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missed October

Monday,  11/01/10  07:24 AM

East meets West - Ole visits imperial palace in Seoul, KoreaWow, what happened?  I blinked, and poof! completely missed October.  I guess it had something to do with traveling almost continuously - I have been to San Diego multiple times, but also Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul (!) - and something to do with being extraordinarily busy with work... but also it has a lot to do with some personal tuning I've been doing, about which I will have more to say "soon"...

I might even do some catchup posts, you never know.  Today I am off to Houston, Spokane, and Portland, which might mean I have blogging time and might mean I have no time at all.  As usual please stay tuned!


Ole votes

Monday,  11/01/10  07:32 AM

... and so ... today I voted!

Here are my high-level choices:

Meg Whitman for Governor is easy; I like her (have liked her since working with her when she was running eBay and I was at PayPal), and Abel Maldonado was easy.  I don't know much about Damon Dunn but that's a vote against Debra Dowen.  Mimi Walters was a pick against Bill Lockyer.  Steve Cooley seems like a decent choice, I don't know much about Mike Villines so that's a dice roll.  Choosing Carly Fiorina was painful; I don't like her, don't respect what she did when running HP, but anyone would be better than Barbara Boxer.  I like Elton Gallegly a lot so that was easy, and I think Jeff Gorell is a good choice too.  So be it.

Okay, now on to the propositions, which are *interesting* to say the least:

Yes, I decided to vote Yes on Prop 19, "legalizing Marijuana".  It isn't as big a change to current policy as some would have you believe, and giving the state some revenue and reducing the black market side-effects seems worthwhile.  An experiment to be sure.  Prop 20 is great, a definite Yes; I love taking control of voting districts away from the legislators and hopefully reducing some of the gerrymandering that's taken place.  Note that you have to vote No on 27 as a companion to voting yes on 20, how bogus is that?  I don't like earmarking tax money but voted Yes on 21 anyway to support state parks.  Prop 22 is hard to understand but seems like a good thing, and 23 is hard to understand but seems like a bad thing, hence Yes and No.  Prop 24 seems reasonable, as does 25, and 26 is a carve-back on 24 so I voted No.  You will note that 26 and 27 were on the backside of the ballot, hiding, and each was a carve-back on propositions on the frontside.  I hope this was accidental but I suspect it was not, sigh.

This is all just in case you're curious.  YMMV for sure.


in the company of Giants

Monday,  11/01/10  11:48 PM

Tim Lincecum wins game 5 to clinch the Series for the GiantsTonight I am in Houston, and was working out, and was idly switching channels on the little TV attached to my trainer, and OMG the World Series is on, who knew?  And so I watched the Giants defeat the Rangers and win the Series, 4-1, behind the awesome pitching of Tim Lincecum.  Believe it or not, this was the *first* baseball game I have watched all season - all season! - and it just so happened to be the last game of the year.  Go figure.  Anyway it was great fun and it made for a great workout; I spent 90 minutes on the trainer and burned 1200 calories :)

Peyton Manning leads the Colts past the TexansLater I took a nice walk down to Monarch's, a cool restaurant in the University area of Houston, and while there enjoyed a nice steak and a Trefethen Merlot while watching Indianapolis defeat Houston 30-17 on Monday Night Football.  Peyton Manning was too much for the Texans and that was that.  Just so happened to be the *first* football game I have watched all season - all season! - and it was pretty fun, what with me rooting for the Colts in a Houston restaurant full of Texans' fans.  Made the steak just that little bit tastier.  So be it.

You wake up in the morning, you just *never* know what is going to happen that day :)


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