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(no subject) [Jun. 29th, 2007|10:46 am]
warning : mild animal cruelty (very mild, animal is unharmed), politics.

Mitt Romney, in a fawning interview published by the Boston Globe, decided to offer to a reporter an example of his leadership qualities in action.

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/specials/romney/articles/part4_main/?page=1

[my login is lietya@hotmail.com, password tasha1; feel free to borrow it.]

For a family vacation in 1983, Romney strapped the family dog's crate to the roof of his car and drove for *twelve hours* to Ontario. The dog was physically unharmed and the article is too busy praising Romney's brilliance and turd-miner upbringing to delve into whether it was emotionally traumatized, but at one point it did poop all over the roof (presumably, that was one unhappy dog!).

"As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management."

Honestly, for me personally, the damaging aspect isn't what happened - but rather that 24 years later, when asked in an interview, the first example that apparently came to mind was this. All those years as governor, not to mention the previous job as venture capitalist mentioned in this article, and the best thing he could think of to prove that he is gifted with "emotion-free crisis management" is that when a dog crapped on his car, HE WASHED IT OFF?! That's kind of sad, frankly. Not to mention the horrifying part where he thinks this is a cute story to be telling reporters. According to less-approving news coverage later on, he may have been guilty of animal mistreatment under Massachusetts law. Obviously he won't be convicted at this late date, but even so, bragging about crimes long after they would have gone unnoticed is a touch unfortunate in a political candidate.

On the bright side, this does show off one trait of his that MA residents are quite familiar with - a gift for shooting himself in the foot every time he opens his fool mouth.

(Apologies to Shash, from whose blog I borrowed this, and who is I suspect heartily sick of the whole conversation by now!)
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Yay! [Feb. 17th, 2007|12:22 pm]
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Happy Birthday, developer!
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Yay! [Feb. 3rd, 2007|05:52 pm]
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Happy birthday, wickedrad!

I'll be thinking of the cats, too - I'm sorry that's not the most fun thing to deal with on your birthday!
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Yay! [Nov. 16th, 2006|07:33 am]
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Happy birthday, verbicide! May it be an especially perky day.
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Yay! [Oct. 31st, 2006|12:39 pm]
Happy birthday, electricland! May it be filled with candy, of course....
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Yay! [Oct. 31st, 2006|08:13 am]
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Happy birthday, october31st! Yours is easy to remember, I have to admit. :)
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Yay! [Oct. 27th, 2006|11:46 am]
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Happy birthday wyldegrey!

You'd probably kick me for telling you I was late posting this because I got bogged down dealing with a lawyer, I bet. :) But congratulations and I hope it's a lovely day!
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(no subject) [Sep. 29th, 2006|08:37 am]
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Happy birthday, siobhanka!
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Yay! [Sep. 24th, 2006|01:18 pm]
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Happy birthday, jandyle!
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Yay! [Sep. 23rd, 2006|12:22 pm]
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Happy birthday, fairoriana!
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Yay! [Aug. 1st, 2006|07:45 am]
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Happy birthday to slammerkinbabe! By the next one, you should be even happier, or at least a lot busier. ;)
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Yay! [Jun. 30th, 2006|01:17 pm]
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Happy birthday, erbie! You and Naughty both got the greatest present already...

(I, too, am "late"; I remembered it as the "last day in June".... and was patiently waiting for the 31st! Ooops.)
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Yay! [Jun. 23rd, 2006|07:26 am]
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Happy birthday, llnaughty! I hope that your present is that Edgar gets to come home soon....
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(no subject) [Jun. 7th, 2006|12:16 pm]
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Happy birthday to raithen!
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Yay! [May. 23rd, 2006|03:19 pm]
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Happy birthday lawgeekgurl!
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(no subject) [May. 13th, 2006|11:34 am]
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Happy birthday to gunthera1! May it be filled with snuggling and lovely cross-stitch gifts.
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(no subject) [May. 13th, 2006|11:21 am]
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Happy BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to rolypolypony! Yay! I hope you manage to have a wonderful day despite the rain and DH working.
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(no subject) [May. 8th, 2006|08:30 am]
Happy Birthday, anacrucis! I hear the party was a success. (sorry I'm late; I don't do much LJ on weekends.)
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(no subject) [Mar. 24th, 2006|10:39 am]
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Let me say up front that this is in no way related to my current situation, and was inspired by conversations with friend(s) for whom I have enormous sympathy. Also, this poll is very long.

