Thursday, November 13, 2008

Reason, Season or a Lifetime?

This has come across my email once or twice before, and I saw it posted on Facebook by one of my friends. I thought I would continue to pass it along....

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person..

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty,
To provide you with guidance and support,
To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.

They may seem like a godsend, and they are.

They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
This person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.

Sometimes they die.

Sometimes they walk away.

Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.

What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.

The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.

They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.

They may teach you something you have never done.

They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.

Believe it, it is real.

But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons,
Things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.

Your job is to accept the lesson,Love the person and put w hat you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Louis Vuitton Diamonds

Now I'm a big fan of the diamond. I know they're overpriced and much of that is related to the hyperactive marketing of the gem, but darn it, they're pretty! And, I'm a big fan of flower designs, so this headline got me all kinds of excited!

Now Louis Vuitton has gone and patented two new cuts of diamonds in flower shapes based on the monogram flowers that appear on their luggage and bags. I know all the work that goes into cutting any type of gemstone, so the time it takes to make these beauties just right may very well justify the astronomical price tag: a necklace containing 108 carats of this cut of diamonds is retailing $4 MILLION.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

You've Got to Be Taught

I was checking up on all of my entertainment news back home in the States when I came across a reference to the musical “South Pacific” in response to something written about Prop 8 being passed in California banning same-sex marriages. I haven’t yet seen this musical, but I definitely plan on renting the movie version when I get home based on this song alone.

Regardless of what your religious beliefs are, what you fear may or may not happen if equality is introduced and enforced in society, this message of being taught that inequalities exists rings true.

"You've got to be taught to hate and fear,
you've got to be taught from year to year,
it's got to be drummed in your dear little ear---
you've got to be carefully taught!

You've got to be taught to be afraid
of people whose eyes are oddly made,
and people whose skin is a different shade---
you've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught before it's too late,
before you are six or seven or eight,
to hate all the people your relatives hate---
you've got be carefully taught!"

---You've Got to be Taught, from South Pacific

Monday, November 10, 2008

A little note on my European adventure...

Everyone says that international business travel sounds really glamorous, but it really boils down to a hotel, and office building and a computer – just in a more exotic sounding locale. This was absolutely the case in Amsterdam. Between the jet lag, late hours and US conference calls I was expected to participate in, there was no partaking of the “nightlife” of Amsterdam, and all of my souvenir shopping occurred in the airport. That’s one of the interesting quirks of the town. The shops close at 6pm – except on Thursday when they close at 9pm. Of course, that was the evening that I was at the office until 9:30. I didn’t mind really because exhaustion took over, and I wasn’t really in the mood to go out. One of the resources (consultants) that was hired to help complete the work that I am in Europe to oversee happened to be a recently relocated New Yorker (by way of Louisiana), so she was kind enough to drive me around the main part of Amsterdam so that I can at least say that I saw it. What a shame it would have been had I traveled all that way and not ventured into the heart of the city at least once. We then went out to a really great dinner. Definitely a nice way to cap off the week.
Saturday I flew into Munich. I must say that although I appreciate not having to wait forever in customs when I have nothing to declare, I’m kind of disappointed that I don’t have an Amsterdam or Munich stamp in my passport. I mean literally – you walk out an exit from the baggage claim and that is it – no check, no ceremony about looking at the passport as you go through – you just walk out the door. By this time I was just spent, so I made my way to the hotel and pretty much just passed out.
Sunday morning when I woke up, the sun was bursting through my window, and I wanted to figure out how to get to my office from the hotel. By the time the concierge and I went through the public transportation option, we both decided that taxi was probably the best way to go, even though it would obviously be the pricier option. Now that we had Monday morning figured out, it was time to see what there was to see (and what was going to be open) on the beautiful Sunday. Luckily, the English Garden was within a 20 minute walk from the hotel.
The English Garden is Munich’s version of Central Park, and I have to say that it was beautiful, especially this time of the year. There were numerous showers of yellow leaves as the wind blew gently through the trees of the park. Apparently, the garden was THE place to be on a Sunday because many families, couples, tourists, etc. were there strolling through the park, sitting on the benches, enjoying the day and the scene. I also happened upon a “famous” biergarten. It was a bit unnerving to see picnic tables full of people enjoying enormous steins of beer at 10 or 11 in the morning. Me? My stein was full of Coca-Cola as my stomach had begun to turn against me, and it craved the familiar. There were of course pretzels, popcorn, roasted nuts, brats, potatoes, chicken, etc., and I really wanted to try some of local fare. The kicker was that the locations of the restrooms were not that obvious, and it was a 20 minute walk back to the hotel, so I was not about to take any chances. You just never know what will set a queasy stomach off. I filled my stomach with a fresh sugar coated pastry – on top of a ginormous Coke, it was no wonder I crashed later in the afternoon.
Pictures to be posted later….

