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This sponsorship is so wrong, localBoys/Girls club of Anaheim

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I know I haven't been on Sparks for a while but I posted this to my FB page and it just seemed so wrong that I thought I would post it here too. Hope some will pass this on. Motel KIds is a great program, many homeless kids in the Orange County, CA area (they did a film about them, shown on either PBS or cable). Many are homeless because of jobs lost, but just as many or more from drug and alcohol use by their parents.
Ok, I want to know does anyone else think this is a bit off or wrong? Article in the our Town section of OC Register 7/5/12 Anaheim
Wine-raiser: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim will host the annual Corks for Kids beer & wine tasing event for the Motel Kids Outreach Program from 6p-9p on 7/19. ect...... bla bla
1. Many of these kids are living in motels because their parents have trouble with either drugs or alcohol.
2. Many of these kids go to the Boys & Girls Clubs to get away from the problems at home among them alcoholism.
3. Who among the people running this show really thought this was a good idea?
Oh I know. Lets have a party for these poor kids, let people buy tickets so they can drink beer & wine and then give these motel kids the money.
4. What kind of message does that send?
I guess it's ok to drink kids, as long as the money is going to a good cause!
What the F***!
I also did not state because one can look this up online, but event is being held in the Diamond Room at Angel Stadium, Go Angels! Nope not good idea. I normally do not use profanity but I was at a lost for words about this event.

Hope you all had a great 4th of July!

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DDOORN 7/18/2012 12:54PM

    Indeed such WAY POOR judgement on somebody's part...!

Hope your summer is going well otherwise!


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MRE1956 7/11/2012 3:56AM

    Did you attempt to contact anyone from the organization about this? I fear that if something isn't said, morons in charg will just continue to make bad choices - and where children are involved, this is not a good thing.....

Sheesh - WTH are "people" (and I use the word very, VERY loosely) thinking? (I use THAT word LOOSELY as well!)



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WENDENANNIE 7/11/2012 2:13AM

    emoticon Talk about an oxymoron and conflict of interest...what are they thinking!?

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/11/2012 12:59AM

    Unbelievable!!! What are they thinking!!!

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_LINDA 7/6/2012 2:53PM

    I have always been of the opinion they should be banning alcohol along with cigarettes for all the harm they do to people's lives and those around them..
Some people just don't think. Unfotunately, the use of alcohol is very common in people's lives. I know so many women who have to have their 'calming' glass of wine before bed. my step dad has to have his rum and coke, could go on and on..
Sorry to hear this 'charity fund raiser' for kids uses alcohol as its focus. Ludicrous!!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/6/2012 10:58AM

    Yep. You're right. We've got the same sort of thing here in central FL, too. Budweiser sponsor the Margarita Ball and a lot of people drink to raise money for charity. There definitely is a disconnect. Not sure what I want the people who live and benefit from alcohol proceeds to do except go out of business.

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SEATTLE58 7/6/2012 12:17AM

    You hit it right on! Yes, this is so wrong! Talk about not helping at all, but helping to get them hooked or more hooked. This sounds very typical of alot of stuff that's going on in our country today. I hope someone intervenes and gives those kids something worthwhile, like hopes for a good education some day!

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JAMER123 7/5/2012 11:53PM

    Glad you posted it here!! I will repeat how WRONG I think this issue is!!
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Have decided to close my account at the end of next week.

Friday, March 30, 2012

I have decided to close my Sparks account at the end of next week. I am still not getting any Sparks emails that I signed up for. I contacted Sparks over a week ago without any response. I have tried everything and nothing is working. I still get notices about goodies, messages left on my Sparks page and email messages.
I think the only cure is to start all over again.

With that in mine, I am going to take time off until the end of summer. I will contact some close friends and give those that do not have my email or facebook information a way to keep in touch.

I don't know if I will lose my status as a "Sparks Motivator" but that is OK because I can always start over again. Will miss all of my Sparks friends. xo

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    Sorry you are having problems! I have some, too. When I updated to IE 9, it helped some.
You do not have ot have SP to be successful! It is only a tool, and there are similar sites out there. SP does offer wonderful support, and it works when you work it.
Keep trying...
You can do it!

