November 30, 2005
Man, oh man. I am getting nothing but grief from my diehard Blazer fan hubby. The CLIPPERS (who you might ask? the other LA team) is #1 in the Pacific and the Lakers lost yet another game to the Spurs. *sob* Though the 76ers spanked the Blazers but good last night.

I think I need to start actually watching my team. They are obviously sucking dirt (bench Kobe!!!) without my support. I mean, the Clippers are first and Golden State (another team that you may ask "who??") is second. Even the Kings are ahead of the Lakers. What's wrong with this picture?????? ALL of the California teams are ahead of the Lakers. Even Phoenix is. Good thing Nevada doesn't have an NBA team. They'd probably be ahead of us too :( So, since I have no time to watch the shows that I do like, who wants to tape highlights of the Lakers games for me? :) Just kidding. Won't help them if I watch after the fact.

Spurs slow down Kobe, beat Lakers 90-84 - Wednesday November 30, 2005 12:02AM:

"The win was the Spurs' sixth straight over the Lakers, who played their first game in San Antonio under coach Phil Jackson since a victory over the Spurs in Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference semifinals on a last-second basket by Derek Fisher.

Kobe Bryant, averaging better than 40 points in his last five games, struggled to get open shots while being defended by Bruce Bowen. Bryant finished with 25 points, but he made only nine of his 33 attempts."[snip]


So, the one tradition that we have, the TSO concert, is tonight!!!!!! It's like the for sure date of the year. I got a sitter weeks ago. Can't wait. Though I am working today, so won't have a lot of time to get ready. It's about the only dress-up (let's get knockout gorgeous) date of the year. Though you still see people in jeans and sweats there, but more often people are dressed up. Makes sense since the cast dresses up.

Though oddly enough, my fave album is Beethoven's Last Night

[Listening to: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - - (02:12)]

CNN.com - It's official: 2005 hurricanes blew records away - Nov 29, 2005

November 29, 2005
Here's one for the history books ....
"Including Epsilon, there were 26 named storms this year, surpassing the record of 21 set in 1933. Thirteen of the storms were hurricanes, edging by one the previous record set in 1969. Seven of the hurricanes were considered major.

The normal seasonal average is 10 named storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Three of the hurricanes in the 2005 season reached Category 5 status, meaning they had wind speeds greater than 155 mph at some point during the arc of the storm.

'We've had two Category 5 storms in several seasons, but we've never had three,' said Steve Kiser, a tropical cyclone program manger at the National Weather Service. "

Homemaker - definition of Homemaker in Encyclopedia

Homemaker - definition of Homemaker in Encyclopedia: "Traditionally this role has been filled predominantly by women. It is still the case today in most societies and many men and women alike view that a homemaker is the natural, appropriate and most fulfilling role for women. Reasons for choosing the occupation of a housewife vary, but many women choose it largely because of financial benefits and their view of families. In many countries, including the United States and Japan, housewives can further claim certain tax deductions. Feminists have criticized this tax policy of giving unfair financial incentive for young women to choose a housewife or a part-time job over full time job. "

I can claim tax deductions????????!!!!!! How???? Darn article doesn't explain *that*


I can get paid to do what I do at home for free??? Where do I sign up??

So, I am trying to fill in gaps and looking for a job description for homemaker, because that has been my primary position for the last 4 years. Lo and behold, there are states and social service departments that have an actual job description!!! And one even says the going rate is like $11.61/hour. Not too bad.

ok, back to the grind.

Which Firefly character are you?

November 25, 2005

"The Captain"

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Man, I wanted to be Zoe or Kaylee. Though I guess being the Capt. is a good thing. ("Mal ... means bad in Latin") Why do I keep ending up as a guy on these? The first Firefly personality quiz I took I ended up as Shepherd Book. Go figure.

The turkey will survive

November 24, 2005
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clean house

Well, tomorrow, today really, is Thanksgiving. Some of you may know that I am a lousy housekeeper, but when I clean, I can CLEAN!. Here is my kitchen and the major "hot spot". That island/counter has not been that clean in almost a year! Likewise the counters, and dining room, and I was on my hands and knees about an hour ago spot cleaning the hallway. Can I get a backrub anyone? So, do you think it looks good? Posted by Picasa


November 23, 2005
Talk about diversity! Well, my current fave song is "We Live" by Superchick. I want to find a way to have it as my Ringtone (finally upgraded to a phone that does that). Before I went to their website, I had no idea who was in the band. I thought it was a couple of girls like BarlowGirl. Shows what I know.

