Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year! Bring on 2008!

Monday, November 19, 2007

My Dad would've been 66 years old today if he had not passed away back in 1991. I miss him everyday- still.

"Happy Birthday Dad! I know you're always watching over me somehow."

I just got back from Paris ( yeah, the one in France.) Surprised? Me too....... I thought I was going to Vegas. That will teach me not to nod off on an airplane! Okay, just kidding:) Anyway, for some reason I was not able to blog in Paris. Every time I switched blogger to the English version it just froze up. Weird.

I was certain I would not like Paris. I don't speak French, I didn't care to learn, and I certainly had enough encounters with French tourists here in the OC to not want to visit them in their own country. I couldn't have been more wrong! It was cold , rainy, windy, yet beautiful. I had dinner at the Eiffel tower. I stared in disbelief at the works of Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne at the Musee d'Orsay. I photographed the wondrous sites floating down the Seine river. Did you know that Notre-Dame isn't just a football team? The flying buttresses were amazing! I have to go back when it's warm to see more of the city, it's history, and the amazing architecture. I didn't get to visit the Louvre because the train workers went on strike. Apparently people don't want to work there, at least not over 35 hours a week, with 5 weeks minimum vacation, and not after they turn 50. Guess they just want to walk around the beautiful gardens and paint.

"Au revoir!"

Friday, November 16, 2007

There's half a million people in France that decided to make it difficult for me to see the "Mona Lisa." Sarkosy has his hands full, and I just wanted to take in some culture. Whatever!
I'm certian this may be the worst jet-lag ever.

I did manage to get great pics of the tower:)

Much more later...

Friday, November 09, 2007

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

For those of you with a lot of free time, here's the link to a copy of the actual unsealed indictment of Corona & Gang:
It was a long morning reading all the dirt on sheriff Corona in today's OC Register. What a mess! Talk about a scary Halloween day! How many black cats must have run across Corona's path while he was walking under ladders, holding an open umbrella inside!? He isn't stepping down without a fight apparently. Great, we are a County with a sheriff that had to take his wife and assumed long-term, married, girlfriend ( ok, the term was "mistress," whatever,)and turn themselves in to federal authorities this morning. Basically he needed to arrest himself! All this looks so bad, it doesn't help things with our local OCGOP either. I was an alternate on Central Committee for Tim Whiticare when the big endorsement flap was going on. One meeting they voted to not endorse Corona because of the once-upon-a-time rule of not endorsing one Republican over another in a primary. Then the next meeting they suspended the rules to go ahead and endorse Corona. Tim stood up against the endorsement, even filing a lawsuit against the OCGOP! He took a lot of heat for standing on principle. Now we can understand why Tim worked so hard to get Lt. Bill Hunt elected as Sheriff. I think he'd make an excellent choice to fill in if for some reason later down the road Corona feels the need to step down:)

Supervisor John Moorlach said Corona should resign. Actually John has had quite the year battling the sheriff's unions over pensions and retirement issues. Then his replacement for OC Tax Collector( I think he preferred Treasurer...again, whatever-I know who's name was on my property tax bills!!), Chris Street, came under fire for a bunch of crap I don't care to get into. Politics are such an interesting soap opera. I like John, he was an excellent speaker two years ago at our TARWF (Tustin Area Republican Women Federated)annual fundraiser. He knows what he's talking about and is trying to prevent us from becoming like San Diego, or "Enron by the Sea" as he put it.

Our speaker this year is Tom Del Beccaro, Vice Chair of CA Republican party. If you haven't been to his website yet, I suggest you check it out:

He has a book coming out "The New Conservative Paradigm" on Nov. 13th. Just in time for our fundraiser:) I've had the pleasure of hearing him speak on several occasions and he does a great job educating, explaining, and offering solutions on keeping our Republican party headed in the Right direction. You can request Tom as a speaker for your event through his website.


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

It's time to dive back into the political scene again. So much is going on here in Orange County. Sheriff Corona was indicted today on several charges including taking cash & gifts. I think his wife and girlfriend were as well? This is where I get to insert a huge "I TOLD YOU SO!" That's why I supported Lt.Bill Hunt for Sheriff in the last election. Bill is a great guy that deserves to be our Sheriff. We had a dart tournament fundraiser for him at my bar, he is such a down-to-earth guy. It was so disappointing on election night when the results came in. Corona immediately demoted Bill for speaking out against him! Now the bumper stickers make even more sense "Restore Integrity And Trust!"

The wealthy Don Haidl was funneling money into Corona's campaign. Haidl's son, Greg, is currently serving time for raping ( and they video-taped it... a new standard for stupidity,) a woman in 2002. It gets better, Haidl was an assistant sheriff to Corona. Oh, and another assistant, George Jaramillo, is sitting in jail after pleading guilty to federal tax evasion and mail fraud back in March. Corona fired him in 2004 because he was being investigated for among other things..... interfering with the sexual assault investigation involving Greg Haidl. Nice circle of friends huh?