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    I use Firefox as a browser, and it's AWFUL. Well, perhaps I should say it's great: it provides fantastic protection to my computer. However, it doesn't allow anything at all to escape its eagle eye. Therefore, it's sl-o-o-o-o-wer than molasses, and every few days I, too (just like JAXMOMMY) have to tell SparkPeople to start sending me e-mails again, by unchecking that evil box in My Account. It's extremely annoying, but I'm not 100% sure it's all SP's fault. I place at least half the blame, if not all, on Firefox's ingrained desire to protect my computer from invasion by enemy aliens.

All kidding aside, I don't think it's all SP. SparkPeople has one of the most responsive websites I've ever come across. I'm always amazed that this is so, because I personally think I have some gene that inhibits computer operation! SP is MUCH quicker than my computer's browser, however, which does cause some communication problems, and may even be causing all the challenges we've discussed here in these comments.

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GERIKRAGH 4/4/2012 11:23AM

    I decided once that no matter what happened I would stay with Spark. I'm also not getting all my e-mails but am hanging in there. Good luck with your decision.

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USMAWIFE 4/4/2012 11:19AM

    So sorry that you are leaving. I find that switching to a different browser helps me al lot. That is the only way I can write and send my blogs. I know I contacted SP about a picture on one of my teams that was definetely porn and they never got got back to me about it. had to actually remove it myself by posting more pictures to make it drop off.

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ASHAIXIM 4/3/2012 3:35PM

    WOW!! I have that same issue... I didn't know why I just kind of ignored it LOL

have you considered instead opening a new account maybe like gmail (it's free) and changing your email on SP to that new account?

Comment edited on: 4/3/2012 3:35:42 PM

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HYE101 4/2/2012 11:52PM

    Sorry to hear about you leaving Sparks. I know you were real close to meeting your goals and I kn ow that you can achieve whatever you want please dont give up !!!
I myself am having some health challenges with my heart disease but I am still not giving up . missed logging in some due to doctors appointments and tests.
I will miss you please keep in touch I am at schalian@aol.com.

Have a happy easter.

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LOPEYP 4/1/2012 7:01PM

    Not sure who is your email provider but I had an issue with yahoo. Somehow SP mail was being put in the spam folder. Did you check there?
I had a similar situation with SP tech support -where they never answered my message.
Good luck to you!

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SEATTLE58 4/1/2012 4:05PM

    Hi! I'm so sorry that you will be leaving SP, but I can kind've understand! Your problems could be similar to mine. I can't reply on SP to my emails, I can't see any emoticons to use, I can't "like" or comment on my friends feed, I can't post on message boards, but the biggest of all problems is that I can't track my food! The "Add" button is gone! Also, the top of most of my pages are blank! I'm able to write on SP pages like yours, so I did write to Coach Kelly and I'll see if she'll get back to me. I saw your blog on the side of the RA message boards. Good luck to you and hopefully you have a good summer, and hopefully you can join SP all over again. I'll see if I'm still here!

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DEDICATED2HIM 3/31/2012 9:34PM

    I'm so sorry you are having this problem. I've not had any problems personally but you are not the only person I"ve heard about who IS experiencing them. How frustrating for you! I hope you will be able to get it straightened out and return to us soon. There are other similar sites also...do not let your goals slip out of sight.

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JAXMOMMY 3/31/2012 9:31PM

    Teri-- I certainly understand. If I want to continue to get notifications about my Spark team postings I have to go in every Wednesday and uncheck the box that says "never E-mail me again". SP says it is our E-mail provider's problem, but they tell me it is Spark's problem and that seems true. If I get a daily message from them or that weekly Spark message it blocks me from getting any others than the ones you mentioned. I hate to see you go, but certainly understand! So frustrating!

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SHERREMAC 3/31/2012 5:28PM

    I am sorry! I will miss you.

