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Posts in May 2008

Really?!? Right before Memorial Day!

by: Russell Updike | on: 2008-05-26 12:10:08
So, I was went to a movie the other day, suddenly on the screen scenes from the battle of Normandy appeared with patriotic music in the background. The scenes then switched to Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the like obviously representing the Civil Rights movement of the 60s.  Finally, the scenes transitioned to those attached to "Global Warming" and a voice calling it the struggle of our day.  I was floored. I loudly verbalized my disgust.  Comparing global warming" to D-day, that was so disgraceful.  Luckily a gentlemen in the row in front of me shared my disgust and agreed. First the Time magazine cover, and now commercials before movies. WHEN WILL THIS CRACKPOT INSANITY END?

The words that come out of her mouth...

by: Jennie Martin Howe | on: 2008-05-26 10:45:34
I would like some opinions on Hilary's recent comment.  Personally, I think a president that spends half her time talking and the other half taking it back could be bad for foreign relations. 

That Sea of Pride

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2008-05-23 15:49:30

I was watching The Devil Wears Prada last night, and it hit a little too close to home. Every time Meryl Streep's character uttered the words "I just don't understand why . . . " or pursed her lips giving that look that feels like a stab in the chest, I found myself holding my breath, trying hard not to think about work . . . or the person single-handedly turning my professional life into a living hell.

As I was imagining the sweet notion of this person falling off a building, being hit by a bus, or having his limbs removed like the Black Knight in Monty Python's Holy Grail, I came to a sort of realization. It happened as I was pondering the overwhelming sexism that can never EVER be escaped when you're a woman working within a large group of men. I know, I know, I'm constantly bemoaning such circumstances, but it's surprisingly prevalent. So much so, that I frequently have to ask myself "did that just happen?" and immediately go into the argument in my head about whether or not it's the type of issue that warrant's HR involvement. Just for the record, there's never HR involvement. But I digress.

The thing I've come to understand is that both men and women experience very similar emotions, but express them very differently, and because of this, the space between the genders widens. Allow me to make some very broad generalizations:

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Bald and Pregnant

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-05-22 04:43:56
I ask and she delivers. My fellow ranters, I proudly present to you our friend Trooper:Read more...

Blessed

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-05-20 23:43:39
I spent the day at the pool alternating sunning myself in the blistering sun and cooling myself in the freezing waters of Barton Springs Pool in Austin, Texas. I finished the day at a bookstore sipping a refreshing beverage and leafing through a computer book opposite a good friend. Life is sweet sometimes.

Consejo Familiar

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-05-19 18:23:23

I have been toying with the idea of starting a small business for years. Recently, I have come to the decision to move ahead and make it a reality. Naturally, I first ran the idea by my family. They all offered me sage advice. Well, almost. The conversation went something like this:

Me: Hey Family, I want to start my own web design business.

Family: That's great.

Dad: If you work hard, you will do well.

Sister-in-law: You won't have to work hard, it will be easy.

Mother: I'll ask my boss for any advice he can give since he started a business as well.

Sister-in-law: You don't need that guy's advice.

Brother: It will take some time to make it big so you will have to stay with your current job for a while at least.

Sister-in-law: You will be an instant millionaire!

My sister-in-law is soooo funny.

The Best Gifts

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-05-18 23:35:56

Yesterday, my friend took me out for a "b-day." It was a belated birthday gift. We spent the day together doing all sorts of funtivites (all of which started with the letter 'B'). I had a great time.

Now, I am an old man. I have had some specatacular birthdays, and I've had some uneventful birthdays. Through the years, I've received some pretty great gifts as well. But what could be better than spending a day with one of my best friends? Nothing could have been better.

Schadenfreude: A Confession

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-05-17 10:21:47
My fellow ranters, I must 'fess up. On a regular basis, I get girls from church to come over to my apartment and clean my kitchen for me. Does this make me an evil person? It might, but on the other hand, it is nice to have a clean kitchen.

A Decree Forthcoming

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-05-16 14:59:58

When I am King, my first order of business will be to decree that no one be allowed to send text messages on their cell phones while driving.

Don't like the rule? Too bad, his royal majesty the King has spoken. To the dungeon with you and your ilk.

That is all.

Push and Pull

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-05-10 04:48:53
Sometimes I take two steps toward a woman, only to see her take two steps backward. Then, if I begin to retreat, she immediately advances. This is a strange dance we dance. The give and take, the push and pull, the switches and half-steps are all, in the end, rather tiring. I think that often the reason we don't fall in love and live happily ever after is that we are too busy getting in our own way and getting caught up in that never-ending dance. Dinkin Flicka. I'm not really looking to be married anyway.

Speaking of Rants

by: Russell Updike | on: 2008-05-09 12:45:51

A buddy of mine from AZ, with whom I used to discuss a lot of things has a blog:

http://toddmclauchlin.blogspot.com/

It is one of the more interesting political commentaries I've read in a long time. 
Enjoy!

Does the fun ever start?

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2008-05-08 14:56:33

This year I tried to approach the election differently.  I wanted to be informed, I wanted to understand what's going on, who stands for what, why I should care about each particular issue.  Now that the primaries are finally drawing to a close (one can only hope) I find I'm right back where I started.  Regardless of what I think, what I research, what I listen to, there will always be an overly opinionated person that will come along and make me realize just how uninformed and downright stupid I can be.  The thing that makes it exponentially more frustrating is the fact that it comes from both sides, with inexplicable passion and fervor, and issues are often seen as undeniably black and white.  Moreover, for one such as myself who does not make it a point to keep up with Foxnews, CNN, NPR, or  the many political news articles out there, I find that I'm constantly trapped within the crosshairs.

This all just leads me to ask, have we simply become an overly cynical nation that expects our government officials to fail? Are we so caught up in villifying the "enemy" that we disregard the blemishes of the person on the other side? Or is it just me!?

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