Thursday, May 22, 2008

Does any other city have this issue??

Seriously, when this "news" story (and I use the term lightly...oh so very lightly) broke, I thought to have got to be kidding. I'll spare you the entire original story - long story short - Pens have made it to the Stanley Cup finals (YAY!) and the Mayor (who previously was criticized for taking a vehicle that is CITY PROPERTY to a concert as well as accepting tickets to a charity function) wants to go to the games but he wasn't sure where he would get the funding for these tickets. Luke is all of 27 years old...and has been sitting on City Council for some time, prior to becoming Mayor. Now - I don't have an Accounting degree, nor do I have a Political Science degree. But I do have a Common Sense degree....

Mayor will pay his own way to Stanley Cup games
Thursday, May 22, 2008
By Mark belko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has decided to pay his own way to Detroit to watch the Penguins battle the Red Wings in the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday and Monday.

Spokeswoman Joanna Doven said today Mr. Ravenstahl will pay for his tickets to both games, at a cost of $350 each, plus all other expenses associated with the trip.

The mayor had asked the city Law Department for a ruling about the tickets. He wanted to go to the games, but city code bars him from taking anything of value from anybody with business before the city, with exceptions including official travel and sporting event tickets worth no more than $100.

Before the law department could rule, Mr. Ravenstahl decided to pay for the tickets and other expenses out of his own pocket, Ms. Doven said.

"He's pretty sure it's legal to pay for it himself so he preferred to go that route," she said.

Mr. Ravenstahl became embroiled in a controversy last year when he attended a high-dollar charity golf outing as a guest of the Penguins and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

It's not all Copays and Deductibles here ya know...

Every Friday, my place of work allows us to celebrate the Pens (or Flyers if you work in the Camp Hill office OR if you are just that dumb to wear anything Orange and Black in Pittsburgh). Most everyone wears something Pens related....T Shirt or jersey. Some wear other items:

This is Emily. She sits in the cube diagonal from me. She is awesome. You can't help but laugh when you see her hat.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Oh I kill me! That's a wickedly clever title.
Sorry, apparently I am the only one in on the insidedness of this currently.

I have just finished eating my lunch (delicious turkey and pickle sandwich and a McIntosh apple, thankyouverymuch) when I realized....hmmm, still hungry. Now, I could have just as easily walked 5 feet in front of me to the Candy bowl that sits so wonderfully on the skinny lady's desk and grabbed a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup - but no, restraint took over. I look for the small banana I just picked up from the gym (they like to pass out free fruit on Monday's and Friday's - those nice peeps - and far be it from me to pass on anything free, especially food). Still a tad green but mostly yellow and ready for eating as far as I am concerned. Now - I cannot for the life of me ever...EVER open a banana without killing the top part of it. I have to cut it with a knife. A quick (and frantic) search of my desk leaves me with nothing to open the banana with (is open even what you would call it? Peel...but that's the action after you get the little stem started). I spy with my little eye something that would work wonderfully.......A RULER!!! HA!!!! I am so sure I could make it in the long as Bear Grylls were beside me - apart from the obvious fact the man has some serious survival skills....he ain't too shabby to look at!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Now THAT'S some funny shit

There's nothing I like more then trash talking in sports. I love to watch their mouths and see what they are saying, since 8 times out of 10, it will be censored or the mic's never pick it up.

Well there is one thing I like more then opponent's trash talking each other. It's a grown man telling him mama to sit her ass down.

Yep - LeBron James has some big ones. That was his mama in the white shirt, being held back by Kevin Garnett (the exceedingly tall man in green). This is some priceless stuff.

And just for the record, the end of the announcer's sentence was not "and his mother".

Monday, May 12, 2008

It's been a while.

I have no excuses. No reason not to be on here...writing. I could write about anything but I have nothing. Things have been so crazy, yet not so crazy. Ever have one of those times? I don't know where all of my time has went so here are just some random thoughts:

1. I wish Amy Poehler and/or Tina Fey were my best friends. THEY ARE A SCREAM!!!

2. Go Pens! I cannot believe we (like I am a part of the team!) are a minimum of 2 wins away from going to the Stanley Cup. My prediction: Pens win this series, 4-1. They will go on to meet Detroit in the Finals (btw - have you seen THEIR games - NO ONE IS THERE? WTF?) and the Pens bring Lord Stanley back to the Burgh - winning the series 4-2.

3. I got my hair done...again. This is where all of my money has gone. Well that and clothes. I have a follow-up appointment tomorrow to see if she can "fix" some things....the things being color, not cut. If it is to my liking, you will get to see it.

4. Kam - Kindergarten is coming to an end. 17 days left. You know when it's the end of the school year when Kennywood day is already here.

5. Hallway painting - I have been working on our hallway for months on end now. And guess what? I am STILL not done. Maybe sometime this year...because I already have 3 more projects lined up.

6. A possibility of a return trip to LA in October. This is in the works.

7. Erik got a new car. 2008 Pontiac G6, white. I know, sounds like my car, right? Well it is except mine is a Coupe and his is a Sedan. Mine has leather, his does not. Mine is a GTP, his is plain Jane. Other then that, they are the same. I can now stop listening to "which car should I get?" - which actually meant "which car dealership are you going to call for me and find the best price for me and find what I like?". CHECK!!!