Friday, March 1, 2002  [!]

March. I can't believe it. Well, I can.

Actually, on this day 18 years ago, a baby was born to some friends of mine. This baby was the first of this generation, you know, where the first of your peers get married and (gasp!) start reproducing. This particular baby missed being a Leap Year baby by some 30 minutes, being born at 12:27 am on March 1, 1984 (a leap year). I first laid eyes on this wee one when he was less than 8 hours old, and watched as his mother awkwardly changed his diaper for the first time.

It's one of those things that's impossible to telló which is the weightier thing, to turn 18 and be a legal adult, to be eligible to vote and all of that, or to be an older adult, well past the age of the untrustable 30, staggering backwards while remembering so clearly the day when that baby was eight hours old. Was that really eighteen years ago? Yes, I know it wasn't yesterday, or the day before yesterday, but it seems like maybe four or five days before yesterday.

Eighteen years is a long long time. And it's not a long time at all.

Happy Birthday, Russell.

Tugging The little tugboat that what?!? [via Doc]

Better Shred than Dead...

"Oh, Bother!" said Pooh Disney shreds documents relating to Pooh. Okay so this story is a month old, but I just learned of it today in email from a friend

NY Post report

In a bitter, 11-year-old lawsuit with a family that owns the commercial rights to Winnie the Pooh, the Walt Disney Co. was systematically destroying "massive amounts of documents . . . hundreds of boxes and thousands of pages" that might have shown it withheld or under-reported Pooh royalties, newly unsealed court records reveal.

Hollywood Reporter: Call it a case of Bear vs. Rodent, or W. Pooh vs. M. Mouse

At stake is the right to sell Pooh and his pals Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet and Christopher Robin in the United States and Canada, an enterprise that globally is said to contribute as much as one-fifth of the $25 billion Disney generated in 2001 from sales on every continent but Antarctica. The judge in the case has said the family can terminate the Pooh contract if breach or fraud is found at trial sometime later this year.

The Monitor: Get Eisner Down Here

A former Superior Court judge who served as a court-appointed referee overseeing the discovery process was apparently infuriated at the company's failure to produce records and worried out loud about their possible disappearance, the court records show, and he threatened Disney with a contempt order if it did not begin to comply with his orders. At one point, records show, he threatened to have Disney's chairman, Michael Eisner, brought into court.

Oh, I dunno. I never ever liked the Disney version of Winnie the Pooh. 'specially Tigger.

Enron Spin Will Define Bush (written by a coupla guys "who now manage crises for corporations" tho before they were helping the Clinton admin respond to the whole Whitewater thing)

Bush's Marriage Plan is Doomed for Divorce

Primary Colors....

Speaking of being eligible to vote, there's a primary here in California next week... Gotta dig out my sample ballot and see what's up for deciding... The Tortise and the Hare: A California GOP Primary Tale

The other day, while checking phone messages, I got one from Dick Riordan. Well, a recording at least. (vote for me, here's why.) Earlier today, talking to my dad about machines to counteract telemarketers and any call made by an automatic computer-generated dialer, he told me about a contraption that his brother has. Thanks to Google, I discovered the name: The Telezapper. If I had one, I prolly woulda missed out on that important message from Mr. Riordan, as well as many other of those (cough cough) courtesy calls. "Courtesy Call" is an oxymoron, like "military intelligence" or "jumbo shrimp." But about those telezappers. Got one? Do you like it?

SF Gate Election News

Daypop on Prop 42

Sacramento Bee election stories

LA Times Voter Guide

LA Times: Gubernatorial race Easy Reading Voter Guide (is Easy Reading Voter Guide another oxymoron?)

OC Register: Election 2002 Local stuff at top, scroll down for statewide issues.

California Insurance Commissioner... New Times LA follows the money

[Doug Heller of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights says,] "You can't -- if you're putting yourself up for the position to regulate the insurance industry -- take money from the industry. [Calderon's] getting an extreme amount of money from companies that he'd be required to oversee, possibly fine, enforce the law against [and] deny or approve rate increases for. It's the kind of relationship that's very dangerous. This hurt thousands of policyholders, particularly Northridge earthquake victims, who were abused and defrauded by their insurance companies. Even though the Quackenbush administration found out plenty about that, it never did anything because it was bought off by the industry."

....Neither Garamendi nor Umberg has accepted campaign money from insurance firms.

Daypop search results for California Insurance Commissioner