Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Housing meeting

I had to attend a housing meeting that I could not miss, as I was planning on defending someone if she needed it. But, surprise, she didn't need me at all, she defended herself quiet well, in fact I was told, by one of the housing committee that they didn't have to hear me at all. And since she was studying to be a lawyer, they (the housing committee) think she will be a great lawyer! I think, I hope that we won, but she will find out tomorrow. This is a single mom who works two part time jobs, is going to college for a legal degree, and still has time for her three babies. Not too bad for a woman who is only 25 yrs old. maybe 27! I'm happy that I was there if needed, but she handled it herself beautifully.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Running around again..

New week, new event this Friday! I am trying to get fliers out to everyone, along with tickets for those who want to go. It just doesn't seem fair, some people work really hard and no one knows it, but if something goes wrong, guess who gets in trouble! The workers!

Maybe if EVERYONE pulled their own weight in this endeavor, we would all have a easier time! Let us start something, let us try to look beyond ourselves and look at the WHOLE picture before offering options that are not really needed!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Well one day down...

Well the first event is over and we had a really good time. About 50 people showed up, maybe half of them politicians, which wasn't as bad as it might have been. We had taxi cab drivers there, people who spoke English but Spanish is easier for them, people that we had never seen before, so I personally think we did good. As long as new people want to get involved with the voting process, then I think we had done a good job.

Now, the next event comes up this Friday night, from 4 - 8 pm. Hopefully we will get new people again. All I want in politics is to teach people that they have a right to vote, and I want to make sure that they use it wisely on issues that are important to them.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Almost time

Well I'm down to less than 24 hrs till our first event. But, and here's is the problem, I have been working all week alone! One of my committees people has the flu, the other one had her phone turned off for 3 days, one is in Alabama on a much needed vacation, one isn't answering her phone and one just got back Tuesday, so he has been running around, like me, like his head was cut off! And now, since the head group is having an event at almost the same time, no one seems to be coming to our event! Ain't it bad that those in power within the party are tying to tear the party apart! I have tried to go to someone in the state level, but I must not be that important, as nothing has been done yet. Maybe we should move and leave the problems behind us, but my husband says that bad people can be found in any government, you just have to know where to look. Why can't we all just get along?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What do you do....

What would you do if a friend of your has been told by her doctor that she has H1N1 virus? A friend of mine who lives in South Norwalk has the virus now. I saw her on Thursday and she looked and seemed fine to me, I wonder if she was feeling ok? Hind sight is something that I always do, and thinking back to last Thursday I remembered that it had just started raining so we cut the meeting to just exchanging paperwork. I just want to help her now, but I don't know what to do. Her doctor put her on antibiotics, and considering what I have wrong with me (everything!) if I did go and see her I could hurt her recovery! Ain't it hell having a disease that makes me unable to help like I want to?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Trying to find out why?

I have been asked to go in front of the appeals board of the housing department on behalf of a woman who got lost in the cracks of the system. She is a good person, never been involved in the sale of drugs, has never been arrested, has small children, and is a good single mother. I hope that I can help her.

I have gone to bat once before for another family tried to correct a mistake they had made and they almost lost their home. It took a lot of people, including me, to appeal to the housing department and again, plead their case, that they are good citizens, never do drugs, have children going to college on scholarships, are members of the community that other look up to them. That they are sorry and have paid back all the money that they owed. (They won)!

Each case is different, and I always worry that I will say the wrong thing at the wrong time. At least I only go every 6 months or so, so hopefully the housing department always believes me. As usual my advisor is a lawyer, who writes up each case and has it all laid out for me to understand. At least I never have to worry about politics there, politics never enter this.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Taxi Cabs Problems

Well, we were down with the taxi cabs at 7:45 am at the South Norwalk Train Station on the south bound side of the train tracks. Seems that the city (our mayor) won't let ANY taxis on the north bound side, so if ANYONE calls a taxi cab and asks to have him pick them up on the north bound side, they are told that they can only catch a taxi on the south bound side. Please explain the mentally of the man (our mayor) to do that? We thought that, as the mayor has said, that the north bound side is ONLY for buses, and that ALL buses would be on the north side. However, as we learned today, buses park where no taxi's are allowed, to the front of the station and they DON'T GET TICKETS! But the taxi's GET TICKETS ALL THE TIME! A taxi cab driver parked where he is told he must park and went into the train station to use the restroom. When he got back he had 3 $50 TICKETS!

