October 21st, 2005

me at star

Wilma or won't-ma?

Well, Wilma is currently battering the Yucatan Peninsula. She's slowed down a lot since the last time I mentioned her, and the latest five-day forecast calls for her to be approaching Florida (not New England) on Monday.

Bad news for Mexico and Cuba; not great news for west-central Florida (although they're getting more time to prepare); but pretty good news for my own parochial interests. OTOH, we're expecting heavy rains this Saturday night, and the major rivers nearby (the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord) are already well above "normal" levels.

So I'll keep Looking Concerned.
submarine insignia, dolphins

Someone must be pulling the Marine Corps' leg...

Or at least giving their recruiters some awfully ... inappropriate ... leads:

Sally-Alice Thompson had to laugh when she got a letter from the Marine Corps' commanding general, telling her the military "is in need of your service" and inviting her to find out more by sending in an enclosed card.

"What else could I do? I mean, I'm 82 years old," Thompson said.

Not only that, Thompson is a well-known local peace activist who is a charter member of the Center for Peace & Justice in Albuquerque and belongs to Veterans for Peace and Raging Grannies.
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"A number of older women have been getting these letters," she said. "So I think someone is pulling the Marines' leg."


Perhaps they should rename the Corps Uncle Sam's Misguided Grandchildren?