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Carol H Tucker

Passionate about knowledge management and organizational development, expert in loan servicing, virtual world denizen and community facilitator, and a DISNEY fan

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Be warned:in this very rich environment where you can immerse yourself so completely, your emotions will become engaged -- and not everyone is cognizant of that. Among the many excellent features of SL, there is no auto-return on hearts, so be wary of where your's wanders...


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(. (.`"If you will practice being fictional for awhile, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats." -- Richard Bach

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Today is the 4th day of the 39th week, the 26th day of the 9th month, the 269th day of 2018 [and only 89 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Banned Websites Awareness Day
  • Compliance Officer Day
  • European Day of Languages
  • Forget-Me-Not Day
  • Johnny Appleseed Day
  • Lumberjack Day
  • National Better Breakfast Day
  • National Compliance Officer Day
  • National Dumpling Day
  • National Pancake Day
  • National Situational Awareness Day
  • National Women's Health and Fitness Day
  • School Backpack Awareness Day – granted some of those backpacks are way too heavy for growing bones, but it is still better than balancing all those books in the crook of one arm which is what we did back in the day!
  • Shamu the Whale Day
  • Stanislav Petrov Day – a day to remember that 35 years ago, we almost destroyed ourselves, and we still have the capacity to do so today
  • World School Milk Day


46 BC – Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to Venus Genetrix, fulfilling a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus.

1493 – Pope Alexander VI issues the papal bull Dudum siquidem to the Spanish, extending the grant of new lands he made them in Inter caetera.

1580 – Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth.

1687 – The Parthenon in Athens is partially destroyed during the Morean War.

1905 – Albert Einstein publishes the third of his Annus Mirabilis papers, introducing the special theory of relativity.

1933 – As gangster Machine Gun Kelly surrenders to the FBI, he shouts out, "Don't shoot, G-Men!", which becomes a nickname for FBI agents.

1934 – The ocean liner RMS Queen Mary is launched.

1941 – The Military Police Corps is created as a permanent branch of the United States Army

1957 - The musical "West Side Story" opened on Broadway.

1960 – In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy -- almost 70 million Americans tune in to watch.  Many analysts feel that Nixon lost the election as a result because he looked old, tired, and shifty next to the very photogenic JFK

1969 – Abbey Road, the last recorded album by The Beatles, is released.

1973 – Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time.

1977 – The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant opens for official usage, the first nuclear power plant in the (then) Ukrainian SSR.

1981 – Nolan Ryan sets a Major League record by throwing his fifth no-hitter.

1983 – Soviet Air Force officer Stanislav Petrov identifies a report of an incoming nuclear missile as a computer error and not an American first strike.  He prevented a nuclear war between the Soviets, who had 35,804 nuclear warheads, and the US, which had 23,305, by taking a moment to research the possibility of a false alarm .  It probably isn’t an exaggeration to credit this man for single-handedly saving more lives than any other individual ever. 

2005 – The PBS Kids Channel is shut down and replaced by a joint network with Comcast called Sprout.

2008 – Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel.


Post convention depression actually exists.  After all, from the moment you walked into the con, you have been surrounded by your people – they grok you, accept you, embrace you.  This is your tribe!  And then you go from an intensive atmosphere of enjoyment and fun where you are around people who are steeped in the same interests you cherish, you leave friends and acquaintances that you probably only see at such events behind, and you find yourself suffering from the blues as you try to integrate back into the workaday world.  “Real life” seems boring and colorless, the people around you don’t seem to understand your interest in the fandom you just immersed yourself in, and the chances of having brought some form of the con crud [AKA the Blorch or the con plague] home is pretty high since you just spent days not sleeping, eating and drinking everything, traveling, in close and sometimes intimate contact with lots and lots of strangers.    




Time to start figuring out who to cosplay next year.   What character did you not see any of from your favorite show?   Hmmmmm…..
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