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    14 June 2007


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    Our landlord cut a big, beautiful and healthy pine tree this spring the best view I had from our living room window! I still can't understand why someone would cut a tree that took so long to grow! Argh!

    You all should understand that there are some trees people just dont like, for whatever reason. Obama has had several trees cut down on the whitehouse grounds because he did not care for the type of tree it was. The beautiful coral may have been cut down because someone wanted to put it in their fish tank...

    I have found out since then that coral trees have shallow roots and sometimes just topple over. Since the tree overhung Sunset Boulevard and was on public property, the city cut it down because it was "dangerous." Still seems so wrong to me to kill a beautiful healthy tree.

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    • In Paris, the purest virtue is the object of the filthiest slander.

        –Honoré Balzac (1799-1850), in Scènes de la vie privée

      À Paris, la vertu la plus pure est l'objet des plus sales calomnies.

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    • Annual Geminids meteor shower (shooting stars!) coming this weekend, if it's not too cloudy out at night.