We went down there because the taxi cab drivers were going to going to hold a demonstration at 9:00am. And they did! They stopped picking up people and drove around the train station in protest, while Steve, the Democratic mayoral hopeful, held a press conference about the cab drivers and other issues that are happening at the South Norwalk Train Station! Let's hope that something good happens, because the taxi cab drivers are really good people in bad situations.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A politician's day at an event

We had fun at a couple of events today. One was at the museum where we got to listen to a baseball book author talk about baseball in the OLDEN days! Days that even I remember! O no! We got there a little late, so we missed some of his talk, but it was interesting, to say the least!

Then we got to go to a political event for friends of ours running for either common council in their own district, or people who are running at large. We have a semi big event happening tomorrow, guess the TV stations will be there, and because my husband has been asked to be there, I'll be there too! If it gets on the news, I will let you know. And if I get it on YouTube, I will try again to get it out for everyone to see.

I just realized, I have to get a press release out to newspapers, TV stations and magazines tomorrow about our upcoming event! Sometimes people don't realize just how much work they expect one person to do. How about you, do they give you a lot of work to do in a short time period?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I tried something different...

Well, I thought I would try something a bit different, that's where yesterday's blog came from. I still don't know how to paste items that I read and want to include in my blog, but maybe I will sooner or later!

Was hoping to be able to show you a video by youtube. It's about a garden that we all like, even me! Lets see if I can't figure this out, one way or the other.

Ok, let me know if I did it right, even though maybe no one else reads this stuff!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Finally got the low down for the election

I am trying to download the candidates info from another blog, but it is not working! Why not? Maybe tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Waiting for paperwork

Spent all day long waiting for the fliers for our different events to show up. Wanted to get them out to the different people who will be placing them around the city, but they never showed up till 6:30pm! So, after counting them in groups of 50, I will be distributing them tomorrow!

We went to another meeting, but this time it was just a listen and maybe learn a little bit. Turns out that everything is already covered by one of four different departments, that in reality there was no need for the meeting. But, certain people like to remind others that THEY are in charge of items that they have really no control of, they just like to hear themselves talk. Problem is, more and more people are starting to dislike certain other people and cause our party to get a bad mark because they are going about it all wrong. Why won't people listen and treat others with respect regardless of what political party they are?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Talking with a doctor

I had a doctors appointment today with one of the many doctors that I see every month or every other month. One nice thing about this doctor is that we get to talk politics. Like most doctors that I see, he is one of the BEST in our state, in fact when I tell people about him, they smile and say that they have traveled 4 hrs to see him! Anyway as I was telling him about me we got to talking about Congressman Jim Himes. And he, being a physician and a Republican, was talking about the new health plan that Jim was talking about, at several different forums during the last couple weeks. As we never got to hear him speak, I wanted to know what the doctor thought about him talking. He said that he was invited to a private forum just for doctors to listen to want he had to say. My doctor didn't get to go, as he wanted to listen, did not want to support him, but as one of about 100 CEOs doctors who were invited, he wasn't sure how he came across. But, he did make a wise comment: Congressman Jim Himes only represents the 4th District of CT, so when he gets back and tries to convince people that he talked to his constituents, they may not take his word as gold, after all he has only been in office since January. But again, it's like expecting him to be the boiler room man of the Titanic, it's not his fault!

I like that, he's just the boiler room man, not the one who drove the Titanic to disaster!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Peaceful Sunday

The weather is beautiful today, after a rainy Friday and a misty Saturday. We got to go to the Rowayton History Day and Mike got to put on his political shirt (one of about 20 that he has) and debate with some people about health care. Problem was, they all agreed! Got some great pictures of the American flag flying over some boats in the cove. It was really nice, but I forgot to bring any money! Everybody wanted money! See, if you don't have any money they want nothing to do with you! LOL not really, but as I was hot and thirsty, we didn't stay too long. Hope Mike got a few more people to vote for him, they talked a good talk!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Justice of the Peace Again

Yesterday was so nice! I got to marry two wonderful people and then they got to celebrate! Two hundred people helped them celebrate, and celebrate they did! We left the festivities around 9:00pm, getting too old to stay out late! LOL. It still took us an hour to get home!

