Away From Home

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Callback #1! W00t!

So tomorrow evening I head to Kansas City for my first callback (yay!). I'll get in around 9:30 and meet up with an old friend for a bit. Friday morning is my interview, bright and early at 10:30am.

Apparently the firm is putting me up in a suite for the night. A suite? For one person? How excessive. The room description even says "Great for families that need more space."

They must think I'm fat. :-(

Then I fly back to DC right after the interview. From the time I take off from DC, to the time I land back in DC, is almost exactly 24.5 hours. Though knowing my recent string of not-so-timely flights, it'll probably be more like 30 hours.

Monday, September 26, 2005

The Sick House, A Play

"The Sick House"
A play by Scott Minneman

(Setting: An ordinary room, Anywheresville, USA. A group of dartboards hangs on the wall. Interestingly, the one with the picture of a multicolored rhinocerous with the face of Karl Rove seems to have gotten the most use.)

Me: Doctor, doctor, come quick!

Doctor: What seems to be the trouble?

Me: It's my house! It's got a case of the fruit flies!

Doctor: Take two _____ and call me in the morning.

Me: Oh, thank you! My hero! *swoons*

(Curtain close.)

You like? As you can see, it's not quite finished. I need something to put in the blank. What will get rid of fruit flies? Besides a bug bomb, that is. Whoever gives me a successful answer will receive credit when the play is performed (HA!).

In other news, I found a great buffet-style hot bar at work. It's even in my building! Today I had the pleasure of ham, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and fried rice. I hadn't had a good meal like that, well, since I was back in Kansas.

At $5.79 per pound, it's a little pricey (today's total was just under $10), but sometimes, it's just worth it for a "real" meal.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Imagine that

You are a

Social Liberal
(63% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(28% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Friday, September 23, 2005

Palmeiro told to go home

Palmeiro done (forever?):

Rafael Palmeiro's tumultuous season came to an end Friday when the
Baltimore Orioles, tired of the distraction stemming from his suspension for steroids, told him he was no longer welcome on the team.

The decision came on the same day Palmeiro was scheduled to return from spending time at home rehabilitating his right knee and left ankle. But the Orioles figured it was best they cut their ties for now.

"He wanted to come back and play, but I think in this instance we had to do what we felt was best for the rest of the players out there," Orioles executive vice president Jim Beattie said.

It's about time. Him trying to salvage his season was getting to be a joke.


I know, I know. It's been a while for me too. But I'm going to use the same lame excuse Scott did: I've been busy.

This is the first weekend, besides the first one, that I'll be here all weekend. Not totally my fault but I'm glad to be here for once. Wa-hoo.

this week has been hectic with tests and speeches. Oh the wonders of college.

I don't have any random trivia about DC bowling alleys but I would like to tell you that chocolate has been around for over 15 hundred years and that it did not make it's way to Europe until Cortez took some from the Aztecs when he invaded. I know what you're thinking, "that's really exciting!" well I'm glad to have made your day.

Yeah, I know, it's been a while

I'm back from post hiatus. I didn't mean to stop posting; that's just what happens when you're busy I guess.

Random trivia: There are only two bowling alleys in all of DC. One is in the White House; the other's at GWU. A bunch of us went yesterday; it was a good time.

I really have nothing to say. I have zero mental energy these days; anything I do have, I use up at school or work.

Hence me spending Friday night with a frozen pizza and Field of Dreams.

Monday, September 19, 2005

And the King is...

This weekend I went back home to watch homecoming and celebrate my sisters birthday and to see my friends. So that was fun.

My brother was up for homecoming king. So that was exciting. And the king for Solomon High School's homecoming of 2005 is...

drum roll please

...Paul Minneman. *The crowd goes wild*

Friday, September 16, 2005

Friday Fun

I just spent my Friday night watching Planet of the Apes and teaching my housemate how to play Cribbage.

Things are rockin' in Wheaton!

Thursday, September 15, 2005


howdy ya'll. I know it's been quite a long while, but in my defense I have been really busy.

Last weekend I went to the state fair. That was pretty fun, although we were there very long it seemed. Plus one of the people we were with lost his wallet so we went everywhere looking for it. It never showed up. But other than that it was fun.

This weekend is my sister's birthday and homecoming. My brother is up for king. So I'm going home for all that. It should be fun.

