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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Could it be? 

There are some nice folks near Niagara Falls who make rings and other jewelry. This week, I am getting this little band and in short order will be putting it on a very special finger (no, posting here isn't ruining any surprises :)). Over the past months, I have referred to my 'fianceé' on several occasions because, informally, she was - we'd talked a great deal, planning was a frequent conversation, etc... But no ring - largely because I was really uncertain of next year's employment and I wasn't certain how I would float added expense, even if it was modest. BUT, as hinted a few posts earlier, next year's employment has taken a very nice turn and my worries about when (never whether) to make this official evaporated. So thanks to the good folks at North Medford High School, who offered me the post to direct their Theater Department, I am able to take this next wonderful step.

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Monday, July 25, 2005

Self Evident Truths 

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
Just a little light reading tonight.

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Saturday, July 23, 2005

“If I‘d only gotten to be a doctor for five minutes, now that would have been a tragedy.”  

While he is rapidly becoming my favorite newscaster, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann was already my favorite sports guy, going back to the old days on ESPN. And he doesn't let his sports roots shrivel and die, despite now being the only guy who seems to consistently ask tough questions and report the unflattering stories bounding around DC right now. Aside from Jon Stewart, Olbermann's "Countdown" is my only regular television news source... But Keith ALSO writes for the MSNBC website - a column and a blog - and in one of his latest pieces, he told us something I'd not known before...Archie "Doc" Graham was real...
Does that name, Doc Graham, ring a bell? How about Moonlight Graham? Sure, it’s been 16 years since the movie came out, but it runs every month on TV.

Think hard now. Surely you remember Moonlight Graham. “Field of Dreams?” There you go.

It’s perhaps the iconic depiction of baseball on film, a magical combination of history, fantasy and innocence. It’s become that largely because of just one of its many characters, that fanciful creation that author W.P. Kinsella called Moonlight Graham.

It's a great little read.

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The Buck Never Stops 

Over on DailyKos, Kid Oakland has a new diary up and it is a doozy. Those of us tinted blue everywhere need to be thinking like this, framing our discussions with neutral parties in this manner, and working this meme into everything we do.
You would think that there would be some level of accountability to the public, that there would be some respect for our '"right to know." You would think that a Party that espouses traditional, conservative values would step up to the plate, would take responsibility for telling the truth to our nation. Not these guys.

And it goes deeper than that. The policies they do enact are deeply enmeshed in "buck-never-stops-ism."

When you cut taxes and run huge deficits, as the GOP has done on the national and state level, you're not being fiscally responsible, in fact, you're just taxing our kids. It's that simple. And whether it's George in D.C. or Arnold in California it's the exact same tune. Why pay today for something that you can defer into the future? Why be responsible adults?

Let our kids pay for it.

I'd like to remind our GOP friends that they once had leaders who would actually dip a toe in the waters of reality from time to time. Not anymore.

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Friday, July 15, 2005

Just one more thing... 


before the weekend takes me, I thought I'd make a quick little followup to the mentions in earlier posts from today about jobs.

Consider the pictures to be not-so-subtle hints.

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You had an alternative, Medford... 

Keith van Horn, writing to the editor earlier this week, responds to a great quote from my one-time opponent, Sal Esquivel. Esquivel was quoted July 10 in regards to a piece of legislation that mutated considerably as it moved from one chamber to the other. It is a classic case of failing to manage message, Sal - my campaign staff would have stern words for you - can't let it happen again.

Van Horn latches on to the key language, offering us, "Finally a politician who admits that he was "dumb and stupid.""

Well, I did try to make us see that last election. Unfortunately, I cannot make another run, as I am now in a different job and am not going to have the freedom I had in '04. And that sentence implies I have ANOTHER post to write, but it probably won't be today...

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People sucking.. a repeated theme. 

I've put this idea forward before - some people suck. Today's Mail Tribune wrenched my stomach and heart yet again, in the letters section - "A Heartless Act"

There is a very special place in Hell for people who abuse the helpless trust of domesticated animals.

As someone who has put my life in jeopardy for dogs and cats I don't even know, and for friends who have died saving and attempting to save animals in danger, I can't begin to voice the utter contempt I feel for those who committed the act described in this letter.

Since this site is read by my students, players and parents, I temper the language to reflect a PG13 level, but the rage such incidents trigger in me brings far worse words to mind, uttered as I read, but withheld from what I type...

Some people suck.

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

It's 1:23 PM....do you know where your dog is? 

In a random interval recurring series on DotyBlog, welcome to Episode 2 of Do You Know Where Your Dog Is?

The 500 block of Eastwood Drive has been home this morning to a neutered male black lab mix, with a narrow flash of white on his chest and an infected/damaged right eye. He appears well fed, is well-mannered, rode in our car to Orchard Hill to be scanned for a microchip (nope), and aside from a drinking problem (involving submerging about half his face to drink water, thus splashing it mightily about), he seems a great dog!!

Photos will post shortly (both our digital cameras are awaiting battery recharge).

Search Keywords:
Lost Stray Missing Dog Medford Oregon Black Lab Neutered Male

UPDATE:
We have Signs up around the neighborhood (hopefully some have come here from those signs).

The dog has been taken to the vet to check on a yucky eye. If you think this is your dog, that eye will be one of the questions I have for you (along with what part(s) of him aren't black).

For the purposes of the vet visit, he has the temporary name U.N. Owen - a reference to the Agatha Christie story variously titled And Then There Were None... or Ten Little Indians

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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Have a Happy Fourth! 

I will be lakeside with dogs and dad and Jen! I hope everyone else has something equally excellent planned.

Posting will resume sometime :)

Nothing new on the job front (for those who've asked via email) - Drama post at North Medford, Social Studies at South Medford. Both close 7/11. Both would be great. And I also would have a new boss, should I come back to my old job (side note, laid off again this summer - yuck) - CrossRoads' new principal, Mark Wolfe, was profiled in the Trib last week!

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