Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Papers

I think it's telling that I still check the AJC daily, while I've visited the Baltimore Sun's website a total of maybe  seven times since i moved 9 months ago.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sometimes I wish I had my own Sorting Hat

....so I could easily sort people into the appropriates areas.  Such as -

  • great friend
  • casual acquittance
  • person I have no use for

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Music Midtown is BACK!

I've already got my plane ticket.


Looking forward to great tunes and seeing even better friends.


To find out who is going to be there visit: http://musicmidtown.com/


I sincerely hope they add Mumford & Sons.


Until then, this will have to tide you over:


Monday, July 4, 2011

Ray Charles - Oh Beautiful America

How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. ~Paul Sweeney

Friday, July 1, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

So.....

13 years ago today I started my first job in Atlanta.

The job taught me a lot about the kind of company I did, and did not, want to work for.  It was stressful and it led to one of the biggest personal set backs of my life.

It wasn't all wine and roses that is for sure.  But I learned a lot.  About myself, about business, and about people in general. And I've carried those lessons with in every step I've taken since I left there.

The silver lining of this experience is that it led me to some wonderful people who are now dear friends.  And so 13 years later I look back on that time and smile because if not for going there in the first place my life would be so very lacking.  In so very many ways.

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

I've gotten my new library card...

and have three books on reserve already...so now it feels like I've moved for real.


No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet. 
 - Lady Montagu


If you have any suggestions of good titles for me to check out, toss them out in the Comments section.  I'm always looking for a good read.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

DC Metro baby!

Meeting some out of town visitors down on The Mall today.

Given that the last few times I've driven into the District I either gotten stuck in terrible traffic or gotten a bullshit ticket, I've decided that I am Metro-ing in.

I am sure this will be way more time consuming as it takes about an hour to get to the Metro stop where I'll be parking.  But if it saves me the aggravation of a traffic jam and $125 in fines, not to mention the whole parking situation, I am thinking it will be worth it.

I'll let you know how it goes....

Friday, June 24, 2011

Dear MARTA...I apologize

because after witnessing the light rail cluster&^$( upon the conclusion of the U2 show on Wednesday here in Baltimore I can say, in all seriousness, you are LIGHT YEARS ahead of Charm City.

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/traffic/2011/06/why_cant_light_rail_handle_big.html

Seriously, it was out of control.  I just wish my phone hadn't died so I could have capture the madness digitally.

13 Years Ago Today...

I arrived in Atlanta.  And this song was the #1 Modern Rock song in the land.

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

 Indeed.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer by Vivaldi

This is always a day of mixed emotions for me.

I love it because it's the longest day of the year.

I hate it because it means that Winter is on its way back.

Yin-yang in action.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day...

When you thought I wasn't looking

Author: Unknown
When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I knew that little things are special things.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I heard you say a prayer,
and I believed that there was a God to talk to.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I felt you kiss me goodnight,
and I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt,
but it's alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw that you cared,
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I looked....
and I wanted to say thanks for all the things
I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.
Thanks Dad.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

It's good to know...

that after all these years, my RECON skills are still in tip-top shape.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

After yesterday's Pity Party Post

I decided I needed to buck the hell up.....and who better than Xtina to get the job done.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Thank you Atlanta

I want to thank you
for giving me the best day(s) of my life..............(so far...)

Just When I Think it's not Possible

I find a new way to miss Atlanta and all the people in it.


Isn't it telling that I am having a harder time adjusting to being back in Maryland than I ever did adjusting to Georgia?


Next week would have been my 13th anniversary of my move to Atlanta.  And while I am not typically the weepy sort, I think a few tears will be shed on the 24th.  Tears of sadness that I am no longer there but also tears of happiness about how wonderful my experience was while I was there.


It's funny, I technically grew up here.  But really, I became an adult in Atlanta.


How thankful I am for the brave girl who left the safety of her home to embark on a life far away from her comfort zone.  Lots of ups and downs along the way, but all in all, it was a remarkable journey.


"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you'll discover will be wonderful.  What you'll discover is yourself."  - Alan Alda


Well said Alan.  Well said.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Today's Food for Thought

“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Madagascar - I like to move it

considering I wasted the better part of a Saturday waiting for my illustrious movers to show up (and they never did) I needed a tune to get me excited about the "unpacking" part of the program when they finally "move it" in today.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Homey!

That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college! 


Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.


I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman.


Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'Sir' without adding, 'You're making a scene.' 

