Monday, September 03, 2012
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Friday, February 06, 2009
I admire Forrest in many ways but his work ethic really shines the brightest. Unlike many people his age (or mine) he works consistently not only to keep his head above the rising financial waterline but to prepare himself for a completely debt free, well financed future. Not only does he have a 9-to-5 career level job, he also works 30+ hours a week slinging flora and fauna at Lowes outdoor, something he has a real passion for. The most amazing part, I rarely (if ever) hear him complain about his jobs. In fact, he loves them both, even on the 16+ hour days, and he continues to rack up “gold stars” from all of his employers for jobs (more than) well done.
I don’t know many 25 year olds who were “anxious” to start contributing to their 401K’s at the highest level or who have less than a small car’s worth of debt to their name, but Forrest remains a shining example of responsibility in both those areas. I have told him many times that he is a rare breed and his exercising such responsibility will position him well for whatever life throws at him.
I’m embarrassed to say that I did not start contributing to my 401K until I was 30 and even then it was in menial doses, and god knows my debt load was much higher. I am proud to say that I am now 100% debt free, a homeowner and feel much better about my position on the dollar trail to retirement. I must say that witnessing Forrest’s hard work and determination makes me appreciate the financial freedoms I enjoy that much more. The best part is, I get to share them with someone who appreciates them just the same, but who would be just as happy eating beans from can on the wrong side of the tracks.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
"Giant panda mauls third victim at Beijing Zoo
Gu Gu, a panda at the Beijing Zoo, has tasted the flesh of an unwitting intruder to his pen for the third time. Zhang Jiao, 28, told CNN he fell into the panda pen Wednesday while trying to catch a small toy thrown by his young son...."
So i've rewritten the story....
Giant Panda bites deserving idiot at Beijing Zoo.
Gu Gu, a panda at the Beijing Zoo attacked an idiot tourist who felt it necessary to sacrifice his life over a small Chinese toy (full of lead) that was thrown into the cage by his unruly child. Zhang Jiao, 28, told CNN he refuses to teach his child a lesson about losing toys and would rather risk his life and limb by leaping into the cage himself to retrieve it. He's optimistic that the 5000 videos taken of the incident by the other Chinese tourist in attendance will make their way onto YouTube and make him an Internet sensation. He hopes to soon join the ranks of other idiot Chinese Internet sensations such as "William Hung" and all time favorite "Tina Chen" .
Friday, January 09, 2009
In other news...be glad you're not coming to the Inauguration. They have shut down the city, making it near impossible to get in or out on that day. Not sure how the 4+ million folks are planning on attending. My boss is talking about WALKING to the capital from his house in Alexandria, others are actually spending the night in our offices on the hill. Ok, so HOPE shines Eternal but not bright enough for me to sleep on a corporate hard floor and brave negative temperatures to catch a glimpse of the president elect a jumbo tron 1/4 mile from the Capitol Steps while dodging bullets.
In fact, ill probably just tivo the whole thing and watch it in between Oprah and The City episodes. That sounds stomachable.
One bright moment of my trip was sitting 1 row behind Mrs Barbara Bush on my flight from Houston to DC on Wednesday. Loaded to the gills with secret service and her personal staff, I eavesdropped into her conversations for the entire 2.5 hour flight. Yeah shes a complete bitch, but probably the last true "first lady" to hang her fabulous hat in the White House. Despite her dapper appearance my sick mind couldn't help but to think about one of my favorite MAD TV moments:
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Friday, November 21, 2008
There is, however, one person on the short list who I fully support even though I know she was guilty as hell. A momentary lapse in greed for an otherwise fine purveyor of household taste.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Despite all this ridiculousness, BY FAR my favorite thing to come out of these meetings was Rep. Maxine Waters insistence to insert racism into the already convoluted mix. She felt it appropriate to bypass all the obvious financial conversations and go straight for the race jugular. Her ONLY contribution to the hearings were her comments about the automakers "lack of support" for minority-owned dealerships. Im sure that'll score her a 5 ham hock rating among her constituency in east Atlanta. Way to play to the home crowd Maxine!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Mayor in collard costume accused of assaulting entertainer at annual Maxton Collard Festival.
