Wednesday, February 4, 2009

25 random facts about Vince

1. I lost the first 25 things I wrote about and am trying again.
2. Marg had to show me how to do it. Then I somehow lost the list after I tagged 25 people ( the limit).
3. We just returned from a fund raiser for Devin Hansen of Rock Island who is running for the 7th Ward seat in the April elections ( goodbye Mark!).
4. Devin was an intern at Project NOW; he helped with some technical work that I cannot recall. Anyway, we met again after several years when he opened the mini movie theater,. Unfortunately, he decided to expand at abandoned downtown cinema house and promptly lost it for insufficient business and high overheads.
5. Marg and I gave him some ideas on how to reach more people in his campaign.
Devin is writing a biography of Lane Evans and hopes to have it published soon.
6. I need to start working on my campaign for a seat on the Board of the Rock Island Township.
7. I was told I need at least 500 votes to win a seat. Over the years only about 900 people vote in the primaries. which will be Feb. 24.
8. I told my class today ( intro to sociology) that for the past few weeks there has been so much excitement about the Super Bowl, that Iraq and Afghanistan faded from our memories..
9. Now both countries are back in the news.But the news is not good.
10. The hype about Iran is increasing. Will our troops be shifted from our longest war to "deal" with the Iranian "threat?"
11. We are told to worry about "their" missiles. I wonder if "they" worry about our missiles?
12. I am looking forward to going to LA ( 80 degrees in the day!) fpr Rachel; and Tom's wedding.
13. I am looking forward to being with relatives and friends for a few days.
14. When we come back we will have to concentrate on getting people to the Charlie King fund raiser for Centro Maya in Guatemala. Charlie will perform Feb. 27 at the Unitarian Church in Davenport.
15. We need to sell $1,150 worth of tickets to break even. I hope our friends and others buy or donate generously..
16. I like to check out thedailybeast.com to keep up with the news from a different viewpoint.
17. I also like thehuffingtonpost.com. There are so many hip bloggers that Arianna encourages.
18. For still another viewpoint I check out Lefti.com. Some people think it is too copntroversial.
19. And just to make sure I am not missing anything else, I check out aljazeera.com. It is as imnpartial as bbc.uk.com
20. There are two Pakistani columnists: Irfan Husain and Mihir Ali who write for dawn.com. Dawn is the major English newspaper in Pakistan. Irfan travels the world and so has a broad perspective. Mihir Ali has moved to Australia ( where he is safer) and also is a good commentator. 
21. Its worth checking out blackcommentator.com once in a while. The viewpoint would surprise Chris Matthews of CNN.
22. I prefer MSNBC to CNN. I like Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann (sp), Democracy NOW. Grit TV, and FreeSpeechTV (9415 on Dish).
23. On my MP3 our son, Saul (Terry) has programmed me for Against the Grain, Free Speech Radio, Internationalist .
24. I like qcbloggers.com The Inside Dope and David Barret's blogs.
25. There are too many books by my bedside. So I have started skimming them. The current one is Naiomi Klien's The Shock Doctrine. Scary stuff, what happened in Chile, Poland and China ( to name a few) may soon happen here. New Orleans is an example. It ain't over yet!

Marg's 25 random facts about herself

1. I love Jon Stewart, and am watching him right now.
2. My daughter Rachel is getting married February 15, 2009, and she and her husband Tom Wilson will live happily ever after.
3. I'm cold and it's time to put on another sweatshirt.
4. I think Charlie King is a great singer and songwriter who will inspire laughter and deep thoughts at his concert at the Davenport Unitarian Church February 27, starting at 7 pm, to benefit Centro Maya.
5. I don't know how to upload speeches or songs to the webpage for my ESL Speaking and Listening class.
6. Some of the students in that S/L class are my children on another dimension of space/time; maybe all of them.
7. My favorite tv show is Bill Moyers; 2nd is the PBS News Hour.
8. I finally found an outfit to wear to Rachel's wedding, and it didn't cost an arm and a leg.
9. My ancestors are mostly from Ireland, a few Scots-Irish.
10. I'm disappointed that I have another appointment tomorrow when Vince, Totoo, Ken, Steve and Mary are going to the cheap matinee showing of Slumdog Millionaire.
11. I like to stay in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago, where I lived from 1963-65, and where my son Terry lives now.
12. Today I wrote a timeline about mental health for the NAMI Scott 30th anniversary celebration in June.
13. I check Facebook almost every day.
14. My lifetime goal is to get organized.
15. I'm reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.
16. In the car, I'm listening to audiotaped Beloved by Toni Morrison, read by the author, especially when there's nothing good on the radio.
17. When I exercise, I'm listening to Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan on my iPod, also read by the author, for my book group.
18. My Medicare Advantage program pays for my membership at DePaepe's gym.
19. There's too much paper clutter in my house, which may be a sign of a cluttered mind.
20. Roger Butts is my favorite minister.
21. My goal is to write regularly on my blog, and sometimes send my thoughts in a letter to the editor or some such outlet.
22. I believe in the power of unseen forces, like love and intention, for which everyone has abilities.
23. I'm looking forward to seeing my brothers and their families in California in February.
24. After California, our next trips might be to St. Johns, and to India.
25. In 2008, we didn't go anywhere farther than Chicago and Des Moines.