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Monday, May 29, 2006

Noah Comes Home...

Noah, Suzi & Chuck got to go home today which was very nice for them. They had a welcoming party waiting on their front porch when they arrived. Dave, Kasey, Sean, Gina & I were there for the homecoming. All of the pictures are at Flickr for your enjoyment.

We didn't hang out too long as the entire family is exhausted from the 2+ days at the hospital. Sleep well family!

We Did It!

Well, Jolene and I just finished our first 5k run.
Jolene's time was 33min 40sec and I came in at
30min 40sec. We already have our next race planned for June3rd. The Strawberry Festival has a5k run on that Saturday in Lebanon. And yes we are officially hooked on running.

Chris and Jolene

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Noah Has Arrived

It was a long day for Suzi, Chuck & Noah. It started at 12:45 am when Suzi's water broke and came down to the grand finale at 7;51 pm with the arrival of Noah.

Here are the vitals: 7lbs 11oz; 20 inches long. Strong & healthy. Suzi was a real trooper and the happy family should be able to go home this afternoon. All of the pictures are at Flickr.

I will post more pictures as soon as they are available.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Waiting Game

Hi All,

Just a quick update if anyone is out there waiting...Suzi and Noah are lagging. She is currently 5 cm dialated, but feeling good with the medicine they are giving her. Hope everyone is okay, and we will post a picture of the baby as soon as we have one available.

Love, Dave

Noah's Arrival

I just got a phone call from Chuck, talk about excited! Suzi's water broke a little bit ago and they are at the hospital in Albany. Noah should be born later today. I am on my way up to Albany in a little bit and will post later today if all goes as planned. Let me be the first to wish Suzi & Chuck congratulations on their new arrival.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Soul Patrol!

It was Taylor vs. Katherine, Alabama vs. Hollywood, McFeever vs. Soul. Tonight's episode of Idol was not the highlight of the season...but it did have its moments. Most of the duets with stars were ruined by said "stars." Elliot did a great job, and it was fun seeing some of my favorites...Mandisa, Bucky, Paris...good times. But tonight wasn't about seeing old Idols perform. It was about Taylor.

I still remember when I first saw Taylor appear on Idol this season. I though he was the unique! I started watching weekly just because I thought he was great. As the season went on, I started feeling better about his chances to make it late in the game. When there were 12 contestants left, I was predicting a 3rd or 4th place finish. But...Taylor's fans came out in force, and week after week he avoided being in the dreaded bottom 2. Well, tonight Taylor finished the job, winning the 5th season of American Idol. I couldn't be more thrilled. I don't know if Taylor will ever really make it big, but I love it that America voted for him. Soul Patrol, Soul Patrol, Soul Patrol!


Word Up...

***There has been a suggestion to drop the Word of the Day feature? Any comments? ***

Word of the Day for Wednesday May 24, 2006

torpid \TOR-pid\, adjective:
1. Having lost motion or the power of exertion and feeling; numb; benumbed.
2. Dormant; hibernating or estivating.
3. Dull; sluggish; apathetic.

Canary Islanders are citizens of Spain, but geography asserts itself from time to time, as a reminder that this land will always be Africa's: the trade winds get interrupted by strong gusts from the east that bring hot dust and sometimes even torpid, wind-buffeted locusts.
-- Barbara Kingsolver, "Where the Map Stopped", New York Times, May 17, 1992

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Taylor's All But In

Taylor Hicks did an awesome job on Idol tonight, virtually locking his win for this season. Taylor, all season long, has performed better than Katherine McFee...and I think the audience knows that. Moreover, I have to assume that a majority of Elliot's fans will choose to vote for Taylor over Katherine. Tonight's season finale is two hours long, and should be a lot of fun. Enjoy Idol fans!


Previously on W.I.I

It was a rolled up mat, the photo had been tinted green.

