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sparky-redhead

From Mankato, Minnesota USA

Age 47

Joined Saturday, December 07, 2002

Home page https://www.nationalmssociety.org/MNM/personal/default.asp?pa=48318970&pd=MNM0EMSC20050916CHA

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BookCrossing stuff in a minute....But first, here's my latest and greatest:

6-24-08:
Long time, no see! Tom graduated from the Perio Program at the Univ. of Minnesota Dental School, and we just moved down to Mankato, MN so that he could finally begin his career as a Periodontist. I'm kind of tooling around on my own for awhile, getting stuff unpacked and trying to work my chubby behind off at the YMCA. We ride our bikes whenever possible, which is pretty easy around here because everything you need is so close by. Not really worried about a job at this point, but if I get the chance to open a Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating distributorship here, I'm jumping on it.

GnomeCrossing!!!

Makita21 started a thread in Chit-Chat about Traveling Gnome pranks. People started posting about how they'd LOVE to be involved in taking a gnome on a trip around the world. It got me thinking, because I created one of these gnomes a few months ago at a local DIY pottery studio. We were supposed to take photos and enter them in the studios contest, hence the existence of the photos that are to follow shortly (below).

Anyway...I've decided to offer up my Gnome to anyone, anywhere who wants to get involved in the fun. He'll come with a blank journal registered with a BCID to make the sharing of the trip that much easier. Sign the book, write whatever you like, post photos in your online journal entries, then send him on his way! Send me a PM if you want to join in. You don't need to include your snail mail address unless you want to, as I'll keep a list going here so that people will know who is next.

CLICK HERE to track the progress of Gnomey's Journal BCID.

CLICK HERE to follow the main chat thread about GnomeCrossing.

CLICK HERE and you should be taken to Gnomey's album on my PhotoBucket.com account. I will create separate sub-albums for each location Gnomey visits.

GNOME PHOTOS IN MINNEAPOLIS:
Here's one with Rocky. He's the adorable dog on the left.
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Here's one we took on the job. Even gnomes need clean teeth.
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In the trendy Uptown section of Minneapolis. We're taking the gnome to dinner at ChinoLatino, our fave restaurant.
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Enjoying a beverage in the bar while we waited for our table.
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Their guacamole rocks.
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In the foreground is hubby's friend Warren. Hubby is in the middle, and yours truly is (duh) the redhead.
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Outside Sex World, a famous local landmark. Word has it the gnome has been banned from there forever. Naughty gnome.
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So there you have it. Want to show the gnome a good time in your own town? Send me a PM to get on the list. Ideally, you should be willing to mail anywhere in the world, but if you can't just let me know and I'll work something out. Please keep in mind that we're not talking about book rate postage here...Can't afford to have him broken, but I'll invest in some good bubble wrap on the front end.

CLICK HERE to track the progress of Gnomey's Journal BCID.

CLICK HERE to follow the main chat thread about GnomeCrossing.

GnomeCrossing List:
This list should provide links to the bookshelves of everyone who is involved. When Gnomey is ready to move on, simply PM the next person on the list to get their snail mail address.

1. Scoobs-buddy and WingedMan, Kentucky, co-hosting since they know each other and don't live far apart.
2. FancyHorse, Alabama, shipping U.S. only
3. jarrett622, Virginia, shipping U.S. only
4. creativeMGE, Maryland, shipping U.S. only
5. SecurityBlanket, Pennsylvania
6. bookczuk, South Carolina
7. Molyneux, United Kingdom
8. CaffCaff, United Kingdom
9. waderwoman, United Kingdom
?. mysticalzoe, New Hampshire, shipping U.S. only, not sure if this is happening between UK and the Aussie Convention or after his visit Down Under.
?. NMReader, New Mexico, shipping U.S. only, not sure if this is happening between UK and the Aussie Convention or after his visit Down Under.
?. Makita21, Australia
?. pinkozcat, Australia
?. angelbird72, Australia

UPDATE, JUNE 2008...I sincerely apologize for not keeping up with this project. After the original Gnomey went missing in England it just hasn't been the same for me, never mind all the big life changes I've had going on lately. The BookCrossing entries for Gnomey's Journal seem to be the best way to find out what he's been up to recently.

***PHOTO OF MY DOG***that I adopted in March 2003 from a rescue group...available by finding the book Abduction on my bookshelf. I uploaded a pic in my first journal entry. :-)
Here's the latest one, taken at a Dog Jog to benefit the K9 New Life Rescue Center in Virginia Beach, VA.

I found out about Book Crossing through total serendipity. I found a book in my chiropractor's office one day in December 2002. It was about a couple in their mid-30's who were dealing with the wife's breast cancer (YES, mid-30's with Breast Cancer!). The husband journaled their experience and wrote this book. The ironic thing is that just the week before I found the book, I had friends put into the EXACT same situation. I felt as though I was MEANT to find this book. I have been involved with Book Crossing ever since.

If you like Book Crossing, check out Where's George. It's a similar idea, only you write the website on U.S. or Canadian currency and then spend the money. If someone else finds your bill and enters it, you get an email. It's really interesting to see how your money (and books) can travel around the country.

If you see any unreleased/unpromised items on my bookshelf that you would like (check the journal entries to be sure I'm not saving it for anyone), please PM me. I have a lot of books that are TBR (To Be Read) before releasing in the wild, but I'm willing to consider releasing them to fellow Book Crossers.
***I have had an unpleasant experience with a fellow BookCrosser who re-registered the books that I sent him instead of making proper journal entries. I confirmed that it was an intentional act on his part. If this is something you plan to do, then please do not request books from me.***

CURRENTLY READING:
1) The Camel Club (David Baldacci)

COOL QUOTES:
"You have to color outside the lines once in a while to make your life a masterpiece." - unknown

"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience." - Emily Dickinson

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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