Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Greensboro Blogs Have Arrived
This will make it easy to track the new postings on Greensboro area bloggers, so give Roch's site a try. If you are a blogger, get registered.
Roch seems to be very open to constructive feedback about the aggregator, so let him know what you think, and be sure to thank him for all his hard work.
Monday, November 29, 2004
You Go Jinni
Jinni is approaching her battle against breast cancer with the right combination of realism and optimism. And in an act of public service, she is removing some of the stigma of breast cancer and the side effects of its treatments by sharing her experiences in detail.
Not only does Jinni write well, but she conveys her emotions with a candor that is refreshing. I have no doubt that Jinni will be beat the big C, and help countless others along the way.
Wolfpack On The Prowl
Julius Hodge played up to the hype with solid shooting, defense, and ball handling. He must play that well for the Wolfpack to succeed in ACC league play.
Sunday, November 28, 2004
A Perfect Evening
As is our routine, we watched Inside the Actors Studio while polishing off the steaks. I was surprised to learn that Jamie Foxx was tonight's featured guest. I knew that he got rave reviews for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray, but he did not seem like a typical guest on this show.
I was surprised at the depth of talent and character he possesses. The man can play the piano so well, even Ray Charles would be proud.
A Courageous Decision
Issues of race, particularly as they affect hiring practices, are almost always touchy. It takes honest self awareness as a manager to recognize the need to change hiring practice. It takes guts to write about it publicly.
Some will feel that this hiring practice amounts to a quota system. I say this is an honest effort to improve the newspaper's ability to report on, and therefore reflect, the community is serves.
Bravo to John and the News & Record for making a courageous decision to improve its product!
Saturday, November 27, 2004
A Long Day
I have a pork tenderloin and garlic potatoes in the oven. Creamed spinach and my wife's favorite bread will follow. A bottle of 2002 Cain Musque and a DVD should complete a nice evening.
I earned it.
Friday, November 26, 2004
New Kid In Town
Why Didn't I Think Of That?
However, I found a way to play 20 Questions, albeit with a computer. Still, the computer is pretty good at figuring out your secret. Give it a try.
At my sister's at noon, we tried a 2002 Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay and a 2002 Justin Syrah. Both were tasty, fairly light, and did okay with the turkey (and ham).
At my inlaw's at dinner, we uncorked a 2002 Saintsbury Pinot Noir Carneros and a 2001 Louis Latour Pouilly Fuisse. The Pouilly Fuisse was probably the best match of the day.
Hmmm...thinking ahead to next year, I wonder how a pinot blanc might do with turkey?
The Day After
A New Man
The lead story in today's News & Record is about Corporal Nick Sowers, who got to call his father Brian yesterday for Thanksgiving. Brian is a close friend and sponsored me into Crescent Rotary Club. Nick is also a friend of mine.
Before joining the Marines, Nick was hell on wheels. He raced motorcycles competitively, played ice hockey, and kayaked some of our country's toughest rivers. I used to worry that he was not only a thrill seeker, but might also be self destructive. I saw Nick before he shipped out to Iraq for his second tour, and he is now a solid, disciplined adult.
There has been plenty of analysis about the US invasion of Iraq on a macro level, but much less on a micro level. Like many others, Nick Sowers has developed into a fine young man, and the Marine Corps has been his finishing school.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
One Down, One To Go
Now, we nap/rest for an hour, then head to the in-laws. That dinner will include as much wine and food as the first one, but only four people. Maybe I will loosen my belt before we get there.
I was lucky to meet my Kristen, and luckier that she married me. Like my sisters, she is smart and strong, and she is a wonderful wife and even better mother. Her beauty is icing on the cake. Our baby Sarah took over our lives 16 months ago, and we surrendered joyfully. Nothing turns around a bad day faster than her laughter.
Kristen's parents and her sister accepted me early and have treated me like family for the last 14 years. Seeing their joy as grandparents and aunt helps me understand the love and fun they provided to Kristen.
