Today is Twitter’s 10th birthday. I love Twitter. It’s the birthplace of hashtags, trending topics, and where I can count on to get need in REAL TIME, from REAL PEOPLE.

It was instrumental in the change of the Iranian government. It aided people looking for shelter in Paris during the Charlie Hebdo scare.

On a personal note, I love being able to connect globally in real time with others while watching (over the years):
– presidential debates
– American Idol
– Golden Globes (& other awards shows)

It’s a place to celebrate Diwali with the hashtag #SalMubarak, and see everyone’s wishes for the coming year worldwide. To see wishes for Ramadan by following #EidMubarak. To see all different cultures and how they celebrate their various traditions.

It has united our world. Facebook is only friends. But Twitter was a network of EVERYONE, in a concise manner.

just having fun as the KKK

Just saying what the heck is WRONG with people doesn’t even begin to address this. It’s not enough anymore. Now we have to point it out when we see it. There’s just too much of it.

links to news articleWith social media, these former “closet racists” have found acceptance and are moving out into the open.

Which is a good thing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they are coming out of the woodwork.

I went to college with a guy who wrote off the KKK as urban legend, essentially. He said they don’t really exist anymore. Even after several examples of the hate group I showed him in current time. And he dismissed it, saying it’s harmless. HARMLESS.

This is real, and it’s happening TODAY. And people think it’s ok. It’s not ok.

People think it’s acceptable to dress up & pretend to be part of a hate group. A hate group, that I add is still very active today. We’re seeing black churches being burned down at an alarming rate. The NAACP bombing. And lots of little other crimes not brought to mainstream news.

It’s not ok to dress up as the KKK. It’s not “fun & games”.

The need for an open casket

links to post on daliykosThis is so spot on.

We eventually pay for care, or lack of. In this case, the lack of preventative care ends up costing Americans so much more. But also the care for those uninsured costs insured Americans too. That’s why I support the ACA (Obamacare), which makes general preventative care free, and has allowed so many uninsured to get insurance. There was a need for that in this country.

We shouldn’t be dying, nor allowing others to die.

My customized weekly mixtape

My weekly Spotify customized mixtape shocked me today. It had some ‘to be expected’ but hadn’t heard in a while (112, DeBarge), and some of the usual (New Order). But then, it broke out something I hadn’t heard in decades! ‘Waiting for the Star to Fall’ – Boy meets Girl. Who remembers this song?

Drive to Columbus

Made my drive from Detroit to Columbus today. This was my passenger seat:

Discovered last year that long drives are easier if I have an audiobook. I was getting tired of my music for 4 hours repeatedly.

Wanted to track my books here, so I can keep a list.

I really liked this book. Especially since I heard the chapter where she spoke of doing interviews, and what she looked for in an interview, just as I’m about to go into an interview tomorrow. Perfect timing.

leaving Detroit

Today was my last day of work in Detroit. I’ve been working as a consultant in downtown Detroit for the last 2 1/2 years. I’ve loved my work, loved the people, and even loved the company too. I’m sad to be leaving; have created friendships of some of my colleagues. Here’s a picture I took on a walk on my work complex one day:

detroit work

But I need to move. It was the city. Detroit had nothing for me. I tried dating… nothing. I’ve tried restaurants, but none appealed to me. I didn’t really have friends that would go to events with me. Maybe 1 out of every 5 events I wanted to attend, I could find someone to go with me. And few events actually came to Detroit.

I needed to move to a city where there were lots of things going on, and I had people who would go with me to events. People who wanted to go out.

I’ve gotten a job in Columbus, and have a week off before I start there. Very excited about the move! I have siblings there. And get this – my best friend from high school and my best friend from college live there! I’ll also be closer to Cleveland, so it’ll be easier to go up there to see my girls! As a foodie, I already know there are lots of restaurants I’m looking forward to exploring.

I’m just very excited about moving back to Ohio. I think I’m going to be very happy there!

GOP debate: those lying rats

GOP debate fact checkThis is why I didn’t watch last night’s debate. This list is SO LONG! And the fact-checking never makes news.

You know when a newspaper would publish those “corrections” on the inside front page every day? Or a news show would publicly announce a correction?

Well, shouldn’t the network that airs the debate announce all the corrections? Or the candidates should have to go back on TV and say all the lies they stated the night before? Or would that just take up too much time?


Thank the Union!

While as a contractor, I (personally) don’t have all these rights. But that’s by my decision. I’m grateful to be living in a country where unions fought against child labor and for breaks.

I feel like there’s been such a shift over the last few years. Unions used to be such a respected institution. Supported primarily by Republicans. I remember the Republican candidates always doing photo ops with the auto unions & talking about them. Now, it’s like the Republicans spit on them. What in the world happened there?

Unions have given us (Americans) so much. They’ve made employers be fair and hold them accountable. And I’m glad for all the benefits we have today because of them.

Now, what about EQUAL PAY for the ladies!

union benefits