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Page 4 March 7th, 2013 Valley News & Views I jumped off a pier the length of the MSP runway into the deep Ocean. I was scared sh**less! Since I dont follow instructions or [] swim well, needless to say, swimming with Flipper became an underwater experience. Being accustomed to meat and potatoes .... .... some habits die hard. In Jamaica, I ate ..................... : , . . French Fries for a weekV I dent eat fish so I This week marks my 50th column m the door to work Christmas Day. Kendall is an Valley, News and Views. I thought I'd share amazing cook but to see her mother, my some adventures over the last few months, sister Sally, throw up her gourmet meal only As a Video Producer and Casting Director endeared us to our next Holiday get together. for Commercial Production, I travel to Los Did I mention the blizzard? Angeles frequently. My work and personal A few days later, my daughter Katie and vacations have brought me here and there, I traveled to Jamaica. We stayed at Sandals only adding to the madness and humor in Montego Bay over the NewYear's Holiday. You my life. can imagine our enthusiasm or lack thereof; Since November, I've traveled to Los seeing'couples' at everytumI No one spoke Angeles (5 times), San Diego, Denver and to us since they were Honeymooners'. Most Houston for work. Dallas and Jamaica were noticeably, they groped each other on the vacations, sort of. Christmas was at my niece beach, in the restaurants and did I mention Kendall's home in Dallas. When I received the deck at our villa? The only eligible man the 'Holiday itinerary' via email, I thought was our Butler who wanted to travel back to she was the actual Producer in the family, the States with my 26 year old. His messages The agenda was hour by hour for 4 days. are sweet, sort of, since she's still receiving OMG, and I thought this was a Holiday trip! them to this day. To everyone's chagrin and rightfully so, I'm I barely survived swimming with the the family member [hat locked the bedroom Dolphins. It was 9:00am NewYear's Day and was screwed on the island. I'll eat lobster tail but there it was served in a stew. I didn't want to venture where my sister did on Christmas, ending up in the loo. Los Angeles was the coup de grace, returning from Jamaica for work. Upon my arrival at the Langham Pasadena Hotel were men seated behind stanchions outside. I assumed they were homeless waiting for the Hotel to honor them with a room at the Inn. I planned to give them mn-=v .... 1_ __.o,_, wait until the next day. Low and behold, the men behind stanchions were Paparazzi camped for aweek. After becoming their BFE they informed me they would 'still' take my money. The Hotel was hosting the "Television Critic's 2013 Press Tour". Of course I hate name dropping, it's so crass but I thought I'd share only a few. All the major TV Stars were speaking with journalists on various days. Working in my patio room with my assistant Allison, I noticed some big guy creeping in my bushes. It appeared to be Secret Service detail yet likely a body guard for a 'Star'. I decided to venture out on the patio and with my lack of physical dexterity, I ran right into Randy Jackson, from ' nerican Idol". "I was just coming out for a smoke." I said. "That's cool!" he replied. Thankfully, I didn't burn a hole through his custom black velvet jacket. Later, I walked Allison to the valet. There, Maria Carey stepped out of a limousine. The bulbs were flashing yet the Paparazzi were more interested in her autograph then taking her picture. I'm embarrassed to say I took her photo too. I was so nervous;_!f0rgth_w_ fabulous six inch stilettos adorned with fluffy pompoms. All in a day's work Diane, all in a day's work ..... Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at Letters can be mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 GREAT BEGINNINGS 1349 "Once when the snow of the year was beginning to fall, We stopped by a mountain pasture to say, 'Whose colt?' A little Morgan had a forefoot on the wall, The other curled at his breast." (the beginning of "The Runaway," a poem by Robert Frost) NATIONAL DEBT As of March 3 the national debt was $16,698,881,582,207.48 (over sixteen trillion dollars). On February 24, it was $16,619,902,483,639.26, so there was an increase of $$78 billion, 879 million. Each American now owes $53,092.18, compared to $52,848.12 on February 24, so there was an increase of $244.06. The increase in the national debt since our members of Congress were first in office: Former Senator Kent Conrad: 1987- -$2,350,276,890,953.00; Jan. 2, 2013-- 1516,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over i14 trillion, 91 billion dollars. Former Representative Rick Berg: Jan. 2011--$13,997,932,781,828.89; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over two trillion 443 billion dollars. Senator John Hoeven: Jan. 2011- -$13,997,932,781,828.89; today-- $16,698,881,582,207.48, an increase of over three trillion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- $16,698,881,582,207.48, an increase of $261 billion. