Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Grow a Pair


I know that patience and loyalty are good, and virtuous traits. But sometimes I just think you need to grow a pair. -- Angela, "The Office"


Yes, this is what I am telling myself today. I'm frustrated and anxious, and my patience level with my current situation is waning thin. I'm tired of job hunting. I have a daily goal to apply to 3 jobs every day. It used to be 5 jobs every day, but eventually I had applied for everything out there. So now it is three. And today was not a good day. I kid you not, there was not one new job listing in my field today. That is scary. Very scary. Normally there are several new listings across all of the different job boards around the country, and I apply for the ones I am qualified for or interested in. But there was NOTHING new out there today.

I've given up hope that two of the interviews from last week are going to call me back. Oh well. I still have more irons in the fire. And hopefully this current consulting gig will turn into something promising.

And I want nothing more than to give in and just give up hope and stop being patient. I really want to feel like I am in control of something- ANYTHING- in my life right now. But I can't. There's nothing for me to control. I can't make the companies call me. I can't make a certain person call me for a date. I can't make my past employers pay me. I can't make the lawsuits move faster. I can't do crap. And I hate it.

Have you met me? I'm a bit of a control freak!!! This is killing me!

I wish I could just "grow a pair," as Angela so eloquently puts it, and just deal. But my instincts are telling me to just curl up in a ball and cry.

UGH!

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Good, the Bad, and the Fugly

Good- Bought a great new light fixture to replace the one the kitten destroyed a few days ago.
Bad- Ate at the Ikea Cafe and got food poisoning that 8 hours later is still wreaking havoc on my guts.
Good- Got my pink tree back.
Bad- Realized that the person I thought was working hard to get me paid, isn't trying at all.
Good- Food poisoning results in good abs and weight loss.
Bad- Food poisoning takes up time I'd prefer to spend doing other things.
Good- Got to spend time with my Little Sister.
Bad- Her mom's car got an owie.
Good- "Little" told me about her Anne of Green Gables costume for Halloween. (How perfect is this kid for me?)
Bad- I didn't think up that costume as a kid.
Good- My phone is paid for the month and works.
Bad- Those important calls I waited by the phone for all day never called.
Good- Wall St may crash, but I still get paid unemployment from the State tomorrow.
Bad- Rent is due the very next day. And unemployment doesn't cover it.
Good- I have a really cute kitten.
Bad- He's learned how to open doors by jumping on the doorknob and hanging.

Karma, Prayers, and Fingers Crossed

By the time most of you read this, the clock will have begun ticking. I'm hoping for job offers, or at least additional interviews, from a couple of places. And there's a chance some of my legal and financial woes will possibly be lessened greatly on Monday. In other words, it's a big day for me.
So whatever it is you do to help a friend out, whether it be send happy thoughts into the Universe, exercise good Karma, pray, or just cross your fingers, keep me in mind when you do it today!

THANK YOU!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

We Need More Kirk Camerons in This World

Like most of the girls my age, I had a crush on Kirk Cameron (then of "Growing Pains" fame) for many years. (The same years I had a crush on New Kids on the Block - Joey- and Chad Lowe.) But since those years he has not gone on to years of Hollywood fame and infamy, tabloid covers, and multiple divorces. Instead, he left Hollywood to continue his career in Christian and family focused films.
Today I saw the headline, "Shia LeBeouf's No Kirk Cameron," and I laughed. At first, I thought they were going to make a joke about how Shia is just not that good looking. He's no Kirk Cameron in that respect! But instead the point of the article is about how Kirk's latest movie, Fireproof, came out opposite of Shia's movie, Eagle Eye, this weekend. Naturally, Shia's movie is a huge blockbuster already. But Kirk's film is being promoted by the family-friendly groups, and won't see the number's of Eagle Eye.
But just because I believe in viral marketing, and think more people need to go see a movie that is about saving a marriage, and not about finding comfort in another's arms, and about turning to God for help, instead of Hollywood, I give you the trailer to Fireproof.



