Thursday, March 26, 2009

Entered an interesting contest - perhaps you should consider it... is called "Name Your Dream Assignment" and it is co-sponsored by Lenovo and Microsoft. I have created an assignment and you can register to vote for can also create your own assignment and enter it for a chance to be chosen. Here is my assignment link:

My Dream Assignment

Good luck!

Till later, much love to you


Monday, March 09, 2009


"Even the older children became groping and purblind, and the young saw but dimly, and the children that were born to them never saw at all." - H.G. Wells, 'The Country of the Blind'

Thursday, March 05, 2009

City of Toledo Communications Officer guy follow up

So, in the interest of making sure that I observe and comment fully, I wanted to post a tiny little blurb about what I heard on the morning news regarding the drama surrounding the communications guy for the mayor of Toledo. A very short interview was aired by a reporter from the ABC affiliate 13ABC, that featured him responding to a couple questions, in which it was revealed that after the incident was surfaced, Jason (the guy) served up his resignation to the mayor. The mayor, however, did not accept the resignation, stating that he attributed this as a mistake and the result of his lack of experience in the position. The very grateful and humble Jason publicly praised his boss (imagine that!) and made it very clear that he holds him in the highest esteem imaginable. He also has deleted that troublesome little MySpace account, from what was said in the story...which is good, because the guy who posted the excerpts that started this whole little thing on Swamp Bubbles[dot]com maintains that although he cannot say HOW exactly he was able to get the information, he did nothing illegal, immoral or fattening to get that implies to me that one of Jason's "friends" on MySpace may have had loose lips (or not know how to clear their browser cache so that pages can't be reloaded without re-logging in)

In any case, no jobs lost, a magnanimous gesture from a public figure with an unquestionably colourful all for the moment is right with the Toledo political world...I would suspect, at least for awhile, we will be hearing a lot of very positive press about the city, the mayor and the goings on in Toledo :)

That's all that is on my opinions and I label them as such...not presenting this as news AT ALL...just chatting on things I hear...till later, much love to you


Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Holy Mazoly!!!

Listening to the morning news talking heads as I am getting ready for work and I was so taken aback by this story that I HAD to post a comment!!

In the news is Communications Officer to Toledo mayor, the honourable Carty Finkbeiner, Jason Webber...postings on his MySpace regarding his experiences in his position, containing some very personal opinions and observations have been splashed across the airwaves. In a statement from him on the website Swampbubbles[dot]com, he has made what can only be construed as an apology, a statement of support for Hizzhonor and an explanation of the content...

"The blog entry that was posted was only a portion of a larger entry, which served to update readers of my private blog of then-current events. I have reason to believe that my private blog was hacked, since my account is set to 'Private.'...."

Hmm...another good lesson, apparently....nothing that you post on the "InterWeb" is ever "private", and you never know when it will come back to bite you on the rear...hard learnings to be time, I would suggest that Jason might want to write in a journal that he can lock in a desk drawer :(

In his defense however, this information is really nothing new as far as behavior of the mayor....but to have an active member of his staff make the comments online, even to his 'private profile' friends, was obviously very ill-advised. The worst part for him is that this content now persists, in many locations, and will follow him no matter where he goes in the future.

That's what's in my head this morning...till later lots of love to you


Sunday, March 01, 2009

I'm changing the shape of my brain

For the last two weeks, I have been in transition at the company at which I work...after nearly fifteen years of providing technical support, I have had one of those "right place at the right time" opportunities present itself, which will cause me to work in an entirely different area of the business. The position is a new one and has come about in direct response to a time of exponential growth in our digital interactive group. The position that I will fill encompasses responsibilities in the Editing/proofreading area and also has focus in the arena of quality assurance. The department to which I will be assigned is the Editing/Proofing team, but my primary area of responsibility will be in working with the elearning products. I am also receiving training and instruction regarding the traditional products of the company, so that in times of vacation and overload in those areas I will be able to work with these packages as well.

I feel as though I am using parts of my brain that I have not exercised in quite awhile...and the training with the "women of the words" at our company has caused me to realize that they have forgotten much more than I have ever known about the English language. I have, however, re-found (is that a word?) my love of words and writing....and have also begun to explore other creative pursuits that have been neglected over the last few being the most prominent of those (although most folks would say that I have been keeping right up with that, considering the amount of photos that I take and post online :) ) I am excited about what the future holds, and honestly a little nervous...I have never held a role that has been as directly exposed to the external customer...the implication of failing in this position is the potential to impact the customer directly, and with that also impact our organization.

