21 February 2008

Uuuuuuuuuuugggghhhh

Yeah, that's been me for the last week. I knew doom would befall me last Friday when G started getting sick, stayed out of daycare, and coughed on me numerous times over the weekend. Then, blammo. Sunday night it was all over. And a great week to have this happen to with the launch of our next niche site dvmOurTime.com.

I worked through it but trying to code a whole site and coordinate with peeps isn't the best thing when you feel like a Mac truck has run you down, backed over you, stopped for a lunch break, changed the tires & oil, and slowly driven away.

Of course, this was a blessing in disguise cuz I can always get WAY more done working from home than being at the office. Way too many needy peeps. I compare 4100 Wisconsin to adult daycare.

It was rather entertaining last night when I went to CVS to get Day and Night "Dr. Quill." I've never seen so many people at one CVS. It's like half the town of Laurel was sick. But I digress.

We also got about an inch snow fall yesterday, so I'm thinking winter may pass us by without anything major this year. However, tomorrow we may get an ice storm. Those are no fun no matter where you live.

Maybe the "Evil Crud" will leave me soon and life will return to normal. Otherwise, my vote is to hibernate for the winter and I'll see you all in the Spring. ;)

09 February 2008

Chelsea Is Being Pimped Out

You'll rarely see any talk on this blog that's political in nature. Personally, I hate politics. Always have. From my vantage point, politics is about spinning details to support your agenda and various forms of posturing that often leads to backstabbing. However, I do believe that some can truly make a difference. Some can be a Godly politician. We've strayed a long way from our Founding Father's Christian ideals for this nation.
Then, I come across little nuggets like this. On Thursday in a discussion about Chelsea Clinton's role in her mother's campaign, MSNBC correspondent David Shuster asked: "Doesn't it seem as if Chelsea is sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?"

This is common language. "Pimped out" may not be a very flattering phrase but it resulting in NBC suspending an Emmy-winning anchor because Hillary was offended? Gimme a break.

In a press conference at the University of Maine, Senator Clinton called this comment part of a "troubling pattern of demeaning treatment" by MSNBC. "There has been a troubling pattern of comments and behaviors that has to be held accountable," Clinton said after a rally here.

She also sent a letter to Steve Capus, president of NBC News. The full text of that letter is below:
Dear Mr. Capus,
Thank you for your call yesterday. I wanted to send you this note to convey the depth of my feeling about David Shuster's comments.

I know that I am a public figure and that my daughter is playing a public role in my campaign. I am accustomed to criticism, certainly from MSNBC. I know that it goes with the territory.

However, I became Chelsea's mother long before I ran for any office and I will always be a mom first and a public official second.

Nothing justifies the kind of debasing language that David Shuster used and no temporary suspension or half hearted apology is sufficient.

I would urge you to look at the pattern of behavior on your network that seems to repeatedly lead to this sort of degrading language.

There's a lot at stake for our country in this election. Surely, you can do your jobs as journalists and commentators and still keep the discourse civil and appropriate.

Sincerely,
Hillary Rodham Clinton

I just love how "politically correct" we've gotten. The reporter has appologized and may only appear on the air during his suspension to applogize. One appology is enough, yet Hillary calls it "half-hearted" and seems to imply that his sorry and suspension isn't good enough. Should he be fired for the remark? An Emmy-winning reporter...fired for speaking his opinion? Chelsea is being pimped out. So is Bill. That's what happens during campaigns. It's all hands on deck.
The really sad thing is that it would seem everyone is so ready for "a change" that everyone appears to be getting on the Obama or Hillary bandwagon without concern to other issues. Change is more imporant than the liberal agendas these two would bring to the White House.
How quickly we forget the scandals and lies of the Clinton administration. How quickly we say "the good ole days were better." While many say the current administration is full of scandals and lies, President Bush has been a man of integrity unwaivering in his convictions.
Educate yourself on where the candidates really stand on issues. Don't go along with the sheep. Vote for best and pray they are who God wants in the White House.

07 February 2008

Is That A Bandaid On His Head?

So, a video editor in our building chats with me briefly in my office and I nearly do an obvious double-take. Internally I question, "Is that a band-aid on his head?" A couple quick glances and it was obvious the priest had smudged on the ash a bit thick to Al's forehead.

Yup, Ash Wednesday had branded the practicing Catholics in our building.

Even after 3 1/2 years here, I'm still not used to some things. Fact is, I wasn't around many Catholics (practicing, anyway) in the South. More peeps are Baptist, Methodist, non-practicing, or non-caring. Up here, there are certainly more possibilities of seeing smudges, hearing about lent, and also losing some of your work force on Jewish holidays.

DC is always the melting pot and God loves them all.

Cop Magnet

Ya gotta love cops in the DC Metro. Now, I'm not talking about DC cops - MPD - not yet, anyway. In two days, I've had the pleasure of attracting attention from a Prince George's County officer while in the drive-through at the Laurel Chick-fil-A...and a Mountgomery County cruiser while close to DC.

Now, what might I be doing to gain such attention from the fuzz? Expired license plate. Yeah, something called "life" got in the way of me remembering to renew that little detail. It expired on 1/31. So, on 2/5 the PG County officer honked several times at me while I was trying to get a sausage burrito and a coffee.
"Sir, how ya doin' this morning?" the black officer polietly inquired.

"Fine, thank you, officer," I managed, perplexed at why he was talking to me.

"Just wanted you to know your tag is expired and you need to get that taken care of."

"Oh, really? Wow, thank you, sir. I will." He waved a polite "take care" gesture and went on his way, having taken advantage of the free Chick-fil-A breakfast they've always offered law enforcement.

So, that day, I renewed the tag online and was pleased to see a temporary "badge" was provided to print out and I placed that in my window. Good thing, too.

The next morning, again going to work but no breakfast stop and closer to DC, I wondering why a cruiser was 3 car lengths back from my bumper at a red light. Yeah, I got that "target locked" feeling. Green light. Blue lights and siren. Slide over to the shoulder.

"Good morning, sir. I pulled you over because your tags are expired."

I briefly explained the badge in the window and my renewing of tags online. The asian officer didn't seem entirely convinced and wanted my license and registration. Yea, for me! I haven't had that pleasure since being in the DC Metro. He looked them over, looked over the badge.

"OK, well, I couldn't see that in your window."

I hope those $128 of stickers arrive soon since I need to attract a Howard County and DC cruiser next. MPD might not care since it's a Maryland tag.