38 quotes

37 - We must be the change we want to see. - Mahatma Gandhi
36 – When you settle for less than you deserve you often times end up with less than you settled for…
35 - Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.  - Theodore Roosevelt
34 - If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice. - Meister Eckhart.
33 - “If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember.  You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. i'll always be with you.” – Winne the Pooh
32 - Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' - Martin Luther King, Jr.
31 -
Life wouldn’t be the same without you and all the memories you have given me.
30 – Money can’t buy happiness but it can provide a better kind of miserable.
29 - I'm a firm believer in the philosophy of a ruling class. Especially since I rule. – Randal Graves
28 -  Not all those who wander are lost. – J. R. R. Tolkien
27 - Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
26 - A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.  ~Humphrey Bogart
25 - This is my simple religion.  There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.  Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.  ~ Dalai Lama
24 - Don't stand in someone else's shadow when it's your sunlight that should lead the way.
23 - Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment. -Fred Brooks
22 – Some of the worst choices we make make the best stories later in life.
21 – People in Hell want ice water too.
20 – Say what you mean and mean what you say.
19 – I like to move it move it! – King Julian
18 - While we're living…The dreams we have as children…Fade away  - Oasis, "Fade Away"
17 -  Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see. – Mark Twain
16 - When you're chewing on life's gristle
                Don't grumble, give a whistle
                And this'll help things turn out for the best...
                And...always look on the bright side of life...
                Always look on the light side of life.  - Monty Python's Life of Brian
15 – We bring her along because she’s funny – Jordan Bayles
14 – Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose. -  Tom Krause
13 - We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are. -
                Calvin & Hobbes
12 - Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew, When I bit off more than I could chew, 
                But through it all, when there was doubt, I ate it up and spit it out. I faced it all and I stood tall 
                And did it my way. – Frank Sinatra
11 - Letting go doesn't mean giving up... it means moving on. – Anonymous
10 - You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. –  C. S. Lewis
9 – Freedom of speech doesn’t mean anyone needs to actually listen to what you say.
8 – They say God doesn’t give you more than you can handle…but sometimes I wish He didn’t trust me so  much.
7 - Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance. – Anonymous
6 - Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.  ~ Jane Howard
5 - If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now –  Clark W. Griswold, JR.
4 - Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.  - Franklin P. Jones
3 - Think where man's glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends. - Yates
2 - There's no crying in baseball - Jimmy Dugan  (that is unless you're an Orioles fan)
1 – In a World where you can be anything it’s most important to be yourself - Me

Monday, May 9, 2011

Someday I'll expand on this...

but for today this says it all.....


Monday, May 2, 2011

"We are Family..." - The Pointer Sisters

The Human Family

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I've sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I've seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I've not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England's moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we're the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

by Maya Angelo

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rolling the Dice today......

...and I am going to see Russell Brand's Arthur. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1334512/

Given that I've never seen the original I have no preconceived notions about what to expect...so I am hopeful it will bring the funny.

Will report back....stay tuned.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving....

From The Huffington Post:

The Church of England has published a special prayer in anticipation of the wedding of Prince William to his fiancee, Kate Middleton.


In addition to the general prayer they whipped up, they made one for kids too. Its text is below.


Prayer for school children praying for the Royal Wedding

Dear Jesus,

we pray for Prince William and Catherine Middleton
as they get ready for their wedding day.
Keep them safe,
make them happy
and help them
to look after each other always. 
Amen.


If find this terribly sweet. And also profoundly powerful. That a lot of positive ways heading their way.

And now we know what gift to get for the couple that has (or can buy) anything they could ever desire.

A prayer...because God knows there will be tough days every once and a while for even Mr. & Mrs. Mountbatten-Windsor.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My Girl - "Weeping Willow"


today's food for thought............

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Hunt for the Haunt Continues

After considerable thought, some sisterly advice and some less than acceptable answers, I've decided to not go with the Towson apartment.

It just doesn't feel right.

And so I am taking a few weeks off from looking (one, because I'm exhausted at looking at places and two, I've got a ton of deadlines at work in the coming weeks) and I'll start again fresh in a few weeks.

On a happier note, baseball is back.  And Orioles magic is in the air.  Started the season with a sweep of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (and yes, I know the name changed but I refuse to accept their renaming) on the road and today my Os defeated the Tigers at Camden Yards.  Sad I couldn't be there to see it in person, but even I draw the line at $95 for a standing room only ticket.

