Rest in Peace

October 30, 2009 at 4:00 pm (Law Enforcement, Life) (, , , , )

On Monday, three DEA Agents were killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.  These were the first Agent deaths since the DEA began their anti-narcotics mission in Afghanistan in 2005.

Special Agent Michael E. Weston

Special Agent Forest N. Leamon

Special Agent Chad L. Michael

Remarks by DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart:

Today, we mourn the tragic loss of three DEA Special Agents:

  • Chad L. Michael was 30 years old from Quantico, VA.
  • Michael E. Weston was 37 years old from Washington, D.C.
  • Forrest N. Leamon was 37 years old from Woodbridge, VA.

These were not ordinary men.  In a world where “ordinary” has become acceptable, these courageous human beings made “extraordinary” contributions.

They pledged an oath, they wore a badge, and they “stood the line.”

They were proud warriors performing a vital mission.  They were more than just Special Agents, they were also special Americans.  Like you, they volunteered to serve their country.  Like you, they believed in the mission.  Like you, they made the saving of lives their life’s work.

We are all saddened by this tragic event. DEA is an extremely tight family, and the death of these three brave agents is a devastating loss for us. We honor their service, bravery, and sacrifice.  We all stand taller and fight harder for having known them.  Their loss inspires us to even greater determination.

No expressions of grief can adequately convey the depth of the collective sorrow that we feel for their family and friends. The heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathies of everyone at DEA go out to them.

We owe our fallen heroes a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid, and we will forever cherish their call to service and carry their spirit in our hearts.

In closing, DEA would like to thank everyone, both civilian and military, who came to our aid by providing invaluable assistance and support during our time of need.  DEA will forever be grateful.

Thank you.

Full press release here.

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Restaurant Reviews

October 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm (Fall 2009, Fun Stuff, Restaurant Reviews) (, )

This week, I went to Pino’s Pizza Al Centro.

Super yummy!!!  Just the way I like pizza.  It’s fairly inexpensive (with very large pieces of pizza!), but they only take cash (unless your bill is over $25).

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October 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm (Fall 2009, Issues, School, Spring 2010) (, )

Next semester I have to take one of the following courses:

Emancipating the Mind, Community and Social Change, or The Liberal Artist’s Place in the Community of All Beings.


They sound so boringly awful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have absolutely no interest in any of those courses, and I need to take one of them this spring in order to graduate.  I am very unhappy with my school’s stupid policy  😦

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Happy Birthday

October 28, 2009 at 11:33 pm (Fun Stuff) ()

Tomorrow is my cousin’s 6th birthday!

This post is mostly to remind my mom to call her tomorrow.

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October 28, 2009 at 7:13 pm (Fun Stuff) (, )

Watch this!!!


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Restaurant Reviews

October 28, 2009 at 5:53 pm (Fall 2009, Fun Stuff, Restaurant Reviews) (, )

Well, this week (and last) I mostly stuck with places I’ve been before.

But, tonight, I was tempted by the chocolate pudding, homemade marshmallow fluff, and crumbled graham crackers.  Yummy!!!

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Cute video

October 27, 2009 at 8:39 pm (Fun Stuff, Pets) (, , , , , )

This is one of my favorite commercials:

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October 27, 2009 at 8:27 pm (Fun Stuff, Travel) (, , , )

A couple years ago when I was in Alaska for the first time, I got to go snorkeling.  Yep, snorkeling in 43 degree water.  It was really fun.  I got to see all sorts of fish and pet a jelly fish underwater (there were a ton of them!).

Since it’s been several years, you may be wondering why I bring this up.  Well, tonight I went running.  My right (bad) knee was a little sore, and my left shin seems to be developing shin splints ( 😦 ).  Well one option was getting ice, but the pool looked much more tempting.

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking a pool in Phoenix can’t be that cold, well, in a cold snap in October after the sun has gone down, that water gets cold!  It wasn’t quite 43 degrees, but it was cold!!!



speaking of which… it is definitely time to go back to Alaska…

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The forecast….

October 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm (Fall 2009, Fun Stuff) (, , )

…..says SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!



Ok, so on Wednesday when I’m not home, which is lame…. but still!!!!

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October 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm (Fun Stuff) (, , )

One of my favorite tv shows is Psych.  Its about this guys who, with his best friend, pretends to be a psychic detective, and solves cases for the Santa Barbara Police.

Well, recently (last year actually), another show started.  This show, the Mentalist, uses the exact same plot line.  It’s really a complete rip off.

Anyway, the writers of Psych have acknowledged this other show in such a perfect way.  In almost every show this season, they have slipped in little comments about the Mentalist, discrediting the show in very humorous ways.

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