July 15, 2010
March 24, 2010
Ahem. I have news for these folks.
The entire country is NOT against it. Yes, there are protests and a lot of very vocal people who are against it. And there are of course those who are for reform but don't like this particular bill. But it's not everybody. Thinking back to 2003 and the invasion of Iraq, I don't think I talked to anybody who was for the war. That doesn't mean they weren't out there. It doesn't even mean I didn't know anyone who was for it. I just wasn't aware of them. I think what happens is that sometimes we get so wrapped up in conversations with friends and family, who typically have similar values and opinions to our own, that we forget about Those Other People.
For the most part, Those Other People are also intelligent, thoughtful, and caring people. They just disagree with you. Maybe you ignore them (I know of a couple of people who have taken to deleting liberal or conservative friends from their Facebook lists). Maybe they've kept quiet for some reason. I know I despise being painted as a "stupid liberal". "Heartless conservative" isn't any better. So it easily could be that Those Other People you know are more interested in hearing the news of your life than they are in getting into a pissing match over politics. Whatever the reason, we need to remember that the people we choose to talk about the issues with are virtually never a representative sample.
ps-This also applies those times when you feel like the only conservative/liberal/moderate around. You're probably not.
February 6, 2010
As it turned out, one of the main characters in the film has a peanut allergy (as do my 3-year-old and I) and has a reaction due to an unfortunate encounter scratching her arm against some giant peanut brittle. She swells up comically, argues with the wacky inventor over going to get her epipen, gets the meds, and is immediately fine after a shot in the thigh. Apparently, a lot of folks in the peanut allergy community had major issues with this unrealistic portrayal of allergy. I'm wondering if they missed the giant pieces of food landing on other characters and NOT killing them? It's a movie, folks. It's not realistic and isn't meant to be. In real life, no--it's not funny when someone's face swells up. But it's not funny when something falls out of the sky and lands on someone either. In real life she would have called 911 and gone to the hospital. In a movie, that doesn't advance the plot.
Honestly, I liked how it was done. You want realism from a movie? Go see a documentary. I prefer to be entertained.
October 29, 2009
This is my back deck. The actual measurement is 20 inches.
Some of the trees are having a hard time coping.
And our maple hadn't gotten around to losing its leaves yet. It will probably lose some branches instead.
Another tree has lost its leaves and the snow on the branches is simply stunning.
Make a little birdhouse in your soul:
Even the trucks were having a tough time:
But the real trouble was that my minivan was parked in the driveway. It's tall. I'm short. It was not fun to clear off.
October 16, 2009
October 2, 2009
Main exception message: Access to the path 'C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Creative Memories\Packages' is denied.
at System.IO.__Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode, String maybeFullPath)
at System.IO.Directory.InternalCreateDirectory(String fullPath, String path, DirectorySecurity dirSecurity)
at System.IO.Directory.CreateDirectory(String path, DirectorySecurity directorySecurity)
at w9.a(Boolean A_0)
at w9.a(String A_0)
As near as I can tell, the file path in question ('C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Creative Memories\Packages') doesn't exist.
Commence the banging of my head against a wall. I have tried:
repairing the install
uninstalling and reinstalling
uninstalling both v3.0 and v2.0 and reinstalling
creating that file path
and various combinations of the above.
I'm running Windows XP, Service Pack 3. Throughout the entire process, v2.0 has worked fine (well, except for the period of time when I had uninstalled, of course)
Customer service for Creative Memories is closed until Monday.
Brian and I are scratching our heads. Time to take a break and make a beer run.
But if you have any ideas or know someone who might, I would be incredibly grateful.
September 3, 2009
I admit it, I'm not easy on my phones. My current phone has taken the most abuse of all. It's been run over (twice--and yes, with a car), dropped on concrete more times than I can count, and most recently crushed between my hip and the cupholder of my car. And the damn thing still works. The cupholder incident accomplished what vehicular assault failed to do, which is crack the screen. (See the little tiny crack to the right of the camera icon? That's what happened under the tires. The giant crack in the middle? That's what the cupholder did.)
So I trotted over to the AT&T store to see what they had and how much a new one would set me back. I only gave the sleek shiny iPhone the briefest of glances. All those apps would sure be nice, but I need a phone that can take my abuse. Which is why I'll be getting the same exact phone next time. That is, when I get tired of looking at the cracked screen, because I'm pretty darn sure this thing won't die on it's own.
July 27, 2009
June 30, 2009
In the end, the Rotary Club took up the cause and donated money for the planters. Wonderful, I say. We get to keep the flowers without spending very much city money on them. They are still watered and tended by city workers who have been reassigned from jobs like weeding and picking up litter, but the bulk of the expense has been shouldered by the Rotary Club and private citizens.
However, (you knew there was a however coming, right?) I am a bit concerned about the attitudes of my fellow citizens on this. Clearly, not everyone shares my priorities. A sampling of the comments left on the various stories about these flowers:
Rotarians show the city what matters, even if its just flowers. Seems that the city needs a clue on what matters. Hurrah for community volunteers!
Yes, hurrah for community volunteers. But I'm thinking that the cutting of these pots from the city budget is a sign that the city DOES have a clue what matters.
Talk about out of touch with your citizens. Broomfield needs to listen to its citizens and find a way to put this in the budget.
As a citizen of Broomfield, I will support putting this back in the budget when we can fully fund our library, not before.
Eliminate a couple of part time positions and you've got your money. It's all about priorities.If the city was flush with cash, sure I could get on board with this. But we're NOT. And yes, the city government should provide services. Like, oh, I don't know....a staffed LIBRARY? Flowers are not a service, they are a nicety. When our family budget is in a crunch, the niceties are what get jettisoned first. And really? In this economy you put more value on some flower pots at intersections than you do on keeping people employed and off the public assistance rolls? Hmm.
When a city government prioritizes protecting it's own staff versus providing for the town, somethings wrong. The core mission of a city government should be to provide services. It's core mission is not to protect a job or two.