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CLUEINGFORLOOK8 3/31/2012 7:41AM

    I don't know if it matters since you have already made your decision but at one point only my SP daily emails were getting sent to my junk folder. I was getting some notifications but every daily email was kicked over. Did you check in your junk or spam folder?

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SOFEDUPP 3/31/2012 7:26AM

    Teri, you will be missed!! I hope that you have a great summer with positive outcomes in all you do!!!

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TWEETYKC00 3/31/2012 6:16AM

    I will miss you so much!

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HIKINGSD 3/31/2012 5:11AM


You will be missed.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/31/2012 4:37AM

    Did you post the problem on the message boards under Results...Panic! Button for Immediate Help? I did this a couple of times when I was having issues and no results and they got back to me the same day. Hope that helps.
If you shut down your page and start over, you will lose everything and will be the same as a new member. Take care of you because you the the most important person in your life!!! Enjoy your summer.

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/31/2012 3:59AM

    Ok, I understand now. I should have read this before I sent you the spark goody. Keep in touch!

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BEEJAY49 3/31/2012 3:54AM

    I'm so sorry you're leaving, but please don't forget us and do come back. We will miss you! HUGS!

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_LINDA 3/31/2012 2:17AM

    emoticon emoticon Sorry Sparks was not responsive :( Unfortunately, I think this site has just become way too huge and has totally lost the personal touch and service and yet they keep wanting more and more people to join. I don't know how a handful of people are supposed to keep up with the volume of mail this website must generate..
Have a fun summer!

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JAMER123 3/31/2012 12:52AM

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I am so sorry to hear this. If you decide to continue with closing, I wish you only the best and will await your return this fall after you have had some R&R!! Take care dear friend.
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TEDDYBEAR662 3/30/2012 11:11PM

    Teri, I'll miss you too. I'm going to send you a spark mail message...

Best of luck in all you do! Hope you o come back... enjoy your Summer! emoticon

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DDOORN 3/30/2012 10:48PM

    Oh DO hang in there...check your SparkMail for more info!!


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LESSOFMOORE 3/30/2012 10:42PM

    Teri, we will miss you, too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 3/30/2012 10:35PM

    Oh, Teri! I am so sorry to hear this! I will miss you a lot, my friend! Please take care of you, be happy! emoticon

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Good luck at the races, Vette run canceled again.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

We went to the horse races at Santa Anita yesterday and the weather turned out to be beautiful after a cloudy morning. We arrived in time to bet on the first race, I place 2 $5 bets to win. My horse's came in 1st and 2nd. Won $35 on $10 bet. Did a Exacta/boxed on the 2nd race and 2 of my horse's came in 1st and 2nd. Won $24.50 on $12 bet. 3rd race one of my horse's was scratched just b/4 getting loaded into the starting gate. Appeared to have a slight limp, got 3/4 of my bet back. 4th race bet $6 Exacta/boxed won $64.20. 5th race same bet and won $22.50, missed on the 6th but my horse's came in 1st & 3rd. Won again on the 7th with a $12 Exacta/boxed and won $89.50. The 9th race my horse's came in 1st, 3rd & 4th, and the 10th I had 2nd and 4 place finishes. Even when I didn't win I still picked good horse's who placed well.
We took Frank and his girlfriend Renee with us. I made two types of brownies to bring along. It s a pot luck, so there is all sorts of food. The last two years I was so careful because of watching everything I ate. Because I have been injured since Nov. and gained weight some back, not good but oh well. I am not following the plan at the moment so I did have some of the goodies that I would normally walk away from. In a small way it was nice not have to worry about what went into my mouth.

Took Phred out for a walk earlier but it started to rain, again. Now NASCAR is on hold until the weather improves. My cousin Paul is over in Fontana and sent me a FB picture he took that said "Wish you were here". I really wanted to go but glad now I didn't go. It is most likely pretty cool out that way. It suppose to rain pretty hard and not let up until tomorrow. I have another friend who lives north of the Los Angeles in Simi Valley and he said it is pouring right now. I think they are going to call the race cause it just starting to pour here too.

