Oct 10 2008

Take a DEEP Breath.

When it comes to politics, sure- I have my pretty well defined opinions. However, in real life, I am not a very vocal political person. I’ll see things on the internet that are funny to me and I occasionally post them. I am purposefully hyperbolic because it amuses me. If we met in real life, chances are you’d never know what party I belong to or how I feel about particular issues. I respect anyone who has taken the time to educate themselves about issues and candidates, no matter their position on them. I regularly read bloggers with very different opinions than my own and I don’t hate them for it, I just respectfully disagree.

About Ron Paul: Was “asshat” too strong a phrase? Possibly. It was used for effect. There are certainly things about Ron Paul that I don’t agree with: his fight to overturn Roe v Wade; opposition of gun regulation; and proposing a withdrawal from the UN, to name a few. There are also some things that I appreciate: states rights to approving abortion; voting against the Iraq war; and opposing the federal war on drugs (which has always seemed like the wrong way to approach the drug issue in America). He’s a human, not a supervillain. He has his reasons for believing what he does, as we all do.

And I was quite honest about that picture of him making me feel sad. He just looks so defeated and lonely. That’s why I wanted to give him a hug. I may not agree with him, but he has feelings just like I do. Maybe he wasn’t really sad when that picture was taken, but it sure makes it look that way.

So take it easy. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, and this blog happens to be my outlet for mine. Visit at your own risk, I guess, and remember that we’re all people and, ultimately, all in this together.

Be good to each other.

Oct 09 2008

Ron Paul

Obama Pictures and McCain Pictures
see Sarah Palin pictures

I know Ron Paul is kind of an asshat, but there is something so pitifully sad about this picture. I just want to give him a hug! Of course, he’d probably die from the liberal, “pro-choice” cooties that would jump off of me and smother him, but… still. I think it has to do with the highwaters and shoes… sad, man. So sad.

What? Asshats are people, too!

Oct 08 2008

Political Aside

You should really go read this. It’s some of the scariest shit I’ve read in a LONG time. If that doesn’t cast even a little doubt about McCain’s character, I don’t know what would.

Oct 06 2008

ESOP

The conference was good. Great, actually, and not nearly as emotionally wrenching as I anticipated, being so far from my boys. I think that mostly has to do with the women I went with (who were fantastic), how busy we were, and the serious sleep deprivation I endured.

The company I work for is in the process of implementing an ESOP- an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. It’s really very exciting. We need to do it to get through ownership transition (the current owners want to retire) without being bought out (and probably laid off) by some other huge competitor. But it’s also just cool- to have such an influence over the success of a company and to be able to turn around and see that success in terms of positive personal financial impacts… well, I think that’s pretty neat (especially when it isn’t costing me anything!). I’m on the communications committee for the company ESOP, so I, with two other co-workers, was chosen to attend this conference.

It was SO invigorating. I feel so much more enthusiastic and I have so many ideas about how we can successfully establish an “ownership culture” now. It was a really good way o jump me back into feeling good about work after the slump I’ve been in for the past few weeks.

But damn- it was so nice to get home! Cole kept touching my face as if he thought I might not be there. He also kept spontaneously announcing “I love you, Mom.” which was just about the nicest thing I could ever hope to hear (besides maybe “I love you, Mom. I’m now making millions as a legitimate businessman and want to take care of you the rest of your life.” That would be freakin’ sweet.).

Anyway… conference GOOD. Love GOOD. Home GOOD. Sleep GOOOOOD.

(ticknart- I didn’t get anything besides edumacated at the conference- it wasn’t that kind of conference.)

Oct 06 2008

Vibrate

My cell phone rings. I don’t get to it in time. I view the missed call. Mom. I don’t know what to think. Relief for accidentally missing it so that I don’t have to feel guilt for intentionally “missing” it? The phone buzzes in my hand, letting me know there’s a message.

“Just wanted to let you know that ground turkey is on sale at the store for $2 a package. I know you guys used to eat a lot of it, but I’m not sure anymore. Thought I’d let you know just in case. Love you, honey.”

I close my door and the tears slide.

I guess the mourning hasn’t stopped.