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Talkin’ ’bout My Generation January 21, 2009

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Today’s inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States is staggering and historical for so many reasons.  So many others have and will address the significance of today’s events, down to each and every last detail.  I would prefer to leave the detailed analysis and examination of each and every nuance to the pundits, historians, and soothsayers.  But, being me, there is no way I can let this day go without any comment at all.

Many have noted not only a political and social shift, but that President Obama’s (I’m never going to tire of typing that) election and inauguration signals a generational shift in American, and, we hope, global, politics.  When the helicopter lifted off carrying ‘W.’, no longer “The President,” off into the cold, D.C. afternoon, not only did many of us breathe a sigh of relief, but it also more than likely spirited away the last elected “Baby Boomer” president.  ….And the world heaves a collective sigh of relief.  More on that later.

My favorite morning show, ‘Morning Joe’ on MSNBC, had Colin Powell as a guest this morning.  They also had Tom Brokaw.  One of Joe’s regular cadre of journalists and pundits, Mike Barnacle, noted that Tom Brokaw wrote “The Greatest Generation” and was a Baby Boomer and that Colin Powell was part of the “Greatest Generation,” and there as this great love fest over them.  And, then, Colin Powell noted something about this new generation and these “kids” that got President Obama elected, at least that was the implication, that did not remember the original  Gulf War.

Now, I’m not certain how old they think our new President is, but he was born in 1961 – he’s 47.  President Obama is a Gen-Xer.  According to Wikipedia, the standard definition for “Generation X” is those born from 1961 through 1981 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_x).  Yes, it is a broad range of people, but, basically, we are the children of the Baby Boomers, and there aren’t that many of us.  But, there are some commonalities among us.  We are likely the first generation that does not perform statistically better than our parents, economically.  We are generally considered a “Reactionary” generation, and we are also the products of two very long-living generations.

None of us  has really had to lead.  May of us have still-living grandparents, and they finally let go of the reigns as late as 10-15 years ago.  Our parents picked them up.  They are also still around, and, until today, still held the keys to the highest office in the land.  Look around the Board rooms, the partners’ offices, and every other hallway of power in this country, though, and you will likely see someone that looks like your parents.  However, let’s take a look at how their world has turned out.

If you are like me, your parents focused all of your attentions as a child on doing well in school, majoring in something that could get you a job, and finding a job after college.  After that, it was just about working – working to pay the mortgage, to pay for the kids’ college tuition…life was about working.  And, many of us, saw what it did to them.  Dreams lost and abandoned long ago, left as driftwood along the shore as they approached their 40s.

They call us the “slacker” generation or the “me” children of the 80s, but aren’t we just products of our parents?  Doesn’t it seem that their generation, of which our last president is a great symbol, seemed to just make it up as they went, constantly telling us they knew what was best?  There was so little taught about service, about coming together to work together and solve problems.  They somehow instilled in themselves and tried to pass on a silent but palpable fear of those that were “better.”

We are not slackers.  We have a president of our generation.  Now, it is time to lead.  This is our moment in time.  Their ways do not work, and have fractured the world even more than before.  It is our job to put it back together.  Like the President requested today, we must set ourselves into action.  We must be responsible for ourselves and our neighbors.  We must shuck off our selfishness and single-mindedness.  We have been waiting and complaining and begging for it to be our turn.  Here it is.  Grab on to it, and lend a hand.

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Voyeurism Can Go Too Far. January 17, 2009

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The modern age has taken voyeurism and exhibitionism to new extremes.  We have the celebrity Web sites like Perez and Pink is the New Blog, TMZ…hell, the list could be an entire post in and of itself.  But, we now have Facebook (and its progenitors Friendster and MySpace [dubbed the “digital Detroit” by StuffWhitePeopleLike.com) and Twitter and personal blogs (natch!) and all sorts of ways to express God knows what about ourselves.  There are photo Web sites, video Web sites …  anything that you can come up to take a picture of, video, do to yourself, or write, you can find an outlet.  You can also find out about almost any damn thing you please.  *Yes, I understand the above statements may seem a bit hypocritical, especially if you’re reading this blog through the RSS feed from my Facebook page, but I do have a point.*

