Showing posts with label me. Show all posts
Showing posts with label me. Show all posts

Addressing wedding rumors

As many regular Blogland readers know, the discussion of personal matters on this blogsite, even when allegations and rumors have focused upon the author/publisher/tyrant of the Blogland himself, is generally not allowed.

However, it seems necessary to make an exception in order to address recent allegations which have been circulating around state political circles about yours truly.

If you want to read on, you're welcome to do so. If you're one of those who wants to stick to the issues (which we generally applaud), you're welcome to skip down to the next article or surf elsewhere.

Turning 40 ... with the 80s

Turning 40 today wasn't so bad with a little help from my friends from across South Carolina, as well as family, co-workers, students and faculty members. There I was, in an 80s throwback outfit: Rayban sunglasses, Members Only jacket, skinny tie and Vans checkerboard shoes, getting roasted by friends and family.

In another flashback to teenage days, the cops got called and three cars of guests were wrecked (and kudos to Congressman Tim Scott for keeping a rather upset elderly driver company for most of the time he was visiting at the event). But in this case, it wasn't the booze - just hydroplaning by cars driving by.

Here's two people in my life who made it out for the event My 12 year-old daughter Bonnie (on the right) and my nine year-old sister Kelly (on the left).

But wait, there's more. My oldest daughter Cecilia will be making me a grandparent in May or June.

Since the Dems are already taking cheap shots (no doubt mad at not getting invited to the party) at Scott for his attempt to sing Journey, may as well share the video of the performance:

Happy Birthday to me

Yours truly will be turning 40 tomorrow. We were warned this day was coming, but wow ... it's another when that day actually arrives.

But who says we have to grow up?

We'll be celebrating Blogland style all day and night long. Stay tuned for pics from the event - and possibly a request for bond money.

Turning 40?

According to reports from multiple sources, the editor/publisher/psycho of the Blogland will be turning 40 this month.

When asked for comment, Earl Capps admitted the allegations, confirming the date of said milestone would be reached this Saturday, February 5th.

Other reports about efforts to embarass the hell out of him for this occasion have been circulating, but nothing has been confirmed.

Happy Birthday to me

Tomorrow is my birthday, so I'll be taking the day off from blogging. Hope everyone has a good weekend.

If you want to do anything for my birthday, be sure to attend tomorrow's benefit event for Nettie Britts in Greenville, or send a check to the address below if you can't make it:

Attn: Dean Allen
8 Rutledge Avenue Greenville, SC 29617

Carolinas AGC Legislative Reception is TONIGHT!

While we hope you've marked your calendar already, the calendar girls are here to remind you one more time that the annual Carolinas AGC legislative reception will be held this evening from 6 to 8 pm at the Koger Center.

This is a great opportunity for legislators to unwind a bit after session and touch base with people in the state's construction industry, so we're hoping to see a lot of legislators and staff there.

Of course, the Blogland will be there, so you don't want to miss the occasion.

Carolinas AGC legislative reception - next Wednesday

We're just a week away from the big annual Carolinas AGC legislative reception, which will be held on Wednesday, February 3.

This is a great opportunity for legislators and staff members to unwind a bit after session and touch base with people in the state's construction industry, so we're hoping to see a lot of legislators and staff there.

Of course, the Blogland will be there, so you don't want to miss the occasion.

That's Wednesday, February 3 from 6 to 8 pm at the Koger Center, right across from the State House. Mark your calendar and come join us.

Birthday fun in Florence

Stephanie Rawlinson is one of the rising stars of Republican politics in the Pee Dee region. So it wasn't too much of a surprise to see many of Florence County's most active GOP operatives gathered for a surprise birthday party last night.

Even her husband was in on the plot, with her walking into a house packed full of appreciative friends, having no idea what was planned.

Anytime people follow the belief that GOP really means "G-O-Party", the Blogland is gonna be there as well. So with not much else to do that night, I went on up to show our appreciation for her work - and to have a lot of fun. Which everyone did.

