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May 28th, 2011

09:02 pm: Sleeeeep

Last night I watched the documentary I taped on Sunday and then finished both Thursday's and Friday's papers. That got me to bed to read at 3:30am, which I did until 5am and went to sleep. I woke up at 6:30am and went to get the paper and then back to bed. The alarm was set for noon, but I was having a very good dream so I reset it for 1pm, but pretty much lost all the dream.

I came out and made the grocery list, then headed to Ruby Tuesday's to use the coupon (it would have expired before I could go out again). I had a mini burger and the garden bar, very good, not too big. On to the grocery where I made a big mistake. My list said "snackies" because I bought the tender ones last time and the cats hate them. I think a neighbor will take them. So I wanted the crunchy kind and as I walked down the aisle, I saw they had a Purina turquoise Birdie, and I got that. There's also a birdie that makes electronic chirps when it gets moved and I hope that will show me where the other three Birdies are. Since I can't go out until Thursday, I ordered the crunchy variety plus sparkle balls and new inserts for the turbo scratcher on Petco. They should be here in a couple days.

I was exhausted when I got home. I put the fridge and freezer things in and left the mail on my desk. I was amazingly wet. Even my face was wet and I had to dry myself off after I took my clothes off (they went into the hamper). I was fine when I left the grocery, and I had the van's air conditioning on, but I got really hot and wet in 15 minutes. I set the alarm for 90 minutes, planning to be out and watch the 6pm news, but when I put on my robe, I just turned on the VCR to record, turned off the TV, and went back to bed until 7pm.

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09:41 pm: Freedom Riders

I'm going to give you the URL because there's more there than in the actual documentary.

The freedom riders are young whites and blacks from the north who went to the south to integrate the Jim Crow laws without violence. Unfortunately, lots of our white ancestors loved the violence and a lot of the freedom riders were hurt. They took buses and several times, the drivers ran. Then when the first batches of freedom riders were sent to jail, another batch came to take up the movement and get put in jail, etc., ending up with 322 in the jail.

You think about the southern governers and their ideas, but it surprised me that Bobby Kennedy clearly didn't really care what happened and held back in helping them. Eventually, a high-level assistant to JFK came down and got them to DC on planes and buses.

The end of the documentary gives you a grid of the freedom riders and as one fades out, another comes in, it gets faster and then it all fades. I thought that was an excellent design.

The documentary has video and photos, but most of it has people talking about what happened. John Lewis, who is in the House, is only labeled as "Freedom Rider."

There's an excellent article here -- don't mind the socialism. In addition, an article on the freedom riders' 50th anniversary yesterday and visiting the prison.

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