Tuesday, January 31, 2006

As much as it pains me to post an entry that will move the awesome picture of Stephanie and myself down, I must do it in order to remind you of some things on this night of our State of Depression address. We all must sacrifice for the greater good.

Bush intends to fill those with still empty heads and blind devotion this evening with more mumbo-jumbo about the economy and how strong we are and will be. Odds are, he will not make mention of the following:
  • Jack Abramoff
  • wiretapping
  • Tom Delay
  • the death toll of Iraqi citizens
  • the Enron trial
  • impending impeachment
  • Brokeback Mountain

Don't you forget about those things okay?

you do the math

He lied.

"On May 22, I stated in very specific terms and I state again to every one of you listening tonight these facts--I had no prior knowledge of the Watergate break-in; I neither took part in nor knew about any of the subsequent coverup activities; I neither authorized nor encouraged subordinates to engage in illegal or improper campaign tactics. That was and that is the simple truth."---Richard M. Nixon, August 15, 1973

So did he.

"Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires--a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so. It's important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution." ---George W. Bush, April 20, 2004

What should we do when a U.S. President lies to us and breaks the law?

The ACLU says to call the White House (202) 456-1414 and tell them to stop spying illegally on Americans. I say call them, but also go sites like ImpeachBush and sign the petitions, call your congresspeople and senators and let them know how you feel. Remember, you give them a job. They hear you.

*inspired by an ad in the February 6th edition of The Nation

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Deep Breath...

It has taken me a full day to gather my thoughts about our trip to see Wicked.

I had such a great time and the show was incredible. The cast of this tour has really gelled and is so comfortable onstage. It looks effortless! I was particularly excited to have seen Carole Shelley in the role of Madame Morrible which she originated Broadway.

Not to gloss over how great the show was, but for me the most excitement happened afterward when I got to meet Stephanie! Soooo excited to have actually talked to her and share my appreciation! She even knew who I was since we have corresponded via email a few times since April '05 (how can you forget a name like mine!)
She is just the best and I can't wait to watch her career continue to unfold! What a hidden talent!

Equal Time

Watching Good Morning America today really drove home the sad state of our country and how we are viewing this baseless war in Iraq.
Today the news broke that Bob Woodruff and his cameraman were injured by a roadside bomb while traveling in an Iraqi convoy. They had apparently just moved from a US armored humvee (we have one of those?) to an Iraqi tank. Both were in serious condition this morning and were undergoing surgery. I feel bad for their families.

Here is my observation. Why does it take someone famous/ popular/ rich to make the Breaking News ? Maybe if the Breaking News ticker flashed on our screens and interupted our radio programs every single time one of our soldiers was killed or injured in this insane occupation, we would be thinking a bit harder about what kind of bafoon we selected, this mess he got us into, and how fast we can get him out!

we can go if we want to...

The new Safety Dance.

That's right, Karl. We Democrats have no remembrance of 9/11 and we certainly don't have any desire to make this country safer. You boys just keep singing to each other...no one else is listening.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

We're off to Defy Gravity!

In exactly 4 hours and 50 minutes, I will be sitting tightly in my Row G seat that the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, eagerly awaiting a rising curtain for the touring production of the Broadway smash Wicked!
We traveled to Chicago last May(left) to see the show's current cast as they embarked on a year-long commitment to this great story. We chose to see the touring cast as opposed to Broadway because Stephanie J. Block had been dubbed to take over the role of Elphaba, the green girl. After much research and scrutinizing of voice choices, we chose Stephanie and the touring cast. WOW! She and the entire cast did not disappoint! We had amazing seats-- second row center! I can officially say that I am spoiled and forever ruined by sitting that close to something that you love! All seats pale in comparison now.

Will plan to post pics tomorrw of our soon to be fabulous time and share even more gushings regarding this great show!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The 8th Wonder of the World!

If you are not already watching The L Word, well...here is a darn good reason why you should call Showtime right now and order!

Friday, January 20, 2006

I had a merging of ideas this morning that resulted in this hilarious
(at least I think) Photoshop creation!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

the results are final

Many of you are anxiously awaiting the final total of our "Found Money" game. After sifting through the many bent and sticky coins found over the last year the results are in:


Results from previous years are as follows:

2001: $3.76

2002: $6.01

2003: $9.77

2004: $31.93

The last two years have been particularly good since we found large bills. 2005's total was boosted by the fact that while in Chicago in May, we found lots of pennies! There are a lot of panhandlers in downtown Chicago, but apparently they are in search of only silver coins! After being cussed out by a woman for not giving her any money, Jen reached down on the ground in front of her and picked up $.36 and handed it to her!! I cracked up!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Behind the White House doors

"Hey America!"

I'll take two please

Well this explains a lot...

Now I understand what is wrong with me. It has taken almost 40 years for the fog to be lifted, but I finally understand why I am so screwed up and more importantly I have a face on which to place the blame.
Ah, sweet relief...

Oh who cares?! This guy is gorgeous!! I just love him!

