Civic Duty

March 10, 2016 at 3:45 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t vote, at least in the city of Chicago. They make it so damn easy for you! There are numerous early voting locations which you can use for weeks leading up to Election Day and in this week in particular the one in the loop is open until 7pm. I went on my lunch break yesterday and it took me a whopping, grand total of like five minutes. I think it took longer to fill out my address on the information form than it did to actually vote!

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So what are you waiting for? Seriously, if you don’t vote you don’t get to bitch and moan about what happens next. So get out there and make a difference!

Just don’t vote for Trump. Please.

Wait, that’s not fair. You should be able to vote for whoever you want to – that’s the point, after all. But if you’re a Trump supporter, I’m going to think you’re a word also a word that rhymes with Trump and begins with the letters ‘ch’. Just sayin’.

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Warning: Political Post Ahead

November 7, 2012 at 11:51 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Well, I think we can all agree that we’re glad this election season is over.  And while I’m satisfied that the person I think is best fit to run this country will continue to do so, I’m also thrilled at some of the other big strides that were made in this election:

At least this is over

  • Two men who don’t know near enough about actual science to be talking about anything related to sex are no longer in the race for the Senate.  Todd Akin (who said that in cases of legitimate rape [which is what, exactly?], the woman’s body has a way of shutting down pregnancy) and Richard Mourdock (who said that pregnancy from rape is something God intended) both talked themselves out of a Senate seat and I think that’s a good thing.  I believe Akin is just an idiot who needs to take a high school biology class and while I understand that Mourdock was trying to say he’s pro-life, he needs to realize that we’re supposed to have a separation of church and state in this country.  I wonder what a woman who didn’t believe in God would think about getting pregnant via rape.  So yes, I’m glad these men are not making decisions for our country.
  • The first openly gay person was elected to the Senate!  Wisconsinite Tammy Baldwin’s sexual orientation didn’t come up much during the campaign and it was largely her track record and ideas that won her the seat.  Which is how it should be, and I’m so happy to see it happen.
  • Along those lines, Maryland and Maine both voted to approve same-sex marriage, which is a HUGE deal.  This is because, while it’s legal in a handful of other states, this is the first time in history that actual voters called for this measure of equality rather than having it awarded by the courts.  This is a great step in the right direction and I hope more voters follow suit.
  • Voters also approved legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in both Colorado and Washington.  The federal law still says it’s illegal but chances are people will be able to smoke freely fairly soon.  I’ve never understood why legalizing alcohol but criminalizing marijuana has been accepted for so many years and I think legalization is a good way to increase tax dividends for any particular state, not to mention it’s kind of common sense to have both substances treated the same way.  Plus, I bet those states see an uptick in tourists once all is said and done.

I believe major changes are taking place in this country (more happened last night alone but I don’t have the time to detail all of it) and I think that if Republicans want to stay relevant, they’re going to need to become more moderate in the long run.  This is no longer a country where entitled, old white men get to have the say in everything and I for one am glad of it.  However, regardless of your political affiliation, I hope we can all work together to make this country a safe and prosperous place to live and work in, for ourselves and for our children.  That’s what it should be all about, after all!

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Done and Done!

November 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Well, I’ve done my civic duty for this election period.

Not a fancy sticker but it will do.

This whole early voting thing is mighty handy, I will admit.  Scott and I attempted to take care of this last Sunday but the wait was running over an hour and we simply didn’t have that sort of time to kill.  I went to the downtown polling location yesterday on my lunch break and the lines were much better – I only waited about 20 minutes before being able to cast my ballot.  I have memories of elections gone by and of my mom having to wake up my sister and I super early so she could take care of her voting at the buttcrack of dawn.  It’s pretty nice knowing I’ll be sticking to my usual routine on Tuesday and enjoying that extra hour of sleep that the end of Daylight Savings Time will provide.

This election is a very divisive one (but really, which election isn’t?) and I’m glad to know that my little vote will eventually be heard.  Of course I wish there was more I could do to get this country on the track I think it should be on but short of running for office myself, voting is a good place to start.  And seeing as how I gave up my dreams of presidency long ago (thanks for those skeletons in my closet, college), I’ll be content with watching someone else go prematurely gray as they try to solve the country’s problems.