I wish more people in Hollywood would be willing to walk away from big roles that pay well, but don't represent their personal values. I greatly admire Kirk Cameron for his choice to not take roles that don't jive with his beliefs. There is no question that he could have gone on to some of the biggest roles in Hollywood- just look at his old castmate Leonardo di Caprio! Personally, I will go see this movie (assuming it ever comes to Utah- right now it isn't), just to support good films. And to see if Kirk Cameron is still as hot as he used to be!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Happy Dance

I've already posted the all-time classic "Dance of Joy" from Perfect Strangers, but more good things are coming my way this week, so I had to go digging for a second best dance of joy. And I have to admit, this happy dance looks a lot like my own personal happy dance!




The good news is this time that I got a consulting job for one week. And it may very well lead to a real job in the near future. And that's reason enough to celebrate!

Trust me, there's still plenty o'crap going on. But for now, let's just dance with Carlton, okay?

And if that doesn't work for you, there's always the Urkel Dance.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Warning: I'm Talking Politics Again

If my cat could talk, I think he'd have a PhD in comparison politics right now. He watches a LOT of CNN.

So here's what I want to know, and what I think of this whole financial crisis. But here's what you have to know about me first. I do not believe in government oversight ever. I'm a pretty hard core libertarian that way. I'm all for the "teach them correct principles and let them govern themselves" method of government. Except there has never been a people good enough of and of a pure enough heart to truly operate that way. However, I do believe we need to stop drafting so many laws, and instead give people more incentive to do what is right. Call it the candy jar method of governance. "If you do it right, you can take something from the candy jar."

Now here's what I think of this Wall Street fiasco. LET IT FALL. LET IT HURT. AND DEAL WITH IT. I don't want to see some big government bailout. Bring on the recession. Cause you know what? It wasn't BIG BUSINESS' fault. Every single stock and share holder could have made a difference. When all those people invested- purely for personal financial gain- they had the chance to read the fine print, and understand the companies they were investing in. They had the options to vote, and to make a difference within those companies. But they didn't take it. They deserve to be punished just as much as the people at the top, in my personal humble opinion.
Why should the government bail them out? And where do we draw the line and decide who gets government help and who doesn't?
Cause let me tell you what else bothers me. The government will come up with this huge astronomical bailout money, that we will have to pay back to the government in several years in the form of taxes. And who will be the people who feel those taxes more than most? US, the middle class citizens, and NOT the fat cats at the top of the ladder.
I think Obama is a big huge fat mistake right now. He has no words. He has no plans. Today his big statement was, "I have strong feelings about that." But then he didn't and couldn't share those feelings! Or express how those feelings may lead to an action of some sort.
Palin is useless as well. And that is all I will say for her.
I am actually glad to see McCain working on this matter. I think he can be trusted.
But you know who would have been the best at the helm to help us?
Romney.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Just Killing Time

 

Today was just another day in my new and changing world. I've reached an ultimate level of boredom that I cannot tolerate. It's a good thing! I've now reached the point where I'm ready to expand my horizons and try new things. Yesterday I went to the library and got some books on various subjects- personal finances and credit management (cause I'm expecting that by the time this lawsuit, back pay, and unemployment is all over, I'm going to need some serious help in those areas to repair the damage), resume writing, learning spanish (I took 4 semesters in college, but can barely speak or read a word now, so why not take a refresher course?), wordpad for dummies, and a few more books (slut romances).
I'm still busy applying for jobs, writing a novel, pretending to cook, playing with my kitten, and taking a daily nap. If you had all the time in the world to do something or to study, what would you do?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Tennis, Dating, and Job Hunting

US Tennis Association Rule #29 and #30
When to serve and receive
29. Receiver readiness The receiver shall play to the reasonable pace of the server. The receiver should make no effort to return a serve when the receiver is not ready. If a player attempts to return a serve, then the receiver is presumed to be ready.
30. Delays during service When the server’s second service motion is interrupted by a ball coming onto the court, the server is entitled to two serves. When there is a delay between the first and second serves:
• the server gets one serve if the server was the cause of the delay;
• the server gets two serves if the delay was caused by the Receiver or if there was outside interference.

A Week in the Life of This Single Girl

Back when I regularly co-wrote a column for Meridian Magazine with Julipalooza, there were occasional posts entitled, "Week in the Life of a Single Girl." Those columns are all pulled down now, or I would link to them. I'm not sure what is infusing me with creativity tonight, but I felt like writing one of those posts again. So on with the departure from the blogging norm.

