Friday, April 28, 2006

Just a few quick thoughts at the end of the week.

I can't really get worked up one way or the other about a Spanish version of the Star-Spangled Banner. It is the 'national anthem' so you could make the argument that it should be sung as written. On the other hand, the original has been interpreted in so many ways that I don't think it does any harm to translate it into something perhaps more meaningful to new Americans. I'm sure to get into at least one argument this weekend over this.

Wow! Imagine somebody in the GOP being involved in a sex scandal? Not even interns, but actual prostitutes! I am shocked and appalled.

Did anybody, even among the 32% who still favor Bush, believe that he would do anything meaningful about the price of oil and gas for the average American?

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I guess ever since 9/11 many of us have had a feeling that the entire story was not told. As in the case of the JFK assassination and the Warren Commission Report there have been doubts, at least in my mind (and who doesn't love a good conspiracy?). I'm not going to take sides in this, but do feel that things were kept underwraps by certain agencies and individuals.

If you go to the websites of the VILLAGE VOICE and NEW YORK magazine, doing a search in their archives for '911 Truth' will bring up articles which introduce several groups who are doing their own research into what may have happened.

Personally, I think that the situation was a combination of the "Official Story" and massive incompetence on the part of various government agencies and the current administration. You will certainly not accept completely everything you'll find there and some of it may upset you but I think you should check over at to which I've placed a link over to the Left.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Nothing like getting to work and seeing a body under a blanket! Yep, it's great living here in NYC.

Actually, I have no idea what happened since the police had the body covered and there were more than a few folks hanging around. I expect I'll hear something more on the news tonight, but it is sort of creepy.

By the way, if you peek over at Shot's Shack you see that I'm trying to get rid of some of the comics I've acquired over the past twenty years. I'm not going to list them all, but do want to get down from around 18 long boxes to four at most.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

I was pretty down yesterday, as you can imagine, but I've decided that part of it was my own fault. I convinced myself that I had a position, simply because I had been called in for a second interview. I should have been more realistic and known that it was only a possibility.

I'm going to continue to send out resumes to California libraries, perhaps widening my geographical search. After all, I know that I'll have to drive no matter where I end up, so anything in the Los Angeles or San Diego area should be okay. I'll be using the Laguna Woods/Rancho Santa Margarita area as a point of reference, since that is the area we'd like to settle in.

If you check out the links over on the Left you'll notice that I'm cutting some. Nothing negative about the sites, but it is getting a bit out of hand and I rarely check many of them out anymore. I also want to refrain from having too many dupes on my two blogs.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Donna just called to tell me that I got The Letter from Orange County. *sigh*

Well, I'll just have to keep sending out those resumes I guess.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

It would be nice to think that Scott McClellan announced his resignation as Press Secretary because he finally had enough of covering for his boss. I think it had more to do with the phoney 'shakeup' that the Bush White House is doing to make the American press write about something other than their failed policies.

You can expect McClellan to write a book in the next years or so to white wash his own performance. Then he'll go on to be a paid lobbiest for some corporation or other.

For those keeping track, I'm still waiting to hear from California.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Hope everyone had a nice weekend, rather or not you celebrated a holiday. The weather here in NYC was nice and we spent Easter Sunday with Donna’s big ol’ Italian family. Naturally, I ate way too much and we have lots of delicious leftovers for this week.

I haven’t really been in a posting mood either here or over at Shot’s Shack, since I can’t help but be thinking about the interview. Still no news to report, but fingers remain tightly crossed all around.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Well, I'm afraid I don't have anything to report. The interview seemed to go well, but I will still have to wait for "the phone call." *sigh*

California was nice, though a bit overcast on Monday. I actually got a bit of a sunburn from driving around with Kristina on Sunday with her sunroof open. I could definitely get used to that, since I've loved southern California since serving there in the '70s.

Fingers remained crossed but I feel a bit more positive, so I'll let you know what happens.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

"Oh, how can you be in two places at once when you're not anywhere at aaaaaaaallll???"

I guess you can chalk it up to the fact that press releases are done before the fact, especially when it comes to various events done by politicians. Reading a copy of the release today it was amusing to find that I was apparently presented a document yesterday afternoon by a state Senator, commemorating National Library Week in Queens, while I thought I was taking a nap in Brooklyn. I hope I was dressed better in Queens. :-)

Well, tomorrow I'll be flying out to California for a job interview, so I hope those who know me will wish me well. I'll probably not be able to post anything until I get back to work on Wednesday and I may not know the outcome by then. However, I will let you know what adventures I had on the Left Coast.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Donna and I were watching NCIS (one of our favorite shows) last night when she spotted a few helicopters in the distance. From were we were in Dyker Heights you could see at least four copters, with one especially low and circling. We couldn't figure out what was happening until we caught the 10:00pm news on Fox 5. As some of you now know there was a near riot going on in Borough Park, where Orthodox Jews were setting fires and confronting the NYPD. Appears some officers may have gotten a bit rough with an elderly man who they had stopped for using a cell phone while driving. We'll probably never know the 'real truth' at this point as both sides are giving slightly different versions of events.

I was sitting in my office earlier working on the up-coming Annual Leave schedule when I happened to look out the window. I had heard them talking about a wintry mix, but was surprised to see large flakes of snow actually beginning to cover the ground and parked cars. The past weekend was absolutely beautiful here, so I didn't expect this. Then again, I can recall a few times where we have had flurries on Easter!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Had a nice relaxing weekend taking care of a few things and getting things together for my California trip. Got to look professional for OCPL, right?

Yesterday, Donna, her cousin Evelyn (known as EvieB) and I drove to Patchogue, NY out on the island. (Long Island, for non-New Yorkers) Don's cousin/EvieB's brother Charles was a soloist in a benefit concert out there. It was to raise funds for several groups working with folks suffering with and survivors of breast cancer. The funds will be split among: Babylong Breast Cancer Coalition, Cure Mommy's Breast Cancer, Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Long Island Lesbian Cancer Initiative & Thursday's Child (working living with HIV/AIDS). All really fine organizations deserving our support.

Go over here and learn more about the group who performed. Although this particular fund raiser is over you can still find out more about it.