Anyways, I'm starting to listen to more alternative Christian punk/rock because I am just not quite ready for Christmas music. I LOVE Christmas carols, but every time I put on the fish (since like the 15th of this month or something, the Monday after Veteran's Day) it's some regular song, like "All I want for Christmas". And frankly, Thanksgiving is my fave holiday. You get to really concentrate on the people and spending time together and not the rampant commercialism of the winter solstice. Can't we celebrate Thanksgiving and THEN get on to the sales? What happened to waiting till the day AFTER Thanksgiving to start the commercialism? Now it starts like a week before Halloween.

Hrm, two of my fave bands are on myspace ... should I get yet another community type account? Nah! well, maybe. but it's not like I even have enough time to keep up on my blog. Let alone the kids'.

Ok. it's the day before Thanksgiving. I haven't cooked anything and I have a TON of cleaning to do. *sigh* I need a maid or three.

Feature article:

Super Chicks
By Melissa Brock
Female fronted Christian rockers Superchic[k] debuted a song in 2001 called Â?Barlow Girls,Â? a tribute to real-life sisters Alyssa, Becca and Lauren Barlow, after meeting them at a festival in Wisconsin. These lyrics introduced the siblings (not as a band) to the worldÂ?with quite the compliment to the BarlowsÂ? stand on purityÂ?and three years later BarlowGirl went on to release its self-titled Fervent Records debut, becoming Christian musicÂ?s best-selling new artist of 2004. TheyÂ?ve now sold more than 230,000 copies of BarlowGirl, seen songs Â?MirrorÂ? and Â?Never AloneÂ? skyrocket up the Christian airplay charts, and received accolades aplenty. With the recent release of BarlowGirlÂ?s sophomore effort, Another Journal Entry, we knew it was time to catch up with the increasingly popular trio. And taking into account the special friendship between Superchic[k] and 20Â?year old Lauren, 23Â?year old Alyssa and 25Â?year old Becca, we asked Superchic[k] vocalist/guitarist Melissa Brock to sit down with the sisters and find out how theyÂ?ve grown up. ...


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be mindful of your surroundings young padawan

November 22, 2005
SI.com - NFL - Rams' punter apologizes for halftime disruption - Monday November 21, 2005 7:39PM: "'I apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions,' Barker said in a statement. 'It was not my intention to be disrespectful to our military personnel.
'We have a short time to prepare for the second half and I was only following my regular routine in getting warmed up.'"
November 21, 2005
I'm sweating, my hair is sweating, i'm starving, and I think I am going to develop a love-hate relationship with the elliptical machine. My goal this morning was to go in for 30-45 minutes of *walking* on the treadmill. Almost 3 weeks ago I was supposed to have my first workout with a trainer, but between cramps, back pain and sick kids, I haven't been able to make it in. I saw my trainer this morning and waited around to make an appointment. Nope says he, "I've got time, my 9:00 is a no-show" so, we worked on back and biceps. I am such a wimp. For the hammercurl, he just used his own body as resistance for me .... er, he held my hands and I did the curls, oh nevermind! But anyways, towards the end he could totally tell that all my strength is in my right hand/arm. The back workout was pretty easy, but I think he was keeping it that way to avoid injury and just get the muscles used to working.

Then we went upstairs for cardio. He was so enthusiastic when I told him I could probably do 25-30 minutes. Now, I have *only* ever done bike and treadmill. After ten minutes on the elliptical I felt something warm drip from my face, and then more of it, till I had a creek, then a small river of ... SWEAT! Not even sex makes me sweat as much as that machine did. And I wasn't even going that fast!!!!! At least I don't think I was. I kept telling myself "15 more minutes, 10 more minutes, 7 more minutes" and of course I left my Zen downstairs in a locker while we did the first part of the workout, so I couldn't zone out and just let my body do its thing ..... So now I need to take another shower, and I am still starving!!!

Podcast.net - Edwards AFB

Ok, the geek in me thinks this is soooo cool! I used to live near Edwards AFB, and for it to have a podcast, is just KEWL!

