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26Apr/070

HS Senior Year Q-aire

Fill this out about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be.

Graduated: 1989

1. Who was your best friend(s)?
Will, Al, Dan, Dave, Bryan

2.What sports did you play?
None

3. What kind of car did you drive?
1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, which I slammed into a minivan.

4. It's Friday night, where were you?
Probably working at the Lou.

5. Were you a party animal?
not even close

6. Were you considered a flirt?
No

7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
Band.

8. Were you a nerd?
HUGE.

9. Did you get suspended/expelled?
Of course not. I was too smart to get caught.

10. Can you sing the fight song?
No, but I could play it on the cornet.

11. Who was your favorite teacher?
At the time, probably Mrs. McDonald. In retrospect, Mr. Zinda and Mr. Melosh

12. Favorite class?
TV

13. What was your school's full name?
Clarenceville High School

14. School mascot?
Trojan. huhuhuhuhuh.

15. Did you go to the Prom?
Nope. I worked at the Lou.

16. If you could go back and do it over, would you?
If I kept the knowledge I have now, sure.

17. What do you remember most about graduation?
It was on my birthday.

19. Where were you on senior skip day?
No. I was on Senior Skip SEMESTER!

20. Did you have a job your senior year?
Stage Crew at the Lou.

21. Where did you go most often for lunch?
cafeteria

22. Have you gained weight since then?
A little bit

23. What did you do after graduation?
Blobbed out. Drank a lot of Jolt Cola. Got a job.

24. When/where did you graduate
June 8, 1989 at the Louis E. Schmidt Auditorium.

25. Who was your senior prom date?
I worked.

26. Are you going to your 10 year reunion?
No, I skipped it with intestinal parasites. The parasites were preferable.

27. Who was your home room teacher?
We did not have home room.

28. Who will repost this after you?
Who knows?

29: Do you miss anyone you graduated with?
Kinda. I wonder what has happened to Will, Al, Robbie, Chris Burke and a few others.

30: Were you friends with the person who posted this?
No, but she married my brother so she's my little sister now.

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24Apr/070

Battle of the Books

Whoa boy, that was freaking awesome. We rocked the house tonight with Battle of the Books.

41 teams signed up.
38 showed up. About 175 kids in 4th, 5th and 6th grade.

1700 slides of Powerpoint for 64 questions.

6 computers, 6 Flash drives, 4 power strips and extension cords.

We had to do a stage setup last week to plan out how everything should be set up. I planned out the scoring methodology, the stage, the seating, the presentation... oh my Lord, we could not have done better.

Even having to run basic training for volunteers (4 scorers, 4 judges and 12 runners) while setting up everything, our timing was spot on. The kids started showing up EARLY... in COSTUME.

We finished at exactly 8:50pm, exactly when we expected to finish.

There were a minimum of 400 people in the NHS cafeteria, man. Everything we set up was like clockwork. Parents congratulated us afterwards, and I was even personally thanked for the presentation.

During the first question, I was monitoring the scoring to make sure it was working correctly. I was looking down at the computer and this ROAR came from the crowd. It was the roar of 38 teams of kids learning whether or not they were right on the first question. It surprised me. I didn't expect that kind of cheering. They loved it.... and they kept cheering (until the questions got harder).

There were a maximum of 320 possible. The best score was 269. Maybe the questions were too hard :)

Either way, I'm really happy with how well it worked out. Suzanne, Karen and myself did a spectacular job in bringing the single largest NDL event ever to being.

Now, I sleep.

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24Apr/070

32 Q's

1.)Q. Can you cook?
1.)A. Emeril has nothing on me.

2.)Q. What was your dream growing up?
2.)A. Well, I nce had a dream where I was sucked up into the sky and aliens played with my mind. When I returned, my beloved Ernie doll was gone. Was it a dream? Was it real?

3.)Q. What talent do you wish you had?
3.)A. Liquidity.

4.)Q. Favorite place?
4.)A. Mackinaw

5.)Q. Favorite vegetable?
5.)A. Onions

6.)Q. What was the last book you read?
6.)A. Outbound Flighy by Timothy Zahn

7.)Q. What zodiac sign are you ?
7.)A. Gemini

8.)Q. Any Tattoos and/or Piercings?
8.)A. Do hearing aids and a birthmark on my ass count?

9.)Q. Worst Habit?
9.)A. Eating

10.)Q. If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
10.)A. Who are you?

11.)Q. What is your favorite sport?
11.)A. Wrestling

12.)Q. Negative or Optimistic attitude?
12.)A. I used to be optimistic, but I got screwed over too much for being optimistic. Now I'm pure negativity. I hate what those assholes made me.

13.)Q. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
13.)A. I don't know... what kind of elevator has a restruant in it?

14.)Q. Worst thing to ever happen to you?
14.)A. So many things to choose from...

15.)Q. Tell me one weird fact about you:
15.)A. I'm not shy: I just can't hear you.

16.)Q. Do have any pets?
16.)A. Fargo

17.)Q. Do u know how to do the macerana?
17.)A. I did it once, and felt filthy afterwards... like a million cliches slapped me in the face.

18.)Q. What time is it where you are now?
18.)A. 2:16pm

19.)Q. Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
19.)A. Clown are clowns.

20.)Q. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
20.)A. I'd be a lot skinnier with more hair on my head than my body.

21.)Q. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
21.)A. Crime? I don't commit crimes. I change the definitions.

22.)Q. What color eyes do you have?
22.)A. Blue

23.)Q. Ever been arrested?
23.)A. Nope

24.)Q. Bottle or Draft?
24.)A. Neither

25.)Q. If you won $10,000 dollars today, what would you do with it?
25.)A. Move out of this hell hole.

