Thursday, June 15, 2006

Boring Girls Don't Wear Earrings Like That

I'm thoroughly convinced that you meet the most interesting people in airports.

I met this guy while waiting in line to board our flight leaving LAX. He was in his late 40's, British, and incredibly sarcastic. We had been talking for awhile - he was giving me the 20 questions bit about my life and I was playing along to pass the time. At one point he ran out of questions and said out loud "Hmm...what else can I bother you about?" My response was "Nothing, I'm absolutely boring and there is nothing else to know." Needless to say, I was dumbstruck when he said "Nonsense! Boring girls don't wear earrings like that." What!?! Since when did earrings become a symbol of how you act?

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Mountain Sirens

I have an account that is located in the San Bernardino Mountains and I always love going to visit them. Not only is it beautiful but something interesting always happens. For instance, the first time I was there they were testing out the storm sirens. The next time I was there it started raining, the storm sirens went off and we nearly had to evacuate the mountain. Today it was a fire drill - that lasted an hour and a half.

I can only imagine what is going to happen on my next visit....

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Roof Is On Fire!

This evening marks the second time that the HB Fire Department has been called to put out a house fire within a block of where I live. The first time was about 6 months ago and the house was only 3 doors down. This time it was about 6 houses away - still a bit too close for comfort.

So about an hour after I hear the sirens, I hopped in my car to head to my class. When I pulled out of the alley I realized that the fire department and police officers had blocked off the entire street and in order for me to get out the cop had to lower the "Police Do Not Cross" line. It was a strange feeling and now I know what my mom & dad felt when that happened to them. Thankfully mine was only for a fire. They, on the other hand, were police ordered to stay on the pier after a high speed chase ended with a guy shooting himself. Welcome to California!

Now for the Public Service Announcement: Please check the batteries in your fire alarms! I did that a few weeks ago (thinking that was done before I moved in) and to my surprise, there wasn't even a battery in the alarm! Thank God I didn't need it within the last 10 months...

Monday, June 12, 2006

Save NPR and PBS (again)


Everyone expected House Republicans to give up efforts to kill NPR and PBS after a massive public outcry stopped them last year. But they've just voted to eliminate funding for NPR and PBS—unbelievably, starting with programs like "Sesame Street."

Public broadcasting would lose nearly a quarter of its federal funding this year. Even worse, all funding would be eliminated in two years--threatening one of the last remaining sources of watchdog journalism.

Sign the petition telling Congress to save NPR and PBS again this year:

Last year, millions of us took action to save NPR and PBS, and Congress listened. We can do it again if enough of us sign the petition in time.

This would be the most severe cut in the history of public broadcasting. The Boston Globe reports the cuts "could force the elimination of some popular PBS and NPR programs." NPR's president expects rural public radio stations may be forced to shut down.

The House and Senate are deciding if public broadcasting will survive, and they need to hear from viewers like you.

Sign the petition at:


P.S. Read the Boston Globe story on the threat to NPR and PBS at: