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Greetings from frozen Chicago, where at least it's ten degrees or so warmer than Minneapolis.  Or Casper, Wyoming.

While I'm sitting around waiting for a repair person to fix the heater in my apartment (a bountiful 45o warmer than it is outside), I want to gather the best of your excellent GUS vibes into a collective shout-out for my baby sister, who is on day 5 without a cigarette.  Woooo-hoo!!!  I will bet money that her kids are happy that she quit.  And if they help their dear mother around the house some more, the house will be that much happier.  Just an educated guess on my part.

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Speck's Facebook update (1,000,000 to join, my dad john mellencamp will quit smoking): 285,361.

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HEAT UPDATE (10:00 AM CST):
Thanks all for the well wishes.  There is (again) heat on the premises, but I am sticking around to monitor it for my landlord, who is two suburbs away from Chicago and laid up with the flu.  Despite this, he has been in touch with me, is reimbursing me for my troubles, and will initiate a larger wholesale fix of the heater if the problem persists, so no slumlord jokes, please!

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