Well, it's been over a week since my birthday, and I think I've FINALLY recovered. We rammed that bar, and had a great time. I hardly sang myself, I was having a good time watching all my friends who don't usually sing. Which is what karaoke is all about after all. But WOW, did I get annihilated. Kristie took care of me and got me home, but the next day at work was a challenge, to put it mildly.

Kristie has come up with a great idea for a charity drive. It's abitious and common sense, and should take off like wildfire. I'm not going to steal her thunder, so I'm not going to say anything about it, as she's still in the planning stages. However, without giving anything away, I have my own "riff" on it. It's pretty different than hers, but I'm only riffing on her idea because I feel it's a good idea that needs to be implemented in some fashion now, and I want to give credit for the idea where it's due.

On January 31st, I am going to be working for the Tsunami survivors in South East Asia. Everything I make that day, I will be donating to charity. This includes both my paycheque, and commmisions. Those people had little and now they have nothing. I don't make a heck of a lot, but I make a lot more than they do. So, this is the least I can do. I urge you to join me in doing the same thing. Your help is needed and can make a difference.

In sad news, I got the news today that my Aunt Mary Lynn in Montreal succumbed to her cancer. The family is sad, but relatively upbeat. Their faith in Christianity and the surety of the afterlife gets them through these moments. In fact, my uncle Dave broke the news to my dad by saying "The Lady is dancing!", meaning that she had been pretty bed-ridden for the last few months, and now that she's in heaven, she would be overcome with joy.

Hey, believe what you want, but I admire people with that kind of courage in their convictions.

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