Well I have two tests tomorrow :(. So I suppose I should go study.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Callback #2!

While the stress and bad times are not yet receding (and while I continue to insist upon only making vague references to them, without filling you in), it appears that there's some good news.

Callback #2!

This one's with SP, a firm I really liked. Plus it's in Kansas City. I'm flying in on the 29th of this month, and back out on the 30th, so unfortunately I won't be able to come into the state and see everyone. You're sooo disappointed. Trust me.

But in my defense, it's not like I had a whole lot of choice. When the firm pays for everything, you tend to accept their schedule. Besides, there's a negotiation competition that weekend that I want to compete in.

And yes, I mean everything. They're paying for the flight, for car service to the Sheraton Suites on the Plaza, for the hotel stay, and for car service back out to the airport. Plus food, I think.

So, wish me luck in the interview.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

I Pity The Fool

Apparently, being really busy equals not blogging. Oops. Not that I have a whole lot to say, anyway.

Except this:

LOS ANGELES ( "The A-Team" may or may not ever take its place in the pantheon of classic TV shows, although viewers of a certain age (that'd be about 28 to 36, men in particular) tend to remember it fondly.

One of the show's stars, though, may soon make it onto classic-TV network TV Land. Mr. T has signed a deal to star in a pilot for the channel called "I Pity the Fool," in which he'll dole out advice and try to help people in difficult situations. Lions Gate TV is producing the project.

It's presumed that in the course of helping people get their lives right, no jibba jabba will be allowed.

"We are very excited to work with Mr. T and Lions Gate on 'I Pity The Fool,'" says Sal Maniaci, head of development for TV Land. "By putting Mr. T in an unfamiliar environment, viewers will have the experience of seeing him back up his famous words and attitude with concrete actions."

"I Pity the Fool" will find Mr. T acting as a "motivational guru" helping people improve their personal and professional lives. Mr. T will use his own varied life experience as basis for his strategy to help others.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Kansas judge throws out obscenity case

Looks like the Lion's Den stays:

A Kansas judge has dismissed 10 misdemeanor obscenity counts against a Dickinson County adult bookstore, saying the state obscenity law is unconstitutional.

The charges were filed in April after a 29-count indictment against the Lion’s Den was thrown out on a technicality. Earlier this week, Senior Judge Robert Innes said the obscenity law was flawed.

He noted that the state Supreme Court ruled in 1990 that state law forbids the Legislature from declaring a device obscene solely on the basis that it relates to human sexuality.

The law was later changed to address the court’s ruling, but Innes said language remained in the law that allowed the 1990 case to be overturned.

Innes’ decision is the latest in a two-year battle over what is deemed to be obscene in Dickinson County.

The Lion’s Den opened in September 2003 in a former Stuckey’s restaurant along Interstate 70 outside Abilene and sparked a protest by residents who formed the group Citizens for Strengthening Community Virtues.

That group has since launched similar protests and battles in other Kansas communities to enforce state obscenity laws and to have counties define obscenity for themselves.

Phillip Cosby, an Abilene resident who organized the protest two years ago, said Thursday that several other communities are organizing to fight what they view as obscenity.

“To say this one county judge dealt a fatal blow is quite an exaggeration,” Cosby said. “We’ve been discouraged before. We can’t give up. … I’ve learned patience and persistence.”

Freedom of speech, while not absolute, is fundamental to our society. While obscene materials do not enjoy First Amendment protection, the sheer importance of having free speech mandates that the scope of "obscenity" must be small. And it certainly cannot be dictated by a mere subset of society. Obscene materials are shocking to almost every person in society. Not a majority, not a supermajority (2/3). I literally mean almost everyone, as in 95% or more. Child porn is obscene. Adult porn is not.

Don't like it? Put up signs. Don't go inside. Hoist a giant billboard proclaiming God's condemnation of pornography (which actually exists next to the Lion's Den). There are any number of things you can do to show your disapproval of the store's wares.

But you can't make it leave, any more than it can make you leave. Besides, when it comes right down to it, such loud, vigorous protests only amount to free publicity.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Team Hate America

Team Hate America:

These eleven congressmen, Republican conservatives all, just voted against the $51 billion package ( H. R. 3673) for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Horrible human beings, all.

