To YearlyKos or Not to YearlyKos?

All DailyKos readers know about YearlyKos. Last June was the first annual gathering of Kos readers. Held in Las Vegas, I went to the event. What a great experience:

Anyway, my question is whether to go again this year. This time it’s going to be held in Chicago, which means plane fare. Vegas was just a shared car ride with some friends.

If I want to go I can still get a good deal if I register tonight.  So, do I or don’t I?


Slipping and Sliding

I made it home safely tonight. I mention this because it was a little hairy driving home. The snow was coming down fast and the road was covered in snow. Trust me, I was going slow — I grew up in Phoenix and driving in snow still gives me twinges of fear.

So there I am, driving slowly, when I slip on the road and start sliding towards the oncoming car. One nice thing about a snowy drive is that everyone is driving slowly.  I know I’m about to hit the car when my fancy driving skills have me pulling back on my side of the road (heck, if it was something that I did with the wheel it wasn’t on purpose). I almost end up back on my side of the road driving as I should when I over correct and my truck heads off the road.

Tryin all kinds of things with the steering wheel and the brakes I slide into a snow bank and stall out. There I sit, perpindicular to the road, with all the cars stopped behind me.

I start the engine, back up (the other drivers are waiting for me), and I drive home. I’m just feeling happy that I didn’t collide with any large object.

Catching Up

My weekend was full of homework, two movies, and a wonderful talk by Paul Rusesabagina. Who is he? He’s the gentleman that Hotel Rwanda was based on. Incredibly moving and disturbing, his talk at NAU was sold out.

Too bad the movies I had to see spoiled my mood. Both Epic Movie and Smokin’ Aces lacked what I wanted in a film: a decent plot.

My mood did improve today. My boss gave me my annual grade on my job performance evaluation.  I passed with a decent score. Not only that, but I’m feeling good about my classwork (though this is always subject to change).

So, that’s where I am on this fine night.

Karl Rove Subpoenaed

Oh baby, oh baby! Karl Rove has been subpoenaed to testify at the Scooter Libby trial.  Be still my beating heart.

White House anxiety is mounting over the prospect that top officials—including deputy chief of staff Karl Rove and counselor Dan Bartlett-may be forced to provide potentially awkward testimony in the perjury and obstruction trial of Lewis (Scooter) Libby.

Aw, those poor sweetums are feeling anxiety?  F*@k, yeah!

Who knows if Rove will actually end up on the witness stand, but, who cares?  I feel a Friday night thrill at the news.

The End of Civilization

Validation on getting rid of cable:

Fox announced Saturday that it is making a new game show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” that will air sometime later this year, perhaps as early as the spring.

Adults will compete in a quiz based on questions from elementary school textbooks. Actual elementary school students will be on hand as “experts” for the adults to consult with.

“While most game shows measure how smart you are, this is a show that will measure how dumb you are,” said Peter Liguori, Fox entertainment president.

Feeling Lost

No, I’m not about to write a deeply felt post about feeling lost and alone. Instead, I’m thrilled to finally catch up on season 2 of Lost.  I’m up to disc 3 and am now watching the episodes that I did not see last year. A co-worker had been TIVOing the show and burning a DVD of episodes, but after a hiatus of a few weeks he forgot to start up again. So, feeling lost no more, huh?

The Nominees Are…

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning. Here is a good list of the nominees.

I haven’t seen a good chunk of these films (the hazard of living in a small city), but I’m happy with the nominations for the films that I have seen.  With nominations announced we may now even get some of these films at our local cineplex.  Well, I can hope.