Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Some Political Links of Interest (to me at least)

George W. Bush singing U2? Well, I found it pretty funny at least....

The candidate I will be supporting for my Senator now that I am a registered voter in the great state of Tennessee.

Last but not least, this is an op-ed about poverty issues written by a social work grad student at Baylor. It was in today's waco trib. I lobbied with Meredith in May at Chet's Waco office.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Make New Friends, scratch that - Import the Old

Since Jeremy and I haven't really made any new friends yet in Knoxville, I decided that it would be easier if we just import our friends to Tennessee instead. Seriously, that way we don't have to go through the hassle of actually meeting new people and all that! Our campaign kicked off this morning when my friend from Baylor, Mallory, rolled through town. She was on her way to the People Against Poverty and Apathy conference/event/Fest that is outside of Knoxville. She rode up here with some other people from Texas/that area and they got into town at about 6am and crashed on the living room floor for a few hours before heading out to the campsite. It was great to see her again and hopefully I'll be able to make it out to part of the conference at least.

Our second friend will be imported in July. Meredith, another friend from Baylor and Jeremy's old roommate's girlfriend, is coming to look at grad school at Tennessee and is staying with us. I hope she does go to school here because then we really will have a friend in Knoxville!!

If anyone else wants to come visit, you're be most welcomed! I swear. And if you want to MOVE here that would rock even more. Just think about it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Blah, politics

So the Republican controlled Senate defeated a bill that would have raised the minimum wage to $7.25/hr. Sigh. However, the House did just vote to raise their salaries by over $3,000! Boo.

And I just read an article about how the governor race in Michigan between Granholm and Dick Devos is really close. Then I realized that I am now registered to vote in Tennessee so I can't vote in Michigan anymore. That kinda freaked me out some.

Also, our Republican representative for this district hasn't co-sponsered the Hunger Free Communities Act 2005 bill. Maybe I should call him up. I do like calling representatives a whole lot.

T minus 9 days until I'm in Michigan! Who's pumped??

Thursday, June 15, 2006

I'm so spoiled

I really am, it's the truth. Case in point - on the way to Kansas City my car broke down and my parents helped me. We were a little over an hour away from Knoxville, my car had been driving a little funny but I didn't think too much of it. I had just gotten it all fixed up before we left Waco and it ran perfectly the entire trip here. Well, about an hour into the trip I smelled smoke so I woke up Jeremy and pulled over at a Shell station (thank goodness we were right by an exit!). Jeremy looked at the car and realized that it was the rear axle that was the problem and found a car place in town to take it to. We got there (barely) and waited for them to diagnose the problem. Turned out that it was something with the rear axle, something having to do with something that sounds like calculus (differential something or other??). And to get it fixed was going to be waaaay more than I could afford. I was stuck. Literally. There was no way I could drive the car anymore without getting it fixed. So what did I do? Called the parental units for help. I'm such a spoiled kid, what can I say? Sometimes it drives me crazy just how priviledged I am. Don't get me wrong, I'm VERY thankful, but it makes me sick sometimes to realize how much I have when so many people have hardly anything in comparison.

They were going to be able to fix it that day but then ended up not having the part they needed and they couldn't get it in until almost a week. Now this was last Friday, we were supposed to be in Kansas City that night so we could go to two weddings of friends of Jeremy's from high school the next day. At this point I really thought that we'd have to go home and forget the trip, but luckily that didn't happen. Enterprise ended up having an incredible deal for rental cars with a weekly rate so next thing we knew we were pulling out of the parking lot in a 2007 Chevy Silverado four door pickup and back on our way to Kansas City.

I had so much fun driving that truck. I loved passing cars on the highway and pretending like it was actually my car and not a rental. Like I would actually own a car that big and nice... Ha. It was a great truck though, even got pretty good gas milage. But today I had to give it back. They finished my car so Jeremy and I drove out and got it and had to turn back in the truck. But, on the plus side, my car is great! Ran so smoothly the entire way back.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Third (Fourth?) Time's the Charm

I now, after three days, officially have a Tennessee driver's license. I suppose it started in April when I lost my wallet. Since I had a Michigan's license and I was in Texas, it was hard for me to get a new one, so they sent me a temporary license until I could get the official one. Well, at this time I knew that I would be moving to Tennessee in about a month so there was no point in getting a Michigan license if I would just have to get a Tennessee one in a few weeks. So I kept the temporary license until I moved here. Once we got to Tennessee, Jeremy realized that he needed his birth certificate so we waited until he got his and then went to the DMV on Monday to get our licenses. I had forgotten to bring some sort of document with my social security number on it so I couldn't get mine. And Jeremy found out that the carbon copy of the internet/cable hookup would not count as a "proof of residency" because it's a carbon copy. However, a copy of an apartment lease counts, if that makes any sense.

We both returned the next day, ready to try again. This time I got turned away because the office I was at could not work with temporary licenses. Who knows why, but they couldn't. They sent me to a different office, one that does driving testing so there were a ton of 16 year olds and their parents. I sat there for probably half an hour before my number was finally called. When the lady at the desk eventually came to help me, she told me that my piece of mail - the box my checks came in - would not count because they don't accept any mail related to checks or credit cards. Defeated yet again, I left. Luckily I had one other piece of mail at home and could use that. I don't get a lot of mail so it has been hard to find stuff that will fit into their narrow rules for "proof of residency" but I found an envelope in the trash and returned today and I am happy to say that after about an hour spent at the DMV, I FINALLY have my license and am registered to vote!

The entire time this was going on and they kept refusing to give me my license, I kept thinking that this would be so much harder if I was homeless or did not know how to get all the forms of identification that I needed. The entire process reminded me of my internship in Waco when we'd help people get their birth certificates/Social Security Cards/licenses, etc. And, I have access to a car so going back and forth to the DMV isn't a problem for me like it would be for so many of the people I worked with last year. I guess that even though it took me three days and a lot of wasted time, I was fortunate to get my license so easily.

And I know have a form of picture identification so I no longer have to use my passport for that!