Monday, October 01, 2007

NEWS FLASH #16




NEWS FLASH is basically news or thoughts that may be changing over time - an update or an evolution of thought that covers a multiple of topics. It is what makes a blogger tick and it is the reason why we read. So, with that in mind, I came up with NEWS FLASH as an acronym that stands for what is going on in life:


News (or current events)
Entertainment (movies, TV, celebrity, etc.)
Work (thoughts on the job or employer)
Spirit (thoughts on God and/or the supernatural)
Family (or friends)
Love
Anxiety (a rant or a trouble)
Sports (also considered should be contests, reality tv, recreation, cards, games), and
Home (house, yard, or even another family type of thought.
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It is time for NEWS FLASH again. I will get to "A Tale of Two Hairdos, Part II" soon. It is just time to take care of blog business.
NEWS - After months of the campaign, I am leaning towards Hillary Clinton. Keep in mind, this is just a "lean". I am definitely not sold on her but she has inched ahead. The reason? She has the unique experience of having a look at power from both an executive and a legislator. Being a "hands on" first lady, she knows what it is like to approach the president's office from a governor's standpoint. She knows how the presidency works better than any other candidate and was part of a very successful team when she resided in the White House previously. She has been a senator for a number of years now, also, even convincing the red-hued upper New York that she is worthy of support. So, she has the legislative viewpoint covered. She has an intelligent and authorative presence in the debates. And, despite her "liberal" label, she is one of the most centrist candidates in the Democratic field. She is going to be tough to beat.
I know there are a few staunch Republican readers of this blog. If this is you, please tell me why the Republicans hate her so much - way more than the other Democrats in the field. I have never understood this. Of course, I am an independent, so I am out of the loop.
ENTERTAINMENT - The new fall TV season is underway. I haven't watched all of the shows I intended to, although I do have some recorded. I have seen a little of "Kid Nation" as the only new program I have seen so far. I am afraid I am not going to be able to keep track of it enough to enjoy it. So far, the highlights of the new season is the "Family Guy" Star Wars adaptation, and of course the unparalleled "The Office."
WORK - Just when I thought work was settling down, another big meeting was scheduled for this week. It is a little lower key, than the past one, but it is costing me precious free time. ;)
SPIRIT - My church is changing stuff and I am not pleased. I like to sit in the balcony but they are going to close it because they are adding a third service. They like people to be clustered for some reason. I don't like to be clustered plus I just hate change. Secondly, they are pushing the service that I go to 15 minutes later than normal from now on. Hate it. I like getting out in time to see almost the entire football game, now I will miss the first quarter or go to the early service (which is completely different in preacher, lesson, and worship than what I prefer). People always have to be changing stuff. Maybe this should be in the "Anxiety" section. ;)
FAMILY - My wife started a new job today. I pray that it works out for her. She is teaching preschool. She told me this is one job that she wouldn't have to quit if we had kids. She doesn't know it, but if that is the case, this is the only job she could have that would enable me to submit to having kids. ;)
LOVE - Things have rebounded some with my wife. The job helps, but even before, it was getting better. We did have a setback on her birthday and the few days after, but now we have things to build on again.
ANXIETY - The investor that was going to make me an offer on my house last week did not call me back. Another person I was expecting to call, didn't either. Same ol', same ol'.
SPORTS - I am supposed to be in Cincinnati tonight to watch the Bengals host the Patriots live for Monday Night Football. I can't make it, however. No money, no time. I probably could have put it together, but since this is the first day of my wife's new job, I want to be there for her.
HOME - My father-in-law is coming this weekend. Here in Evansville, we are having our week-long West Side Nut Club Fall Festival. This is no small deal. The fall festival here is the second largest (behind Mardis Gras) street festival in the US. If you Google "fall festival", this is the first site listed. It is always a blast and a big tradition around here.
In addition, I guess I can put this under "Home" because "Home" is kind of a catch-all, but I am considering entering a short story to be published in a local literary magazine. I don't know if I am going to do it or not, but I got a great story idea in the shower this morning. Ah, but so little time.