I thought it would be a night filed with fun, no talk about politics, but when a lady asked me how I became a justice of the peace, I had to be truthful. I told her that so many JP's are elected as Republicans, so many Democrats and so many Independents every 4 years. And, yes, I approached my political party because I wanted to be able to help others in a wonderful way. I was lucky, they nominated me, and luckier still that they re-elected me for another 4 year term. I hope that I can do this for a long time!

Sometimes being political DOES have good things happen too!

Friday, September 11, 2009

A wonderful wedding

There will be a wonderful wedding tonight and since I am the JP I get to be there and perform it! Practice last night went well, we practiced it outside, but it looks like the wedding will be inside, in candle light tonight!

Yesterday we found a printer on line who will print the fliers for 2 1/2 cents per side! Man, and I was happy when UPS old me they could do it for 5 cents a side! At least, we had someone who has dealt with the company before, it's so scary when looking, if you have never dealt with a company before your half afraid to trust them. Wouldn't it be nice if we could trust each company on line the same way that we used to be able to trust the companies at home!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

I have been spending the entire day getting quotes from different printers for our meeting tonight, in fact in 25 minutes! Man, I thought it would be easy, you send the printer an e-mail with everything on it and then they respond back with a price, right? Wrong! #1 I went down to the first one, and they told me that they would send me an answer via e-mail. Found out yesterday that I had the wrong e-mail address, so I had to send it again. Went to #2, they said that when I sent it, they thought it might be spam, so they threw it away! I had to call them after I sent it, so that they would NOT throw it away. #3 said they never got it, so they gave me a receipt with info on it. #4 I talked to yesterday, they said that they would send it yesterday, well, I had to call them today and then, and only then, did the girl PROMISE to respond to me if I sent it again, and she did! In fact at 5:30pm I have 3 out of the 4 that I need.

It wasn't till the meeting was over that someone pointed out to me that we can get copies made MUCH cheaper if we use the INTERNET! Duh, I wonder what else I am forgetting!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Long holiday weekend.

Well, we spent Labor Day weekend up in Vermont with my husband's mother. She is a wonderful woman, an inspiration to everyone who knows her. I think I love her because she was born the same year as my mother, and since my mother died when I was 6 yrs old and she was 31 yrs old, I have gotten older and I have come to miss her daily. But, having my husband's mother has helped me a lot.

When we were driving on the back roads, to avoid the busy, traffic filled highway, we got a phone call from the head of a political party, who wanted to talk to both of us about an issue that was going on. Because we couldn't always get good reception with our cell phone, we couldn't really talk, however we kind of got the message across. Since I talk too softly (can you imagine that!), I never get to talk on the cell phone that is attached to our stereo in the car. Yep that's right, when a call comes in to my husband's cell phone he answers it and then he can talk while driving without holding ANYTHING! Actually it makes the car our cell phone! So, because of driving the back roads, our cell phone couldn't connect to regular calls via the cell phone!

So, we spent the entire weekend without a computer or even much of a cell phone! Kinda nice, but kinda hard, I have so much to do, and so little time to do it in. Isn't that what most people say in this day of ages, don't we all have too much work to do and too little time to do it in? I can't remember what it was like before computers, can you?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Once in a while

Sometimes it's nice being just a wife. I have been busy on the computer putting together fliers for our 4 events. But, that's not the best part, we now have the fliers in Spanish and English! And I got to read, in Spanish, the events! I even had to consolidate them a little bit. You have to understand, languages where never a big thing in my life, but after living in CA for almost 10 years and talking (kind of) almost daily with Spanish speaking people, I was learning how to ask important questions over the phone, but never had to read it. So for the first time, I had to read Spanish and make sure I liked it! Luckily I did it!

Then I made four events on facebook, so I was up till after midnight last night getting them done. And again, because they are political, I have to make sure that they do not offend anyone, but because they are for one party or another, they will probably offend someone. I wish people could remember that, most of the other party seems fine with what I do, but there are a few that tell your friends that they should not associate themselves with us, because after all, we are on the other side of THEIR fense.