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How long has LJ had spell check in the editor? This is a Good Thing. Of course the browser I use has one built in, but it's still a Good Thing.

Not much to report. This was a decent week, and I went out this morning and had brunch with a bunch of people I didn't know, to round off my Ten Social Things Before 2013. Yes, I know it's 2013 already. (Speaking of which: enjoy.)

Ten Social Things worked out pretty well and was less stressful than I expected. I may start another one: Ten Social Things Before April.


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Jan. 13th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
I was social today, too. I attended Abbey's zumba class (moms pay just $5 to come too) and danced with my friend Shan, and later was social with one of Abbey's friend's mom's at a very loud birthday party at a "night club" for kids.

Social is good. Ish. Glad I did it.
Jan. 13th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
That sounds very social!

I suspect my day was quieter. :) At brunch I sat next to a woman I've met twice before and conversed about stray cats, car purchasing, and virus epidemiology. I learned a lot. (For example, did you know the HIV virus is now thought to have crossed into human populations as long ago as 1908?)

I've been curious about Zumba for a while. Various places offer it, but I've been afraid that I'm not in good enough shape to keep up.

If you were to say to me, "nightclub for kids" I would have replied, "Chuck E Cheese"? What is a nightclub for kids like?

Jan. 13th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
My mom, who is normally a couch potato, was able to do zumba (and LOVED IT) in her early 60's. She only stopped because she had a detached retina, had to have surgery to repair it, and was told by the doctor she wasn't allowed to do it anymore, so she couches again, which is very sad.

I have one of the promotional cards from the place where Abbey's friend's party was.
Colors Birthday Party Centre

A disc jockey with all the latest songs kids love!
Special effects like bubbles, fog, lasers, and more!
Props like maracas, glow bracelets, and Hawain(sic) leis!
Line dances like The Macarena, Chicken Dance, Electric Slide, Hokey Pokey, YMCA, Twist, and More!
Free video games & table to table chat phones!
IBM Computer, music keyboard, and handheld games!
Younger kids also do a donut and cookie-eating contest, a bubble gum blowing contest, musical chairs, hot potato, & Hullla(sic)-Hoop and Limbo contests!

Call 724-523-8944 to hear a recorded message explain why The Best Birthday Parties Happen Here!


(Wow, they really should have proofread their promotional materials, lol)

Jan. 13th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
"Hullla-Hoop"? I'd be quietly snooty about their ignorance if they'd spelled it "hulla", but "hullla" is just mystifying.

Parts of this seem like Very Bad Ideas (donut-eating contests) but it does all seem like stuff a kid would like.
Jan. 13th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)
They didn't do donuts today, but they did do the cookie-eating contest. The party guests are split into two teams. They have to run up to the cookie plate and grab a cookie (if there is one) eat the cookie, and only once they've swallowed it can they run back to "base." The team that finishes their plate first wins.

And yeah, 3 L's in hula hoop. Who knew, right?

Also, you'd think they'd at the very least look up how to spell Hawaiian. I mean, based upon their spelling, they didn't even spell Hawaii correctly!
Jan. 13th, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
Also, I was unaware about the HIV virus moving into the human popular over a century ago. I'm normally pretty up on that stuff since one of my oldest dearest friends teaches this stuff at Emory and regularly spends time in South Africa working with AIDS patients, and she shares much of her research on FB.
Jan. 13th, 2013 03:14 am (UTC)
The woman who told me that got it from this book. The author and the book sound reputable ... ?

Your friend sounds really, really cool. If you should happen to ask her about this, please let me know what she says.
Jan. 13th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
I passed the link on to her and asked her opinion. I'll let you know when I hear back! A million years ago I thought she and I might have been neck and neck on the brains count. But she blew past me decades ago and is easily one of the smartest people I know.
Jan. 13th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
Her comment:

It looks ok at first glance. The best available HIV history puts the likely crossover much earlier back into the late colonial era.

Although I see now this book puts it around 1908 in Cameroon, so yes. It seems about right.
Jan. 14th, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
Interesting to know! I'm thinking of requesting the book from the library. (Which reminds me that I need to pick up Why Jane Austen? at the library on Monday!)

Did I tell you that I'm traveling to visit F. next weekend? I'm collecting books for the trip.
Jan. 14th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
Oooooh! Have fun!
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