Monday, July 27, 2009

it's simply black and white

In regards to the recent buzz in the media over Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s arrest and the race card being whipped around - the question I have is this...
...if the officer on the scene were African American instead of caucasion officer Sgt. James Crowley, would Mr. Gates behaved in the same fashion?

If someone is sensitive to an issue, they are likely to react erroneously - been there, done that myself. If an officer shows up at my door and asks to prove who I am as a call came in of a possible break in, and I KNOW I just jimmied my way into my own house...well I'd be thankful a neighbor took the intiative to look out for me and called it in and would happily show the officer my id.

Now I am no fan of authority and have been in confrontations with authority figures, including officers, in the past so I'm slanted, if anything, to Gates' point of view, per se. So, if the officer behaved rudely or unjustly then my anti-authority bravado would certainly kick in...but considering the reported events as they took place and were witnessed, and by Gates' own accord, this was not the case. Gates was ranting before anything came to light - he created the situation and overreacted.

Should he have been arrested? Wasn't there; can't say just how beligerant he became and in public view (that was key) but getting angry for being asked to prove ownership due to a CALL IN, not a drive-by...he is sensitive to issues that do truly plague our society. Unfortunately, his behavior only created the wrong kind of attention to a real problem, one that he didn't have.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Lazy post

Got this passed along online - to kill time I thought I would give it a go...

1)Could you go a day without eating? would prefer not to but I could manage w/ beverage only

2)Have you ever kissed anyone whose name started with a J? Judy @Mardi Gras

3)Do you smoke weed regularly? no

4)Do you think drugs are bad? Only when abused

5)Has anyone ever told you they're in love with you? yes

6)If your ex REALLY needed you at 3 am, would you go to his/her house? yes

7)When was the last time you wanted to punch someone? clerk @ Venice Beach(2 yrs ago)

8)What are the last three things you spent money on? diapers, soda, and gas

9)What was the last thing you cried about? my aunt passed away last week

10)When was the last time you were disappointed? I cannot recall

11)Has a girl ever seriously punched you? Been a looong time

12)What was the last thing you put in your mouth? popcorn

13)Have you kissed two different people in one night? yes

14)Is it easy for others to make you feel awkward? I think so

15)In the past week have you felt stupid? not in the intellectual sense-in the awkward sense

16)Have you ever been outside completely naked? yes

17)What would happen if you had a baby with the last person you kissed? we did; twins

18)Who did you text the most yesterday? no one - I was out of town

19)Do you have any gay/lesbian friends? Yes; a few

20)Have you ever kissed the last person you texted? yes

21)What's one action you do when you're really nervous? bite the sides of my cheek or grind teeth

22)Would you rather give up the computer or the TV? TV

23)Do you find yourself saying mean things to people over the internet that you wouldn't say to their face? No - I don't tend to say mean things at all

24)What were you doing at 10pm Friday night? watched a movie (Push) with the kids

25)What are your plans for today? work - doing it (not)

26)Could you go the rest of your life without smoking a cigarette? yes - doing it

27)What was the last reason you went to the doctor? The twins 1 yr check up; gold stars

28)What is the last thing you yelled aloud? Grayson Michael Henry - when he went for the remote

29)What do you think of when you think of Australia? boomarang-rang-rang

30)One word that explains perfectly how you feel at the moment? bored

31)What did the last text message you received say? great

32)Do you care if people hate you for no reason? I would rather they didn't but I wouldn't dwell on it...for long

33)How hard is your life right now? it's full, not hard

34)Have you ever taken anyone for granted? unfortunately, yes

35)Was this meme fun? killed the time

Thursday, July 16, 2009

harley man

So Gray got a new ride...he's almost able to touch the pedals but he can push the heck out of it. Chloe gives him a run for it but she prefers the firetruck. He will be quite the man's man when he gets older.

Don't ... no pictures, please!

feeling wicked

For the kids b-days we had anice dinner and movie night. The big ones were annoyed they couldn"t hang with their friends as it was a Friday night but they were forced to stay home with the family and enjoy popcorn and a classic flick.

I wasn't able to rent Wizard of Oz anywhere, nor purchase the movie as it is out of print, nor find it anywhere second prices were ridiculous. Fortunately my sister had a copy so we borrowed her DVD - apparently a new re-issue is due this year and that is causing the increased value of the previous copies....anyway - we finished dinner and made them line up at the hallway to receive their movie tickets. As we handed them their tickets they started screaming and tearing up - they were tix to Wicked the following week.

The show was a lot of fun and they enjoyed it so much - it was a nice afternoon with everyone and for most of the kids, this was their first play. Although the play is a bit removed from the original story it is still executed so well and has a great impact. Still was just as enjoyable as when hon and I saw it in Chicago.

catching up... are some pics from Flagstaff Pride in June as well as a day at the lake and Fourth of July.

Flagstaff was beautiful as usual. We met up with some friends of ours and ran into many others so that was a lot of fun. It's amazing how many people we see in Flag from the valley looking to beat the heat and enjoy the music/festivities. They were so much tinier last year - only two months old - this year they are big kids. Wiped out and getting chilly by end of the day - they slept the entire ride home.

They had a blast at Lake Pleasant and had absolutely no fear of the water which was great. Grayson was getting his sunglasses ready for the 4th and Chloe wasn't sure if she was interested in paparazzi that day.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


My cell died. I don't know why - I've been surfing all am to troubleshoot - I've reset soft AND hard and still, I get nothing. I have no facebook, no poking, no wall-to-wall updates; no email notification...

Didn't realize how much I enjoyed Facebook...bummer!

Going to spend my lunch at the provider hoping to either fix or exchange my phone. So sad.