Bigots need more exposure to the object of their bigotry. And if you don't want to be eaten by a shark don't go into the ocean. Or a Sea World shark tank...because they live there, too.
--Lemme just say this about the weather today…it is another of those situations where a degree difference at any layer of the atmosphere will make a huge change in what we receive. Either way…we should get a decent amount of moisture and that is good because we still need moisture.
--On Friday our country will be seeing some serious financial cuts, unless something is done about it between now and then. It is called a sequester and I don't know much about how it got started. But I do know that if you are putting together a basic household budget what you have coming in has to at least match what is going out. If you have more going out than you have coming in you either have to increase income or decrease spending…and most of the time you have to do both.
Now obviously when you are talking about a governmental budget it isn't quite that simple. Instead of one household that feels the impact you are dealing with a budget for over 300 million people. But wouldn't the same principals apply? If you are spending more than you are bringing in you just have to either raise income or reduce spending, or both. In our economy to increase revenue you either raise taxes or create new tax payers by increasing jobs.
It seems that these forced budget cuts on Friday need to happen. It seems sad to me that this "sequester" game is the only way the politicians can make it happen. Correct me if I am wrong…but setting up this sequester allows the politicians to cut spending without have to directly take the blame for cutting the spending. After the cuts they will spend their time blaming the other side for the cuts…so they take no political hit, yet what needs to be done still gets done. It is actually pretty brilliant. But it makes me sad that there isn't a politician out there right now that has the stones to tell us the truth.
--Another winter storm is making it's way towards us this morning. It is another one of those situations where a little change in the storm track will make a huge difference for our area. As it stands now it looks like mostly rain for most of the area. For most of us it looks like maybe an inch or two of snow tomorrow morning and then rain tomorrow afternoon. West of Jacksonville could see the most snow…1"-3" possible. And along I-57 there could be some freezing rain tomorrow morning. Closer to I-70 it should just be rain.
--It amazes me to see that there are still many people in this world that have issues with women. Did you watch the Daytona 500 NASCAR race yesterday? I watched it off and on and caught the final several laps. For the first time at the 500 a woman led for a full "green flag" lap. And Danica Patrick also finished in 8th place…which is remarkable considering it was only her 11th race on this circuit.
In case you weren't aware I spend some time on social media. Yesterday while browsing through Facebook I was saddened to see far too many people complaining that Danica shouldn't be racing because she is a woman. It wasn't only men complaining about it, either. Are we still so backwards in this world that this is really an issue? It is scary to me to realize that some people still think women should stay at home, make babies, and clean the kitchen. I hope that is the minority…
Well…a winter storm has come and is now pretty much gone. Going forward this morning we could still catch a little light snow or drizzle. This afternoon we may see more light snow or flurries with no more accumulation. And roads are sketchy at best in most areas. But by and large we are done with this round. As far as how much snow we got it was about what we expected. Most of the area caught between 3 to 5 inches, with some locations getting a little more or less.
You have to remember when it comes to snow totals how varied they can be. You can walk outside your house and measure 3 inches in your front yard…literally walk across the street and measure 5 inches in your neighbor's front yard. So take most any measurement with a grain of salt. Overall this storm did about what we thought it would.
From April 2/20/13:
Good job on setting a goal to pay off your cars! I haven't had a car payment in 6 years and my husband has never had one. I also noticed your post on Facebook a couple days ago about not having a credit report some day... that's another great goal to have! Living a debt-free lifestyle is something I am looking forward to, and if all goes as planned, it will happen this year. Good luck to you and Faye! You can do it!!
Thanks, April! I've blogged before about the Dave Ramsey program. While most of what he says is common sense it is always nice to have a plan that is well formulated and structured to help you along the way. We don't follow his ideas by the book...but his program has helped us give our financial life much more structure and discipline.
When I look around to what our government has usually done when it comes to over-spending I know that I will feel much more confident with my own situation without owing anyone any money. I really believe that slavery still exists in this country…only it isn't about race. What we have now is a system of financial slavery. The banks have been very good at making us think it is okay to live with debt. Sure…buyer beware and the banks are only doing what businesses do. But if you sit back and watch how predatory the advertising is for banking these days it won't take you long to feel like a duped chump. So for me and my family…we are working as hard as we can to not owe anyone anything, including a mortgage.
