Skip to main content

Some of it serious, some not

Another varied post coming up, folks.  Stay with me, and I'll try to justify your patience.

Just returned from another whirlwind business trip of two days.  I like the 'quick trip' a lot of the time, but it seems you just arrive in a location and all of a sudden you're packing to leave.  Which is the whole point, I suppose, but it's a little hard on the nerves sometimes.  This week's destination was Richmond, Virginia, where I interviewed a candidate for an expansion sales position on Tuesday and then met with our incumbent rep in that market yesterday morning.  I arrived at the Courtyard Marriott near the Richmond airport (since I was only having meetings that location made sense) and upon arrival was told by one of the front desk agents that I had been upgraded.  Now, I travel enough to know intuitively what that means regarding flights (moving from coach to first class, or baggage to coach) but I'm less experienced with upgrades within the hotel environment.  Gal said that I'd really like it, this was a really nice room.  She wasn't kidding.  I got a suite, with a living room, wet bar, fridge and microwave for the cost of my scheduled room.  Nice.  About the only complaint I had was that the air conditioners in that space (one in the living room, another in the bedroom area) may have been the loudest in the history of hotels.  Of course, that drowned out the sound of planes taking off and landing, so there's that.

And I experienced something else unique on this trip.  I had the same flight attendant on both directions of my trip.  Apparently this Comair (Delta Connection) attendant flies the Cincinnati-to-Richmond-and-back loop frequently.  We had a good laugh about the coincidence.  I didn't notice if the pilots were the same, only that there were two present for each flight.

While I was sitting in the airport waiting to fly home, I saw on an airport television that President Obama announced that he was releasing his "long form" birth certificate, which should once and for all quell all of the ugly claims that he is "ineligible" to be President.  And near the end of the whole "birther" cycle Donald Trump, who sounds nearly as ridiculous as he looks, announced he's looking into the President's academic history, saying "he understood" that the President was not a good student, yet gained entry into Columbia and Harvard Law.  Others are now clamoring for the President to release his grade transcripts.

My God.  This is what it's come to?  Sarah Palin and Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck all claim something to be so, and the entire national media gloms onto the story as though it's all verified fact?  Tea Partiers want to "take back our country."  From whom?

As the President himself said yesterday, "We don't have time for this kind of silliness."  Thank you.  He also said that he "had more important stuff to do."  Again, thank you.  Someone needs to lay this to rest, but I have a sinking feeling that it will keep on and keep on.

If you agree that this is all as deplorable as I feel that it is, check out Goldie Taylor's commentary from yesterday on theGrio.com.  It's a good read, I promise, and she specifically states what many (including me) have thought all along.

OK, I feel better now.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Oscar Magico!

Good Monday morning to everyone!  If you're like me, and stayed up to watch the Oscars last night, you're a little sleep deprived.  I mean, after all, how often does an awards show end with a major twist in the ending?

If you didn't watch and have not watched or read the news, then you don't know about the colossal screw-up that ended what was a pretty entertaining Academy Awards show last night.  The final and biggest award, for the Best Picture, was being presented by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, selected apparently because 2017 represents the fiftieth anniversary year of their vehicle "Bonnie and Clyde."

In any case, after a brief political statement, the pair got down to business and introduced the nine nominees, then Beatty appeared a bit flummoxed by the contents of the envelope.  Dunaway laughed and said "you're impossible" and announced "La La Land," the odds-on favorite, as the winner.

In the midst of acceptance speeches b…

Learning opportunities

Good Monday morning to you.

Perhaps I should state up front that it's a bit of a blue Monday here in the Big Blue Nation, as our beloved Kentucky Wildcats went down in defeat to the arch-rival North Carolina Tar Heels last night in a wild and highly competitive game.  Kentucky's team never really got going in the first half, owing to foul trouble for three starters, and that foul trouble and lack of rhythm carried over for the rest of the game.  Somewhat miraculous that Kentucky had the lead at a couple of points late, but Carolina's depth and experience won out.

Though my wife doesn't agree, that's pretty much the end of basketball for me this year.  I don't watch much other college basketball except to see who Kentucky might end up playing, so if they're done, I probably am, too.

My company is getting into a new aspect of business that you've probably seen and heard about, but because I don't talk in detail about work in this space, I won't el…

Stunningly apathetic

Good afternoon to everyone.  Unusual day and time to post, but my schedule got a little fouled up this week.

Are you planning to watch the Super Bowl?  For a number of years, starting when our kids were, well, kids, we really made a big deal of the day of the big game, buying special snacks, planning a menu appropriate to the site of the game or the participating teams' cities, and so forth.

Last year was great, since the Denver Broncos won and our daughter and her family are season ticket holders!

But this year?  Hard to get excited about the New England Patriots (again) and the Atlanta Falcons.  Admittedly, the Falcons have a Kentucky native and UK grad on the roster, tight end Jacob Tamme, but he was injured mid-season and won't play.  But otherwise, the Falcons don't have any players who command a high level of attention from me.

And then there's the Patriots.  Sorry to my friends in the northeast, but I don't care for the team owner, the head coach, the offens…