Friday, January 30, 2009

Coachella is 2,500 miles away

What a damn shame. Here's just a taste of this year's crazy lineup:

Friday, April 17th
Franz Ferdinand
M. Ward
Paul McCartney
Silversun Pickups
The Crystal Method
The Hold Steady

Saturday, April 18th
Amy Winehouse
Drive By Truckers
Henry Rollins
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Killers
Thievery Corporation
TV On The Radio

Sunday, April 19th
Groove Armada (DJ Set)
Jenny Lewis
Lupe Fiasco
Paolo Nutini
Perry Farrell
Peter Bjorn and John
Public Enemy
The Cure
Yeah Yeah Yeah's

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Help us help the critters

This is the fifth year that my sweet lil' Suki and I will participate in the Walk for the Animals to raise some bucks for the very deserving Humane Society of Broward County. We have so much fun at the walk, and when we get home at the end of the day, she regales old man Ching Ching with stories about jumping around in baby pools and sniffing strangers' tushies.

My animals bring so much joy to my life. (OK, let's be honest -- they help keep me sane!) And I know most of you have also experienced the love that only a devoted pet can give. So, I have no doubt that you understand the worthiness of this cause.

The Humane Society has introduced me to beloved pets, given me pet behavior and health advice, provided us low-cost training classes and shots, and given me vast opportunities to get involved and make a difference (a big "YAY!" for the PetSet parties). It's the largest animal adoption agency in the Southeast U.S. and found homes for 9,923 pets last year. Its staff educated more than 100,000 adults and kids, and spayed/neutered more than 10,000 pets. (Are you impressed yet?)

The best part is that my company (I'm the pack leader of our company's walking team) gives $2 for every $1 I raise! So, if you donate $25 through me, it magically turns into $75. Isn't that fantastic!? Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to give; but if you'd rather hand me a check or cash, that's great, too.

Thank you SO MUCH for your generous donation and continued support! I hope you'll come out and play with us at the walk! And if you don't live nearby, maybe you'll be inspired to find a worthwhile charity near you.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Wash your spirit clean

Yet another nice Daily Ray of Hope. I seem to be drawn to John Muir's words.

Keep close to Nature's heart ... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
- John Muir

Near the Parsons Memorial Lodge just north of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park, by Arthur Schmidt

Best (worst?) Bushisms

(Meant to post this one sooner. Still funny, though!)

The ever-interesting has posted a piece listing the top 25 Bushisms of all time. I've culled a few of my faves. Check out the story and tell me which is your favorite, or if you've heard another classic that isn't on their list.

4. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country."—Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

15. "It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet."—Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000

16. "One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures."—U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 3, 2000

24. "They misunderestimated me."—Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

Hey, I'm misunderestimated all the time, dude. I gotcha.