Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Student Loans finally getting attention by Congress

I've been talking about this problem for years and have written both Sens. Byrd and Rockefellar on this issue. I was surprised and please to see this story yesterday.

Congress acts to cap monthly payment for low-income student borrowers

Of course President Bush doesn't like it, but they mention some specific items that I have been calling for such as student loan forgiveness for public service careers.

So support these bills. This is an incredible opportunity for our country to tackle student loan debt.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Dumbass

I just spilled a little bit of coffee on my new Apple keyboard here at work. Now the keys are acting funny. I hope it will dry out and be fine, but boy I feel like a dumbass.

Luckily, I had an extra Dell keyboard from my old computer still here, so I can use it. The pretty white keys were so nice though.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Draft College Republicans

I watched this on Huffington Post today. What a bunch of fucking hypocrites.

Read the article on Huffington Post or

Watch it here:



Untitled from huffpost and Vimeo.

Monday, July 16, 2007

The Police: Live in Concert

Steve and I were fortunate enough to get to see the Police Saturday night at Chruchill Downs in Louisville, KY. We were 11 rows back from the stage in the middle, so we had and excellent view. The best seats I've ever had at a concert. It was a great show and we had a great time. Steve is a huge Police fan and didn't get to see them in the 80's, so this really made his night. I thought they played fantastically and it really didn't seem to me that they'd not been playing together all these years. I guess there were about 35,000 people there and it was a really nice venue. The weather cooperated too, which was lucky. I think my favorite song they did was King of Pain. I was really looking forward to Roxanne, but I think it was actually kind of overshadowed by most of their other songs. The light show was also excellent and probably better from farther back. It's the best I've seen at a show - which isn't saying much because I haven't been to many, but it was really awesome.

Here is a story about the show: The Police thrill crowd in Louisville (Photo by Kylene Lloyd)

Sting's son's (Joe Sumner - click for photo) band FictionPlane opened for them and they were really good as well. He sounds a lot like his dad.

We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel near the airport and it was really nice too. The beds were really comfy.

Overall it was just a really nice time and I'm really happy Steve and I could go and have fun.

Kira had a great time at home visiting with "Faffie" and "Papa" (steve's mom and dad). I don't think she missed us at all!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Study: Women Are in Charge at Home

I thought this was an interesting article. Made me think about the difference between previous generations and relationships that are happy and have lasted and those that don't or are unhappy. I think most telling is this quote from the article:

"One reason for in-charge wives could be that they carry the weight of making sure the family farm is running smoothly.

'Women are responsible for overseeing the relationship, making sure the relationship runs, that everything gets done, and that everybody's happy,' Murphy said.

Wife power could signal a harmonious couple. 'There's been research that suggests that's a marker of a healthy marriage—that men accept influence from their wives,' Murphy said."

Could it be that unhappy or unsuccessful marriages are such simply because the wife's opinions are not respected by the husband? Is that just an oversimplification? At any rate, I'm sure that communication is of course paramount to people getting along. I guess if you don't think your partner is going to listen to you , you'll eventually shut up and not talk any more thus causing more problems.

Here is the article:

Study: Women Are in Charge at Home

"Men might throw their weight around at the office, but at home, women are the bosses.

A study, which was just released, finds that wives have more power than their husbands in making decisions and dominating discussions."

http://www.livescience.com/health/070711_woman_boss.html

Monday, July 09, 2007

Managers Find Ways To Get Generations To Close Culture Gaps

I've been hearing a lot lately about how Gen Y is forcing change in the corporate world. Us Gen X'ers are kind of stuck in the middle of two HUGE generations and I think it will be interesting to see how the working world changes because of this younger set.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, still make up the majority of U.S. employees, but increasingly they're being supervised by or working closely with Generation X'ers, born between 1965 and 1977, and are joined by younger "millennials," or Gen Y employees, the newest additions to staffs. And there are still many "traditionalists" on board, as those in their mid-60s are called. Motivating each of these generations to work together requires managers to relinquish a one-style-fits-all approach to their subordinates. Read the Story

Sunday, July 08, 2007