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MUST. WATCH.

Watching When The Levees Broke.

I remember Rosie and King of Big Wheels watched it real time and both commented on their reactions.

My friend Chris was attending Tulane and as an RA evacuated with his students. My friend Jay, also from Tulane, lived thru it as a volunteer in the Superdome as did Patrick, a MySpace friend of mine. To hear them tell stories from their perspective is chilling.

WTLB is on DVD now and I've watched the first one, waiting on the 2nd and 3rd.

This should be required viewing, starting with 6th graders all the way up to college.

This is not how America should treat her people.


Happy :-)

What a wonderful weekend. I live for weekends like this.

Stayed in Friday night and took care of lots of paperworky details I'd been putting off for ages and started to pack for Saturday night.

Up bright and early Sat am (yeah, me up early...what a shocker!) to clean, do laundry, clean some more. Got more purple hair, made a library stop and dissembled a display on anti-clutter and organizing books, came back to finish packing, then off to Boulder for the Bex BD Bash.

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Great times with Bex and Buddies at The Rio in Boulder. I wimped out after 3 Margs and headed off to my home away from home for the night....where I had one of the best night's sleep I've had in years. Pillowtop mattresses rock.


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Sunday morning woke up to birds singing and a bright blue sky. Was within walking distance to Illegal Pete's (how way cool is that??) so passed up the hotel breakfast for a Pete's breakfast burrito. Had plans to meander along Pearl Street but the hordes of screaming toddlers playing on all the sculptures on Pearl put an end to those plans, so I headed home to read and vege.

Today, even tho it was a Monday, was great.

Finally found a dentist that uses a Prophy-Jet something I've preferred all my dentists use ever since my CA dentist used one in his practice. It cleans and polishes your teeth better than any hand-cleaning procedure and afterwards you feel like your teeth are brand new.

Also located 2 lawncare companies. After struggling with the 'I should be able to do this shit myself' I realized that gardening does nothing for me so rather than buying a lawnmower and other paraphenalia and dreading it every weekend, just go with a lawnservice. Am interviewing two tomorrow.

AND..best of all, my battered gazebo is 1/4 dissembled. The rain and wind bent the frame and rusted the screws, so it's taking some time to get it unstuck. At this rate, hope to be done in three weeks with a clean deck, flowers, and a patio table to go with the patio umbrella my buddy Andrew gave me. And then it'll be 'deck and drinks time' to which you are all happily invited.

Here's the last picture I took before it crashed under the weight of the snow.


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Overall, a great weekend (and Monday) as weekends and Monday's go.


Lost That Lovin' Feeling

While I've never been 'in love' with MySpace it did seem interesting in the beginning.

Lately, I'm just not into it that much.

If I want to read blogs, I read my friends private blogs. If I want music, I go to my favorite band's websites. The bulletins I get on MySpace drive me nuts...even tho I have sent out a couple as well...but they still drive me nuts.

The close to final straw came the other day when my associate at work wanted to be my MySpace friend. I froze, like a deer in the headlights, when I saw the message.

I like my associate, both personally and professionally, but every new person I add to my MS increases the risk that they will go check out my friends, discovers who has a personal blog and next thing you know, they will have found my blog. I't not comfortable with that possibility.

My blog is where I am 100% myself. Always have been, always will be.

My work persona, while genuinely me, is the business side of me. A far cry from the Kath that you guys know and...tolerate!

I eventually did add my associate to my MySpace but not without trepidation

I belong to :

* MySpace

* Facebook

*VIRB

*Twitter


Anyone else feel this way, or is it just me??


Honest, It's Not You...

And it's not me either.

Blogger Blows.

For those of you that have Blogger Blogs for some reason my Blogger sign in info is crapping out. Seems every other week it's acting up and I have to reset this or that and to be honest, I am just over Blogger.

Trust me, I'll still read and comment when Blogger 'allows' me access, but I have reached my breaking point w/ Blogger.

I'll be there in spirt...and in stats!


