The latest book about the Bush Presidency, from yet another insider is met again by cries of foul and disbelief. They actually continue to claim all the accusations are false…. each time one of these books comes out… how many books by how many different people will it take before they actually turn around, look at Monkey Boy and say… yep, he’s a lying tyrant that I’ve helped to wage a war that never had to be…
I should be riding it. I think this Thursday morning (boss is in class that day) I’ll take it to the bike shop and have them make sure it’s ok… I think one of my tires is a little low, and want to be sure I don’t get stuck somewhere. There is a bike rack to park my bike right outside my office building, so that is very convenient… I also understand that it is only 4.2 miles to Takoma Park (where my office building is located) so that works as well.
I’m eagerly awaiting the implementation of DC Smart Bikes in the city, I think that will bring a great change to the way everyone gets around. I suppose there is no helping tourists, they just walk where and when they want, but the residents and workers of the city will find a lot of benefit to bikes for rent for cheap.
I’ve got a lot of upcoming travel.
In June I go to WI for my nephew’s going away party (he’s joining the Army) and instead of being in DC for Gay Pride, I’ll be in Nashville, TN for the first time. It’s hoped that I’ll get to see the Hall of Fame and the Grand Ol Opry.
In July, I travel to WI once again, this time for my 20th High School reunion, well kind of… I’m not meeting many of the people from high school, as most of them are a blur in my mind, but I am meeting a few friends that stand out in my memory. It will be good to see them all, and the bonus is that I get to spend time with my Ma & Pa and Rhonda.
I was kind of hoping to get to NYC this summer, there is a Superhero fashion exhibit at the Met that might be interesting, but I’m not sure that I’ll get up that way. Does sound kind of interesting though. Maybe it’ll travel to DC, I hear shows like that sometimes do.
There is a potential trip to Cancun this Fall (looking for good prices) with friends. Hopefully I’ll find a nice guy to date and take with me this year.
And I’ll be traveling to San Diego this year for my 38th Birthday in December. I’ll be staying at a hotel that is very close to the Zoo and hope to do the Zoo, Sea World and the museums… maybe find a nice man to have fun with also.
I have been finding myself saying the same prayer over and over and over again:
God, save me from being angry
This is a sick man
How may I be helpful to him.
But, I don’t believe it yet… I don’t put conviction behind it and I don’t really want to be helpful to him in any way.
But I keep praying, maybe I’ll believe it some day, but not today.
For two reasons actually, the first reason is because he always talked about how incredibly lazy you had become and we want to point out to him that this is indeed still true and the second reason is we want you to do the work and know if we don’t cc your boss, chances are you’ll be too busy sighing and surfing the net to do the work.
I’m spoken to the Police and we’re going to start a case against him. The officer assured me that he is indeed demonstrating stalking behavior and we should take steps necessary to nip this in the bud.
OK, because at this point I am just god damn creeped out and pissed off and frustrated I’m putting it here.
Many years ago, I slept with a guy named Rod. His name is spelled Raad I guess and he’s middle eastern. I only slept with him once, just once, it was just sex, no date no dinner, just sex.
Well, he’s become obsessed with me, and several years ago he could not for whatever reason understand the word NO, and continued to send me emails from several accounts. He, at one point, took a job a block or two away from my house to watch me walk home. He collected pictures of me, put them in a circle collage that he shared with me to show how much he loved me. When I responded to his email that that was beyond wrong, and scary he let me know that he had indeed talked to his roommate who agreed that yes this was creepy and he agreed to stop sending me emails.
This summer I went to a bar, for whatever reason, and there he was… Jesus Christ talk about ruining an evening. He came up talked to me and I said hello, and then goodbye. I had hoped that was the end of it, but no… now I’m getting spammed by his IM’s on a site I frequent, I’ve asked him to stop, he will not listen. I’ve reported his profile on the site, I’m posting this, and I will have to report him to the authorities as he’s a god damn nut job that is stalking me.
If anything bad happens to me, it was this guy that did it.
To quote from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical
value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very, very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
My trip to Ft Lauderdale was rather uneventful this year, no malicious woundings in the Metro, not falling in love with some guy I barely knew… or even lust.
I took long naps each day, watched more TV that I have in months and got more of a tan… all in all, I had a very relaxing vacation. Considering that my last 4 trips were taken with other people, this is EXACTLY what I needed.
The resort, Pineapple Point was stunning. The rooms (they upgraded me to a Suite) were spectacular, the grounds well kept and the service beyond compare. They saw to almost every need I had before I knew I had it. Bikes for guests to use if they wanted to, an exercise room, water in each room. It was simply lovely.
The bad news: I’m pretty sure I was the only single guy there. Everyone else was there with their partner/lover. So it wasn’t quite as frisky a weekend as I’d hoped, but it was still nice.
I really liked it. Great special effects, they stuck to the story line that we know and love in the comic books, and Robert Downey Jr was magnificent. He really played the part of Tony Stark quite well. I thought Gweneth Paltrow did a nice job in her role as Pepper too, but I hope the public doesn’t expect a romance – as that would not be in the script.
Previews that were before the movie included the Incredible Hulk, Narnia, Adam Sandler’s new flick, Mike Meyer’s new flick and the Happening – with Mark Walberg. I thought the preview for the Incredible Hulk looked great and the Happening might be worth seeing.
Your employee buys you a book titled The No Asshole Rule
You read said book and see the included survey
You hand out survey to your staff to fill out “anonymously”
You receive the results and then tell the employee that it was an interesting survey and perhaps every year he should be surveyed
You then hand your employee a list of ways to improve the survey
You approach your staff about doing residential work
Your Office Manager points out that no members of your staff are interested in doing residential work
You doubt your Office Manager, but agree to take a survey at the next staff meeting
Survey results show your staff are indeed not interested in doing residential work
You admit defeat at that staff meeting and say you were not aware
Two weeks later you call a meeting to show your staff how the company can do residential work
You decide to recognize a design drawing that was developed by your partner
You want to present an award to him that shows the company’s appreciation
When you present the framed drawing you’ve made “improvements” to it
And the most important, clearly defined, glaring way to tell:
You insist your staff set S.M.A.R.T. goals for themselves
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely
Even pointing out the importance of such goals at strategic planning meetings
Yet after 15 unsuccessful years of plans, schemes and faulty dreams
You still think you can make a profit from your newsletter