That is it for this week! Enjoy the weekend…more rain/snow possible to start next week!
This impending winter storm has been a difficult forecast so far. We use a few different models these days. A model is basically an algorithm designed to predict what the weather will do. The advancements in the technology in the past several years have been tremendous…but weather forecasting is still very difficult at times. In the end…Mother Nature will do what she will do. And we are still not to the point that we can predict what will happen 100% of the time.
This particular storm hasn't been handled very well by some of these models. When we compare models we look for overall consensus. By that I mean we look for the models to start showing basically the same scenario. With this storm the models haven't agreed about much…and they keep changing. This is the main reason we don't like to start giving potential snowfall totals too far out. It is because so much can change. And there is a point where it actually becomes irresponsible to start talking about a foot of snow when we are not really that sure that a foot of snow will fall on us. So many times we will wait until we start seeing the models line up with better consensus on what is going to happen.
So far that hasn't really come together for us! It is especially frustrating to us when we haven't had much snow lately. When we are expecting a potential snowfall in a season with a stark lack of snow then snow becomes what people talk about. And people want to know how much we will get. No…they don't want to know how much we THINK we might get. They want to KNOW how much we are GOING to get…and sometimes we just aren't sure.
Doesn't matter. I am not complaining. It is still a great, challenging, and fun job! But I am telling you all of this to give you an idea of the stress involved with forecasting a storm like the one we expect today/tonight.
Hang in there! I think we will get a couple of inches of snow and a little bit of ice. I think.
I've mentioned here on the blog that I don't do New Year's Resolutions. What I do instead is kind of take stock during the year and decide what little changes I need to make at any point. But this year Faye and I sat down and made a few goals that we would like to achieve this year. One of mine was to get to the point where our cars are paid off. Another was to do more auditions for things, including maybe a feature film.
Faye is a runner. But last year she had an injury that basically sidelined her for months. Even now she hasn't really gotten back into her running routine. So at the beginning of the year one of her bigger goals was to get back to running again. Another of her goals was to help others more than she did the year before. Enter the St. Jude's Peoria Run. It's an event where many, many runners take off from Mattoon and literally run to Peoria over the course of two days. It is a grueling challenge and it is used to raise money for the St. Jude's hospital…a place where they care of very sick children.
Yesterday Faye signed up for this charity run…which handles two of her major goals for this year. It will also prove to her that her injury hasn't ruined her running career. But more importantly she will be helping very sick children. You can help those children as well. This is the link to Faye's donation webpage. If you have the means please visit this site and leave what you can for these kids. While you are on the donation page take the time to look around the St. Jude website and just read some of the stories and look at some of the pictures of these kids.
So we've got this potential snow day coming up on Thursday. Right now it looks like a lot of us could see between 3 and 5 inches of snow before it is done…and possibly some freezing rain Thursday night. Basically there is potential for things to get messy Thursday night into Friday morning. It is certainly not what we've grown accustomed to around here recently…but we will survive. And then this weekend whatever we end up getting Thursday will melt away.
The part about storms like this that cracks me up is the people that think we are somehow holding back information. They will ask us "So what's the real story with Thursday's snow?" Or I've heard "What is really going to happen on Thursday?" Mind you…most people don't think that way. But the few that do really crack me up!
What would be the benefit for us to hold something back? Here is what happens: We see that a storm COULD hit us several days out. As we get closer we follow closely all of the models and signs to try to figure out how the storm will impact us. Keeping in mind that there are any number of factors that could greatly impact what the storm does to us…we try to get a handle on what we think will happen and usually start talking about snowfall totals 2 to 3 days before the storm gets here. Many times we are spot on…and some times we're completely off. Despite the amazing advances in predictive technology…it is still a very tough business to predict the weather.
A few years ago I went through a "Celebrity Rehab" kick. For whatever reason I could not get enough of that show! I watched a few different seasons. And one of those better seasons had a country music star on it. I've never been a huge fan of country music. But when I started in broadcasting it was at a country music station in Mattoon. From working there a few years I did at least gain an appreciation for it. So at least at that point country music didn't repulse me anymore and these days I will listen to some of it.