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Word of the Day for Tuesday May 23, 2006

protean \PRO-tee-un; pro-TEE-un\, adjective:
1. Displaying considerable variety or diversity.
2. Readily assuming different shapes or forms.

The [Broadway] musical was ceaselessly protean in these years, usually conventional but always developing convention, twisting it, replacing it.
-- Ethan Mordden, Coming Up Roses

Roosevelt's performance in the civil rights meeting illustrated one of the central operating principles of his protean executive style, a style that transformed the presidency, and the nation: a willingness to delay decisions, change his mind, keep his options open, avoid commitments, or even deceive people in the relentless pursuit of noble objectives.
-- William Doyle, Inside the Oval Office

He was a protean character who constantly adapted to his environment.
-- David Maraniss, The Clinton Enigma

Monday, May 22, 2006

Quack enters the fray

Simple me has decided to take the next step in the real world. I have my own flickr site, and am inviting you all to join, or just to go check it out. I figure since Noah will be arriving shortly, I probably should have a public forum of THE KING.

It will be fun to look back on, as the great leader of the free world can enjoy his baby picks, all the way through his National Championship game with the Ducks, to controlling the world. What can I say, boy gots a good gene pool. Heehee. Anyways, it is littered with pics from Hawaii, to the garden I have been working in. Please stop by.

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Cut Loose...

Last night, about 6:40 pm, it flat out made up for the lack of rain earlier in the month. In the span of about 10 minutes we had, rain, hail, thunder & lightning and wind gusts around 25 mph. The hail was pretty good size for Eugene, about the size of the tip of your little finger.

Our gutters couldn't keep up with the intensity of the downpour and overflowed. We had water gushing in through the top of the patio doors. Thankfully it didn't last very long.

I don't think we will have to worry about watering the garden this week as the forecast continues to predict cloudy skies with cool temps and a chance of showers.

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Word of the Day for Monday May 22, 2006

incontrovertible \in-kon-truh-VUR-tuh-buhl\, adjective:
Too clear or certain to admit of dispute; indisputable; unquestionable.

It is in the nature of philosophical questions that they do not have final, incontrovertible answers, or, more exactly, that every answer raises new questions.
-- George Soros, Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism

And although the evidence was substantial, it was not incontrovertible.
-- Al Strachan, "Phantom Goal, part 2", Toronto Sun, May 23, 1999

Sunday, May 21, 2006

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Word of the Day for Sunday May 21, 2006

bombinate \BOM-buh-nayt\, intransitive verb:
To buzz; to hum; to drone.

He is often drunk. His head hurts. Snatches of conversation, remembered precepts, prefigured cries of terror bombinate about his skull.
-- Elspeth Barker, "Nobs and the rabble, all in the same boat", Independent, September 22, 1996

Sometimes the computer bombinates way into the night, stops for a bit of rest, then resumes its hum at the early hours of the morning.
-- Cheryl Glenn and Robert J. Connors, New St. Martins Guide to Teaching Writing

Saturday, May 20, 2006

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Word of the Day for Saturday May 20, 2006

cognoscente \kon-yuh-SHEN-tee; kog-nuh-; -SEN-\, noun;
plural cognoscenti \-tee\:
A person with special knowledge of a subject; a connoisseur.

However, I thought it well to acquaint myself with the latest scientific thinking, so as not to write a tale that would embarrass me among the cognoscenti.
-- Ronald Wright, A Scientific Romance

In the early 1600s, however, beliefs that decried curiosity and restricted information about the "secrets" of nature to a handful of cognoscenti were under attack.
-- Tom Shachtman, Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold

Friday, May 19, 2006

Previously on W.I.I.

From a little further away you can see the "gears" on this corkscrew...

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Word of the Day for Friday May 19, 2006

spurious \SPYUR-ee-uhs\, adjective:
1. Not proceeding from the true or claimed source; not genuine; false.
2. Of illegitimate birth.