Published: Thursday, November 13, 2008 8:43 PM EST
The Laurinburg Exchange
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Maxton Mayor Gladys Dean on a charge that she assaulted an entertainer at the town's Collard Festival on Saturday. Dean, mayor since January 2008, is charged with simple assault. She is accused of grabbing Rene Ward, the director and owner of Step 2 It Dance Studio, during the dance troupe's performance. Dean has denied assaulting Ward. The warrant was issued in Lumberton late Tuesday afternoon after a Maxton magistrate recused herself from the case. As of Thursday, the warrant had not been served on the mayor.
The incident allegedly began when Dean — who was dressed as a collard stalk — approached Ward and asked her to cut the performance short so that another group could perform.“We don’t perform a concert at a festival,” Dean said. “I didn’t ask her to stop. I just asked her to suspend her performance and then come back after the other group performed.”Dean said when she asked Ward to stop, the director reacted violently.“She started screaming and yelling. She went crazy,” the mayor said. “I lightly touched her arm and lowered my voice in an effort to calm her down. I never grabbed her.”The mayor added that she told Ward she was sorry if she offended her by touching her arm.
A Robeson County District Court hearing is set for Dec. 12
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
In the end I continue to be flattered that my very existence threatens so many people’s way of life. I am truly honored that my “lifestyle” so invades the psyches of small minded, ignorant people that they must take time out of their own lives to lobby against my rights to equal treatment under the law. I had no idea I was such a celebrity. I also understand that more often than not, there are sinister, secretive reasons why certain people politic so aggressively against equal treatment for gays and lesbians. Whether it’s struggling with their own sexual identity internally, crippling insecurities within their own lives or just a pathetic need to feel “above” others in some way, it’s a clear and direct indication that these sad people are suffering from some very complicated demons. I personally believe that they will have plenty time in the hottest part of Hell to work through things and rethink their position later on.
So we remain second class citizens. We can be fired from jobs for loving someone, our long term relationships have no legal definition or protection, we have no tax relief, we have no end-of-life/familial rights, and we are shunned from most religious communities. We will continue to be gawked at, talked about, ignored, secluded and abandoned. The media and pop culture will continue to sensationalize us and our community as a whole will struggle with its own identity and avoid responsibility as a result.
Personally, I don’t let any of this affect me. Gay or straight, I believe relationships are personal and not to be publicly declared, I do however believe that the law should intervene at some point and provide protections to all parties involved. I pay zero attention to the “god warriors” and would rather not be included in their inner circle anyway. Most importantly, I enter into my relationships with the same fervor and determination that my straight counterparts do. The love I give is no less real than theirs and that should be recognized by both humans and the law.
Despite my mild ambivalence, I continue to be amused by the irony all the while saddened by the deliberateness of it all
Monday, November 03, 2008
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Saturday, November 01, 2008
Reflections in the Rose Garden
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Wanna enjoy the cool weather and give your arteries a good hardening at the same time? I suggest you cook this up. Best you’ll ever have.
16 Oz Whole Milk
16 Oz Heavy cream
8 Table Spoons Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Cocoa Powder
¼ tsp Vanilla Extract (Preferably Mexican)
Mix milk, cream, cocoa powder in a medium saucepan with heavy bottom under medium heat. Aggressively mix powder into milk/cream mixture (Will take a while for powder to saturate). Consistently whisk mixture as it heats (will become less frothy and more liquid). Add Mexican vanilla. Once it’s reached a desirable temperature (personal taste) remove from heat. Drop one heaping spoonful of marshmallow crème into the bottom of a large mug and pour hot chocolate over it. When marshmallow lump floats to the top, it’s ready to drink.
Suggestion: Serve with lavender caramels topped with Fleur De Sel click here
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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Monday, October 20, 2008
JT sent me a link to an online percent change calculator. For mathmatically challenged media folks like me, shortcuts like this can mean more time time perfecting my ping pong game and less time nursing media math-related headaches.
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