October 3, 2003 – morning

Still time left to give to the Heart Walk effort. Last day I’m linking to it.

(the following was pre-written last night)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
� The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

It’s the two bold statements that cause the most conflict for me.

Poor Rush Limbaugh. And I’m being serious, too. The guy states his opinion, which is what ESPN hired him to do, and the nation beats its Politically Corrects drums and chastises him. The only part of his statement I disagree with is the part about McNabb. If he spoke about Randal Cunningham, he’d be spot-on. But nowadays there are many Black quarterbacks. McNabb isn’t special. Neither for his race nor his talent.

Now there’s the supposed drug investigation going on. You know that’s a Democratically spearheaded investigation. C’mon. You don’t even have to be a political insider to figure that out.

So my (formerly conservative-leaning, now tree-hugging liberal) paper ran with this story like an overly-enthusiastic puppy. Tripping over itself to make it bigger than it is. As per my job description, I foofed up the site. At their request, put up a poll, “Should Rush Limbaugh have resigned his ESPN job over his McNabb comments??” The “No” votes were beating the “Yes” votes by an almost 2-1 margin. Poll’s gone this morning. Replaced by the new question, “Do you believe ESPN was irresponsible for hiring Rush Limbaugh? ” which is an obvious attempt to elicit a stronger anti-Rush sentiment from the people. It’s early, but again the “No” votes are way ahead of “Yes” votes.

Rush has a right to say whatever he wants. My paper has the right to report the story, even to beat the story to death. I wonder how many quarrels has that pesky first amendment started?

(back to today…)

Wt: Don’t even start with me. I was off the healthy eating wagon more than I was on it this week.
Mood:Middling. Have a lot of work to do today.
Work Docket: Hot Properties (am coaxing ads to convert now…may need to do it the long way), finish Millionaire site (I’ll show you the link when I’m done), do some banners for a new corporate-run online contest. (Why a huge company like Gannett relies on a teeny online department in NJ — staffed today by one girl w/o an art background — to build comapany-wide creatives is beyond me)
Lunch: Will need a break out of the office, so I’ll go grab a salad.
Evening:Unsure. David’s not feeling well, so it’ll probably be a quiet night.
Weekend: Will probably take Max to Mom’s tomorrow to get him familiar w/the environment some more before vacation.

(rant)
Sunday is our Heart Walk. Met our goal of $150, but I have to admit I’m disappointed. Apparently, I’m expected to buy candy and wrapping paper and frozen pizza kits and cheesecakes and magazine subscriptions from every parent with a kid in a sport (Girl Scout cookies are different…as a former Scout, I support that organization), but when I ask for tiny donations to a nationally-known and respected charity where we’re actually putting forth a physical effort to raise money, we get nothing. The largest donations we received was from two of our Asheron’s Call guildmates whom we’ve never met in person. The balance came from our families and some of David’s coworkers.
(end rant)

And a quick Friday five while my ads continue to churn:

1. What vehicle do you drive?
A 2003 Saturn Ion, black.

2. How long have you had it?
Since December or January. Broke down and bought it when my old Neon slid into a curb — HARD — and it would have cost more to fix than what the car was worth.

3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle?
I know cars have had this for years, but I adore being able to lock and unlock my car from my keychain. It’s so Jetsons!

4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle?
The CD player skips more than it should.

5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now?
A silver Chrysler Sebring Convertible. Heck, maybe even a silver Mercedes convertible! Though I always buy American cars, Chrysler and Mercedes are the same company now.

Back to work! BTW…I updated the non-blog parts of LadyGypsy.net yesterday. Just so you know.

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