Alright, here's just a few tidbits floating around in this early morning not enough caffeine in my brain yet head of mine...
Occupy Wall Street. I'm a bit confused about this movement, a litany of demands with no real coherent structure. I'd like to support them yet not really sure if I can yet. I understand the "Y" generation is frustrated, as they should be. I respect their ability to come together with an intent on change and doing good. However there is something about this movement, and maybe this is me just getting older and more conservative, that smacks of laziness and just a push for socialism. Hopefully they'll prove me wrong.
The X-Factor. I am so into this show! But was bummed last night when a rain delay for the American League baseball game preempted the show. I wonder if tonight's show will be last night's? Regardless, I'll be watching.
Refinance. Finally, the refi for the house is over! Last night the lawyer came to the house and all the paper work was signed. We started looking into this in August when the interest rates plummeted. This one (which I think is our third since owning the house) seemed to take forever mainly because the initial appraiser went AWOL after looking at our house. (Perhaps he's still down in our basement somewhere.) They had to order another inspection after waiting two weeks for this first guy.
New Tires. You may recall, in January of 2009 I bought brand new Goodyear Eagle GTs at NTB (National Tire and Battery). Never again for both Goodyear and NTB. Only 12,000 miles put on these tires since then, rotated as required, now completely bald. Monday I went to Town Fair Tire and put on brand new Toyos. I went to NTB first. Their response was there was no warranty. They gave me a price on new tires that was high and wouldn't budge. Done with NTB! They just lost all my business. Between oil changes, bushings, brakes and more, I've literally spent thousands there!
National Coming Out Day. As chair of the GLBTA (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allies) alliance at my office, on Tuesday, for National Coming Out Day, we had a PowerPoint running in the cafeteria with pictures and quotes from employees, mostly straight allies, as to why they support the GLBT. It was very powerful. In between the quotes we had embedded a new video from corporate about inclusiveness in the workplace. The day turned out to be very successful. We increased our membership over 70%, far exceeding our goals for the year.
Alright, now that I'm on my second cup of coffee I'm beginning to wake. Over and out for now!