But, today I read this: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/16/business/16nocera.html.  In short, Brian Stone, a Business writer for the NYT, has taken issue with Steve Jobs’ lack of detail regarding his health issues, which has forced him to take a hiatus from Apple until at least June.  His main argument is that since his company that relies so much on its CEO, a “celebrity CEO” at that, Mr. Jobs owes the public and stockholders much more of an explanation regarding his health.  I wholly disagree.  Mr. Stone does admit that Mr. Jobs confided to him over the summer, off the record, about his health condition, but feels somewhat slighted by Mr. Jobs’ short and terse email and press release regarding his leave of absense.

Mr. Stone is, frankly, wrong.  Yes, there are those that thrust themselves into the spotlight seeking nothing but fame and notariety, but there is a line that needs to be drawn at someone’s health.  Even the not famous among us would prefer to not have our health histories splashed across the front pages.  Yes, there are legal implications for public figures getting a turned down expectation of privacy (hence, the tabloids), but we should all take a step back and put ourselves in the shoes of some of these people and think about whether our obsessiveness with the details of their private lives becomes nothing less than unseemly.  Health is a matter and a privacy space all its own.  It could very well be the next battle, one that we all have a stake in.

The Lord saw it, and said it was Good. January 13, 2009

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****FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE FANS OF AS THE WORLD TURNS, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED TODAY’S EPISODE*****

They finally did it!  There have been gay soap characters before, but there was never a first kiss until Luke and Noah in 2007.  That was over a year and a half ago.  In the meantime, all sorts of soap opera-y shenanigans have gone on and kept them apart.  Today, though, today they finally “did it.”  I think this qualifies as a huge gay media moment.  Two of the cutest boys in daytime unmistakably got it on.

Before any eight of you reading this start thinking I’ve gone off the deep end of living in some crazy fantasy world, think about guilty pleasures and what they can bring us.  Before we all devolved into pits of hopelessness and emotional waste with jaded unrealized expectations bubbling up through our insides.  There was something better, something sweeter, and something a little old-fashioned.  The question remains, do we have to all really be jaded, suspicious queens?

Remember your first boyfriend, your first love…your first time?  There is no rule that someone can’t make you feel like a teenager, again.  Only our own insecurities, baggage, and history can prevent that if we let it.  I, personally, think that there is something to be said for being old-fashioned, waiting until maybe a few dates in before going at it, instead of going at it and then thinking, hey, maybe we should go on a date.  I really think that romance is a lost art, and we all could use getting back to it a little.  Sure, I know the argument that why should we, as gay men and women, follow the same rules as straight people always have when they are so adamant about not letting us participate?  Maybe it’s not about them.  Maybe it’s about taking ourselves seriously, for once, developing some self-respect, and learning that maybe, just maybe, we all deserve to find and be with someone special…someone that makes us feel young and scared and just a little giddy all over again.

For a video recap of today’s episode, you can go here: http://www.afterelton.com/blog/dennis/nuke-update-video-clip-01-12-09

For a HYSTERICAL liveblog of the episode (seriously, this is some funny shit): http://www.afterelton.com/blog/brianjuergens/liveblogging-as-the-world-turns-supernana

Mucinex and Other Torture Methods November 19, 2008

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It is November, and the temperature has taken its first dives into the lower regions of the thermometer.  That means it’s time for cold and flu season.  I am the recent, lucky recipient of some sort of nasty head cold that has been going around our office for the past month.  Everyone knows it’s just “the stuff,” and it’s miserable.  However, since I had recently cleaned out my medicine cabinet of mostly-expired OTC medication, I decided to procure a sampling for my own experimental purposes.