Monday, November 3, 2008

Don't Insult My Intelligence

I came across a comment made by one of my friend's friends, and I was going to let my vote speak for me, but I just couldn't let it stand without making a comment back in some sort of forum. Here's the quote:

"We have to vote John McCain being military wives. I think our society has become so media driven when it comes to decision making. I don't know of all those reality shows gave us brain damage or what? When it comes to our president I don't want a celebrity personality I want a leader and preferably one with military experience."

First of all, I am a third generation military kid. Both my grandparents were in the military, and my grandfather was in WWII. My father was in the Air Force, and while he didn't serve physically overseas in the Gulf War, the classified work that he performed stateside was directly involved in those operations - and kept him up and out of bed many nights during that time period. Up until the age of 19, my life was fully immersed in military life, and I have the highest respect for those involved with the military in any form or fashion and will always feel that way. 

Military is a significant part of the presidency, yes, but it is not the entire picture. Please do not put down those who have chosen not to vote for John McCain in a way that paints us as so ignorant that we allow the media to decide for us because we cannot think for ourselves. I do not claim to be a Democrat or a Republican, but an Independent because I want to know where each candidate stands on the issues, and which of those issues are deal breakers for me based on whether or not I think that those differences will actually have an impact if that candidate is in office. Warren Buffett makes his voting decision based on the issues and not on the party. Do we really think he is being swayed by reality tv and the media?

I don't want a celebrity personality either, but we NEED a leader. I'm not saying that John McCain doesn't appear to be a good man fundamentally. I'm not saying that he hasn't carried himself throughout the most difficult times in any human being's life with admirable courage and heroism. However, the way that he has carried out his campaign in the last 18 months is more telling of the man he has become since then. When a person would rather spend precious air time attacking his opponent on issues that are not really integral to fundamental issues that America is concerned with rather than highlight the benefits of what he would bring to the presidency, I don't come away understanding why I should vote for him. I just come away with a bitter taste - against the person doing the attacking.

As far as a leader with military experience, did we forget about who Colin Powell is endorsing? Do you not think that military operations were at least some part of his decision making when choosing a candidate to endorse? Do we not admire his miltary leadership and intelligence? Has he not served as a Republican in primarily Republican White House administrations? I would think he has a much better idea of what a good president requires in terms of military strength.

I didn't write this to stir up any more trouble, and up until now I've avoided writing anything at all on the topic. Just don't insinuate that all those voting for Obama are doing so because someone is telling them to and not because they made an intelligent decision based on their view of the issues.

So many things to write about...

I've had some trouble deciding what to do with this particular blog. I obviously had an initial idea to share fun stuff I have come across on the web and bring it to the open. While I may still do that, I decided to go ahead an branch this particular website to a place where I can share my thoughts. I actually have a spot on MSN Spaces Live that I've been doing this with over the last few years, but I realized that while I actually like the application, it was somewhat limiting in reach. So, I will move to posting my thoughts here.

Dilemma #2 - I actually have a few things I wanted to write about and not nearly the brain power or time to do it right now.

The thing that's immediately on my mind is that I am SO ready for this election to be over! I've got a Facebook page, so you can figure out who I voted for if you want to make the effort to find out. What I realized from the 2004 election is how important it is to vote - regardless of what your views are or how you think an election is going (i.e. a landslide for your favored candidate). You can never take anything for granted - especially not your right to vote.

So please - whoever you want to vote for - just go do it! If you can vote early, that would be my suggestion. I went on Friday, and there were already lines forming. I can only imagine what it will be like on Tuesday!
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