Let it be known I am single and unemployed. This basically equates to the most boring life ever. I also have a cat. This just makes me sound that much more pathetic. This week was not a normal week for me. But then again, I have determined that in the last few months of drama, nothing around me is ever very normal.
The week was full of the usual job applications, dealing with various state agencies, watching TV, killing time, a date, and visiting friends.
One thing I never expected about unemployment is how much time it takes to be unemployed. There are a myriad of agencies, lawyers, and representatives I have to call and email on a regular basis. And that's all just to prove that I am unemployed! After that there is the actual job hunting procedures. I spent most of the week in a funk that I hadn't had any strong leads or call-backs, and began to really doubt myself. That's the Catch-22 of job hunting- just when you really need to be on your A-game, and present your strongest front, is usually when you are feeling your lowest.
A few times this week I felt like I was on some sort of bad reality show where someone off-screen was calling the shots and throwing new obstacles and challenges in my way. First it was getting denied my unemployment benefits, just for the money to arrive the very next day. Second there was a guy thing. *post edited cause i just found out certain people read this!*
I think Saturday night is a good metaphor for the rest of my week. On Saturday I sang with my choir at a lovely Presbyterian chapel downtown. Due to the awkward stage arrangements, I had to stand on my chair in order to see the director. That was a lot of ups and downs, and smiling, and hoping no one saw the gigantic ungracefulness of it all. I sang to a room of strangers. I knew no one in the audience. And I knew I was surrounded by talent far superior to my own. I was out of my league and trying to fake it and impress a room full of strangers.
From the job hunting to dating to singing, "I was out of my league and trying to fake it and impress a room full of strangers," pretty much sums up the whole of my existence.
And that is the week in the life of this single girl.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sleep

I can't begin to tell you how much I miss sleeping. I'm unemployed! I should be sleeping 12 hours a day and bumming around in my pajamas! But no. I have stress-induced insomnia. I'll take stress-induced insomnia over stress-induced kidney stones any day, but still, not sleeping is killing me. And just to add insult to injury, I have this dang kitten. I love the little guy, don't get me wrong. But he loves to sleep. He can sleep anywhere and anytime, preferably on me and in the middle of the night. Right now he has just slid from my lap, off the couch, and to the floor (and i do mean slid), still asleep. I'm so jealous. All he does is sit around and sleep (and play fetch, and bite me), and that seems to be the one thing I cannot accomplish these days.
At the very most, I am getting 3-4 hours of sleep a night. And usually only from 3 am- 7 am. Every once in a while I fall asleep in the afternoons and sneak in a nap. But dang it all, I'M TIRED!!
I've tried sleeping pills, warm milk, avoiding caffeine, forcing myself to stay in my bed in a dark room, etc. But nothing works.
I just miss sleep. I miss not feeling like a zombie.
So here's to hoping the magic of the Sunday afternoon nap will take over me and I can get a few hours of rest in. PLEASE!!!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Today I Decide-

Today I decide to just be happy. Good things have happened in the last 2-3 days. And I'm not going to set any other goals or expectations to ruin my happy feelings for now. I'm enjoying the good that has happened, and that is that.
I'm on my way up to Chez Palooza to help can peaches (it is a testament to just how dull my life is that helping J and B can peaches actually sounded fun today), and then tonight I get to go do my first real choir recording in several years. Tonight we record in the closest thing Utah has to a cathedral, and tomorrow night we perform Vivaldi, Faure, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, and more all in one concert. It's free! Here's details- sterlingsingers. You know you need a little classical music culture in your life!


In other news- I've added the new blogger "following" function. (please see the right tool bar for further explanation) If you'll follow me, I'll follow you! So let's get to the following!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy Birthday to the Little Sisty Ugler

Happy Birthday, Natalie!!
You've been my best friend through all the ups and downs of everything. You know that I wish I could be there to make you a birthday cake and dinner, and watch your boys, and send you out for a fun night with your husband tonight. And you know more than most why it is I can't do all the things I wish I could do for you. You've always been there for me, and I can never thank you enough. 
So, here for the rest of the world to see, are just some of the images that capture why my sister is the best. 
She's not shy.
She has incredible fashion sense.
She picked dresses out of a Victoria's Secret catalog for her bridesmaid dresses. 
She knows how to have fun. And she'll try anything twice. Because once is never enough. 
She loves to do things just for the photo op! Like climb inside off limits areas of public gardens, museums, or any other place with a roped off area. 
She loves to plan elaborate costumes. 
She has some pretty cute kids. 
 