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Yay! [Feb. 17th, 2006|07:18 am]
[mood |tiredtired]

Happy birthday, developer! I'm sorry I can't make the party, but I hope you have a wonderful time.
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Yay! [Feb. 3rd, 2006|07:27 am]
Happy birthday to wickedrad79! I hope it's a lovely day.
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the first taste is free [Jan. 27th, 2006|08:20 am]
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Yeah, I'm getting on the "this new Medicare plan sucks" bandwagon, with a new angle :
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/26/AR2006012602061.html?sub=AR

Manufacturers (all except for Merck) are discontinuing their free-drugs-to-seniors programs, saying that those people should now be covered under the new Medicare plans. This will cause a great many of the poorest elderly to be abruptly without their medications - or to be forced to choose between drugs and food, in exactly the way this plan was supposed to *prevent.*

"Drugmakers blamed the Bush administration for issuing a legal opinion that suggests companies could run afoul of anti-kickback laws if they provide free drugs to Medicare beneficiaries. That guidance, from the Health and Human Services Inspector General's office, warned that providing free medicine to someone enrolled in a Medicare plan could be viewed as an effort to keep the patient on that particular product, rather than a generic or cheaper version sold by a competitor."

If I were particularly cynical, I'd muse that apparently it's pure coincidence that the results will (theoretically, assuming the desperate elderly find the money somehow) be a lot more profits going to the drug companies for medicines that used to be free. The less-cynical reading is that this is just another example of unintended consequences from a staggeringly ill-thought-out plan.

Once again, the Bush administration's idea of help is to be victimize people in direct proportion to how poor they are - nothing says charity like picking on needy old people.



In unrelated but more positive US political news, Senator Lieberman (I'm following because he's from my home state of CT) announced he will vote against Alito.
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Yay! [Jan. 10th, 2006|07:28 am]
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Happy 28th birthday, archaica! May the best birthday present be offered to you tomorrow....
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(no subject) [Dec. 5th, 2005|10:02 am]
fairoriana, may your first day back at work be as good as possible, and may your son be as pleased with the new arrangements as an 8.5-week-old can be.

archaica, let me know how that phone call went. :)

I hope everyone else is also having a tolerable Monday.... (Me, the CIA just emailed me to let me know my work IP address was logged accessing pornographic web sites. That's a new spam tactic.)
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Yay! [Nov. 28th, 2005|08:19 am]
Happy Birthday, bluepoet!
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Yay! [Oct. 31st, 2005|12:11 pm]
Happy 32nd birthday, elecricland!

Happy 22nd birthday, october31st!

I hope there's lots of candy left over to add to the birthday presents tonight. ;)
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(no subject) [Oct. 28th, 2005|12:12 pm]
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For the curious, after an hour on the phone and a talk with two people plus a manager, the oil situation has been resolved in an intolerable fashion. (They want to double our monthly payment and charge a minimum $2.89/gal for oil that I already know another company is selling for $2.59 right now. Mentioning the latter fact didn't get them to budge from their position, nor did any amount of arguing.) So I'm looking around for a new company. Fortunately, we have a $300 credit with them and a few months' worth of oil in the tank, so I don't have to run around crazily.

Because I'm feeling uncharitable, I'll mention that meanwhile, ExxonMobil posted recordbreaking profits of a hair under $10 billion this quarter, an increase of 75% over profits this time last year.
http://www.courant.com/business/hc-earnsoil1028.artoct28,0,6657213.story?coll=hc-headlines-business
(Highlight : "To put its performance into perspective, Exxon's revenue for the three-month period was greater than the annual gross domestic product of some of the largest oil-producing nations.")