As I’ve mentioned before here, I think it’s important to be aware of the issues at hand and make responsible voting decisions.  And while I don’t exactly see how any educated mind can believe some of the stuff being spouted by one particular candidate, I know for a fact that neither man is perfect and neither can keep all they promises he’s made.  All I can do is hope that whomever is elected does his best and helps this country become a place that I’m not so hesitant to bring a new life into (…eventually).  Of course I’d like for “my guy” to win but since there isn’t much I can do other than what I’ve already done, I’ll just sit back and watch the chaos ensue.  And either way, I bet I’ll be having a drink come Tuesday night just to celebrate the fact that this election season is finally over.

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It’s That Time

October 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I realize there’s not much we can do about the way politics in this country play out but the time for the one and only thing we CAN do is now upon us:

Just Do It!

You can make your opinion known by hitting the polls on Election Day, or if you’d like to avoid the crowds, anytime before then.  A quick internet search can help you find the polling place nearest you and I don’t even care who you vote for (that’s not true, but I won’t TELL you who you should vote for).  Just make sure you vote because if you don’t, you lose all rights and privileges to bitch and moan about the Commander-in-Chief for the next four years.

Just sayin’.

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Leap Day!

February 29, 2012 at 11:39 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

Jump!

In honor of Leap Day (the history and explanation of which can be found here), I’ve compiled a small list of things I only do once every four years:

  • Try the veggie burger at Burger King.  This is because it’s horribly nasty and every few (four) years, I decide to give it another try in the hopes that time and an increase in vegetarians nationwide has prompted BK to improve their patty.  I have always been disappointed.
  • Wash my blue jeans.  Well, maybe not every four years but close to it.  Denim doesn’t get dirty, right?
  • Attempt to jog.  I absolutely loathe running but every few years I think to myself that I must be missing out on something because people are still doing it.  Of course people are still smoking meth so just because it’s being done doesn’t mean I should participate.  I think I’m still sore from my last jog in 2008.
  • Measure my height.  I haven’t grown in almost a decade but I keep trying every now and then because Clueless made me want to be 5’10, just like Cindy Crawford.
  • Read through my old journal from middle school and cringe at how in love with the Backstreet Boys I was.  If I do this more than every four years then I want to crawl into a hole and hide.
  • My taxes (just kidding, IRS!)
  • Think about where I was just four years ago (in this case living in Bloomington and working 5 jobs to support myself out of school) and consider at how quickly time seems to have passed since then while marveling at how long four years seemed to me while I was in, say, high school.
  • Attempt to give up Cheez-Its (you know, for my health).
  • Fail at giving up Cheez-Its.
  • Vote.  In Presidential elections, at least.

Since this day only comes once every four years, I suppose I should also try to incorporate something I wouldn’t normally do, ever.  Perhaps eat a steak?  Kick a hobo?  Dance on my desk to the theme from The Office?  Or perhaps I’ll just enjoy the extra day and try to make the most of it.

By throwing a steak at a hobo while dancing down the street.

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Working Girl

November 2, 2010 at 11:47 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

I’m no longer unemployed!

Woo hoo!

Ten business days, 6 interviews and 1 networking meeting later, I have found full-time work!  Beginning TOMORROW, I’ll be managing a small marketing department at a law firm in the Willis Sears Tower.  I have a vague understanding of what I’ll be doing and will be getting trained for the next two weeks but it sounds like it’ll be interesting enough to keep me busy.  I’m just happy to have found a job with benefits, and so soon after resigning from my last position!  I’m honestly surprised it didn’t take longer than it did and I can’t help but be wary that everything will blow up in my face, because it seems too easy.  In fact, I knew I had a phone call with the CEO of the company this morning and I had a dream last night that I was stuck in an elevator and couldn’t find my phone at the appointed time.  Thankfully that did not happen and we were able to talk as scheduled.  I had actually interviewed for a different position at his firm, which he offered to me, but the pay wasn’t enough and I turned him down.  He came back with another offer, which I again declined and then he came back with a different

I work here!

position and different salary, which was much more doable.  This is one of those times that I feel like a grown up even though I know I’m wearing cartoon underwear.

Can I tell you how excited I am that I get to work in the Willis Sears Tower?  Yes, that place is a labyrinth of elevators, escalators and door men but it’s an awesome building nonetheless.  I’ll be stationed on the 51st floor, nice and in the middle.  After working in the far reaches of suburbia for two years, I really wanted nothing more than to have a position actually in Chicago, and here it is, right in the Loop.  No longer will I have to go through three levels of corporate bullshit to leave my office ten minutes early so I can catch a train then a bus out of town…I’ll be working across from Union Station!  My commute has been cut in half and I can now meet friends for a happy hour that doesn’t involve cheap beer on the train.  This also means I can take the Continuing Studies course at Northwestern this winter that I’ve been eying, so it’s really a win-win.

