Friday, February 27

He ain't such a bad guy...

I don't think I have hidden my love of Nashville. The city of my birth has continued to grow and change and expand and improve. This week I have seen two prime examples of this...

This morning my bus was late by a couple of minutes and as I was hoofing it past TPAC who steps off the Hillsboro Rd bus and says "Good morning." but His Honor, Mayor Karl Dean. How often to residents of a city the size of Nashville run into the mayor getting of the city bus, let alone on day that is predicting 60% thunderstorms? Mayor Dean is making some bold strides in the city and, of course, catching slack for it. Any mayor who rides the bus on a day like today can't be all bad.

The other example is the awarding of the Charlie Robinson Award to Donna Nicely (opens .pdf), Director of Nashville Public Library.
The Charlie Robinson Award honors a public library director who, over a period of seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. The recipient should have been active in national and other professional associations and be known for developing and implementing programs which are responsive to the need of community residents.
Proving that Nashville has the most creative library director in the world and anybody who has seen the programing and classes and catalog of the library knows this.

Congratulations to me and all Nashvillians for being members of an incredible community.

Thursday, February 26

A story about "Fool: A Novel"

by Christopher Moore

I gave up on a Christopher Moore book. :-(

It might have been timing but it was not moving me in the slightest.

Call me a scab...

I admit when Tara and I went to New England last summer we did drop in the LL Bean store. We exchanged things, I don't think we bought anything.
African-American Boycott of L.L. Bean Enters 80th Year

A new day

This morning I accepted the challenge of participating in a program that will attempt to help me live a better life.

Bonnie told me a few months ago that a friend of hers was participating and liked it. Bonnie thought it would be helpful for me. See, I am a drug addict, no no that's not it. I mean to say I have hypertension. I am medicated for it and have been for close to a decade.

Although there were some lifestyle changes as soon as Tara & I got serious - less beer consumption, less eating at places like TGI Friday's - more are needed. I don't get enough sleep, I can't stay motivated on any kind of exercise routine. I walk a little and go to the YMCA periodically.

So I have decided to participate in the grant funded program at Center for Lifestyle and Health Management. Today was orientation and I was assigned to a mentor as well as given a date (3/6) for my labs and first consult. For the first 6-10 weeks I will at least speak with my mentor once a week and I'm not sure how often we will meet after that. I am cautiously optimistic. One thing I have going for me is my weight is stable so if I get back down to where I should be I expect to stay there for awhile. If I get the weight down the hypertension will theoretically get better, my risk for other problems will also reduce.

Of course, this is all easier said than done. I have already intellectualized what my problems are but I haven't been able to divorce them from my emotions. Hopefully this mentor will find a way to help me do that.

Stick around for updates.

Monday, February 16

Meme Alert -- Good Night, Irene

What does your music library say about you?
  1. Put Your iTunes (I used Media Monkey) on shuffle.
  2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
  3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
  4. Put any comments in parentheses after the song name.
  5. Tag at least 10 friends

What do your friends think of you?
Cuttin It Up; Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Killa Sun, Chip Banks & Polite

If someone says, “Is this okay?” You say?
Two Shoes, Cat Empire

How would you describe yourself?
Each Wave That Breaks, Piers Faccini

What do you like in a boy/girl?
Peace, Prosperity & Paper; A Tribe Called Quest

How do you feel today?
Jailbreak, Thin Lizzy (I think this is more for Tara today)

What is your life’s purpose?
I Can't Go to Sleep, Wu-Tang Clan

What is your motto?
Whistling Past The Graveyard, Screamin' Jay Hawkins

What do you think about very often?
Go-Go Gadeget Gospel, Gnarls Barkley

What do you think of your best friend?
Shoo-Ra, Dr. John as Mac Rebennack

What do you think of the person you like?
Answer To The Want Ads, Bobo Mr Soul

What is your life story?
The Future (Remix), Prince

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Lost Along The Way, Jordan Chassan

What do you think of when you see the person you like/love?
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag Part 1, James Brown

What will you dance to at your wedding?
Life Being What It is, Kaki King

What will they play at your funeral?
Applause, Big Head Todd & The Monsters

What is your hobby/interest?
Here Comes The Sun, Richie Havens

What is your biggest fear?
Mr. High & Mighty, Gov't Mule

What is your biggest secret?
Premature, Toots & The Maytals

What do you think of your friends?
Tootin Through The Roof, Duke Ellington

What will you post this as?
Good Night, Irene, Dr. John

Friday, February 13

up the food chain support system

Can I just say how nice it is to work for people who are compassionate about the people who work for them and passionate about their business?

