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For Your Interest http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1525498/20060306/guns_n_roses.jhtml?headlines=true

      Jill

I don't care what they say I won't live in a world where Axl and Slash don't get along. If these two can't reconcile, what hope is there for the rest of us?

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Thoughts & prayers for Kirby Puckett who suffered a major stroke this morning. My kids being 14 remember him as the "pudgey guy" who could play baseball. Kirby - you deserve better.

All the best Kirby.

      twins from bolton

I remember Kirby very well and found it awfully easy to root for him. He didn't seem to have an athletes body but boy could he play ball. He retired early because of glaucoma and now this. I hope the emergency surgery is a complete success.

When he retired in 1996 he made the following statement which says it all. "I was told I would never make it because I'm too short. Well, I'm still too short, but I've got 10 All-Star games, two World Series championships, and I'm a very happy and contented guy. It doesn't matter what your height is, it's what's in your heart."

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What up from Costa Rica!!!

So we finally left Panama and made our way to Costa Rica today...we're in a beach town on the Carribean cost...Puerto Viejo...it's the kind of town where you Bob Marley is idolized in every shop you walk into...where everything is alright!!

Yesterday was our last day in Panama...so we decided to go out with a bang. We were in a very popular beach town called Bocas Del Torro...know for it's beautiful islands and waves. We decided to take a day tour of the islands...hello sun!! (more about my burn later). Our first stop was Isla Zapatillo...about 40 minutes out...we passed over huge waves to make it to our Robinson Crusoe (spelling??) island. Here, we found ourselves on a white sand beach with massive waves knocking us on our butts...good times! Next stop...and this was on of my favourites...was set in the middle of the ocean..well, not literally...right ontop of coral reef. Snorkeling in coral reef has to be one of the most beautiful things I have ever done. After that we headed to an island where we ate lunch and did some more snorkeling. Right off the dock of the restaurant were hundreds of fish swimming around...so we hopped right in and swam with them...I was surrounded by fish!!...it was quite the experience. After our food digested we headed to some mangroves where we did more snorkeling. When I was in Ecuador a few years ago I worked in the mangroves, but I never had a chance to see whats going on under the water. It's a crazy world down there! We saw starfish, jellyfish...big ones...tones of coral and lots of fishes. It was a good day...except for the massive burn that I have on my lower legs (however I do have two wonderful white spots on my kneecaps that for whatever reason did not get burned...awesome)...and my back...so I'm paying for all my snorkeling today...that's for sure!

I hope everyone is doing great!...I'll give you the low down on Costa Rica next week.

      Jordy

Jordy and Kic are fellow members of Raging Storm who have embarked on a wild and crazy adventure. If we're lucky, we'll hear more from them in the coming weeks.

I wonder if they're airing the Pat LaFontaine tribute live in Costa Rica right now?

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We've lost 3 great actors in the last 3 days. Don Knotts as Barney Fife was 1 one of the best watching him on the Andy Griffith show, Darren MacGavin - the Night Stalker series & the narrator for A Christmas Story a great flick (I want a BB gun)& Dennis Weaver - McCloud, Gentle Ben (the father) & Gunsmoke. A threesome sorely missed. I grew up watching all 3 of these actors & feel part of my life is lost.

      Anonymous

Darren McGavin as "The Old Man" was priceless in a true holiday classic. I'll never forget how proud he was of that leg lamp he won. As for the BB gun, I too want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!

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Watching the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics I couldn't help but surf to NBC where Bode Miller was to be the be all & end all for the USA team. He was supposed to capture 3 or 4 medals & came up empty much like our Men's Cdn. Hockey team. We cam in 3rd overall with our medal count & can't wait till 2010 in Vancouver. All of our competitors did very well & if only a few of our 11 4th place finishers stepped up we could be Golden.

      dwr

Bode who?

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An awesome display the last 2 weeks from OUR Canadian women & men at the 2006 olympics in Turino. It's too bad the 1 medal we all were counting on didn't even come close. Cdn. hockey (Men's) must take a different perspective next time in Vancouver in 2010. Congrats to all competitors on a job well done - I'm proud to be a Canadian. More will be expected in 2010 - we have to step it up.

      twins from bolton

You're absolutely right. Before these games began, the COC went public with a goal of 25 medals. With another big day today, we're at a Canadian record 24. We should all be very proud of the men and women representing us in Turin. They did one hell of a job.

2010 should be something special. It's the year we make contact, and lead the world in Olympic medals.

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Re: Two Minutes For Cheese

MR. Andy Frost is an ICON & does a lot of voluntary appearances etc. on behalf of Q107 & the Leafson his own behalf. Did Maple Leaf Sports & Ent. promote this ad? I think so. Do you think Mr. Cherry has to promote Cold FX after doing all his other duties-he doesn't need the coin either. There are many others doing the same thing. Mr Frost may need the money as the LAFFS will probably not even make the playoffs & he will miss his paycheck come late April. He took another opportunity to make something after realizing his job will done in April at the ACC. Paul Morris was good - But it was time to move on. Mr. Psychedlic Psunday rules. Andy Frost is the best, 2nd to NONE.

