Pet Travel Peeve...I love the whole pay at the pump thing when getting gas. Why? Normally when I am traveling, especially when traveling home from a business trip, I usually don't feel doing much in the "interacting with other humans" department. All the more reason why just pulling up, swiping my card, getting my gas and then pulling our a receipt is exceptionally convenient for me. Of course the fly in the ointment happens when I see the whole "see clerk for receipt" message on the pump display. Newsflash: I don't want to see the clerk. I don't want to see anyone. I just what to get home from a ghastly long day. Having to wait in line to get something that, had the system been working properly, I should have gotten already simply pisses me off. Damn, I am such an American.
Scranton School Director...There was an article in yesterday's Scranton Times about a sitting Scranton School Board director who has been accused of DUI. Out of respect for the individual in question I'm not going to link the the story, but I did want to reference it here to make a point. Point? Well two points actually: 1) Everyone, including politicians, are innocent until proven guilty. 2) Public service is a privilege, not a right.
Related to #1, unfortunately for the individual in question, DUI cases are usually fairly well cut-n-dry. Either the person was drunk & driving or they were not drunk & driving. However we do have a system in this country, so best let it play out.
Related to #2, if the individual is found guilty or pleads to some charge related to this, they should immediately resign their position on the Scranton School Board. There is an expectation that, as a public servant...particularly one serving the children of the community...the standards of conduct are higher than they are for the public in general. I expect my public servants to follow the rules all the time, not "some of the time" or even "most of the time". Nope, I expect someone who is being paid by the public to a model of behavior. Flaunting the law, particularly one designed to prevent serious injury and/or death, simply isn't acceptable.
Busy Few Days...I actually have a lot to do outside of work over the next few days. Strange, huh? I normally just sit on my rear-end this time of year, but this time around I am actually busy.
Phil Davison...This is my favorite clip from the "insane politician" department for 2010.
"I have represented our party twice, on the county ballot!"
It took me a while, but I finally figured out who this guy sounds like: Joe from Family Guy.
Last Dance...In the "you know you are getting old" department, my youngest daughter is going out today to get a dress for a formal dance at school. Yes, my baby is a senior in high school. It seems like yesterday that she was a curly haired toddler. Time does indeed fly. Next up for the youngest Albert girl: a visit to Shippensburg University.