Rep. Joe Barton - TX

Jeff Flake - AZ

Virginia Foxx - NC

Scott Garrett - NJ

John Hostettler - IN

Steve King - IA

Butch Otter - ID

Ron Paul - TX

James Sensenbrenner - WI

Tom Tancredo - CO

Lynn Westmoreland - GA

Today's good news thread

Only good news will be posted tonight.

In that spirit, today's lead story is my receipt of Callback #1! It's with EH, and won't happen until the middle of October. On a Thursday, so I'll miss classes and work. Bonus.

[stick to good news only...]

Oh, and I totally expected to get fired today. I was scheduled for a meeting with my professor for the textbook I've been "working" on. "Working" because, well, I haven't worked very hard. I've just been too busy. So when she emailed me and said "I'd like to meet with you. Bring your files," I immediately thought I was fired.

Instead, I have a new assignment, with an actual deadline. That should keep me on task this time.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Facts


Approximate number of U.S. troops currently in Iraq: 139,000

Percent of coalition forces contributed by the U.S.: 85.7

Weeks since the Pentagon developed a plan to draw down U.S. forces in Iraq to roughly 40,000 by mid-2005: 98

Approximate amount appropriated by Congress for Iraq operations so far: $218 billion

Approximate amount spent by the U.S. in World War I: $205 billion

Approximate amount spent in Iraq by the U.S. last week: $1.03 billion

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) found: 0

Total amount of taxpayers' money spent by Halliburton that the Defense Contract Audit Agency has deemed either excessive or insufficiently documented: $1.47 billion

Amount charged to American taxpayers by Halliburton to build a movie library for its employees: $152 million

Number of movies in the library: 10,000

Foreigners kidnapped in Iraq last month: 22

Foreigners kidnapped during the five previous months combined: 19

War on Terror

Days since September 11, 2001 that Osama bin Laden has remained uncaptured: 1,454

Days after bombing Pearl Harbor that Japan surrendered to U.S. forces: 1,365

Number of times President Bush mentioned the "war on terror" in one month before the 2004 elections: 71

Number of times in the six months following the 2004 elections: 66

Homeland Security

Factor by which passengers on mass transit systems exceed passengers on airlines: 16

Funding per passenger the Bush Administration has spent to secure mass transit systems since September 11, 2001: $0.01

Cost of security upgrades needed to protect rail and transit systems as estimated by U.S. transit authorities: $6 billion

Amount of funding designated specifically for rail and transit security in President Bush's budget: $0

Total amount of funding added to the Fiscal Year 2006 Homeland Security Appropriations bill for rail security in the wake of the July 7 London Bombings: $0

And many, many more.

Public Speaking

I have an informative speech due in a few weeks. It has to be 3-6 minutes long and have 4 sources. Anyone have any ideas?

Guess what I'm doing this weekend. I'm going to the state fair. A couple of girls down the hall are from Hutch so several of us are going down there with them and staying at one of their houses. It should be fun.

The Rehnquist viewing

With the unfortunate passing of Chief Justice Rehnquist (looks like Pat Buchanan got what he wanted), some of us decided that we should pay our respects to a man who, although I didn't always agree with, I respected for his commitment to the Court and to an independent judiciary.

We headed over to the Court last night at 8:00. Each of us had class until then, and we figured it'd be a nice time to go, without so many people.

Someday I'll learn that the phrase "without so many people" does not apply in DC.

The line to get in was down the steps, out to the street, down to the corner, across the street, and clear along the next block. We quickly wondered whether it was a bad idea to come, but we stood in line anyway.

Surprisingly enough, the line moved fairly quickly, and within an hour were at the steps, waiting to go in. We overheard some people behind us talking about how "They're showing this on C-SPAN! We're going to be on TV!"

Oh yeah. I was on national television. You're so jealous.

Inside, the casket was laid on the Lincoln Catafalque, in the center of the Great Hall, draped with the flag. People signed the condolence book, and then walked around the sides of the room, past the busts of all of the Chief Justices.

I wonder if Rehnquist has a bust already? I didn't look. Does anybody know?

All in all, I'm glad I went, even though I'm 100% sick of death. It's a historic occasion.

A week? I've lost my mind

Wow, it's been a week since I've blogged. What a crazy week it's been, too.

As it's now almost 1:00am, I'll post more tomorrow, including my writeup of the Rehnquist viewing. Expect it expectantly.