NBA History: Remembering The Rens

November 20, 2005
NBA History: Remembering The Rens: "This is the greatest basketball team you have never heard of, a team so dominant that in one season it won 112 games and lost only seven. It was a team that won championships despite never being officially accepted professionally or socially. Yet, encountering obstacles on and off the court wasn't anything new for the New York Renaissance, the first all-black professional basketball team. All the Rens did was win, and in the process they served as catalysts for social equality.

'They were literally pioneers and recognized that they were making a statement in front of the audiences,' said Richard Lapchick, director of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of the Sport in Society. 'And there were some audiences that didn't like that statement.'

Or teams, for that matter. The Rens chose to let their on-court actions do the talking. In their nearly three-decade existence, beginning in 1922, the Rens compiled a 2,588-529 record.

'To this day, I have never seen a team play better team basketball,' said Hall of Fame coach John Wooden, who played against the Rens when he was a member of the barnstorming Indianapolis Kautskys during the '30s. 'They had great athletes, but they weren't as impressive as their team play. The way they handled and passed the ball was just amazing to me then, and I believe it would be today.' " [snip] read more on the site
November 19, 2005
YES! OH YES! even though I thought I might come out Chiana or Aeryn, but being Crichton kicks butt! Who da man? I'm da man!

SIP: Sin-In-Pants. You are John Chrichton, and you
kick ASS! Though the people around you may not
understand anything you say, it's all right
because your're the man with the plan. Plus,
nobody looks better in leather.

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Tim got me an mp3 player for my birthday and I think I have discovered a new hobby/addiction. And it started with the NPR site, go figure. But now I can listen to news and et cetera whenever I manage to update my player =) Yay me! I'm not an old fogey yet!

Thought you might enjoy this

You may not know this but many non-living things have a gender.

1) Ziploc Bags are Male, because they hold everything in, but you
can see right through them.

2) Copiers are Female, because once turned off; it takes a while
to warm them up again. It's an effective reproductive device if the
right buttons are pushed, but can wreak havoc if the wrong buttons
are pushed.

3) A Tire is Male, because it goes bald and it's often

4) A Hot Air Balloon is Male, because, to get it to go anywhere,
you have to light a fire under it, and of course, there's the hot
air part.

5) Sponges are Female, because they're soft,
squeezable and retain water.

6) A Web Page is Female, because it's always getting hit on.

7) A Subway is Male, because it uses the same old lines to pick
people up.

8) An Hourglass is Female, because over time, the weight shifts
to the bottom.

9) A Hammer is Male, because it hasn't changed much over the last
5,000 years, but it's handy to have around.

10) A Remote Control is Female. Ha! You thought it'd be male,
didn't you? But consider this - it gives a man pleasure, he'd be
lost without it, and while he doesn't always know the right buttons
to push, he keeps trying! Pass these on to both male and
female friends of yours so that they can have a chuckle too.

There's Something About Harry

November 18, 2005
I just love the first 'graph of this :)
Annette Sargent
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 There's Something About Harry

Ifind it interesting that so many Christians are so ready to embrace a story—and a movie—that prominently features witchcraft, evil spells, dark deeds, and all sorts of creepy, practically demonic, creatures. Not to mention all that violence, bloodshed, and even death.

But enough about Narnia.

This week, our attention momentarily shifts away from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe—coming to theaters on Dec. 9—to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth of the seven-book series to hit the big screen. And, as always happens when the boy wizard is in the cultural limelight, many Christians are raising their voices to object.

Shortly after Russ Breimeier's commentary, "Redeeming Harry Potter," posted earlier this week, the e-mails started coming in.

"I was more than disappointed," wrote one reader. "How do you justify witchcraft? Fiction or nonfiction, witchcraft is witchcraft. Sin is sin. … In the last days, even the elect will be deceived."

Another wrote: "Because of your support of this article on Harry Potter and the magical arts, my family and I will no longer support your magazine or your website. I guess next you'll start endorsing homosexuality or perhaps bigamy?"


I've got no problem with Christians who don't like Harry Potter. And I've got no problem with Christians who do like him. I can see valid arguments both ways. But really, for Christians to completely slam one another over something like this, a fictional world of flight and fancy? (And no, we won't be "endorsing" homosexuality or bigamy—or harsh judgment of fellow believers, either.)

