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  1. This just in: Approximately 30 minutes ago, Reno resident James Umbach was suddenly and maliciously attacked by an ampersand. The attack occurred at the beginning of the lunch hour at the Safeway on Mae Anne Ave.


    Umbach was walking out of Safeway with his cart full of groceries, he said, when suddenly "This giant ampersand came falling out of the sky, missing me by only a few feet."


    Safeway employee Brian Davis, who was just inside the store at the time, came running out upon hearing the loud noise. After ensuing that Umbach was OK and unhurt, he returned to his checkstand.


    Richard Shaw, President of the Reno area Chapter of Punctilous Punctuation, had heard rumors of surprise attacks by exclamation points, question marks, and even the occasional hyphen, but never an ampersand.


    "This can only mean one thing," Shaw told reporters at a press conference held outside the Safeway. "And."


    When asked if this could be the vanguard of an all-out war between humans and punctuation marks, Shaw replied that he didn't think so. There have been occasional sightings of those mischevious apostophes trying to show up where they shouldn't, like in plural's, but they don't attack. They just like to sneak into words for fun.


    Nonetheless, police are asking residents to be alert for any strange grammatical activity, and to report suspicious mechanics to them at their non-emergency number. They also warn that, should anybody get hit by an ampersand from the sky--or any other grammar mark--the best defense is to immediately pretend you are in a comma.


    The grammar police have cordoned off the area and are expected to remain on scene for the rest of the day. The Safeway, as well as the rest of the businesses in the Ridgeview Center, will operate as normal.



    Throughout history, man and punctuation have always gotten along very well. Recently, though, that has begun to change. "It isn't just the sneaky commas--next it'll be tildes moving into English, umlauts sneaking out of German, who knows what will be next?" one witness speculated.


    Umbach took this picture with his cell phone right after the attack.

  2. Uhhh...shows are cancelled all the time. Most of the time, they don't tell the writers of show in advance to wrap up plot lines.


    That's just the nature of the television industry.


    Oh. Well, that's a bummer, then.


    Of course, shows have been cancelled and then reinstated . . . (like "Family Guy," for example, which I don't watch) But I won't hold my breath. I guess I'll just have to make up my own ending for the show. [:(]

  3. This is the entire text of one I got yesterday:


    To claim your free Wall-Mart $500 gift card please reply to this

    e-mail with your social security number for tax purposes and the

    mailing address of where we should send the card to. This is a free gift to

    you from Wall-Mart don't pass it up.


    [Yeah, right. -JU]

  4. Florida parks are almost always busy. It will be busy, I don't care what a website says. Get to every park a half hour before opening, and use the free fastpass.


    Actually, when we went to WDW, it was in what we were told was their slowest week of the year. (Nov. 7-14, 2005.) Our longest wait, strangely enough, was for the "kiddie" rocket ride at the MK.

  5. O yeah, there is a hooters hotel now!


    I ate at a Hooters once. I didn't care for the food at all. Yuck.


    As for Circus Circus, well, we sometimes go over and play the midway games at the one in Reno, since it's only five minutes down the road from us. Of course there are going to kids there--that's part of its family appeal.

  6. I'm getting married this July and OF COURSE my groom to be is an amusement park freak too (it was part of my criteria for the man I was gonna marry... no really, I'm serious)


    Dione and I went to WDW for a week last November. Highly recommended.


    Be sure to wear your bride and groom hats; you'll get lots of special treatment!

  7. I know that saying this may cause Robb to ban me from this forum permanently, but I didn't think that Mission: Space at Epcot was really all that much to write home about.


    Sure, it was OK, but I didn't think it was as intense as people here and the literature makes it out to believe. So your face gets smashed in a little, and you get to watch a cool video while you ride. But really? I had more fun on the Test Track ride next door, which is my second favorite ride at WDW.


    Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but Mission: Space gets a nice C- from me. I am glad I rode it once, and it was not a waste of time, but if I ever go back to Epcot and don't get a chance to re-ride, I won't be disappointed.


    BTW, rumor has it that you can completely neglect your duty (i.e. the button pushing) on the ride, and suffer no ill effects. I can't say this firsthand, though.

  8. Hahahahaha, wow times really are changing, was it truly a Geocache, as that would be my guess, I have only found one in my life, and i didn't even use my GPS, as i do not know how to use it... haha thats pretty funny though.


    Yes, it was, based on a radio report that described it as containing "a pencil, notepad, and various other small items."


    I've found 40 or so, and have hidden four, two of which are still active.

  9. How many credits have you missed out on because it was a spinning coaster?


    Or have you just sucked it up and rode it anyways?


    You can see her riding the spinny coaster at Animal Kingdom in the Orlando Parks video.


    Nauseating, but fun.

  10. Planing a trip to Vegas in April. Any Hotel ideas? on Strip. cheap , but nice and going mid week.


    Wow. We'll be there in April, too, for my 30th birthday.


    We've never been there. Why go to Vegas when we already live in Reno??


    I'm sure we'll have lots of fun. We'll be staying at the Circus Circus, right next door to the Adventuredome.

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