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News From Guam

Charley Noble 17 Feb 05 - 09:38 PM
Pasttense 17 Feb 05 - 08:36 PM
Naemanson 06 Oct 04 - 08:50 PM
SINSULL 30 Sep 04 - 05:50 PM
GUEST,winterbright 30 Sep 04 - 04:55 PM
CarolC 30 Sep 04 - 11:47 AM
GUEST,ClaireBear 30 Sep 04 - 10:31 AM
Roger the Skiffler 30 Sep 04 - 09:50 AM
Sandra in Sydney 30 Sep 04 - 09:31 AM
freda underhill 30 Sep 04 - 03:00 AM
katlaughing 29 Sep 04 - 11:52 PM
Naemanson 29 Sep 04 - 10:55 PM
Amos 29 Sep 04 - 10:25 PM
bbc 29 Sep 04 - 09:58 PM
wysiwyg 29 Sep 04 - 09:14 PM
Naemanson 29 Sep 04 - 07:46 PM
SINSULL 29 Sep 04 - 04:59 PM
wysiwyg 29 Sep 04 - 04:24 PM
SINSULL 29 Sep 04 - 02:59 PM
wysiwyg 29 Sep 04 - 01:47 PM
curmudgeon 29 Sep 04 - 01:45 PM
Jeri 29 Sep 04 - 01:35 PM
John MacKenzie 29 Sep 04 - 12:18 PM
Jeri 29 Sep 04 - 11:26 AM
freda underhill 29 Sep 04 - 04:32 AM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 29 Sep 04 - 04:25 AM
John MacKenzie 29 Sep 04 - 04:25 AM
Paco Rabanne 29 Sep 04 - 04:21 AM
John MacKenzie 29 Sep 04 - 04:18 AM
Paco Rabanne 29 Sep 04 - 04:09 AM
Paco Rabanne 29 Sep 04 - 04:09 AM
Paco Rabanne 29 Sep 04 - 04:08 AM
Paco Rabanne 29 Sep 04 - 04:07 AM
Paco Rabanne 29 Sep 04 - 04:07 AM
Charley Noble 28 Sep 04 - 10:07 PM
Naemanson 28 Sep 04 - 06:35 PM
katlaughing 28 Sep 04 - 03:40 PM
Charley Noble 28 Sep 04 - 11:31 AM
freda underhill 27 Sep 04 - 11:17 PM
Naemanson 27 Sep 04 - 11:07 PM
Naemanson 27 Sep 04 - 09:06 PM
SINSULL 27 Sep 04 - 07:33 PM
wysiwyg 27 Sep 04 - 07:08 PM
Naemanson 27 Sep 04 - 07:01 PM
Charley Noble 27 Sep 04 - 10:30 AM
Sandra in Sydney 27 Sep 04 - 10:21 AM
Leadfingers 26 Sep 04 - 08:17 PM
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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Feb 05 - 09:38 PM

Brett-

Now the whole family is after you!

I suppose I should redirect them to your current "Springtime in Guam Thread."

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Pasttense
Date: 17 Feb 05 - 08:36 PM

Hello, revered nephew. I've been enjoying your posts..got the Mudcat data from your mother this morning. All is well....Regards, G.


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Naemanson
Date: 06 Oct 04 - 08:50 PM

This closes out my News From Guam Thread. Look for more news in my Springtime In Guam thread.


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 05:50 PM

Brett,
Time to start a new thread? Post retirement in Guam?
SINS


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: GUEST,winterbright
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 04:55 PM

Hang on to what is beautiful, and let the rest go.
I have no idea where that came from, but it doesn't matter.
Just do it.


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: CarolC
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 11:47 AM

Congratulations on your retirement, Brett! Good luck with the other stuff.


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 10:31 AM

Congratulations, Brett, and clear sailing from now on. How did the office respond to "Oh the rats have left and we, the crew..."?

Now, don't wait too long to get to work on that book. It will be wonderful, and all of us will buy as many copies as we can afford!

Claire


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 09:50 AM

Amen to that, Sandra. Perhaps start a new "post work" thread as this one is now so long?
Certainly seems someone has targeted you, Brett. I'm surprised in a small community that the cops are ignorant of likely suspects. Is it an anti-American thing, or are they afraid to indict someone who might have influence? Your local politician may be able to kick some ass to get them started.
Hope you invest in a fireproof safe for your vital documente etc in your new house.

