VOTE!!!

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We the people.  WE.THE.PEOPLE.

Many of my friends say this is an historic election.  A woman nominated as a candidate.  The FIRST woman.

Many of my friends say they’re not voting because the choices are “horrible” “outrageous” “terrible”.  I agree; the choices are not really choices.  They’re throwing a dart and hoping you hit the balloon that wins you a goldfish instead of a beta fish.  You don’t really want either, but you’re going to throw the dart regardless.

So, here’s what I’m asking you to do.  PLEASE vote.  Vote by mail, vote absentee, vote in a booth, BUT VOTE!

If you can’t/won’t/refuse to choose a presidential candidate, I understand.

BUT PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE vote for your local and state candidates.  Vote for your initiatives, bond measures, representatives, mayor, council-member, senator, attorney general (you get the idea).  Don’t (if you must) vote for the lesser of two evils.  Don’t vote for Voldemort or Picard or Tim the Toolman Taylor.  My personal favorite is “Meteor, 2016”.

 

Meteor

 

Vote for your senator, representative, and all the other state and local offices you can.  Educate yourself, vote your conscience.  But VOTE.

Don’t just stay home.

Vote because you still can.  Vote because people died so that you have the ability (and right).  Vote because we still live in the best republic in the world.  IN.THE.WORLD.

VOTE.

 

Multiplicity

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So yesterday I received a box from Chefwear, addressed to Your Personal Chef at my address.

As I didn’t order anything from Chefwear recently, I was a bit confused. I opened the box and inside was a packing list for 6 black XL Ultimate Chef pants; addressed to Applebee Services in Kansas City, MO. The Customer Order number was PAUGE NORMAN 399xxx.

I called Chefwear; but because they are located in CST, they were closed. I sent an email to customer support to let them know about the mistake.

I also attempted to call Applebee’s in Missouri but they were closed too (not the restaurant, but the corporate office).

This morning, I attempted again to call Applebee’s and didn’t get a resolution but eventually received an email from Chefwear Customer service. In an effort to make sure I wasn’t the original ordering Paige Norman, she sent me the email where the item(s) were purchased.  Indeed, they were ordered by Paige Norman in May of this year.

The email of this Paige Norman was attached, so I sent her an email:

Hi Paige, I’m Paige too!  This is by far the strangest email/delivery/coincidence I think I’ve ever had.

I am a personal chef in Redmond, Washington and I have ordered from Chefwear in the past, but not recently.  So imagine my surprise when I received a box from them yesterday address to my company (Paige Norman, Your Personal Chef) with 6 Black XL pants inside. 

I tried to call Applebee’s last night and Chefwear, but both were closed because of time zone differences.  I did contact Chefwear by email and am working with Cassandra to get these returned to them; and hopefully eventually to you.

Hope you’re having a great day – I’m attaching a scanned copy of the packing list for your reference.  

She sent me a response:

Hi Paige,

Thank you so much for all of your efforts to return the pants to me. Actually that was an order I tried to cancel. Chefwear sent them by mistake. If you still have the pants you might want to return to Chefware, or keep them. If they make it here I’ll return them again. It is so nice of you to go through all the trouble. 

With appreciation,

Other Paige Norman

 

This is the strangest email communication I have ever had, I think.  I have conversed with myself many a time, but never by email.

Facebook shows that there are several profiles for “Paige Norman”.  Most of them are young (at least the profile photos are); a few of them list other countries (Germany, UK, New South Wales).  There are 21 profiles on LinkedIn (including one for me as myself).

According to this fun little site http://howmanyofme.com/search/   there are 30,684 people in the U.S. with the First Name of Paige; and 78,147 people with the Last Name of Norman.  There are 7 people in the U.S. named Paige Norman. (Obviously there are more than that if Facebook profiles are any indicator)

I’m sending the chef pants back to Chefwear as soon as I receive the shipping label; it’s just very remarkable that I have actually emailed myself-not-me and received a response back.  From myself-not-me.  I’m feeling like a very small speck in the cosmos right now… Wondering if I should contact the other “me’s” and form a club…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consequences

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One of the things I tell my kids often is that there are always consequences for the choices you make.  Some of them are good (usually called rewards) and some of them are bad (punishments).