**Open Season on Hillary**

You know by now that when the Republican Wrong start pointing the finger and shouting "racist" or "bigot" it is most likely due to the fact that the mirror is being held a bit to close for their liking.
In true "Hey-don't-pay-attention-to-what-I-did-because-this-person-is-so-much-worse" fashion, the Republicans have already started attacking Hillary Clinton.
They just can't stand it that their boy will go down is history as the Worst President Ever! The fact that Hillary is married to one of the Most Successful Ever is just a cherry on top for us!

This just in...

...Crazy Giant Dog Loses Frisbee on Roof.
Terrorizes Neighborhood in Search

Snapshot of our Jan 15th 2006

The pasture beside the barn we worked today. Such a pretty reminder of old Florida.

Our boy enjoying his frisbee. I think he has springs in those legs!

A kitty at the barn. We are surrounded by cute kitties lately! Lucky us!

Monday, January 16, 2006

We have the prettiest baby

Karly is so pretty. She is regal grandam of our house.
She seems to get less photo time because her silly brother is always doing something that needs to be documented either for our entertainment, or his health records.
She makes the most of her photo shoots. It only takes a few shots to
capture her wise, aloof beauty.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

I love this boy...

One minute he is very collected, distinguished and serious.

The next minute it all goes to hell, and you fall victim to this jester called, Mason.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

blog therapy

I am sick of serving others.

Do this. Do that. Get me this. Go here. Let me out. Let me in. I'm hungry. Hold this. Throw this. Pick up that. While you're back there..., I hate to bother you..., Change this. Move me here. No move me there. Can you move me back to where I was originally? Copy this. Copy that. Get one of those for me. How much is this? Oh. Nevermind. Send those for me. Pick up these for me. Wake me up. Put me to bed. Hold my child. Let my child be unruly. Let me ask you a question. What should I do? What do you think? Just do it this once. Let me ask you something. Let me ask you something else. Let me ask you the same damn question I ask every time I see you, but can't or won't retain the answer. Let me suck the life out of you an ounce at a time, and make of you the same mindless puppet that can't do anything for themselves I have been my whole life.

Whew. That should hold me for awhile.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

all together now...

I love Ann Telnaes!
Is there anything cuter than a new kitten?
Welcome to the neighborhood Henri Henrietta!


Average pay of energy company CEO's:
increase of 215% since 2002

ExxonMobil CEO salary: $26 million

Collective profits for ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch/Shell last QUARTER:
$33 BILLION (don't forget to multiply by 4)

Average gas price in Gainesville, FL: 2.419/gallon

"It's the responsibility of the government."---an oil execs answer to CNN's Soledad O'Brien when asked why the oil companies won't pitch in to keep fixed/low/no income people warm this winter amid rising heating costs.

end of an era

Sometime in the next few weeks, a significant corner in Gainesville will change forever.

The corner of University Avenue and 13th Street is a major crossroads for both regular residents and UF students alike. Demolition will begin soon to make way for a multi-level space soon to be filled with retail and residential areas. It will no doubt look great and, add a sense of progress to the corner.

For me, the corner is timeless and represents some of my fondest memories in Gainesville. Many others like myself have taken our turn in line for undoubtedly the best home-made burritos in North Central Florida. Burrito Brothers is moving around the corner while their new digs are being built, but the charm and appeal of the original location will be hard to replace and sorely missed. I will forever, habitually look for the lit GUAC sign in the window. I have lived here long enough to remember the day that neon sign made it's debut, and we all felt very uptown! Where was the handwritten sign of cardboard taped to the window?!

I already miss seeing Target Copy in it's usual place on the corner. They have already moved into a beautiful new location that has afforded them much needed room for production and parking. Target Copy was the first place I worked when I started at UF. I was in desperate need of money, as most college students, and my friend Robin June told me to talk to the owner of Target Copy. He might have something for me. So, I met with Bob at the McDonald's across 13th Street. I started work the next day stuffing mailboxes on campus with flyers advertising the now famous "Free Copy Day". I must have done a good job lugging that case of paper all over campus via my two feet, because it was the beginning of a 7 year career with the company that ended in an upper management position. The faith that Bob had in me over the years provided me with priceless experience that became stepping stones to a number of management positions and some pretty good money! Most of all, I will look at that corner and remember many good times, great friends, lessons learned, late hours, and most importantly, my Gainesville family.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

somebody played too close to the power lines...

Pat Robertson is such an idiot. The mind boggles with the plethora of idiotic statements that have spewed from this man's mouth in the last few months. Take a gander at the latest.

like a bird

Insert Snoopy dance here, as well!
I love it when corrupt, pious,
turn on each other!

I love when this happens!!!

If I weren't such a heathen, I'm sure I'd have some befitting scripture to accompany this
Instead, I will just silently do my own Snoopy dance.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

more of the same...

Okay this one is just too sad to laugh at!

"No Child Left A Dime..."

great bumper stickers recently found

This is a great site for awesome, irreverent stuff to piss people off! Here are some samples:

Sunday, January 01, 2006

The only time it's okay to scream "I have diarrhea!" is when you're playing Scrabble.