RtS


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 09:31 AM

keep painting those word pictures! We're awiting for them (she sez. speaking for everyone)

sandra


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: freda underhill
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 03:00 AM

brett, all my friends who have retired look sooo good. relaxed, 10 yrs younger, and they're DOing things, creative things. mind you, it seems to take a while for the shock to wear off!

good luck with it all

freda


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 11:52 PM

Congratulations, Brett. I wish my Rog could retire now.

Ya know, there's nothing says that fellow might NOT change his mind and NOT serve you.:-)

Think of all the songs you can learn, the canoes you can help refinish, the pictures you can paint in words, as you've already done for we lucky 'catters...the new love you have to share and explore....it's going to get better.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Naemanson
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 10:55 PM

Ah, self designed days! What a concept. Life is worth living if you aren't living it at the behest of some half deranged boss.


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Amos
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 10:25 PM

Brett:

Sorry you got tangled up in that asshole's mess but, hey -- lawsuits are like colds, eventually they pass. Now retirement--that is a MAJOR gain!! So keep the perspective straight and celebrate the delights of self-designed days!!

Congratulations, dude!


A


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: bbc
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 09:58 PM

Hearty congratulations on your retirement! Have some fun for me. I need to work another 11 years or so, unless I want to content myself w/ living in a cardboard box on a street corner. I hope things start looking up soon.

love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 09:14 PM

Sins, Brett's retired now, so I'm a-Yay!!!-hoo!

~S~


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Naemanson
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 07:46 PM

Last Day!

Happy Birthday Tom! I am pleased to be able to share this day with you.

Ah, insurance. What a concept. I did not have insurance. I never claimed to be smart. The owner had no insurance. Obviously he and I share the same ability to see into the future.

The owner is a decent enough fellow. He originally wanted to discuss a settlement. But I know two things. The fire is not my fault and I don't have any money to spare. And he and I both know he should have insured the place. Gordon has insurance on the place he's renting to us and has kept that insurance up even though the place was empty.

Oh, and another shoe dropped yesterday, a little one. Wakana has to go back to Japan next week. This is after all a mnior thing. She is here on a stuudent visa and she is no longer a student. She will go home, get a 3 month visitor's visa and come back to me. She is upset about leaving me with the lawsuit hanging over my head but I need her here to testify so nothing can happen till she gets back anyway.

Jeri, the smoke detectors worked very well. In fact, two days after the fire I had to smash the melted remains of the one in the stairwell to make it shut up. There is no fault on either my part or the owner in this. It all falls at the feet of the thief who did this to me.

And I know why I was the target. Back last fall someone stole my check card from my mailbox and used it for a while till we stopped the card and closed the account. I duly reported it to the police and the postal inspectors. Of course, they did nothing, the guy got away with it so he decided to go for more. When he found out I was moving he decided to take it all and run.

Good things and fun things. These have been too few and far between in this thread recently. Last night at the grocery store I got quite a shock. I came around a corner and there, sitting in a grocery cart, was my younger daughter! Well, it was the spitting image of her at the age of 6 or 7. This kid had the same hair, eyes, turned up nose, silly grin, and habits. I just stared! I couldn't believe it. I hope I didn't worry her mother.

And, of course, this is my last day. I came through the door this morning and walked up the corridor singing "Leave Her, Johnnie". The office had a big breakfast pot luck for the 2 of us who are retiring today. They gave us photos of the retirement luncheon from the other day.

From this day forward I am retired and if that isn't a good thing I don't know what is.


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 04:59 PM

Susan,
Are you being a YAHOOOO?
heh heh


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 04:24 PM

His girlfriend's name is Whahoo? I thought it was Whakana?

~S~


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 02:59 PM

Time to focus on good things, Brett. You have retired - WAHOOOO! You have retired with a beautiful lady who loves you - WAHOOOO! You can pack up and leave Guam, your tormentors, and this idiot landlord tomorrow if you choose - WAHOOOO! You have a thousand friends worldwide ready to put a roof over your heads and feed you - WAHOOOO!