Choices have consequences and those consequences will always involve more than just the person that made the choice.

You are assigned homework and you complete it to the best of your ability, hand it in on time and as instructed.  You get a grade, a check-mark for completion and if you keep doing that at the end of your 13 years of primary and secondary education, you eventually get a diploma.  You also lose sleep, spend money on printer ink and paper, missed out on the best party ever and maybe even irritated your siblings and/or parents.

This choice involved your parents, your teacher, your classmates, friends and siblings and even the school district; if you don’t graduate you end up having to make some more difficult decisions that again effect and involve more than just you.

You made a choice to do what was asked of you and you received notice for that choice. You have a diploma, a GPA, your parents are proud of you and you can choose to go to college, get a job, or play video games for the rest of your life.

Let’s say you decided to have someone else do the homework for you but you turn it in under your name and still receive all that great stuff.  No one knows that you cheated, right?  No consequences there; you still have that diploma, your choice of colleges and a beautiful life.  Except at some point SOMEONE will find out that you cheated.  No big deal, it was just a stupid homework assignment in High School, right?  The big deal is that EVERYTHING after the point where you made the decision to lie about who did the assignment is a lie.  A false representation of you and your abilities.  And everything you accomplish after that lie is also a lie.  Even if you’ve never ever done it again.

 

Bellevue High School (Bellevue, Washington) has been accused of cheating on a number of levels; from bringing students from outside their District boundaries, to over-paying stipends to coaching staff.  Parents, players, staff, coaches and booster clubs are all affected by the investigation, WIAA Report and ultimately the penalty assessed.

The players and parents have complained that it’s not fair for the team to be punished for the actions and decisions of the coach.  The Coach claims the District knew; the Booster club claims that ‘everyone else is doing it, too’.  I’m going to cover each of these briefly.

  1.  It’s not fair for the team/players to be punished for the actions of the coach.

Win as a team, lose as a team.  Rob a bank, drive the get-away car, assist in any way and you are considered (by law) as guilty as the person who actually robbed the bank.  In this case, MAYBE the players didn’t know the rules were being broken; but most certainly the parents and the coach knew.  Sorry kids, sometimes you have to pay for the poor choices adults make.

2. Everyone knew what I was doing so it wasn’t wrong/they should be punished as well.

What did your mother used to say?  ‘If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you, too?’  The lemming defense only works when you want to indict your co-conspirators as well as yourself.  And unless the coach is planning on turning informant, I think he’s out of luck with this defense.  In any case, he made the choices to do what he KNEW was wrong.  It doesn’t matter if the District or Booster club or athletic league knew or approved.  HE KNEW.  And he took the ship down with him.

3.  Everyone else is doing the same thing, so that makes it okay.

See point #2.

I’m sorry for the kids who play football in Bellevue.  The adults in their lives made some really bad choices (and kept making them for a long time).  However, at some point, I’d bet that at least one of the players, parents, coaches, staff or booster members thought that something wasn’t quite right.  Every one of them are at fault in this mess as they sat by and watched the W’s and the trophies stack up.  Winning isn’t wrong, but cheating tarnishes every effort made in honesty by any person or persons.  It cheapens the purpose of competition, which isn’t just about winning and awards; it’s about teamwork and family and work ethic and integrity.

Choices have consequences; consequences have repercussions. Repercussions have a very broad range for a long time for a great number of people.

 

 

Links:

WIAA Investigation

BHS Players shouldn’t be punished

WIAA Booster Club Ruling

 

List of Candidates for August 2016 Primary, Washington State

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King County Elections has a new information page on candidates and issues for the August 2nd, 2016 primary.

Enter in your Name, birth date, then select “Create My Guide”.

