Thursday, October 30, 2003


We returned from vacation to find our vaccine exemption affidavits had arrived from the Texas Department of Health (see Sept. 28, 2003 entry). They are sequentially numbered in the 3800s, which leads me to believe at least 760 people have requested forms and possibly as many as 3800 (max. 5 forms per child). They also included a one-page chart of "Benefits and Risks of Vaccination" and my original letter and envelope (remember, they are not supposed to retain this information). The operative part of the affidavit states:

"I have read and I understand the attached, Benefits and Risks of Vaccination information. I understand the risks of not vaccinating my child. I further understand that my child may be excluded from school attendance in times of emergency or epidemic declared by the commissioner of public health."

Saturday, October 25, 2003


Some Daytona highlights:

The Ponce DeLeon Lighthouse on Ponce Inlet (the southern tip of the island on which Daytona Beach is located). My 2 ½ -year old son climbed all 206 steps to the top (but Daddy carried him down).

There are no less than four miniature golf establishments on the west side of Daytona’s main strip.

And – don’t miss the Daytona Beach Drive-in Christian Church. Yes, it’s an old drive-in movie theater remade into a church.

Thursday, October 23, 2003


Compare the following two articles from The Daytona News-Journal – one on Biketoberfest ("Officials, participants laud annual event") , the other on the Cher concert ("Cher Fan: Beating Goes On At Concert") . Apparently drunk middle-aged women caused more problems in Daytona than drunk bikers. Go Figure.

Monday, October 20, 2003


Sure am glad we planned our trip to start on the last day of Biketoberfest, not the first. Based on the number of motorcycles and bikers still here, this place would have been unbearable last week. Between 60,000 and 100,000 bikers were expected for the four-day festival.

Links of interest:

Rue & Ziffra, P.A. are "attorneys for bikers".

And, sadly, an URL I spotted on a truck in Daytona,, as far as I can tell, has nothing to do with the law. It's just a bike shop. Maybe they are implying that they are "illegal" bikers.

Sunday, October 19, 2003


From "See Daytona Beach" :

"A new law in Volusia County stipulates that it is now illegal to sunbathe next to your car. Due to limited parking spaces, sun worshipers are only allowed to tan in front of or behind their car – but not on either side."

Friday, October 17, 2003


Next week we will be headed for a much-needed family vacation to Daytona Beach, Florida. So I don't expect I will be able to blog while I'm gone, but I will have a lot to say when I get back. We will be there on the tail end of Biketoberfest. This is not by design. Ironic, three things that my husband dislikes with a passion are: Harley-davidson motorcycles, NASCAR, and golf.

This week I have done several things that I have not done since lawschool: stayed up half the night to work on a brief, refer to the principle of contra proferentem, cite to the Restatment (Second) of Contracts (fondly known as "R2K"), and use my well-worn Bluebook.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003


A study which appeared in a recent issue of Pain Management Nursing indicates that music can "reduce the sensation of labor pain and delay the emotional distress that may accompany childbirth". According to HealthDayNews, the study notes that better pain management during labor may speed a woman's recovery after childbirth and improve the mother-infant relationship. See article here.

Speaking of music, I would like to recommend Ravel's Bolero. It completely got me through my last labor.

Monday, October 06, 2003


Last Saturday, there was another suicide bombing in Israel, in the seaside port of Haifa. In addition to the bomber, nineteen people were killed, including a baby, three children, and four Israeli Arabs. Ironically, the restaurant where the attack took place was jointly owned by a Jew and an Arab.

The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing, and identified the bomber as a 27-year old female law student from Jenin.

Stories from Israel Today and Jerusalem Post.

Thursday, October 02, 2003


I have often been amused, when viewing my own blawg, to see that the banner ad at the top of the page changes to reflect whatever I've written about. I'm sure it's some keyword search that generates ads... So now, after a few rants about baby formula and the benefits of breastfeeding, we get ads for Similac and Nestle Carnation... DON'T get me started.