26.)Q. What kind of bubble gum do you prefer to chew?
26.)A. Bubblicious

27.)Q. What 's your favorite place to hang at?
27.)A. Work, Parents, or Gym

28.)Q. Do you believe in ghosts?
28.)A. Just Jebus and George.

29.)Q. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
29.)A. Work out

30.)Q. Do you swear a lot?
30.)A. Professionally? No. Privately? To express displeasure.

31.)Q. Biggest pet peeve?
31.)A. Dubbya

32.)Q. In one word, how would you describe yourself?
32.)A. Fleeb.

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18Apr/070

Crazy Stuff

I've had a few crazy days in a row... First, Tech-Comm was at Northville.

I hate hosting the meetings AND being the Committee head at the same time. Hosting a meeting is fine (except for having to buy all the meeting food/drinks). But I made it worse by scheduling a Guitar Hero 2 demo at the same time. Do I have to set the room up, connect up a computer with projector and set up Guitar Hero 2 for play, while getting the food set up, arrange the tables and chair, AND we had carpenters in the Library to fix the Bosses office up (major re-build of desktop).

I did get to have lunch with some of the group. We have some really good folks in Tech-Comm. Andrew, Donna, Joy, Melanie, Derek, Eric, Martin, and so many more... and Mark showed up for lunch at the Starting Gate, which was cool. I'm not happy he's unemployed, but the mess at TLN... whew. It's hard working there. I don't know why I'm doing it, honestly. I feel like an addict working for them now. Doesn't mean it's bad, I just can't define what keeps me there. It's not the money... it's just this ridiculous sense of loyalty I have, and that loyalty is being splintered, because they really badly mistreated Mark, and I consider Mark to be my mentor and it truly, absolutely disgusts me what they did to Mark... TLN is such a mess right now, it's almost morbid curiosity at this point to stick around and see where the bodies land.

What else? Well, Battle of the Books (BOTB) took shape today. It became obvious how incredibly BIG this thing will be. We're looking at 41 teams with 187 kids. If every kid brings at least 1 person with them we'll have the cafeteria at the Northville High School filled with almost or more than 400 people. I have to coordinate most of this... I've done stage planning, prepared the Game in Powerpoint with 1700 slides... I've had to plan out the scoring sheets, wiring, how the scoring will be retrieved... We'll be running this on Tuesday night. We'll have 90 minutes to set up the room AND train our volunteers! That's it... then I have to hope the screen is big enough (I do not think it is... only a 96" screen for a HUGE cafeteria... we're going to have some really bad viewing angles). The pure immensity of the job hit me today, and I've felt tired ever since. Yet, I'm proud to realize that my time working at the Louis E. Schmidt Auditorium is truly paying off, as I'm apparently a stage managing geek god now.

I miss working in the auditorium at midnight with Dave, Dan, and the other guys... laying down dance floor (carrying 200 lb rubber rolls by myself), mounting lights, curtains, setting up stages, and otherwise enjoying the fact I'm working as part of an easy going team of tech wonks. Didn't pay well, but what does when you're 19?

Speaking of being tired... I saw an accident at Silver Spring and 8 Mile today. It happened literally right in front of me. The people involved seemed okay (the guy got out and called on the phone, had a scratch on his cheek), and I felt like I was just in the way. I didn't even SEE it happen. I was looking at the light, waiting for the light to chance so I could cross 8 Mile and go home. There was a crack, and I looked to the left and saw the 2 cars folded up. The woman in the Chrysler Intrepid was pretty much in shock, and couldn't open her door. She was freaking out. I feel bad because I was so tired and confused, I didn't get out and help. All I could think of was "I'd just be in the way, I didn't see the actual accident, and I'd SO tired". I feel bad now, and I know I'm going to see the panic in her face when I sleep tonight. Shit.

And the way I think? I feel like I did something wrong. Like the police will show up, knock my door down and drag me away because... I was tired and felt like I was in the way. That I should have taken heroic measures or something. I think I'm too used to doing everything myself, and I can't even properly comprehend a situation anymore.

4Apr/070

Worried about Libraries

I'm worried about Libraries here in Michigan. We're facing the increasing reality that the state is going to cut 50% of all Library funding in Michigan because a bunch of misguided politicians have decided that Libraries really don't need that funding.

The reality of it is, if they cut this funding, they'll kill almost every Library Cooperative in the state. Library Coop's in the SE Michigan area are already facing the reality of this because they can't get anyone to work as their Director. SLC and TLN will be without a Director shortly. Just swell... I know the politicians, and even some Librarians in places of power believe that Cooperatives are useless, but they're not.

Here in Northville, we will suffer immediately if our Cooperative crashes. Who's going to catalog the books? Who's going to deliver materials? Who's going to provide Interloan? We don't have staff for most of these purposes because we, like many libraries in the area, pay the cooperative to do this. It keeps our operating costs DOWN to share the costs for these services with 55 other libraries in the area. The state funding provides these services, and without funding, the Cooperatives will crash out and leave every library in the state scrambling.

I've worked with TLN for 11 years now, and I have had the ability to see both the large, fancy libraries and the small "hole in the wall" libraries. Each is valued by the patrons it serves, and I know without a doubt, those small libraries have their charm and their fans... and nearly all of those small libraries is going to suffer, and possibly be forced to close, or provide extremely reduced and stone age level support to it's patrons because they simply cannot afford to hire new staff to take on all the duties once handled at an acceptable cost by cooperatives.

Our library wasn't designed with all these employees in mind. We don't have ANY ROOM LEFT. How are we supposed to do our cataloging, ILL, BDBS, Acquisitions, etc without TLN? Man... Disaster Planning.

I should note these are my thoughts alone, and not any official statement from any of my employers. Simply me ruminating on what a mess my job may become...

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