Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I'm working on a few themed versions of my blog that i will rotate in randomly. All of it is a work in progress. I've started with the Tulane Theme first. MS State would be up if I could find a decent Maroon to use! Others to come, hopefully switched by what's going on in the world (or at least my world) at the time.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
I don't talk about a lot of my work here...I don't really know why. it's right along the lines of what i always type here. I mentioned my current project here once before. I've been working for a year to end a program called face-to-face. it, quite literally has cost the state more than $50 Million dollars and, in some places, tripled the infant mortality rate. It has cut 80,000 qualified citizens from Medicaid--virtually all women and children. all needy. My job was to end "face-to-face". I've worked politicians and interest groups and the press in every corner of the state, all for a full year.
Well, I got the word, just a minute ago, that the bill that will end the program will pass into law. we won, and the point of the last year of my life is almost complete. Just need to avoid a veto from the governor now (which will let him avoid a lawsuit from me) and we're really done. whew. i'm exhausted.
...I guess now i need a new job! heh.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
...is how people over explain things. This is perhaps somewhat of a Southern behaviour in some examples, but it isn't confined to the south. examples?
talking on the telephone line.
a walking stick.
Get up on it. (heck, i guess "get down on it" too).
Drinking Glass (were we mixed up).
and my favorite phrase, generally yelled at a strange dog snooping where it shouldn't and uttered by someone with a worn voice of at least 60:
"Get up dog, get up from around here!"
Monday, April 07, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
If you didn't hear, Mississippi was hit with 6 powerful tornadoes. Jackson got quite a bit of damage. I was at lunch when it hit. I had placed an order and was sipping on my coke when i looked out the window and the tree outside the window was bending at a 45 degree angle. a Semi Truck in the parking lot was swaying and about to tump over. the power was out and the restaurant crew moved all of us to the back of the building in the bar/kitchen area. a funnel cloud was directly over the building and would end up touching down just after it passed us. we got extensive damage. billboards by the restaurant were sheered down and thrown into the interstate. a car lot just walking distance from my location had about 40% of its cars blown out by the twister. it was a pretty intense few minutes. when it was done, whole sections of the city were out of power and 30,000 are still without power as i write this. trees where crashing through houses all over town and a good friend of mine just happened to be home. he looked out the window and saw the tree outside starting to give. he ran out of the room just before the tree broke through and crashed into the room. had he not moved with quickness, he would be dead now. it was a terrible disaster, and it is an amazing feat that (as of what i've heard) no one was killed. many parts of the city were hit MUCH harder than they were during Katrina. Friday was a terrible way to end the week.
OK, with the exception of when MSU almost beat Memphis, i've been pulling for the Memphis Tigers all the way, all year. they are just awesom and that school deserves everything they get. They won tonight and i hope to see them win the whole thing Monday.
That said, Kansas (ugh) was beating the CRAP of Univ. of North Carolina...until now. they were being beaten worse than any team in final 4 history. UNC is within 5 now. creezus, this is AMAZING.
So, i've been taken over the last year by the number of songs i've come to really like and came across via a commercial. this time (link above) it was a nike commercial. i never get inspired by nike commercials, but this thing really took me. its a song called "List of Demands" by Saul Williams. (Song here--after the commercial up top, that's the one to watch. also, live version with NIN here)
I've been sorta taken with the song because, well, i've spent the last few years being remarkably angry and a bit direction-less. for the entirety of my adulthood, virtually every success i've had came from the proper direction of my anger. I've spent a good while with all the anger and none of the direction. i'm tired of that. it just makes me bitter. i'm tired of being bitter, as it isn't my nature. This song has reminded me to start being myself again. i can't wait.
Friday, April 04, 2008
I'm having a nice cool Ginger Ale. I really like this stuff, but only seem to drink it on Airplanes. I must be a damn fool.
Also, while "Gingervating" is a pretty nice word, I may have to start dropping "Ginvigorating" into conversations soon.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Now, this is the good stuff. it was taken by my pal, Dr. Wagner. click the link above. he did some fantastic shots! I will post some from the Mississippi State game we saw the next day. I actually took some of the photos that day. well see if any are as good as these Dr. Wagner took Saturday!