While the cake refers to a 40th birthday, that is NOT how old she really is. However, I am not at liberty to say how old she really is. Something about getting drug into a swamp and beat to a pulp ...

As always, thanks to the most fun trio in South Carolina Republican circles: the McLaughlin sisters and Dana "the Lubricant Chick" Shriver, who were holding a ladies-only meeting in back when it was time to leave.

Responding to Pat Robertson

In watching the unfolding disaster in Haiti, it's amazing that somewhere so close to the United States could go through such a disaster. For some, it's bound to make us wonder if we could face the same thing here. Especially since the Charleston metropolitian area is seismic ground zero for the eastern half of the United States, with the grim calamity of the Great Charleston Quake of the late 1800s as proof of what could happen.

A lot of us hope and pray that it's not as bad as it seems, but when even the Presidential palace and Parliament building have collapsed, the dead includes people as prominent as the nation's Catholic Archbishop, it's hard to imagine that it's not going to be as bad as initial reports are suggesting. In addition to the massive loss of life, the nation of Haiti may have, for all practical purposes, ceased to exist as a functioning nation or society for the forseeable future. This will likely have major long-lasting consequences for those in Haiti, as well as through the rest of the region.

Then we get Pat Robertson, who blamed gay and lesbian Americans as one of the reasons for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, offers his own thoughts about what happened and why. According to CNN:

Robertson, the host of the "700 Club," blamed the tragedy on something that "happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it."

The Haitians "were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever," Robertson said on his broadcast Wednesday. "And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.' True story. And so, the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' "

As someone who was raised Baptist, but later crossed over to become Catholic, I respect Protestants. including Evangelicals and Fundamentialists, even if I have come to see faith a little differently. I have no doubt that many are as puzzled as I am about what was said.

I have to thank a friend of mine for sharing a blog posting that looks at what was said, and expresses his own view of faith. Part of it stood out, as it is some of how my faith works for me:

Faith in Christ, for me, is similar. It’s intimate. I’m more comfortable giving quiet prayers, intimate prayers. Often alone, in fact. I speak of faith the way I speak of personal matters. Of course there is a time for proclamations, but that’s the key, isn’t it? There’s a time. And a prayer isn’t a proclamation, it’s a prayer! It’s sometimes annoying to hear a prayer that is actually a sermon disguised as a prayer. I always picture God standing there listening, confused, asking the guy praying whether he was talking to Him or somebody else.

These seem to be good things to keep in mind. As we head into the weekend, let us keep the people of Haiti - and each other - in our thoughts and prayers, private, personal, and otherwise.

Carolinas AGC Legislative Reception - February 3

Like the calendar girl is suggesting ... it's that time of year again - the annual Carolinas AGC legislative reception will be held on Wednesday, February 3.

This is a great opportunity for legislators to unwind a bit after session and touch base with people in the state's construction industry, so we're hoping to see a lot of legislators and staff there.

Of course, the Blogland will be there, so you don't want to miss the occasion.

That's Wednesday, February 3 from 6 to 8 pm at the Koger Center, right across from the State House. Mark your calendar and come join us.

At the State House today

It was a long day at the State House, talking about a couple of issues important to the Blogland - and the people of South Carolina - with a lot of legislators.

As always, it was great to see all the friendly folks - and its always funny to see people who should hate yours truly for past stories, but never stop to think that this long-haired, casually-dressed type was the trouble-making author of the Blogland.

A lot of people deserve thanks for their hospitality today, as well as their willingess to discuss these issues. We won't go into details as to what we talked about, or who with, but they know.

We'd have gotten to more Senators today, but with the late filibuster in the Senate, it just wasn't in the cards. For those who couldn't make their appointments, no problem. For those staffers who did their best to accomoodate us, thanks!

Of course, January is "hunting season", where college board and judicial candidates swarm the State House, seeking appointments or re-appointments. We got to talk with a few of them as well (but a lot of them have no interest in someone who is not a legislator and some are quite rude about it) today, and we appreciate their willingness to talk, but as the photo above shows, some legislators are begging for mercy.

