the middle of a long week

news from the front
I was at the CodePINK house tonight, working on the fashion show. I’m so excited about that. I’m doing a lot of the design and some of the actual modeling, and it’s the first time I’ve been involved in anything like this.

And, of course, CodePINK is Cindy-crazy this week. Now, I’m concerned about the statement Cindy Sheehan made about her son dying for Israel, not America. And I’m a little leery about the amount of publicity she’s generated. But I also know that someone has to be the metaphor for all the parents grieving for their sons and daughters killed in this idiotic war. And Cindy is providing a nucleus for a movement that didn’t have a focus a few weeks ago. She’s a face and a name, tears and a statement, to represent all the other thousands of heartbroken loved ones.

And, best of all, she’s making an idiot out of our President, becuase he’s off on vacation napping and not meeting with Cindy. Napping. NAPPING. Can someone get him some coffee so he can answer to the symbol for parents of soldiers?

and in the economy-related section of the report
This is Week One of the new job. Not that I’m doing much yet. Which just makes me homesick for my old office at Tribal, with all the communally organized files and folders, and my neat row of client binders. I don’t have structured tasks yet, and my role is different than it was a week ago:

ME: “So we don’t have to traffic the ads into the adserving software?”
BOSS: “Nope, that’s done in New York.”
ME: “And we don’t have to pull report information from the ad serving software?”
BOSS: “Nope, the data’s pulled by the numbers guy.”
ME: “Um. What do I do then?”

That’s yet to be determined. So far, I’m just reviewing media plans, learning some new tools, reading Gmail. Lots. Of. Gmail, because my birthday is coming up soon, and has to be planned. I have also managed to avoid what I referred to as “pulling an Andrew”, which I traditionally do on the first day at work when I cause a coffee machine incident. The coffee machine at the new company uses single servings in plastic cups, and individually brews each cup, and is pretty much dumbass proof, albeit totally non environmentally sustainable. Much of the Sunshine Landfill out in the Valley is probably plastic cups which used to hold single servings of chocolate almond flavored grounds.

and on a lighter note
Finally, in home life, Casa Mar Vista is getting some changes. One of which is, apparently, a hot tub. My girl roomate found one on Craigslist and decided it was a great idea. This has resulted in two days worth of logistics. We have to figure out how to get it here from a mile away. Not to mention how we’re going to power it, because it will require revisions to the outside outlet to get the 150 amp current needed. But somehow, us two girls are the only ones worrying about that. All the guys connected to us are just convinced that as soon as we get the hot tub, all the women that hang out around here will strip and jump in it.

We’ll see if we go through with getting it after that.

20 responses to “the middle of a long week

  1. symbol for parents of soldiers?

    Yeah…. I don’t think so…
    See this is the biggest issue i have with lefty kind of people. You assume that people need to be led or represented…. Because there voices are to weak.. and of course someone with so much understanding of what’s right should lead these poor people..

    Ya know what though … I KNOW parents of soldiers…. and no not the well I have seen a few…. but I’ve actually talked to them … and LISTENED … yeah listened … believe it or not; listening can be useful.. And I am pretty sure that they don’t WANT this Cindy woman as there SYMBOL….

    And WAIT isn’t it about her SON…. oh no … i guess its not.

    Has anyone asked her what her son would have wanted … I mean come on a 2 tour war hero (yeah that’s right WAR HERO; any person who gives his life fore his country is a hero) but I guess it was never about him…. Because in the end its not about the American soldiers that risk their lives everyday…

    Its only about bush and he friends over there in the Whitehouse isn’t it.

    And its always been just about that ……. isn’t that right

    From the day he was elected…. up till now … its been about that.

    I wish Cindy well … and I really wish those rednecks and pink slips would leave her alone… sure they think different or want to use her greif for there agenda … but can we stop feed off the flesh of the weak for just one second …. must we hate someone for there veiws now too ..

    But in the end the best thing that we can do is let her make her peace. and honor her Son how she feels she needs to (or disshonor him ….. but thats not OUR CALL)

    Its sad to see so many vulgar examples of politcal greed and hatered about this FROM BOTH SIDES.


    And if she did say something like that about Isreal … i mean folks … is it so wrong what she said ….

    Isreal does have some part in all this …. but oddly we never blame the british for their historical role in all this.

  2. One more thought

    If ya ever wanted to know who aggrees with code pink ….

    Here ya go

  3. Re: symbol for parents of soldiers?

    She’s a member of the Gold Star Network – parents of dead soldiers. I think that they’re behind her.

    This is only about Bush and his friends who are making FAR too much money. War profiteering is blood money, and Cheney has it in all over his hands. If you’d read 1984 (and I know you haven’t) you’d know that the people are too disillusioned to do anything anymore. Which is why the example, the candle, is worth so much.

