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19 January 2011 @ 08:47 pm
Wow... I sure don't post here much anymore. That's a shame... LJ was really so very important for such a long time. I still read, from time to time. It seems that my thoughts don't fill the page anymore. Methinks I need more sleep. :)
 
 
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26 January 2010 @ 06:41 am
So I don't get to watch TV here, and even when I did the late night shows were often beyond my bedtime. But I've always had a fondness for Conan O'Brien, so I find myself rather upset at the pathetic way he was treated by Jay Leno and NBC. It's not often that you see someone get so completely outclassed as NBC. Conan was given an INCREDIBLY low blow, and aside from some well-thought jabs and various slings back and forth, handled it with a kind of grace I'd only hope to achieve were I in the same situation.

So... may "just" be late-night TV drama, but I've learned a few things. Here is the transcript of his final words, and a link.

"Before we end this rodeo, a few things need to be said. There has been a lot of speculation in the press about what I legally can and can't say about NBC. To set the record straight, tonight I am allowed to say anything I want. And what I want to say is this: between my time at Saturday Night Live, The Late Night Show, and my brief run here on The Tonight Show, I have worked with NBC for over twenty years. Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we're going to go our separate ways. But this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible.
Walking away from The Tonight Show is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Making this choice has been enormously difficult. This is the best job in the world, I absolutely love doing it, and I have the best staff and crew in the history of the medium. But despite this sense of loss, I really feel this should be a happy moment. Every comedian dreams of hosting The Tonight Show and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second. I've had more good fortune than anyone I know and if our next gig is doing a show in a 7-11 parking lot, we'll find a way to make it fun.

And finally, I have to say something to our fans. The massive outpouring of support and passion from so many people has been overwhelming. The rallies, the signs, all the goofy, outrageous creativity on the internet, and the fact that people have traveled long distances and camped out all night in the pouring rain to be in our audience, made a sad situation joyous and inspirational.

To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I'll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don't be cynical. I hate cynicism -- it's my least favorite quality and it doesn't lead anywhere.

Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/22/conan-obriens-heartfelt-f_n_433954.html

He then goes on to play a surprisingly awesome rendition of Free Bird, and I am so thankful for the Huffington Post for allowing us foreign-IP types to view NBC material that I cannot see anywhere else.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/23/will-ferrell-free-bird-vi_n_433975.html

Thanks CoCo, for using your generally comedic medium of choice to teach us a thing or two about a thing or two.
 
 
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18 December 2009 @ 08:15 pm
This snowstorm could NOT be hitting at a worse time. I need to fly through Dulles tomorrow, in the midst of a massive winter storm warning that states "travel could be made difficult if not impossible". REALLY? REALLY?

I need to get home to my husband. It's bad enough that I'm 32 weeks pregnant and traveling for 24 straight hours, but if I have to sit around in Dulles at all I will miss all my flights. Even a one-hour delay sets events in motion that mean I get to Okinawa 24 hours later, since flights to the island are limited. *whine, cry*

I've been here for three weeks; why does this storm have to hit on the one day I need it not to?
 
 
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17 December 2009 @ 11:06 am
I've just read back a few pages, and am surprised at how much I miss writing in this journal. The bite-sized world of Facebook (no, I've not yet twittered) is fun but lacks substance. I guess I just ran out of stuff to talk about. Here's where I am at now:

- The loss of my grandfather was profound and difficult. I don't deal with the day to day like my family in Ohio, but there seems to be a gap in the universe. It takes very little to spur a flood of related emotions.

- Work is work. When I first came to this job, I found myself in an exceptional situation that some NEVER have. My bosses were exceptional Marines, and both shared a lot of common interests and mindsets. It was a wonderful year. Now, work is still good. I most certainly cannot complain. But it's not the same. I know this is the norm, and am grateful for both the good times, and the fact that I still enjoy my job.

- Two months to baby! I am still in Norfolk, where I have been for almost three weeks at a Legal Officer's Course. Once I get back from that, I will really settle into the "hurry up and get the baby's room ready and go to the birthing classes and pick names and wait" phase. Right now we are settling on "Logan", with no idea for a middle name. Some family members are pushing for an honorarium name, but I hesitate naming my son after someone. I want him to find his own identity. Just my thoughts.

He is kicking around right now. I feel sorry for women who lament this experience... I think it's about the coolest thing that's ever happened to me. Every kick, every move, every flutter just connects me more and reassures me that he's developing and growing all the time. I am still a little small by comparison with others who are 7 months, but he is growing fast. So things are going well. I will be back home in a few days, then the holidays, then the preparation for baby!
 
 
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28 July 2009 @ 06:19 am
So I am headed to Tokyo in a few weeks. I know many of you have been there. Any advice on must-see spots? Particularly knowing that we are electronics and video game nerds?
 
 
 
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27 May 2009 @ 07:39 pm
Accidents happen all the time, and often we walk away miraculously uninjured. What has been your closest call with avoiding serious harm in an accident?


When I was a wee lass I was tree-climbing at my grandparents house, in this enormous birch. I fell, and was knocked out. When I woke up, my head had slammed on a large branch, and my foot was caught in another. Beneath me was this:
, blades pointed up. Good thing I got slammed into that branch.
 
 
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18 May 2009 @ 07:43 pm
 
 
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17 April 2009 @ 10:12 pm
I feel the need to do SOMETHING but it's late, I'm stuck in my little house, and there is NOTHING to do!! Oh, and I have to get up early and go clean a frickin-frackin' weapon so one of my Marines doesn't have to. They didn't tell us about this stuff at OCS. :D
 
 
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17 April 2009 @ 06:03 am
This is one of the finest things I have ever seen on YouTube.

 
 
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05 April 2009 @ 10:16 pm
Reading through my old journal entries is both fascinating and terrifying! I've been posting here for five years, can you believe it??