Archive for January, 2006

Gore Watch

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

I haven’t been good about Gore updates, but with the speech last week and book deal this week….People should be watching.

A book tour is a great way to fake campaign. Perhaps his Global Warmning book will suggest alternative fuels….Iowa may like to hear about that.

Quick Notes

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

I got these from a longer essay found here

Prestige is especially dangerous to the ambitious. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, the way to do it is to bait the hook with prestige. That’s the recipe for getting people to give talks, write forewords, serve on committees, be department heads, and so on. It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn’t suck, they wouldn’t have had to make it prestigious.

Don’t decide [what do to with your life] too soon. Kids who know early what they want to do seem impressive, as if they got the answer to some math question before the other kids. They have an answer, certainly, but odds are it’s wrong.

A friend of mine who is a quite successful doctor complains constantly about her job. When people applying to medical school ask her for advice, she wants to shake them and yell “Don’t do it!” (But she never does.) How did she get into this fix? In high school she already wanted to be a doctor. And she is so ambitious and determined that she overcame every obstacle along the way– including, unfortunately, not liking it.

Now she has a life chosen for her by a high-school kid.

Brother-in-Law Bill

Monday, January 9th, 2006

While watching The Jeff Foxworthy Show (I miss 1990s Sitcoms), I was skimming this blog, and I realized that I have never googled Bill. What sort of potential brother-in-law am I without Googling my sisters’ fiance.

In the process I found this unflattering picture: B-i-L: Brother-in-Law

Just thought someone would be interested.


Sunday, January 1st, 2006

I must say, 2005 proved to be quite the year.

  • John Kerry was not inaugurated at President of The United States
  • A College Basketball Team Steve followed reached the NCAA Tournament
  • Roy Williams got his first title in the Final Four with Steve in Attendance
  • The George Washington University’s Political Science Department Accepted Steve into the 5-Year Masters Program
  • While Steve worked for Christopher Fraser MP from Norfolk Southwest he:
  • Had Tea at a table next to Margaret Thatcher
  • Walked on the Floor of the House of Commons
  • Almost accidently walked into the House of Lords
  • Worked on a Campaign for…a Conservative
  • Taught an MP how to make a Frozen Pizza
  • Saw Tony Blair during Prime Minister’s Questions
  • Wrote a Speech that was Delivered on the floor of the House of Commons
  • There were the London Bombings on July 7th with Steve in Town
  • Live 8 took place in 9 different countries with Steve attending the Concert in Hyde Park
  • While touring Europe Steve saw the Hall of Mirrors, Berlin Wall, The Beaches of Normandy, the Parliament of Europe, Lance Armstrong’s Seventh Tour de France Victory Finish, and had multiple imigration problems
  • Within 3 Days Steve took an overnight train from Paris to Berlin, flew from Berlin to London, and flew from London to Washington (in (a free upgrade to) First Class)
  • Less than a month after leaving Parliament, Steve began his 3+ Months working for a Member of the US Congress
  • Bill Rinehart more officially became Steve’s future Brother-in-Law (to become official on September 29th, 2006)
  • Cornelia Flowers, Steve’s last Grand Parent, passed away
  • The GW Fellowship Office Struggled with Steve’s 17th Amendment Repeal, but eventually gave him a Truman Scholarship Nomination
  • The DLCC gave Steve his first paying Campaign Job (still an internship, but with $$$)
  • Somehow Steve’s Cumulative GPA went down when his lowest grades were A-‘s
  • I may edit this because I am definitely forgetting things. Also, the above is more resume-ish or just bullets of interesting (non-personal) things…2005 held shifts in relationships and friendships, some good, less bad. Many questions leading into 2005 have been answered, some not. There are new questions, but honestly…not as many.

    2006 is the last garunteed full year of school in Steve’s life. 2007 likely will be a full year, but it is not assured. And after that…who knows. I am not really the school type, but being an academic has its appeal. For me and my friends, it is the year of MCATs, LSATs, GREs, and job finding. Decision time is here, and everyone will have to have an independent idea of what 2007 holds for them.

    People, including myself, seem like they are on track for things, but if anything can be learned by looking at the shift to college, not everything goes according to plan. Someone’s bright future can dim very quickly; Getting back on a good track is what is important. Anyone can fall off.