President Barack Obama sounds good

I blogged about our trip to see Obama when he was in Birmingham nearly a year ago. We had high hopes that day:

I’m glad we went, and I hope Riley will remember the day she danced and clapped and shouted and cheered for the person who could be the next president of the United States.

And today those hopes are on their way to being fulfilled. It wasn’t only about Obama becoming president; it’s about what he can and will do as president. It’s about what this country can become with him as president and the nation heading in the same direction, for the same purpose, to make this country the best it’s ever been.

Happy Inauguration Day! Now let’s get busy making changes in our own communities.

It’s Now or Never (Election 2008)

I was about halfway up in the line; there were a good many more behind me.

Today is a beautiful day to change the world. Ryan went to vote before work, while I waited until about 10. It’s a gorgeous, clear, sunshiney day. The leaves on the trees behind the church are spectacular, and a nice breeze blows across the pavement just as everyone is starting to get a little too warm on this November day.

I put together a quick Obama ’08 playlist this morning because I knew I’d have to wait awhile to connect the arrows on my ballot. A few selections:

A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Express Yourself – NWA
Time for Love – Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights
Doo Wa Ditty – Zapp & Roger
You’ve Got It (The Right Stuff) – New Kids on the Block
Gotta Be Somebody – Nickelback
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Keep Marchin’ – Raphael Saadiq
Let It Be Me – Ray LaMontagne
I Believe – Elvis
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
So Whatcha Want – The Beastie Boys
King of Rock – Run DMC

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Hangin’ Tough

Heaven. Seriously.

I am not even kidding, New Kids on the Block are still so hot. The show was amazing; I haven’t heard that much screaming in years, not even for Bon Jovi. When we opened the door from the lobby area to go inside, it was so loud that my hair blew away from my face. The noise literally blew us back. Incredible.

My sis-in-law and I were giddy like kiddies (/Jason Castro) while waiting for the lights to go down. SIL’s cousin and three more friends were there, too. I want to say the guys made me feel like a teenager again, but the thoughts I was having were not teenager thoughts. heh heh

They opened the show with Single and my gosh did they sound good. Better than I expected. And, no, they were not lip-syncing, so pipe down all you haters.

My heart will always belong to Donnie; dude has become a real Grown Man, lemme tell ya. He defies description; he’s such a dirty boy, but I wouldn’t have him any other way.

Jordan’s not looking too bad himself, and Danny, well, he’s got some pipes, and I’m not talking about his singing. (I secretly loved him, too, ’cause he can move.) Joey has become a good-looking man, and Jon is as cute as ever.

From Single they went into My Favorite Girl, which I videoed. I don’t remember being so shaky, but the video proves it. Is that pathetic or what? I can’t remember the order of the set list but they also did:

Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind)
Please Don’t Go Girl
You Got It (The Right Stuff)
I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)
Cover Girl
Step by Step
Baby, I Believe in You
Valentine Girl
If You Go Away
Give It to You (Jordan)
Stay the Same (Joey)
We Will Rock You
Click Click Click
2 in the Morning
Grown Man
Dirty Dancing

While the whole show was one big highlight reel, my particular favorites were:

Baby, I Believe in You – Jordan’s shirt somehow got unbuttoned during this song. For some reason, we all loved it.

Click Click Click – The more I listen to this one, the more I like it. And I’m listening a lot. “Pose for me, pose for me …”

Dirty Dancing – This would’ve been the only time floor seats in the back wouldn’t have sucked. A small rotating stage was set up near the back with a piano and the guys. “Ooo, It’s so crazy, she’s like Baby, I’m like Swayze …”

Cover Girl – Donnie strapped on a guitar and played a little to open this one.

Grown Man – Oh, my, my, my, Donnie is so good, but so bad in this song. Photographic evidence below. Brace yourself for some dirty dancing.

They closed the show with Hangin’ Tough in their beloved Boston Celtics jerseys.

Guys, please don’t make me wait another 15 years to see you again. I had a blast and would do all again tonight if I could. Peace!

Hail to the Chief

President Clinton at Huntsville High
Originally uploaded by Tiff1723

Listening to Bill. He’s down and to her right, the circle of white light is his head, and it looks like he’s holding a square of white light.

It was cool to hear a former president speak; and I got some decent pictures, which, of course, I’ll have to upload later. Bill touted Hillary’s experience, talked about health care, the mortgage crisis and education. What he said sounded a lot like what Obama said. They have many of the same ideas, just different ways of implementing them.

It’s exciting to think of having a woman as president of the United States. In high school, I was all about “girls can do anything boys can do” if we have the same resources. The football team didn’t have to raise money for uniforms or trips by having car washes like the softball and volleyball teams did. We had 5 different coaches in 6 years; the football and basketball teams had the same ones. Everytime we’d get a good coach, the school board would not renew her contract for the next year. It sucked being a female athlete in high school as far as respect and resources, but we were pretty good anyway. And I love playing sports, and so far Riley does, too. (Another post for another time.)

