Dear friends and family, I have found myself becoming more and more politically minded these last couple of years even while maintaining that the Lord is always in control of every earthly situation. I am not asking you to agree with me on that perspective. I just want to share with you some thoughts on this upcoming Presidential election.
President Bush has had a rough time of it starting with 911, Afghanistan and Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, oil prices, and now the economy. Of these events, Iraq is the one that has held center stage over his terms (plural) in office. He has been far from perfect, but for nearly seven years, unemployment was at record lows, gas prices moderate, the stock market strong, and there has been progress in Afghanistan and Iraq with the surge. We have not been attacked again since 911. We should all remember that as early as 1998 Congress, President Clinton, and other "leaders" were extolling the dangers of Sadam Hussein, Iraq, and the "weapons of mass destruction". Congress has a short memory. But things seemed to have changed about the time that Congress changed hands in 2006, and Congress's approval rating is around 9%, about 20+ points lower than the President"s. It is Congress that passes financial legislation, agrees to support or not support our troops, and makes the decisions on issues that are set before them. If Congress doesn't like it, it doesn't get done.
This next election is important for many reasons, but several of the most critical lie in the fact that a liberal Democratic President would be coupled with an increasingly liberal Congress opening the way for non-stop legislation that would look very much like socialism. Government health care, taxation, school curriculum's, etc. Throw in the potential for 2 or 3 new Supreme Court Justices over the next four years, and we will have abortion on demand at any time for any reason with no restraint whatsoever, with judges who make law, not interpret law as their position requires.
I don't believe that Barak Obama is a Muslim. I don't even think that he's a bad guy. I'd probably enjoy knowing him. I think that he feels he has a new vision for America, and that we should be our brother's keeper. I agree with that mindset as a freedom or choice, but not a demand forced upon us by our government. Once again, we would see our government taking over something that should be the responsibility of good people, our churches, and charitable foundations.
John McCain is certainly not a perfect candidate either, but he has a sense of purpose in protecting our country, and an understanding that we don't leave wounded soldiers on the battle field to die. I believe he is a man with honor. He will have to work with whatever Congress is voted in, to clear up the damage left from an ill-fated attempt to give everyone the right to own a home, whether they need it or can qualify for it; basically a form of socialism. Thanks Fanny and Freddy.
Many of these issues are well-intentioned, but poorly conceived. I can only think back to Jimmy Carter and his battle with Washington, and what a mess he took us into; not all of his own doing.
All of this to say, consider the potential for our future should a young, inexperienced, short-termed Senator, the most liberal Senator on record, who has spent the last 18 months of his term campaigning for President, take over an almost non-existent and corrupt Congress as exposed by its terribly poor minuscule rating. Will Mr. Obama be able to work with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, or will he be a puppet for the more "experienced" political agenda that this institution has so miserably failed at implementing. President Carter thought he could stand up to his Congress and not put up with the BS, but he couldn't. 20% interest rates (10% used to be deemed a "usury" crime), gas lines at the pumps, unemployment, failing business...
With McCain we would have a President who believes in National security, the right of free enterprise, exploring every possibility for new energy, sound fiscal policies, and the sanctity of life. ( I have never met a starving or handicapped child who wanted to die as an option to the struggle of life.)
I doubt this will change anyone's mind at this time, but it is cathartic for me to examine why I must vote for John McCain. The alternative is one from which we may not recover.
Another op'nin, another show
In Philly, Boston, or Baltimo'
A chance for stage folks to say hello!
Another op'nin of another show.
Another job that you hope will last
Will make your future forget your past
Antoher pain where the ulcers grow
Another op'nin of another show.
Four weeks, you rehearse and rehearse
Three weeks, and it couldn't be worse
One week, will it ever be right?
Then out of the hat it's that big first night
The overture is about to start
You cross your fingers and hold your heart
It's curtain time and away we go -
Just another op'nin of another show!
Viv's Anna K. is way better than Garbo's.
Yeah, I said it.
Would you rather have an old classic car or a brand new car?
Heyyyyyy Daddy! I want a brand new car, champagne, caviar..... Actually, no, I want Missy's 1942 drop-top Cadillac.
Do you celebrate Grandparents day?
What mall do you shop at most often?