Let me start by saying that anything with any kind of decongestant in it – usually any named medication with the subsequent letter “D” – cranks up my anxiety level more than three venti Starbucks coffees and generally makes me equally as jittery.  These are the wonders of psuedoephedrine and its replacements.  So, I tend to try and avoid those.  I did pick up some Publix brand Tylenol Cold daytime (just to get through the day in emergency situations), some Alka Seltzer Plus (which also has a little decongestant), and, because I’ve heard so much about it, some Mucinex.

For several days, out of both desperation and necessity, I used both the Publix brand daytime cold medication and Alka Seltzer Plus.  The Publix brand made me feel not only like I had drank these three venti Starbucks coffees, but when drinking them I was chasing Tylenol with Codeine.  Such a situation does not lend itself to clear thought.  The Alka Seltzer plus, although inducing some jumpiness, lead to much more clear-headedness.  So, for those of you that are sensitive to decongestants, I can recommend the Alka  Seltzer Plus as a viable, acceptable, and effective alternative.

That brings us to the Mucinex.  After my bleary-headed purchase, I realized that plain Mucinex is meant for chest congestion, and a separate Mucinex D is actually recommended for sinus and nasal congestion.  Knowing what that “D” means, and based on my testing described above, I decided that I did not need any extra decongestant.  However, as my cold progressed, things did make their way into my chest.  Therefore, I took my first shot at Mucinex yesterday afternoon.  Well, there did not seem to be too much of an effect at first.  You must give it a few hours, I guess, because late last night I began coughing so much that I thought my esophogas would rupture.  This morning I thought I would cough up a lung.  My eyes teared up, my chest heaved, my abdominals cramped up.  When they say expectorant, they mean it.  Seriously, if there is some counter-agent to the shit, I would consider giving it to prisoners and letting them dry cough themselves to near death until they beg for the antidote and/or confess.

I think it is truly an axiom that for the common cold that the medications we use to make ourselves better are worse than the actual cold.  Nothing will ever beat some warm chicken soup, comfort foods, the sofa, a warm blanket, some hot tea, and plenty of time for trashy tv.

We Are Partially to Blame for Prop 8 November 10, 2008

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There has been a lot of news coverage of the protests in California regarding the passage of Proposition 8.  This morning I received a Facebook message about a march on Saturday afternoon, which is a day of solidarity against Prop 8.  The pundits, talking heads, law school professors, political science junkies, pollsters, and anyone the media can line up to put in front of a camera are eager to disect and deconstruct how the proposition passed.  Was it the African American vote and high turnout for Obama, or was it the predominantly Catholic Hispanics, or how much did Focus on the Family or the Mormons effectively warp the meaning of the proposition and the prior ruling the California Supreme Court?  It is my guess that no single one of those things or voting groups was responsible for the passage of Prop 8, but everyone, us included, contributed to it.  (As a side note, David Gergen chided Cynthia Tucker on This Week yesterday for playing Identity Politics, so the above does not express my beliefs, but those ideas that have been floated for Tuesday’s result in California.  See also, here: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/11/09/colby-cosh-minorities-at-war-on-obamaland-s-western-shore.aspx )

What is achingly true is that in the hope, optimism, and excitement of Tuesday about what the United States of America had just done, the majority of voters in the country’s most progressive and accepting state, and the voters of Florida and Arizona, had, like many others before them, told gay people that we do not deserve to get married because of who we fall in love with. 

Our initial reaction is, who do we blame?  In a country that has supposedly turned a corner regarding what really matters about a person, how could this happen?  Which group voted against us?  Why do the churches hate us?  …And then the next instinct is to criticize.  Those stupid [insert whatever first derogatory comment comes to your head, here].  Those close-minded bigots.  Those  hateful, awful people.  Well, we are better without them.  We don’t need them. 

But, the inexorable truth stares us in the face is that we DO need them.  We need them if we hope to ever be treated as equal citizens in our society.  We do need them if we want our families and relationships recognized by our government as just as valid and important and real as those of our heterosexual bretheren.  We need them to pick up our banner, because, like everything else in politics, it’s all just a numbers game.  We need “them” all – straight, men, women, latino, latina, black, Asian, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Agnostic, Atheist…everyone we can think of.  While we have drawn many forward-thinking, progressive people to our side, we still do not have the numbers.  We have to find and enlist those that would be sympathetic to our cause(s) and educate them.  We have to show everyone why we are just as American and boring and normal and plain as every other American.  When considering who to “blame” for Proposition 8, we need to take a long, hard look at what happens when we point a finger at someone else – three fingers are pointed back at us.

