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Yay!

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Well, we’ve reached a critical milestone in our lives, Reedikins and I. My parents gave us funds to buy a china cabinet this Christmas. We bought a really pretty curio cabinet that has a sliding front door, and three glass shelves. It was delivered today, and it is even more beautiful in our house than it was in the store! I didn’t end up putting all of my pretty things in it, because I didn’t want it to be overcrowded. It’s hard to tell in this picture, but it’s a dark honeyed finish which matches my cedar chest and isn’t too far off from our new coffee table. I love it, and having the ability to put out our pretty things on display. Soon, we’ll need to have a dinner party to use it!

We moved our kitties up to Raleigh, and they really like living here. They are so cute running up and down the stairs! Like we expected, they are living mostly upstairs where it is a little warmer. Precious stays up there almost all of the time. I’ve been trying to make Isabelle insane by ringing the doorbell a bunch of times before we come inside. It hasn’t worked–I got the idea because she went wild when the mailman rang the doorbell the other day. Guess it was the stranger and not the doorbell.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and is going to have a fun New Year!

Minimum Wage

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So, there was a rally in Athens yesterday in support of raising the state’s minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25. It seems as if it was moderately successful, since it ended up with a picture in the online version of the daily paper. They usually ignore most things rally-like in Athens, and they don’t even tell you how many people were there in the article.

Anyway, the Republican majority leader, Jerry Keen, in the General Assembly has this to say about raising the minimum wage: “I personally don’t support it. You start eliminating part-time jobs for young people when you raise it.” Boohoo. People under the age of 20 make up less than 20% of the Georgians earning minimum wage. The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute estimates that almost half a million children will benefit from their parents’ increased wages if there was a minimum wage increase.

While a minimum wage increase will be great for those Georgians who rely upon it, according to figures from รูเล็ตออนไลน์The Living Wage Resource Center, $7.25 almost approaches a living wage for a family of three (calculated in reference to US HUD 2003 Poverty Guidelines). That’s if a person works 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. But if you are a two parent-household with two children, both making the proposed minimum wage (working 40 hours a week, every single week of the year) you wouldn’t qualify for food stamps anymore! Because you’d be making over $30,000. For a family of four. I’m not sure that not-qualifying for food stamps is such a good idea for those people, but you know, whatever. Good luck finding affordable housing (less than $800/month) and day care! Of course, if that family of four is a single mother with 3 children, her income is only going to be a little more than $15000. So she’d still get food stamps. Of course, her affordable housing budget is less than $400/month–and good luck finding a (safe) place for that amount with more than one bedroom. Or any place at all. There’s a reason why there’s a waiting list for public housing.

Good grief, sometimes even better things make me want to bang my head on the wall. The minimum wage is the very least we as a society say people should make. I don’t think it’s right that we say it’s ok to pay people so little that they can’t afford a safe place to live, good food for their family, quality child care and healthcare, or leisure time. I don’t necessarily think it’s right for small (or otherwise) businesses to bear the entire burden of providing that, but since we as taxpayers don’t want to provide quality childcare or healthcare in the quantity needed or live next to people in different tax brackets and see leisure time as a luxury (and a whole lot of other things as well) then businesses and entrepeneurs bear most of the burden if you rely on personal income to provide those things. Of course, we could change our priorities as a society. But then I probably couldn’t get a flat screen tv for Christmas.

We finally get a traffic light and the state takes us off the map!! My hometown, Ellerslie, was bumped from the Georgia DOT state map in the cleaning up they did–removing almost 500 places on the map. Three hundred new houses, a traffic light, new fire station and community building, in a place that’s been there since the Indians left (or, um, were driven out West) and we’re dumped in with the “mere placeholders” with no population! They are comparing Ellerslie (and Cataula, which even has a grocery store and sidewalks(!)) with Po Biddy Crossroads–which is just where two roads cross!

How are you going to know how to get places if they aren’t on the map? Metro-ites! Maps are supposed to be cluttered, that’s how you know where things are. It’s why the Gazetteers sell, because they have more roads and communities and little crossroads. If you’re never going to get off the highway, then you don’t need a map anyway.

