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did you see me on tv?

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Nope? Me either.

Apparently people in Boise and Buffalo saw me, but in my local market, my segment was replaced by a paid segment. (Probably the lawyer who talked to the host while his URL was flashing at the bottom of the screen?) Ironic that a segment about a Tampa girl on paid blogging and making money online was bumped for a paid segment?

I’m currently in negotiations to get a copy of the show with ME on it.

economic aid should begin at home

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

I’m going to preface this by saying I’m not a political person, but this article really hit a nerve with me. I logged onto my mail earlier today and this Yahoo news article about Africans gearing up to celebrate if Obama wins caught my eye. Specifically, this quote from the editor of an independent newspaper in Sierra Leone:

“Obama, being partly African, has the moral obligation to intervene in Africa,” said Samuel Conteh, Managing Editor of The New Citizen, an independent local newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone. “The aspirations of Africans are very high, believing that he will change the social and economic situations of Africans.”

Huh?

That’s like saying McCain, who is partly…well, whatever he is, has an obligation to help the people who reside in the land of his ancestors. It doesn’t make sense, and it makes me angry. For too long, America has meddled in the affairs of others, providing handouts left and right to the world. In most cases, it is most definitely justified, especially when we as Americans have lived high on the hog for so long. But Samuel Conteh sounds like he expects Obama to make Africa a priority, when we have people right here who need help. And sure, we don’t have a (very) corrupt government, or widespread starvation, or civil wars, but we do have people who are losing their homes and their jobs and wondering how they’re going to feed their families right here. Every day at my job I am forced to tell people that there are no jobs for them. Every day I hear stories from people who are living in their cars and wondering where they’ll get money to feed their kids. The economic future is bleak for a lot of people in the good ole U S of A.

ALL countries of the world should band together to help the less fortunate, but if Obama wins it most certainly should not be his priority, or his job, or his responsibility. His moral obligation would be to help the people who ELECTED him into office. He is an AMERICAN first and foremost, and there’s work to be done right here.

john graziano video

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Back in October I posted about Nick Bollea, aka Nick Hogan, causing the horrific car crash that injured his former friend John Graziano. Hogan is currently serving 8 months in jail for his part in the accident, which is nothing compared to what John is going through. I guess it never occurred to me how bad his injuries were, because I found this video (put out by the Graziano family to be shown at Nick’s trial) to be incredibly shocking.

John Graziano literally has a hole in his head. His skull is crushed and shrunken. How did Nick end up with 8 months in jail after this was shown in court? You can watch the video of John Graziano here, but beware – it is graphic and heart breaking. (The video almost looks fake because it is SO unbelievable to think of someone living in this condition.)

I read about a similar case in our local paper where a young girl was driving drunk (much like Nick Hogan was) and she caused an accident that killed her best friend. Since then, this girl has done nothing but express remorse. She’s done countless hours of community service, ON HER OWN, without being forced to do so by a judge. She talked to teens and warned them about the dangers of drunk driving. Despite this, the dead girls parents asked for no mercy, and the girl is now serving a 4 year sentence. It makes me sick to think of Nick Hogan, showing NO remorse and calling his former friend John a “negative person”…serving 8 months. Nick is already wondering about what kind of reality show he can get when he gets out of jail, while John’s family is wondering how their reality came to be so horrible and rotten.

prayer in schools breaks the rules

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

If we’re not supposed to have prayer in public school, why does the electronic marquee outside my daughter’s middle school proclaim, “God Bless Our Troops”? Don’t get my wrong – I’m not a God hater, or an atheist, or an agnostic. I’m Catholic, and I attend church regularly. I like Jesus. We pray at our dinner table. I’m just wondering why this is allowed when prayer in school isn’t. Is it because the sign is outside? I’m thinking not. How long til someone makes a stink about it? (I’m tempted to be the one to make a stink simply because it would be ironic for someone who believes in God to point out the error of the school’s ways.)

Rules are rules…if prayer isn’t allowed in schools, we shouldn’t be referencing God on the marquee out front.

(I love the troops too, and God Bless ‘Em! Just not at school.)

24 days left of school

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

We’ve reached the point in the school year where my kids know exactly how many days remain, and they give me the updated countdown as I pick them up each afternoon. I think today’s number was 24…which means I’ve got about 30 days before:

  • My kids get bored and whiny
  • I’m sick of summer vacation and ready for school to start

It *almost* makes me wish for year round school with short breaks in between sessions!

dealing with idiots

Monday, March 17th, 2008

I’ve had this post in draft status for months! I initially wrote it as a reaction to a situation, and then thought, I didn’t want people to read too much into my words and think I was pointing fingers. I’ve thought about posting it several times since, and I’m finally pressing the submit button today…

Have you ever…

If she only…

What a…

Doesn’t he…

Ever notice that the people who need to hear what you have to say the MOST won’t listen? No matter what you say, no matter how many logical arguments you make, you can’t change the mind of someone like that. Ever met someone with a chip on their shoulder? No matter how you approach a subject, they’re determined to make YOU the bad guy. It’s not a fun position to be in, but it’s a good chance to see how patient you can be. A little method I’ve been using lately to deal with people like this is to remain calm, cool, and collected. It just seems to piss people off further that you don’t get as mad as they are. If you have to deal with someone like this, it helps to think of them as being a farm animal. Go ahead – picture a pig, or a cow, ranting and raving and carrying on, having a hissy fit. It’s kind of funny, isn’t it?

