Our 1st Anniversary – Atlantic City

What better place to celebrate our 1st anniversary than in the place where we got engaged. The weather cooperated, and we had a great time. AC is weird town – scratch that. Atlantic City is a sad town with such a mix of rich and poor – the casinos with the butt end to the rest of the city and even the boardwalk itself is a mix of seedy and not so seedy.

We stayed at the Chelsea Hotel which with the Borgata is trying to add a touch of class to the town. Good luck. The hotel itself was a breath of fresh air – no casinos, which meant no Philly or New York City trash to contend with.

Here are some of the pictures I took.

Sarah Bailin’

Now we know why the McCain campaign is attempting to suspend his campaign and get out of the debate.

McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there’s no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.

I guess after seeing Pailin’s miserable performance in her interview with Katie Couric today, they decided they needed to get out.

R.I.P.: My Thirties

Yesterday was my 40th birthday and unlike a lot of people, it doesn’t bother.   It does however present an opportunity to look back on the last ten years.

  • Met the girl of my dreams and got married
  • Visited Ireland, leaving North America for the first time (once more than Sarah Palin)
  • Visited 20 states
  • Concerts of note: Radiohead in NYC one month before 9/11, U2 in NYC one month after 9/11, the Pixies reunion tour, Throwing Muses in San Francisco, Prince 9 rows from the stage, Elvis Costello the night I proposed
  • Never more disappointed in our government than in the days after Katrina
  • Never sadder than in the days after 9/11
  • Had a niece and a nephew born
  • Saw the first viable minority Presidential candidates
  • Had dinner with Michael Penn
  • Met Aimee Mann a couple times – the second time, she approached me and said “Hey, I know you”
  • Favorite album: Elliot Smith’s Figure 8
  • Favorite movie: Ocean’s 11
  • Favorite TV show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Saw no championships from my favorite teams
  • Favorite drink at 30: Canadian Club and ginger ale with lime
  • Favorite drink at 40: Gin (Tangaray 10) and tonic
  • Went from Friendster, to Myspace, to Facebook.   What’s next?
  • Went on my first real one week vacation
  • Lived in two apartments
  • Bought my first home
  • Favorite moment: on the park bench after our wedding ceromony
  • Lived in Conshohocken, PA for all 10 years
  • Opened the summer in Outer Banks for 5 years
  • Saw my nephew graduate college
  • Saw my friends have 13 children
  • Spent 10 years doing the same job for 4 different companies – the longest tenure was 3 years and 9 months
  • Didn’t vote for a winning President (so I was right)
  • Had my optimism in government restored by Barack Obama
  • Owned or leased 4 cars
  • Started 2 blogs
  • Had my heart broken for the first and second (and last) times
  • Count ‘em: 4 iPods and 4 Macs
  • My debt went up, then down, back up again, now back down
  • My weight did the exact opposite
  • Adopted two cats

Seems like a pretty eventful, life changing decade of my life – and I’m looking forward to the next 10 years.

It’s the economy stupid

I have waited for this day since the end of the RNC.

No more lipstick talk. Forget talking about the bridge to nowhere. Nope – after a Republican imposed break from substantive issues, it’s time to return to discuss those issues that actually impact us in our daily lives. This week after Lehman, Merril Lynch and now AIG have all need to be bailed out. After Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were saved by the government two weeks ago – now it’s time to talk about the economy.

And what does John McCain say on Monday: “Our economy, I think, is still — the fundamentals of our economy are strong, but these are very, very difficult times,”

Well at least he got the last part right. These are very difficult times.

We’ll see if people can be distracted by gutter campaigning while their insurance company goes under, the mortgage company goes bankrupt, and the holder of their 401K files for bankruptcy.

People – wake the fuck up.

Speener me a mosaic – a meme

I never do memes, but saw this on the Chronicles of Tewkesbury and thought it interesting due to the interpretive nature of it. I have to say searching on my name brings up tons of naked pictures for some reason – so I had to go with one of those (Flickr has a lot of naked pictures I learned). And that third one – I had none of those in high school – so it seemed appropriate. Can you guys guess my search terms?

Speener Mosaic image

Speener Mosaic image

Want to give it a try? Here’s how:

  1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
  2. Using only the first page, pick an image. (You can arrange by “Most relevant,” “Most recent,” or “Most interesting.”)
  3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you?
12. Your flickr name?

1. Spencer Tunick in Düsseldorf, 2. Pancakes with Vanilla Bananas (2/2), 3. First Grade Education 2, 4. Colour in the Country, 5. Scarlett Johansson, 6. Vacation Gin, 7. Shibuya Crossing at Night, 8. Bananas Foster, 9. Global, 10. Some Trains Go Nowhere, 11. Young Democrats of Greater St. Louis yard sign, 12. Speener in the Sun