January 31, 2009

Twitters from the Past

I saw a tweet by Leo Laporte this morning. He was pointing out a new twitter feed that is very creative in concept. 

Here's the description:

Bio: This is the real line-a-day diary of a young farmgirl in 1937.

It was started on Jan 1, 2009  called Genny_Spencer.

I went and read the entries up until today's (there's one a day so there are only 31 so far) and now I'm following "her" so I can get the daily entries. Looks like fun.

If you don't have twitter, you can either hit the site once a week and catch up, or join twitter and follow the feed.  It might be interesting - or not.  Hard to say.  But I figure one tweet a day will not be overwhelming in the least.

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January 29, 2009

This Is Good For Me

Yes it is. Pilates that is. I had class today and I'm wondering if I'll be able to walk tomorrow.

Good grief. I'm getting stronger, but holy crap - I do tend to cramp up. That's when my instructor and I end up laughing hysterically. Because nothing is more ridiculous than getting a quad cramp in the middle of the boomerang or nearly falling over backward doing the Side Bend with Twist because of an oblique cramp.


If you want to see these fun things - head over to Pilates on Fifth (they do tend to put commercials in their vid casts, but the exercises are demo'd well)

Here is the Side Bend with Twist. And that evil evil boomerang which I can begin very well - keeping my legs from separating - unlike the girl doing the demo, but invariably end up with quad cramps when I get to the teaser part of it and of course she does that part beautifully.

My my, the things I do to keep my body from falling completely to bits.  Of course my instructor is incredibly good.  She makes it all look soooo easy.  Since she's about 5 years younger than I am, and has 2 teenage daughters... I figure I have a chance to eventually get better.  Best part is, she has an eagle eye for form and makes sure I get it right, bless her.

My intention is to never get to the point where I let age take over and freeze my joints in place.  Considering how very inflexible my body is - that is a distinct probability.  I fight it daily.  I may not win - but I'm trying.  Heh.

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Bye Bye Blago.

I'm guessing Rod's arguments were not especially persuasive. 

Not sure.

Just a hunch.

But I get the feeling the Illinois state senators didn't get warm fuzzies because he turned up to give his own closing arguments today. 

Since he's a Democrat, you have to love it that he sticks like glue to the Dem talking points:

"How is it an impeachable offense for helping low income families keep their health?" Blagojevich said. "How can you impeach a governor when what we did was about helping families and kids?"

Oh yes, it's for the chiiillldruuun.  You will notice he never says a word about "how" he tried to help the chiiiillldruuun, nothing about whether or not the law allows the governor to take particular actions. 

Nope - in true Democratic form, he insists that his intentions were of the highest order and that should be enough for everyone to accept that he's a great guy.  He's lookin' out for the chiiiillldruuuun.

Sure thing Roddy.

Of course after he spoke, he had to stick it to the tax payers one more time...

Blagojevich will leave the Senate and the statehouse immediately after his closing argument to return home on a state aircraft, to avoid any "plane issues," spokesman Lucio Guerrero said. State lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn have said Blagojevich is not entitled to state transporation home if he is convicted and removed before he leaves.

Yeah, heaven forbid the guy get behind the wheel of a car and drive the 4 hours up to Chicago.  Or even spring for his own plane ticket. 

A real man of the people is Rod.

Oops... Nearly forgot.  I think someone should have given Blago a copy of this for Christmas.  (Think it would've helped?)

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January 28, 2009

For Those Planning On Driving In the Austin Texas Area

Someone wanted to give you fair warning... 

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January 27, 2009


I have a post I want to write - whether I will or not I don't know (they don't generally last for long in my head).  But I just can't type anymore, so hopefully I can get it posted tomorrow.

No I haven't started it. If I had, I'd either post it or delete it.  I'm not good at saving stuff for later. 

We shall see.

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January 26, 2009

It's Been a Long Day

Way too many things going on, way too much stuff going wrong.  Top it off by an email that just ticked me off. 

I give up.  I've got a book I haven't had time to even look at yet.  I'm going to go read.

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Have Your DVR Ready

Today (yes, I suddenly realized it's well after midnight) the trial starts in Illinois. It is expected that Rod Blagojevich - the Boy Gov - will be removed from office sometime this week. Sooner rather than later I would suppose.

However, the Boy Gov seems to take issue with this.

