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The U.S. Constitution. The site even highlights in a red link where amendments have negated portions. These guys were brilliant.

I like this part. It’s the last paragraph in Article II, Section 1:

Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Also interesting – the last paragraph in Article VI:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

I’m going to read it all more thoroughly, bit by bit, and keep the dictionary handy.

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“HONG KONG, April 24 — Toyota sold more cars and trucks around the world in the first three months of 2007 than any other manufacturer, surpassing General Motors for the first time and ending one of the longest runs of dominance in all of global industry.”

It’s easy for me to see why. Well-priced, more reliable, better gas mileage….Check out the Consumer Reports issue or online stats on cars/trucks, and see who is rated the highest. Hopefully Toyota will pick up the pace on the hybrid technology, and eventually move to an all electric car, like the Tesla Roadster. I’ve heard that the redesigned 2009 Prius with a revamped version of its Hybrid Synergy Drive might get 80mpg, but it’s not even close to Tesla’s equivalent of 135mpg. Yes, you read that correctly. 135 miles per gallon. That’s already way beyond the requirements for the Automotive X Prize, of 100mpg.

A neat site to see what people are being and choosing this moment….

Here’s how: the FairTax. I’m sure you thoroughly enjoyed paying your taxes this year, right? This will give you 100% of your paycheck. No more IRS. It’s H.R. 25 and has 57 co-sponsors and counting in the US House. It’s not a “flat” income tax. And you’ll never pay income taxes again. April 15th will become just another day in the year.

Sound good?

I’m sure that none of you only clean your abode in the beginning of , after you have finished your winter hibernation, so I guess “spring cleaning” can mean different things to people.  This lady took it to the next level.  Though I’m not suggesting getting rid of everything you own save your pets and clothes on your back, before rushing to the Container Store to organize your belongings,  ask yourself what things you possess do you really want or need.  I live in a 296 sq. ft. garage apartment, and over the 3+ years (technically), I’ve learned (and still learning) to let go of things.  Actually, I’ve been honing this talent/skill/feeling since I first moved into a dorm room at SMU back in ’95, when my side of the room was 4’x12′.  Some might say I’m just addicted to getting rid of stuff, like smoking crack, but not near as dangerous for my health.  I’m just going with my gut –  learning to trust feelings, figuring out what my feelings really are – using the “Force” if you will.  Hey, it worked for Luke, right?

I felt the black theme was not working, so I’m trying this out. Isn’t Bart (the dog) awesome? He’s posing at my mom’s backyard, from a few months ago – I figured he’s much cuter than I.

I was not planning on getting here this early, and I know I told Janie that I was coming early in the morning to stand in line, but I changed my mind. Right now I’m typing this outside a Barnes & Noble, which is next to the Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth. My initiation in becoming a “RENT-head” is starting. I’m definitely the first one here, and I actually was here a bit ago. Since no one was already in line, I figured I’d walk a 1/2 mile to the local 7-11 since none of the bars would have bottled Odwalla or Naked juice on hand for me to purchase. I’ll be taking some photos as I go today, where I’ll be sitting next to the Bass Hall box office until 5:30pm, when the rush tickets for RENT go on sale at $20 each, front-row. I’ve seen the movie before, though not the stage performance – I’m looking forward to tonight….or later today…uh, just later on. I wonder who I’ll meet later on, those who will be crazy enough to get here before the sun comes up just to see a play – I mean a “rock opera”.

I’m sorry I told you I was going to bed, Janie, and I was planning to. This was not my doing, really – my body just put on jeans and got in the car, and before I knew it, I was in Cowtown. I’ll be safe and sound….I’ve never seen so many cops on bikes before!

Oh, by the way…anyone have an opinion on the black background? Like or dislike? Discuss.

Update 1:55am: A cop just zipped past me on the sidewalk riding/driving a Segway. Sweet.

8:06am: I’m still the first and only one here. I walked over to a Starbucks for some chai quick-like at 6am, and have been reading since. I don’t usually take the time to read, since I feel I should be doing something more productive. I really dislike feeling guilty. Anyways, it rained a tad, so I moved under the front corner covering of the entrance-way…watching the world drive by me this way and that way.

12:22pm:  I’m still the lone ranger. Taken up residence at Barnes&Noble for the time being.  Anyone else want to come see the show for $20 up in front?

Wow. It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 weeks since I ran the marathon, and even weirder that I have not run since then. I’ll be changing that coming this week, though I’m not going to be training for another one anytime soon, like I said before. A 5k in the next few months, or even a 10k, to keep me sharp, would work. I’m going to get faster before I run another marathon – maybe not Boston-fast (a 3:10 vs. my 4:37)….well, maybe. That’s going to entail getting stronger, faster, leaner, more flexible, mentally tougher, and more confident in myself. I’m thinking of somewhere in the number of adding 30-40 lbs of muscle. I’ve been around 145 for a long time, and I’ve had it. I know I’ve said many times before that I’m gonna workout, like I did earlier in my training – and I chose to not do it. Some charting and progress will be in order, and I’ll be posting that – I could use some accountability. It feels like others, and maybe myself, would take myself more seriously if I was physically stronger. Regardless, it would be nice to prove to myself I can accomplish another goal if I really want it, in the meantime…..But, maybe a more important goal would be to start making an income again. I’m guessing that’s what most of you would think would be more important, and you’re probably right….

I’m guessing you have picked up that the site’s a bit different by now.  Short story – blog software went crazy, decided to put it online, had some sliiiight difficulties in moving everything, changed the site name, lost all the pictures, and PRESTO!  Here ya go.  I’m not totally decided on the color scheme, but thank WordPress.com for being my Prince Charming.  Now I don’t have to have my trusty Macbook Pro if I feel the urge to drop a line, so some freedom is gained.  Sad part is, I thought everything was just super, when somehow my pictures didn’t follow the stuff I copied, and of course,  had deleted everything off the web and hard drive, so all of the old images are gone.  We can think of this as a fresh start.  Hey, you can even make comments now, so it’s not all bad news bears.

Now, on to writing the next post, which is why I’ve been frantic all week trying to get the blog back up.

PS:  If you still haven’t noticed, the blog is now at blog.jonnoel.net – though I have http://www.jonnoel.net pointing to it.

 

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