Do I really have to have a reason to love my sister and think she's the best??
 

YEAH ME!!!

Don't look now, but something good has just happened! After 4 weeks of trying to work things out with the Unemployment Insurance people, I am finally going to get paid! It's a freaking miracle! I should know better than to get too excited before it actually happens (I don't yet have the money), because with my luck these days the bank will burn down or something. But in theory I will finally get paid in 2 business days.
We can all go do the dance of joy now!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Erin v. the World

In the case of Erin v. the World, another round goes to the world. What could possibly have happened now you ask? Seriously, you don't want to know. But I am becoming more and more convinced I am on the receiving end of a very cruel joke.
Here's how my day went-
1. Call the Utah Wage and Labor Commission to yet again see if there is any progress on my claim to get the 5 weeks of pay from my old employer. As usual, no one answered my questions or my call.
2. Call Utah Unemployment Insurance and yet again do everything possible to get my claim moving so I can get some money. After all I haven't been paid since early July, and I could really really use some money. Because the old employer is not cooperating, it could still be several more weeks before I see a cent. (It has been a month.)
3. Call EuroSport, the company that did some body work on my car, and get the paperwork proving I paid. There is now a recall out on that body work and I'd like to get reimbursed for it. I have called them 6 times now over a 2.5 month period. It boggles the mind what on earth could be keeping them from sending it.
4. Get the mail to find 2 different letters from the State of Virginia. The first one was from Fairfax County and was mailed to my old address and is a tax notice saying I owe property taxes from 2007 (when I didn't live in Fairfax County, cause I lived in UTAH), and if it isn't paid by TOMORROW, they will put a tax lien on me. The letter was mailed over a month ago. The second letter was from the State taxation department saying I failed to pay taxes in 2005! This one was sent to my current address. Do you know how many times I have moved since 2005?? I have no idea where I am going to find proof that I paid taxes in 2005. (But as if a slap to the face I easily found my 2006 and 2007 taxes.)

Seriously, this has got to be some sort of cruel joke. I spend my whole day trying to get money from one state just for another state to demand money out of me???

Monday, September 15, 2008

I'm all a twitter

I have a confession to make. I like Twittering more than I like blogging. For those of you not yet familiar with the joys of Twittering, allow me to explain. If you like updating your Facebook status, and/or reading the status of other people, you'll like Twittering. Twittering is considered to be micro-blogging. You can do it from your phone, on the Twitter site, or from any number of random widgets. The idea is that you answer the question, "What are you doing?" (just like Facebook), and then you have 140 characters to answer that question. You can "follow" the Twitters of other people, such as friends, celebrities, or just random people you don't know (just like blogging).
I think you should join Twitter. And then "follow" me. And I'll "follow" you back. You can find the site, and my Twitter home page, right here.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Bottom of the 9th Miracles

I can't go to bed tonight (it's 1:30 am) without expressing how grateful I am for bottom of the 9th miracles. Today was a very very rough day at the end of a very trying week. Just when I thought things really couldn't get worse (in this case, something going on my permanent record that is/was completely out my control), a miracle swooped in and saved me at the last second. All of the prayers and tears that went into the last few days were answered in a way I never could have expected. A huge stress came off my shoulders and I can actually think straight again. It was a big answer to some huge short term problems. There's still plenty of long term problems to solve, but until now I wasn't able to focus on them because the short term problems were so pressing.
This is all good. I'm so happy. And so thankful.
I even feel like a little part of me that disappeared when I moved to Utah a year ago came back today. This may be a strange segue, but I miss the me that had responsibilities and adventures before I moved here. Tonight for a few brief seconds I felt like the old me again. Do you realize that in the year and change I have lived in Utah I haven't done anything? I've tried a few times (Moab, St G, dinner clubs), but nothing "took." I haven't had one calling at Church. I don't even know if there is a singles scene, let alone be involved in it. I miss having a life.
Which all brings me to this. I don't know if I am staying in Utah. I'm looking world wide for a job. I'm ready for an adventure again. Utah has been the most anti-climatic adventure of my life. If I stay or go, there is one thing I know, I'm going to start living like me again.
Thank heaven for bottom of the 9th miracles.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Waiting for a Light at the End of This Painfully Long Tunnel