That country star on the show was a woman that had obviously had a rough time of it. She had a lot of personal issues and a lot of family issues. Her main vice was booze, as she described on the show. That season of the show went like most of the other seasons. Most of the people seemed to be in pretty good shape by the time the season ended and it left you hopeful that these people would be able to keep the ship going straight in their lives.
Occasionally you'll hear some news about some of the people that appeared on that show over the years. Sometimes the news is very good and sometimes the news is sad. This morning on the way to work I heard on the radio that the country star that appeared on "Celebrity Rehab" shot herself in the head over the weekend. Her name was Mindy McCready…and she was only 37.
Hope you survived Valentine's Day. Faye brought home a heart shaped pizza for dinner last night as a surprise…and that was all I needed in the world at the moment, my beautiful bride and pizza!
I will be talking about this more on Facebook and Twitter through the morning…but did you see what happened in Russia last night? They had a meteor shower and some of the objects actually hit the ground. The last report I saw claimed over 250 people injured. I am sure there will be ample coverage of this through the day, especially with the asteroid that will be coming closer to the Earth today than some of our satellites.
From Jim (2/8/13):
For once I agree with you regarding the governmental use of drones… and when that practice should end. Our government was WRONG when they imprisoned all Japanese US citizens in camps after the Pearl Harbor attack. Years after this mistake had ended, they paid those people small stipends to ease whatever conscience our government had left. In no way did this compensate those families for what they had actually lost.
Far as I know… during the US Civil War, the Lincoln administration began to temporarily read certain people's mail when they were suspected of spying on the Union. This was technically a violation of their first amendment rights, but our union was divided at that time, and those people had given up their rights. In no way did Lincoln try to amend our Bill of Rights, but that's not the case today.
Our focus today should be put on the TOTAL failure and incompetence of our federal government and a large handful of bankrupt states like Illinois. Instead, the left wing news media keeps the American attention focused on their own naive media issues like gun control. They now ignore the simple facts, and blatantly editorialize the "news" into their liberal points of view. With such advanced technology today, the media can literally determine the outcomes of elections… and it's already done that in my opinion.
Most of the blame should fall upon those US citizens who ignorantly vote for whoever will give them the most free handouts, instead of them actually going to work. No matter how many new jobs are created… our unemployment rates never seem to fall by much because of this. Illinois is now an especially bad example of a state, since a candidate can win a seat, after carrying only two Northern counties. I grew up in extreme southern Illinois, (Little Egypt) but the first time I was eligible to vote, I'd long since been drafted on my 19th birthday and had already been in the Navy for 2 of my 4 voluntary years. (I mailed in my absentee ballot from overseas on an aircraft carrier) Was this fair? Probably not… so they eventually changed the voting age due ONLY to the public outrage in the "news".
The point is… we don't have that real kind of "news" today.
What I was referring to with the Lincoln Administration was the requirement of newspapers to check with the government before they printed any stories about the Civil War. That is bending the 1st Amendment quite a bit. And like the internment of the Japanese-American citizens…this was also very wrong.
From Jill (2/11/13):
Ugh, man I feel your pain. We have a Chocolate Lab, Sasha Sue, and a Cockapoo, Rupert Oliver Cromwell I. Sasha's anal gland goes off about once every couple months randomly and Ruperts about every 6 months (but not anymore now that I have him groomed, they drain it). It smells like rotten fish. I can never see where it goes, so when it does happen, I am on my hands and knees with nose to carpet to find the spot so I can steam clean it....which then I always just end up cleaning the whole area anyhow. You can take your dog to the groomers though and they will drain it so you don't have to experience that anymore. Your poor car- that would be the worse, but at least its winter and not festering in a hot box.
Our bigger dogs don't go to the groomer more than a couple of times a year. But when they do go to the groomer they get their butts squeezed. Any way you slice it it's a nasty business!
From Mom (2/12/13):
Greg, In response to your blog this morning; I think people like to hear more about you! If you would like some help, I am willing to answer any questions about you as a child! lol Sound fun? (or scarey) LOVE, Mom
Hmmm. Logistically I am not sure how we could do that here on the blog. But I might be up for something like that on Facebook or Twitter! You might even be able to do a QVA with it! Heh.
