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just me, my thoughts, and experiences.

duh. green music center. duh.

Taken from the Press Democrat’s article here:

“The price tag for the Green Music Center, meanwhile, has risen an additional $10 million, to $110 million, in the past year because of rising construction costs, said Susan Kashack, an SSU associate vice president.”

“This project is not in jeopardy and has never been in jeopardy,” Kashack said. “We have had to find more and more creative ways to work with donors in the community to support the growing costs. Construction costs have gone up so much in the last five years – not just this project, but all projects in California.” (tell me something I don’t know; oh, by the way, have you done this anywhere else before- NO!)

First of all, this is what I’ve been saying for the past 2 years. Its going to cost more than anticpated; the price is still going to go up and we won’t really know the final costs until a year after the opening. Why do I know this? I was there for the opening of Disney Concert Hall- the LA Phil’s new place- earlier this decade, OK?

Second of all, if you read the rest of the article, the Green’s are asking their friends and members of the community to pony up more money for this to be completed. But, you know who needs to pony up? Donald and Maureen Green. That’s who. They started this with a pittly $10 mil. What did they actually think that was going to build? An apartment complex? This is reality- and it was even in 1997 when they gave the money (probably because they didn’t want to pay taxes that year). I know they really originally wanted simply a choral hall- but it ballooned into something different- thank you Rubin? If it continues to bear their name, its their responsibility to give more. Period.

If they want to continue to have some authority, its only right that they give more. Here’s a recent request from Don, “”I’d like to see a dignified, constructive name on the hall,” Green said. 

Why put the community under such restrictive bonds that will cost millions more in the long run? Take the hit; make it happen; or release your naming rights.

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my horoscope today

The perfectionist Virgo Moon is able to focus our emotions on the work of the day. We are gaining clarity and forward movement now that Virgo’s key planet Mercury is moving direct again. Also, we may still be picking up the pieces from the two recent eclipses. We have the necessary concentration to take care of our chores. Nevertheless, stress arises from the Moon’s dynamic square to feisty Mars, packing extra passion into our changing moods.

do this for levi

2008 Amgen Tour of California came through our town today- yep, good ole’ Santa Rosa. I was there last year at the finish line- the Symphony offices were right next to the finish line. This year, I got President’s Day off since I’m no longer with SRS… anyway, feeling a bit under the weather so slept in from my 2 benadryl tablets last night and got up late. Hubby went to work, and we watched the race for the last hour or so. It was cool. Levi Leipheimer didn’t win the stage from Saulsilito to Santa Rosa, but, they gave him some face time. Which, led us to this website . What is it?

LetLeviRide.com is a site where you can sign a petition to be sent directly to Christian Prudhomme, Director of the ASO, as well as to VS, the official US media partner of the Tour de France.

Why? Here’s some background for those of us that aren’t totally familiar with professional cycling. The ASO (Amaury Sports Organization- owns premiere cycling events like Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Tours, and the famed Tour de France) cited the doping scandals of last year’s Tour de France as justification to ban Levi’s team- sponsored by Astana. But, Levi wasn’t a member of last year’s Astana team, nor has he EVER been in trouble for doping.

“That the happenings of last year…prompted the Tour organizers to leave Astana out of the season’s most important race sounds understandable,” notes new Astana General Manager, Johan Bruyneel. “However, Astana Cycling Team 2008 has nothing to do with the team of last year. We have done everything to change the dynamics of the team. New management, new riders, new philosophy. Only the name of the sponsor remained.”

Totally unfair as an athlete. What do you think?

If you agree, sign the petition. new-image.png I signed it- #13,394 early this evening, and already its up to 15k+. Their goal is 100,000. Think people can make it happen?? Spread the word if you support this.

If not, voice why. Look forward to your thoughts.

rhapsody in blue

wow. if you didn’t see herbie hancock, john mauceri and the amazing lang lang perform gershwin’s rhapsody in blue- YOU MISSED OUT! by far the most amazing performance at the grammy’s this decade. truly beautiful music. i’ll post the vid as soon as i find it!

argus in motion

vandalism

thanks kiddos. this is what we got to clean up on our martin luther king, jr. holiday. one of the cars had “LOL” written on it so we’re thinking it was jr. high kids. luckily we got it off; the miata is our neighbors and we helped her too. this is a gated garage and over half the cars were spray painted.

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i think i feel worse about the violation. its unsettling you know? we had some of our best friends in town and i couldn’t focus my attention on them monday. i hope they understood. and, i’ll definitely make it up to them!!

introducing argus!

well, norbert was a cutie (see my previous post) but he was not the right pup for us. we did take his brother argus home and love him so much! many other families were there to adopt puppies as well, so don’t worry- norbert has a good home now too.

here are a few pics. he is so smart already! he is practically potty trained and loves snuggling with me 🙂 these are from the first day with him. will have more up soon!

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