Case of the Mondays

Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong decade?  Based on my Recently Added play list in iTunes I should have been a product of the 60s and 70s.
Case in point: my new stud horse is none other than the crooner Neil Diamond.

Find us a dream that don't asks no questions, yeah
I downloaded his Ultimate Collection a month ago and find myself jamming to his tracks more often than I care to admit.  Nothing picks me up during my morning commute faster than several go-rounds of  Cracklin' Rosie.  Not only does he soothe my stress when he really takes it away around 1:43... blasting Cracklin' Rosie before 7 am is also the best away possible to annoy fellow commuters.  Soon it will be too cold to roll down the windows and serenade I-69 S but for now Neil gets me to my destination smoothly, with his sequined jacket and feathered bouffant.  See you on the twilight train, Neil.  I've got the way to make you happy, I promise!

Haters can proceed to the left and non-believers can try it out for themselves.  If you are having trouble getting jazzed for the work week come Monday morning I suggest adding Cracklin' Rosie to your morning drive play list.  Instead of being a sad sack, you'll walk into the office like this:

Get on board!  (You) don't need to say please to no man for a happy tune!

Click here to download this hot track.

Follow Friday

I've really fallen off the Follow Friday boat and I feel kinda bad about it.  Not working on Friday makes it  hard to do any sort of work ie put together a list of rad people to follow.  To make up for my lack, here's a Follow Monday for you:

@theamazingben:  He is one of my new favorites.  Great sense of humor and an awesome default that involves a mustache.  He's a graphic designer and a new resident of Ft. Wayne.  Introduce yourself.  He'll keep you laughing all week long.

@sushirevenge:  I met her last month at Book Club and she is rad.  She likes to read (Book Club may have been a giveaway), roller derby, bridge hunting, and four squaring.  She also works for a non-profit and is interested in Social Media.  Did I mention that she got us a discount on lunch because she is an Indy Twitter Celeb?

@jamespaden: New to my timeline and full of useful information about new marketing techniques.  He is a mover and shaker (he founded his own business!) and has a good sense of humor.  If you have any e-commerce questions I'm sure he'd be happy to answer them.

@shawworldwide: He's from Toronto, he's friendly, and he is into Social Media.  Add him to your list of online marketers on the rise.  If new marketing isn't your bag, he's also into sports, traveling, and staying healthy.

@jodysparks: Internal Link Builder for Slingshot SEO by day, Young Adult author by night.  She's a mom, she's a writer, she's hilarious, she's awesome.  Did I mention she loves to read, roller derby, and thrift shopping?  She's about to sell her first book.  Make sure you check out her blog!

@mahoganypoet: She is one of my favorite tweeters.  Always positive, always on the move.  She tweets about all kinds of things, from current problems she's busing solving to what her plans are for the day.  Truthful, funny, independent. 

@rebecca_grace: Another favorite tweeter.  I like her because she's sweet and easy to talk to, and often talks about things I find interesting.  She recently reached her 3,000th tweet and I'm board for the next 3,000.

@thematches: A regular of ONTD with a quick wit and great taste in music.  Recently started a Tumblr; she tweets about anything that interests her and brings a lot of life to my timeline.  I especially love her commentary.

@jana_ballard: Another Slingshot SEO lady who recently moved to Indy from Boston.  She's friendly, she loves to thrift shop, and she has great taste in boots.

@jim_brown: Sales guy at Slingshot SEO with many facets.  His favorite band in Nickelback and in another life was an amateur pro-wrestler.  He loves politics and Netflix, too.

Previous Follow Friday posts can be found in the sidebar.

Old news

Fall is almost here.

The incredible heat broke this week and the forty degree difference is a welcome change.

So long tank tops and strappy sandals -- hello sweaters and boots.  I'm wearing a flannel shirt and slippers, drinking my chai tea and Googling pumpkin patches.

After spending the morning cleaning my apartment, I added six new CDs to my collection, put the kettle on, and started reading old news; papers from months ago, when Summer was still in full sweating swing.

The feel of newspaper between my fingers reminds me of Fall.  It smells like a syllabus, new folders, and getting to know you exercises.

I know I am about three months late, but here are a few pieces that caught my eye.  All are taken from the Indianapolis Star.

 Quite a headline, eh?  Now take a look at the subhead.  Whoa.

It saddens me greatly to know that everything boils down to money.

The workers' don't want cut wages.  Who can blame them?  Everyone is being squeezed by the belt of finance.  Why would anyone want to do the same job for less?

Truth be told it really gets me riled up to think that GM is dangling this carrot in the first place.  Sure, we'll open the plant, create jobs and boost the local economy but only if you agree to a pay cut.  If we can't reach an agreement, we are just going to have to take our business elsewhere.  Yeah, Capitalism!

I can really feel your commitment to making a better America and bouncing back from your bailout, GM.  I sincerely hope you decide to end this entire argument and pay the workers what they are worth.  Show them how much you value their effort.  Set the standard instead of bowing to economic pressure.

The Second Amendment is being upheld.  For almost 30 years Chicago has banned possession of handguns and automatic weapons inside city limits, one of the most stringent gun laws in the country.  This decision ruled the law unconstitutional and prohibits states to rule again any citizen's right to bear arms.

I don't care if you are for or against guns.  I care that it is your constitutionally-protected right to make the decision for yourself.  Guns don't kill people -- people kill people.

Can you imagine if individual states were allowed to ban guns?  That's a stone's throw away from a police state ... with citizens stripped of self-defense.

Wait, WHAT?  115 laws?  That seems like a lot to me.  Can you think of that many things that need to be addressed, legally?  I hope they enjoyed spending tax dollars to debate the pressing issues of Indiana.  I also hope the each citizen takes the time to learn what all of these new laws are so they can be informed.  You wouldn't want to break any new laws without even knowing they existed, right?  Well, even after Googling the hell out these new laws, I have yet to find an actual LIST of the laws that were put into effect July 1.  You can find more information about the laws here, that's a start at least.

Along with the formation of a 'sexting' committee, here are some of the new laws:
  • Carding everyone for alcohol,
  • Casinos holding winning of people who are not paying their child support, and
  • GPS devices worn around the ankles of those who have committed acts of domestic violence. 
I am completely fine with being carded; it is annoying, yes, but I get it.  Unfortunately, stricter carding laws will not stop underage drinking.  Kids will be kids and guzzling Boone's Farm and cheap vodka is a right of passage.  There is nothing else to DO here but get 'Iced', ya dig?

The last two laws are good in theory, but I can't help but wonder if these specifically target those living below or hovering directly above the poverty line.  Most rich/wealthy people don't spend their time at the penny slots trying to hit the big time and I am assuming would use lawyers and razzle dazzle to get out of any domestic violence charge.

Take the kids in Carmel, for example -- they have someone managed to escape major penalty after sexually assaulting a kid on a school bus.  They are even pushing for a gag order to keep all the details quiet; their lawyers don't want this incident to taint the rest of their life.  Tell that to the kid curled in the fetal position who was assaulted. I'll be damned if anyone would bend over backwards to keep the details of this entire affair under wraps if the accused weren't privileged white boys.

Read between the lines, friends and lovers; it's all there in black and white.