Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Difficult Days at Altitude

BAD day At Altitude today.

We have known that a murder trial would start today.  And in the relatively small town of Denver,  this is big news.  A Denver Bronco (Darrent Williams) gunned down several years ago, and the trial finally started today.

As much as I would like to act as if this is a distant occurrence that has no relevance in my life.............it strikes too close to home.

I have walked those halls and sat in those pews.

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The plan was for the local news stations to live stream the audio of the trial.  And yes, I planned to listen as much as I could.  At the last moment, the Judge decided against allowing media to live stream.  So we were waiting to hear news reports as they came.  I heard some taped segments of the trial as I drove home tonight.  Strangely enough, I know the defense attorney........a high school classmate of mine.

While focused on this trial, a phone call from The Husband alerted me to the fact that there was yet another school shooting, this time only 3 miles from Columbine.

No doubt news all over the country. 

No fatalities. Big SIGH.

But wounds were opened all around.

As much as I would have liked to look beyond all these news reports...................I sat in my rocking chair tonight, watching all the news, and felt the tears running down my cheeks.

I apologized for my tears to The Husband....................but couldn't help but think of the days that murder trials were a part of my day to day life.

And I wish I could erase the mental images of the Columbine funerals I attended.

Just yesterday, an employee of mine, closed the door to my office and spent a few minutes crying.

He has experienced a chain of tragic circumstances and came to tell me about the latest.

I realized in that moment, that all the tragedies I have lived through........... have given me the understanding and compassion to hold the hand of people in that moment.

There are times I wish that all the pain was washed away from my memories..............and then I realize my pain is a gift to those who need someone to hold their hand and understand.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Glued to Olympic Coverage

We are glued to the Olympic coverage here at Casa Rancho.

These athletes are a different species.  Speed and Cold and Danger and Ice.

Why am I such a sap when it comes to the Olympics?  Did you do that to me Mom & Dad?  The medal ceremonies get me each and every time.  BIG lump in the throat!

Highlights so far?

LOVED the opening ceremonies.  For any country to have to follow the spectacle of the Beijing opening.......where do you go from there?  So they went small and intimate.  The way the Canadians showed respect to the Native Americans took my breathe away.  They kept using the phrase "First Nations" which I had not heard before............but it struck a chord with me............I'll keep that one.

Let's talk about Vancouver.

Spent a few days there on a choir tour with 2 busloads of high schoolers.  In spite of keeping my eye on them most of the time.............I did notice that Vancouver is a breath taking city.  Mountains and ocean.............clean...........green............and extremely polite.  I've always wanted to go back.

Back to the athletes...............

Downhill skiers are nuts.  Let's face reality folks..................the sport is a controlled fall off a cliff.  Bonus points if you stay above the narrow planks of wood (fiberglass?) you're riding on.  I hold my breath while watching........which I believe helps the athlete you are rooting for................hence Bodi got a medal, and Lindsey Vonn endured, in spite of injury and the fact that she's that beautiful AND that athletic.................



Really Lindsey, it's annoying........all us girls hate you.

Speed Skating.  Got hooked on this sport at the last Winter Olympics.  And yes, its all about Apollo.  Our lean, mean, dancing machine.  But in addition............it's soooo cool to watch, especially the relay races, when they push each other forward.  Medals are us...............go Apollo.


Snowboarding.

Snowboarding Cross is great fun to watch.  It's the combination of so many other sports.  I'm the most uncool person I know..................However..................Might have to get some Olympic Team plaid.



Our Flying Tomato Shaun White dominates this................why would anyone else try?



Figure Skating.

Will have to contemplate the honest, yet politically correct way to discuss figure skating.  I love some parts............others...............not so much.  Better sleep on that.

On a final note (for tonight).

Are these some giant medals those Canadians are giving out?

More to follow.

Friday, February 12, 2010

It Really is the World Wide Web

And how do we know it's really the WWW????


When someone comes looking for info about Jim Lovell......................from...........................

Location Continent : Europe


Country : Greece (Facts)

State/Region : Thessaloniki

City : Thessalonki

Lat/Long : 40.6403, 22.9439 (Map)

Distance : 5,996 miles

It makes me feel so.................so Biblical.  :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

It's a Great Place To Work, If It Weren't For All the People

When you run a small company, the day to day challenges of dealing with your employees can wear on you beyond belief. 

Wouldn't it be great if you could just DO what you feel like doing?

Check this out?

Monday, February 08, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Yes I'm a few days late and absent from posting much around here (buried at work).

But Saturday would have been the 99th birthday of my political hero.  President Reagan.

The first President I voted for and the man who sparked my interest in politics.  If you go to YouTube and search for "Ronald Reagan Tribute", there are hundreds of videos posted honoring President Reagan.

Here's just one of many.  I dare you to get through it without a lump in your throat................

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

We Are Finally Lost - The Final Season


SOOOOO excited for the new Lost.

Doing the recap episode.  Less than an hour to go...............

Monday, February 01, 2010

Funniest Thing In a LONG Time

H/T to ScooterGirl for one of the funniest, cutest, best way to start your week in a LONG time!

Check it out, and watch it to the end.

Priceless. Click the link below.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1610699488?bctid=31812464001

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