However, I won’t base my vote on the fact that Hillary is a woman or that Obama is black. Either one would show that America has progressed from white men only. And I think that’s important. But what’s most important is what they’ll do to fix the mess we’re in in Iraq, make health care and college affordable, make our schools better, take good care of our veterans and repair our standing in the world.

We’ve got two more days to decide. No matter who you choose or which party you like, make sure you vote Tuesday!


The rally for Sen. Barack Obama Sunday was like a rock concert and revival all rolled into one; 11,000 people showed up to fill the arena. There were gospel singers, soul music blaring from speakers, folks holding up their cell phones to light up a darkened Bartow Arena on UAB’s campus. It was electric, energetic. It felt like we were part of something bigger than just Birmingham, bigger than Alabama, bigger than the South, big enough for America.

People clapped, cheered, raised their hands and shouted “Amen!” My mom, Riley and I clapped and sang, and if I didn’t clap when everyone else did, Riley made her displeasure known. “Mommy, clap!” 🙂 She enjoyed it as much as we did, but she fell asleep about three-quarters through. Afterward she said, “Mommy, I saw Obama!”

I liked Obama’s style; the only time he used notes was for his thank-yous to start the speech. The rest of the time he just talked to us, like we mattered. A couple of quotes that stood out to me:

Hope is “reaching for what you know in your heart is possible.”

On education: “I can give you that $18 billion for education, but all the money in world won’t matter if parents don’t take responsibility for their child’s education.”

“We don’t want to play that old game, that game that has held us back. That game that says some of you got a black child in a bad school and a white child in a bad school and that’s two different situations. They’re the same situation, and we need to get black and white children working together with their parents to create good schools for every child. That’s what America’s about.”

On the justice system: “No more Scooter Libby justice for some and Jena justice for others.”

From The Birmingham News” story by Charles J. Dean, News staff writer

Photo above is also from The Birmingham News

“We cannot wait to fix a broken health care system. We cannot wait to fix our schools. We cannot wait to bring an answer to global warming. We cannot wait to create new jobs with good benefits, and we cannot wait to bring this war in Iraq to a close and bring our troops home. The time for change is now.”

“There is nothing we cannot do if the American people decide it is time,” Obama told the cheering crowd at UAB’s Bartow Arena. “There is a moment in the life of every generation, if it is to make its mark on history, its spirit has to come through. This is our moment.”

“This is our time. And, if you’re willing to stand with us, and if you’re willing to march with me and organize with me and vote for me, I promise you we will not just win the nomination, we will win the general election, and you and I together will transform this country, and we will transform the world,” Obama said as the crowd filled the arena with shattering applause and shouts of, “Obama, Obama, Obama!”

It was well worth the hour-and-a-half drive, the half-hour wait to get inside and the hour wait until it all got started. I’m glad we went, and I hope Riley will remember the day she danced and clapped and shouted and cheered for the person who could be the next president of the United States.

A Change Is Gonna Come

I’m going to hear Sen. Barack Obama speak Sunday; I’m taking Riley and my mom to experience it with me. When I first read that he was going to be so close to us, I got a tingly feeling and my heart skipped a beat, like this could be something big and I needed to be part of it. And I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t go. How many times will a presidential candidate hold a town hall meeting free to the public in Alabama?

Whether he wins or not, this is still a historic event. I’m excited about being part of the process and maybe helping change things for the better. And I want Riley to see that she can make a difference, too.

I’m still undecided about who to vote for Feb. 5, so this should help me make a decision.

When your time comes, GO VOTE!


From Miss Zoot’s NaBloPoMo site: When you were little, did you wake up early to watch cartoons or did you sleep until noon? At what point in time did you stop waking up before your parents? What about now? Do you sleep in on Saturdays? How much later do you sleep on Saturdays than you do on other days of the week? How different are your Saturdays now from when you were little?

I don’t recall my little brother and me ever being early risers, except maybe on Christmas. I do know that when we were 12+ we started sleeping later and later. Michael played football and he’d be so wiped out after games that sometimes he’d sleep until noon or 1 p.m. I never slept that long unless I was sick or something.

We didn’t get up for specific cartoons; we just watched whatever was on. We had three channels to choose from, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. I remember Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner, Superfriends, Wonder Twins, Laff Olympics. I still love cartoons, and today’s Justice League is way better than the old Superfriends.

I generally get up about 5:45 on weekday mornings to get Riley on the bus by 6:40. Sometimes I go back to bed for an hour or so; most times I have to get ready for other things. Saturdays I get to sleep about an hour later … Riley gets up around 7 on weekends. Today since she’s at my folks’ house, I slept till 8:45. Nice!

I still watch cartoons; now, they’re just educational and on Noggin or Boomerang.

Later …