With two weeks of caring and nuturing training from my team members on the Editing team I move forward into the coming week, with new challenges and projects to work on, and a huge amount to learn. Wish me luck as I continue in the great new mind-molding position...I may need to leverage some of my technical knowledge from time to time, but I will also need to get my writing and language muscles in tip-top shape...they will be active all the time now.

That's it for now...till later, much love to you


Thursday, February 12, 2009


Oh yeah

Still don\'t know what I was waiting for
And my time was running wild
A million dead-end streets and
Every time I thought I\'d got it made
It seems the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I\'ve never caught a glimpse
Of how the others must see the faker
I\'m much too fast to take that test

(Turn and face the strain)
You want to be a richer man
(Turn and face the strain)
You\'re gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can\'t trace time

I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence and
So the days flow through my eyes
But the days still seem the same
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They\'re quite aware of what
they\'re going through

(Turn and face the strain)
Don\'t tell them to grow up and out of it
(Turn and face the strain)
Where\'s your shame
You\'ve left us up to our necks in it
Time may change me
But you can\'t trace time

Strange fascination, fascinating me
Changes are taking the pace
I\'m going through

(Turn and face the strain)
Look out you rock \'n\' rollers
(Turn and face the strain)
Pretty soon you\'re gonna
get a little older
Time may change me
But I can\'t trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can\'t trace time


                  - David Bowie

Sunday, February 08, 2009

This Longing

This endless longing as it was before
And all my angels came alive once more
They said \"hey, you in the dark\"

Another day spent in a broken shell
And all my demons they know all to well
They say \"god…you take your soul\"

This life was meant to take from your breath…

I seem so empty
My endless longing goes on
I\'m living like I\'m lost these days


Written by Daniel Victor © 2005

Friday, January 09, 2009

Bad stuff....

In hard economic times I guess it is not unusual to see crime increase...folks are more desperate to make ends meet and sometimes desperation makes people do not good things...

In the news in the past week there have been accounts of two drug store in Michigan and one in Northwest Ohio...why does this merit my comment, you may ask?  Well... the reasons are several, but the most important one is that I am concerned for the safety of my family.

Everyone in my house, save me, works at stores that are part of this particular drug store chain.  The store in Ohio that was recently robbed is the store that my older son once worked in and I have a friend that works there still.  On several occasions already, my older son has had run ins with shoplifters...and I honestly think once also pre-empted a robbery attempt...I am very afraid that the locations of the stores my family members work in are prime targets, should this rash of robberies continue...and this go \'round, from what I have heard, the perpetrators of the robberies are carrying guns.

Retail sales is a thankless area in which to work....customers are often rude and hostile...their view of sales people even up to the management level is that they are nothing more than servants.  Retail folks have to grow very thick skins and be very slow to does not serve well to be confrontational with a person who already sees you as nothing more than another fixture in the store.  Only someone who has worked in retail can truly understand what this is like, and more than that, understand the risks that are taken every day with safety, because retail stores for the most part are self contained entities, and the folks who work inside them are isolated and alone.

I pray that the person or people who are committing these robberies were recorded on surveillance camera and will be soon caught...I know it would not be a guarantee for the safety of my family members, but at least I would have some comfort in knowing that the latest batch of desperate people are not out there waiting to see if they can get away with a little more, in another store, where the innocent people who work there are just trying to make ends meet, just like they are....

That\'s all that\'s on my mind for safe as the snow comes to Northwest Ohio...and say a little prayer to ask that there is an angel watching over my kids, just as a personal favour to me, if you could....much love to you till later....


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

A week into 2009

At the office and it is very quiet....I have just finished what for me passes for breakfast - a can of Bawls Guarana soda with another one waiting for me to start in just a little while.  It is a quiet start to the day and that is OK with me....

Soon I will address the emails that arrived overnight and review my notes from yesterday to see if there is anything that I need to finish up...that done, it will probably be time for others to arrive and the office will begin to hum with the activity of the day.

I am fortunate on this day to have a job to go to, in a place that I like and a home to go to at night.  My kids are there to share their experiences of the day, and when I lay down to sleep I know that, at least for today, we are safe and secure.  It is a week into 2009...I hope that this calm and steady feeling will persist throughout....and that you are experiencing it too....and you know, that as the year progresses, I will keep you posted on things from here ;)

That\'s all for now...till later, much love to you


Friday, January 02, 2009

Happy New Year

Fun times at the house the other, friends, food and on Flickr! Enjoy!