All that Russ's commentary did was to point out a number of redemptive themes—and there are plenty of them—that run through the Potter books. Is that an endorsement of the occult? Hardly. No more than applauding The Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings, at any rate; both of those classics include witchcraft. Yes, the works by Lewis and Tolkien include more Christian symbolism and metaphors than those by Rowling, but all three series include "the magical arts."

Personally, I prefer Narnia and Middle Earth over Potterville. Not because I have anything against Harry and his world, but because I think Lewis and Tolkien were better writers, and that they concocted better myths and stories and imaginative landscapes along the way. But that's just my preference. I'm more than willing to admit that maybe there is something about Harry after all.

Anyway, be sure to check out our review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Our other new reviews this week include the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line, plus an interview with director James Mangold and co-stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. We also have new reviews of Christmas in the Clouds, a holiday romantic comedy with an all Native American cast; and Paradise Now, an intriguing look into the minds of two Palestinian suicide bombers.

Finally, check out our two latest Movie Discussion Guides on Chariots of Fire and Million Dollar Baby.

See you at the movies,
Mark Moring
Mark Moring
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  New in Theaters

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire REVIEW
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The fourth installment of J.K. Rowling's series to hit the big screen—and the first to be rated PG-13—is more emotional, more intense, and darker than the previous three.

Rated PG-13
3.5 Stars

Walk the Line REVIEW
Walk the Line
Great casting, great music, great story. Johnny Cash wrestles with his demons, but ultimately comes around thanks to an angel named June. Get in line for Walk the Line.

Rated PG-13
3.5 Stars

Paradise Now REVIEW
Paradise Now
This powerful film takes a look inside the minds of two Palestinian suicide bombers, but doesn't delve too deeply into the broader political and religious climate surrounding them.

Rated PG-13
3.5 Stars

Christmas in the Clouds REVIEW
Christmas in the Clouds
An all-Native American cast engages in holiday mayhem in this film, billed as a classic screwball comedy. Alas, it's got a few too many loose screws to be considered a real keeper.

Rated PG
2 Stars

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This study guide helps your group discuss some of the major themes of this tale about 1924 Olympic runners such as how people can glorify God and how God honors those who honor him.
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With this ChristianBibleStudies.com guide, take an in-depth at the movie's themes of finding meaning through talents, facing bitter trials, and learning to love others.

  New Articles

Redeeming Harry Potter COMMENTARY
Redeeming Harry Potter
The initial Christian outcry against the boy wizard seems to be dying down. Maybe that's because more and more of us are discovering multiple redemptive themes in the series.

The Man in Black INTERVIEW
The Man in Black
Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, who play Johnny and June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, join director James Mangold to discuss the legend's life—and faith.

A Soaring Romance, a Flying House, a Derailed Marriage
Christian critics praise Pride & Prejudice, play Zathura, debunk Derailed, bicker with Bee Season, and bury Get Rich or Die Tryin'. Plus, more reviews of Good Night, and Good Luck and Jarhead.

King Kong: Now in Three Sizes!
Sneak peak of Peter Jackson's epic King Kong to appear on NBC, and a 3-D version could be in the works. Plus: more news on Narnia; Bob Saget spoofs March of the Penguins; Terminator heads to TV; and more.

I Am Sam: Friends Help Raise Daughter

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Chicken Little REVIEW
Chicken Little
Walt Disney Pictures jumps into the 3-D fray with its first-ever computer-animated feature film—without the help of Pixar, the undisputed king of the genre. Did Disney chicken out? A little.

Rated G
2.5 Stars

Zathura REVIEW
Two kids, a board game that comes to life, and a potentially perilous adventure. Sound like Jumanji? Sort of, but this time the setting's in outer space instead of the jungle.

Rated PG
2.5 Stars

Derailed REVIEW
Ignoring the dramatic potential in solely dissecting the deception, aftermath and emotions of infidelity, this forgettable thriller instead relies on a convoluted story twist you can guess from the commercials.

Rated R
2 Stars

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AWESOME ER tonight. Can't wait for the next episode, but I miss a week or two and what happens? Abby and Luca sleep together, Ray gets the shizznit beat out of him, Neela decides to go on a ride-along with John Stamos. And of course none of these good bits are on last week's summary.