Some of these graves are clearly spurious and were manufactured by nineteenth-century royalists who wanted evidence of an unbroken 2,000-year-old imperial line.
-- Gale Eisenstodt, "Behind the Chrysanthemum Curtain", The Atlantic, November 1998

We need at least to separate the real issue from the spurious.
-- Eugene D. Genovese, "Getting States' Rights Right", The Atlantic, March 2001

Thursday, May 18, 2006

It Was A Great Ride...

The best singer doesn't always win but Elliot has nothing to be sorry about. I kept away from the blog this morning because Dave usually posts the loser, wrong again (lol).

I will be rooting for Taylor now, he has so much fun on stage it is contagious. There were some touching scenes in last nights episode, especially from Elliot's clip, he is a great guy and I wish him all the luck in the music business.

Go Taylor!

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Word of the Day for Thursday May 18, 2006

palimpsest \PAL-imp-sest\, noun:
1. A manuscript, usually of papyrus or parchment, on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible.
2. An object or place whose older layers or aspects are apparent beneath its surface.

The manuscript is a palimpsest consisting of vellum leaves from which the "fluent and assured script" of the original Archimedes text and 55 diagrams had been washed or scraped off so that the surface could be used for new writings.
-- Roger Highfield, "Eureka! Archimedes text is to be sold at auction", Daily Telegraph, October 3, 1998

Each is a palimpsest, one improvisation partly burying another but leaving hints of it behind.
-- Robert Hughes, "Delight for Its Own Sake", Time, January 22, 1996

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Don't Call it a Comeback!

After falling behind 9–0 in the first two innings last night, and 10–1 after three, the Yankees started chipping away at the Rangers lead. A run here and a run there, and they were back in it. The game ended with Jorge Posada cracking one over the right field wall for two runs and the win. It was the first walk-off homer of the season for the Yanks. The final score...14–13. The Yankeeeeeeees Win. Thhhhhhhhee Yankeeeees Winnnnnn!

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Word of the Day for Wednesday May 17, 2006

arrant \AR-unt\, adjective:
Thoroughgoing; downright; out-and-out; confirmed; extreme; notorious.

More deplorable is his arrant and compulsive hypocrisy . . . Under all the chest hair, he was a hollow man.
-- J. D. McClatchy, review of Crux: The Letters of James Dickey, New York Times, December 19, 1999

I think a pilot would be a most arrant coward, if through fear of bad weather he did not wait for the storm to break but sank his ship on purpose.
-- Georges Minois, History Of Suicide translated by Lydia Cochrane

The Semis...

So yo, check it out....okay so I'm not Randy Jackson but last nights show had a little bit of everything.

Personally, I think Taylor ran away with it. I was pulling for Elliot but I think he will fall short this week. Katherine did enough with 1 song, Over The Rainbow, to grab second.

I rated each song as they were performed and my final tally:

Katherine- 16

What is your prediction this week?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Riddle Me This...

This was told to me today by Sharna, a gal I work with and I liked it.

"What do you call the biggest room in the World?"

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Word of the Day for Tuesday May 16, 2006

fulsome \FUL-sum\, adjective:
1. Offensive to the taste or sensibilities.
2. Insincere or excessively lavish; especially, offensive from excess of praise.

He recorded the event in his journal: "Long evening visit from Mr. Langtree--a fulsome flatterer."
-- Edward L. Widmer, Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City

Concealed disgust under the appearance of fulsome endearment.
-- Oliver Goldsmith, The Citizen of the World

Monday, May 15, 2006

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Word of the Day for Monday May 15, 2006

multifarious \muhl-tuh-FAIR-ee-uhs\, adjective:
Having great diversity or variety; of various kinds; diversified.

She is good at constructing a long, multifarious narrative, weaving many minor stories into one, so that you are left with a sense of the fluidity and ambiguity of historical interpretation.
-- Jason Cowley, "It's bright clever... but the result is academic", The Observer, May 27, 2001

Men's opinions, accordingly, on what is laudable or blamable, are affected by all the multifarious causes which influence their wishes in regard to the conduct of others, and which are as numerous as those which determine their wishes on any other subject.
-- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mothers Day!