So, here we are, a week removed, and there is protesting and demonstrating and complaining and sorrow and anger after the fact that should have been the motivation BEFORE the election.  What’s done is done.  Although the state of the approximately 18,000 couples married in California during the interim period starting with the California Supreme Court ruling in May will come before a court, the actual reversal of Proposition 8 is highly unlikely.  The voters have spoken, and elected officials and even courts are loathe to overturn the will of the people once clearly expressed. 

We have to move forward.  We have to take a long, hard look at ourselves and figure out what to do next.  Sure, we can scream, but how much will that accomplish?  We have to get to work.  We have to get to work on an all-inclusive ENDA.  We have to get to work at the state and local levels for additional protections that say we can’t be fired from our jobs or removed from where we live simply for being gay (these laws still exist in a frightneningly high number of places around this country).  The most oft-cited civil rights-era case synonymous to the gay marriage fight is Loving v. Virginia, which overturned prohibitions agasint inter-racial marriage.  Loving was decided in 1967, three years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  It took years of struggle for African Americans to get equal rights on paper before that case was decided.  We have a very long way to go for, simply, the basic rights and protections achieved by other minority groups.  Actually, to think of it, we have to get ourselves thought of as a minority.

As the leader of the Log Cabin Republicans said after the ’04 win by Bush, we have to come out if we want things to change.  If we ever want our voices heard and to be taken seriously, we have to come out to our families, our co-workers, our friends, neighbors…everyone.  You have to come out because when those that voted for Proposition 8 realize they have gay cousins, neighbors, co-workers, fellow members of the PTA, etc…, they will start to think.  They will have a face to put with “those people.”  They will realize that our lives are just as normal and boring every other day of the year as theirs are.  We go to work, we pay our bills, we put gas in the car.

We also have to get organized.  Yes, the anti-marriage community, strongly funded by religious fundamentalists, poured millions into this fight, and they won.  They got their message early, they got their fundraising, and they used fear.  Our side assumed, wrongly, that, hey, it’s California, everything will be fine.  That started changing in August and September when the polls started going a little sideways.  At that point, we had already lost.  We don’t need to continue waiting for the other side to organize to provide us with a reason to respond or take action.  We need to organize and come up with our own message.  But, we have to start small. 

We also have to stop tearing each other down.  As gay men, we have a terrible habit of separating ourselves, even from each other…bears, otters, black, white, asian…look around you sometime.  If we ever hope to be included and have equality in society, we cannot expect to get it without demonstrating a LOT of acceptance of our own.  (Ask yourself, and I am as guilty of this as anyone else, how many times you’ve heard the words, “what is THAT?!” come out of your mouth when looking at a particular fashion choice.)  That also includes between gay men and lesbians.  Sure, there is some inter-mingling, but precious little.  Also, ask yourself how many transgendered people you know.  We have to become a true community. 

There is an enormous degree of selfishness in our community as well.  It may cut into 15 or 20 minutes of gym time, but there is a need for us to meet as a community and start determining how we can best educate the broader community in which we live that we are not the boogiemen and women coming after children every night.  I’m sure many of us can forego that extra $50 (or more) shirt to contribute to a gay-friendly political candidate or local and state-level equality movements.  We also have to realize that the fight is not about us as individuals.  I have had numerous arguments, one of them on election night, with a friend that does not care about gay marriage because it does not affect him and because he does not believe marriage should exist in the first place.  After calling him a Republican for his “me” attitude, I mentioned that it does not matter whether or not he wants to get married or has someone to marry, what matters is that somewhere out there, two men or two women want to marry each other,  commit their lives to each other, and have that union recognized by the government and receive the same rights that heterosexuals couples receive.  As long as those couples are not allowed that right, then there is injustice against all of us. 