It was really great to get away from town and my troubles and see my family for the weekend. But unfortunately I came home and reality it hard again. First it was a major problem with my bank. And then it was finding out more about why I will most likely not qualify for unemployment insurance. The root of both problems continues to be my former employer Tricia McGarry. (yes, I am back to using her name.) When you file for unemployment, they call and verify your story with your former employer. I have not been told what it is she said about me, but apparently our stories don't mesh. And whatever it is she did say (which is obviously not the truth) is why I don't qualify for UI. You have no idea what a huge blow this is for me. First she ripped me off a month of wages, and now she's making it so I can't get what little money unemployment was going to give me. And the bank? They have been fantastic and very helpful throughout this ordeal. But today they finally had to tell me they can't help me anymore. It was been over 45 days and they want the money (from Tricia's bounced check) back. I don't have a job, I've used up my savings, and now I don't have unemployment coming either. To say this situation sucks is a massive understatement.
I've been in tough situations before. I've been frustrated before. But this is an all new low for me. Just when you think things can't get any worse, they do. I'm so tired. And so incredibly frustrated. I feel like I have exhausted every possible resource, favor, and possibility given to me.
One good friend asked me tonight what I am going to do, if all of my options continue to fall through. And the thing is, I don't know. I really don't know what I can do anymore. I hate that someone else had/has this sort of ability to ruin my life. And I hate that I wasn't better prepared for a disaster like this.
There are good things happening to help me in the longer term, big picture. But right now its the immediate needs that are killing me. I've had several phone interviews this week, and I'm excited about many of them. Who knows what the future is about to hold? More months of this financial misery and anger? Or is an answer right around the corner? How much longer will this go on? And will every day of it be like this?

Dear Netflix, You've Screwed Up Again

Dear Netflix,

It was just a few days ago that you screwed up my queue. But today you made an unforgivable mistake. I have been fanatically watching Northern Exposure for the last two months. I'm obsessed with it. I'm bummed that the show went off the air ten years ago and that I have no friends watching it with me. I love this show. I think the Fleischman-O'Connell romance is one of the best TV relationships ever! So you can only imagine exactly how excited I was when I finished Season 6, Disk 2 last week when they got engaged finally!! I was so happy for them! I loved it! I practically ran for my mailbox today to get Disk 3. But instead I got Disk 4! Something bad has happened! Fleischman isn't even living in Cicely anymore! And I don't know why!!! So I rushed to my Netflix queue where I found that for some reason Disks 3 and 5 are still in my queue, but Entourage Season 4 Disks 1-3 will be here tomorrow. Now don't get me wrong, I've been waiting almost six months to find out what's going on with Vinnie and the boys, but I need to know what happens on Northern Exposure first!!!
Netflix, now more than ever, it is important that you stop screwing up my queue. As of tomorrow I will not have cable anymore, and I will be relying on you to keep me entertained in my unemployment. I beg you, please don't screw this up!!


Thanks,
Me

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Lake Tahoe Part of Jackson-Park City-Lake Tahoe

Over the weekend I had the chance to fly to Reno/Lake Tahoe to visit my family. It was the first time in nearly 5 years we think that we have all been together. Our family isn't even that big! We're just very spread apart across the country. It was a special occasion for us to all get to be together again. You can only imagine how completely exhausted I was having been at the DW show all night, and then having to get up early to make my flight. Not that a little exhaustion was going to keep me from enjoying my trip! Nor was my stress fractured foot!

We brought a photographer out from Utah (my brother in law's brother in law) to take some photos for us. Here's a few of the pictures taken on my camera during the photo shoot.

Me and Bebe

My parents

Aunt Erin and Dallin Gresko



On Sunday we went to church and then out for a big family meal at a local casino buffet. It was a great buffet, I'll give it that! We ate a ton! But then we sadly had to say goodbye to our little Mancub, my brother Scott. Scotty boy is in the Air National Guard, stationed at DLI right now, and had to leave before the rest of us.
The nephews ADORE their Uncle Scott!!