The Lynchburg Mall-----although Roanoke's is better and KING OF PRUSSIA is the best. But I only go there once a year when we go up for Devon.
Do you dislike any of your friends parents?
What flavor Tic Tacs are your favorite?
I haven't had a tic-tac in years-----the light green ones, though.
Do you think Hawaii really is a dream vacation?
For someone, sure. For me? No.
What was/is your favorite elective in school?
Do you have a nickname that only your family calls you?
Katie-Bird. And my brother and I call each other "Piggots" for some very unclear reason.
Yes or No: Guys wearing pink?
Light pink, as in mega preppy guys is JUST FINE.
Yes or No: Girls with full-sleeve tattoos?
Do clowns scare you?
No---they did when I was little though!
Do you think you're going to be a cooler parent than yours are?
Maybe AS cool.
Have you ever been to a skating rink?
Do you own a pair of rollerblades?
Yes, but they don't fit anymore, since I got them when I was in like... elementary school or something.
Which is better: New Years EVE or New Years day?
New Years Eve.
Do you have any cheesy love songs on your iPod/ MP3 player?
The better question is: Do I HAVE an iPod/MP3 player? The answer is no.
Did you watch the 08 Summer Olympics?
All the equestrian stuff, most of the gymnastics and some diving.
Do you REALLY laugh out loud EVERY time you type 'LOL'?
What was the best thing about Middle school?
That it was over, eventually.
Did you have a Valentine this year?
CLYDE!! He made me a Rose Marie valentine and drew pictures of me looking out the window and him singing and falling over. It was beautiful. I love that boy.
Do you think it would be cool to direct a film?
Does your house have a porch swing?
Negative. But it has a real swing in a tree!
Do you draw on your shoes/ clothes?
Why would I do that?
Before myspace & facebook was created what did you do on the internet?
IM, LJ, yahoo groups (I was kickin' it when they were still called yahoo CLUBS), imdb
Yes or no: Black lipliner?
Yes or no: Glitter eyeshadow?
I feel like glitter is always acceptable. Loretta always tells Claire and I that we leave trails of glitter wherever we go, lol.
What is one thing you and your mom NEVER agree on?
The importance and utter fascination and beauty and sheer epicness of theatre. She doesn't get it.
When you think of Madonna, what song comes to mind first?
Like A Virgin.
Do you drink Faygo?
Have you ever snuck food into a movie theater?
Like, every time.
Have you ever sent a picture of yourself from your cell phone?
Once, of the epicly badass black eye Tom (prof) gave me in stage makeup. I sent it to Mom.
What time zone are you in?
Have you ever been to a farm?
When was the last time you had a staring contest?
With Paul, during a G&D rehearsal. There's even pictures of that!
Honestly, have you ever trespassed? Where?
Frequently. It's cool.
How interested in politics are you?
Very. ::points to NO WE CAN'T t-shirt:: McCAIN/PALIN '08!!!
Do you ever go to your mom for advice?
Yes... that's why she's my mom.
What is something that is the same color as your eyes?
Can you count to 10 in any other language? Which one(s)?
German, French, Latin and Spanish
Have you ever been caught skipping class by a teacher?
Once by Mr. Wittman--the day after Oklahoma! closed. He said it was ok.
Do you usually plan the activities you do on vacation ahead of time?
Do you have a favorite cousin? Who is it?
How many times have you moved in your life time?
Have you ever had a black eye? How did you get it?
Yes. I got punched! Ya shoulda seen the other guy!
Do either of your parents have tattoos?
My dad does. But then, my dad is basically icky.
Do you have any idea where Gambia is located on a map?
Which was better: freeze tag or hide & go seek?
Hide and go seek.
Have you ever taken a family portrait?
As in professional ones? Like, the ones that you get for free when you donate to the fire dept. or whatever.
Have you ever had toilet paper stuck to your shoe?
Don't think so.
How dramatic is your family?
Really. A lot.
What pizza place do you usually order from?
Do you hold your breath when you drive by graveyards?
No, I always resist the urge to go in and look at the really old graves, though.
Are there any scars on your body that are the result of your own stupidity?
Most of my scars are the result of my own stupidity.
For your birthday do people buy you a cake or bake you one?
My mom usually has one made for me at the bakery.
Are you afraid of needles?
Do you think that you have a guardian angel?