To all the Moms who might stop by today!

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Word of the Day for Sunday May 14, 2006

cupidity \kyoo-PID-uh-tee\, noun:
Eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth; greed; avarice.

Curiosity was a form of lust, a wandering cupidity of the eye and the mind.
-- John Crowley, "Of Marvels And Monsters", Washington Post, October 18, 1998

At the end, all but rubbing his hands with cupidity, Rockefeller declares he will now promote abstract art--it's better for business.
-- Stuart Klawans, "Rock in a Hard Place", The Nation, December 27, 1999

Saturday, May 13, 2006

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Word of the Day for Saturday May 13, 2006

appurtenance \uh-PUR-tn-un(t)s\, noun:
1. An adjunct; an accessory; something added to another, more important thing.
2. [Plural]. Accessory objects; gear; apparatus.
3. [Law]. An incidental right attached to a principal property right for purposes such as passage of title, conveyance, or inheritance.

The inauguration of presidents, the coronation of monarchs, the celebration of national holidays--these events require everywhere the presence of the soldier as a "ceremonial appurtenance."
-- Barbara Ehrenreich, Blood Rites

She began by demolishing an 18th-century Paris mansion whose wainscoting, paneling and other appurtenances she admired, instructing an architect to design a house for her that would incorporate these elements.
-- Angeline Goreau, "A Spectacular Mess of a Marriage", New York Times, August 31, 1997

Apart from sports cars, he did not have his father's passion for the appurtenances of celebrity.
-- Howard Chua-Eoan, "He Was My Hero'", Time, January 27, 1997

Friday, May 12, 2006

Harrington Traded...

Former U of O standout Joey Harrington was traded to the Dolphins today as a backup for Daunte Culpepper who might not be ready for the opening snap this fall. Culpepper had knee surgery earlier this year and is still recovering.

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Word of the Day for Friday May 12, 2006

virtu \vuhr-TOO; vir-\, noun:
1. love of or taste for fine objects of art.
2. Productions of art (especially fine antiques).
3. Artistic quality.

Divans, Persian rugs, easy chairs, books, statuary, articles of virtu and bric-a-brac are on every side, and the whole has the appearance of a place where one could dream his life away.
-- "Mark Twain's Summer Home", The New York Times, September 10, 1882

Thursday, May 11, 2006

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Word of the Day for Thursday May 11, 2006

derogate \DER-uh-gayt\, intransitive verb:
1. To deviate from what is expected.
2. To take away; to detract; -- usually with 'from'.

transitive verb:
1. To disparage or belittle; to denigrate.

If someone wants to derogate from that and make a choice, then they are free to do it.
-- Ciaran Fitzgerald, "Food champion'srecipe for success", Irish Times, November 13, 1998

Evidently, in Robbins's moral calculus, prostituting one's art in the name of the foremost mass murderer of modern times does not in the least derogate from one's idealism and courage.
-- Terry Teachout, "Cradle of Lies", Commentary Magazine, February 2000

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

No Way!

Crazy but true...Chris is no longer on American Idol. I really thought that Chris was going to win the whole thing...even though he wasn't my favorite. Chris is very talented, especially in his genre, and he should definitely get the "hottie" votes from the young audience. I guess that vote didn't come through for him when he was voted off, Katherine being in third place this week.

I was blown away when they announced that Elliot and Taylor were in the top two. They are unconventional, and I am surprised that they have that kind of mass appeal. I think their mass appeal has more to do with being down to earth than anything else. People probably vote for Elliot and Taylor because they can picture themselves hanging out with them if they were neighbors.

Now, who is going to be the next to go. I think that Katherine is the least talented of all three, and I predict that the finals will come down to Elliot and Taylor...and I think that is totally sweet yo.


Kat's Gone...