9 comments:

kristarella said...

Enjoyed Tale of Two Hairdos Pt1! Look forward to the second installment... it was gracious of you to actually go to work with your wife's recommended 'do'. I wouldn't even bother with my husband, it's hard enough to get him to moisturise when he's sunburnt and peeling!

Anywho, I just wanted to ask whether your church had explained their reasons for making changes. For me it's awful when a person resists change because it's not convenient for them, or just because they don't like change, without thinking of the whole situation. It's also bad when changes inconvenience you and there's no real reason to make the changes. Which is your situation?

kristen said...

Regarding Hillary: She's married to Bill for one thing. She stayed married to him for political reasons. Dick Morris (Bill's ex-advisor) has called her a chameleon on many occasions. She's positioning herself in the middle, but deep down she's a huge leftist. She claims to be for the war and for tighter borders, yet she votes no on funding. She has socialist ideas, which to me are unconstitutional. Simply put....I don't trust her. But that's just me.

Jeff said...

Kristarella: I am glad someone enjoyed the "two hairdos" post. I will get to the second one soon.

The church didn't really say why they are making ALL the changes. They did say that the parking situation made it smart to do another service. I am not buying that, because they just added a ton of parking when they cleared some land from trees and a building. Plus, I NEVER have ANY problem finding a place in the parking lot.

I don't know why they are changing the service times. It wouldn't seem 15 minutes would make any difference one way or the other.

As far as closing the balcony, well as I said, they just like people to sit closer together closer to the front. I wonder if it matters what the congregants want. Guess not.

I think the smartest approach to ANY group of people is to avoid change as much as possible. Humans are creatures of habit. If you want them to participate, quit antagonizing their "resistant to change" nature.

Jeff said...

Kristen: I am so glad you read my blog. You have had little problem speaking your opinion and that is refreshing.

My take on your feedback:

Hillary being married to Bill is a plus in my mind. I am not thrilled with his personal mistakes, but by all measureable accounts, he was a darn fine president.

I don't know if I buy Morris' opinions about the Clintons. For some reason, he has a HUGE axe to grind against them. I have seen him on the Fox News Channel a bunch of times constantly slamming them. It has never been clear to me what was the source of their fallout, but there is an obvious personal agenda there for Morris.

I also am not sold on the fact that she is some closet extreme leftist. Her senate votes do not back that up, plus she was a Republican originally. It just wouldn't make sense that she would change that much - especially if her record doesn't show it.

Thanks for giving me the reasoning, though. Politics just fascinates me.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

Sometimes churches make changes thinking they are being progressive or something and it just doesnt work. People like church for the predictability of it I think. At least I did. not that I go to church anymore. Probably because they kept trying to change things. ha

kristen said...

Glad someone appreciates my frankness ;-) Sometimes I worry that I'm too bold.

Jeff said...

Stepping Over: Perhaps you are right. Progressive . . . nothing wrong with it, but they shouldn't lose their first love (ironic title of the most recent sermon).

Kristen: You are you and you are refreshing. People need to be able to take you as you are. I wouldn't have it any other way.

HollyGL said...

Yea for your wifes new job!

I'm sorry about your house, Jeff. I know first hand how frustrating that is. Hang in there.

We're on exactly the same page w/Family Guy and The Office.

Good luck with your short story. Keep us posted!!

Charles said...

I like Family Guy, but not to fond of the other shows. I think I got to see all of the season premiers of my favorites. Heroes, Ghost Whisperer, Simpsons, Family Guy, NCIS, Now there is this new show On ABC that I want to see about a guy who has the ability to bring the dead back to life, or take a life just by touching them. I think its called pushing up daisies.

I'm glad that things are looking up with you and your wife, now if only you can get home to see the first quarter of your games, everything will be fine (LOL). Hey you could record the game and wait till its over and watch it. I try doing that, but it doesn't always work out though. Someone is always talking about the Bills score when i'm at work on Sunday nights.