Only 175 games to go until we get our Orioles glory back.  But who's counting?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Flounder...Usually a Meal for Me, Not Usually Something I do When Making a Decision

floun·der 2 (floundr)
n. pl. flounder or floun·ders
Any of various marine flatfishes of the families Bothidae and Pleuronectidae, which include important food fishes.
versus.....
floun·der 1 (floundr)
intr.v. floun·dered, floun·der·ing, floun·ders
1. To make clumsy attempts to move or regain one's balance.
2. To move or act clumsily and in confusion.


So usually once I make a decision I just go with it. I don't hem and haw. I analyze the problem, usually make a pro/con list, and then I commit to a course of action.  And that is typically the end of it.  I forge ahead in the necessary direction.

Which is why I am a bit concerned an apartment I looked at and thought I wanted.  

It's within my price range, it's not terribly far from work..or downtown Baltimore.  It's within walking distance to the gym I'll probably join.  And it's huge!  One bedroom, one and half bath, eat in kitchen, den, huge patio.  And Nordstrom is visible from the sliding door.

All this being the case, it would seem this should be a lock. 

And yet I am not feeling that this is the right choice.  At all.

In addition to my gut feeling, there are some pretty hefty questions I have about the lease.  And I've sent said questions to be addressed.  It is my hope that once I get these answers I'll feel a bit more confident about things.

There are a whole host of issues as to why I don't think this is the right choice, and off of the top of my head, here are a few:
  1. I'd like to make sure my renter is reliable before I am beholden to pay someone else's mortgage;
  2. I haven't had a lease in a long time.  With my place rented and the mortgage mostly covered the thought of tying myself down is not that appealing.  If I want to up and move I'll not be able to do so without taking a pretty big financial hit.
I think it is going to be in my best interest to slow things down a bit related to this place.  If it's meant to be the answers to my questions will provide the necessary piece of mind that will allow me to move ahead.  And if they don't, well then, my gut will have served me well and I'll continue to search for my new wigwam.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

If by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son! 

Monday, March 28, 2011

There is no one who compares with you....

How Can I Miss You if you Won't Go Away?

So back when I lived in ATL I signed up to get alerts from Marta when things occurred that impacted the schedule.

I'd get updates at all hours of the day and night, such as the following:  
Weekend Singletracking Details:
Date: March 26 & 27 
Train Line:  Red/Gold
Frequency: 20 minutes
Customer Impact:  Customers traveling to/from North Springs will need to transfer trains at Lindbergh Station to continue travel.  At East Point station board ALL trains on NORTHBOUND platform.

Train Line:  Blue/Green
Frequency: 20 minutes
Customer Impact: At Avondale & Kensington Stations board ALL trains on EASTBOUND platform.

This was handy information to have when I was using Marta everyday.  

Now it's just an annoyance.  That I can't stop.  Because Marta has no unsubcribe link on their messages.  Further, my attempts to unsubscribe via Marta's website have failed as well.

It seems Marta is much like the mob...once you are in, you are in for life.  

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I Learned a Long Time Ago to not ask Questions I don't want to hear the Answers to


So this past week was the week for questions.  And man, was I OVER them.

Are you happy you moved?  
Have you met anyone?  
How is the job?  
Are you liking being back?  
Have you found an apartment?  
Do you miss your friends?
What do you miss the most?
Do you want fries with that?

And the list went on and on. And on.

But here's the thing:  No one really cares about my answers.  

And for those inquiring minds who wanted to know, they seemed disappointed in my honest answers.

Here's a tip - if you don't want to hear my answers to your questions, DON'T ASK ME questions in the first place.  I am not one to sing "Woe is Me" from the rooftops.  I am not going to bitch and gripe just for fun.  In fact, I have no interest in spending my time talking about things I can't control or change.

BUT if you insist on asking me questions point blank please at least be courteous enough to not be irritated by my honest answers.   To paraphrase Colonel Jessup, it seems you can't handle the truth.

So, how about we declare détente...you don't ask, and I don't tell.

Deal?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Progress Report on the Search for my New Haunt

So the housing hunt continued today.

My friend Nichole and I spent about 7 hours driving around hither and yon looking at places. Most weren't my favorite (Southern readers, you know what this statement really means) but I did find three places I want to check out.

And one is within WALKING DISTANCE to Camden Yards.  This is also the one that is furthest from my office so I am not certain this is meant to be....but I have to at least look at it...otherwise I'll always wonder.

Scheduling visits for later this week and one for next Sunday as well.  We'll see what pans out.

Perhaps someone you know, could sparkle and shine.........

Another great song I had totally forgotten about....

