Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Before and After

Before!  You know you don't realize how really out of control you've gotten until you see a pic of yourself...(moo!)

Now, this is more like it - with my girls (and solo) on Christmas Eve...

And, wayyyy too late Christmas Eve...I am so not missing my extra chin.

 

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Politically Correct Holiday Wishes

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all."

Additionally,

A fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great, (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only "AMERICA" in the western hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wisher."

(Disclaimer: By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher who assumes no responsibility for any unintended emotional stress these greetings may bring to those not caught up in the holiday spirit.)

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Spaceport

Yeah, 50.  50!!

Okay, enough about that.

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Seems our illustrious governor has decided New Mexico needs a space port.  Shoot, we already have Roswell, why not drop another $200M on a spaceportAliens = space travel.  (?)

Some British entrepreneurs (namely Virgin Galactic - yeah, Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Everythingelse fame.) have decided that a spaceport would do quite nicely out in the middle of southern New Mexico somewhere, yanno way out there by Truth or Consequences or something.  Here's the scoop:

For a measely $200,000 (and that's 10% deposit up front mind you), YOU can take a minutes-long trip into space, where you'll feel quite weightless and floaty, and then you come back down to Earth.  Over 33,000 people have put a deposit down on their mini missions, totalling about $10M.  They plan to take 500 up the first year, and eventually grow to 10,000 a year, with an expected 5,000 astronauts in the next five years.

(image used with permission)

Apparently New Mexico is also planning on hosting the X Prize Cup competition, which will be held annually at our new spaceport.  This is supposed to put New Mexico on the map.  Virgin won the X Prize Cup last year, and the $10M prize.  So away we go...

On top of all that, I just found out we have an official Office of Space Commericialization that was established in 1994 just for this purpose.  I wondered where all our tax dollars were going.  (Besides our ex-treasurer's slush fund, that is!)

New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the country.  There are still more head of cattle than people here, and our cost of living is ENORMOUS as compared to our average wage.  The poverty level is well over the national average, and consider all that entails (high crime rate, high domestic violence rate, high drop out rate, high teenage pregnancy rate...)  I swear, this is still a mighty cool place to live and visit, but given that, we need to be awfully careful where we invest our tax dollars.

So...my thoughts?

First off, I have kids, I'm terrified of heights and I'm always broke, so space travel was obviously not meant for me.

Secondly, if it brings money here, improves our economy and whatnot, right on. 

SIDENOTE:  Its supposed to put New Mexico on the map, but most New Mexicans don't want to be on any map, which is why they became New Mexicans in the first place.  (I know, that made zero sense, but I swear its true.)  Some people like to keep rural areas... well, rural. 

BUT (there's always a but) I certainly hope that with this ENORMOUS cash outlay funded by our taxpayers, that there's going to be a huge benefit - to education, specifically. 

 

Okay now - of course I want to know what y'all think - would you go up, if you had the $200K?  Even if it was only for half an hour?  You get a video to show the grandkids, if that helps.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

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I did it! 

As of 6:00 PM I've officially lost 50.2 lbs!

I'd like to thank all my friends and family who've so graciously put up with me through this whole ordeal.  No, its not over, but this milestone is HUGE and I've worked awfully hard.

Shopping spree this weekend!!!!!