We had a saying in the newspaper world: there’s no writer’s block on deadline. And, while any deadline for a blog post currently would be merely self-imposed, I’m going to make myself post even though I’m suffering from writer’s block, a bit of mild exhaustion (the last three months have finally caught up. You know how you just push through difficulties because you have to? And then, only later, when the crisis has passed, does your body allow itself to feel the stress? Yeah, so do I. All I want to do lately is sleep. Of course, things have begun to pick up, both professionally and personally, so, ya know…), and am battling the pull of negative thinking because things are moving slower than I’d like. I’m just going to chalk the last up to personal responsibility and work harder. I don’t know what else to do…So this post will have final thoughts on CPAC, some thoughts on yesterday’s bloggers briefing, softball excitement and an overview of a really cool thing I did Monday with some really cool folks.
I’m glad I waited on CPAC wrap-up thoughts because something has gelled in my head after hearing a representative from this organization say yesterday at the bloggers briefing that both Democrats and Republicans are suffering losses in membership. After reading reports on this a few days ago, a question keeps popping up: do these things mean that the reality of a third party is actually at hand? I don’t know. But I’m pretty sure, at this point, that having a viable third party might be just the thing that curbs some of the waste and excess of government. Does this make me a libertarian?
- Ann Coulter hates Keith Olbermann. I almost feel sorry for him because she is a brilliant critic and has no use for diplomacy when it comes to telling the truth. Frankly, I admire that. Best thing she said, IMHO, was, when asked how conservatives should handle discussion of climate change, that the issue had “already been handled by God.”
- George Will’s speech was amazing. Best thing he said, IMHO, was when he referred to envy as the only deadly sin that gives the sinner “not a moments pleasure.” I won’t deprive you of the speech so if you want the context, go here.
- I met a fellow blogger and will link his site in the blogroll. In the meantime, read his site here. Fellow Georgian. I’m a Southern snob. No kidding.
- I was glad to see representatives from Google at the Digital Bootcamp Saturday. They clearly are beginning to see the writing on the wall and, well, they are genius business people. I took copious notes again. And found out that the number 2 search engine after Google is…wait for it…YouTube.
- Learned about this at the bloggers briefing. Healthcare wish list from the perspective of employers. Interesting.
Now, on to a softball update. All I’m saying is that today I was involved in an email conversation with several of the people on my team wherein it was discussed that someone hit a line drive and caused a player on the other team to lose a piece of his male anatomy that, well, he could lose one, but I’m sure it was a blow to his manhood (no pun intended). After this conversation, my excitement to meet the team grows. That makes me weird. I know…
Finally, I actually got out and made new friends Monday when I attended a clothing swap with a few women friends of a gal I met in dance class. We swapped old clothes, drank wine, got semi-naked (to try on clothes but it’s always nice to feel that kind of comfort level with complete strangers — think what you want people. I ain’t ashamed.), and talked a bunch — a whole bunch — of trash. It was hilarious and fun and I felt like I was hanging out with my girlfriends back home because these ladies are in the theater etc. and so have that crazy/awesome creative edge I must — and I can’t stress this enough — must have in my life. They told me about this for example. I live near the Sandinista Safeway by the way…
Anyway, stealing from a friend, (well, him and childhood friend Will McLaughlin, who kept a “bible” of quotes, which is where the “Man, donuts are the best!” quote comes from for all my Facebook friends) here are a few choice quotations from the evening that will not be funny to you but I’m giggling just writing them. Can’t wait to hang out with these ladies again.
“Logical reasoning, rational argument — and also, what the hell?!”
“There were six of us. We went to ‘Nam. We came back. We hump. Its what we do.”
first lady: “I can’t do ‘everything’ bagels because they try to be all things to all people…”
second lady:”it’s like the hat! Tell the hat what you need it to be.”
“I’m surprised you haven’t whipped out your bagel.”
“I’m pretty sure at the last clothing swap my actual pants got stolen…”