Vegas, Obama and Germany

Not much time for a real post so just a few highlights. Some pics from our Vegas trip. Anita and Vince, this will have to tide you over till I get back from Stuttgart and post the rest!

Janice and Anita

Janice and Anita at Lotus of Siam

Janice and Darren in the Palazzo (new part of the Venetian one of our favorite hotels)

Vince, Maria and Edgar (Vince’s folks) same scene

Also, in case you’ve your head in the sand and/or don’t watch the news, Obama is on a tour through the Middle East and Europe. He was in Germany yesterday and spoke in the Tiergarten Park in Berlin. If you get a chance, find the speech on on YouTube (no time to find URL, sorry.) It’s well worth the time.

I love my country though sometimes my fellow citizens (especially my government!) frustrate the crap out of me. But I was extremely proud these last few days as I’ve watched Obama’s journey and the reception he has gotten. He represents so much of what is great about this country and it is awfully nice to hear Europeans chanting “USA!” at a big freakin’ rally rather than watching them trash the symbols of our country.

Have I mentioned I REALLY want this guy to be our president?

Now, just because Darren and I can’t stop talking about him doesn’t mean we have swallowed the Kool-Aid and are on the messianic train. I realize he’s a politician and just a man. I don’t agree with everything he stands for. I think he’s a little soft on reproductive rights and I am still ticked at his FISA vote.

And at the risk of sounding cynical, I’m really, really hope that he doesn’t completely disappoint us. I’m prepared for the fact that there will be some disappointment. I know he is not perfect. But he’s generally been straight with the public and right about a lot of things, so I’m willing to extend him a lot of trust. I am willing to have some hope.

If you are, too, please consider donating to his campaign. He’s funding this largely with small donors (under $200 per donation) – a true grass-roots movement and he needs all the help he can get.

Alright, ’nuff said.

In other news, I’m taking off for Germany tomorrow. For work unfortunately. I’ll only be gone a week though. Wish I had time for a side trip to the Netherlands but work and home stuff means it’s not in the cards. I supposed I shouldn’t complain too much – if one has to travel for work, at least DE is a reasonably nice destination. However, Stuttgart is not really the prettiest of cities so… oh, well. I’ll try to get in some fun time, too, then rush home to my darling Darren.

That’s all for now folks.




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