It's interesting to compare that article (it's AP, so it's the source of much of the coverage across the print media) with http://www.guardian.co.uk/oil/story/0,11319,1402979,00.html . The moneymaker *there* is the quote from the president that Exxon was able to "capture the benefits of favourable market conditions." Those conditions being, of course, the same ones which justified enormous price jumps for consumers and great market volatility.


In better news....
good for George Takei!
http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/10/28/people.georgetakei.ap/index.html

And of Consumer Reports' 31 cars given the top reliability rating, 29 are Japanese and of those 15 are Toyota. :) At the bottom, of the least reliable, 22 were domestic, 20 European, four Japanese, and two South Korean.
(full list here : http://tinyurl.com/9ugrv )
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(no subject) [Oct. 27th, 2005|07:42 am]
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Happy 22nd birthday, wyldegrey! I hope you enjoy the day.
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(no subject) [Oct. 26th, 2005|07:39 am]
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Happy Birthday, docmanhattan! Boy, you're young. :)

I hope you're surviving the meetings.
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just to embarrass him [Oct. 3rd, 2005|09:13 am]
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Happy Birthday, shashalnikya!

Not that he reads LJ much, but I wanted to say that this is the 12th birthday of his I've been around for (he's 28), and it keeps getting better and better.
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Yay! [Sep. 29th, 2005|07:39 am]
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Happy birthday to Anais921! You're now officially and inarguably mid-20s. :)
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Yay! [Sep. 24th, 2005|11:22 am]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Happy birthday to jandyle! Hope you're enjoying spending it with your sweetie....
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Uh? [Sep. 22nd, 2005|12:40 pm]
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As I have been waiting a week to find something "worth" posting about that someone else didn't already post first, and failing, I bring you today's Touch of Weirdness.

There is a SINGING TOOTHPASTE TUBE in this office. Apparently, Colgate (?) invented a tube with one of those little musical thingies (like the ones that come in birthday cards) in the cap. Now, this is supposed to encourage longer brushing by kids, and may well be infinitely useful. However, someone set the dang thing off and it's now warbling cheerfully away in the otherwise silent office. Surreal.

In other news, I tried to put on one of my favorite shirts yesterday and it was too tight - in the arms. Apparently, the past 9 months of weightlifting *have* been doing something, as I've got biceps too big for the sleeves. Now, if only I could flex masterfully and split my clothing....
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because I'm taking tomorrow off [Sep. 22nd, 2005|12:36 pm]
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Happy Birthday fairoriana!
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(no subject) [Sep. 7th, 2005|10:04 am]
[mood |busybusy]

I don't usually plug my husband's blog (except insofar as mentioning how incredibly proud of him I am for getting such attention from media and political figures!), but he's selling blog-related items to raise money for charities helping the hurricane victims :

http://www.cafepress.com/ctlocalpolitics

(For the record, he put all this stuff together last night; he's never sold anything before, and all proceeds will go to a Katrina charity of the blog's readers' choice.)

For those who want to see the blog and/or the explanation personally, it's http://connecticutlocalpolitics.blogspot.com/ .
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another way to help - from spudzilla [Sep. 4th, 2005|10:49 am]
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Animal Victims of Katrina

There is transportation provided, with people ready and waiting, for
upwards of 200 dogs and 150 cats so far rescued from the devastation of
hurricane Katrina. What these animals need is a place to go. Kennels,
boarding, vets offices, shelters with any extra space, foster homes and
rescues. Even one or two open kennels would greatly help.

From what we know, all animals have been vaccinated and are in good
health considering the conditions. There are dogs and cats of every
breed and size. Some are in groups of two, three or four, hailing from
the same family, while some are solitary. ANY KENNEL SPACE AVAILABLE
CAN CERTAINLY BE USED. These drivers are willing to move these animals
ANYWHERE they need to go. Absolutely anywhere.

