Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Lewd Considerations

My god...I am so tired of public officials and their overtly stupid behavior. This morning's drive to work brought with it a report on NPR regarding our dear Idaho Senator and his lewd antics -- "I want to say, 'I am NOT GAY!'" Who cares, you freak! Good thing, 'cuz us "real" gay folks have a bit more class than to cruise guys in the airport bathroom...


Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men's public restroom, according to an arrest report obtained by Roll Call Monday afternoon.Craig's arrest occurred just after noon on June 11 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On Aug. 8, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in the Hennepin County District Court. He paid more than $500 in fines and fees, and a 10-day jail sentence was stayed. He also was given one year of probation with the court that began on Aug. 8.A spokesman for Craig described the incident as a "he said/he said misunderstanding," and said the office would release a fuller statement later Monday afternoon.After he was arrested, Craig, who is married, was taken to the Airport Police Operations Center to be interviewed about the lewd conduct incident, according to the police report. Howie Klein from Down With Tyranny:
Idaho reactionary and well-known closet queen, Larry Craig, was arrested in a public toilet for misbehaving in a way closeted Republicans often do. So apparently it isn't just train stations' rest rooms that turn Senator Craig on.
Idaho's Larry Craig on the issues:* Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)* Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)* Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)* Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)* Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
Craig has a 0% rating in HRC's 2006 Congressional Scorecard.
Related:* October 2006: A hypocritical senator's closet bit the dust today
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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Monday, August 27, 2007

Zeta Love

The Zeta Girls gone country

Henry taking a stroll with Sally and Mom

Our lil' Huck riding in his own lil' rodeo

The sorority sista weekend in Ellensburg could not have been more perfect! We settled in at Reverie Ranch for a few days of fun, friendship and Disco. The wide open blue above was spectabular, as were the resident long-eared owls, the delicious mint cocktails and the young, sexy neighbors who came by, spurs and all, to show us a real two-step. Zeta-love runs strong and Henry and I were glad to be part of the fun!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

New Kitchen Considerations

The remodel continues -- but here are a few shots to date!

Friday, August 10, 2007

It's Official!

Shannon is now Sr. Manager, Change Management and I am Sr. Manager, Organizational Effectiveness. And in we go to the weekend...

Monday, August 06, 2007

Tri Considerations

Triathlons test both endurance and a willingness to just “go for it.” Despite not training since Henry’s birth, I decided to test my muster and see how much I “own” my body these days…alas, things look good. I completed the Dover Bay sprint triathlon in 1 hour, 34 minutes – and though the swim looked awfully daunting at the swim start, the water was a comfortable temperature and an alternating crawl and breast stroke brought me steadily into shore. The rest of the course ran out onto Hwy 2 toward Priest River and then circled back into the new Dover Bay development. The crowd was supportive, the sunshine bright and I had a gaggle of wonderful women to send me off (Shannon, Cass & Lynn!) and a sweet gaggle to cheer me across the finish line (Shannon, Marilyn and Henry!). I recommend taking your body to its limits every once in awhile…it really helps anchor the connection between movement, muscle, bone and skin. I have a welcome calm in my core today.

Friday, August 03, 2007

A Day's Considerations

I am taking a vacation day in anticipation of our good friends Cass and Lynn arriving. Henry is asleep upstairs and I get to enjoy a bit of rare downtime. I went into work this morning to hear about the new HR re-organization. My colleague and I were supposed to get a promotion and I thought it appropriate to be there in person. The meeting itself was a relative disaster -- our senior leader was neither articulate, nor inspiring and when our org chart was put up, neither Stacey nor I had a new title. Turns out, the VP was not planning to make the announcement today, despite the fact that we were told yesterday that he would...I left both disappointed and distrusting that this organization can and will honor its word. More and more I feel like my work world is a play of funny-house mirrors. Nothing ever is actually as it seems.

The promotion to Senior Manager, Organizational Effectiveness will be a good one, when it comes. I have made a significant contribution to the the organization and will continue to do so while there. I am proud of the Success Skills for Managers program we have built, as well as the leadership coaching we have initiated. I just wish the senior leadership would model the behaviors we are trying to encourage, as this would dramatically change employees' perceptions of their integrity and effectiveness.

The weekend holds wonderful things to come! Cass and Lynn's arrival is long-awaited! It will be so nice to share our home with them and have them get time with Henry (who is walking and talking these days!). The Festival at Sandpoint began last night with the Spokane Orchestra and we spent a lovely evening in the warm summer air, drinking wine with our friend Timmy, listening to Pops and playing with Henry in the grass. In the days to come, we will hear Johnny Lang, Lyle Lovett, Madeline Peyroux, Los Lonely Boys and Jackie Greene, along with others. It is always a joyous event -- everyone from Sandpoint coming together in festive, festival fun!

Tomorrow Lynn plans to swim the Long Bridge swim, an annual event in town, and I will suit up for the new Dover triathlon on Sunday While I have not trained sufficiently, I am hoping my general slow-but-steady energy will help pull me through! Shannon and team are launching SAP, so we hope to see her as much as possible...