I want to be the one who gets to go back to bed.
I really have no words for this publicity stunt in NYC this week.
It is kind of funny and the typical “shock” move for this company, but the buzz this has sparked about “trimming the hedges” has been very entertaining.
Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake(s). Luckily, after being home for winter break, I returned to New Hampshire just hours before it struck. I don’t have any memories (other than the pictures that hit close to home) to write about, like people who were here in town that early morning. I do know that I hate earthquakes and even a 3.0 scares me. This one was a 6.7 (with a couple of 6.0 aftershocks). While this earthquake crippled the San Fernando Valley due to infrastructure damage, in reality we were very lucky. In comparison to the more recent quakes along the Pacific Plate (8s and 9s), we were given a wake up call without total destruction. The damage that was done caused for stricter building codes that included earthquake reinforcements. Although, when you think about the damage a 6.7 did, an 8 or a 9 is so frighteningly strong, these safeguards probably won’t make much of a difference.
Ya know, it’s not that I’m not outraged over the Chris Christie/New Jersey road closure scandal, but it’s getting to the point that I’m no longer surprised about the government’s actions. Whether the governor of New Jersey had any knowledge of the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge (one of the most traveled bridges in the country) or not, this was a purposely orchestrated closure out of spite, out of revenge. The thing is, it didn’t REALLY cause problems for the mayor of the town it was meant for. No, it affected the regular people of the town, the people who were late for work, the kids who were late for school, and anyone who needed emergency vehicles – one death is under investigation. At this point, I’m most frustrated that the people in charge continue to take actions without any regard for human decency. And even worse, it’s become the norm…we’re not even shocked by it anymore.