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Yup, I'm on Facebook -- Emily set the account up for me yesterday. I'm primarily going to use it as a tool in promoting my writing, which I hope to have good, promotable news about sometime this year. I suppose I should go ahead and post my columns there too, shouldn't I? That'll give me something to talk about in between novel submissions. I'm at: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1202716679

At least that's where I'll be until I figure out why the little nickname changy thing won't come up!



I don't think I ever explained my passing comment awhile back that I was going to be grand marshal in a parade. Actually, I don't think anyone caught the comment, which was buried in one of my typical "I'm so busy!" whiny rants. :-)

Because of our town government's work on a huge courthouse square improvement project, the Town of Albion was named the Citizen of the Year by our Chamber of Commerce. The Noble County Courthouse is at the exact center of Albion, which is county seat and the exact center of Noble County; the project, 80% funded by a state grant, replaced everything from streets, sidewalks, curbs, and streetlights all the way down to water and sewer lines -- the thing was huge, and greatly beautified the downtown.

Anyway, as a result the town government was named Citizen of the Year, and yours truly, as a Council member, is part of town government. The upshot: I'm now one of several grand marshals in the parade, including both Council members and members of the courthouse square committee. We're going to ride at the front of the parade, get off at the reviewing stand, and then judge the parade entries! Our significant others are joining us, which is why Emily will be there judging horse entries while I'm judging fire truck entries. Wish us dry weather -- they're predicting the possibility of storms this afternoon.

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sunshine_tears
Jun. 13th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
I wanna go... but I have to work. :( Have someone take lots of pictures for me!
ozma914
Jun. 14th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
I took a bunch myself! Will post, when things settle down.
ubiquirk
Jun. 13th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
I so need to get past my fear of the Facebook and do what you did.

I hope the parade goes well!
ozma914
Jun. 14th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Oh, so it's *not* just me dealing with the fear of Facebook!

The parade went really well -- it rained all day, sprinkled while we were setting up, then stayed cool and dry all through the parade and the festival afterward. That's as close to perfect weather as we get during fair week!
elizalavelle
Jun. 13th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
I added you :) I'm Lilly Lavelle on Facebook :)
ozma914
Jun. 14th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
I'm glad you told me -- I would have had a head scratching moment!
elizalavelle
Jun. 14th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
:) It's a teacher thing. I had my real name on there but this year I changed it because a friend of mine had her account hacked by a 12 year old and the kid's mom printed out photos of her drinking (having 1 beer at a baseball game - nothing bad) sent them to the school and demanded my friend be fired. She did not lose her job but it shook her up and the advice from her principal was to just use a different name on Facebook, so I do that.
ozma914
Jun. 17th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
Sounds like a wise precaution. Still, I can't help wondering: What business is it of that mom that your friend had a beer while she wasn't at work? Why isn't it the mother getting in trouble, for not controlling her 12 year old and actually supporting the behavior of hacking into other people's accounts? That's way worst than having a beer at a baseball game, which as I understand it is something almost all sports goers do. Sounds like mom had an ax to grind.
elizalavelle
Jun. 17th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Oh the mom sent it in anonymously so the school had no idea who it was. Clearly there are issues there. Her kid probably didn't get an A so she was mad or something along those lines. The school did not fire my friend. But for her it was a really crappy experience and shook her up. She had no idea if it was a student from the previous year or one of her kids who she was still teaching and that's just an icky feeling. Also yes, that kid had no business being on Facebook and if the kid/parent was known I think that question would have come up. The site is for people 16+ years old. Why did the mom let him go on it? Sounded like bad parenting and now the mom's trying to blame teachers for the fact her kid is a brat.
ozma914
Jun. 18th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
that's what I was thinking -- revenge for her little precious not getting special treatment. Also, I'd have completely disregarded it if the source was anonymous; if a person doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to face the person they're accusing, screw 'em.
cbtreks
Jun. 13th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh good! I'm not on Facebook often, but I'm there. I'll friend you.

If it wasn't almost noon, I'd probably drive down to Albion to see the parade and watch you marshalling grandly. As it is, I'm still in pjs, lazing about and thinking about driving up to Niles to see a movie. (We have much bigger theaters in Mishawaka but I just discovered the Wonderland and love it. Two adult matinee tickets, two large drinks, a medium popcorn, one hotdog - $14.50. Seriously.)
cbtreks
Jun. 13th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Hey look - we're already friended! Cool!

(And I forgot to add about the Wonderland - it's first run movies. We saw Terminator there last Saturday.)
ozma914
Jun. 14th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
I'm fast on the trigger, there! :-)

I was going to say that the drive-in was the only place around here where you can get in for that kind of a price. The Strand in Kendallville is a pretty good baragain, but you're still edging toward $20 by the time the snacks are bought. Personally I love the drive-in, although I have trouble finding anyone to go with me these days.
ozma914
Jun. 14th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
Wow -- great price for the movies!!!

I can't say I marshalled grandly -- but at least I didn't get rained on!
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