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 777 1. Arthur Ashe was a champion __ player. (a. golf; b. la crosse; c. tennis) 2. The Mau-Mau leader who later became the president of Kenya was (a. Jomo Kenyatta; b. Kwame Nkrumaal Jr.; c. Siqo Toure) 3. Thurgood Marshall was the first black American to be a member of the (a. Cabinet; b. Joint Chiefs Of Staff; c. U.S. Supreme Court) 4. "Satchmo" was the nickname for musician. (a. Louis Armstrong; b. Miles Davis; c. Art Farmer) 5. Tom Bradley was the first black mayor of (a. Atlanta; b. Los Angeles; c. Seattle) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1406 This portion of my column describes the works of Libertarian philosopher and economist Murray Rothbard (1926-1995). In 1995 he published "Economic Thought Before Adam Smith." Chapter 10 is entitled "Mercantilism and freedom in England from the Tudors to the Civil War." In the late sixteenth century a group of writers known as bullionists claimed that it was wrong to allow gold or silver to leave a country and that this problem arose because of unscrupulous foreign exchange dealers. Edward Misselden (d. 1654) took up the bullionist cause and blamed the loss "Although human subtlety days in winter when the sun and never seem to toil about makes a variety of inventions shines, I sure do miss its life's circumstances, about by different means to thewarmth and those longer the storms that come or the of bullion in England on the fact there were same end, it will never devise days. Mostly I miss beingabruptchangesaroundthem. more imports than exports (an unfavorable an invention more beautiful, outside in nature's embrace, They simply make due with balance of trade). He said the main cause more simple, or more direct watching the butterflies what they have, rejoicing in of the imbalance was the monopolisticthan does nature, becauseas they flutter from one every simple seed they find East India Company. However, in 1623 that in her inventions nothingdandelion to another while I nourishment in. Company made him a commissioner, and is lacking, and nothing is mow the lawn. As I sat visiting with my suddenly his viewpoint changed. He became superfluous." I know I should be looking big brother one day, enjoying a defender of the Company, saying that it - Leonardo DaVinci for the grace in these winter the scenery from a sliding actually brought specie into England.This last storm we had days but sometimes it is nice glass door in his bedroom, POETIC FRAGMENTS throughout the area has to just think about spring I recall two large Blue Jays Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a really made me anxious for and all the sunshine it brings perching in the trees behind major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of spring, for warmer days and with it as well as the capacity his house, every so often his poem "Stanzas Written In Dejection Near the ability to drive downwe have to spend more time floating to the bird feeder to Naples": our gravel road without the in the outdoors taking in the get their fill unscathed by the "The sun is warm. The sky is clear, threat of getting stuck at most beautiful inventionfalling snow and increasing The waves are dancing fast and bright, every corner, ever made. winds. Blue Isles and snowy mountains wear I long for the days when I I have been toid when I Oh how I wish I could enjoy The purple noon's transparent light:can take our puppies out and was a young girl my mother each passing moment with The breath of the moist earth is light be able to stand in our front would often find me fast.the same zealous awareness Around its unexpanded buds; yard while they roll around asleep beneath one of theforwhatisrightinfrontofme Like many a voice of one's delight--for a while without snow and many trees in our backyard, instead of constantly fretting The winds', the birds', the ocean-floods'-- wind belting my face and It was such a peaceful over my own weaknesses The City's voice itself is softlikethe cold seeping through my place; I always felt calm and and life's sometimes toiling Solitude's." winter coat. For some reason protected beside the massive circumstances. How I wish trunks of.centuries old trees. I could be that little child DHS, 1927 it seems like it has been a .......... 