::looks at Pantsless.....shakes head......thinks of my artistic MASTERWORK of last night and cracks up::
What was your favorite thing to go on at the playground?
Did you forget anybody's birthday this year?
Is Starbucks really as good as people make it out to be?
thing you ate:
A crumb of white cheddar popcorn.
person you went to the mall with:
movie you watched:
Scarlett ...oh GOD.
book you read:
GWTW. And Larry's autobio.
dessert you ate:
a Subway cookie
person you talked to on the phone:
time you cried:
a week or so ago......it was that point where no sleep, horse show stress, parental disagreements and menstruation all sort of collide and the result is ALWAYS me in tears.
person you felt judged by:
person you told you loved them:
animal you encountered:
time you worked out:
Reviewing tap steps and combinations with videos TOTALLY COUNTS as working out.
Also watching Richard Simmons' BROADWAY SWEAT is the worst/most hilarious/most disturbing thing EVAH. But that's irrelevant.
tv show you watched:
The Judy Garland Show
song you listened to:
I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry, AKA the current most hilarious horse show joke OF MY LIFE.
person you had a lot of fun with:
the whole wonderful cast at rehearsal last night.
compliment you received:
Mr. Wittman telling me that he loves the work I'm doing with Lorraine, that I was at performance level on the first day and that it was a perfect role for me. Wow!
compliment you gave:
When I called Murr to tell her I loved her novel synopsis.
store you shopped at:
American Eagle. 2 prs. of jeans and a fabulous shirt.
time you went on vacation:
time you didn't feel stressed:
When I was like, 6.
party you went to:
My birthday party!
sport you played:
I rode this morning.
restaurant you ate at:
Subway. What's new?
person you ate with:
time you went swimming:
A few weeks ago, before the country club pool closed.
person you missed:
Pantsless, lmao. I HAVEN'T TALKED TO YOU IN SO LONG, DUDE. SINCE WAY LAST NIGHT.
thing you ordered at a restaurant:
6" Italian with turkey, no cheese, not toasted, lots of lettuce, cucumbers and some salt.
beverage you drank:
Diet Coke, the beverage of champions.
piece of jewelry you wore:
Locket and pearls, like always.
time you went to a park:
Like, two years ago.
thing you were late to:
I'm never late, so I dunno. Oh! WAIT! I was TOTALLY late to class when the MWCTD cast list was going up.
person who got mad at you:
thing you felt you succeeded at:
rehearsal, last night. Lorraine + Me = <3. I loves her.
time you spoke in front of a large audience:
I sang in front of 200+ old people at the last old people function I went to.
thing that made you really nervous:
riding in front of Joe Darby. No need to be nervous, b/c he didn't even look at me. jackass.
time you had a really good day:
time you ate food you loved:
thing that made you happy:
When Felix put his nose against my cheek and gently puffed warm air. SO. CUTE.
person you made laugh:
person who made you laugh:
advice you gave someone:
If I keep answering these questions and the answers are all my animals, then I look like a loser. Whatevs. I'm at the farm by myself and I talk to the woodland creatures. You know.
person who was a good listener to you:
fruit you ate:
apple- last night
vegetable you ate:
on my sub, last night. THIS IS LIKE THE 5th SUBWAY QUESTION.
time you went to the dentist:
A couple months ago for a routine fang polishing.
child you played with:
time you stayed up the whole night:
thing you procrastinated on:
person you cooked for:
person you went bowling with:
That random boy I dated for .3 seconds. Hotlips.
person you had a long conversation with:
thing you argued about:
The War Between the States in my Old South class.
thing that annoyed you:
I have a lot of cleaning to do before Renn comes this weekend.
thing that you did that you want to do again tomorrow if you could:
not go to school!
fast food place you ate at:
time you ate a salad:
person you listened to talk about their problems:
person you did a favor for:
time you got enough sleep:
I never get enough sleep.
time you went to the zoo:
TOO LONG. I HEART THE ZOO. LET'S GO.
I think it's hilarious that the liberals are so into "life partners" and think it's just dandy if people have kids without being married and you know, just doing whatever floats your little alternate lifestyle boat............................until a Republican does it. Really enlightening and quite humorous, actually, that they are the first ones to run their mouths and point the finger at an unmarried, pregnant girl, and play the family values card---when they are the ones trying to turn traditional family values upside down. Double standard, much?
