The YouTube Candidate

22 06 2007


I was listening to Mr. Tony yesterday (a.k.a. “The T.K.-Man from D.C. Town” or “T.K. StackMoney”) and he mentioned something that I hadn’t really put a lot of thought into until now. His point was that for the first time in a very long time, due to the evolution of technology, that the political process (namely the Presidential election) is going to take on a very different and personal tone.

With the advent of YouTube we are seeing the ability for anyone to broadcast a message to anyone else in the world, with internet access, for no real cost. The release earlier this week of the Hillary Clinton Sopranos Parody is a prime example of how politicians and those in their camp can craft messages that can be readily accessed on personal level through home/work/portable computers. Almost every serious politician thus far that has declared to run for President in ’08 has made some sort of substantive “viral” (I know what you are thinking but that was the other Clinton) contribution from their campaign. Barack Obama has several videos including one where he invites donors to possibly win an evening with him for dinner.

With the ability to sit in the comfort of your own home (by yourself or with friends/family) and watch a screen (your computer) where a politician or talking head is going to speak like they are talking directly to you, you are not going to be able to help but feel like there is some kind of abstract personal connection. Gone are the days of watching politicians make big press announcements (they will still make them) and having that be the only interaction with the general public. Now with viral videos and online political ‘webisodes’ people are going to have more access to tune in to their favorite candidate just as they would their favorite TV program.

Needless to say this is going to be just one of the factors that are going to make the ’08 Presidential one to watch!


As Plain As Black And White

17 06 2007


Well my friends the day has come that some of you thought might never be (especially those of you who knew me in the “T-Racer” days). It’s the end of an era. Yesterday June 16, 2007 I said goodbye to my friend “Eleanor” also known as my 2001 VW Jetta Wolfsburg Edition. The time had come for something newer, safer, more easily driveable (Laura never got a fair shake at the 5 speed…that’s my fault), and under warranty. Eleanor had 125,000 miles on her and was starting to show wear that is typical with being almost 7 years old (bumper damage from an unfortunate animal encounter on Hwy. 82, the armrest had broken, the handle to the glove box had come off making it impossible to enter said box, etc…).

Here are just a few of the many highlights of my time with Eleanor (I’m sure you all could contribute many more):

-putting 200 miles on it the weekend I ‘test drove it’ by driving out to the Gates’ in Hope Hull 4 times

-it ALWAYS, even to the last day, smelled like a box of crayons inside

-the roady with Mr. & Mrs. G to S.C. for Corey and Heather’s wedding

-making my first solo drive to Illinois (750 miles) and making it each was in a cool 10 hours

-meeting the love of my life and having ‘Fireside Jams’ night where we sat out in my backyard in millbrook with a campfire and traded songs that have touched our lives (all of which played out of the Jetta’s sound system with all the windows open

-driving Mr. L around for his bachelor party (after which I was subsequently blamed and told I was “going to hell” by Mama L)

There have been years (6 and a half really) more memories than I could put in this blog, and not to get overly sentimental about a car, but I think we all agree cars can be a very consistent partner in our lives. Cars mark times past and herald dreams of the future.

Through a confluence of activity and deals that were available we were able to trade in Eleanor and get a nice new car that has many of the features that we really wanted for a great price. So without further ado I would like to introduce you to the next generation of Mielke family vehicles:

This is (name to be inserted here later). She is a 2007 VW Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 😀 (so sue me the apple doesn’t fall far from the assembly line).




A Mixed Bag

5 06 2007

It would seem that after I spend so much time harassing others for not writing on their blogs that karma has brought that favor back to me. So here goes a mix of what is happening lately:

-after the fervor of the Memorial Day Weekend “Hooters Incident” I have decided I don’t really have much to say on the subject other than this. It is fine to go to Hooter’s and eat if you want to,  you do need to know ahead of time where you are going and you need to expect that in an environment primarily consisting of men ogling women in short orange shorts that you might not be amongs the most respectful people in town. What is NOT to be excused is the quality of service that was received. If you are a manager of a restaurant and a server comes to you and asks you to come swipe your card in the system because you need to cancel NINE ORDERS of food, you’d best get your tail out to that table and find out what the problem is. We had none of that.

-Boot camp happened this morning. Laura is going 3 days a week to have ‘boot camp’ with a teacher friend of hers who is also an aerobics instructor. I decided to go this morning because it might be fun and I am always needing to get in better shape. After I had my “almost asthma attack” and got through the rest of the work out I was fine. What is going to stink will be tomorrow when all the muscles I used feel like they are on fire.

-Laura and I got to spend the day at Lake Martin on Saturday and it was a day filled with nothing but cruising around the lake on a boat. I LOVE THE LAKE. It was so good for my soul just to be out like that especially someplace that I love so much. I have so many fond memories of going up there with Lane and his family to stay at ‘the lake house’. What can I say, I love the lake.

-I am feeling kind of devoid of deep thoughts lately (not that I ever had any profound ones to start with), but I am enjoying reading everyone else’s blogs these days especially as we get some more debate going on politics and prayer and the nature of God and all those things I enjoy discussing.

-I guess that is it for now.

PS-I am still not in school and it is everything I hoped it could be.