Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Get some Culture you slobs!

Saturday is free museum day.  Get off your duff and go to a museum!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Rally Time!

I took the day off Tuesday to go to a political rally, I was a volunteer. Nothing too big, just a local thing.

Former Denver Mayor Frederico Pena was there.

Current Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper was there.

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter was there.

Oh and Barack Obama was there!

It was an awesome event in Golden. I was asked to volunteer at the event by the Field Organizer in Arvada. Fortunately we had the cushy assignment to seat the wristband folks (VIPs) who sat in the first four rows and then got to see the speech from just to the, only about 30 feet away from the podium.

The highlight of the day was after we helped clean up and put away chairs. The Secret Service walked the volunteers into a smaller gym and split us into 3 groups. A staff member came by each group and informed us to get lined up for a photo and leave space for the Senator in the middle. Senator Obama. Fortunately nobody passed out. More fortunately Senator Obama shook every volunteers hand, woo hoo! Unfortunately I don't have the URL for the photo yet!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Garden Update: September means tomatoes

Tomatoes, lots of tomatoes. That is what we have right now, dozens of Roma Tomatoes.

I was home on Tuesday and had a chance to oven roast some of those tomatoes.

I made up two batches of tomatoes, one with herbs one without. The recipe is pretty darn easy as it involves cutting, mixing and waiting. The end result, 10 hours later, is a batch of roasted tomatoes that can be used on sandwiches, pasta, pizza, soups, stews, etc. etc.

Step one: Get yourself some tomatoes (about 16-20) from the grocery store, farmers market or neighbor's backyard. Wash and slice all these guys in half and throw them into a big bowl.

Step two: Turn the oven on and set to 200 degrees.

Step three: Dump into the bowl two tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon each of salt, pepper and if doing the herbed variety dried basil and oregano. Bash and chop up a couple cloves of garlic if you like garlic, resist the urge to use a whole head of garlic even if you love garlic. Toss all this with your hands.

Step four: Lay the tomatoes out into a roasting pan or cookie sheet with a lip, dump the juice from the bottom of the bowl over the laid out tomatoes.

Step five: Hang out for 4 hours, run errands, read a book, go to a movie, what ever, just kill 4 hours.

Step six: Pull the pans out, flip the tomatoes over and put the pans back in the oven.

Step seven: Hang out for another 4 hours, play with the kids, go to a ballgame, learn to knit, just kill 4 more hours.

Step 8: Pull those tomatoes out and let them cool. Store in a zip top bag or other air tight container and keep in the fridge or freezer.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

New windows!

We had new windows installed last week, some key points about the experience.

1. It was freezing in the house without them.

2. We get to buy new window coverings, something I have mixed 
emotions about since we have to buy them (who knew mini blinds cost so much!) and we have to install them (woo hoo powertools!).

3. We love our new bay window.

4. Windows are crazy expensive.

5. We're already enjoying the dual benefit of less
 sound leaking into the house and less heat leaking out of the house.

6. Did I mention we love the bay window?

Monday, September 08, 2008

For Jaded

In an effort to ensure you post here's a link to the flag "controversy" from this weekend for you.

My question is this. Why would anybody "throw away" something they know they would need again for future rallies in a state that is sure to be a battle ground? That's just silly.

And now the part of the post for me, McCain versus McCain on bringing troops home.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Mocking 2 million people

I did not watch it, we were putting back up the window coverings we could, more on that later tonight or tomorrow, but I got emails about it almost immediately afteward.  One thing I wanted to share from the Obama campaign specifically;

Both Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin specifically mocked Barack's experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed.

Let's clarify something for them right now.

Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.
I am volunteering with the Obama campaign in my neighborhood and it has been a great experience.  I have had a chance to meet folks from the neighborhood and make connections I would never have made otherwise.  This is not a campaign run from the top down, it is a campaign run by over 2 million volunteers who want to make a change in their communities.  When election season comes to an end on November 4th these people aren't just going to fade back into their previous lives.  We are going to continue to organize to make our communities a better place to grow up, live and retire in, regardless of the outcome of the election.

So I ask the McCain campaign to try to make this campaign about the issues, not the wedge issues that noone will change their minds on like the 2nd ammendment, Abortion and Gay Marriage, but about the issues affecting our communities on a daily basis like the economy, energy costs, roads, education, etc.  I am already talking to folks in my community about these issues, I hope the McCain campaign will join me.