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Election ’18

The elections last night were complicated. Both sides are feeling victory and loss today. The hardest losses for me to absorb seem like in hindsight, were an obvious outcome – Republicans won in the very red states and promise more of the same. Clearly no one is happy with “the same”, but people don’t like change of values even more, and these races were made about (perceived) values and nothing to do with leadership, so we will keep on keepin on.

Kevin Stitt, our new Governor Elect for Oklahoma, feels like just another term for Mary Fallin, like nothing will change. I hope he proves me wrong.

Ted Cruz is an embarrassment of hyperbole without substance and I don’t understand how Texas voted again for him except to tow the party line. He fills a spot that supported the continued control of the US Senate and that’s the sum of his value. Texas, I’d give you more crap for Louie Gohmert too but Oklahoma has Jim Mountain Inhofe throwing snowballs in the US Senate floor because “see? No climate change!”.

If Brian Kemp wins in Georgia, that ridiculousness seriously needs to be investigated. His current lead is smaller than the number of voters he threw out for arbitrary reasons. His ethics on how he handled the conflict of interest and voter purges, is some seriously shady action. I sincerely hope Stacey Abrams makes sure every single vote is counted.

Beto O’Rourke will be back, And he will be a prominent figure in the Democratic party. Steve King is a self admitted White-Nationalist, and Iowa still voted for the guy. Let that sink in for a moment.

I’ll take some comfort in that Nancy Pelosi is now the Republicans problem again. But in reality, they kind of wanted this: Two years of complete and unrestricted control of government gave them no cover to hide behind for inaction on much of the rhetoric that got them elected. The Democrats have just enough power now to finally blame for that inaction.

Still, despite some of the disappointing outcomes, I’m thankful for the victories, the balance of power, and voter enthusiasm.

Even when you don’t win, a difference was made.

The girl on the radio

Shannon gave me a shout out this morning on her radio morning show as a “long time listener”. Inside joke, it’s a country station. 😉 still, they like to chat about our dates online and it’s slightly weird.

The Summer of ’89

I was walking to school. The high school was about five to seven miles from my home but it was a beautiful spring Colorado morning and it felt like the only logical choice to do with my time. My car was broken down, somewhere unknown in Albuquerque, New Mexico with little hope to ever get it back. My mom was pissed off that I had lied to her about driving to Texas to see my ex (first) girlfriend who I was still trying to win back and who never failed to break my heart every time I made an effort. This time, it was her prom. She asked me to come to hers and despite my car breaking down in the middle of the New Mexico desert, I scraped my remaining money together to get a one-way bus ticket to still make the event. Right after the prom, the inevitable played it’s part and I was once again left heart broken, this time stuck in Plainview, Texas.

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DEC Office

I started at Devon back in June 2012 but we only got to move into our new offices in August, two months later. I’ve finally got my office kinda the way I like it. I am on the 46th floor, looking over brick town. I can see my old office when I was running Outland Design in brick town a decade ago.

New Apartment

It’s not bad. I’d eventually like to get something better, but this will do great for right now. Close enough for Nate to come over and swim and I can start to get all my things out of storage and collect my possessions back into a living space again.