Stolen from Emily:
Starting time: 9:28 AM
Name: Katie, House Elf (Murr), Katie Scarlett (random members of the elderly who think they're cute. I think they're cute too.) Katie Bird (Mom), Momma P. (Pantsless O.), Kaie (Max), Louise (the Wittmans, who are Herbie, Mama Rose and Baby June, respectively). I have a lot of names.
Shoe size: 10
Height: 5' 7 1/2" holla Kath.
Where do you live: Bedford, Virginia.
Favorite Drinks: Water, Diet Coke, Sweet Tea, Chocolate Milk....
Favorite breakfast: Chicken biscuit from Hardee's
Have you ever been on a plane?: Many times.
Swam in the ocean: Yep. I heart the ocean.
Fallen asleep at school: Can I please just share that my sleeping bag is actually living in the theatre at LC right now? I frequently take naps there, you see.
Broken someone's heart: Dunno, I've made some people act pretty freakin' pathetic.
Fell off your chair: Hahaha.
Sat by the phone all night waiting for someone to call: I carry the phone around with me. Let's just talk about the time I was waiting to see if I got cast in Guys and Dolls. THAT was ridiculous.
Saved e-mails: My filing system in gmail is Crawfordly OCD.
What is your room like: I'm in the process of cleaning it. Which means everything is on the floor and I can't walk through it.
What's right beside you: My bowl of mostly eaten oatmeal from a couple hours ago. Gross.
What is the last thing you ate: See above.
Ever had chicken pox: Yeah, first grade.
Sore throat: I get Tech Week-itis. Every freaking show.
Broken nose: No! Ew!
Do you believe in love at first sight: Yes.
Like picnics: Yes!
Last made you smile: Gillian Anderson's ridiculously adorable laugh.
You last yelled at: The kitten, for scaling my leg.
Today did you:
Talk to someone you like: Yes. In fact.
Kiss anyone: No.
Get sick: No.
Talk to an ex: I ignored someone who keeps trying to talk to me after two dates and then three months of silence. He doesn't really count as an "ex" though.
Miss someone: Yeah
Eat: I enjoy eating.
Best feeling in the world: Oh man, there's a lot of them. Standing in the wings in costume and hearing the overture start; curtain call; jumping a beautiful course; hugging Liza Minnelli; singing really loudly in my car
Do you sleep with stuffed animals: Yes
What's under your bed: Frederick ::shudder::
Who do you really hate: I'm too busy to waste time hating people.
What time is it now? 9:34 AM
Is there a person who is on your mind now: Yes
Do you have any siblings: Yes
Do you want children: Yep
Do you smile often: Too much, probably
Do you like your hand-writing: I suppose.
Are your toe nails painted: Yuppers
Whose bed other than yours would you rather sleep in: That depends on whether it's also occupied by its owner when I'm sleeping in it. If it is, then let's be awesome here and say Clark Gable. If not, then I'd love to take a nap in LaVerne Andrews' circular bed, just because it's made of win.
What color shirt are you wearing now: Gray wifebeater. It's my brother's.
What were you doing at 7:00 p.m. yesterday: Finishing up stuff at the barn.
I can't wait till: Lexington National.
Are you a friendly person: Yeah
Do you have any pets: You don't have time for me to answer that.
Where is the person you have feelings for right now?: In Fredericksburg.
Did the last person you held hands with mean anything to you now?: I haven't held hands with anyone in a while----hmm----oh! I held Liz's hand for bows for G&D! Liz, I'm passionately aflame for you and you know it, kid.
Do you sleep with the TV on? Not on purpose.
What are you doing right now?: Thinking I need to put my laundry in the dryer.
Have you ever crawled through a window?: Yes, in fact.
Can you handle the truth?: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.
Are you too forgiving?: Mmhmm
Are you closer to your mother or father?: Mom
Who was the last person you cried in front of?: Nanny and Elizabeth, when I was freaking out about the mare and foal.
How many people can you say you've really loved?: I love a bunch of people.
Do you eat healthy?: Subway is healthy.
Do you still have pictures of you & your ex?: Yes.
Have you ever cried because of something someone said to you?: Let's rewind and go to the dressing room of G&D after the director made that pronouncement to me in front of everyone. Omg. That was bad. I thought Loretta was going to punch her, hahaha.
