful for all the years I lived there for free.
In short, Dad not leaving Sonny with a nickel was a total screw.
He left his insurance policys to his 90 year old wife. She'll leave it her 60 year old children.
Sonny didn't get the settlement, the house or promised. He did get a violin.
Judy mentioned that Dad raised him. What father demands payment from his child for raising him?
I don't understand these people.
Well, Sonny is my partner, and I have Becky by my side.
Whats mine is theirs.
Anyone else Dad spoke too about me doesn't concern me any more.
10/15/2006 12:56:06
 sae  .Its nice that he is receiving and not deceiving
This is just too weird!!!! Leave it to Dennifer and GrandMal...
10/15/2006 09:04:03
 sae  .Here’s my problem with the Bible(s):
That's because you have not seen the "King Mike (Ginsburg)" bible. It's an old, vintage 1973 IBM Fortran IV manual.
10/14/2006 12:17:27
 sae  Lost Wages Weather
I'm howling at the rain... I am going to hope for minus 15 degree weather in Lost Wages for the coming week. Hot cocoa? How about Warm Brandys? Sounds better to me.
10/14/2006 14:20:19
 sae   (Reply)..Lost Wages Weather
Good ole Sly Stallone... Oops, I mean Rambo... Well, that is weird to hear that it's almost down to nothing. But like most things, it never lasts for ever. Or even a long time, sometimes. Give your resume a try at Inrigers and Rambo (TSI). Well, visit Finnegans another day soon, when you "know" Frank will be there. And let me know what he has to say, and how he's doing. HOWL!!! 
10/10/2006 19:49:41
 Jim  Tenants aren’t home
So, we'll probably have to go through eviction procedures Thursday if they don't contact us.
hmmm...I've been on the road all day since 10am (with exception of 1.5 hours). Sheesh.
10/10/2006 17:50:24
 Jim  Some days stink
We devoted most of the day to Joy's getting her job.
Robert squared up with me, and bought the little laptop too.
While at Walmart (for her polo shirt), I bought a xD card for my cell phone.
It was bound up so tight, I got the package open, and the xD just seemed to disappear.
I had to get another miniSD card for my camera, since it seems to ruin them easily.
Also, I checked around for Evap Purge Canister Valve for the Mustang
It causes the Check Engine Light (MIL) to come on. It was on the web for $28. Ford Country said they had it for $112. I double checked, and they spaced, they looked up the wrong car, year, everything. It turned out to be $31.
I changed it out in 5 minutes.
Meanwhile...we still have Amy here, and we need to pick up our rent money, and pick Joy up.
This day seemed like a waste.
10/09/2006 15:37:33
 Jim  1997 Mustang: OBD code P1443 fix.
 I had a Big O mechanic point at out where the EVAP purge canister was.
Ford Escort DTC P1443Ford Escort DTC P1443
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) P1443 indicates a failure in the EVAP canister purge valve circuit. The Evaporative Emissions (EVAP) Canister Purge (CP) valve controls the flow of vapors from the fuel vapor storage canister to the intake manifold during various engine operating modes.
The canister purge valve is located at the LH front of the engine compartment, below the air cleaner assembly.
10/09/2006 15:37:32
 Jim  Got the oil changed on the 1997 Mustang.
Big O charged $49. They rotated the tires too. Nice job!
10/07/2006 22:55:26
 Jim  PIcked the kids up....
Went all over the Sunrise mountains, in the rocks and up the hills.
Most of the way up the mountain, I pulled over to get out to enjoy the view.
Dustin was going to hang in the car, toying with his gameboy.
At that time, I told him it would be fine with everyone if hung out of at Roberts.
He said he was shutting the game down.
We went to a new Sunrise Park.
Great View!
Played around the raging Las Vegas Wash.
I tested the 97 Mustang on the rocks for skidding and the emergency breaks.
Becky went nuts! She kept freaking out!
I told her, if she couldn't handle a skid, she should never drive a car.
And the only way to know a car is by practicing in it. The back tires are light, so traction is bad.
Went down the Strip.
We toured the Forum Shops and saw all the shows.
At one point, Dustin, trying to get attention, pushed me and I pulled him, so he fell, thus causing a scene.
I told him, don't push, poke or hit people. Treat people right or expect to get hurt.
Finally we, go back home at 11pm.
Jennifer says she lost her overnight bag when we got home.
If it weren't for all of the bickering, it would have been fun.
The capper was the last few minutes driving. I was stopped a left hand turn light.
Becky made a noise. I thought she said GO, that the light had changed.
I said Becky! She said she didn't say anything, then Jennifer jumped right in to say Becky didn't say anything.
I said, Becky did said something, I know what I heard, you can't tell me otherwise. 
That was very annoying.
I'm tired.

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