National Call In Day

Do you stand for freedom? What about freedom of choice? What about freedom to do what YOU think is best for you and your personal situation? Tired of the increasing restrictions being foisted on us by the Bush Gulag?

Today is National Call in Day.

Show Your Support for the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)

"Every American who values freedom and privacy should be troubled by the Supreme Court’s reckless decision to uphold the federal abortion ban. And every American can fight back. Wednesday, April 25, 2007, the third anniversary of the history March for Women’s Lives, is a national call-in day — a day for the pro-choice community to flood the phone lines of the U.S. House and Senate, urging our members of Congress to stand up for women’s health and safety and to co-sponsor FOCA."

CALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
APRIL 25 AT 202-224-3121

Tell them to co-sponsor
FOCA House Bill Number: H.R. 1964
FOCA Senate Bill Number: S. 1173


I've had bad luck with birth control before. Sometimes you take all the necessary precautions and you still wind up pregnant. It's a horrible thing to go thru and something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. To be forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term is just barbaric and horrific....it's the nightmare to end all nightmares.

So that's why I'm blogging about this. Maybe...just maybe... when you can relate to someone that's been in this situation, it's easier to see this side of the issue.


Meme-licious

My buddy Rosie over at Rosalicious was handing out meme's like they were going out of style!

Here are the questions she hit me with :

1. If you could go on a hot date with ANYONE, who would it be and where would you go/what would you do?

A- Hmmm...anyone?? To be honest, no one comes to mind right away. Would never have any interest in dating anyone famous. As far as non-famous, the guys I've been interested in I've already hung out with. Probably the best answer I could give right now is Chris Chasse...guitarist for Rise Against. Had their latest concert DVD all last week and I think Chris is incredibly cool...at least from what I saw on the DVD. Cute and down to earth...and tall! I like the TDRF type. Tall, Dark Hair, Really Funny. Plus, he's a liberal...total brownie points there. Doesn't get picked out in public so as long as we were not around Rise Against fans it would probably be cool. As to what we'd do?

Grab a casual dinner...something like BBQ or Fusion...then off to a sporting event...Basketball first choice, Hockey second choice, then Baseball then Football. Or a concert...that would be cool. Dinner out followed by a sporting event or a concert is really my idea of heaven.


2. What's the best sex you've ever had and what made it the "best"?

A. Sex life is off the record and definitely off the blog. That's just me!


3. I just had to deal with a clogged up toilet and seeing as I am hungover today, the experience was exceptionally disgusting. What's the most disgusting thing you've ever had to deal with?

A. There have been many occasions back when I used to have roomies in college that were gross-a-thons, but probably the saddest..and grossest...thing I have encountered was my first bid as a Professional Organizer.

My clients lived in a nice ranch home...one level. Nice on the outside. Inside? Another matter. Don't know how to adequately describe what I walked into. My first thought was ' you have to be kidding, you staged this, right?'

Wall-to-wall clutter PACKED every single room up to my shoulders. I am 5'5". As you entered the house...living room off to the left...dining room off to the right...family room straight ahead...there was a sea of 'stuff' covering every square inch, save for a path that meandered thru the house.

The husband was a quadriplegic, confined to a wheelchair. The wife had full mobility.

They admitted that it took then an hour to make a space for me on their living room couch so I could have a place to sit.

Sat down to give them my portfolio made of of several client pictures (friends that were my guinea pigs so I could get my business started) and they read a letter from one of my friends that had not had people over for 7 years since his place was in such disarray. There were before and after pix as well.

The husband started to cry as his wife read the letter to him. She had to reach over to wipe his tears away. He said all he wanted in life was to have a neat and clean house. He wanted it more than he wanted to have use of his arms and legs back. The wife? The clutter didn't bother her at all.

The realization of what I was looking at hit me so hard I almost passed out. Their situatiuon was all about control. It had nothing to do with clutter.

Saddest and sickest thing to date I have ever witnessed.


