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My New Blog! 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 06:43 PM
As many of you may have noticed, has a had a serious makeover. Once I moved my site to its own server, instead of using space on OUSD's, I had the opportunity to incorporate many more things into my website that were just not possible before. One of those things was to have all pages be located on my sercer so as to have a seamless appearance. Before, the messageboard, blog, and search functions were farmed out to companies who offered free services which used their own page designs and contained advertising. Now, everything is contained on my server and is free of all ads and pop-ups. Anyhow, in order to keep my old blog entries, I had to copy and paste all of them, along with their comments. They are copied word for word, but their dates are off.
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The Saga is Finally Complete 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 06:35 PM

It's been forever since I've posted to this blog, so I thought I would update by revealing myself as the true nerd that I am. Revenge of the Sith was fantatsic. Not only does it answer all the questions created in Episode 4-6, but it is an amazing film to behold. It had awesome new characters, plot development, and of course visual effects. Unfortunately, it is the last Star Wars film Lucas plans to make, and is therefore somewhat of a bittersweet event. Anyhow, if you have not gotten a chance to see the film yet, and you are of age, do so. It is well worth the price of admission.
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Riley's One 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 06:33 PM

It's hard to believe that it was over a year ago that I left work during second period in anticipation of the arrival of my new son. I remember going to work thinking, "Is this the day?" It actually wasn't, but almost. Riley waited until a few minutes after midnight before deciding to come out. The doctors were preparing Linda for the C-section and were not able to get the poor guy out until the early minutes of the 7th. Anyhow, it was a great day (albeit a long one) that I I will always remember with fondness. I'm so pleased with my little Riley Guy. Happy Birthday Buddy!!

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First Trip to the Cinema 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 06:28 PM

Hello everybody. I just got back from taking Killian to see his first movie in the theatre. Although, he tried to see Brother Bear with his grandparents when it came out, he was too scared. Apparently, loud noises and big images freak 3-year-olds out. Before the previews were over, grandma and grandpa were at the ticket counter asking for their money back. So, technically that didn't count.

This time, however, we tried a different approach. We showed up late, so as skipping the previews, we picked a movie with characters he was familiar with, and we accompanied him. Killian was a little bit scared at first, but after 2 minutes he was hooked. At the end of the movie he was talking about going to another movie and how much enjoyed this one.

By the way, SpongeBob was a fun movie. If you like the TV show, the movie does not disappoint.

School Has Started 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 06:27 PM
It's awesome to be back! The class is almost unchanged from last year. There are some new students and we no longer have last year's eight graders, but the only other people missing are Amal and Karimah. There are a lot of new things going on also. Maybe I should just make a list:

(1) We are doing fund-raising for an expensive field trip to Safari West So far, we've raised half of the money. We'll probably do other fundraisers for different projects throughout the year.

(2) The classroom website has a much easier address As well as several new feature including: This Blog, a Message Board, Picture of the Day, News, and Fun Friday Projects.

(3) We go to the computer lab once a week where students work on their own their own Blog. You can click on the names below to view their blogs.

Ahmed Antoine F Douglas Erick Fabian Flor Gabriela Haimanot Hector Jeffrey Julio Kelly Marlene Metti Nazarene Nezha Sewit Suad

(4) We do a film making club after school on Thursdays until 5:30.

(5) I'm teaching Algebra to certain students and everyone is in reading together.

I'm very pleased with the way things are going this year and hope to have as much fun as we did last year.

Mr. D

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