    Remember when I wept in 2000 when Bush won? I didn’t do anything about it because I didn’t believe it would matter. Now I’ve seen others doing something. NOW I believe. The people are weak and apathetic to let this go on. No wrong this great could go on if America was truly strong and brave, instead of self-centered, weak and cowardly.

  4. Re: One more thought

    I bet the right wing put him up to it, knowing he’s anaethema.

  5. I’m proud of you Jill. You’re living life to the fullest in all arenas, and who cares if people disagree with you? I don’t know of many other people who are as passionate in action as you are about the issues you hold dear. Also, you have excellent grammar and spelling.

    And if you get a hot tub, watch out. I might have to come back there.

  6. Re: One more thought

    your kidding me right ?

  7. Re: symbol for parents of soldiers?

    Yet more and more missinfomation – started in 1928


    Ok and then there is

    Gold Star Families for Peace

    Guess who runs that?

    Now i could be wrong …. but i find no Gold star netwrok that you speak of

    1984 …. well i have heard that line from nuttjobs since ,…. well the early 80’s

  8. ya know i am proud of her too … i don’t agree with her … but proud none the less.

    I just don’t like to see my freinds used.

  9. Re: One more thought

    I’m being mildly sarcastic, yes. The right wing press machine would be touting it more if they had had the brains to do that 😉

  10. Re: symbol for parents of soldiers?

    I don’t know who runs Gold Star Families for Peace, but I saw one of their mothers make a speech, despite weeping, a few weeks ago, about her son who died. And I saw one of the first parents to lose a child – a Los Angeles Mexican, at that – speak as well. No, I do not know who controls it, but I know that the people in it are genuine in their pain, and want to save other families from going through what they are.

  11. I’m running a fashion show for peace, Mike. Code Pink could be a totally corrupt organization, and it wouldn’t change the fact that all the work I do for them brings a message to the people who receive it. And that message is threefold:

    – there is no good war or bad peace
    – this war is not right, and too many people are dying and suffering for profiteers
    – anyone can stand up, send those messages, and do it in creative ways.

    Besides, did I mention I’m working on a FASHION SHOW FOR PEACE?

  12. Aw, thank you Naf. Don;t mind my product of the Texan education system ex-boyfriend there. He’s got a bit of an ideological difference, and has gone way right wing in his old age.

    Thank you so much for saying so though – and for being so supportive & encouraging 🙂

  13. Re: symbol for parents of soldiers?

    uhhmmm Cindy is the president of Gold Star Families

  14. I don’t mind a bit of ideological difference….as long as it’s well-written and coherent. Oh yeah, and spelling counts.

  15. I think Big Scary Mike is proof that the Texan education system doesn’t work. Which doesn’t help us take him seriously.

  16. damn …. i had this long drawn out explaination of the fact and my own beliefs … then spilled water on my keyboard …

    Oh well

    I am not ring wing …. more like down the middle …

    but there is not room for middle of the road anymore is there jillian ….

    Thats is all … i shall not return to this loony bin … it each to much of my time to explain to those not willing to learn or themselves.

  17. yeah well maybe my spelling si not the greatest … but then again … what the hell have you people done …

    Oh … what was that …..

    yeah … ya walk around like an unloaded gun …. pointing at others and yet have no real power to do anything but point ….

    Gosh i feel so intimidated by your spelling

    No stop … its hurting my

    *rolls eyes* get a life

  18. I don’t see you exactly doing anything for your beliefs either – like gathering supplies for humanitarian efforts or for the troops. I don’t see you working for any causes or doing anything other than griping that I’m being taken advantage of by Code Pink.

    Yeah, I have power – I’m at least trying to shine & set a good example. Quit grousing & go do something.

  19. Actally I have gone to a functions that raise money for the abused chilren, 1 that works with buisnesses to recycle sytems for use in schools overseas, and I work closley with group to find alternivtive ways to harness energy for a more evirmoental and ecomoic method of transportation.

    I may not be able to spell very well … but then again how many of you folks run biodeisel (b100 to be exact [thats 100% Biodeisel]) and who here has done a prius conversion to make a prius capble of running for 50 miles with not a drop of Gas?

    I didn’t think so ….

    True change will come from DIRECT work for the people of the world … now if you don’t know how yet … or can’t yet … then that is acceptable … and i commend you jillian for doing the things you can … regaurdless of how our beliefs differ.

    Oddly it may be both of our works that make the world better … your in protest pushing the politics … and mine thru inovation and ecnomical backing. But don’t assume because i have no need of reconnigtion that i do nothing … and don’t think that i don’t recongnise yours.

    Seldom has work with good intention ever turns on the fellow man … thats only in the realm of Sci Fi …. as long as your intentions are good …. good things tend to come from it.

    Well except for religous things …. but thats antoher story

    But see …. i don’t blog … and I don’t advertise my contributions …. its just not nessasary for me

    But like i said … i respect that you at LEAST follow your beliefs

    And happy birthday …….

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