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  • The 'Good News Only Thread'

    Okay, this has been a very trying week for everyone. I think we're due for a thread that is positive and hopefully full of good news.

    So, did anyone have any good or positive experiences this week?




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    I am definatly emotionally drained from this week. This is a good thread Max.

    I don't have much good news for this week, but next saturday is my birthday !

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    • #3
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      we are expecting our 4th child by the end of next month (we are adopting).
      spunky likes to suck that 3rd nipple(why am I your sig line........freak)! - Posted by my good friend Samsma

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by spunkymonkey View Post
        we are expecting our 4th child by the end of next month (we are adopting).
        How cool!! congratulations!!!

        Max, you did it again, you brought sunshine into my life !

        Good news, yes its friday!! I get the weekend off and I can stay in my jammies tomorrow!!

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        • #5
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          Schoolgirl hero 'acted on common sense'



          March 31, 2007

          A Queensland schoolgirl who police say may have saved the lives of a busload of students with her quick wits and steely nerve has shrugged off her bravery, saying it was just common sense.
          Year 12 student Laura Simpson has been acknowledged as a hero after bringing an overnight coach under control on the Warrego Highway near Muckadilla, in south-west Queensland, after its driver had a heart attack.
          The bus, full of students on their way home for school holidays, ran off the highway and hit a road sign around 3am (AEST) yesterday when the driver took ill with what proved to be a minor heart attack.
          Farmer's daughter Laura, 16, was jolted awake and immediately took action.
          "I said to the bus driver 'are you alright mate, are you alright?' but he had passed out and the bus was starting to run off the other side of the road," Laura said.
          "I grabbed the steering wheel and put it into first gear."
          Laura, who was returning to her Longreach home from St Margaret's Anglican Girls School in Brisbane, managed to revive the driver, who lifted his foot off the accelerator and pulled the bus to a halt.
          If the bus had failed to stop, it could have ended up in a river.
          Laura then found a torch and evacuated the passengers from the bus before ringing an ambulance and coach operators, Greyhound.
          Roma police will nominate Laura, who does not yet have her driver's licence, for a bravery award, but she says she was just following common sense.
          Roma police Inspector Graham Coleman yesterday described Laura's actions as heroic, saying: "She's obviously saved injury, if not the lives of people on the bus."
          But Laura said today she didn't feel like a hero, adding: "I just did what I felt like I was meant to do.
          "Are you meant to sit back and let it crash?"
          Laura has been driving vehicles on the family farm since she was 10-years-old, and puts her actions down to good driving education from her parents.
          "I wasn't scared at the time, common sense overrode fear.
          "It's mind blowing... It still hasn't really hit me what I've done, we could have died last night."



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          • #6
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            I saved a lot of money on my car insurance this week!

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by spunkymonkey View Post
              we are expecting our 4th child by the end of next month (we are adopting).


              Spunk, that is NOT good news, that is GREAT news.

              If I had a cigar I would break it in half and share it with you.

              Best of luck, that is super cool!



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              • #8
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                Originally posted by barfownz View Post
                I saved a lot of money on my car insurance this week!


                Hey, good news is good news, we'll take it.



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                • #9
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                  Not even homelessness deterred 9-year-old's devotion to her school


                  Brenda Tejada Baez received the Boston Public Schools "Absolutely Incredible Kid" prize at the Louis Agassiz Elementary School yesterday.

                  By Lisa Wangsness and April Simpson, Globe Staff | March 16, 2007
                  Brenda Tejeda Baez has endured a lot of chaos in her short life.

                  By the time she was in third grade, she had lived in five different friends' apartments and two homeless shelters. Her mother is unemployed, and she rarely sees her father, who lives in the Dominican Republic.


