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What a day

Well, there's stuff happening both good and bad all over.. First, let's all say a little prayer for those wounded and killed in the PA school shooting this morning. I never would have imagined something like that would happen at an Amish school. They're saying the man left a note saying that what he did was "revenge for something that happened 20 years ago." I'm not sure what's going on in the world, but I definitely don't like it.

On a nicer note, my girlfriend's ten-year-old sister Miranda had a successful heart transplant which began at approximately 11:30ct last night. The new heart is working well and she's expected to recover just fine.

Tomorrow, I go in for my first of five tests for school at the technical college, so I'm pretty nervous. My teacher said that based on how I did on the book and on the pre-tests, he's sure I'll do well, but that only eases my nerves just a little bit.

Now for the autograph part of the day.

As an aspiring chef (I plan on going to culinary school after high school), I've been trying to find addresses for television chefs. A couple weeks ago, I found a successful address for Food Network chef/restaurant owner, Mario Batali. The next morning, I sent a letter and SASE to him, asking for his autograph, either on a photo or even better, on a menu. Well, today, I found in the mailbox a big manila envelope (not one of my SASEs) waiting for me. I opened it and there was an autographed menu from Mr. Batali's restaurant, Otto Pizzeria. I'm really happy with this one, as I watch Molto Mario all the time. I need to take it with me to church to use the paper trimmer on it, since it's just a tad too big to fit in the holders I have in my binder for my collection.

Sent 9/11/06
Received 10/2/06
21 days

Address used:
Mr. Mario Batali
c/o Babbo
110 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10011

Now, I have a request for you all. If someone finds a working address, whether it's postal or email, for a television chef, would you please provide me with said address? You can either leave it in a comment on here or email it to me (see my profile for my email address). I'd be forever grateful if you could find a good address for Rachael Ray, as I have not been able to thus far.

That's all for today. I mailed out a letter to WWE Hall of Famer "Cowboy" Bob Orton on Wednesday, so we'll see how that one turns out.