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FEWER MAILINGS COULD CAUSE STAMP HIKE
Because of the events of 9/11 and the subsequent anthrax
scare, the post office reports a big downturn in the number
of letters and parcels it's handling. Hence, according to
some published reports, there is talk of a rate increase to
make up for the income shortfall. The drop in the number of
pieces going through the system is the biggest downturn
in government postal usage in three decades. Even with the
decrease in mailings, some report that delivery times are
down. It can take a week for a postcard to reach Las Vegas
from Washington state. There is talk in Washington of
increasing the cost of a first-class stamp by three cents
to 37 cents. The head of the government's postal regulatory
board is quoted, as saying that he thinks consumers will
accept the hike, particularly when they realize what his
agency has gone through in the past few months.


The ABC's that make dreams
--------------------------

Avoid negative people, places, things and habits.

Believe in yourself.

Consider things from every angle.

Don't give up and don't give in.

Enjoy life today, Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow may never come!

Family and friends are hidden treasures.  Seek them and enjoy
their riches.

Give more than you planned.

Hang on to your dreams.

Ignore those who try to discourage you!

Just do it!

Keep trying no matter how hard it seems.  It will get easier!

Love yourself first and most.

Make dreams happen.

Never lie, cheat or steal.  Always strike a fair deal.

Open your eyes and see things as they really are.

Practice makes perfect.

Quitters never win and winners never quit!

Read and learn about everything important to you.

Stop procrastinating!

Take control of your own destiny.

Understand yourself in order to better understand others.

Visualize your dreams.

Want your dream more than anything.

X-ccelerate your efforts.

You are a unique individual.  Nothing can replace YOU!

Zero in on your goals and GO FOR THEM!


Hugging Is

Hugging is healthy. It helps the immune system, cures
depression, reduces stress and induces sleep. It's
invigorating, rejuvenating and has no unpleasant side
effects. Hugging is nothing less than a miracle drug.

Hugging is all natural. It is organic, naturally sweet,
no artificial ingredients, non-polluting, environmentally
friendly and 100 percent wholesome.

Hugging is the ideal gift. Great for any occasion, fun
to give and receive, shows you care, comes with its own
wrapping and, of course, fully returnable.

Hugging is practically perfect. No batteries to wear out,
inflation-proof, non-fattening, no monthly payments,
theft-proof and non-taxable.

Hugging is an underutilized resource with magical powers.
When we open our hearts and arms we encourage others to
do the same.

Think of the people in your life. Are there any words you'd
like to say? Are there any hugs you want to share? Are you
waiting and hoping someone else will ask first? Please
don't wait! Initiate!


CREAMY CHICKEN CASSEROLE
****************************************************************

INGREDIENTS
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
9 ounces frozen mixed vegetables, slightly thawed
2 cups elbow macaroni,uncooked
1 cup American cheese,shredded
10 3/4  ounces condensed cream of celery soup
2 cups water
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
2 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted

DIRECTIONS:
In large bowl, combine all casserole ingredients; mix well. Pour
Into ungreased 8-inch square (1-1/2 quart) baking dish. Cover
tightly; refrigerate 8 hours.   Heat oven to 350°F. In small
bowl, combine topping ingredients; mix well. Stir casserole;
sprinkle with topping of 1/2-cup bread crumbs and 2 tablespoons
margarine or butter, melted.. Bake at 350°F. for 45 to 55 minutes
or until bubbly and golden brown.

YIELD:  6 servings
Category: Main Dishes,Chicken Casseroles
http://www.thedailyrecipe.com


Yes I know it's not Tuesday <G>








FREEZING CASSEROLES:

Most casseroles may be frozen, but should be used within 2
months. You can freeze a casserole cooked or uncooked right
in its baking dish. First, line the baking dish with aluminum
foil, leaving enough overhang to cover and seal in the food
later. Add casserole ingredients and either freeze immediately
or cook, cool to room temperature, then freeze. Once frozen,
use the overhanging foil ends to lift it out of the dish. Cover
tightly with the excess foil then seal in a heavy duty freezer
bag, or double bag. Be sure to label it so you'll know what it
is in a few months, and mark it with the date. You can then
thaw and cook the dish in the original baking dish. Thaw in
the refrigerator overnight, or allow about double the time in
a 350 degree oven. Check with a knife inserted in the center
if thawing and cooking at the same time.


