Wednesday, June 28, 2000

For all of you who haven't registered to vote yet - get off your ass and do it!

Even if you could care less who is president, you need to care about the laws that affect your life. Me, I usually vote around the pro-choice ticket. Wait there is a good reason for this.

You see fiscal policy can change over night - not a big deal. But social policy can take decades to change. Look at the segration movement, women's rights, gay & lesbian rights and yes the pro-choice debate. These social issues are not resolved, they are still evolving. It may be another 100 years before couples of the same sex are allowed to be married.

The point to this is that 2-4 seats on the Supreme Court will more than likely be filled during the next presidential term. And for those of you who fell asleep during that high school political science class - the president appoints the supreme court members.

If we get any more conservatives on the bench, Roe v. Wade is in trouble.

You may be thinking - so

The so is that when you or your girlfriend, sister, bestfriend or mother gets pregnant and Roe v. Wade is overturned and they can't have the baby for whatever reason - you will be accompanying them to Mexico - - for a back alley abortion. These abortions are often done with out anesthetic in unsterile environments and have lead to the death of many women.

Not to mention the emotional torture of most of these women. Is that what we want to force women, our friends and family, to resort to?

I can't speak for you - but I can vote and if you don't, you won't have a say.

Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Want a job?

Need a job?

It's easy. Gone are the days of surfing through your local newspaper to find your next employeer. You don't have to print out resumes. Licking stamps are a thing of the past.

Now all you have to do is let your fingers do the walking. The Web is filled with sites that are bringing employers and job seekeers togethers. There are several types of sites that I'm framilar with:

Technology providers who offer these services as a way to keep you on their network.
Local business publications offering employment services as a way to attract people to their publication.
Professional organizations provide job banks with positions targeted at their membership. And there are sites like Monster which is a jobs only site.

They let you post your resume online which allows people looking to fill positions to preview you and for you to apply for jobs you're interested in online with the click of a button. It's pretty cool!

You this might actually be the reason for the nations low unemployment. If it's easier to find a job - more people are going to be working. Don't you think??

Tuesday, June 20, 2000

I'm back!

The LSAT is finally over. I took it at the SMU Cox School of Business. It was like a nazi camp in there. I was finger printed, couldn't talk and I wasn't even allowed to take my purse to my seat. Despite the added pressure - overall I think I did well. I got really nervous during the games section and believe I didn't do so hot there. The other sections seemed really easy. But you know that either means that I did really well or really bad.

Can you believe it'll be weeks before we find out our scores. It's not like anyone reads the test book. It was a scantron test. How much time does it take to run through a computer??

In the mean time, everytime I think about it I get sick to my stomach.

I haven't had a whole lot of time to think about it thought. On Wednesday I had that work group for the Meillennium Council thing I've been working on. It's about youth philanthropy. Actually moving grantmaking to the Web. Which would be cool!

The President apparently was really impressed with what The Council of Michigan Foundations did with a grant from the Kellogg Foundation. CMF created dozens of youth advisory committees set up to determine the needs of the commuities in Michigan and help to provide funding to young people who had ideas on how to improve their communities. This project is looking to build on what CMF has done and move the effort to the Web so that young people nationwide can have access to the program - there it is in a nut shell!

So, I was really excited to help by coordinating the work group and writing the report that is being present to the Millennium Committee today, I think. I got involved with this because my mom is Internet dating. Can you believe that??

She met this guy online who was invloved with CMF and is now working for a company in Washington, DC called Byte Back which provides computer training to low income people. It's a pretty neat volunteer program. Anyway he's not very Internet savvy so he asked me to help. Kinda neat, huh? So, I had to write the report in time to get it to him by Saturday so that he could edit it before the meeting today.

Sunday was the first time I've had to take a breath in weeks. Tina and I went to see Shaft. I had never seen the first one so I didn't exactly know what to expect - but it was good. I like detective shows so it was right up my alley. You know I feel a little racist. I didn't even know Shaft was a cop. You know he's a cultural icon and I only knew he was "one bad mutherfucker" and that was from the song which I really dig. Apparently the "real" Shaft was the guy who played John Shaft's uncle in the movie. It was nice to be able to enjoy the movie because I didn't have a million things I should be doing instead of being there spending time with Tina.

So my life is calming down for the moment. And right now I kinda like it!

Friday, June 02, 2000

My cousin is graduating from the same high school my mother did some 40 years ago. I'm sure may of you have encountered the same problem I am having - I don't know him at all. I think I met him once when I was in junior high but that is about the extent of it. He is family and I do want to acknowledge his accomplishment but what do I get him? When I graduated from college Tina got me this great book by of all people Dr. Seuss.
Oh, the Places You'll Go! It's not expensive and it totally talks about recognizing your accomplishments and using them to move forward with your life. While it's unusal to give someone who is in a phase of proving they're an adult a kids book, if they find the time to sit and read it - they'll probably cry like I did.

Ok that sounds bad, didn't mean it that way. I meant that it really pulled my heart strings which is exactly what gifts should do. Seldom does a high priced gift without thought manage to do that.