As the finger analogy goes, for every finger than we can point at everyone that voted for Prop 8 in California (or Prop 2 in Florida or Prop 101(?) in Arizona), we need to take a serious look at the three that point back at each of us.  If we want to change direction, it’s going to take time, and it’s going to take work.  We have to come together, we have to start taking ourselves seriously, and we have to start doing the hard work to fight for and solidify rights for ourselves all over the country, and for each and every aspects of our lives.  And if we want to enjoy the rights of society as a whole, we have to start acting like a community of our own.  We have to court and include broader society in our lives because we need their votes.  We are no longer an island.  If we want to make the argument to have our voices heard and our lives and relationships and families treated equally, we have to give up this “us v. the world” mentality, and realize that we are part of the world, and we need their help.

Bailout: Open Letter to The GA Congressional Delegation September 24, 2008

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If anyone reading this is so inclined, please feel free to plagiarize me or take this and work it up in your own way.  I have emailed the below to Senators Chambliss and Isakson and my Representative, John Lewis.  I was prompted to write this by this article:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/22/dirty-secret-of-the-bailo_n_128294.html.  Please let your Representative and Senators know how you feel.  This is too important to trust the system.

Dear Senator Isakson,

I am writing to request that, absent safety protocols and oversight provisions put in place, including the possibility of judicial review, that you vote NO on the current financial markets bailout package proposed by Secretary Paulson and the Bush Administration.

I will be forthright, sir, I did not vote for you, but this current request by the Bush Administration and Secretary Paulson for $700 Billion of unfettered and unaccounted for taxpayer dollars that we do not currently have is beyond the pale.  I agree that some action must be taken, but certainly not in backroom deals with no Congressional oversight or potential of Judicial review (see Section 8).  The current proposal to take on yet more powers into the Executive Branch would not only be an abdication of responsibility by Congress, but would further undermine the Constitutional system of checks and balances that makes our government work, such that it does.

Our economy is not built on government ownership of such a large and unprecedented amount of assets.  I agree with both Senators McCain and Obama in calling for an oversight board or commission on how these funds are spent, a stake of ownership that will be paid BACK into the government (taxpayer) coffers should these instruments make a profit in the long-run, and a hard cap, including any bonus and separation packages, of the CEOs, Board members, and Officers of banks and other corporations that seek assistance from this fund.

I understand that measures need to be taken quickly, but the right measures must be considered and evaluated, not rushed to completion.  Work smart, work hard, and work with your Democratic counterparts.  We have seen the utter failure of trickle-down economics when times are good, but continual failure and lack of oversight of these institutions may solve Wall Street’s ills, but they will not make their way down to those of us with jobs and mortgages to pay.  As a constituent and a very concerned citizen, I ask of you, please, sir, use your voice and your vote so this does not happen.  Public faith and trust have been placed in you by the citizens of the State of Georgia.  Please let all of us know that it was deserved.  I will be sending the same letter to Senator Chambliss and Representative Lewis.

Thank you,

Scott Griffin, Atlanta

I Do Not Like Lacking Information September 17, 2008

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I have learned something very important about myself.  I do not like it when I do not have sufficient information, and I do not like it when people will not give it to me.  When one avenue fails, I generally pursue another.  However, when all avenues fail, I tend to want to rant, and I start to turn into a “holy terror,” words the women in my family usually reserve for toddlers.  Well, I think it’s apt.