From Don (2/15/13):
While there are times that I turn to channel 17 to catch the weather up-date, I rally don't mind the channel going to COZI-TV and showing the "6million Dollar Man" and The Bionic Woman. just so they don't show the worst tv show made, namely "America's Funniest Home Videos". Or the one that comes in second, "Wheel of Fortune". I know, it's on WAND, but that show is so phony. It is obvious that the contestants have been coached in how to yell out letters and go "crazy" if they win some trip to a bug-infested island…it's late.
i'm going to bed.
Good night, Don!
Yeah…as I said before I am not really in the loop on the COZI-TV issue. I'm not sure if I should be worried about that or not…but as always I am prepared for whatever happens with my job! I do know that some people really like the change and some people really don't. And as far as I can tell that makes it just like most any other big change we've made over the years. My guess is that the new programming is expected to be an easier sell for us than the weather channel. But that is pure speculation on my part. People forget that our primary purpose for most things we do is revenue.
That's it for this week! Today and tomorrow will be a little bit colder. And next week could be wet, including the potential for an actual measurable snowfall Thursday into Friday of next week! Be well…
Happy Valentine's Day!
Yesterday I mentioned that I would be "on assignment" this morning to do a Valentine's Day live shot. Well…that live shot got cancelled due to a technical issue. So here I am again!
So what are you doing for Valentine's Day? Anything special? I think the attitudes about Valentine's Day run the entire spectrum. Some people go nuts for it. Some people don't really care about it. And of course some people hate it. At our house we go luke warm with buying gifts. But we also like to tell each other Happy Valentine's Day all through the day. I guess it is just a good reason to celebrate love.
Back it the day when I did radio we did a promotion at a local bar called the "Bitterness Bash". It was for people that weren't so happy about the "Day of Love". The station arranged for an industrial sized shredder to be at the location so people could bring their pictures of exes, marriage licenses from their exes, and even a stuffed teddy bear from an ex. There was a lot of shredding that night as I recall. The bar had set up some special shots named after things you'd like to do to your ex.
The most interesting part of the night to me was a fortune teller. I did a reading with her and she told me I would leave radio and get into television. She said it had something to do with my eyes. I didn't quite understand it at the time…and probably still don't today. But she nailed that one!
Yesterday on the blog I mentioned some changes coming up around here. I also mentioned that none of it directly relates to me. And that is still pretty much true. But you may have already noticed the change of which I spoke. Funny thing is…there still isn't much I can say about it because I am not in the loop on this one.
You've probably at least heard of our Local Weather Station. At work we call it LWS. It is basically a 24 hour weather channel for this area. It's been on the air for years…at least since I've been here. Recently it was decided that the station would carry something called COZI-TV. As far as I can piece together COZI-TV is an NBC programming offering that runs older shows like "The $6 Million Man" and "The Bionic Woman". As of right now that programming starts on the channel around 4 and runs until midnight. All other times LWS will run as it normally has for years. And I think in times of severe weather the LWS will still carry our severe weather coverage for which we are so well known.
As I said…there isn't much more I know about it than that. But that is the latest on the change. Have you seen it yet?
I am not sure if I will be blogging tomorrow morning. For the first time in literally years the station is sending me out "on assignment". For Valentine's Day I will be broadcasting from a jewelry store. Kevin will be here to do the weather. So that means I won't have time in the "weather office" to update the blog.
As I sit here I have no idea what I am going to blog about this morning. There were several topics that crossed my mind on the way to work. I could give you an update on my dog's butt, and the fact that I think I could smell it in my car this morning. There is this issue in California with the ex-cop that went nuts and is in the mountains hiding. He just became the first target of "the drones" on US soil. That could be an interesting topic…although the most reaction and best numbers I get on the blog are when I talk about something directly related to me. Basketball is getting ready for the All-Star break and the stretch run to the playoffs…but women still make up the largest section of blog readers for me…so who cares about the NBA??
I could tell you about some things going on around here. But those things don't directly relate to me so they aren't really any of my business yet. Mark Rivera is having a birthday in the next week. So he will legally be able to vote! Teasing that kid about his age might never get old.
So here we are. I guess I've basically hinted at a few things. But I'm not really going into detail about any of them.
