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conversation with sara

Ugh, sick. Allison's sick, too, so UT practice has been cancelled tonight. Anyone out there in Winnipeg? Apparently a version of my interview appeared in Tuesday's issue of the Winnipeg Free Press (in the Internet column by Garth A. Buchholz). Moments before writing this, I got email congratulating me on being chosen Cool Central Site of the Hour. Like most "net awards", it strongly encouraged me to post an award logo on my main page (which would, of course, be linked back to their website). I tend to ignore these types of awards, but was curious about this one because of its hourly choice. Did someone REALLY choose a site every hour? Upon checking the URL (, however, I discovered that although the site was indeed linked to Inkspot, it was linked to the OLD URL. I've had a forwarding "Inkspot has moved" link there since March. This makes me suspect that the Cool Central Site of the Hour is somehow automated, going through some massive list of (outdated) URLs without any sort of judging process involved. (Momentary pause). Hey, my 3 year old niece just called. Here's how the conversation went:

ME: "Hello?"
ME (guessing quickly): "Hello, Sara?"
ME: How are you, Sara?
SARA: Fine. Guess what?
ME: What?
SARA: Annie just spit up food all over herself, and all over Mommy!
ME: Wow, sounds like she made a mess.
SARA: Yeah! And then she rubbed it in her hair! (giggles in delight)
ME: Very very messy!
SARA: What do you call a cow that eats grass?
ME: I give up.
ME: HAHAHAHA. That's a good joke.
SARA: Bye.
ME: Bye! Thank you for calling, Sara.

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