Pepper Coconut Chicken

boneless, skinless chicken breast..4 halves
red or yellow bell pepper....1 large
shredded coconut........1/4 cup
peanut butter.........1/4 cup
orange juice.....1/2 cup
rubbed sage.........1 t
curry powder......... 2 t
brown rice...(optional).... 1cup
*********************************************************************
mix peanut butter, juice, sage and curry powder in glass bowl.
puncture surface of chicken breast several times using two forks. Place
chicken in marinade, cover and refrigerate for 1 ½ hours.
Place chicken and bell pepper on medium heated grill, cover for 8-10
minutes. Turn chicken over and repeat. 15-20 minutes total or
until it is no longer pink on the inside. Boil brown
until tender serve: slice the chicken and bell peppers in ½ inch strips,
top
equally with coconut, add butter to brown rice and salt to taste. GI =
low,
Carbohydrates (with rice) = 19grams (with out) = 9grams per serving
Makes 4
servings Side dish: (Serve with spinach salad and sliced hard boiled
eggs)
This can be baked in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes


Butter Pecan Bread

1 Pkg. butter pecan cake mix
1-3oz. pkg. butter pecan flavor instant pudding
4 eggs
3/4 C. oil (or applesauce for low-fat)
3/4 C. water
1 C. chopped pecans
**************************************************************************


Combine all ingredients except pecans. Mix well, then fold in nuts.
Pour into greased & floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40
minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.


Black Forest Mini Cheesecakes
 
24 Vanilla wafer cookies
16 oz Cream cheese; softened
1 1/4 cups Sugar
1/3 cup Hershey's Cocoa
2 tbsp All-purpose flour
3 Eggs
8 oz Dairy sour cream
1/2 tsp Almond extract
Canned cherry pie filling chilled
 
Heat oven to 325 degrees
Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter), with foil bake cups.
Place one vanilla wafer (flat-side down) in bottom of each
cup. In large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, cocoa
and flour; blend well. Add eggs; beat well. Stir in sour cream
and almond extract.
Fill each muffin cup almost full with batter. Bake 20 to 25 minutes
or until set. Remove from oven; cool 5 to 10 minutes. Spread heaping
teaspoonful sour cream Topping on each cup. Cool completely in
pan on wire rack; refrigerate. Just before serving, garnish with cherry
pie filling.
Cover; refrigerate left over cheesecakes.
1-1/2 to 2 dozen cheesecakes.








James, 
This fits you PERFECTLY! !



Don't wait for your "ship to come in" and feel
angry and cheated when it
doesn't. Get going with something small.
- -- Irene Kassorla


"Failure is an event, never a person."
- William D. Brown


V A - R O O O O M !    --    The Palm Springs, CA
International Airport is the first in the nation to offer arriving
passengers rental Harley-Davidsons which start at $99 a day including
helmet and leathers.    (LA Times)

     ¨      Additional options include tattoos, a rap sheet and a sleazy
looking biker chick.


Question: What did George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and
Christopher Columbus have in common?

Answer: Each was born on a holiday.


Did Ya Know Or Do Ya Care?

More American kids age 3-5 recognize Ronald McDonald than
Santa Claus.

In a 2001 Procter & Gamble poll, 93 percent of the people
questioned recognized Mr. Clean but only 56 percent of the same
group could identify President George Bush.

The typical 30 second TV ad costs about the same to produce as
the half  hour program it interrupts.

On the average, you'll spend a year and a half of your life watching
TV commercials.

The first advertisement to discuss body odor was a 1919 ad for a
deodorant called, ' Odo-Ro-No.

Advertisers spend about $400 a year on each newspaper subscriber
and $300 a year on each television household.


I asked Mom if I was a gifted child...  she said they certainly
wouldn't have paid for me.


There once was a man named George Thomas, a pastor in
a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning
he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old
bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Eyebrows were
raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began
to speak. "I was walking through town yesterday when
I saw a young boy coming toward me swinging this bird
cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild
birds shivering with cold and fright. I stopped the
lad and asked, What you got there son? "Just
some old birds." came the reply. What are you gonna
do with them?" I asked.

"Take 'em home and have fun with 'em," he answered.
"I'm gonna tease 'em and pull out their feathers to
make 'em fight. I'm gonna have a real
good time."

"But you'll get tired of those birds sooner or later.
What will you do?"

"Oh, I got some cats," said the little boy. "They like
birds. I'll take'em to them."

The pastor was silent for a moment. "How much do you
want for those birds, son?"

"Huh?? !!! Why, you don't want them birds, mister.
They're just plain old field birds. They don't sing -
they ain't even pretty!"

"How much?" the pastor asked again.

The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and
said, "$10?" The pastor reached in his pocket and
took out a ten dollar bill. He placed it in the boy's
hand. In a flash, the boy was gone.

The pastor picked up the cage and gently carried it
to the end of the alley where there was a tree and a
grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened the
door, and by softly tapping the bars persuaded the
birds out, setting them free.

Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the
pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story.

Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he
was gloating and boasting. "Yes, sir, I just caught
the world full of people down there. Set me a
trap,used bait I knew they couldn't resist. Got 'em
all!"

"What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked.

Satan replied, "Oh,I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna
teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how
to hate and abuse each other, how to drink and
smoke and curse. I'm gonna teach them how to invent
guns and bombs and kill each other. I'm really gonna
have fun!"

