20080428

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Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us everyday.
- Sally Koch

20080422

You know you listen to NPR too much when...

You hear news clips on the internet at home before they are even broadcasted in your area on the way to work!

20080418

Happy Poop for Peace Day!!

For there to be peace, there must be understanding. For there to be understanding, there must be a common ground. But the further the chasm deepens, the more fundamental to basic human nature the common ground has to be.

And so we poop for peace.

Poop is the one experience all human beings have in common. We may have varying ideas of God and politics, but the power of an impending poop is a higher calling to which every human must answer. Side by side in a public bathroom, any two human beings are stripped of their differences and reduced to their most basic essence: a pair of feet sticking out below the stall, and a pair of butt trumpets performing a greasy symphony to lament humanity's non-negotiable deference to the call of the vile.


(Poop for Peace!)

20080417

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Be wise in the use of time. The question in life is not how much time do we have. The question is what shall we do with it.

- Anna Robertson Brown, author

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20080413

Help us get to Mexico...BASH!

I'm a little bit nuts!

Thanks Susie!

You Are a Cashew

You are laid back, friendly, and easy going.
Compared to most people, you have a very mild temperament.
You blend in well. You're often the last person to get noticed.
But whenever you're gone, people seem to notice right away!
What Nut Are You?

20080408

Why I'm voting for Barack Obama

If you haven't had the chance to watch this yet, please do so soon. Yes, it's 37 minutes, but it's worth everyone one of them:



And if that doesn't convince you...there's always this:



(Just Kidding, I just always get it stuck in my head at the worst times)

3 years ago, I voted on just one issue--abortion. While this is still an important issue to me, I realized that I made a big mistake. I didn't even look at the rest of each candidate's platform and voted ignorantly....I hope this year I can make a much more informed choice!

20080403

Waaah! I feel poor!! (Adventures in Taxes)

My dad called this afternoon with some tax questions. He told me that he was finally getting started and he inspired me to do the same!

Oh man, I just combed through this giant stack of papers to find all my W2s and alas I got to the bottom of the stack and they were nowhere to be found...

But I did find my 2007 Colorado Income Tax Guide! Neatly stacked inside was all my W2s and 1098T! I'm more on top of things than I realized!

It only took me about an hour (I hate when I put things off for months and months and they only end up taking a little bit of time. When I finally finished, I sadly realized that I was only $77 away from getting a tax rebate. Also, my refund was very, very small. Generally it is considered a good thing to keep your free loans to the government to a minimum, but I am missing the days of christmas in may!

Anyways, if you haven't done your taxes yet, just do it. It's not that bad. And if you make under $30,000 (I'll just take a stab in the dark and say that most of my friends fall in that category) then you can you Freedom Edition of TurboTax for free!

Eco-tourism?

With summer just around the corner, I'm getting excited about traveling! But will my summer travels be detrimental to the environment? Without making conscience choices about my travel, it's quite possible.

Eco-tourism is tourism that appeals to both the environmentally and socially conscience individuals. Can tourism really help the environment?



"Does the very act of observing something change it? Probably."

As you can see, tourism in Antarctica is on the rise. This can be seen as both a blessing and a curse. Antarctica's pristine nature makes it an idea travel location for the explorer, but by going to these remote locations we can impose on its untouched beauty? However, increased tourism has helped to clean the continent. 20 years ago, there was little regard for the impact that humans had on Antarctica, but now, even if just a plastic bag is thrown of a ship, that ship will turn around to retrieve it!

The next time you travel, please reflect on the total cost of your trip: The monetary cost of your plane, hotel and rental car plus the cost of each of those things on the environment. Your travel choices can make a difference!

What Can I Do?
  • Follow "Leave No Trace" principles when in the natural environment
  • Calculate the carbon footprint of your trip, and then...
  • Offset your carbon footprint. (Expedia and Travelocity even have options to offset your flight right when you purchase your ticket!)
For more information, check out the following sites:
NPR: A Changing Antarctica Draws 'Doomsday' Tourists
Sustainable Travel International
NPR: Penguins Helped and Hurt by Changing Climate

20080402

Joke from Jenn...

What does The Enterprise from Star Trek and toilet paper have in common???

They both circle uranus and they fight klingons.

Honor Among Shrinks

After attending a conference on professional ethics, four psychiatrists walked out together.

One said, "You know people are always coming to us with their guilt and fears, but we have no one to go to with our problems." So why don't we take some time right now to hear each other out?" The other three agreed.

The first psychiatrist confessed, "I have an almost uncontrollable desire to kill my patients."

The second psychiatrist said, "I find ways to cheat my patients out of their money whenever I can."

The third followed with, "I'm involved in selling drugs and often get my patients to sell them for me."

The fourth psychiatrist then confessed, "You know, no matter how hard I try, I can't seem to keep a secret."