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_LINDA 3/26/2012 2:00AM

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Wow! Well done on the horse picks!!
So sorry about your crummy weather -hope it improves soon!
Just a note -after working so hard to lose the weight -why just throw it all away and regain it because of an injury? Speaking from vast experience -in the past, after every surgery I had my weight would get up there- I lived a true rollercoaster of losing and gaining, working extra hard to get it off then gain it all right back after the next surgery. Its not fun, and I was getting tired of it. I finally learned, even if I can't exercise, that is not an excuse to regain the weight. Tracking and keeping in my calorie range when the Fitness Tracker is set to zero really does work..I have kept the weight off through my worst year of three surgeries. So think twice before you let all your hard work go out the window..
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LESSOFMOORE 3/25/2012 9:55PM

    emoticonYou sure know how to pick a winner! emoticon

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Posted this on my FB today. Almost didn't make it back home today.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Almost got killed on the freeway today. Coming home from Yorba Linda after breakfast and haircut at my friend Beatrice Irene Trompeter sister's Sandy Silva salon where she works. Transition from the 91 E to the 57 S. Big rig goes under the freeway and is too large, rips off the top of his truck and trailer of his rig in the slow lane. We are in fast lane and right in front of us is a Big rig that Jack knives and straightens out to avoid collateral damage but is hit by debree. We stop just 5 feet from damaged trailer and avoid being killed because the rig in front of us gets hit. Irene at first thought a car had fallen from the overpass and dropped in front of us, only I could see what was happening before it happened. We were able to drive around and go home and no one was injured. I use to work for a trucking company and if one of our guys had done this they would have been in so much trouble. Big signs tell everyone height restrictions on the underpasses. What an idiot!

So the last week has had some highs and lows. Bowling has sucked mostly because my ankle is really bothering me now. Always burns throughout the night and have to ice everyday. Warmed up by Tuesday, bowled really bad on league and not much better on Wed. practice only I did manage to pull 2 good games out of 6. Been going to the Chiropractor 3 times a week for my ankle and jaw (TMJ) problem.

Last weekends Corvette run was canceled due to weather and rescheduled fro this Sun. On Sat. we are going to Santa Anita Racetrack for watch the ponies. I love this outing we do every year. Our dear friends Bob & Pat sponsor the race and everyone comes, brings food and you never know what your going to eat. It is a good time for all.

Had my 56th birthday yesterday, the 21st. Jeff got up this morning while I was doing the dishes and make the comment that we are both now circling the train. Thanks so much honey. Hate feeling old.

My friend Irene paid to have my haircut today and I paid for color. Hair turned out to be a beautiful caramel brown. Only it wasn't the color I wanted. I have been trying over the last 6 months to slowly lighten my hair to a dark blond or very light brown. With all the gray/silver hair coming in now, the light color doesn't show the change so soon. Well now I am back to square one to getting back to a lighter color. Oh well had I died in the car today at least my hair would have looked great! lol

Hope you all had a great week!

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BARBARASDIET 3/29/2012 4:15PM

    Really scary!

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ASHAIXIM 3/28/2012 11:14AM

    LMAO!!! You would have looked fabulous for your funeral!! I almost got killed by a semi who decided he needed to be in my lane when I was in lane 2 of a 5 lane freeway in Detroit (he was in lane 1). I contest to this day that I was picked up and PUT in front of that semi because there is no way I could have moved myself, I was completely blocked in, and the only thing I remember is seeing him coming into my lane and thinking "HELP!" and then the next thing I knew I was IN FRONT of the semi.

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TEDDYBEAR662 3/27/2012 1:21PM

    Teri, I'm so glad you were okay!!! Scary!!! Hope everyone else was okay too.

Hope you still had a good birthday, know we all thought of you... hee hee. Have a great day!

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DDOORN 3/26/2012 10:12AM

    Those CA expressways keep living up to their reputation...!

Glad all worked out okay!


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LESSOFMOORE 3/23/2012 10:22PM

    Teri, I am so glad that you survived! emoticon emoticon

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RELLIMTENAJ 3/23/2012 9:11PM

    So glad you didn't die today. Hmmmm... I don't remember being told anything about my hair looking good if in an accident, just having clean underware emoticon. I'm still entertaining the idea of coming to LA in October for the Rock n Roll LA race. Not sure, but still looking into it.

