Archive for January, 2009

A More Perfect Union

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 by janice

44th President of the United States of America Barack Obama. I’m not going to get tired of hearing that any time soon.

Once again I have no words to express the depth of emotion of this day.

Darren and I watched the inauguration at home. We both had tears in our eyes more times than I can recall between the time Obama was introduced and when he left the stage after that most powerful of speeches. We laughed at the minor flubbing of the Presidential Oath (Roberts will get a mulligan in 2013 for Obama’s second term 😉 ) We were in awe of the size of the crowd – estimated, last I heard, at over 2 million. The whole tone of the crowd and the media covering the event was incredible.

Someone on the inauguration team is brilliant: between the United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters” singing the National Anthem, Aretha Franklin to doing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and the John Williams’ arrangement of “Simple Gifts” for the Best Quartet Eveh! (Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma , Gabriela Montero and Anthony McGill) we were pretty well served musically. Rick Warren’s controversial appearance was un-remarkable and since the Rev Lowery’s benediction blew that invocation out of the water, I can forgive them for inviting someone that devisive.

I thought of my mother and my father and my younger brother while our new President was being sworn in. How much I wish they had lived to see this day. But I am proud to have witnessed this moment in history. I am so very proud of my country and so very hopeful that, despite the depth and breadth of the challenges we face, he can lead us back to the ideal of the United States of America that our fore bearers worked and fought and died for.

BTW: Many thanks, Anita, for the invite to DC. Much as we would have loved to be there, I think we made the right decision. It sounds like it was a serious mad-house from start to finish – among other things, even people who had tickets apparently got turned away from the Mall or shut out of their ticketed section due to the over-crowding.  Not to mention it was friggin’ cold. Watching it from the comfort of our living room on our own big-screen t.v. was quite alright by us.

Many blessings all,

Janice

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USAir Flight 1549

Friday, January 16th, 2009 by darren

Damn. Just damn.

I was on a conference call with some co-workers who were just across the river when flight 1549 went down, and as the meeting was starting they mentioned a plane had just gone into the river not far from their office. Yesterday was very busy at work, and other than checking out the brief news blurbs and being thankful that everyone survived, I didn’t have a chance to catch up on the story until last night. Amazing stuff, and it doesn’t get any less amazing the deeper you read.

After catching up on details through the usual media outlets I started checking out a forum run by and for commercial airline pilots that turned up when searching for the meaning of some air traffic control lingo I heard on the flight back from Hawaii. Glad I bookmarked it.
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Little Lawyers

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 by janice

funny pictures of cats with captions
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This is how our Kipper thinks. If he is not technically breaking a rule we cannot possibly get mad, right? He also has the Border Reiver mentality about food: that which is on the floor is Mine. That which I can bat off of your plate is on the floor and therefor Mine. Also, Ebony’s food is on the floor and is therefor Mine.

Blessings,

Janice

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Nocturnalism vs. practicality

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 by darren

Seriously sleep-deprived today. Over vacation I reveled in my typical habit of staying up very late and sleeping in, and haven’t made the adjustment back to the wage-slave schedule yet.

Gotta re-adjust eventually, but I’ll miss the late night meditations that I really should be blogging, like:

– How do we move beyond the tribalism that screws up our politics, foreign relations, and cooking?

– How easy it is to inflict multiple non-fatal gunshot wounds on an adult human (thank you, Discovery Health Channel @ 2am), and what caliber ammunition and targeting skill might be required to avoid that should it ever become necessary.

– How to get past phase 3 of the Malygos fight.

– Whether the Steelers offensive line can possibly take them to the Super Bowl.

– That the Genius feature of iTunes could get very expensive very quickly if I had it installed downstairs. Already discovered 4 new artists I’ve never heard of before, and I’ve hardly scratched the surface.

– Wishing for a good local Asian market so I can branch out further in Thai cooking this Winter. I love spicy one-dish meals in cold weather.

– That Dianne Feinstein, Joe the Plumber, and most of the GOP members of Congress are really past their sell-by dates and should be binned.

– It’s a Very Good Thing that at least a few people are starting to pay attention to smart conservatives like Andrew Bacevich and Daniel Larison.

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Wine Tasting

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 by janice

In between bouts of the Hawaiian plague, Darren and I went wine tasking with Vince, his brother Jakob and their friend Anna. Unfortunately Jake came down with a stomach bug, which cut some of the fun down but we still managed to see some nice places, sample some nice wines (or at least others did, I drove) and have a pleasant time.

A few pics from the day:

Anna, Jakob and Vince

Anna, Jakob and Vince

Vince toasting at Alma Rosa

Vince toasting at Alma Rosa

Jake, Janice and Darren in front of the Alma Rosa tasting room

Jake, Janice and Darren in front of the Alma Rosa tasting room

Darren and Vince, the last of the tasters

Darren and Vince, the last of the tasters

Hoping your 2009 has started off well.

Blessings,

Janice

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Happy New Year!

Friday, January 2nd, 2009 by janice

I managed to come home with a cold. Such a way to start the new year. 😉

Anyway, wishing everyone the best for 2009.

Here are a few more pics from Hawaii.

Half way up Diamond Head

Half way up Diamond Head

View of Waikiki from the top of Diamond Head

View of Waikiki from the top of Diamond Head

Darren and Janice at the top of Diamond Head

Darren and Janice at the top of Diamond Head

The military's Secret Volcano Base

The military's Secret Volcano Base

The 'Ionlani Palace

The 'Iolani Palace

Statue of King Kamehameha

Statue of King Kamehameha

Blessings,

Janice

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