Thursday, June 26, 2008

The floods in Iowa

Where are all of the Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help in restoring Iowa and helping the folks affected by the floods?

Where is all the media asking the tough questions about why the federal government hasn't solved the problem? Asking where the FEMA trucks (and trailers) are?

Why isn't the Federal Government relocating Iowa people to free hotels in Chicago?

When will Spike Lee say that the Federal Government blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines?

Where are Sean Penn and the Dixie Chicks?

Where are all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes and big screen television sets?

When will we hear Governor Chet Culver say that he wants to rebuild a 'vanilla' Iowa, because that's the way God wants it?

Where is the hysterical 24/7 media coverage complete with reports of cannibalism?

Where are the people declaring that George Bush hates white, rural people?

How come in 2 weeks, you will never hear about the Iowa flooding ever again?

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Employment and woodpeckers

OK, so it's been a very long time since my last submission, and boy, have things changed! And by "changed", I mean CHANGED!

I recently was provided with the opportunity to begin what I consider to be a REAL career with a local university. I've actually been hired on as a true System Administrator, with full benefits and a very competitive salary. It is certainly a far cry from the previous employers, where chasing checks and constant strife because of financial problems was more commonplace than grass. My salary nearly doubled, and I have the added benefit of--benefits! Health insurance...and a huge discount on college tuition. Plus, I get the chance to prove that I am a hard worker and that I know more than I've been receiving a paycheck for. Windows, Unix,'s a whole different ballgame! SWEET!

I have been extremely busy as of late because we are in the process of completely removing the kitchen and dining room, rearranging the walls, and putting in all new. The hard part comes in because we are doing the work ourselves. Demolition is not an easy task, especially on an 80 year old house! The wiring is piecemeal, as is the wiring, the room additions and the foundation. When we're all done, it's going to look fantastic, but what a lot of work in the meantime! I just wonder if I knew when I started what I was getting in to! Every time a wall comes down, we find something else that needs to be fixed, changed or moved. UGH! In the end, I'll see the reward in the increased equity in the house (thanks to DIY channel and HGTV), but it's going to be a long, hot, dirty summer!

To the woodpecker whom shall remain nameless, I apologize for your untimely demise. I am pleased that your babies were raised and fledged before you departed. My wife is beside herself with despair, and the more I think about it, the more it saddens me. So much so that I wrote about it to try to feel better.

That's enough for now. I have to get back to work. We have 50 new computers coming in that have to be prepped for the fall semester, so I have a lot of work to do! I will try not to wait so long before my next submission! Until next time...