9 long winter, I look forward Even now it is where I amagainl with the innocence Of to the smell of freshly cut the most content, outsideyouth, falling asleep beneath On January 21 the DHS boys' basketball grass, blooming trees, and in the midst of nature's the big Oak trees dreaming team opened the ninth year of that sport at wildflowers popping up inbenevolence, of celestial playgrounds and DHS by losing to St. Thomas 27-18. Known the ditches. While deep in thought happy moments. Or at least, as the Red and Black, the Drayton team was I can't wait to hear the anticipating nature's spring I wish I could see once again paced by Bill Wagner with nine pts. George birds singing and see those and the changes it brings, I through those eyes where like Buchanan and Harry Moore added five and tiny hummingbirds flutterhave been thinking a great nature "nothing is lacking three pts. respectively. Paul Hedman was a around the feeder. Springdeal about life's changes as and nothing is superfluous." substitute, and fall have always been my well. How much it can allSometimes along the way BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN favorite seasons, it isn't too change in a blink of an eye. we are given a glimpse into 1973 hot or too cold, the weather I wish I could be more like what we can learn from March 3 is usually perfect. Spring nature's creatures taking in God's masterpiece. To me, it 1. Killing Me Softly With His Song often brings rain showerswhatever unfolds without is areminderthatmoreoften (Roberta Flack) and I absolutely love thethinking about the past or than not one just needs to 2. Dueling Banjos (Eric Weissberg/Steve smell after a fresh rain, it trying to foresee the future, take a deep breath, sit against Mandell) feels like one can literally just simplybeingin the midst an old tree, be still, andlisten 3. Last Song (Edward Bear) sense growth and renewal of those changes, for the lesson which is most 4. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love in the air. I hope it comes As humans, with the certainly there. (Spinners) sooner than later, ego's sometimes chaotic One of my favorite authors 5. Crocodile Rock (Elton John) There is always a threat of ramblings we spend the Ralph Waldo Emerson once 6. You're So Vain (CarlySimon) flooding. Last year we were majorityofourtimeworryingwrote, "The sky is the daily 7. Love rain (O'lays) lucky and were able to drive and speculating leaving little bread of the eyes." And so I 8. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Deodato)* out of our residence. With all time to experience the joy of hope with each passing day, 9. Rocky Mountain High (John Denver) the recent snow, we may be each present moment, every changing season I can 10. Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend taking a boat again this year. I think of the tiny Sparrows ask with sincerity to "Give us (Lobe) I hope not but we usuallywho sprinkle our yard each THIS day our daily bread," (* indicates a new song) manage somehow, spring. They are always andto realize that dailybread The other day as I sat intaken care of, without worry, comes in so many forms. I Deodato was Eumir Deodato, who was silence, I thought about they usually find enough hope we can all see and feel born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 21, these things and about to eat, plenty to sing about, the grace while finding the 1942. From 1973 to 1982 he had four hit the bright sun shining inmaterials to make nests, and innocence in ourselves and songs.' klso Sprach Zarathustra" was the first, full force across the fields, safe places to position them. the simplicity in nature's It peaked at #2, was on the charts for twelve Although we have a few rare Each day they start freshessential inventions. weeks, and became his biggest all-time hit. NUMBER 1 SONGS March 7 1893--O Promise Me (George J. Gaskin) 1898--My Old Kentucky Home (Edison Male Quartette) 1903--Come Down, Ma Evening Star (Mina Hickman) 1908--Under Any Old Flag At All (Billy Murray) 1913--When The Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam' (Arthur Collins/ Byron Haflan) 1918--The Battle Hymn Of The Republic (CharlesHarrison/Columbia Stellar Quartet) 1923--Three O'Clock In The Morning Continued On Page 5 News we can use? 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