4. On a more pleasant note, tell us about the best meal you've ever had.

A. Wow...there have been so many. Each the best in their own special way. Probably one of the best ones of recent memory was over at my buddy Howard's sister's house. She had a BBQ in my honor when I was back in FL in Feb.

There was so much to celebrate! I got to see Howard, meet his new girlfriend Renee, congratulate him on the recent selling of his condo and job offer (he is graduating from Respiratory Therapy school next month) and he showed me potential homes he was looking to buy. Was wonderful to see his sister Tonja and brother-in-law Dean again as well. Being his roomie, I got to know his family pretty well and the day I flew from FL to CO FOR GOOD I spent part of my last day in FL hanging out with Tonja and her mom Beverly.

The food was awesome (BBQ steak and chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, mashed taters),the company (which included my friend/client Aree who I was staying with and who had become great friends with Howard and Renee!) even better and it was one of the high points of my trip back to FL.


5. Turn on your ipod. What song plays? How does this song make you feel? How did you discover the band? Does it bring back any memories or feelings?

A. Had your question in mind when I started up my iPod today. Closed my eyes, gave it a random twirl and wound up with the Shins 'Wincing the Night Away'. First heard The Shins when I saw Garden State for the first time....Caring is Creepy was a favorite. My buddy Andrew lent me this CD for iPoddage purposes and I played it alllll day today. It made me very happy and content...working away at home, slushy rain pounding the windows continuosly, iPod serenading me...made for a very happy and contented work day. That's what music does for me in a nutshell...makes for a happy and contented Kath!


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Anyone want a 'meme-of-the-day?? Lemme know!


Drinks?

It's back to drinking as of Monday night (once I finish the final clearance and formally end the Merck clinical trial). Wanna help me celebrate?

Monday night - Drinks at Yard House around 5:30 ish.

Wednesday night - Margs at The Rio @ 5 pm-7:15...then it's time for DL @ Double Daughters from 7:30 onward.

Thursday night - Margs at The Rio in Boulder 5:30-7...then off to DL Downtown Boulder from 7pm onward.

Feel free to hang out with me at either place...or all 3!

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Home No More

Sometimes my happiness comes before the happiness of anyone/anything else. I'm selfish. There's a shocker!

Opened my front door the other night and something smelled like it was burning. Couldn't figure out where it was coming from until I looked up. I had taken the top off my light fixture to replace a bulb and had forgotten to replace the top.

Some enterprising birds had started to build a nest in my light fixture. While I could appreciate their efforts, it was more important to me to have a twig-free light fixture and light. So I dug as many twigs out as I could and left the light off for the night. This was at 1 am.

By 7 the next morning, they had replaced every twig and then some.

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Talk about busy bees, these birds were busier.

As I stood on a chair and tore everything out (again) of the light fixture I could hear the birdie parents being very vocal about what I was doing.

I dislodged a huge chunk of twiggy mixture and threw it to the ground only to discover...yeah, you guessed it...a smashed bird egg in the nest.

Sorry birds. Better luck next time. Fwiw, I promise to never leave the top off my porch light again.


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Still Here

Was almost killed on my lunch hour. A Ford F-350 came within an 1/8 of an inch from broadsiding me. He ran a stop sign coming off the Pena Blvd off ramp. Saw he wasn't going to stop so I floored it and he came so close the concussion of his truck brushing past me made me swerve.

I SCREAMED at him. Then honked for all I was worth. 3 other cars started honking as well. He pulled a u, got back on the other side and was gone. It was over in 3 seconds. Got sorta shaky when I realized what had almost happened. He was going close to 50 mph (rough guess) and if I had been a 1/4 of second slower, Kathyland would have ceased to exist.

So...I'm still here. Thanks to karma, being able to speed up, guardian angel, whatever. Just not my time.

And that makes me really happy.

TGIF and drive safely, everyone.


Spam

Seems the spam I get is pretty much equally divided. They are trying to sell me stuff so I'll have a bigger dick. Newflash spammers, I don't have a dick. And even if I did, not sure I would want it to get 3 or 6 or 9 inches bigger. Ouch.