(Remember – smile! It makes people wonder what you’re up to.)

this is going to go on your permanent record

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

(Thanks to Marisa for the inspiration on the title!)

I’m in trouble with the school principal….LMAO!

I just went to drop the kids off, and we were late. Catherine’s bus was already loading, and the line for drop off was HUGE, so I cut into the employee parking lot, next to the bus loop, and dropped off. As Grace and Matthew walked into the school I saw the guidance counselor intercept them, no doubt thrilled with spotting such evil rule breakers first thing in the morning!

Not 10 minutes later at home the school principal called me to find out if it was me, and said that one her staff told her I did it. I said, “Yes, I have no doubt she did, I saw her confront my child as soon as she walked up.” Principal says, “Well, we don’t allow that, and I want to make sure it won’t happen again.” I couldn’t resist replying with this super sweet “oh my gosh” attitude, “Oh, no ma’am, you can be ‘sho of that!” And then dropped a “Buh bye” on her.

Seriously? One day I break the rules and get a call within 10 minutes? The school must be running beautifully if I’m the principals greatest concern at 9am in the morning.

ever feel this way?

Friday, February 29th, 2008

::Ring, ring::

Hi, this is a dead horse calling. Can you stop beating me now? No one cares. Thanks!

verbally abusive teacher caught on tape

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

We had a horrible experience last year with Matthew’s 2nd grade teacher, that resulted in several meetings between us and the principal. I’m thanking my lucky stars that while Matthew’s teacher didn’t seem to like him, and was a negative, unhappy person, she didn’t subject the kids to verbal abuse like the teacher in this video from Houston, Texas. Kudos to Megan’s parents, Diana and Oscar Mijares, for knowing something wasn’t right in their daughter’s classroom, and getting it caught on tape! I was absolutely floored to hear a teacher telling four and five year olds they they’re mean and stupid.

The teacher, who is a 30 year veteran, apologized and blamed her actions on medication. What an excuse! I’d like to know what kind of medication has a side affect of being verbally abusive to small children, especially when parents have placed their trust in YOU. The teacher has been reassigned, and while she’s still at the school as an employee, she’s not teaching. The school board should have NO tolerance for this, and the teacher shouldn’t have kept her job. There’s no excuse for talking like this to 4 and 5 year old children:

“Nobody are you good for. You’re just a bad kid. When are you going to be a good kid? Do you think any other class acts like this? No. You’re just mean to your teacher and I’m going to be mean to you, too. Everybody understand that? You’re mean to me so I get to be mean to you.”

“Ya’ll are just stupid kids. I swear to God”

“You don’t hang out in the hall, Camille, and you don’t act stupid”

Watch the video – the little girl looks like a real hell raiser, doesn’t she? This teacher had her suspended FOUR times for behavior issues. With a teacher like that, I’d act out too! The shame of this story is that had it not been for the tape, this woman would have never been caught.

big loser with statistics

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

So…I’m taking this online statistics course at school.

From day 1, I had a weird vibe about the instructor, for more than one reason. I won’t go into them here, but she’s kind of a no negative talk / control freak. She provided lectures for the first 7 chapters which made it a lot easier to follow the chapters. Starting with the 8th chapter, she said no more. We should be able to figure it out on our own by reading the chapter.

Well, 2 chapters into that and I’m NOT figuring it out on my own. It’s a constant struggle, and I know a lecture or some sort of instruction from my INSTRUCTOR would help. She repeated that no lectures would be made available, but if I had a specific question (and after asking several, I know she means a VERY specific question) she would assist.

I called the director of online learning for the university to ask if this was the norm, and he said all teachers are required to provide some course content. He provides power point presentations and chapter notes when he teaches his finance class. My teacher provides practice exercises and study questions – neither of which I consider to be instruction. The director had his people review her course content and they found it to be acceptable. Ridiculous! I can’t believe I’m paying $700 for a class where I’m basically instructing myself.

To add insult to injury, I arranged for a tutoring session on campus for this class this week, and drove 40 minutes one way to get there. When I arrived, the math tutor I had been assigned in advance told me he doesn’t do statistics…despite the fact that I made the appointment for statistics tutoring! I can’t freaking win…