Thursday, December 30, 2010

Road Apples, #86

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!"

Priceless stuff.

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.

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