I have to agree with the man who said it shows a disrespect for the rural areas. Some of those towns are in areas where it’s hard to figure out why it would be cluttered there–Dewy Rose, for instance is near Elberton. There is nothing cluttering up the area near there. Same for Box Springs and Upatoi and Juniper–they are the only things on the map between Columbus and Buena Vista or Butler. How can they be cluttering the map?

Well, actually they are not just taking the nowheresvilles off the map. If you read the names, you realize that they are taking the little towns that are being enveloped by the metro areas off the map. As if Ellerslie, Cataula, Midland, Upatoi, Box Springs, and Mountain Hill were just all one big happy family with its big, dumb neighbor Columbus. I am NOT from Columbus! Why would anyone go somewhere outside a city?–ask Metro-ites. It’s the same for Atlanta–Tucker is leaving too. And Augusta–Evans, Phinizy.

Musella! Pennington! I keep reading names that are real places to me that are being wiped off the map. How are you going to tell people where to get delicious peach ice cream between Forsyth and Talbotton if you can’t point to Musella on the map?

It’s just sad, as if the state thinks we don’t matter any more. I feel like an old person, “Well that there is Ellerslie. No, it doesn’t say it on the map anymore, but when you get there take a left and go over the old railroad tracks and pass Olivers’.”

This is going to end up like the map I have of Atlanta without any of the roads downtown shown on the inset–guess those streets and names cluttered everything up!

Time Traveling

I’m using the magic of back-dating to write a post that will show up as if I really wrote it on my birthday, instead of three days later.

This is the third birthday I have celebrated on this blog, which no longer seems so odd I guess. Almost everyone has a blog or space or something these days.

I had a great birthday. My friends, 007 and S, kicked it off a day early with a present and a card (respectively) so that was fun! I have already worn my new birthday adventure socks! It’s always so nice to get things in the mail!

On my birthday, I finally got to sleep in for the first time in a very, very long time. Then I stopped procrastinating about Edith House and made a phone call–woohoo, success! Played around taking a take home exam for a while, which was ridiculous.

That afternoon, Reed’s surprise arrived–he sent me some beautiful flowers. I would take a picture of my fun adventure socks and shirt, but I’ve already worn them! Haha!

After I’d arranged them and figured out where I could put them that Isabelle and Precious wouldn’t eat them (on top of the bookshelf) I got ready to meet P and La at the library. We went to Clocked for my birthday patty melt, which was great–and I was treated, since I was the birthday girl which was a lovely surprise! So I wasn’t completely alone on my birthday. Also, I got a lot of well-wishes from friends and family in email and calls and on myspace which was fun!

In reality, my birthday celebrations aren’t really over because my parents have sent me a card that has (still!) not arrived yet and I’m going to dinner with J next week! Birthdays are fun! Thank you, everyone for helping me have a great day!

Also, here are pictures of my mom’s little kittens. Wonder which one wants to live with J, B, & C?

Two of them look like this one. The other one would not look at the camera, so all I have are pictures of its back.

Public Administration Thoughts

The NY Times has an interesting article in its Sunday Magazine about technological innovations in the intelligence communities (link HERE, reg. req’d), specifically about building information-sharing networks like wikis and blogs within the overarching field of intelligence. The idea is that as information is added and linked to, trends can be developed quicker and the big picture can be seen more easily.

It’s also a good example of an organization (or a group of organizations) attempting some kind of organizational change, trying to become more flexible and (in a way) more horizontal. It also touches on the difficulty of measuring an individual’s performance in such a collaborative structure. The Galileo awards are interesting–motivation-wise and innovation-wise. Finally, the article is also an example of how difficult public adminstration can be: there is a need to become more flexible and share more information in order to be effective, but this bumps up against principles of civil liberties and constitutional rights which must also be respected.

I just wanted to get some thoughts about it down, while they were still fresh in my mind. I think this would be a great article to read and discuss in a PA class: org theory or PA&D.

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