April 2nd, 2002

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Back from Mexico, Sea Creatures, Home Schooling, Breakfast and the Phone Man

Hi Everybody,

I'm back. I'm feeling so light and happy today. I just sat down at the computer and am reading about the black water mystery off Southwestern Florida. It's an enormous algae bloom of some kind. I clicked the link because it sounded interesting, anything about the sea appeals to me, but I'm more interested in the sunken city off Cuba, that Art Bell has been talking about for a while now.

I'm also opening my mail, the first thing I opened had the cutest drawing of a cat on it and it said open me. I knew immediately it was from Jen and it was. A birthday card, yeay, thanks Jen : )

We got in super late on Sunday, Easter, because there had been a ground stop in LA due to fog, and our plane from San Diego had to wait it out. Scott ordered a ridiculous ostentatious limousine to pick us up. I hate big gaudy limos, they seem so promish and silly, but it was a relief to have someone help with all of the bags and not to have to worry about anything. Beau loved it, he likes the big ones with all of the color changing twinkly lights inside. I like smaller limos in black, you know, just in case any of you want to send one to pick me up for any reason, heh.

I'll tell you all about our trip when I'm a bit more settled in. I got to see lots of nudibranchs, baby jellyfish, and other marine life buddies. I'm going to try to identify them cause I like to do that. I talked to the lifeguard at the hotel about all of things I'd seen because he was the only person who seemed to know anything, but all we could do was try to figure out what things were called in Spanish. There were lots of these pink collector urchins, small round creatures who pick up bits of rocks and shells and glue them to themselves for cover. We have some gorgeous shells in our collection that did the same thing, but I feel sad about having shells now because I don't want to be part of anything's having been killed. I wouldn't mind having shells or bits of coral as long as I knew they had died naturally and wouldn't deprive other creatures of their use. Oh and this beach was littered with white bleached out bits of coral. I was concerned about that, where did it come from, how did it die? However, underwater there were so many wonderful baby patches of coral, and that made me feel hopeful.

I was dying to see The Panic Room, so as soon as I woke up yesterday I rushed right out to see it. I dream of living in a house like that, sigh. Oh and I finally broke down and bought myself a cell phone. I didn't think I had good enough credit to qualify but I did. I got a little Motorola and changed the face plate to clear and replaced the battery with a rainbow colored one that flashes and lights up all the buttons, I knew Beau would like it.

Prelief has been a huge help with my Interstitial Cystitis, I don't want to know what it's made from just yet. I'm afraid that some of these ingredients may not be vegetarian and it's been giving me so much pain relief. I won't take Occilococynum (sp?) for that reason, and there's that ground shellfish pill that's supposed to help with weight loss, and lipstick that has fish scales, and honey, argh so much to watch for. I've been loving tea lately. Oh and I went to an acupuncturist and it just occurred to me that his treatment may have something to do with how much better I was feeling and my not being as hungry. Remind me to talk to Scott about this : )

I withdrew Beau from school today. It was a huge decision for me but I finally made it. I refuse to subject him to any more abuse so I'm going to home school him until the end of the year. We'll get him some tutoring as well, and next year he'll go to New Roads. He was accepted at New Roads and wait listed for Crossroads. In either case it's at least fifteen hundred per month which seems impossibly high.

I'm having veggie links and corn muffins, well at least I think I am, for breakfast. I guess I should be getting back to my old oatmeal with a banana, a bit of rice milk and a fruit smoothie, but I wanted something heartier. Nope, Saida can't find the corn muffins, so I'll have to go down and show them to her later, I'll be having veggie links and a veggie chili pie instead. Oh darn the phone repair man is here, I was hoping he might come a bit later so I wouldn't have to deal with him this early. The office smells ratty and ferrety and needs some cleaning. It's tidier than it's been in a while but it's still a chaos of papers and stuff. Ack here comes a stranger and I'm only wearing a tee-shirt.
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Scientists Probe Possible Sunken City Off Cuba

By Andrew Cawthorne
Reuters

HAVANA, Cuba (March 29) - Scientific investigators said on Friday they hope to better determine later this year if an unusual rock formation deep off Cuba's coast could be a sunken city from a previously unknown ancient civilization.

"These are extremely peculiar structures ... They have captured all our imagination," Cuban geologist Manuel Iturralde said at a conference after a week on a boat over the site.

"If I had to explain this geologically, I would have a hard time," he told reporters later, saying examination of rock samples due to be collected in a few months should shed further light on the formation off the Guanahacabibes Peninsula on Cuba's western tip.

Iturralde, research director of Cuba's Natural History Museum, has joined Canadian exploration company Advanced Digital Communications (ADC) in efforts to solve the mystery of the smooth, geometrically shaped, granite-like rocks. They are laid out in structures resembling pyramids, roads and other structures at more than 2,000 feet in a 7-3/4 mile-square area.

ADC has suggested they might belong to a civilization that colonized the American continent thousands of years ago, possibly sitting on an island that was sunk to great depths by cataclysmic earth movement such as an earthquake.

That theory, and its inevitable parallel with the myth of the lost city of Atlantis, has provoked skepticism from some scientists around the world who say the depth and age -- ADC has spoken of at least 6,000 years' old -- were not credible.

Some European archaeologists said the stones, stumbled upon in July 2000 while ADC was hunting with sonar equipment for treasure and sunken Spanish galleons, could be formed by natural limestone.

But Iturralde's conclusion that there is no immediately apparent natural explanation for the rocks has lent credence to ADC's theory.

"NEED FOR OPEN MIND"

"It appears like there is some kind of intelligent design in the structure's configuration and planning," ADC's Soviet-born Canadian ocean engineer, Paulina Zelitsky, said on the sidelines of the geophysical conference in Havana.

"I have worked in this field over 30 years and I have never before seen natural structures shaped with such intelligent symmetry and plan. From the very first moment, I was suspecting that these structures were not natural."

While Iturralde gave evidence in his paper on Friday for seismic movement at the site, and possible submerging of the land, he drew short of definitively concluding the rocks were not shaped by nature. If, however, that theory was proven, it would revolutionize understanding of the history of the Americas, he told reporters.

"It would change a lot our knowledge of humans and the evolution of the Americas," Iturralde said.

"Recently, a French archaeologist found some evidence of people being here in South America 40,000 years ago, something we never expect, so you need to be always open to things that you are not expecting, that are not in the framework of present-day knowledge ... We may have found something that nobody has thought about."

ADC plans to take a specially designed robot to the site in a few months to take samples of the rocks and the sediment they are embedded in to try to date them and seek signs they may have once been on dry land. They will also be searching for any sign of human life such as drawings, sculptures or artifacts.

"To drill samples from these structures is not easy because they look like granite. And to drill granite at a depth of 600 meters is very difficult," Zelitsky said.

She said their discoveries could make history. "I think we are talking about the origins of the American continent. There are many hypotheses about how the continent was colonized ... There is quite a controversy, and I think our discovery will be the first physical evidence of the true origins of developed civilization in the Americas."

Reuters 18:12 03-29-02

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