You’ll have a list of all candidates and measures you are able to vote for in your area

I recommend you get started on some research so you are informed about the candidates. I’ve posted the links for all the candidates that showed on my page; your candidates may vary.

If I could not find a candidate website, I attempted to find something that gives you an idea of their stance, politically.

FEDERAL
Congressional District 1 US Representative

Suzan DelBene (Prefers Democratic party)
John Orlinski (Prefers Republican party)
Scott Stafne (Prefers Libertarian party)
Robert J. Sutherland (Prefers Republican party)
Alex Storms (Prefers Independent party)

STATE

Washington State Governor

Goodspaceguy (Prefers Republican party)
Bill Hirt (Prefers Republican party)
Mary Martin (Prefers Socialist Worker party)
Steve Rubenstein (Prefers Independent party)
David W. Blomstrom (Prefers Fifth Republic party)
Johnathan Dodds (Prefers Democratic party)
Patrick O’Rourke (Prefers Democratic party)
Christian Pierre Joubert (Prefers Holistic party)
James Robert Deal (Prefers Democratic party)
Jay Inslee (Prefers Democratic party)
Bill Bryant (Prefers Republican party)

Washington State Lieutenant Governor

Marty McClendon (Prefers Republican party)
Mark Greene (Prefers Citizens party)
Phillip Yin (Prefers Republican party)
Steve Hobbs (Prefers Democratic party)
Karen Fraser (Prefers Democratic party)
Bill Penor (Prefers Republican party)
Paul Addis (Prefers Libertarian party)
Daniel B. Davies (States No Party Preference)
Karen Wallace (Prefers Democratic party)
Cyrus Habib (Prefers Democratic party)
Javier H. Figueroa (Prefers Republican party)

Washington State Secretary of State

Tina Podlodowski (Prefers Democratic party)
Kim Wyman (Prefers Republican party)
Tim Turner (Prefers Libertarian party)

Washington State State Treasurer

John Paul Comerford (Prefers Democratic party)
Marko Liias (Prefers Democratic party)
Duane Davidson (Prefers Republican party)
Michael Waite (Prefers Republican party)
Alec Fisken (Prefers Democratic party)

Washington State State Auditor

Pat (Patrice) McCarthy (Prefers Democratic party)
David Golden (States No Party Preference)
Mark Wilson (Prefers Independent party)
Mark Miloscia (Prefers Republican party)
Jeff Sprung (Prefers Democratic party)

Washington State Attorney General

Bob Ferguson (Prefers Democratic party)
Joshua B. Trumbull (Prefers Libertarian party)

Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands

Hilary Franz (Prefers Democratic party)
Mary Verner (Prefers Democratic party)
Steven M. Nielson (Prefers Libertarian party)
Dave Upthegrove (Prefers Democratic party)
Karen Porterfield (Prefers Democratic party)
Steve McLaughlin (Prefers Republican party)
John Stillings (Prefers Democratic party)

Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction

John Patterson Blair 
Chris Reykdal 
Ron Higgins 
Grazyna Prouty 
Robin Fleming 
Al Runte 
Erin Jones 
KumRoon (Mr. Mak) Maksirisombat
David Spring 

Washington State Insurance Commissioner

Mike Kreidler (Prefers Democratic party)
Justin Murta (Prefers Libertarian party)
Richard Schrock (Prefers Republican party)

Legislative District 48 Representative Position 1

Patty Kuderer (Prefers Democratic party)
Michelle Darnell 

Legislative District 48 Representative Position 2

Joan McBride (Prefers Democratic party)
Benjamin Judah Phelps (Prefers Libertarian party)

STATE SUPREME COURT

State Supreme Court Justice Position No. 5

Barbara Madsen 
Greg Zempel 
(Zamboni) John Scannell 

 SUPERIOR COURT

Superior Court Judge Position 44

Cathy Moore
Eric Newman 
Jackson Schmidt

 MEASURES

Public Hospital District No. 2
Proposition No. 1
Increase in Number of Board Members from Five to Seven