Celebrate! NOW! Let the shoes drop where they may, you have a good life! Damn it! Don't waste it worrying about the what ifs and extraneous crap that really mean nothing.

Mary Sunshine


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 01:47 PM

If the landlord had insurance, how it usually works is that his insurance pays him and then his insurance company sues yours, whether the landlord wants to do it or not-- his policy would include something called "subrogation," which means his company can try to recover all or part of their costs from you or your insurance.

If you had no insurance, then when they find out how shallow your pockets are they will probably decide to let it go.

When we had a house fire in our rental, our insurance and the landlord's insurance dragged it out for years, and then settled it for next to nothing-- the lawyers just liked collecting their fees to "work" on it.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: curmudgeon
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 01:45 PM

...unless, of course he's doing some double dipping. Based on what you've said about law enforcement in Guam, it may be easier to get away with there.

By the way Brett, I do think it's damned decent of you to be celebrating my birthday by casting off the chains of wage slavery. Happy Retirement!

Looking forward to seeing you in the coming year -- Tom


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Jeri
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 01:35 PM

...what Giok said. Insurance investigators may dig a bit deeper than the local police and FD, since it's their money at stake. If the landlord didn't have insurance, he was nuts. If he's filed a claim with them, THEY should have paid. If he hasn't, why not? If they paid for the damage, I can't see how he could sue you for the same losses.


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 12:18 PM

Were you insured, and if so did you claim?
The landlords attempt to exact compensation from you is a direct result of the incident, and as such can also be claimed on your insurance, as it is a contingency of the original event. Nobody in their right mind would rent out a property without having insurance cover, tell him to claim on his policy.
Giok


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Jeri
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 11:26 AM

Brett,
Jeez.

Talk to a lawyer.
Talk to the base legal office. They can't represent you, but they should be able to give you advice.
If you got the house through base housing, tell them what's going on so they can keep a record on this guy.
The base newspaper is an option, too. They might do a story, or you can send in a letter. I don't know how far they'd go in pissing off the local authorities, but the facts sans editorialization ought to be reasonable.

You've got proof of the break-in with the police report, and the findings of various investigators. You have the fire dep't calling it 'an accident' and hopefully a description of a pillow on the monitor being the cause. This isn't a normal place one would leave a pillow in my opinion. This all points to the fire not being your fault, which is what the landlord will have to claim in order to sue you.

If you can hire your own investigator, maybe you should. I don't know what could be done with the results of the investigation though. Would you talk to a judge, or perhaps just bring a civil suit against whoever robbed you?

I'd seriously consider how I became a target in the first place. It doesn't sound all that random to me. And your former landlord obviously thinks you're made of money. In any case, it might be nice to mention to him the civil suit may be a GOOD thing, since it may be your only opportunity to bring all this evidence out into the open.

Just out of curiousity, was he supposed to have smoke detectors in place, and did he?


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: freda underhill
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 04:32 AM

this has been a great thread, a fascinating, amusing, devastating, moving and inspirational thread.

Now where were we...


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 04:25 AM

hello, wahts a nerk?


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 04:25 AM

If it was in the least bit funny I'd laugh, you infantile nerk!


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 04:21 AM

Take a happy pill and chill you humourless nerk!


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 04:18 AM

Can't somebody stop him doing that? Or should we just hope that one day he start acting his age, and not his shoe size?


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 04:09 AM

Had you fooled there eh? This is the 1000th.


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 04:09 AM

1000! I thank you!


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 04:08 AM

998


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 04:07 AM

997


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 04:07 AM

996


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 10:07 PM

You know, Brett, it's probably your old Landlord's son who's been ripping you off and torched the place.

Hope you didn't tell him where you moved to.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Naemanson
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 06:35 PM

Last Wednesday!

But not a happy one. Last night another shoe dropped. The owner of the old house called to ask me to pay for the damages. I refused so he is now suing me. I can expect to be served soon.

Sigh. I keep thinking about Typhoon Chaba and putting up the typhoon shutters in the wind and rain and yelling challenges into the storm. What a foolish think to do. At the time all I knew was that the house had been burglarized and burned followed by a typhoon. I thought I was in as deep as I could go.

This is tearing up any happiness I could find in retiring.