If you're having a bad day, who are you most likely to go to?: Murr
Are you loud or quiet most of the time?: Obnoxiously loud.
Are you confident? Very.
5 things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. SPICE GIRLS. And LFO.
2. Private school.
3. Star Wars obsession with Rachel.
4. Rita Hayworth obsession. Is it bad that I guage the stages in my life based on which movie star was my major obsession at the time?
5. Reading GIRLTALK with Emily, Katie and Ruby.
5 things on my to-do list today:
2. More X-Files
5. Youtube videos.
5 snacks I enjoy:
1. Ice Pops
3. Carrots and Celery
5. Bagel Bites
5 things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1. Redo the whole farm to be state-of-the-art amazingness.
2. Pay off college, a new car and my own truck and trailer.
4. Brand new custom Antares saddle.
5. Donate to a horse rescue/animal shelter.
5 of my bad habits:
1. Biting my nails
2. Horrible money-managing
3. One-track mindedness
5. Having too high of a focus (i.e. looking at the ceiling) when singing in class or auditions. Hahaha.
5 places I have lived in:
3. Dillard Theatre
4. my house now
5. the house we had in Lynchburg when I was born
5 jobs I've had:
1. Stage Managing Encore ---3 years
2. Costuming ACT --- 1 year
3. Gilded Era Antique Mall (good times, that)
4. Bedford Animal Hospital
5. Selling CutCo Cutlery HAHAH NEVER DO THAT, FOLKS.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievences complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
-George Bernard Shaw-
It seems to me I discovered what 'I love you' really means. It means I put you and your interests and your comfort ahead of my own interests and my own comfort because I love you. What does this mean? I love you. What does this mean? Think. We use this expression very carelessly. LOVE has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get-- only with what you are expecting to give-- which is everything. What you will recieve in return varies. But it really has no connection with what you give. You give because you love and you cannot help giving.
There comes a time in your life when people get very sweet to you. I don't mind people being very sweet; I'm getting rather sweet back to them. But I'm a madly irritating person and I irritated them for years. Anything definite is irritating--and stimulating. I think they're beginning to think that I'm not going to be around much longer. And what do you know--they'll miss me, like an old monument. Like the Flatiron Building.
I miss you.
That is all.
P.S. This is my first costume for Guys and Dolls....I'm a hooker, actually. It's all in how you carry the stole--and the fact that I'm wearing my classy real mink over a "tacky" polka dot dress (which I actually LOVE) makes everything perfect.
1. Pick 20 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Fill in the film title once it's guessed.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions
6. DO ONE OF YOUR OWN!
1. Now isn't this better than sitting at a table? A girl hasn't got but two sides to her at the table.
2. Why, for heaven's sake, aren't you Fuzzy Oathammer I went to manual training school with in Louisville?
3. I'm testing the air. I like it but it doesn't like me.
4. The day will come when you will be free. Go to bed, Little Father, we want to be alone.
5. You're two wonderful people who happened to fall in love and happen to have a pigmentation problem.
6. You can't look a gift ham in the frill!
7. In dealing with a girl or horse, one just lets nature take its course.
8. He's a ...refugee. A little Greek......refugee. He's ours, Sam. (Sound Cue: Squeaky Wheels......)
9. What color are my eyes?
10. I'll lay in a whole supply of lipsticks and we'll celebrate all over the walls.
11. Having babies to boost your circulation takes time.
12. Have you ever been in San Francisco? // Yes, once, with Gable and Tracy---and the joint fell apart!
13. Hey, would you mind putting that gun away? My wife doesn't care, but I'm a very timid fellow.
14. And then I heard a noise... // What kind of a noise? // Like a SOUND. Like a loud sound going off.
15. She saved with a smile the banks of the Nile in days gone by.
16. An Ameche is the telephone, on account of he invented it.
17. He's paid to get around that leg. And SMILE or we'll get another boy.
18. Well, that is, I mind of course but it's such good discipline for my selfishness about you...
19. Then we'll talk about shoes, and ships, and sealing wax, and shows. Farms. Families. Oh it may take hours. Weeks. Years. I want to know everything.
20. Look at Roosevelt, look at Churchill, look at old fella what's his name in African Queen.