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Alive

3 Oct

I am alive people, I just have no time to blog. It is amazing how time consuming a dissertation, a job search, and preparing to teach my first truly independent class are. You really have no idea until you try it. Come on! Get that Ph.D. and blog about it.

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Washington DC

7 Sep

Last week, I attended a political science conference in our nation's capital.  As conferences go, this one was long and boring.  Nothing unusual there.  However, this one was different because I spent time doing placement interviews with several schools with lines for next year (in non-academic speak, that means they have a position open).  The interviews ranged from blah to very good.  Hopefully, this bodes well for my future employmet prospects.  I also got to see a lot of my friends from Iowa who I have not seen in several months.  I also spent a lot of time seeing the sights.  I saw Marine One fly over twice, ferrying the president to Air Force One.  Dang camera was too slow (or too smart for its own good) to take a good picture of it.  I've added some pictures to flickr.

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Anniversary in Glacier

15 Jun

Sam and I spent the weekend before our first wedding anniversay in Glacier National Park.  We drove up to the top of Logan Pass on the Going-to-the-Sun Highway.  The pass is still under a lot of snow and the popular trail to Hidden Lake was no exception.  We braved the snow for about a half mile or so, but eventually turned back.  Here are some photos from our adventure:

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Bombycilla cedrorum

17 Feb

This afternoon while waiting for the bus I saw something that made me quite happy.  The tree next to the bus stop was overrun with Cedar Waxwings.  The birds were a bit scarce as I walked by and got the camera out, but a pair of brave souls returned in time for to snap a picture.  The robins were out too.

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Bombycilla cedrorum

17 Feb

This afternoon while waiting for the bus I saw something that made me quite happy.  The tree next to the bus stop was overrun with Cedar Waxwings.  The birds were a bit scarce as I walked by and got the camera out, but a pair of brave souls returned in time for to snap a picture.  The robins were out too.

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Iowa is Kerry Country

25 Sep

I went to a Kerry rally in Cedar Rapids on Thursday. Since Kerry was recovering from a cold that was threatening his voice, Edwards substituted for him. He was great. He made fun of Dick Cheney a lot, which while not difficult was smart since no one likes Cheney, even many Republicans. The "opening act" was Carole King, who John Kerry apparently promised to bring back to Iowa at some point. Edwards pointed out that Kerry kept his promise. Trust me, if adding the line "Come on Cedar Rapids, do the Locomotion" to the song "Locomotion" was what Kerry meant by bringing King back, he could have broken that one. I'd have still voted for him. Which I did. So should you.

Although I have since washed my hand, I just had to tell everyone that I touched John Edwards too. Isn't he dreamy? Cedar Rapids has five seasons, and one is probably just to bask in his warm glow. He was working the crowd and he even lunged a little to clasp my hand. If I'd been smaller I could have gotten closer to get a real handshake, but I got a cool sign out of it. It says "Iowa is Kerry Country." Actually, it's Edwards country, but whose splitting hairs. Not John Edwards, that who. He has great hair. No split ends like Dick Cheney (see I told you it was easy).

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My Absentee Ballot

25 Sep

Yesterday, I got my absentee ballot in the mail. I filled it out and returned it to the auditor's office. Although it already had postage on it, I just didn't trust the post office to deliver it (it's the county's sixty cents, not mine). Besides thinking that the large number of absentee votes are going to cost the county serious cash (just $9000 for return postage. I don't know what it cost to mail them out), I thought it was odd that my envelope had been opened and then resealed with a sticker with the auditor's seal on it. Inside the envelope, I found a letter explaining why the outer envelope had been reopened (emphasis mine):

Notice to absentee voter:

Your outer envelope was sealed by mistake before all the contents were inserted. In order to make certain that your ballot was delivered to you at the earliest possible time, this envelope was reopened by election workers and taped shut before leaving the Johnson County Elections office. This letter is to assure you that the resealed envelope should not be of concern as long as this letter of explanation was found within.

Please follow the enclosed instructions completely. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Tom Slockett
Johnson Country Auditor & Commissioner of Elections

Now, how was I supposed to know that the reopening of the outer envelope should be something to worry about if the letter wasn't in the envelope since the letter told me that its absence was a bad thing? Maybe it isn't the post office I should have been worried about.

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