The spammers are also pushing weight loss like it's going out of style. No worries spammers...I'm already on it.

What would it be like if we had spam that promised  to :

* Increase the size of your ability to love. To empathize. To be more tolerant. Less judgemental.

*Cure road rage.

*Increase good karma and the deeds that create the karma.

*Be kinder. Be gentler. Be more patient. (and you know a part of me wanted to write be more patienter but that would make some people just cringe).

What if spam offered us something we really truly needed.

Just wondering.


Simply Beautiful

Found a new blog.

While the title of my post does not reflect the name of her blog, I think it reflects the spirit of her blog.

Beautiful pictures of gluten-free food. Beautiful way with words. Beautiful spirit that shines thru. Beautiful blog design...beautiful yet simple.

And the fact that she is planning to have the type of wedding I would have (IF I ever got married again... they are planning a beach wedding that includes volleyball - yay!-) further connected me to her blog.

Read and enjoy.


Finally

Finally had a migraine so I could test out the meds (or the placebo- not sure which I had) from the clinical trial I was approved for (and gave up alcohol for) about a month ago.

As migraines go, a very bad one. Had to stop working early. Couldn't talk, think, type and forget having to multitask.

They gave me a notebook to record my progress, Bottle A with a medium tablet, medium capsule and a HUGE mega-sized capsule, Bottle B with the same meds as Bottle A, a cute little white kitchen timer so I could time my progress. And a pregnancy test. Yeah. When I was given the kit I told the cinical coordinator that pregnancy was not an option for me (not that I can't get pg...I can...I just don't want to) and she said I had to go by the book regardless, so whatever, I took the pg test before I opened Bottle A.

When all was said and done the migraine that started at 1:08 and got progressively worse during the afternoon finally dissipated around 9ish.

Wound up taking all the contents of both bottles, so next step is to go in for a debriefing. And that could be the end of the trial...or they could do one more round. We'll see.

If it's over, I need to make up for lost time with some Mango Margs this weekend.

Anyone wanna join in?


This Moment On Earth

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Sunday morning I liveblogged the visit of John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry to the LoDo Tattered Cover Bookstore. They were in town to promote their new book This Moment On Earth.


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Here at the Tattered Cover waiting for John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry to show...not sure how live blogging will play out in a diary, but let's give it a try!


(Disclaimer. I'm not in the league of front page bloggers on SquareState. (Not even close). Might be a step or two below JohnE's cats or Ralphie's greyhounds. Maybe. On a good day. Fair Warning :->)

Press here in full force...klieg lights going strong...should be fun!

BTW, extra seat available here in the front row with John E's name on it. John is at Wellstone today, so first come, first gets it. Any takers? (Thanks John!!)

11:30 - John Powers - Alliance of Sustainable Colorado- gives a brief intro on the Kerry's and their efforts to improve the environment.

11:13 - The TC rep makes a brief announcement. The Kerry's are running a bit late and will be here shortly. She also shares with us that this is the start of the 'LoDo Earth Action Festival (LEAF) a two-week celebration of Earth Day 2007, co-sponsored by The Tattered Cover and Rocky Mountain Land Library.

11:37 - John and Teresa take the stage. Share that 'this book is from our heart and our gut'. Thanks John Powers for kind intro. Quips that their book is made up of recycled Repub Gonzalez emails. (crowd goes nuts!).

Talks about the title. Says it is a story of scientific fact and real Americans who are making a difference. Dem/Repub..doesn't matter. We all have the responsibility to effect change and leave a better place for the next generation.

They celebrate what Al Gore has done in 'waking people up'. It's not just about climate control, tho. Teresa wrote a chapter on Toxics and what we put into our bodies and how it can affect us...ie, the unintended consequences that have affected our lives.

18 billions tons of diapers EACH YEAR from using disposable diapers. Takes 500 yrs for the plastic in the diapers to degrade. Talks about the G Diaper...a conscious choice of how you approach things.

