PC Planets
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:42 pm)

Teacher: Can anyone tell me what the names of all the planets are?
Timmy: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.
Teacher: WRONG! Pluto is a dwarf planet! You LOSE!

So it sounds like there's a little turmoil amongst the Astronomical community. Or perhaps "Something rotten in the state of Denmark" is more appropriate. I guess the astronomers that stayed to the end of the recent conference were the only ones that got to vote, and the losers are whining that the winners "ganged up" and all stayed to the end to skew the vote. And to an extent, they're right. We don't all have to fly to Washington, D.C. to vote for the President. There should be some kind of electronic or absentee voting method for something this big, something that gets this much public attention.

Which brings me to my main point I wish to make today. What's with the dwarf planet nomenclature? Aren't we supposed to be PC and say something less-offensive? Just as we'd now refer to a "dead person" as terminally inconvenienced or metabolically challenged, should we not also have a better term for the dwarf planets? A person with dwarfism isn't a midget, they're a human being of restricted growth, so what about the planets?

I submit to you, my loyal readers, we use the term mass-challenged planet.

By the way, welcome Ceres, Pluto and Charon, and 2003 UB313 to the Solar System as mass-challenged planets!

County Fair
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Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:15 am)

Last night after work I went to the fair with Lorien and her parents. It was everything a county fair usually is, good food, smelly animals, and scary carnies. The mini doughnuts are especially tasty. We also picked up a large bag of kettle corn. Mmmmm.

PS Maybe it was good food, scary animals (you ever look at goats??), and smelly carnies, I get them confused...

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Doctor’s Report
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Forenoon watch, 1 bell (8:55 am)

Last May I went to visit my doctor, two days ago I got a postcard in the mail that said he couldn't reach me to let me know the results of my blood test. I find it hard to believe he's tried to reach me for three and a half months by phone.

Anyway, I called him yesterday and the nurse called me back with my results. She said everything was great, but my bad cholesterol was a little high. Nothing that the doctor was going to worry about, though, because my good cholesterol level was excellent. So I guess I'm okay.

My question is, if I keel over from a heart attack tomorrow, who do I sue? Or perhaps more correctly, who does my wife sue? 🙂

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