Hope your ankle gets better soon.

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BEEJAY49 3/23/2012 4:22PM

    OMG! I'm so glad you are okay! And a belated Happy birthday to you! HUGS!

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SPARKLING_SUSAN 3/23/2012 10:51AM

    Glad you're okay! Certainly gives you pause for thought as well as a fresh perspective on your life. God has blessed you!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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KIMMYWIZZIE1 3/23/2012 9:01AM

    Glad you are OK. That had to be so scary.

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DMILLER33 3/23/2012 7:00AM

    OMG What a close call! Glad you are OK. Happy Birthday!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERREMAC 3/23/2012 6:32AM

    So glad You didn't die and had great hair even if it was darker than you wanted.

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TWEETYKC00 3/23/2012 5:44AM

    It's is so good to know that you are alright and that nobody got hurt from that accident. I agree, what an idiot that driver was to do that. Happy Birthday to you and I hope your ankle feels better.

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_LINDA 3/23/2012 2:11AM

    Thank goodness you are okay!! That is so scary :(( You look good in darker hair.
Happy Belated birthday, hope you had a good celebration!
So sorry your ankle has ramped up the pain :(( There has to be something more than a sprain going on there..
Hope you cn enjoy your weekend!
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JAMER123 3/23/2012 1:06AM

    WOW, Teri!! That was a close call! Too close for much comfort. I bet the adrenalin was pumping! So glad you are OK.
I have my hair colored as well and use a dark brown for roots and with a red on the ends. Makes a nice auburn. We are starting to lighten it as well due to roots. I have been 100% silver gray for many yrs. and it makes me look 15 yrs. older. Just don't need that until I get there (LOL)

A belated Happy Birthday to you. Hope you celebrated more than what you posted but then a hair cut and color is a nice treat too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Friday cold

Friday, March 16, 2012

Our weather changed over the last 48 hours, in fact last week at this time it was very warm. Today's high was 55. I got up to get to my chiropractor's appointment at 10am, then went to Costco. It was lightly sprinkling but had stopped by the time I got home. I took Phred out for a walk because it was suppose to rain. The weathermen now say rain tonight and through the rest of the weekend. Our Vette run was cancel because the area we were heading to in San Diego county Julian is at the 3,500 ft. level and they said it might lightly snow. Vettes don't do well in the snow or heavy rains, at least the old ones don't. lol That's all folks.

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TXGRANDMA 3/22/2012 11:20PM

    Guess I am a bit late on this one, Teri! Sorry your vette run got cancelled, hope you were able to make it up!

We had lots of rain the 19th, through that night and into the morning of the 20th! For Saint Patricks day, we were camping so maybe that is the reason I missed your blog, though I DID have my laptop with me! emoticon emoticon

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LESSOFMOORE 3/17/2012 8:29PM

    Teri, it's actually warmer here in northwest Indiana than it is in Anaheim. We have been having record warmth (high 70s). I'm not looking forward to the return to normal temperatures. I'll just enjoy it while I can!

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_LINDA 3/17/2012 3:00AM

    Sorry about the Vette run :( Our weather has been whacked out too, much like MN there, same thing -worried about perennials being dead due to lack of snow cover.
Hope you can find something to do to keep you occupied this weekend!

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JAMER123 3/16/2012 11:58PM

    We are doing just the opposite here. Temps will be close to 90 tomorrow and over the weekend, in the 90's. A cold front i coming through on Tues. and the high will only be 82 :):)D I just chuckle at the terminology here, especially being from MN. There is a chance of reaching 90 there tomorrow and that would shatter the old record of 84. This has been an unheard of winter for MN. Essentially no snow and minimal rain since August. When we get home, we are going to have to water everything and hope we haven't lost our perennial bed due to the drought.

Take care and don't get too chilled. I know a cold rain is miserable. Sending you good thoughts of good weather!!
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