                  When she started kindergarten, she knew only Spanish.
                  Yet, the 9-year-old girl, now a third grader, has refused to budge on the one constant in her life: attending the Louis Agassiz Elementary School in Jamaica Plain. Even when her family had to live for three months in a homeless shelter in Worcester, Brenda, her mother, and her little brother traveled more than an hour each way on public transportation from Worcester to Jamaica Plain to get to the Agassiz.
                  "In her mind, she started at this school, and in her mind, she needed to finish here," said her 27-year-old mother, Dolores Baez .
                  In her four years at the school, Brenda's determination has earned her top grades, second place in her school spelling bee and, yesterday, the first-ever Boston public schools "Absolutely Incredible Kid" prize.
                  Mayor Thomas M. Menino and school officials surprised the third-grader with the award, which honors students with unusual personal success stories. Nearly 100 students were nominated by Boston teachers, parents, and community leaders for the award, which was part of a national event sponsored by Camp Fire USA.
                  "She deserves so much for what she faces every day," her third-grade teacher, Barbara Feeney , wrote in her award nomination for Brenda.
                  Brenda, wearing a bright pink shirt and blue jeans, was characteristically composed as she accepted the honor in a school assembly, posed for pictures with the mayor, and received a gift bag of prizes, including a $200 gift card .Her mother greeted her daughter as she stepped onto the stage. As others made speeches about her, Brenda sat between the mayor and the School Committee chairwoman, crossed her ankles, and swung her legs back and forth.
                  "I'm really proud of the fact that despite the obstacles she's had to overcome, she's here. She's here every day and, from what I hear, a good student," said Michael G. Contompasis , superintendent of schools.
                  Speaking directly to Brenda, Contompasis said, "We're expecting big things out of you."
                  Brenda's mother, Dolores Baez , came to the Boston area in 2001 to join her daughter's father and brought then 4-year-old Brenda from the Dominican Republic to join them a year later. Baez and Brenda's father separated 3 1/2 years ago, and he returned to the Dominican Republic. Baez began shuffling her children from one friend's apartment to another.



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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by Max Fischer View Post
                    Spunk, that is NOT good news, that is GREAT news.

                    If I had a cigar I would break it in half and share it with you.

                    Best of luck, that is super cool!
                    I'll have one tonight and break it in half!
                    spunky likes to suck that 3rd nipple(why am I your sig line........freak)! - Posted by my good friend Samsma

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                    • #11
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                      Max - thank you for sharing these stories. They really do uplift the spirit. :love:

                      As for me - nothing much going on. Paid about $250 in taxes instead of $2500, so that's a good thing.
                      She did it!

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                      • #12
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                        I got around 8 school related things done and out of the way.
                        And my Disneyland roses have buds on them.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by Alice's Wonderland View Post
                          And my Disneyland roses have buds on them.
                          Disneyland roses?? Wow, where did you get those? Didn't know there was such a thing!

                          Thanks for this thread Max.
                          The good news: I leave for WDW tomorrow morning!! :yea:
                          ~~Jodi~~
                          Next WDW trip coming up 10-5-10 to 10-15-10, Wilderness Lodge Villas. :yea:



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                          • #14
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                            My professor okayed me using pencil drawings for my final presentation, so I don't have to redraft in ink! I also found some really nice paper to use to present.

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                            • #15
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                              Have fun on your trip to WDW!

                              ---
                              Bryan is taking our employee and her twin sons on a flight tomorrow. Our friend has never flown in a small plane and the twins have never flown at all. Bryan mapped out an hour and half ride to see all the sights of Atlanta from the air.

                              All three are really excited about it and I think it's great! For my seventh birthday, I got to go up in a Cessna. These boys are 7 or 8 so they're the same age I was and I remember the excitement of the whole thing! I hope it'll inspire them to do whatever their hearts tell them to do in life, even if it means soaring in the clouds.

                              Not really good *news* but it's light, cheery, and something in my own life worth talking about.
                              "But every night, when it gets dark
                              and the stars come out,
                              I'll look up on her behalf.
                              I'll look up in the sky and think of you."





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