Talk about Helen...cherry farmer in WA...lifestyle being undone by the dairy farming in her area. It took her 30 years to fight and preserve her lifestyle that was impacted by the dairy farming.

They want people to understand :

#1- book is a celebration of possibilities

#2- you can make $ in doing this! Dow, Dupont, 3M, GE, BP are making these choices and are leading...we have got to have a carbon cap. We can sell these technologies and it will help everyone.

You cannot talk about respect for values or faith in God if you don't respect creation and that balance....respect the value system to make these choices in a responsible way.

Had a good debate with Newt Gingrich (crowd laughs).

Talking about global warming, Newt said that yes, the science is real and yes, we must move forward.

Here is the choice that Americans must make.

#1- If Gore, scientists, Kerry's are wrong, what is the worst that can happen?? We have better health..have new hi-tech jobs...more energy independance..stronger national security...that is the worst. What is the worst if they are right. Catastrophe!

Teresa speaks.

'We need to ask why'??

Why don't we have a governing board over HABA (Health and Beauty aids) and home care products. Why are we not doing something about mercury? Why do we not pursue alternative hybrid energy?

Someone asked THK if she could do one thing if given $100? She would change all her lightbulbs to compact fluorescent.

Said if you read this book and it doesn't make you angry, you were not reading it right.

We need to give a sense of possibility. She dedicates her book to her grandchild and all the grandchildren in the world!


Q&A -

#1- Which candidate in 2008 will do the best job for the environment?

K- The Democrat! (crowd laughs). Then he says the American people are way ahead of the politicans. Talks about Portland (OR) being the greenest city in the US. They are down to 1990 Kyoto levels.

#2 - Ask about the Hybrid hybrid that THK spoke of earlier.

K - Says that THK quoted 150 mph. Plug in (electric combined with lithium battery) hybrid is how this is done.

#3- Why can't we harness the power of the ocean?

K - We can! K says it is being done. In France there is a dam across a river near the Brittany that harnesses the energy of the tide coming in. He just met with Gavin Newsome (SF, CA mayor) looking to see if they can harness the waves under the Golden Gate Bridge. There is a way to do this but we need to think downstream. Will it affect fish? Wildlife?

#4 - Woman grew up in Denmark. They use windmills. Sees wind power coming to Denver and it excites her. (Really sweet lady!)

THK- talks about a farmer near her in PA that started using windmills. People laughed at him but it worked! Said government needs to give credits for using wind, solar, alternative energy.

K- Where wind doesn't apply, you can utilize solar. Tax incentives would be great.

#5- Talks about women being in the vanguard of positive change. Do you believe women have a place in environmental change.

THK- Absolutlely. THK has been active in planning for Rachel Carson day in PA. Says that women have historically been the gatekeepers and the observers of their children. Women know when something is wrong and they have to get involved.

Talks about 'Body Burden'...all the noxious things we are born with and carry in our bodies. From birth to lactation show a degree of 150-300+ chemicals and carcinogenics in the bloodstream. We must not buy the argument that a tiny bit does not hurt. Shampoos that have placenta in them...pure estrogen...too much estrogen causes breast cancer. Huge rise in breast cancer amoung women. Studies coming out very soon on this subject.


#6- Is the Iraq war all about oil and is the military running interference for the oil companies?

K- What took us there was arrogance of the current administration and misperception of the situation. This (Iraq)has been a disasterous choice by the current administration.

THK- Air Force has made huge strides in 'the greening of the AF'. They are striving to make all their bases 'green'. Good news from the military!

#7 - Has her 11 y/o daughter with her. Thanked the K's for their awareness of the environment and how environmental education is so crucial to todays students.

K- We need this desparately. Architects, contruction, etc need this info. In the 90's THK worked with a contractor to develop green buildings in Pittsburgh.

Sorry guys...battery power almost out.

All typo's and misquotes are my fault. Will go back when I have plug in power and clean this up.

This is a great event...the house is packed. Got their book on Thursday and will definitely start reading it tonight.