And his big sisters miss having him around. We're still amazed at how he suddenly became a man overnight!

What I love most about this picture is not the size of the ice cream cone. It's Tell's face in the background, completely in awe of the ice cream cone. (moment later he would disappear to go make one of his own)


Porter and Dallin attempted to make their own ice cream cones. They had a little adult supervision though.
 
Porter was in hyperdrive during lunch. First he was just excited to have his whole fan base in one place together, then there was the overstimulation of the casino sights and sounds, and then top it all of with a huge buffet! We're lucky the kid didn't self combust! He was very busy during the whole meal, whether it was eating, drawing pictures, stirring his drink or other's food, or just talking, he had a lot going on. My favorite part of the meal was when he suddenly announced, "I be right back." And just slid out of his chair and marched off like a man on a mission. His mother did get up to follow him from a safe distance. When he realized he was being followed he yelled at her (as 3 year olds are prone to doing) and told her to "go back and sit with her parents!"

The next day my dad, Steve-O and Natalie had to work, so Mom, Steph and I took the boys up to Lake Tahoe. The water was frigid but beautiful. I've never seen anything so clear before. I loved the views and the temperatures up there. Unfortunately I didn't think the high altitude thing through very well, and in spite of trying to stay in the shade as much as possible, I got a pretty pink sunburn all over.
My favorite little ducky.

 The beautiful view. Please also notice how the boys have not actually gone that far out into the water. TOO COLD!

Mom was smart and stayed under an umbrella. Private beaches really do come with the best amenities!

This is how clear the water was.

That's enough family slide show time for now. I'm sure I'll have more to post sooner or later.






Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Jackson Hole, Park City, and Lake Tahoe

In the past week I have been in Jackson Hole, Park City, and Lake Tahoe. I sound so much more chic than I really am. I also sound like a person with a much bigger pocketbook than I really have. (As you know if you read the post that I had up here for a few hours before coming to my senses and removing.)
I was up in Park City for the big Due West show on Friday night. And I have to say, the show rocked!!! The guys never disappoint! It's true I am a little biased about their greatness, but judging by the energy of the crowd and the excitement in the club, I'd say the boys made quite an impression on this mostly new-to-Due West crowd. Besides plugging it on my blog over the past few weeks, I also have been fulfilling my role as their online publicist, and did a lot of plugging all over the place for the Harry O's show, and the upcoming Bella's show (best Mexican restaurant in Utah!). I was so nervous about what kind of crowd we would get out here. I haven't heard a final number still, but I can tell you that I am very happy with the door numbers so far.
Here's a few fun pictures from the night (that I am sure will also work their way over to the DW blog sooner or later).
We had a "most creative application of the DW tattoo" contest during the show. This would be my neck tattoo.


 The boys on stage.
Brad's mad guitar skills
Tim and his adorable amazing wife (name being withheld since I don't know if she is okay with it being public) at the after party.
Kendra taking a shocking picture of something!
Sara (former co-worker and now friend) joined me for the night. I'm so glad she came. We had a blast singing and dancing along all night. 

Friday, September 05, 2008

Unemployment Soared in August

The headline of this WashingtonPost.com article reads, "Unemployment Rate Jumps to Five-Year High." For some strange reason, this makes me feel a little bit better. It's not just me.
I am tired of job hunting. I have been looking for about 4 weeks now, 2 of those weeks seriously. (It was unclear in the first 2 weeks if an offer was about to materialize.) I just want a job. I want out of this ridiculous unstable Utah market. We have way too many small start ups here. And I really have no desire to stay here either. I want a nice stable company with good benefits. Is that so much to ask?

I'm Not Voting for McCain. I'm Voting for Palin.

I've kept my blog somewhat politics free for a while now. My yearning for politics comes and goes depending on the stress in my life, the issues at hand, and how much free time I have. But today I read something dissing Palin, and promoting Obama, that I thought was so incredibly stupid that I can't keep my mouth shut now.

Let me start by saying, I can't stand Obama. I've yet to find one interesting fact about the man, one impressive piece of legislation, or one substantive accomplishment other than that he has been elected. But that's the thing. He's been elected, but then nothing has happened. What has he done with the power his elected offices has given him? Nothing that I can see.

