Saturday, November 19, 2005

Don't Break The Elastic!!

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday.

Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.
And, there on television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every her breasts.
They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.
The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:
"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."
"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."
"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life."
"I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as "making a life."
"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."
"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back."
"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."
"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."
"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back."
"I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Gregarious guru just for guys? - Will you speak out against this?

This is intolerable. It wouldn't be allowed to take place if this attack was launched on any other group of people.
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Gregarious guru just for guys

You’re here doing “Boys Night Out.” What’s that all about?

It’s a theme show kind of along the lines of Blue Collar Comedy Tour or The Original Kings of Comedy. The theme is that it’s comedy by guys for guys only. Women are not invited to this event. You legally can’t keep women out … but we encourage them to stay at home. This is comedy that is specifically aimed at guys, and it is politically incorrect to the max. I’m emcee of this show, and I say the things onstage that I would say on the air if I could get away with it.

So what’s going to happen? How do you enforce the “no women” rule?

The comedians are on the lookout for women in the audience. And they and the men who are too (wimpy) to keep the women out … will be brutalized verbally by the people on stage. So go on ahead. Come on in. But you’re going to be meat for the lion.

So what’s going to happen? How do you enforce the “no women” rule?

The comedians are on the lookout for women in the audience. And they and the men who are too (wimpy) to keep the women out … will be brutalized verbally by the people on stage. So go on ahead. Come on in. But you’re going to be meat for the lion.

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Here is my letter to the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA.

Dear Mr. Ferguson,

I would like to express my feelings of disappointment over your choice in booking Tom Leykis into your establishment as an avenue to propogate his hatred and misogyny towards the female population. I wonder if you would offer the same hospitality to a person or party that sends a similar message regarding race or religion? Would you book a Neo-Nazi or Ku Klux Klan rally into your venue? I find the sentiment and behavior that is directed by Mr. Leykis to be no less damaging or dangerous than that of the above mentioned groups. Why is it more acceptable when the assault launched against a group of people are women?

I would hope that, in the future, you would consider what you are tarnishing the beauty of the beloved Paramount Theatre with and note that it is cherished and supported by all segments of the population. The revenue that it brings in is furnished by women as well and the message that we are not welcomed and will be abused upon entry is not only socially irresponsible, but fiscally irresponsible as well.

I welcome your response and look forward to hearing from you soon.


(name removed) - tkelly

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Sunday, September 04, 2005

But What Can I Do? The Power of One.


With the heartbreaking stories of the devastation coming out of the Gulf Coast, I'm sure we are all feeling helpless. Many have given monetary donations and, hopefully, will continue to do so. But so many of us are unable to give what we consider to be an adequate dollar amount as we are stretched ourselves at the increasingly elevating cost of living and are asking, "what can I do to help?".

Here are a few suggestions. One of the many precious luxuries that those of us outside the storm ravaged and flooded areas have is the ability to communicate. By the very fact that you are reading this means that you have access to the internet. I'm willing to bet that you probably have a working telephone as well. Some of you even have free long distance. You are able to reach out to those who have the means to do something to alleviate the suffering of those in need. Among those you may want to contact are hoteliers. As the events of this past week have shown, football stadiums, which may provide an instant roof over the heads of thousands, were not designed to house people. I'm sure the Hiltons,, could afford to open a few doors to those left homeless.

Another would be cruise ships. They are in a unique position to simultaneously evacuate and provide temporary housing. Interestingly, while I was on the telephone yesterday to Carnival Cruises, they literally updated their web site with the news report that they would be halting the sailing of 3 of their ships to be used in rescue attempts in the Gulf. Of course, this may have been done not entirely of their own volition as they are receiving funding from FEMA, nonetheless, they are doing so. Although they are stationing them in Galveston, and will still need help with embarkment. This was the only cruise line I found to be making a concerned effort. In fact, while all others were pretty much of no help due to the fact that the higher-ups were on Holiday weekend, they were very amiable. Unlike Holland America, whose corporate offices are right here in Seattle. The woman I spoke to demanded to know my name, whether or not I was with the press, and what organisation I was from. Sad, indeed, that a plea would be construed as an attack.

Something that is also very important is that you contact your local representatives and ask them to assist in every way possible. This would include in the rebuilding of the areas affected and that they insist on using the labor of local people so that they can put their lives back together and get their economy flowing. Don't allow them to call in Halliburton and their subsidiaries so that they can continue to prosper off of the anguish of others. You can do this by contacting:

If you can afford the postage you may also want to print out your letters and mail them. Remember how impressive the huge pile of mail on the judge's desk on "Miracle on 34th Street" was? Made you believe in Santa Claus, didn't it?

Also, if any of you are bloggers, you may want to post these and any ideas you may have. I think we've all come to know how powerful these web logs have become.

Thank you for bearing with me and understanding that this is the problem of the entire nation and that we all have a duty to do what we can. We are all vulnerable, whether it be to natural or man-made disaster, or enemy attack. We need to know that we will be able to rely on each other and, hopefully, next time in an expediant manner.