With so many great Elvis songs to choose from, I was shocked that Katherine didn't choose 2 songs than fit her style.

On the other end, Elliot nailed it! He was impressive singing a couple of lesser known Elvis songs.

Top to bottom for me, Elliot, Taylor, Chris & Katherine.

We'll see.

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Word of the Day for Wednesday May 10, 2006

turgid \TUR-jid\, adjective:
1. Swollen, bloated, puffed up; as, "a turgid limb."
2. Swelling in style or language; bombastic, pompous; as, "a turgid style of speaking."

The famous Faulkner style was more than many could put up with. Its marathon sentences, its peculiar words used peculiarly, its turgid incoherence and its thick viscosity repelled.
-- Orville Prescott, "A Literary Personality", New York Times, July 7, 1962

Brown's novels are filled with the rigged episodes of melodrama and the turgid prose that passed for elegance among the literary circles in America before Irving and Hawthorne arrived on the scene.
-- "The Battle of the Books", New York Times, July 10, 1988

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

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Word of the Day for Tuesday May 9, 2006

otiose \OH-shee-ohs; OH-tee-\, adjective:
1. Ineffective; futile.
2. Being at leisure; lazy; indolent; idle.
3. Of no use.

Mr. Federspiel's surreal flourishes and commentaries straddle the line between interesting and otiose. Most of the surrealism is pretty but pointless.
-- D. F. Wallace, "The Million-Dollar Tattoo", New York Times, May 5, 1991

Although the wild outer movements and the angular Minuet can take such clockwork precision, the Andante, with its obsessive, claustrophobic dialogues between strings and bassoons, seemed sluggish and otiose.
-- Tim Ashley, "VPO/Maazel", The Guardian, April 16, 2002

Monday, May 08, 2006

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Word of the Day for Monday May 8, 2006

aspersion \uh-SPUR-zhuhn; -shuhn\, noun:
1. A damaging or derogatory remark; slander.
2. The act of defaming or slandering.
3. A sprinkling with water, especially in religious ceremonies.

Orley had once been forced to resign from a local men's club for casting aspersions on the character of another member's wife.
-- Thomas A. Underwood, Allen Tate: Orphan of the South

Its meetings were fiercely argumentative; members seemed to love nothing better than to cast aspersions on each other's intellect and class loyalty.
-- Glenn Frankel, Rivonia's Children

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Yankee Milestone Near...

With four championships on his resume, Joe Torre has already guaranteed his spot in New York Yankees history. One more win allows to join an exclusive few.

Torre looks to become the fourth Yankees manager with 1,000 wins when New York faces the Texas Rangers in the finale of a three-game series at Ameriquest Field.

Torre is in his 11th season with New York, the longest uninterrupted tenure by one Yankees manager since Casey Stengel lasted between 1949 and 1960.

The 65-year-old Torre also has won 74 games in 10 consecutive postseason appearances with New York, taking the team to six World Series appearances.

With a win, Torre would join Joe McCarthy (1,460), Stengel (1,149) and Miller Huggins (1,067) as the only Yankees managers with 1,000 wins.

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Word of the Day for Sunday May 7, 2006

pablum \PAB-luhm\, noun:
Something (as writing or speech) that is trite, insipid, or simplistic.

I imagined his thoughts had been solely of me, that the letter would be filled with love sonnets, that it would gush with the same romantic pablum I devoured from those movie star magazines.
-- Kate Walbert, The Gardens of Kyoto

. . .the mindless pablum of celebrity journalism, the endless stories about self-promoting actors and movie stars who pretend they dislike the press.
-- Richard Stengel, "It Ain't Necessarily Bad That Nobody's Interested in Politics", Time, March 2, 2001

Saturday, May 06, 2006

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Word of the Day for Saturday May 6, 2006

rapine \RAP-in\, noun:
The act of plundering; the seizing and carrying away of another's property by force.