The current safe houses for these animals are being inundated and some
of these pets will have to be euthanized if they are not moved to make
room for the incoming animals.

Please feel free to pass on this information everywhere. Every forum,
every list, every community.

REMEMBER THESE ANIMALS WILL BE TRANSPORTED TO YOU.

If you know anyone, anywhere, that is willing to take in even one cat
or dog, please have them contact Lynda at the information provided
below.

They are also asking for ANY kind of donations for the animals -
money, food, bedding, water, etc.


Please Contact Lynda V. at: 203 515 3024 (cell)
Home: 203 227 5308
Email: Lynda@portone.com

Please contact at any time, day or night. These volunteers, rescuers
and shelter workers are working around the clock.


[In other news, Rehnquist is dead. I can't seem to muster up the energy to care deeply about anything else right now, but this is worrisome, of course.]
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"No one could have known" [Sep. 2nd, 2005|07:35 am]
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Yes, they could have.

http://www.latimes.com/news/columnists/cl-et-rutten2sep02,1,2313577.column?coll=la-news-columns&ctrack=1&cset=true

This situation was predicted, in excruciating detail, years ago. This is not blaming Bush or New Orleans; the tragedy was, as the article says, a combination of an awful lot of different people and organizations ignoring the warnings over the years.

credit to firynze for the story.

[also, to those I traumatized yesterday with Gutterboy - he now reports that his Gutterwoman saw rescue helicopters who acknowledged her distress signal yesterday, they will likely return, and she has food and bottled water to last her quite a while yet. Fingers crossed.]
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(no subject) [Sep. 1st, 2005|03:33 pm]
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I haven't had anything to say about Katrina that others haven't said better and first, but for a first-person, searing report of what it was like, see gutterboylive. This is someone I knew from a newsgroup; someone who, though I never said a word to him, I admired from afar for at least the last 9 years. No one has written more beautifully or more cogently of the horror and the trauma.

He's alive, thankfully, though his house, possessions, and job are lost. His beloved is trapped, and it is unlikely that she will survive, even as she's still calling out on her cell phone.
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(no subject) [Aug. 31st, 2005|08:00 am]
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This ad was in Cosmo. I frankly boggled. http://www.therephreshingtruth.com/home.php

(Note : the page contains the word "vaginal," so may not be acceptable for all viewers. Nothing obscene, though.)

It's like witnessing the birth of "cellulite" or "halitosis" - the invention of a completely imaginary PROBLEM that now you must pay various companies large sums of money to alleviate or no one will ever speak to you again! I have never, not once, not even for a millisecond, worried about vaginal pH levels. (Nor am I going to start!) What a ridiculous, bizarre thing to fixate on.... except that now, women must become insecure, and start pH-balancing things besides their hair. Yipes.

In other news, the gas station on the way to work hiked prices from $2.74 to $2.99 in the last 24 hours. No gouging going on around here, nope.

[I'm aware that pH levels are probably reflective of a problem in certain select cases, but in those situations someone is better off going to a doctor than buying an over-the-counter "rephresher."]
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public service announcement [Aug. 19th, 2005|03:09 pm]
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as of about an hour ago, I am officially ON VACATION. We're not going anywhere (just day trips) so I expect some computer time to be involved, but not to the degree that it is when I'm chained to a desk all day. the management apologizes for any boredom, lack of boobies, inconvenience, or rashes that may result. (Translation : if I don't reply in my usual omnipresent fashion, I'm not ignoring you, I'm just not keeping up.)
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scrabble cats [Aug. 15th, 2005|02:21 pm]
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Scrabble with cats is a game of quick reflexes. (Note to the Scrabble enthusiasts : yes, that's one *huge* gameboard. My best friend gave me "Super Scrabble" - several extra rows on all sides, plus quadruple letter and word scores - because she rocks.)

http://pics.livejournal.com/lietya/pic/00040wwy/g8
http://pics.livejournal.com/lietya/pic/00041h62/g8


