Free Tuition at Auburn University??

Can you imagine if tuition was still free???

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From the Hot Blast newspaper (now known as the Anniston Star)
August 1883

Here’s the full newspaper, it’s very first edition if you’d like to see it.

This is also the town where I grew up, so it was interesting to see what all was going on around the time of my Great Grandparents.

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It’s all in a name

Dear Diary,
I’ve noticed that even though I consider myself grown up, there are certain times when seeing something or hearing something that I get a case of the giggles. Case in point: yesterday while minding my own business at World Market I hear “Look at this!” There in front of me was a small little can of Heinz Spotted Dick! Yes, there on the shelf with all the other English goodies was a spotted dick! I couldn’t help thinking about it, and yes I put that small spotted dick into our basket to bring home. I’m not sure what it tastes like, but heck I’m going to give it a try. In the back of my head I could hear that old Life cereal commercial that said “give it to Mikey, he’ll eat anything”. But would he eat something like a spotted dick pudding?
Grown up? Not me, but still wanting not to get funny looks from the kid at the register, I find a few other things to buy just to hide the spotted dick in my basket. So, what goes well with spotted dick sponge pudding…a nice Reisling? hearty red cabernet? Now that would be just too easy and at World Market there’s always something new to try. How about a couple bottles of Woodchuck Pear Cider and just for good measure a bag of wasbi covered macadamia nuts.
Well after our little shopping spree it was time to head home and find out just want causes spotted dick. I wonder just where it gets its name… I wonder what it tastes like..does it need a special cream? I’ll be back later Diary…who knows when the giggles will end, or may be its pretty good and I’ll go back to buy more dick sponge pudding. I’m bad!

Back to School…

Well…only 16 more weeks of school left until graduation! Yeah, I’ve been
waiting for this semester to get here, and I know it’s going to seem like
forever. That’s ok though, since I do have two projects and presentations
to work on and we’ll need all the time we can get.

Yesterday I finally got my camera back from Nikon. That’s a pretty good
turn around for a repair and it didn’t even cost us a dime (no warranty
either, but it was a known issue). Not a bad deal, but I would have liked
to have had this camera with us on our trip. Then again…we could have
been on our trip when it decided to die and we would have been without a
camera (at least with out one until I could have located a WalMart). LOL

What else has been going on around here? Hmmmm…not too much. The
afternoon showers have finally returned and the yard is finally green again.
The down side to all the rain is not being able to take the bike to school.
Yes, I’m a wussy when it comes to riding in thunderstorms. There’s
something about sitting on metal and lightning overhead that just makes me

I’ve uploaded pictures to my photo album from the scuba trip. They are the
same photos that were there before, but I’ve color corrected them to
compensate for not having a large enough flash on the camera. I found a
action for paintshop that did most of the work for me… saving a lot of
time too. So check them out when you get a chance.

Mr. Atkins has arrived back at our house again…time to get back into
shape, especially if we’re going to go ahead with the scuba course. The one
thing I loved about our dive trip was the way it felt to be weightless under
water and how it took all the pressure off my back. Now standing up with
the tank on, and climbing back out of the water was quite a chore because of
the weight, but I think I can manage. Plus it would be great physical
therapy on my leg too! Oh…this morning I woke up with a terrible cramp
in my calf! That’s the first one of those that I’ve had in a long time. It
was really weird since last night was the first night I’d slept the whole
night through…I hope it doesn’t happen again. I’m sure J wasn’t happy to
be woke up with my screaming. Hehe