So, for those who love me, I would like ER on DVD. All available seasons (because I missed like 6 due to RL, like I didn't know her beau was a FOINE looking black guy). And last week's if you have Tivo. If you burn it to DVD I'll send one as a replacement with much love and thanks.

yeah, cary grant and ER, that'll get you Brownie points :)

Official Google Video Blog

November 17, 2005

Category:Star Trek races - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For all you trekkies out there, something interesting on Wiki
Category:Star Trek races - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Category:Star Trek races
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Star Trek Races are races of sentient lifeforms on the fictional show Star Trek."


November 16, 2005
The other day I made the observation that the state of the house is a reflection of the state of our marriage. On days when things are going great, I have the motivation and energy to keep it presentable. When things aren't going so good, the house is in a state of total disrepair. For the last week and a half I have had no motivation. I have a 3-yr-old daughter. And take care of an 18-month-old. Use your imagination.

Today I thought I would wake up early and get a good start on it. Instead, I have been writing, and thinking, and writing some more. I just want this all to go away and be fixed. Why can't I have a magic wand? Or a magic oil lamp?

I wish some outside observer could/would say "See, here's where you did wrong, and here are the resultant consequences. Let's not make that mistake again" and even "See, here's what you are doing now. Does any of this look even remotely familiar?"

Well, I guess I can Flylady crisis clean. That will at least get the house presentable. I need more storage solutions.

Leo Horoscope

HEY!!! This resembles me this last week especially the bit about being superficial, being chased, and taking people for granted :(

leo, horoscope leo, astrology, compatibility, love signs, characteristic: "General character:
King planet Sun governs your zodiac sign. You want to live like a king. You are a very ambitious person and want to rise to the top in the profession of your choice. You have been blessed with a strong personality, which can take you places if you so desire. You are logical in your approach to most things but sometimes you get so confused over the small issues. An extrovert, you have many friends and you are a good host. You learn to branch out on your own even if it turns out to be an expensive idea since you are ready to sacrifice much if it benefits in the long run. You are very much a materialistic person; you will find it difficult to do without worldly things. The picture you portray, however, is of the strong silent type. Your plus point is keeping a good relationship with those persons who could be of use to you in some way. You are self-opinionated person though you may behave otherwise. Sometimes you act very superficially and you yourself will not know why. You are quite power-hungry and given to vices any of which could cause you destruction both mentally and physically. You are an out-going person basically and have a wide circle of friends. You are a well-loved person since you speak attractively and have good manners. You can't tolerate your failures because you want to rule and you are impatient to reach that level. You don't let anyone come in the way of achieving power. You are brave and don't spend sleepless nights on major or minor worries provided you have been sincere and just. Basically an extrovert, you reach out to people in all walks of life. You are helpful to those in trouble and don't expect anything in return. To win your favor, it is wise to flatter you and this happens to you all the time but you won't notice it.

Romantic character:
You tend to take people who love you for granted and this is quite a negative trait as the relationship could turn into a love-hate one. You don't like to chase the opposite sex, instead preferring to be chased. Your ego and arrogant nature can hurt the feelings of your partner, and causes frequent breakups in the relationship. "

deep sigh

November 15, 2005
So, I think I am going to take my friend's advice and run like hell. Satan tried to seduce me, did quite well, broke 3 lives in the process, and since that didn't work out quite the way he wanted, he's pulling out all the big guns and firing at once. I want to be amused, but I am also scared. Despite what's happened, I am still tempted. But there is no way, why I, in my right mind, that I should be. I am only human, but I consider myself to be a fairly bright human, and the fact that I recognize what is happening ....

Details: I love to chat, always have. So, as soon as I was excised, a local guy started putting out more obvious feelers. Before this I thought he was nice enough and just bored during the day since our conversations were,honestly, innocent. So now .... it's not and he has made his intentions clear. And, today, whoa! a blast from the past! the first attack on my marriage. At least that is what I recognize it as now. At the time it was just a flirtatious misadventure. I just need to remember that I have standards and that I am NOT Kaylee.

I'd really like to see the future and see what is sooo important that it requires all guns blazing. Pray and pray and pray some more. Gee whiz, how attention starved am I? At least mi corazon was safe, made me feel, ... not on edge.

A public declaration of love

So, I also have a LiveJournal, and my friend has a LJ that Tim reads on a fairly regular basis, and she posted something and this is Tim's response [posted with his ok]
As the "said hubby", I wanted to add my two cents, with your kind permission. I have shared this with my wife, and she has given her OK for me to post this reply to your LJ.

