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Memorial Day 2001 Edition

Today (28 May) marks Memorial Day, dedicated to those American warriors who died in battle in service to their country.

I remember parades on this day through the business district and down to the memorials on the small triangle where Hedley Avenue meets Main Street in front of the funeral home. That was when I was a teenager in the 1970's.

I still have the small flag I waved during those parades. It's yellowed with age, and it doesn't get used now. There are no parades anymore, as far as I know. (There are parades only in the larger cities.) No-one of my generation or younger thinks of the fallen much anymore. To us Memorial Day is just the unofficial start of the summer vacation season.

And that is not a good thing.

Anyway, for a day that popularly starts summer off, the weather is very cool and wet, as it has been for the past week or so. At least there've been no storms and rain today.

This weekend I've been trying out Norton Ghost. It creates an image of your hard drive, which you can store elsewhere, and from which you can restore your hard drive if something catastrophe happens to it.

It works well, too. I made an image of my hard disk; wiped the disk; and then restored it. Works as if it was never erased.

My niece Megan graduates from high school this coming weekend (3 June). I was invited, so I plan to go with my folks. I will, of course, be wearing a suit and tie (haven't done that in awhile).

Megan's high school is in a town on a plain between two regions of small lakes, so far in the north it takes two-and-a-half hours to get there. It's called Ligonier, but for some reason I keep wanting to call it Langolier, after the people-eating critter in one of Steven King's novels.

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