Of course, I’m nervous as all get out, but I’m trying not to let that freak me out too much.  Everyone’s nervous on the first day, right?  Perhaps I should get a new backpack or lunchbox.  I might actually allow myself to buy some new work clothes too, since I didn’t wind up living in a box with my cat, like I was scared I would.  All I really know is that I’m going to make the most out of my last day of employment!  Which actually means I’m going to go downtown for one more interview…I’m supposed to meet someone about a paid writing internship program at Groupon (don’t know about Groupon Coupons?  You really should).  It seems like a good gig and I have no idea if it’s on site or more freelance so I’m still going to check it out.  It would be very cool to be able to do both jobs at once!

In other work-related news, my editor at the entertainment magazine I’ve been contributing to for a little over a year is starting to give me more assignments.  Apparently my column is one of the highest rated on his website every month!  He admitted the entire magazine is a huge bar rag (which it is) and that he wouldn’t read it if he didn’t publish it (I wouldn’t read it if I didn’t write for it…) but it made me feel good to know that some drunks out there appreciate my writing anyway.  They don’t pay very much but every little bit helps!

You can’t see it, but I’m patting myself on the back right now.  I’m just so happy to be hired that I could sing!  I don’t think my neighbors would appreciate that though so I’ll settle for a quiet jig around my apartment.  Now to lay on my couch for a while before getting ready for my (final!) interview.  I hope I don’t wake up and realize I actually slept through the job offer phone call.

One last thing, totally unrelated – don’t forget that today is the day to take advantage of your right to VOTE!

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Love Your Local Library

October 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

I spent some time at my local library this week and had forgotten how great libraries really are.  I’m an avid book lover (my mom must have known I would be when she named me) and I pretty much love being in the presence of books.  Granted, there are some libraries that are more spectacular than others, and that holds true for Chicago as well.  My local branch isn’t the biggest or the best but they do give me books and internet for free, so how can I really complain?

This is not from my library, though I wish it was. I think it's beautiful.

My library also allowed me to go ahead and take care of this whole voting thing, which I did on Tuesday.  I can now avoid long and tedious lines of my designated polling place on November 2nd, which will allow me to either sleep in a little or (hopefully) work instead.  The voting was quick and painless but I’m glad it’s over.

Of course, there are people from every walk of life at public libraries.  While I was there on Tuesday, I was taking some standard computer proficiency tests for a position I was applying for (they only worked on PC’s and I lack one of those).  The tests were timed and since I haven’t worked in Excel or PowerPoint in years, I was needed every brain cell available.  Some kid (okay he wasn’t a child but he was younger than me) was sitting next to me and decided to try and tell me his life story while I was working (he just got a puppy and is surprised at how much work they are…).  I politely explained to him that I was taking a timed test and then he wanted to know what I was taking it for, what kind of jobs I’d had and where I lived.  I’m all for being friendly to people but there are times that the I’m-Going-To-Completely-Ignore you tactic I learned from having a sibling comes in handy and that was one of those times.

The library I had in my hometown growing up wasn’t much to behold but it did a decent job.  That’s where I learned to use a

My first library...unfortunately there was no picture of the gay-friendly sign

card catalog, a skill that’s pretty much obsolete nowadays.  I used to volunteer there back in grade school and it’s also one of the first places I remember getting on the Internet.  It now has a new sign out front that is rainbow-colored.  I like to think that means that the library is especially welcoming of its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender patrons but it was most likely done to be colorful and with no intention of recruiting the queers.  I did lots of research at this library growing up and then when I moved on to college, I did lots more.  However by that point most research could be done online so my need of physically walking to the library sadly diminished.  The main library on my college campus was quite impressive though and is the 13th largest library in North America.  There are stacks and stacks of research volumes in the library (this area is conveniently called “The Stacks”) and I know of a few college kids who got their kinks by hanging out in there with their significant others.  Not me, of course, since I have far too great of a respect for the written word than to do that.  Just trust me that it happened.

Chicago has dozens of libraries here in the city and I’m lucky enough to be good friends with a librarian who works at one.  I know the job isn’t as easy as it would seem and I think the men and women who work at these places should be applauded for the crap they put up with just to promote literacy.  With all of the new technology these days, I hope there are still kids out there who get more enjoyment from actually turning the pages of a book than looking at a computer screen.  Wow, I sound like I’m 85.  Well I don’t care, sometimes being a book nerd does strange things to your mind.  We’re also prone to paper cuts.

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