I have a small custom metal manufacturing business of six employees. My five coworkers are a never ending source of practical jokes and smack talk. Despite this, they are a mature bunch that only need me to point the way, and they do the rest with minimal supervision.
I have always been thankful for the opportunity to serve others. As a Rotarian, I volunteer 10-15 hours a week in a variety of ways that serve people in our local community and around the world. I am thankful that Rotary was founded 100 years ago.
I have many other reasons to be thankful, including good health and a large circle of friends. I hope that you have many blessing for which you are thankful, too.
Happy Birthday, Emily
The last year has been difficult for Emily. She spent two weeks in ICU with an extremely rare dermatological disorder that acted like second and third degree burns over her entire body. The condition is often fatal, and the only treatment is comfort care, but Emily made it through and continues to recover.
Happy Birthday, Emily! I am glad you are here to celebrate.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Doubting Doubtfire II
When will Robin Williams figure out that we like him acting (Good Morning, Vietnam, Awakenings, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Insomnia), not acting goofy (Mrs. Doubtfire, Cadillac Man)?
While I think NC State will be competitive this year, I do not see great team in its immediate future. State has a deeper bench this year, but there are also some glaring problems.
Team leader Julius Hodge is not an offensive force night in and night out. Compounding the problem with his inconsistent play is his inability to move the game to another player when his shot is cold. Randolph Childress kept his Wake Forest teams from greatness with this trait, even with Tim Duncan on the squad.
Coach Herb Sendek is committed to playing hard defense, which is essential to success in college hoops. However, his motion offense will never produce a great team. The Wolfpack will not be a significant offensive threat to a capable and disciplined defense. Rebounding will also be an issue with no significant experience among the Pack's big men.
The bottom line is this State team will be pretty good, and it might have a nice upset or two, but I look for it to be fourth or fifth in the ACC's regular season. I do not see this team advancing past the sweet 16 team in the NCAA tournament.
The Best Of Times
There are plenty of other holidays that are important for their religious, historical, or social significance. But, Thanksgiving offers a time gather with those you love simply to enjoy each other and reflect on our many blessings, without the heavy commercialism and gift exchanges.
Enjoy tomorrow and the people with whom you share Thanksgiving.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Everytime I walked in his store, I felt like he had been waiting all day for me to drop in. Tonight was no different. He is a master salesman and even better person.
And, by the way...I bought two suits and two blazers from him tonight. He's still got it!
He will have a hard time convincing me that the network's inability to authenticate documents that portrayed Bush's service negatively is not the primary reason for his decision. Let's hope that all of us (traditional media, bloggers, and citizens) are reminded that we should be steadfast in checking information before presenting it as fact.
Monday, November 22, 2004
Back In The Saddle
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Off To Play Golf
1) I thought we just established that the GOP is the party of morals and values. If so, how can its caucus justify changing its own rule to allow about-to-be-indicted Tom DeLay to remain House majority leader?
2) Does Condi Rice seem an odd choice to be Secretary of State? She has no diplomatic credentials, and she was a pure academic until four years ago. And, I hate to tell her that expertise in Soviet matters will not help her in her new job.
3) What the hell was John Kerry thinking? He saved $15 million in campaign funds for what? A Geico commercial?
4) Basketball season has arrived, and local bloggers Ed Cone and Sam Hieb have a new joint venture, the ACC Hoops Blog. With half of the ACC ranked, including all Big Four, this should be a fun season in these parts.
5) It appears that Steve Spurrier will succeed Lou Holtz as football coach at South Carolina. giving the school a chance to exchange windbags. In Spurrier's last season at Duke, he led them to a bowl game, but he was so busy playing footsie with Florida that he forgot to prepare the team for the game. At the end of the first period, Duke only trailed Texas Tech by 28.
