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At the Bar in Canada

December 5, 2006

I am heading back from Canada now and haven’t seen my office in weeks. This may be the longest time I have been away. Amazingly we have hired at least 4 if not 5 people while I was away. I can't wait to connect with the new team members.

529 College Savings

November 15, 2006

Sorry – this has nothing to do with tech or VoIP or IP communications or really anything TMCnet normally covers. Still I am compelled to share good news about 529 plans I just learned that on August 17, 2006, President Bush signed the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Among other provisions that address retirement planning, this legislation ensured that qualified withdrawals from 529 accounts would be permanently tax free. Prior to the bill becoming law, this benefit was scheduled to expire after 2010.   There are more details about 529 plans in this article from Upromise.

Heading to Jersey

November 9, 2006

Lyme Disease

November 7, 2006

Lyme disease is a potentially debilitating disease generally caused by deer ticks. While I am not an expert on this disease I know several people who have it. Today one person I know who has this disease sent me this e-mail:

The Infectious Disease Society of America is changing their criteria so that if you are tested for Lyme disease and it is negative and/or you do not have a rash, then you do not receive antibiotic treatment. This is very serious, especially for someone like me who has symptoms and is sick, but not does not always test positive.

Fried Coke

October 29, 2006

Apparently Fried Coke tastes great and is more filling which is great news for those of you who were afraid of excess carbohydrates without being accompanied by loads of fat.

"It tastes great," said Sue Gooding, a spokeswoman for the State Fair of Texas where Gonzales' fried Coke made its debut this fall. "It was a huge success."

Gonzales ran two stands at the State Fair of Texas and sold up to 35,000 fried Cokes over 24 days for $4.50 each -- and won a prize for coming up with "most creative" new fair food.

Now other fairs in North Carolina and Arizona are following the trend, and other people are trying to emulate Gonzales' recipe.

Here is more on this calorically developing story. Who says you can't have your Coke and eat it to?

Do You Have Any Liquids to Declare?

September 26, 2006

Fluids on a Plane

September 25, 2006

New rules go into effect tomorrow – you can now carry some liquids on planes. Travel-size toiletry containers of 3 ounces (90 ml) or less that are placed in a “quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag.” That includes items like lip gloss and hand lotion. The bags will be screened and returned if they are cleared.

“We now know enough to say that a total ban is no longer needed from a security point of view,” said Kip Hawley, head of the Transportation Security Administration, at a news conference at Reagan National Airport. “We have also taken additional security measures throughout the airport that make us comfortable allowing passengers to bring beverages and other items purchased in the secure area onboard,” he said.

Those measures, the TSA said in a statement, include: “more random screening of employees, additional canine patrols, stronger air cargo security measures, more rigorous identity verification standards and deploying more trained security officers in bomb appraisal and screening by observation techniques.”

The new security regimen is for an indefinite period, officials said. “It is unlikely that further adjustments to the ban on liquids, gels and aerosols will be made in the near future,” the TSA said.

“Obviously, there’s been a lot of unhappiness,” said Richard Marchi, senior adviser to the Airports Council International, an airport trade group.

Sleep Number Bed

September 20, 2006

The hotel I am staying at has a sleep number bed and I am convinced it got that name because you wake up at random numbers on the clock throughout the night. OK that may not be totally fair because a coworker is staying at this hotel and apparently he slept very well two nights ago. Me -- I woke up right in the middle of my sleep -- so I am probably not a good reference for the bed.

So the important question is what number is the best. I slept at 70 the first night and 40 the second.

TMC Picnic Photos

September 6, 2006

Crocodile Hunter Dead

September 4, 2006

Few people in this world have changed the way millions view and appreciate wildlife. With his love of animals and unmatched enthusiasm, Steve Irwin went everywhere, did anything and attempted the impossible -- every day.

This man was fearless. He handled venomous snakes in the wild like Black Mambas with nothing more than a slightly bushy branch as protection. He removed a deadly brown snake from the inside of his car with aplomb.

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