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List Play: 100 Things Meme

Out of these 100 things, the ones that are in bold font are the ones that I have done at some point in my life:

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Attribution: Swiv (flickr)

1. Started your own blog (my “established” blogs are Trial of Labor and MSO MusTek; my new blogs are this one and the one for the ICAN Clarion)
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning (when I was pregnant with my daugher! not fun!!)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort (actually was just instrumental in the destruction of my kid brother-in-law’s snow fort one year, heh heh heh!)
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater (the first time I remember was with my parents for the premiere of Star Wars!)
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (and was told to never ever do it again!)
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter (first time was high school prom!)
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book (does my dissertation count?)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (no, ewww!)
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

100. Totally copied a post from someone else’s blog to your own

Thanks to Super Crunch Mama for sucking me in! 😉

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Obama Party Tonight

I’m hosting a small election party this evening.  Chili, cornbread, salad, booze.  It is going to be exciting watching all of the election data come in.  Polls start closing at 6pm Mountain time.  I can only imagine that we’ll be celebrating a huge victory – for Obama, Schweitzer, excellent local candidates, and especially celebrating for average Americans like you and me!

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Amy Martin Video Features Missoula and Obama

I found this great video at 4&20 Blackbirds!

This YouTube video is a song by local musician Amy Martin with most of the images coming from Missoula and a few from San Francisco. Watch, listen and enjoy:

Now I’m off to go vote for a bunch of Democrats including President Obama

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John McCain Doesn’t Care Who HE Hurts


How is this acceptable conduct.  How can McCain address reporters and the American public and say that he is PROUD of his campaign or the RNC (who is evidently responsible for the mailer) and these tactics.

I hope people will consider that the conduct that has been displayed by John McCain in this campaign is neither Christian nor Presidential.  If he is elected President, he instantly becomes reflective of the values that you and I supposedly hold true.  I will not stand for a good, honest American and a true Statesman to be called (directly or indirectly) a terrorist.  I will not be part of electing someone who will stoop so low and treat people with so little dignity and respect.  I hope and pray that the “Christian” Right will see through this degrading and erratic behavior that John McCain has continued to exhibit and support the man who has the capacity to bring disparate groups together and lead us to a state of Global Harmony and Peace.

I did receive an e-mail about this today, but my source for the images was Smart, Stupid, Doomed to Fail.  From there you can also watch a news report from St. Louis, Missouri’s KSDK NBC News.  And look at the number of blog posts about this mailer.  People are upset, John McCain, and I am one of them.  I used to respect and admire you.  I thought I could vote for you.  No way.  No how.  Not with a gun pointed at my head.

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Why so Angry, John McCainy?

I was ready for that debate to be over last night.  You?  I was tired of McCain’s anger and defensiveness and Obama’s smugness when McCain went on the offensive.  Why was John McCain so angry?  Why was his goal to rip down Obama’s statements and try and tell us (after the fact) what Obama was REALLY (wink wink) saying?  Why wouldn’t he talk about his own plans and why they’re so great and let Obama do the same.  Why is naysaying, negating, disrupting, etc. the way of political debate?

And why, Senator McCain, are you complementing crowds who yell things like “terrorist” and “kill him!”????  Why are you personally attacking Obama and playing the victim when your policy ideas are criticized????  You can’t be the bully and the victim all at the same time.  Sorry not buyin’ it.

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Abusing the Absentee Ballot?

We have been receiving elections-related correspondence for someone named Aaron France who does not and never has lived at our address. (We are the first and only occupants of our home.) I’ve been growing increasingly concerned about this, as has my husband, but are confident that since we both voted in the primary and have our addresses on our driver licenses, that we’ll be ok to vote on Election Day.

However, we received an absentee ballot for someone at our address. How does this happen? And what is to prevent us from filling it out to our satisfaction and sending it in? Would his absentee ballot be checked and cross checked for validity?

I have contacted Forward Montana for advice and will post my findings here on this blog. Please be aware of this problem and do your best to promote the ethical and legal use of absentee ballots.

Update: It is a relief to discover that this was an honest mistake; the elections office had his address wrong.  I am surprised, though, that they’ll let me walk it over to him and will accept a ballot with an incorrect address on it.  I am sure glad that I called about it!

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Debating the Economy: Who Is the Loser?

It’s confusing at best trying to follow the debate over the economy these days. Democrats blame Bush and his regime; Republicans point out that Congress has been in Democrat control for a while now (though Bush seems to enjoy his veto power) or somehow blame the current situation on President Clinton.  And of course President Reagan (God rest his soul) is still getting cussed for his economic principles.

Who loses when our politicians debate the economy? Yep, you guessed it . . . we do! College professors like me as well as “Joe 6-pack” (which I resemble from time to time).

A top McCain aide is quoted as saying:

“It’s a dangerous road, but we have no choice,” a top McCain strategist told the Daily News. “If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we’re going to lose.”

Is it really fair to title an article that way?  Not really.  Of course if either campaign really spends a LOT of time on the economic crisis, the risks might outweigh the benefits.  Really it probably depends on how well the world and US markets do in this last quarter of 2008.  How low can it go?  Let’s not ask that question aloud.

Anyway, I just think it’s a bit unfair to suggest that McCain would LOSE if he talks about the economy.  Republicans tend to support deregulation and trickle-down economics.  Are they evil for this?  No, it’s their philosophy.  I’m not sure how philosophy in and of itself is evil.  Are the Democrats immune from the “debate” over the current state of the economy?  Surely no one thinks as much.  Our current predicament is wrath inflicted from multiple sources – the “fed,” Wall Street, Main Street, politicians, you and me, bankers, borrowers, and the like.  We’ve been groomed to believe that we deserve to live in $300,000 homes when we can’t really even afford a $100,000 investment.  Our parents bought their first homes when a house cost a couple of years of salary… that is not the case nowadays.

It would be so nice to find some sources out there that were truly objective.  Why does everything have to polarize?  What good does that do?  Are all issues black & white?  Is it all that simple?

If wishes were horses I’d have flown to Pluto by now . . .

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