....and, for the people who are baseball but not cat fans, the following hilarious roundup of truly bizarre baseball injuries.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/top10/baseball_injuries.html#2

(My sympathies, of course, to Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran, whose recent collision was not funny at all.)
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more pictures [Aug. 10th, 2005|09:43 am]
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We just had our own digital pictures developed - which went well, by the way, with 60 very nice prints for $11. I'm quite pleased with the results, and with having physical pictures for framing and albums.

anyway, I won't inflict all 60 on people (nor are they ALL of cats, I swear!), but here's my favorites.
http://pics.livejournal.com/lietya/gallery/000087ca
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reason number 4,902,012 why I love my husband [Aug. 8th, 2005|01:07 pm]
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Not only did he buy me a DVD player for my birthday, but when it became obvious that this meant the time had finally come to replace the 12-year-old 13-inch TV that was a going-away gift for college, he patiently trailed me to 9 electronics stores (2 twice). He didn't pretend not to know me during the rants on American consumer culture, alternating with debating the merits of buying a used but 50% off Magnavox versus a brand-new but crappy-brand TV. He even managed not to roll his eyes after I memorized and rattled off the prices and comparative merits of about a dozen different TVs, after an hour and a half of shopping, and then announced that the decision hinged on whether he could tell me if a single front speaker was worse than two front speakers. (He also refrained from pointing out the unlikelihood of finding a wide selection of 13-inch TVs, and from asking piteously if we could perhaps buy something not *quite* so postage-stamp-like.)

In the end, we got a 16-inch flat-screen (CRT) for $73, so we're both happy. But I really am amazed that the poor man didn't just conk me over the head with a VCR and run for the hills.

Meanwhile, slammerkinbabe, the gift of icons is my other favorite birthday present - behold what I've created using my digital camera and your much-bemoaned Microsoft Paint! (Oh, and I hope you're feeling better soon, and able to read this at all...)
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Yay! [Aug. 5th, 2005|07:46 am]
Happy Anniversary, fairoriana!
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If anyone was wondering.... [Aug. 4th, 2005|09:19 am]
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where I was at the buttcrack of dawn this morning rather than at work and on LJ, the car that we dropped off on Monday turned out to have a bunch of stuff wrong with it, naturally, and was not fixed until *today.* As my husband works 10-6 on Thursdays, and I didn't want to make him get up at 6:25 am to bring me to work, I changed my hours to start at 9 for today. I managed to get lost trying to get to work from the car repair place (where I left him to wait for it), was *still* a few minutes late, and arrived at work to an email telling me that the car was done.... but had cost mid-four-figures to fix.

So I wanted to thank everyone again for the sweet birthday wishes. Seriously, guys, that was the first *nice* thing to happen today, and it's made my birthday a happy one despite the "gift" of a car repair bill!

(....and the car's apparently handling much better now and the mechanic says it'll last a good long while more, so it was well worth the money, at least.)
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another reason to vote for McCain [politics] [Aug. 2nd, 2005|11:00 am]
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http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/01/opinion/01herbert.html

"You won't find many people willing to accuse John McCain, John Warner or Lindsey Graham of being soft on terrorism. But the three Republican senators are giving the White House fits with their attempt to get legislation approved that would expressly prohibit cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody."


It's depressing that the Republicans and the White House are desperately *opposing* a bill that essentially prohibits torture, something we say we aren't doing anyway - but I do find it heartening "that such an initiative would come from high-ranking, hawkish Republicans is extraordinary."
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we are not amused (and we have to pee) [Aug. 1st, 2005|12:10 pm]
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OK. I love my job. However, I do NOT love when they announce "in five minutes, we will be shutting off all water to the building; if you have to use the facilities, please do so."

I have a drinking problem. I admit it. I drink about a gallon of water per day. I can adjust this intake when you give me *more* than five minutes' advance notice that the bathrooms will be unavailable, but at the five-minute mark, all that water is already, um, sloshing around in my system. Ugh. They better fix this situation right quick.

