Good morning. For the first time in a long time we’re all back on the AM shift. Good to see everyone after a long break. Unfortunately, Jeriann is leaving us again…Not permanently just while Ed is on vacation. I think we would all agree, working without one another, even for a few days makes you realize how dependent, and how familiar you are with your co-workers. It’s a good reminder that we’re lucky to be working with people you can count on.
I was really looking forward to working with the whole team again today – for whatever reason, the 4 of us work really well together, and it was nice to see the whole gang back together after the holidays! TS
To the news:
Iraq Today and Tomorrow:
In Iraq this morning the US military says it’s rounded up about 24 bad guys linked to Al-Qaida. It also announced the death of another US soldier liked in a roadside bombing. That news comes as The President posts an Op-ed piece about the new Congress in the Wall Street Journal. Congress reconvenes tomorrow and Bush is calling for a whole new era of bi-partisanship. Easy to do when you lose the majority.
What do you think of the letter?
Beyond that, our friends at NBC news learned part of the President’s new strategy in Iraq qill be to add about 20-thousand troops to the war effort. Surge and Accelerate is the title for the new plan. It basically says…Let’s get things under control in Baghdad…Hand over responsibility quickly to Iraqi forces and get the heck out of Dodge.
I had the good fortune of watching all four of the eulogies for President Ford yesterday. All four were well written remembrances of the man and his legacy.
From President George H.W. Bush:
Gerald Ford was such a man.
Gerald Ford was furious at Georgia Tech for making the demand and for the University of Michigan for caving in. He agreed to play only after Willis Ward personally asked him to.
The stand Gerald Ford took that day was never forgotten by his friend.
Federal officials release a report today saying many of the nations biggest city’s still don’t have what they call interoperability among their first responders. It basically means they can’t talk to each other in an emergency.
It’s an issue that first came up in the wake of 9/11 when firefighters couldn’t talk to Port Authority Agents, and radios weren’t equipped to operate in high rise buildings. There’s been some progress, but billions of dollars trying to fix the problem apparently haven’t been spent actually fixing anything. Frustrating.
I’m going to let Trisha take over and give you some of her thoughts…I’m sure there are a few from her NYE break. Have a good day. I’m going home to sleep.
Trisha here – I’m just now getting my feet underneath me and catching up on news I missed!
I did come back armed with some photos from Christmas and New Year’s – really great memories. Here’s Clara with my nephew, Jackson, not too happy about posing as a tiny Santa!
Here’s My Aunt Corky (Corinne) with Jackson. We named our daughter Clara Corinne because of her, and Corky will never ever call her just plain “Clara” – she ALWAYS uses the middle name too! A very proud auntie to say the least!
Here’s Cal pulling his signature “face in the cake” stunt. The cake was for Uncle Kevin’s birthday, Christmas Day! I liked how similar the two look in this photo (right)!
Proud papa Brian (my youngest bro) hanging out with his mini-me.
Now on to New Year’s Eve – Ian and I visited our friends Scott and Martha at their house downtown Chicago to eat, drink and be merry! (Our kids and their 1-yr-old twins were staying with family members, so we were truly free! Incredible!)
As a musician, Ian almost ALWAYS has a gig to play on New Year’s Eve, so this year was our very first together without him having to work! Scott cooked up a storm, and we all had probably just a wee bit too much champagne, but a really memorable and wonderful start to ’07!
My resolutions – to get more organized, and have more fun!
What are yours, bloggers?
See you tomorrow!