This all started today when I thought, “wow, it’s the middle of September, and I have yet to receive my property tax bill.”  Now, I have thought about this particular delinquency on the part of Fulton county from time to time, but today I had a moment, so I sent a quick email to a group list of fellow residents to determine whether or not any of them had received theirs.  I had two responses, both had received their bills last week.  (As a side note, another resident who I am friends with and ran into in the elevator told me that he had already received his as well.)  So, I decided to call the Fulton County Tax Commissioner.  Of course, I started at their Web site.  I was thrilled to learn that, yes, you could check a tax bill on-line!  Woo hoo!  (Given the above description of my attitude when I encounter “customer service” individuals that do not provide me the information I want, you can understand why I am such a fan of the on-line service – I can do it myself and get precisely the information that I want.)  So, I click on the link.  The system is down.  I call the office.  The response I receive?  “They’re still being mailed out.  You could receive it next week, too.”  Hhmmm….  Well, all in all, this would not have bothered me if I had not heard the following while on hold for ten minutes, “Fulton County taxes are due on August 15th, and City of Atlanta taxes are due on September 15th.  Failure to receive a bill does not [absolve (I’m picking a word I know for a fact they did not use, and may not even know the meaning of, but it seems like an appropriately strong word under the circumstances, and I can’t remember the one they used, so there you go)] you from paying your bill on time.]”  Really?  Well, that’s interesting.  You don’t mail the bills out until AFTER their due dates, and your computer system is down?  So, let me get this straight.  You are going to withhold information from me, yet charge me late fees for your not sending it in time?  Great.  Swell.  I hate you, I think.  So, I accept the nice lady’s statement as true, thinking I can check my mail when I get home, could be there, or I can check my online mortgage information to see if the bank has already paid it, which would make my life so much more worry-free.  And THIS is where it gets interesting.

So, I go to the handy dandy Bank of America home page.  There was a great on-line interface the last time I logged in, but no more.  Nope, no sir.  After I realized I had no idea if I had an online ID (no idea if my old one still worked) and after the SiteKey check started asking me information like the name of my first child (I’m pretty sure I didn’t give them Ella’s name), I opted for the on-line chat option.  Well, of course she asked me my account number – I don’t have it.  Okay, we can do this another way.  What’s your name?  Check, I know that one.  What is your address…yep, know that one, too.  Okay, how much was the loan originated for?  Well, this is where I think, “oh, BoA has both my mortgage and my car loan, so, she could have either one.”  I attempt to explain this.  It is for the account ending in ### ..whatever number it was.  Um, what part of “I have two accounts and do not have the account numbers in front of me” do you not understand?!?!  Seriously.  Pay attention.  So, I rattled off the figures I could come up with in my head for my mortgage.  Nothin’.  Then she started asking me about a deposit.  I do not have a checking account with you, I just want to know how to look up my damn information to see if my taxes have been paid!  I gave up.  The toddler was about type something excessively mean about her (it broadcasted her name, which I no longer remember, but I know it was a woman, so don’t think I’m being sexist) not having two brain cells to rub together and NOT PAYING ATTENTION.  Phew.  I’m okay, I really am.

So, once home, I went to set up a new on-line account, which was going swimmingly.  Then, it told me it would MAIL me my passcode…in 3-5 days.  Huh?  On what planet does it make sense that I register to access an account online but you send me my password in DAYS and through the mail?!  I’m incredulous, and getting more annoyed by the minute, which I think, at my current stress level could very well send me into one of those patented trantrums where I lay on the floor and scream and cry and pound my fists, feet, head, elbows, legs, knees …you get the picture – like I’m trying to pull a Michael Phelps across the hard-woods.  So, I call loan customer service.  Closed.  I find another number for on-line access.  After navigating through two 800 numbers and a hang up from the IVR, I finally spoke to a nice lady with Bank of America who manged to give me a temporary password so I could check my mortgage.  They haven’t yet paid my taxes.

So, here I sit, getting this out before I actually throw that tantrum and freak out the dog, and it occurs to me what is really bothering me.  I am asked to work miracles almost daily. “Do this.  Fix this.  Handle that.”  All of this with the expectation that I will go and seek out the information I need, parse what is important and what is not, then put it back together into something resembling an answer and a “problem solved.”  I have developed the expectation that others will also provide service and the information that I ask for and to simply, basically, THINK.  Or, at the very least put forth the effort to fake it.  But, I can see these people on the other end of the chat or phone, just sitting there, blankly staring, only able to process “see spot sit” sentences.  That is when I start to fume, and that’s when I have to start letting it go and realizing, like anything else dealing with people, there’s a process.  We take them as we get them I suppose, and we all constantly complain about it.  So, at what point do our expectations actually drive things to get better?  Then, I realize I missed my chance to give feedback – that stupid survey that no one ever takes because that extra two minutes is just too much to bare after dealing with all of the misery.  But, until we all start complaining, nothing will ever change.  We should also let them know on those rare occasions when something actually goes right.  Just breathe, I suppose….