Now, I don't really care for McCain at all either. My vote is still registered back in Virginia, where it counts, as compared to Utah, where we know the state is going red anyway. I've been contemplating different options where I could vote third party in a way that would hurt Obama without detracting from McCain until this week.

But then entered Gov. Palin, and I like her. I like her a lot. She has a flair about her that I want to see in a leader. Hillary didn't have it. I didn't want little girls to look up to Hillary and her spotty past. But Palin is someone I want school children to want to be when they grow up. I've heard all this talk about how Obama overcame so much to get to where he is. So has Palin. She's worked very hard to achieve quite a bit. Her accomplishment isn't, "I'm a black guy who did good in spite of my background, which wasn't that bad, but it could have been worse." Her accomplishments include running a State and raising a family. I like this woman.

As for why I don't care for Obama, besides the fact that he hasn't done anything with all the crap he's supposedly achieved. He has yet to speak in definite sentences. He has hopes and dreams, but he has no plans. It's like he read a book about the place, and has some big ideas and dreams for it, but hasn't actually been to the place to turn those dreams into actual plans.

I'm an action oriented person. I want to see a bullet point list with directions on what we are going to fix first, and how we are going to do it.

And if I see the environment* on the top of that list, I'll campaign against the guy. Why? There's a lot of things we need to work on right now. A lot of absolutely do or die bullet items that must take place today. The environment needs to be a continual process. Assign a task force and let them continue to work on it. But the candidate that tells me that is their most important issue, is the candidate I think needs a reality check.

*This isn't to say the environment doesn't need help. I'm all for a green movement. But it doesn't need to be the problem of the highest office in the land. It needs to be the responsibility of individuals and corporations. Let the President work on the more important things like education, the war fronts, taxes, the economy, etc. The trees can be handled by someone else.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Grand Tetons up on Viscape

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Old Faithful

I spent my weekend up in Jackson Hole and then in Yellowstone. I had never been to either place before, and I really really wanted a break from reality, so I couldn't wait to get out of Dodge. Seeing Yellowstone on Monday was my favorite part. Here are the pictures to tell you why!

As you may have noticed, I've had a run of bad luck and crazy unfortunate situations lately. Did you know my bad luck can override century old forces of nature? Seriously! My bad luck is that powerful!!

Having never been to the Tetons, Jackson, or Yellowstone before, I had no idea what half the things I saw were. For instance, I had no idea there was more than one geyser at Yellowstone. I thought there was just Old Faithful. But it turns out, there are several of them! (But most of you probably knew that already.)

Some geyser I don't remember the name of.


Another steaming hole in the ground they call a geyser. Something else I didn't know- geysers are steaming holes in the ground that eventually erupt. I thought they (and by they, I mean Old Faithful the only one I thought existed) were just a continual fountain of something or other. I was wrong.


You would think that all those steaming holes in the ground would make the area nice and warm. But you would be wrong. In fact, we were dang cold out there! This is Laurie and Carol, the very nice girls who let me tag along in their car to go to Yellowstone. All those steaming plumes behind them are the various geysers.


Finally it was time for Old Faithful to erupt. And this is where my run of bad luck kicked in. Why do we call it "Old Faithful?" Because it blows very faithfully every day, every 90 minutes or so. But not on the day I went! Oh no! I felt bad for the huge crowd in the picture below for having the misfortune of showing up on the same day as me.


The signs indicated that there is a +/- 10 minutes from the time they say Old Faithful will blow. I took this picture about 15 minutes after they claimed she blows. In case you can't tell where the hole in the ground is, the big picture finger has returned to help you see it.


This is the face I made a lot while waiting and waiting and waiting for Old Faithful to break my run of bad luck.


And then 25 minutes after the window where they claim she blows, Old Faithful finally blows!!


You will notice there are no pictures of wildlife from Yellowstone. Supposedly Yellowstone is famous for wildlife, and how you can see bear, elk, moose, buffalo, and bison just by looking out your car window. But me? Oh no. Just further evidence I am cursed, the only wildlife I saw was a huge crow. No deer, no elk, nothing. Either everyone is lying to me, or I really am that cursed.

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