Last Friday I had to take our biggest dog, Buster, to the vet. He weighs about 65 pounds, which makes him a good mid-sized dog. He's also the dog that is all boy. Buster is a rough kid that loves to be dirty and play hard. You know…like a boy. Well several weeks ago Buster got a little tear in one of his knee ligaments. It's a very common injury for larger dogs. Stacey Skrysak has a larger dog that just had surgery on one of his knees. She has been documenting that process on her blog, called "Sky's the Limit".
Buster's injury isn't as severe as Stacey's dog's injury…at least not yet. So we've been treating it with rest and some pain/anti-inflammatory meds as necessary. This means occasionally I have to take Buster to the vet so they can check out the situation. This past Friday was a big day because we did xrays. We needed to see exactly what we're dealing with so we could make a more long-term plan for the kid. As I expected the injury wasn't as bad as it could have been so we decided against the surgery at this point.
Buster did pretty well with the xray process. He can be temperamental so I was a little concerned how he would handle being handled by someone other than me. So I went into the back with him for his xray. The vet and the tech did what they needed to do and Buster did much better than I worried he would. He was beaten when he was a puppy…which is the reason my wife chose him and his brother, but that is a different story. So Buster sometimes gets a little cranky…and scared. But on this trip he did very well.
We were out in the waiting room after the procedure waiting for the vet to load up our pill bottle when I caught a whiff of a familiar smell. It wasn't a good smell and one that I have smelled one other time with Buster. I actually told the story of the first time I smelled it here on the blog a while ago. Apparently while we were in the waiting room the shock of what just happened to Buster caught up with him. Once again…he blew out his anal glands. Right there in the waiting room.
I took Buster into the bathroom and tried to clean him up as best I could. I will try to spare you the detail of what happened…but I had to drive home with him in the back of my little Prius and every time he sat down he was wiping his butt juice all over the inside of my car…
Today is my Father's birthday! Happy birthday, Dad! Or better said…feliz cumpleaños!
There has been a lot of talk around the country lately about gun control, NDAA, and the use of drones on traitorous American Citizens in war zones. A lot of the talk is from people that are outraged at how our government is "taking our freedoms". While I am always up for keeping an eye on those in power…I think many of these people, who border on being whacko, need to pick up a history book and look at what our government has felt it had to do in times of war. From President Lincoln hampering the 1st Amendment to President Roosevelt putting Japanese Americans in camps…there have been some ugly things the government has felt it had to do. Sometimes they have been right and sometimes they have been wrong. Running a country can be ugly business sometimes.
So while I also will keep a close eye on our civil rights as we progress into the future I don't think, because the government is trying to have the ability to do what is necessary to keep us ahead in this war we are in, that the government is going to turn a drone on me. However…there will come a time when this war is over that these special requests will need to be rescinded. It will be at that time if the government does not step back that we should be outraged.
From Anonymous (2/6/13):
Hi Greg, And the old phrase was born. "You have two ears and one mouth. Use them in that proportion."
That's a great saying! Thanks for passing it along…
From Terry (2/6/13):
I agree with your comments about people not letting you finish your sentence. I will take it a step further, I do not like if you are out in public and a complete stranger is listening to your conversation and they decide to add their comments about what you are talking about. It also bothers me when you want to talk to someone and you do not have their full attention because they are checking their facebook at the same time you are talking to them. I have also encountered people that while playing a game they are checking it and you have to always say "It's your turn". I guess that is the new multi tasking.
I have to admit guilt on this one. Occasionally I am on my phone too much checking in with the Facebook Peeps! But knowing and admitting are the first steps to recovery, right??
From Paula (2/7/13):
Greg--So happy you have been with WAND for 15 years. i do not watch any other station for my local news and of course the weather!!!!
From Phil (2/7/13):
Hey there Greg! 40, huh? For me it was nothing either...and now that I am 64, I just look at life as I am just one day older than I was the previous day...and run with it.
In today's economic situation, having and sustaining a job for 15 years is quite an accomplishment, my friend. You've done well and we continue to watch you daily, Joan and I. More often than not, we laugh...and laughter is a good thing. Having you there, means a LOT to both of us. Meeting you and Faye was a great experience. I do most traveling solo now, but I'd still like to catch another dinner at custom Smokehouse just to see how it is progressing, and say hello to a much younger, old friend.