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Puke- Eminem

And no this isn't a veiled reference to Duke. Though it could be.

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For a special someone out there...and not the one you all may be thinking of. This is for someone who is so delusional he'd never think it could be in reference to himself.

He'd be wrong.

Childish? Maybe. But I feel better.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Forget St. Patrick.....St. Pauli is probably upset too...or Signs You've Grown Up

On what used to be one of the biggest party days of the year for me, St. Patrick's Day, I went grocery shopping, cleaned the house and did laundry.

I did have one Miller Lite because there wasn't enough room in the 'fridge for my yogurt.

Yogurt trumps beer.

Bob Dylan was right.

The times are a changin'.

Moon River and Me

One of my three favorite songs of all time....and just in time for the Super Moon Saturday night. (And also my go-to song when I am singing to a baby....but I digress..)

It rises at 7:39 EST....it's going to be glorious.  For more information about the Super Moon check out this article and associated video...cool stuff - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/super-moon-saturday-evening/2011/03/18/ABPXJfp_blog.html or visit National Geographic..
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/110318-supermoon-earth-japan-earthquake-tsunami-science-space-biggest-full-moon/

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sláinte


Those who wish to sing will always find a song. - Celtic Proverb 

*****
May the friendships you make,
Be those which endure,
And all of your grey clouds
Be small ones for sure.
And trusting in Him
To Whom we all pray,
May a song fill your heart,
Every step of the way.
**********
May the best day of your past
Be the worst day of your future.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's not a Casey Kasem Long Distance Dedication...that's for sure

I heard this earlier this week and damn.

God knows I could have penned this years ago.


Scar tissue is a bitch.




Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Beware the Ides of March.

In my free time I like to come up with off the wall thesis topics.  

I've got numerous ones, but given the Ides is today, I'll share my Gaius Julius Caesar one.  Thusly, my topic: How Would the History of the World be Different if Caesar had selected Better Footwear....ie It's Hard to Make a Hasty Retreat Wearing Sandals. 

Roman fighting sandals do not make one fleet of foot. What if he had worn wooden shoes like The Dutch?  What if he had worn moccasins that were molded to his feet?  He might have been able to haul ass and save his life...and change the course of history.  

I can hear Caesar now retelling the tale at cocktail parties for years to come:
"So I am standing around talking to Brutus about the upcoming chariot races and the next thing I know these guys are coming at me like I'm the ham on the buffet table.  You can imagine I was a bit disturbed when I realized what was happening.  I pulled the ole 'hey, what's that?' trick and when they turned to look (idiots) I made like a baker and hauled buns outta there.  And I'll tell you what, if I had chosen to wear my sandals that day I'd have been up shit's creek.  Talk about a fashion assassin."  

I always thought Nike missed a GREAT ad opportunity related to the Ides.  It could have easily tied into the "It's Got to be the Shoes" campaign.   

VeniVidiVici indeed.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~ Robin Williams

I prefer to think of it as a big FU to winter...but whatever works.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Postman May Always Ring Twice...but the UPS guy just Knocks and Runs.

So far, the most exciting thing about moving has been day dreaming about the change of address announcements my friend Callie can create for me when I finally find my new abode.

I've got several ideas of what I think are fun and clever announcements....but I'll be curious to see what she comes up with when the time comes.

In the mean time, should you find yourself in need of any sort of announcement/invite/change of address stationary, be sure to check out Callie's stuff at http://calliespondence.blogspot.com/    Her stuff is fabulous!

It's Sunday....you can find me at Our Lady of the Pillow

I'm envious of folks who posses the strength of character to actively participate in their religion as this is a skill I've never even pretended to have.

I went to Mass every Sunday of my life from birth until the day I left for college.  Since then, I've attended Mass sporadically at best. And never in all the times that I've missed Mass have I ever actually "missed" Mass.

I don't know if this makes me a bad person...or if this just means I haven't found the place of worship that suits me best.

If the former, I have to think God would be ok with me since I at least think about doing right and wrong on a daily basis...and I try not to hurt anyone has I make my way through life.

If the later, I'm open to suggestions on different religions to try out...and I remain hopeful I'll find the right place for me.  Someday.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

If you lived here You could be Home right now....

So today I start the adventure of finding an apartment.  I have scheduled a day of driving around an area of Baltimore to see what my options are.

I plan to look at both apartment complexes as well as Victorian homes that have been transformed into apartment rentals.  I'm even looking at the place that Al Capone resided in during his time in Baltimore.