So Jesus said, "And what will you do when you get
done with them?"

"Oh, I'll kill 'em," Satan glared proudly.

"How much do you want for them?" Jesus asked.

"Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good.
Why, you'll take them and they'll just hate you.
They'll spit on you, curse you and kill you!! You
don't want those people!"

"How much?" He asked again.

Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, "All your tears,
and all your blood."

Jesus said, "DONE!"

Then He paid the price.

The pastor picked up the cage, he opened the door and
he walked from the pulpit.

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Did you know that burying banana peels at the base of your rosebushes
is good for the roses? I had read this once in a magazine and then
saw a Martha Stewart Show in which the master gardener at (I think)
the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens used the same technique. Guess it must
be the potassium in the peels.


Because I was processing my first accident report at
the transport company where I worked, I was being
particularly attentive.

The driver had hit a deer on the highway, and the result
was a severely damaged hood and fender. My serious mood
was broken, however, when I reached the section of the
report that asked, "Speed of other vehicle?"

The driver had put, "Full gallop


A sheriff's deputy in Santa Cruz,
  Calif., noticed a car weaving down the road and pulled it over. The
  driver wasn't intoxicated, he was 12 years old. "He was weaving    
because he couldn't see over the dashboard," said Kim Allyn, the
department's spokesman, noting the boy "was no taller than 4 feet.
The deputy thought he had a drunk driver, but he ended up with a punk
driver." The boy's reaction to being told he was under arrest? "Boy!
My girlfriend is going to be mad at me!" The car turned out to be
stolen. "I think he's going to be grounded for the rest of his
natural life," Allyn said, marveling at the kid's audacity. "This guy
has already got a girlfriend, he's got a car -- even though it's not
his -- and he's got bleached hair. It's way beyond 12-year-old
behavior." (San Francisco Chronicle)


W A R N I N G ! ! !
I loved this next one ! !


After experiencing difficulties with his computer, a poor,
incognizant
user called the system maker's technical support line for
assistance...
Technician: Hello.  How can I help you today?
Customer: There's smoke coming from the power supply on my
computer...
Technician: Looks like you need a new power supply...
Customer: No, I don't!  I just need to change the start-up files...
Technician: Sir, what you described is a faulty power supply.  You
need
to replace it...
Customer: No way!  Someone told me that I just had to change the
system
start-up files to fix the problem!  All I need is for you to tell me
the
right command...

For the next ten minutes, in spite of the technician's efforts to
explain the problem and its solution, the customer adamantly insisted
that he was right.  So, in frustration, the technician responded...
Technician: I'm sorry.  We don't normally tell our customers this,
but
there's an undocumented DOS command that will fix the problem...
Customer: I knew it!
Technician: Just add the line "LOAD NOSMOKE.COM" at the end of the
CONFIG.SYS file and everything should work fine.  Let me know how it
goes...  About ten minutes later, the technician received a call back
from the customer...
Customer: It didn't work.  The power supply is still smoking...
Technician: Well, what version of DOS are you using?
Customer: MS-DOS 6.22...
Technician: Well, that's your problem.  That version of DOS doesn't
include NOSMOKE.  You'll need to contact Microsoft and ask them for a
patch.  Let me know how it all works out...

When nearly an hour had passed, the phone rang again...
Customer: I need a new power supply...
Technician: How did you come to that conclusion?
Customer: Well, I called Microsoft and told the technician what you
said, and he started asking me questions about the make of the power
supply...
Technician: What did he tell you?
Customer: He said my power supply isn't compatible with NOSMOKE...

Ohh yeahhhh, I can think of a few people right off the top of my head.


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Big brother is definitely not watching in Prague.

Bonehead award one goes to a police station in Prague where the theft
of three of their live, 24-hour per day monitored outside security
cameras, worth about $15,000, went unnoticed for THREE DAYS!

The police have officially explained it as "human error." ... somehow.


Ananova 8-Jan-02 http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_489929.html

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Bonehead award two, a "too dumb to be a criminal bonehead award," goes
to an Osaka, Japan, wannabe bank robber who, after demanding $30,000
from the teller, sat down patiently, as instructed, to wait for his
money, according to police.

Mainichi Shimbun 8-Jan-02
<http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/news/20020108p2a00m0fp006000c.html> or
http://makeashorterlink.com/?Y25C1284

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Sometimes having your car crashed can make you feel good.

Bonehead award three goes to a Scottish man from Milnathort who, after
carrying on over his girlfriend's driving, took over the wheel and
promptly crashed the car, earning a $500 fine since he wasn't even
qualified to drive, let alone complain about someone else's driving.

Scottish Daily Record 8-Jan-02











& now your at the end of the letter, I hope that you enjoyed

The times on this one are 159 seconds for 28K modem,
94 seconds for 56k modem & 43 seconds for cable/dsl

thanks, David #