You're always there with great perspective, Phil! And in case you don't remember…Faye and I told you to give us a heads up ANYTIME you are coming through. We love the Custom Smokehouse…and really enjoyed seeing you for dinner! Really…let us know. The Smokehouse is doing these wraps now that are fantastic. I have no idea where they get the tortilla whatevers for the wrap…but they are GREAT!
That's it for this week!
Okay…okay. Yesterday's blog wasn't about one person in particular. It was just a general rant about something that often bothers me! But if you were one of the people that asked me if I was talking about you…well…maybe you should think about that! J
In a little over 6 months I will be turning 40. I know that is a huge number to some people. And that number sends some people into a funk for a while. But for me it doesn't bother me at all. I'm always thinking about where I am in life and maybe what I thought life would be like at a certain stage. But I've never really put a lot into having to be at a certain level based on expectations. My life has taught me that you just can't plan a life according to how you think it should go. I'm always much better at reacting to what life presents anyway. So turning 40 years old hasn't given me much pause at all.
I will tell you what has messed with me a little bit, though. Later this month I will have been at this TV station for 15 years. 15 years! That is longer than I have done anything. I went to school for 12 years like most people. I stretched my college years out over 13 years or so. My second longest stretch at a job is almost 5 years in radio. But I have been at this station for 15 years.
When I started at this station I had to clue how long I would be here. If you go back into the archives of this blog you can find posts talking about how I got this job. I didn't really have a plan. And for a while this job was something I did on the side while I tried to work out some other possibilities. But at a certain point there was an opportunity to make this a career and I took it. And since I started here I haven't really tried to move on to a bigger station or get into a different business.
One of my pet peeves is people that interrupt during a conversation. I don't want this to be a negative blog post. I will try to keep it positive. But to me one of the most disrespectful things you can do to another person is not let them finish a thought during a conversation. Interrupting does quite a few things to a person.
First…interrupting someone lets them know that whatever they have to say isn't as important as what you have to say. Secondly…constantly interrupting someone will usually eventually lead to that other person just shutting down. So you lose the ability to learn something from that person. Thirdly…interrupting disrupts the flow of a good conversation. I love spirited, respectful debate about just about anything. And nothing, in my opinion, kills the momentum of a good conversation more than someone that insists on interrupting everyone else.
I'm not pointing fingers here. I think we all interrupt sometimes. I know I do it. But I always try to be keenly aware of the flow of a conversation while I am talking to someone. My real quarrel is with the constant interrupter. We all know that person. (For this blog I will refer to this person as "he" or "him".) Every time he is in a conversation he doesn't let the other person or people speak. He feels he is so right and what he has to say is so important that he has to walk all over what anyone else is trying to say. Nothing bothers me more during a conversation.
If you find that people just don't seem to want to talk to you much…try this: Talk less and listen more. I don't want to sound like Dale Carnegie here…not that that would be a bad thing…but give the people that you talk to the feeling that they are the most important person in the world at that moment. Listen to what they have to say…and give them the courtesy to allow them to finish what they have to say. You may be surprised at how much more eager people will be to talk to you.
Apparently today is National WeatherPerson's Day. Do what you will with that information!
A couple of Saturday mornings ago I was in Chicago. I auditioned for a movie up there. Now it wasn't a big movie or anything crazy like that. It was just a small little flick like the other small little flicks I have done in the past. I am not really an actor. I am a weather guy that likes to dabble with acting. But someone I know up there suggested I come up to read for a couple of parts and doing these things makes me uncomfortable. And I believe in making myself uncomfortable from time to time. Being uncomfortable is a great way to find out who you are. It is also a great way to keep from slipping into a rut, which is an issue with which I occasional deal. So I went to this audition.
Auditioning for anything can be a very nerve-wracking process. To begin…you don't get the script beforehand. I walked into the room and was handed the script and told what part I was reading. Then I was introduced to this woman and was told that I would be reading with her. So okay…I have no idea what the script shows and I have no idea who this woman is. And that is how it is for just about everyone every time. And you are supposed to do all of this in front of a camera and a few people just sitting there watching you. That is what I mean by nerve-wracking.