Let's hope the rain stays away, because we are only taking one keg of Red Oak with us this weekend.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Brad and Britt Whitmire have found their rhythm in the morning, and they have had some top-notch guests. I suspect that in the post-election period, they will have to reestablish their identity, which has been mostly political to date.
I met Mitch Albom once, and he is just as affable in person as on air. And while Clark Howard has the worst voice in the history of radio, his show is substantive and helpful to many.
I try to treat idiots like Neal Boortz and Michael Savage as examples of the fact that intelligent people can argue either side of a point. I just wish they would acknowledge that there are other valid sides to the points. But these guys are happy to simply throw meat to their conservative lions.
WZTK get points for its exceptional weekend jazz, so overall I give them a B-.
But I am back now, so you can expect your normal daily dose of riveting reading.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Criticism From The Right
Gen. "Tony" McPeak: "The people in control in the Pentagon and the White House live in a fantasy world." and "Iraq is a diversion to the war on terror in exactly the same way Vietnam was a diversion to the Cold War."
Adm. Stansfield Turner: "All in all, Iraq is a failure of monumental proportions."
Gen. Anthony Zinni: "I saw the intelligence right up to the day of the war, and I did not see any imminent threat there. If anything, Saddam was coming apart."
I could go on and on, and these and other distinguished former high ranking military officers do in this article.
The Deer Hunter
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Ding, Dong, Arafat Is Dead
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
The More Things Change...
Economy-----------------> record surplus vs. record deficit
Foreign Affairs----------> peace vs. war in Iraq plus operations in Afghanistan
Security------------------> seven years without an attack on US soil vs. 9/11
Voters say each of these issues is important to them, but given the similarity of the last two presidential election results, I have my do not think these issues are driving the boat. Long-term branding by the parties is the key to election success.
Okay, I am about done with the election.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
What An Idiot
Excuse me? Moderates believe deeply in nothing?
Have we really stooped to the point that we automatically invalidate those who think differently than we do? It seems to me like Davenport is guilty of exactly the holier than thou thinking that the political right assigns to the left.
For the record, Chas:
I believe deeply that discourse between those with opposing views is useful.
I believe deeply that not only can opposing views be valid, but they are necessary.
I believe deeply that most conservatives, liberals, and moderates love their country.
I believe deeply that your style of closed-minded thinking is a weak excuse for the well-reasoned arguments that you claim.
Off To War
I am sad that he is leaving his wife and three sons, one of whom is only three weeks old. I am sad that he has to leave his parents, who lost their other son 18 months ago. But mostly, I am angry that he is being sent to fight an unnecessary war with no firm goals and no apparent end.
My friend has shown no sadness or anger, only a sense of duty to the soldiers in his unit. He knows they depend on him, and he would not send them to Iraq alone.
He is a hero.
My friend will be blogging while in Iraq. I will add the link to his blog after he starts posting, and I hope you will take time to visit his blog.
Sunday, November 07, 2004
Can I have my entry fee back?
Thursday, November 04, 2004
A Modest Proposal
We are only four days removed from national breast cancer awareness month, but let's keep these special women and the thousands of others who have been diagnosed at the top of our minds and in our prayers.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Short Lines At The Polls
I wonder if some potential voters stayed away from precincts today fearing long lines.
Everyone has a reason to vote. Now get out there and do it.
Monday, November 01, 2004
President: I predicted three weeks ago that Bush would win the presidency by a margin of 36 electoral votes. Several swing states have tightened, but I still think that Bush will win by 20-35 electoral votes. I think that enough undecided voters will want to vote for the winner,and polls show that most Americans think Bush will win. Also, no incumbent president has ever lost while the country was at war.
Governor: Mike Easley should be reelected with a margin of 15-20%. Enough said.
US Senator: This is the hardest race to predict, as voter turn out and the strength of Bush's coattails will make the difference. My gut tells me that Bowles will win by a slim margin.
Feel free to post your predictions in the comments.