      Dale

I'm not trying to trash Andy Frost here, I too have many good memories of the man as he hosted Monday night's Strange Paradise at the Phoenix, a club event I attended with regularity as a teen. He's got a great voice and I'm sure he's a great guy but he's also the public-address announcer for Leaf games at the ACC. When a kids attends his first game, Frost's tone with his announcements is part of the experience. To this day if I hear Paul Morris' voice I'm that kid sitting in the greys watching his heroes at Maple Leaf Gardens. Those words "two minutes for" in that voice and tone should be special.

I have no problem with the man making money, he can do voice over work and ads like crazy if he wants, I'm just not comfortable with him using that phrase in ads. And yes, MLSE is on on the condo ads and perhaps they should shoulder the greater responsibility here. Shame on MLSE for messing with our oratory recall to shill a few condos.

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Re: Amanda's Guest Blog

As a nurse, I am fascinated by hearing patients' perspectives. Their realities are so very different from mine while they are in the hospital. I need to keep hearing what it's like for them, so that I don't take my position as RN for granted. Sometimes patients are just a "Gall Bladder Attack in room 2" because it's easier that way. Our health care system has gaping holes and there is no doubt room for improvement on the ER line. Nurses are constantly forced to shuffle the needs of the sick and injured using a Triage system. Triage is a brief clinical assessment that determines the time and sequence in which patients should be seen in the ER. These decisions generally are based on a short evaluation of the patient and an assessment of vital signs. The patient's overall appearance, history of illness and/or injury, and mental status also are important in the triage decision. Triage in the ER lacks sensitivity and specificity and is high risk. Triage nurses may feel the pressure from long lines of patients, which may cause them to perform triage too quickly and minimize or dismiss subtle signs of high-risk disease. Triage nurses should be urged to error on the side of caution by assigning patients to more severe triage categories. Ideally, Emergency room nurses would typically have four or five patients per shift. Realistically, now on an average day they have 10 to 12 patients.

The future doesn't look any brighter. Studies show that by 2010, 40 percent of all registered nurses will be over 50. By 2020 there will be an estimated shortfall of 808,400 nurses, partly because many will have retired or become so dissatisfied that they've quit, but also because fewer people are entering the profession.

Yet our population is aging and those over the age of 65 will double in number over the next 2 decades. The elderly are often visitng our ER's due to heart attacks, strokes and falls, I see trouble ahead. I have seen some of the hardest-working and most professional nurses you will find. But when you're given 12 patients when you should have six, well, you're only so good. Nurses are being steamrolled, stretched thin and beaten down, and the best of us are frustrated.

      Jill

I appreciate reading your perspective. 10-12 emergency room patients per nurse makes me a little queasy.

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i was waiting in the energancy room in owen sound hospital waiting to see a doctor because i was having gull bladder attacks and an asthma attack. I have been waiting for about 8 hourse know and i can't breath and my heart was melting because i though i was going to die. I thought i was going to loose my fiance, frineds and mother. My mother went and talked to a nurse and she told them my daughter can't breath and she is suffering in really bad pain to the point that she can't even stand on her own two feet. The nurse told her that their was a bunch of other poeple infront of me. My mother looked around and didn't see anything much wrong with them. So we waited and waited and waited and they called and elderly lady for her turn and she turned to the nurse and said look at the poor girl she can't breath and she can barley stand on her own, so i think that you should get her in right away. The nurse said but it is your turn and they lady said i don't care i can wait. My mother and my fiance thanked her a lot for her kindness and we still talk to her until this day. I was waiting in the emergancy waiting room for 11 hours before they saw me. I think that the hospitals should be more on top of things and they should get more nurses and doctors soon.

      Amanda

I hate hearing stories like yours, but I'm glad you're sharing. Emergency rooms shouldn't operate in first come, first serve fashion. I'd like to think struggling for oxygen would move you to the front of the line.

Thankfully, I don't have a lot of emergency room experience, but when I brought James there a couple of years ago he was seeing a doctor in seconds and was wearing oxygen in minutes. When I showed up with a partially torn ACL and broken leg a couple of years ago, I had a helluva wait. I expected more serious issues to bump me down on the priority list.

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Totally disgusting. Where is the leadership on this team? NOBODY has stepped up their game. We're playing like a B or C divsion team. So what, we make the next round & play teams that will annialate us if we don't suck it up. Quinn, Gretzky - time to do your thing before its too late.

Personally it's already late enough. Bertuzzi - WHY? Playing selfish & for himself.

      twins from bolton

After the second period, one of the players was asked who took the lead in the dressing room to shake things up. The response spoke volumes. The player, Rob Blake I believe, said it wasn't one guy in particular but everyone. Somebody needs to assume a leadership position on this team and make sure everyone knows they're accountable for their lack of effort. This is why I said back in December that Brenden Shanahan belonged on Team Canada. Shanny could do and Shanny would do it.

I wonder if we'll salvage a preliminary round win against the Czechs? I wonder if it matters? Who would have guessed that a team with Nash, Thornton, Iginla, St. Louis, Lecavalier, Gagne, Sakic and others would have such difficultly scoring a single goal?

Two extremely frustrating games... Our expectations are sky high and our guys are in the dirt.

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