Oh, and the other thing, I still have no idea what’s going on with my taxes.  I think the bank just paid them last year, and I’m cool with that.  I just want to make sure I have a bill for my write-off.  If anyone has any insight, I welcome your comments.

UPDATE:

I spoke with someone in the Tax Commissioner’s Office, who was very nice and very helpful.  She looked up my bill, which had been mailed out, and said that she would send me a new one today.  Lovely.  Oh, also, apparently they’ve pushed back the due dates until October 15th and 31st.  It’s on the Web site today.  I did not notice it there yesterday.  So, if you live in Fulton and were wondering about it,  I hope this helps.

Easy Like Sunday Morning… September 14, 2008

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Good morning.  So, in the interest of this actually being a blog, I am blogging.  I am up watching the Sunday morning news shows, but, unfortunately, they’re not saying anything other than the campaign talking points.  All I really want is someone to say, “Obama’s winning, again.”

Now Carly Fiorina is throwing out “ageism.”  She was my VP at Lucent when I was there…then she got booted from HP…um, not a real reliable source.

I will just sum up the weekend so far.  Trial. Prep. Sucks.  We go to trial on Monday, so everything is nuts.  I worked most of yesterday, but did get to catch a bit of the GT v. VT game.  😦  (We gotta work on the turnovers, and stupid penalties don’t help.)  Friday night, I worked until 9:30 and watched Happy Feet.  I am turning old and boring, and I don’t like it.  Damn, I’m John McCain!

So the highlight of the weekend was seeing the Indigo Girls last night – brilliant, moving…almost a religious experience.

Today I need to go into the office, so that pretty much sucks.  Maybe I’ll get fired up over something else, but I wanted to make sure I was actually “blogging” for those of you that said I was not updating often enough.  🙂

Have a great day, all 2 (maybe) of you!

 

UPDATE: The Tina Fey/Amy Poehler Palin/Hillary news conference is posted on NBC.com.  OMG.  Must. Watch.  And I really don’t care what they say or how they say it in Alaska…that accent is annoying!

Told ya somone would say somethin’ stupid… September 12, 2008

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A friend of mine sent me this quote from the McCain campaign: “She’ll hold interviews when the press decides to show her respect and deference.”

Um, what??  This irks me, and here’s why.

One of the pundits said something that I think is an axiom – people like to be ASKED for their vote.  If you consider it an honor to serve in elected office, then you better prove, and state WHY, you deserve for me to vote for you, period.  This whole Rovian, “how dare you question us and our decisions” shyte is the antithesis of “putting the government back in the hands of the people.”  If they were really so concerned about that, they would have Govenor Palin in front of cameras every day, recognizing that it’s the public that gets to decide who they give deference to and who they don’t.  The media and “journalists” are the vehicle for the average american to do his or her vetting.  So, the fact that they are saying give her “deference and respect,” they’re showing the people that they represent the exact opposite of what they’re telling them.  The Obama campaign is exactly right.  This.  Is.  The.  Same. 

Another go at it. September 12, 2008

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I tried blogging before, but it was not so much a blog as me just rambling on at no defined interval about, well, whatever.  I’m sticking to the “about, well, whatever” format, but I hope to do this on a more regular basis.  Maybe even daily.  I had some people ask me to keep it up.  So, I’ll try again.  I would imagine that during this particular season, the politics category will see a lot of use.  But, the other ones probably will, too. 

So, there you go.  Yes, boring initial post.  It’s late and I’m tired.

I imagine that I’ll have something to say after one of our candidates does or says or wears something stupid tomorrow.  Until then….