From my boss all the way to THE boss I see that on a daily basis, reiterated and reinforced, no matter the external nor internal conditions.

I do have a wonderful life.

Addendum: I do realize I have coworkers who's mileage will differ and I am saddened to hear that.

Tuesday, February 10

It calls for patience

I've seen a couple of things recently from Facebook expressing concerns and outrage about Obama's work thus far, mostly related to the stimulus package. I've thought about this and I think we - humans - have such a desire for immediate solutions and we - Americans - have such a need for quick fixes that people are not seeing the forest for the trees on some stuff.

One person pulled a partial quote from Sen Lindsey Graham something about "the President is AWOL on leadership". The whole quote is Lindsey Graham criticizing Obama b/c he was doing a press junket (sp) instead of talking to Republican leadership about the stimulus. Well, the way I understand it is the citizens who vote are the republican leadership and the democratic leadership. This doesn't seem so far fetched to me. Obama won the election with a huge % of the electorate which plays right into his need and desire to take his position and explanation to the general public and they will, in turn, let their reps know what to do...

There was another person who pointed to some parts of the stimulus that seem questionable as to the immediate need. I do understand that the priority needs to be placed on creating jobs and alleviating the fear that builds with every day's finance reports but we have to tackle some long term issues like replacing gov't vehicles with fuel efficient ones, or making sure that the arts are supported by funding the National Endowment for the Arts.

Our gut says now but our brain has to say now and future. We have to proceed in such a way that we work to alleviate future costs and fears. I am not naïve enough to think that this is all good and I'm sure if given the opportunity I could come up with reasonable, viable solutions that weren't considered or find things that need to be removed b/c they don't work or are unnecessary. Although it seems like it happened in one fell swoop this situation has been developing for years and we did nothing to stop it. Now we are in panic mode. Now to a lot of people no solution will be sufficient.

We won't get out of this anytime soon but as a citizen of this country and a member of this society I am going to do my part to watch diligently, speak patiently and act justly (on an individual basis as well as national and global).

Monday, February 9

Most common phrase in our house

What is the most common phrase in your house? "Mommy, can I?" "Honey, do you know where my is...?"

In our house it is something like
"Tara, Hold on. I can't hear you." or "Jai, I can't hear what you are saying when you walk into another room."
Tara admittedly and sometimes quite obviously can't hear. I on the other hand still hear pretty well, especially considering my live music history.

At least we are considerate enough and smart enough to say more than "Huh?"

Tuesday, February 3

Swaptree!

I worked in record, video and bookstores for a long time. I accumulated lots of those items, many of them were great at the time but I'm not interested anymore or I have upgraded format or whatever.

For a long time I used paperback swap and swap a CD but I hate their point system. Then I discovered bookmooch which I love everything about but I lamented that I had no place cool to swap CDs and movies. A couple of weeks ago I rediscovered swaptree, apparently I signed up last year but never used and forgot about it, which is just the place. On swaptree you can trade across platforms...CD for book, DVD for video game! I now have a place to get better stuff, not necessarily a reduction in stuff but a more efficient stash of stuff.

Signup and get some cooler stuff than you already have.

NPR.org - Official: Performance czar withdraws candidacy

I've already expressed concern over Obama's administration not being enough of a change and now, the third candidate for a job in his cabinet is getting called out for some tax issue.

FUCK! Did these people not do their research or is it just that hard to find someone who doesn't cheat on taxes?

Performance czar withdraws candidacy : NPR
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