Blagojevich says his trial is 'rigged'

Which leads me to wonder... what happens when the seemingly inevitable comes to pass and they vote Blago out of office?  To date, the Boy Gov has pretty much ignored what everyone has said to him and suddenly started acting as if he was a real Governor instead of just playing one in Illinois. The news has been full of stories about him heading to the office with the claim that he has "work" to do for the people of Illinois.  

Therefore, I have been speculating about the reaction once Roddy Boy is confronted with the vote.  Will he hole up in the Governor's Mansion?  (that would be a first, he has never lived there since being elected).  Will he head to the Mayor's office in Chicago, throw Richie out, proclaim Chicago as the new Capitol of Illinois, and declare all the downstate lawmakers criminals? (that would make him happy since he wouldn't have to ever head to that nasty "downstate" cowtown ever again)

Blagojevich's reign as Illinois governor was different from the start

Different... um... ooookay.  Let's have a look at what is "different".

Soon after, the governor's office would become a bunker. He installed locks on the doors of his Capitol offices as if he was hiding something. He began sneaking in the Capitol through basement tunnels. He refused to live in the Executive Mansion, instead commuting between Chicago and Springfield at taxpayer's expense.

Oddly enough the tenor of the article suggests that if Blago had been a bit more conciliatory, a bit more ready to play ball with the rest of the government, everything would be hunky dory because he's not a Republican.   (if a Republican had done this, they'd be measuring the guy for a lovely straightjacket. But, since it's a Dem... well, it's just a little odd)

However, after reading the article, I now believe it is not outside the realm of possibility for him to do something... interesting.  I would not be surprised to see him make a mad dash to his office, lock himself in as soon as they start the vote, and refuse to come out. (have they checked the room for weapons?)

In any case, I expect even more bizarre behavior before this is over.  Some of it may even take place on camera.  Stay tuned.

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January 24, 2009

I Want To Blog Something...

But it's been difficult to come up with something - so I decided to start typing and see what happens.  (sorry about that)

I've been giggling like mad over the Blago debacle in Illinois. Now the Boy Gov is gonna hire a PR firm. (too late)

He's been chatting it up with the local media thus causing his lawyer to quit. (If the lawyer who was willing to represent R.Kelly won't keep you as a client... you gotta be doin' somethin' really uniquely bad)

Richie Daley says Blago is cuckoo. (Reminds me of: "It's 3 o'clock according to the kook" - anyone remember that?)

It's better than a three ring circus and gets more entertaining daily. Not to mention, if all the politicians are jumping through hoops to oust Blago, they aren't passing more laws. That would be a good thing for IL.

Next we have the President of the United States having a hissy fit over a radio talk show host and then, in an effort to make himself look more Presidential...

While discussing the stimulus package with top lawmakers in the White House's Roosevelt Room, President Obama shot down a critic with a simple message.

"I won," he said, according to aides who were briefed on the meeting. "I will trump you on that."

It appears the only words he left out were, "Nonny Nonny Boo Boo, You Can't Get Me"

And I'm not even gonna try and talk about Michelle Obama's dress fiascos for the last few days.  I'm fashion challenged, but this poor woman needs help.  However, I leave the most excellent reportage in this area to the incomparable Suzette.  Who is ever so much better at these things than I am.

Hollywood can't come close to the hilarity of this week in politics.  Who knew that having the Dems in power would be so funny. 

Anyhow, I guess that's it.  I suppose that's some sort of blog post - or not.  Now I have to go have dinner.  Enjoy your Saturday evening.

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January 23, 2009

Maybe It Did Just Get Up and Walk Out

I have lost my microwaveable hot pack.  Has anyone seen it?  I used it just the other day and now it's gone.

It looks like this.  I'm too too lazy to download a pic and post it - thus the link to something that looks like it.

My neck and shoulders often bother me, so I bought this to warm them up and ease the muscles a bit.  I use it regularly and I like it. Now it has... disappeared, hit the road, slinked out of sight.  

This makes me sad.  I did do lots of backward stretching at pilates today with the ladder barrel, but I really need that hot pack.  Guess I'll have to buy a new one tomorrow. 

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January 22, 2009

Six Months

That's how much older Caroline Kennedy is than me.

So I saw this picture of her today (taken by Mark Gormus/Richmond Times-Dispatch to give proper credit). And all I could think was...

Geeze where's my Red Hat?

I'm gettin' OLD!!!

Update: I might be old... But damn I can still laugh!  If you haven't seen Iowahawk's I Pledge  go now!  Be sure to hit the link to watch a snippet of the vid first (a snippet was all I could stomach) then read the transcript. 

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