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Marilee J. Layman

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08:29 pm: Rainy New Year's Day

It feels like Sunday, just like yesterday felt like Saturday. I stayed up until I finished online about 6:15pm and since it was dark enough to put the shades down, I went to bed. My phone was going to alarm at 7:30pm and I figured that should be long enough to sleep, and it was. When I got up, I programmed both VCRs to watch a total of 12 hours of Twilight Zone and read half the paper. Then I watched reruns of Criminal Minds on A&E. I got to bed to read at 12:30am but just couldn't read beyond 2:30am. I set the alarm to noon, but at 10am, I realized I would need to sleep longer so I turned it off. I woke up at 2:30pm.

I made up the grocery list for Monday and then took the trash and recycling out -- it was just sprinkling by then. There was a calico cat that always hides from me, but when a person came out, the cat followed them -- clearly wanting to go with them. The cat stopped at the side of the regular road and then hid when I started out. I got money for Monday and found more places open than I expected. I got my Friday mail on the way back in -- all for me, and one med.

It's the first of the first quarter of the year, so I took my old slippers out with the trash and got my new ones down to wear. These are purple, which is nice. Usually the only color I can find that I like is red. I bought two red and two purple.

The Capitol was evacuated this afternoon when a little plane went into restricted space around DC. It wasn't as bad as most evacuations -- the visitor's center was closed and most of the folks who work in the Capitol were out -- but it happens way too often.

The FBI has a formal policy where agents who are "too old" -- over 40 -- go "up or out." The officials say it gets rid of a bottleneck at that age, but it doesn't seem fair to me.

A lot of conservative state lawmakers are upset that even though they've put abortion out of their state, women can get an abortion pill by going to a clinic, talking online to a doctor from a state where it's legal, and then taking the RU-486 that comes from the doctor-opened drawer.

George McCune, the creator of R2-D2 and most of the "Star Wars" creatures died Monday.

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From:dewline
Date:January 2nd, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
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The "up or out" meme strikes me as something likely to be plaguing law enforcement agencies in more than one country.

As for the aspect of telemedicine getting on these lawmakers' nerves? They won't want to rethink the matter, but they may have to. I can see a lot of unintended and nasty complications arising from the result they want.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 2nd, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
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I'm totally lost still as to what day it is. Haven't gotten back into any kind of routine yet, maybe next week?
Take good care,
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 2nd, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
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I think I'll manage starting tomorrow.
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From:serge_lj
Date:January 2nd, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
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Too old at 40?
Hmm...
I expect it takes a few years for a law-enforcement person to become good at it, at which point the higherups want them to move on?
The word is 'stupid'.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 2nd, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Well, they say there's a bottleneck at that age so they have to clear people out -- come to Quantico with lesser pay or retire, essentially.
From:dewline
Date:January 3rd, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
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I can't help but feel that there really ought to be better options available to such agents, whether the bottleneck exists or not.
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