You wrote "I'm mad at the world for training her husband up....". It's not the world's fault. If you want to be mad, be mad at me. You have every right to be and take me to task (I could go as far as to argue that you have a responsibility as a sister in Christ [I can't find the reference for it...I was thinking James 5:19-20, but I don't think thats the one I'm looking for]). I knew what my wife needed and wanted, and I did not give it to her. We fell into a rut - she wasn't getting what she needed/wanted, I wasn't getting what I needed/wanted, so neither of us were willing to bend to serve the other. I am called to be the leader of my house, and as a leader it is incumbent upon me to go the extra mile, and the extra mile after that, every time. The world didn't make me ignore her needs. I chose to take the childish, selfish road, and pulled away from my wife, pushing her away while inside desparately wanting her closer. If Christ reacted to us the way I did to my wife, I shudder to think the state we would be in.

I completely and utterly failed my wife, and in doing so left a door open that should not have been. I did not protect her. The single most important person in my life. She is the only permanent person/thing I have in this world - everything else (friends, kids, church, hobbies, job, whatever) is transient. They enter my life and leave. Sometimes they come back, sometimes they don't. I have the blessing of someone who loves me and will stand by me, and when the going got rough I did not stand by her. I realize that now, and am striving to make amends, but I don't know if I can ever atone for my desertion.

An incredible hurt has occured (and yes, it does hurt, in ways I have yet to fully recognize or feel). It should not have happened, but I left the door open. God wants to bless us, and will do so even when we're messing up. I realize now, in a way that I never did before, that blessings can be lost, even through inaction.

I do believe we will survive this, and come out stronger. We are both committed to making this work. It is incredibly sad that it took something like this to bring it to light (Ironically, I had already admitted to myself that I needed to change, before I found out what had happened. Day late and a dollar short, I'm afraid...which is not unusual for me).

Well, this turned out to be much longer than I had anticipated. I should wrap it up and get back to work :) I did want to add one final thing, if I may. I wanted to thank you for your friendship and emotional and spiritual support of my wife. Your friendship means so very much to her. You're a true blessing in a world crying out for many more. Thank you.

Selling this stuff will be like swimming upstream - Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:27 AM ET

SEATTLE (Reuters) - For beverage connoisseurs tired of turkey-and-gravy or green-beans-and-casserole flavored sodas, there's a new choice being offered this year by specialty U.S. soda maker Jones Soda Co.: salmon.

Jones Soda, the Seattle company that scored a hit during the last two holiday seasons with its turkey and gravy-flavored sodas, said it is offering the orange-hued fish-flavored drink this year in a nod to the Pacific Northwest's salmon catch.

"When you smell it, it's got that smoked salmon aroma," said Peter van Stolk, chief executive of Jones Soda.

The salmon-flavored soda will be offered as part of a $13 "regional holiday pack" that also includes other unusual sodas such as turkey & gravy, corn on the cob, broccoli casserole and pecan pie.

While those five bottles will be offered locally, Jones Soda is also selling its similarly-priced "holiday pack" of turkey and gravy, wild herb stuffing, brussels sprout, cranberry and pumpkin pie sodas across the country.

Thanksgiving, a U.S. holiday that falls on the fourth Thursday of November, typically features a dinner with turkey, gravy and other condiments.

Van Stolk, who built his Seattle-based soda company by selling traditional sodas as well as exotic flavors such as green apple, bubblegum and crushed melon, said that "the most important thing (about Jones Soda) is that we can laugh at ourselves."

Asked whether he liked his new salmon soda, van Stolk said: "I cannot finish a bottle, I just can't."

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Good stuff this. Uplifting and meaningful. Man, I miss Calvary Salem, that's where I was first introduced to Dawson and his music.
November 14, 2005
You scored as Captain Jack Sparrow. Roguish,quick-witted, and incredibly lucky, Jack Sparrow is a pirate who sometimes ends up being a hero, against his better judgement. Captain Jack looks out for #1, but he can be counted on (usually) to do the right thing. He has an incredibly persuasive tongue, a mind that borders on genius or insanity, and an incredible talent for getting into trouble and getting out of it. Maybe its brains, maybe its genius, or maybe its just plain luck. Or maybe a mixture of all three.
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