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When was the first credit union created?

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When was the first credit union created?

1849…in Germany.

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Has an African American ever appeared on US paper money?

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Has an African American ever appeared on US paper money?

No. 3 African American men have appeared on commemorative coins.

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The Case For Proof Reading

We’ve all made the mistake of missing something while proofing a document.  Hell, I sent a hacked up, incomplete draft copy to a client a couple weeks ago and had to eat part of my fee to make it right.  Get a load of this one, though.  This makes most mistakes seem minor.  http://www.smh.com.au/national/penguin-reprints-book-peppered-with-an-error-wants-it-taken-with-grain-of-salt-20100416-skjl.html

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To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

We went to the Houston Space Center on Sunday.  It was inspiring to see what NASA has done.  I’m at work today with a new energy… sure, those of you who know me remember my nickname “energizer bunny”…but now the bunny has even more energy.

Know why?

John F. Kennedy said that we go to the moon “not because they are easy, but because they are hard….”.  It makes sense to me.  It seems that those things that are difficult produce great results.  We’re living this day exactly one time.  I have one chance to do it right.  There are two paths….I should choose the one more difficult option.  I should choose to live my life to see what moon I can reach.

Anyway, I’d love to write more but I’m too inspired to sit here.  Time to tackle my five mile hill run.

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Charlie is gone

Okay, here’s a personal story.  Really personal.  It’s the kind of story I don’t really like to read when other people write about it, but I’m going to do it anyway:  our cat is missing.

To start, we have two cats (or rather, HAD two cats):  Comit and Charlie.

I never wanted anything to do with Charlie.  He was brought home from Cheryl’s office one day by the entire family, who gang tackled me into accepting this new member of our family.  Who was I to say no?  There is a funny part to this story:  I had been very, very late that day, and I was sure that Cheryl was going to be angy with me when I arrived home.  I swung into the driveway, ran into the house (foolishly thinking that at this point, well over an hour late, running in would make it a-0kay).  Cheryl was waiting in the foyer.  Big trouble for me.

“Tell me you love me,” she said.  I had no idea what was going on, but I was sooooo relieved that she wasn’t angry at me for being late.  So I said it.  Then she sprang on me that although we already had a cat and lived in a 1400 square foot house which was too small for four humans, let alone four humans and two cats, she had decided to bring home another one.   Brilliant.

Charlie had become “Autumn’s cat”, sleeping with her every day.  I am not sure how Charlie could stand Autumn’s room….maybe the cat has an inferior sense of smell, but that’s where he slept. 

Two days ago he disappeared.  We’ve all marched around the neighborhood looking for him, to no avail. 

Godspeed, Charlie, wherever you’ve gone.  Godspeed.

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