Friday, May 30, 2008

In the meantime ...

Check out the Chairman of the Board as a young, liberal patriot:

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Dear Friends

No time to blog recently.

Thank you for all your good wishes.

They help.

I'll be back at it soon.



Friday, May 23, 2008

I'm Not Sure I've Ever Needed a Weekend So Badly

And I can't even begin to list the reasons why.

Some are private. Some are secret.

Some are routine and others exceptional.

Some are at the forefront of my consciousness.

Others gnaw away at me from subconscious realms.

People are sick.

People are dying.

In Burma. In China. In Iraq and Afghanistan.

In Darfur.

In my home town. In yours.

I'm empty and aching and I don't know why.

1000 non-redeemable, non-transferable points to the first commenter to identify the lyric in the last line above by song and artist.
5000 non-redeemable, non-transferable points to the first commenter who can name the 70's art rock band who used to do a cover version of the song as an awesome encore.

I hope you have a restful long weekend.

I hope I do, too.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Father Knows Best?

After Chelsea returned from a date, Hillary asked her if she had a good time.

Chelsea said she had a wonderful time and thinks she's in love.

Hillary said, 'You didn't have sex, did you'?

Chelsea said, 'Not according to Dad.'

Friday, May 16, 2008

Technical Assistance

These photos were taken in India. It's where you call when you have a technical problem with your computer.

Thanks for the chuckle go to my friend Michel, who sent this to me.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Altrustic, Awesome Time-Waster

The newest addition to the blogroll is Web Czarina. Yeah, right down there in the bottom right corner with Mielikki and Val.

I stole this link from her blog because it is the most awesomest time-waster I have yet seen on this here Internet thingy.

It's a progressively harder vocabulary quiz, where everytime you answer a question, you also help donate rice to the hungry.

You should go there now. Playing web games while you're at work has never before been so selfless and edumacational.

Help end world hunger

Sunday, May 11, 2008

American Zionism at a Crossroad

Israel's Independence Day, Yom HaAtzmaut, is this week.

As an American Zionist, I've rarely read as cogent and sensible a piece as this article from today's Washington Post Op-Ed Section.

Friday, May 9, 2008

I Love It When I Know People in the Newspaper

The author of this Mother's Day essay, published a couple of days ago in the USA Today, was the Chair of the Program Board at GWU when I was in law school there.

We were more like acquaintances than friends. We hung out with a lot of the same folks and I always thought he was a bright guy and a good egg.

He ran for Congress a couple of years ago, in New Jersey, and he may again. If he does, I'll post a link.

But in the meantime, read this.

I think it's beautiful.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Not Even Half-Betazoid

I haven't been posting about anything serious because I don't want this to turn into a running depression blog.

No further panic attacks. Yay!

Still feeling anxious and blue about a host of things. One is my job.

But today at work, I reached what may be some clarity on where one of the problems lies.

I have a detail-oriented, project-oriented job in an office where a small staff handles the care and feeding of numerous volunteer committees, who put on lunchtime educational seminars, do pro bono work, and edit a yearly Practice Manual, among other worthy endeavors. It requires multi-tasking and the ability to keep a bunch of balls in the air at once. I do it pretty well.

But I have a second job, not in my formal job description. I'm competent (or better), collegial, and empathetic. This leads to a bunch of folks seeking my opinion or advice on a host of things beyond my formal writ. Sometimes personal. Sometimes work-related. Sometimes tricky, quirky, confidential or involving folks who just "don't play well with others."

In addition to my own work, I'm doing Deanna Troi's job on Picard's Enterprise.

And I just don't have the tits for it.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

If You Love Mario, You Gotta See This

When MiDC says, Dad, you HAVE TO see this, I know better than to disagree.

For another wonderfully subversive entertainment from your friends at albinoblacksheep, click here.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Lazy Blogging Device

Ask readers to react to a sufficiently off-kilter question.

I gotta split this up, girls get one question, boys get another.

First, the choices:

Betty or Veronica (from the comics)
Mary Ann or Ginger (from Gilligan)
Bailey or Jennifer (from WKRP)

Guys: Which are you more likely to fall for? Why?

Gals: These are archetypes. Where on the Mary Ann/Ginger continuum do you fall? Why?