One the one hand, the complexes are alluring with their pools and gyms.  But on the other, the charm and uniqueness of a Victorian house with one of a kind architectural features is an attractive option as well.

I'm sure this will be the first of many weekend outings to find my new abode.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I Need something to Cheer Me.........

Bear In There by Shel Silverstein
There's a Polar Bear
In our Frigidaire--
He likes it 'cause it's cold in there.
With his seat in the meat
And his face in the fish
And his big hairy paws
In the buttery dish,
He's nibbling the noodles,
He's munching the rice,
He's slurping the soda,
He's licking the ice.
And he lets out a roar
If you open the door.
And it gives me a scare
To know he's in there--
That Polary Bear
In our Fridgitydaire.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Thing I am Looking Forward to...

In no particular order..................

                              Warm weather and days spent on The Bay

The final Harry Potter film

Baseball season...even if I am an Orioles fan


Charlie Sheen no longer dominating the news


Summer nights under starry skies

New babies that are set to arrive

Trips to see dear friends

The Triple Crown races

Undiscovered books I've not yet read

Making new memories


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I missed my Calling

When I was little....

I thought I'd be florist.
Would still love to do that but with my allergies...

I thought I'd be a nurse.
But I am not the best at taking orders.....

I thought I'd be a doctor.....
Except I found that I don't care for blood and I didn't know that you could be a doctor without being around blood until it was too late...

I thought I'd be a mom.....
It's not looking like that is meant to be either.

I say this not to invite you to a pity party...I say it to acknowledge that life "is what it is"

And sometimes I think about my next life.

In my next life I want to be Ninja.

In my next life I want to be in charge of selecting tunes for movie soundtracks.

In my next life, I want to be kinder.

But in the meantime, I'll focus on this life.  And making it (and me) the best it can be.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Symmetry

In the midst of the madness of getting my house packed and moved out in 24 hours I missed something.


I moved into my now vacant condo on March 1st.  I moved out on February 27th.  Not perfectly symmetrical but pretty close.


Many moons and suns had to line up to get me out of there so close to when I got in there in the first place.


I can't help but hope that this is a sign of a restoration of balance to my life...a balance, that frankly, I wasn't even sure was missing until the dates dawned on me today.


And now, the apartment hunting in the greater Baltimore area is afoot.  A whole new set of memories is on the verge of being made.  But more on that later.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

This is Interesting/Disturbing

The last ten years certainly weren't pretty.
The last decade was "one of the weakest on record" for GDP and job growth, according to Rebecca Thiess, the author of a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. The the last decade, the real value of the minimum wage declined, and the gap between rich and poor grew, meaning there was no cushion when the recession hit, Thiess wrote.
The EPI report, "The Great Recession's Long Tail," was released on Tuesday, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that unemployment fell or stayed the same in two-thirds of American cities in December.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/02/charting-the-recession-job-loss_n_817568.html#s234179&title=_Indexed_Job

Sunday, January 30, 2011

And I thought my Commute was Bad

Last week we got some serious snow.  It was the perfect type for making snowmen and snowballs...and also the perfect kind to screw up traffic royally.

It came down fast and before you could say, "please pass the snow shovel," mayhem was everywhere.

I got lucky.  My office is 30 miles away and I still managed to make it home in about 45 minutes. This is what it looked like when I got home. -->

My friend Kiki, wasn't as fortunate.  She only lives 13ish miles from her office and it took her 7 hours to get home.  That's right kids, 7 hours.  Which is equal to the flight time from BWI to LA.  Talk about ridiculous.

The worst part of the story is that more snow is expected this week.  Let's hope the weather folks are wrong (and they usually are) and the storm misses us.  And that the Groundhog helps us out by declaring it will be an early Spring.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Funniest Quote of 2011...so far...

The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they're in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked. - Barack Obama

The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.

"It's been about the sun and the moon. It's been about happy times together. It's been about the shade and the old people and the children. It's been about colors in Fall. It's been about seasons. Isn't that enough?"


http://achievebalance.com/spirit/theleaf.htm

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Current GA Unemployment rate - 10.2%

and those who have managed to keep their jobs have taken a hit too......

http://www.ajc.com/business/atlanta-wages-like-jobs-801077.html



Sunday, January 9, 2011

Please note...

The choices I've made in my life were reached upon me making the best decisions I could at the time given the information I had.

And really, isn't that how most decisions are reached?

Or does the cheese stand alone?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Brand New Day...Brand New Year

Make your 2011 legendary.

Happy New Year!