(This was a pre-planned water outage; I wouldn't complain about the lack of warning if, as has happened goddammit, Verizon sliced a water main while trying to repair an internet cable.)

In other news, our car is at the mechanic's, which means my husband has the only one and I can't even *drive* anywhere to pee. If this keeps up very much longer, I'm walking to the neighboring college with its functional bathrooms and staying a few hours, thankyouverymuch.

(This is not improved by the waiting for the mechanic to call, either - the car's in for a checkup and I don't *know* of anything wrong, but I know that I'm still going to find out that something was, in fact, horribly horribly wrong with it....)


[ETA : the bathrooms are now "temporarily" available. (If I chain myself to a toilet in protest, can I get this status to last until after I leave?!)]
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Yay! [Aug. 1st, 2005|08:55 am]
Happy Birthday to slammerkinbabe!
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ARGH [Jul. 25th, 2005|01:48 pm]
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The good news is, my husband, at age 27, has a pretty substantial nest egg for retirement.

....the bad news is, it's tied up in the CT Teacher's Retirement Fund (a 403(b)). Supposedly, all we have to do to get it is create an IRA and roll over that money. Well, step 1 is accomplished; now all I need is for them to release the money.

Problem is, they require the signature of his last superintendent, which is *not* likely to happen in human rather than geologic time, judging by how fast that particular bureaucracy functioned (not to mention the potential misery of dealing with THOSE people again). Since all the CRB wants is proof that he's not on a leave of absence, I'm betting that having left 13 months ago and let his certification expire would be acceptable, but I'd like confirmation from them before submitting an "incomplete" form.

And now we hit the catch. First, their "voice mail message" lists off 4 minutes' worth of crap ("interest rates will be," etc.) before offering options. then when you type in the requested voice mail number option, you get "That line is busy. Please call back later. *click*" So I've called roughly 30 times today, and still haven't spoken to anyone. I'd gladly wait on hold, as I have work I can take into the phone booth, but nope.

In other news, my cat ate the IRA homework - literally. There are little Max-fang-marks all over the folder, and a chunk of it is missing. Sigh. I keep telling him that puppies chew on everything, not kittens, but he's not listening.
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first poll! [Jul. 20th, 2005|01:09 pm]
[mood |curiouscurious]

political, naturally....

Poll #536172 Supreme Court
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 38

How do you identify politically?

View Answers
liberal
4 (10.5%)
conservative
0 (0.0%)
socially liberal
1 (2.6%)
socially conservative
0 (0.0%)
fiscally liberal
0 (0.0%)
fiscally conservative
0 (0.0%)
Democrat
3 (7.9%)
Republican
1 (2.6%)
Green :)
0 (0.0%)
other third party
0 (0.0%)
moderate
1 (2.6%)
unaffiliated
1 (2.6%)
I don't care, shut up about politics already
0 (0.0%)
Voldemort/Cthulu
0 (0.0%)

How do you feel about John Roberts and his nomination?

View Answers
He's Satan
1 (2.6%)
He's God
0 (0.0%)
He's acceptable but I am a liberal with reservations
6 (15.8%)
He's acceptable but not conservative enough
0 (0.0%)
I'm holding out for Cthulu; why settle for the lesser of the evils
1 (2.6%)
I'm holding out for a liberal nomination
0 (0.0%)
I'm disappointed
6 (15.8%)
I'm relieved
0 (0.0%)
I'm happy
1 (2.6%)
platypi
3 (7.9%)
"platypi" is not the proper plural; I'm a Latin pedant
2 (5.3%)

How should the Democrats react to the nomination?

View Answers
filibuster
5 (13.2%)
confirm without a murmur
2 (5.3%)
pitch a fit but confirm
4 (10.5%)
blackmail the Republicans for a concession of some valuable sort, then confirm
12 (31.6%)
secede
3 (7.9%)
I hate politics but am still taking this poll for some reason
3 (7.9%)
Horcrux
9 (23.7%)
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