He who has once begun to live by rapine always finds reasons for taking what is not his.
-- Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (translated by N.H. Thomson)

Extortion and rapine are poor providers.
-- Olaudah Equiano, Unchained Voices: an anthology of Black authors in the English-Speaking World of the 18th Century

Friday, May 05, 2006

Previously on W.I.I.


Mt. St. Helens New "Fin"...

Massive lava 'fin' rises up in Mount St. Helen's crater! Take a look at this webpage where you can actually watch video taken by the USGS and see other pictures.

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Word of the Day for Friday May 5, 2006

execrable \EK-sih-kruh-buhl\, adjective:
1. Deserving to be execrated; detestable; abominable.
2. Extremely bad; of very poor quality; very inferior.

His human-rights record was abysmal. His relations with Washington were adversarial. He rivaled Zimbabwe's execrable Robert Mugabe for the title "Africa's Saddam."
-- James S. Robbins, "The Liberian Opportunity", National Review, July 8, 2003

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Paris Gets the Boot

Hello Idol Fans,

Well, I think it was inevitable. Paris was kicked off of American Idol this week, regardless of the fact that she was probably the best singer of the group. With her in the final two was the other best singer of the group, Elliot. They have made it very far in the competition, and have everything to be proud of. My updated list of favorites goes something like...


I think we will get a finish closer to...


We will see what happens...

Love, Dave

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Word of the Day for Thursday May 4, 2006

wag \WAG\, noun:
A humorous person; a wit; a joker.

The master of ceremonies was one Boston, a noted wag, and the occasion seemed to promise the greatest facetiousness.
-- Francis Bret Harte, The Luck of Roaring Camp

Yet the fate of all three reformers was more or less the same. Washington remained much as it had been before. ("Only more so," a wag might add.)
-- Jonathan Rauch, Government's End

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

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Word of the Day for Wednesday May 3, 2006

temerity \tuh-MER-uh-tee\, noun:
Unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger; rashness.

The elaborate caution with which the British commander now proceeded stands out in striking contrast with the temerity of his advance upon Bunker Hill in the preceding year.
-- John Fiske, "Washington's Great Campaign of 1776", The Atlantic, January 1889

When English merchants had the temerity to set up a trading post or 'factory' -- junior merchants were known as factors -- the Dutchmen defended their monopoly by massacring them.
-- Anthony Read and David Fisher, The Proudest Day

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

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Word of the Day for Tuesday May 2, 2006

daedal \DEE-duhl\, adjective:
1. Complex or ingenious in form or function; intricate.
2. Skillful; artistic; ingenious.
3. Rich; adorned with many things.

Most Web-site designers realize that large image maps and daedal layouts are to be avoided, and the leading World Wide Web designers have reacted to users' objections to highly graphical, slow sites by using uncluttered, easy-to-use layouts.
-- "Fixing Web-site usability", InfoWorld, December 15, 1997

He gathered toward the end of his life a very extensive collection of illustrated books and illuminated manuscripts, and took heightened pleasure in their daedal patterns as his own strength declined.
-- Florence S. Boos, preface to The Collected Letters of William Morris

Monday, May 01, 2006

NFL Draft: Day 2

Demetrius Williams (bottom photo) was selected in the 4th round (111th overall) by the Baltimore Ravens and Justin Phinisee was chosen in the 7th round (235th overall) by Tampa Bay.

Still up for grabs are; Terrence Whitehead, Tim Day & Anthony Trucks.

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Word of the Day for Monday May 1, 2006

luminary \LOO-muh-nair-ee\, noun:
1. Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies.
2. A person of eminence or brilliant achievement.

Those who came to the Pyrenees sought the sublime in the mountains and the exotic in the population, drawn by the descriptions of ethnographers and literary luminaries like Vigny, Sand, Baudelaire and Flaubert.
-- Ruth Harris, Lourdes

. . .such jazz luminaries as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Armstrong, and Earl Hines.
-- Daniel Mark Epstein, Nat King Cole