Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bug's Bleat - - Good, Easy New Year's Resolutions

Volume 13, Issue 52 Friday, December 30, 2011

Hello All,

Happy New Year Y’all.
We’re settling into our new home with only about 20 boxes still to unpack. Hopefully my laptop and the missing chamber pot is in one of them.

Though only 300 ft2 larger than our old home, we have tons more closet and cabinet space. However the “open” concept has robbed us of some walls that would have been used to display photos and such so we’ll probably have to rotate them every few months.

Annette has “given” me the top of the chest of drawers in the bedroom to display my things (such as old cameras, train souvenirs, etc.)

Strangely, this home has far fewer windows than our old home but, due to the placement of the ones we have, the house is brighter and airier. Annette commented that we are closer to the out doors than before. This is probably due to the large french doors leading onto the patio that gives us ready outside access. Our previous home required a trip down stairs to get into the outdoors.

Our neighbors are great and, so far, my only problem is the weekly race to get to my trash can before my neighbor brings it back to our garage after it’s emptied.

If you have time, feel free to stop by. We’d really like the opportunity to show you our new home. We’re normally open from 9 am to 9 pm each day.
It’s been a sobering year for the class of ‘69 as we’ve begun to lose members from heart disease and other causes. I was thinking about the folks no longer with us when a documentary about the National Film Registry showed on PBS. It got me thinking about other folks that affected our lives such as W.P. Florence. Working for him taught me the importance of quality and dependability as well as much about entertainment and it’s meaning.

When Mr. Florence built the Cameo Theater, the new trend was to have glass doors, like the newly rebuilt Chatterbox did. But he opted to stay with the “old fashioned” solid wood doors. Because he wanted people to leave the world behind when they entered the theater.

And I still think that the best movies take us out of our lives and put us into another world. I guess that’s why I don’t like sad or depressing movies. There’s enough of that in the world we live in. I like movies that lift me up, show me the beauty of the world and the possibility of good in our lives.

But not everyone agrees with me and that’s o.k. In the end, it’s the way a movie affects you that draws you to it. Whether it’s an action thriller or a “chick flick.”

Each year since 1989, the Librarian of Congress has named 25 films to the National Film Registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. "These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture."
Films Selected to the 2011 National Film Registry include:

Allures (1961)
Bambi (1942)
The Big Heat (1953)
A Computer Animated Hand (1972)
Crisis: Behind A Presidential Commitment (1963)
The Cry of the Children (1912)
A Cure for Pokeritis (1912)
El Mariachi (1992)
Faces (1968)
Fake Fruit Factory (1986)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Growing Up Female (1971)
Hester Street (1975)
I, an Actress (1977)
The Iron Horse (1924)
The Kid (1921)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Negro Soldier (1944)
Nicholas Brothers Family Home Movies (1930s-40s)
Norma Rae (1979)
Porgy and Bess (1959)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Twentieth Century (1934)
War of the Worlds (1953)
The list of Films Selected to The National Film Registry, 1989-2010 (550 films) can be viewed at: []
Some of you know our Friends Brandt and Pam Prince, missionaries to the Congo. They have three sons and have just adopted a baby girl. Unlike me, they love living in primitive conditions, in Africa. Their love and dedication never cease to amaze me. I'm sharing some of Pam's posts about their struggle to adopt this child.
Pamela Prince - A few days ago, I asked for prayer regarding a big decision we had to make. Yesterday we took in a little 3 month old baby girl whose mother died of Aids and her father abandoned her. She is precious to us and we are trusting God for all the steps ahead of us in this new venture. Thanks for your prayers.

Pamela Prince - Have you ever seen the movie Spy Kids? Where the parents use their daughter's extremely long name as their password- Austin says that's what our baby will be like. We have a name finally: Shukuru Juliana Marie Prince! That's not too long is it?

Pamela Prince - I received a wonderful package today from some awesome missionary ladies in Kigoma, Tanzania full of fun things for Juliana! Thanks to Karen Rasmussen, Nicola Evans, Gina Johnson, Ruth Johnson, Tim Barb Kelly, and I don't know who else was in on that but we appreciate it very much!!!! Love you all!

Pamela Prince - I think I'm going to have to learn to drink coffee if baby Juliana doesn't let me sleep more! I can barely make it through the day I'm so tired!

Pamela Prince - The DNA test I need for Juliana is not available in this country so now I have to get special court permission to take her out of the country so we can test her in Kigoma. Praying for favor and for QUICK action in a SLOW- MOVING country!

Pamela Prince - Have gone to court the last two days to be told, Come back tomorrow! It's interesting to me that the court reporter writes everything down (no computer or typewriter to help him keep up) and he's completely the worst cross-eyed man I've ever seen. I have no idea how he can see to read or write and he's the court reporter!

Pamela Prince - After 15 days of going back and forth to government offices and countless hours of waiting and pushing and fighting, I have the last document that is required for our court session tomorrow morning at 9. I am expecting the adoption to be finalized tomorrow. I need to be able to travel with Juliana to a doctor in Tanzania, that's why everything has been so rushed. But we're close to the end now! Prayers please!

Pamela Prince - Pray. Push. Fight. Pull. Pray harder. Threaten. Beg. Smile. Plead. Scream. Cry. Wait. Pray some more. Stand. And then it happened! Today in court, the judges declared Juliana to be ours! That may actually be a record: 16 days from start to finish for an adoption to take place. Of course that's only on the Congo side. I think I'm gonna rest awhile before I even start the American side of things. But she's ours! Praise God!

Pamela Prince - I hate traveling in Congo. We get all ready and packed up and then they say, "oh it will be tomorrow" I HATE BOATS AND CARGO SHIPS for a million reasons but especially when they don't stick to a schedule.

(NOTE: She made it across the lake to have the baby tested. Now she's trying to get back home.)

Pamela Prince - Still stuck in Kigoma, waiting on a ship to take me home. So today I took Juliana swimming for the first time! She liked it and so did I. It was very refreshing in this intense heat.
The ship she's talking about is to take her from Tanzania, back across Lake Tangayika to their home in the Congo.
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Good, Easy New Year's Resolutions

Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day in my nightdress. Instead, I will move my computer into the bedroom.

I will not bore my boss by with the same excuse for taking leaves. I will think of some more excuses.

I will do less laundry and use more deodorant.

I will avoid taking a bath whenever possible and conserve more water.

I will give up chocolates totally. 100%. Completely. Honestly....

I will try to figure out why I *really* need nine e-mail addresses.

I will stop sending e-mails to my wife (husband).

I resolve to work with neglected children -- my own.

I will stop sending e-mail, ICQ, and Instant Messages while on the phone at the same time with the same person.

I will spend less than one hour a day on the Internet. This, of course, will be hard to estimate since I'm not a clock watcher.

I will read the manual ... just as soon as I can find it.

I will think of a password other than "password."

I will not tell the same story at every get together.

I won't worry so much.

I will cut my hair.

I will grow my hair.

I will be more imaginative.

I will not ring the stewardess button on airplanes just to get her phone number.
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