I don't personally know any of the bad guys in this story. The only person I met was Don Haidl's personal Chef and assistant, Marshall ( at least that's what he said he was,) at Chat Noir. He saved me from being hit on by the old men at the bar:)

Is anyone working on the screenplay yet?

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The following are a few pics from Los Cabos, Mexico. The One & Only Palmilla resort is soooooo nice! The seagull and iguana came by every morning for fresh watermelon and pastries-really! The first pic is my b-day dinner table on the sand:)

Spent the day cleaning up ash in the back yard. We finally got some real sunlight today:) I'll have to try washing my truck tomorrow, good thing it's already gray!

I have to get some of the pics up from my trips this summer before it actually turns into 2008. As we get older time just can't be caught up with- why is that? I remember the last time I was actually BORED. It was in Ohio in the summer sometime in the 80's! I guess that means I need to slow down. Well see on that one...

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The fires are really bad out here! I'm not in any fire danger where I live and it's like living in an ashtry! I can't imagine how the people closer to the fire are coping. All the homes lost and people evacuated, it's so sad to see. I hope they catch the idiot arsonist that set the canyon fires! What an evil person!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Obviously I have been out of the country this summer. I can't believe my last post was almost a month ago in Hong Kong! As soon as I have a chance to go through the 5,000 pictures I took on my trip I'll have them posted as well. Hong Kong was a fun place, the JW Mariott is a gorgeous hotel! From there we went to Beijing, and then on to Tokyo. In July I went to Los Cabos for a week in Mexico and I still haven't caught up from that trip! More later...........

Monday, September 03, 2007

Po Lin Monastery

A few buildings I spotted the other day. The really tall one in the middle was featured in the movie "Tomb Radier"

Monday, June 11, 2007

A really fuzzy picture of Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle giving Rudy a Stanley Cup Hat from the Ducks.
Okay, so it's June already! Some global warming, I barely have a tan. I even had to go to Laughlin to get it! On top of that, it wasn't that warm there either. Ahh...... back to my outlet for whining.
I went to the Flag Day dinner last night in Irvine, along with 1100 other Orange County Republicans. Rudy Guiliani gave a speech that convinced me that he should be our next President! Well, now Rudy can relax since I'm on his side:) If you weren't there, you need to watch some of the video clips from the OC Register's website.

He talked about what's really important, illegal immigration and our security. Oh, and as a bonus....... he had a plan. An actual plan for stopping illegal immigration. Of course, building the already-authorized fence and enforcing the already-made laws made too much common sense. So he went beyond that and talked about a plan implemented in NY that significantly reduced crime. Then he spoke of how we could use that plan to stop the illegals from continuing to pour over the border. Simple. Yeah, yeah, I know...... sounds good if he means it. I think he does.
I bought a great picture of Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall, it even has his autograph in the frame. It was a great night, five hours went really quick. I felt bad for Steve Poizner, our Insurance Commissioner, he had to try speaking after Rudy and through dinner. John Kobylt from KFI AM 640 was there, he's so funny! I knew I could count on him to yap long enough for a restroom break.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Okay, I can't believe that January is almost over already. Halloween thru Superbowl just seems to fly by every year! Time to start adding up the tax stuff now that the year end stuff is out of the way. Maybe around March I'll get the 2007 files started. Right now that's just another box on the office floor. I need a personal assistant!
I had to get away so I flew to Laughlin last week for a couple of days. I had never been there in the winter, and now I know why. It's cold! I prefer to lay in the 115 degree sun on a lounge chair drug into the 55 degree river. Instead I was stuck inside a freezing casino full of smoke. I still hit my blazin' 7's though, so I can't complain too much:)
Well, back to the piles of paperwork!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Happy New Year!

This blog entry is for the people ( Terry) that are complaining I haven't updated recently. Basically someone is complaining that I'm not complaining enough. Perfect!
What can I say? I found out the $34k for my surgery is now $35k and that's just a "facility fee" which doesn't begin to cover any of the surgery or Doctors. Lovely. The ambulance ride turned out to be $747. I was driven about a mile. Insurance pays $250 maximum. I'm realizing that my insurance sucks. It would probably be cheaper if I had no insurance and just paid the "cash" rate. If I didn't have a job, a home, citizenship, responsibility...................... I guess then it would be free. Something just isn't adding up. Gee, I wonder if the ArnoldCare will fix all these problems? Oh, wait, I'm an employer that will have to fire people to keep my employee count to under 10 to avoid paying 4% of my recently minimum-wage-increased payroll so that everyone will have healthcare. Meanwhile, I'll be working more hours to pay 20-50% of a bloated hospital bill because of a useless organ! I would really like to have a talk with the salesman that sold me my insurance 8 years ago. At almost $500 a month for coverage I should not have to pay the price of a small vehicle for a one night stay in the hospital! Well, at least I am alive and well. I can't afford to dead yet:)