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 03:40 PM

Don't let retirement fool you, Naes...there's loads and loads to do around the house, to see and do together...you'll have a blast..congratulations!

Good to hear there is finally some interest in helping you with the thefts and arson, too. It's about time!

Sorry, I haven't called. Each time I've thought to do so, it's been the wee hours of the morning in Guam.:-) I'll make m'self a note.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 11:31 AM

Brett-

Don't forget to inquire about the ATM videotapes; hopefully they haven't been erased. However, the perp may have taken the trouble to wear a GWB mask, a frightening thought...

Happy last Tuesday at work, or is it already last Wednesday?

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: freda underhill
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 11:17 PM

Brett, i am so envious of your imminent retirement date. please enjoy your freedom heaps! lots of us would like to be where you are!

best wishes

freda


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Naemanson
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 11:07 PM

I just took another package of material to the police. The Special Agent had told me to deliver it to the original interviewing officer so I took it to GPD. They wanted me to take it directly to the special agent. I thought I was really going to have to express my frustration but they finally decided to receive the package. Sigh, any more interest on the part of the police and I may just have to hire my own detective to handle the case for them. Bums!


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Naemanson
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 09:06 PM

Sins, I've heard that from a number of women. Apparently sugar daddies are hard to come by. Of course, if you judge by your competition (young, blonde, given to skimpy clothing and vacuous looks) then you may just want to keep on working for a living. At least you can look your cats in the eye and tell them you are there for them.

Well, I have an appointment with Senator Quinata on Friday. This should be interesting.


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: SINSULL
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 07:33 PM

Brett,
Your retirement got me rummaging through my papers. I was pleased to find that I am vested in two retirement plans totalling ...TAHDAHHHH!...$425/month. That plus Social Security and I will be making more then I have made in years. But I am 8 years and one month away from it. SIGH!
I need a Sugar Daddy.
Enjoy!
Mary


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 07:08 PM

Go, Brett, go! Full speed ahead!

~S~


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Naemanson
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 07:01 PM

Last Tuesday!

Yesterday I got an email reminding me of a meeting scheduled for Friday. I wrote back explaining that I don't work on Saturdays and they'll all be Saturdays startng on Friday. The kid who sent me the message is only getting started in his career and he doesn't seem to appreciate the joke...

Coming to work this morning I was stopped at the gate. It seems my pass had expired and I had to get a new one! Talk about adding injury to insult. I had to go to the Pass & ID office and get a temorary pass to get me through the next few days.

I was up late last night working on ID Theft materials. Yesterday a work friend mentioned that she'd told her husband about my problem. Her husband works for the police department (not the same one) and he mentioned it to Senator Quinata. The Senator wants to meet with me. I guess things might start moving now. However we are 43 days out from the crime and I think the trail might be pretty cold by now. Stay tuned for details.


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 10:30 AM

Brett-

Yep, Monday is just another day!

Happy trails!
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 10:21 AM

I'm aware I have less than 3 years till retirement - fancy only having 4 days to go!! No doubt one day I'll start counting the days.

sandra

Actually it's 2 yrs & 5 months


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Leadfingers
Date: 26 Sep 04 - 08:17 PM

Early retirement from the day job last year was the best thing I ever did - I just do the music now mate , So All The Best of Luck and I hope it all goes smoothly for you from now on .


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Sep 04 - 08:13 PM

By law you have a right to know who has requested your credit report. Contact the agency that billed you for a name and address. Don't wait. In the wrong hands that information could be the beginning of a new set of thefts.
SINS


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Naemanson
Date: 26 Sep 04 - 07:38 PM

By the way, two interesting items arrived in my mailbox today, or at least I first saw them today. The first is from a friend. The other is from the web site A Word A Day.

"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body,but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "...holy shit...what a ride!"

schlimazel (SHLI-mah-zuhl) or shlimazel        noun        Someone prone to having extremely bad luck.        From Yiddish, from shlim (bad, wrong) + mazl (luck). A related term is Hebrew mazel tov (congratulations or best wishes)

You can refer to me as the schlimazel.


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Subject: RE: News From Guam
From: Naemanson
Date: 26 Sep 04 - 07:36 PM

Well, today is my last Monday. From here on out I will never again suffer through the end of the weekend. After Thursday every day will be Saturday.


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