I'll be honest…I walked out of the room feeling like I wanted to do the thing over. One of the issues I have been working on lately is "coming out" in any situation. By that I mean just letting it rip. This also helps me with my actual job. Each and every time we go on the air I need to be "on". It's about consistency. And sometimes I am not consistent. So part of doing this audition was also to help me at my job. So when I left this audition I didn't really feel like I let it all hang out. I didn't feel like I really sold it. But…I learned a lot about the process. And I feel like I learned a bit more about myself.
I found out yesterday that I did not get any part in the movie. And I honestly didn't really want to get a part. If I got a part it would mean I had to go back up to Chicago for at least one weekend and likely more. And at this point in my life I'm not really into the 16 hour days and then driving 3 hours back home on no sleep so I can sleep for a couple of hours before driving another hour back to work. Before I went to this audition I decided I would do the audition for the learning experience and to be uncomfortable for a while. But I wouldn't really expect to get a part. And as it turns out I did not get a part.
And yet somehow it is still a rejection and somehow I am still a little disappointed. I guess I thought it would be better to get a part and turn it down than not to be offered anything at all. And as it turns out I did not get the opportunity to say no. It's okay, though. I have been rejected before for this very same thing. It won't keep me from making myself uncomfortable in the future. That, to me, is what life is all about…continued growth.
After the first interception of the game last night there was a Ravens player involved in the fight that grabbed and pushed a referee. It was number 29, Williams, and no one on CBS was talking about it. The guy should have been tossed from the game immediately. And no one on CBS talked about it during the game. I could not believe it. My guess is at some point this week the NFL will look at the issue and the guy will at least get fined. Hopefully he will be suspended for four games next season. It was blatant and obvious and not one person on CBS talked about it during the game.
I wanted to get that off my chest and now I feel better.
Did you notice the price of gas in Decatur went up to around $3.65 a gallon? Did you also notice that gas most everywhere else stayed around $3.45 a gallon? I've always wondered what the geographical difference in gas prices are all about. Why is gas in one city a certain price and gas in a city not 5 miles away a different price? They all buy from the same sources. And you can't tell me there is more demand in Decatur than in Champaign. Are there tax differences between each of the different cities?
And more importantly do you think we would even be asking these questions if we didn't feel like we were getting royally hosed at the pump?
From Jim (1/28/12):
Regarding this eternally latest new attack on our Second Amendment:
Fully automatic weapons have been banned from US citizens for years now (not that we can distinguish that ignorant strategy from other FAILED prohibitions) with any intelligent statistics: A person can lock and load a proposed legal clip and lose only 1.6 seconds or something like that. The bullets will then be flying again. The REAL question is what or WHO you shooting at? If the answer is "who" then you are probably a pissed off left wing radical who is totally insane in the first place. Most likely you have your head stuck up your ass and can't see the TRUTH because of the GLARING plain simple FACTS.
Gun controls have always failed miserably, as proved by Cook County, Illinois which has the highest gun murder rate as well as the strictest "gun control" laws. I mean… how TOUGH is this SIMPLE fact to digest?
Legal gun owners aren't responsible for any of these sad murder rates and chaos that we all see on TV. I was born empowered by our US Constitution and AMERICA to own guns, for the single purpose of defending ourselves from any future governmental tyranny: People get ready because that tyranny is now here… and they will NEVER get my guns. Hell… I don't even own many guns, or any mis-named "assault rifles".
Obama is simply an orphaned communist child, who was never even a US citizen from the start: SADLY… we are now stuck with him, as our errant novelty President… I severely worry about our futures in the USA.
Jim…you always have me until the end when you start sounding conspiratorial. Even if you are correct about our sitting President…do you think it is really up to him? President Bush is the one that really started to erode our rights. And I just bring him up to point out that this isn't a partisan, one person issue. The father we get into these conversations and issues the more I realize that we just need to vote out everyone that is in office right now and start all over. Until then whoever is really throwing the switches in our country will just continue on the way it has been since WWII. (Gee…I guess I sound somewhat conspiratorial myself!)
From Don (2/1/13):
Happy February, Greg.
We get over 70 more minutes of daylight through this month.
That's it for this week. Hope you survive the cold this morning and the little bit of snow tonight! Warmer this weekend…