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23 May 2006 - 12:00am
Heard from a pal in Massachusetts this morning.
He had a cute story about his seven-year-old daughter, Ella:
She's in speech therapy (some issues with S, Th, and R sounds). Yesterday the therapist was doing a series of R words. After a bunch of relatively mundane ones, Ella piped up, very enthusiastically, with "RAVEN!" and talked about how she's tall enough to ride it now.
Golly, Dad, what better incentive to keep Ella working on letters than to bring her to a Theme park in Santa Claus to ride The Raven?
Theoretically, sounds reasonable, don't you think?
13 May 2006 - 12:00am
The Walk to Cure Diabetes, that is.
We're hosting this walk next Saturday, May 20.
Mrs. Koch spoke at the news conference when the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation announced the details.
As she told the media, "They can send a man to the moon and back. Why can't we all pull together to fund research to finally find a cure for diabetes?"
Diabetes is not simply an inconvenience, it's a serious disease. And when a child has it, life changes for the entire family.
I asked Mrs. Koch for a few comments to share:
I love the quote from the Talmud, "All of us are responsible for one another."
I feel a sense of responsibility and gratitude that Holiday World and the Koch family will be sponsoring the Diabetes Walk to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
I have been personally affected by the disease of diabetes and know how devastating it can be for a child and for a family. Much progress has been made, but research is essential to help those who have the disease now and also to hopefully eradicate the disease. I will be walking with the group and hope that we can raise money for further research projects. It cannot happen unless all of us care for one another.
Will has donated 1,000 park tickets as an incentive for folks to raise some research funds and then come to the park to walk (and then ride) 1.2 miles at Holiday World.
For more information, or to sign up to walk, check out the JDRF website.
11 May 2006 - 12:00am
News of The Voyage has made it to Canada.
Are they still teaching the metric system in grade school? Back when I was in elementary school (long ago, when the world was young) the teachers made it sound like the switch was imminent.
Still waiting, aren't we?
And does anyone really have a solid understanding of the metric system? (Other than engineers, scientists and pharmacists, of course.)
We all know what a two-liter bottle looks like, and a meter is close in length to our yardsticks.
But that's about it.
I remember more French and Latin phrases than I do those metric conversions.
What a disgrace.
That being neither here nor there, it's interesting to note the conversion of the numbers we've repeated so often over the months.
The Voyage is 1.9 kilometers long.
Its top speed is 108 kilometers an hour.
Oh, and ... Britannia est insula.
See? I really did take Latin.
11 May 2006 - 12:00am