Which we've talked about before.

The one we saw around the most was Maite Murphy, eagerly working for at At-Large Circuit Court seat.

More on those issues we've discussed soon ...

The Blogland goes Upstate

Thanks go out to all those who took the time to meet with yours truly over the last two days in the first round of the holiday Palmetto State tour. Your hospitality was greatly appreciated.

Part Two of the holiday tour begins tomorrow, taking me to the Upstate, where I'll be until Sunday. While I've got a few meetings planned, meeting my readers is important to me as well.

So ... if you're reading this and are interested in meeting up, drop me an email and we'll see what can be worked out.

Merry Christmas from the Blogland

As Christmas approaches, we take you to Ontario, for the first part of the Great Compline of the Nativity, one of the kinds of services you'll see at my parish as we celebrate Christmas.

Our readers are welcome to join yours truly for Christmas services, which will be held on Christmas Eve at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on America Street in downtown Charleston, one block north of Columbus Street:

  • Royal Hours of the Nativity, 10 am-noon
  • Vesperal Liturgy of the Nativity, 2-5 pm
    Divine Liturgy of the Nativity, 6-8 pm

If you catch me there, I'll even buy you lunch or dinner afterwards (current parishoners not eligible for this offer) for a Christmas present. How's that for a deal?

As the next few days will be rather busy, this will likely be the last Blogland posting before Christmas Day. We in the Blogland wish all our readers (with great politically-incorrect intents) a very safe, happy and joyous Christmas.

I never knew a freeway project was such big news

Today's write-up in the Charleston Post and Courier about my company's I-26 project, which featured yours truly, ended up making six daily papers around the state: Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill, and Spartanburg.

The project, planned for completion in April 2011, is ahead of schedule, he said. However, Capps declined to say when the work would be finished. "It's our intention to beat that completion date," he said.

The $11.6 million redesigned Remount Road interchange that is part of the project was recently completed in 126 days, which beat the contract for that work by 24 days. The new interchange is the "first major milestone" for the project, he said. The interchange has reopened except for a newly designed part that will connect along I-26 west from Remount Road to Aviation Avenue.

"Remount Road is going to be much better," Capps said. The interchange has taken on even more importance as a vital artery to the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner assembly plant in North Charleston, which is expected to employ at least 3,800 people

Although the I-26 work is ahead of schedule, worker safety continues to be an issue, and Capps said the public can help with that problem. So far, seven work vehicles have been hit and one employee struck but not seriously injured, he said.

When the work gears back up in early January, Capps urged drivers to follow the posted, reduced speed limits in the work zones. "Every person driving through this project is part of our safety team," he said.

One of the nicest things about my work doing community and media relations for my company is that our major projects are consistently finished ahead of schedule. There's no need to BS or spin good news.

But I always figured that in order to become statewide news, I'd have to do something far more heinous.

The CofC guest speaker series continues this spring

One of the best benefits of being a major-league political blogger is the extensive range of contacts that it's allowed me to make. I've used these friendships to help add value to the clases I teach at the College of Charleston by getting three or four speakers for each class. Thus far, the line-up has been impressive, including business executives, lawyers, judges, teachers, legislators and other elected VIPs - up to the Speaker of the House and statewide elected officials.

I'm lining up guest speakers for the spring, and thus far, I'm getting a strong response. If you have a fairly advanced career, and would like to discuss public or managerial communication and your career, I may have room for YOU to come speak to one of my classes.

The rules are simple: 1) plan to talk for 15-20 minutes, mostly about what you do and relate it to the class - usually public speaking or organizational communication, 2) take some questions, and best of all, 3) discussions are generally not reported on the Blogland.

If you're interested,
drop me an email and let's see if we can get you down to the College of Charleston.

Just as long as you don't end up like this guy:

There's Gotta Be A Redneck Joke In This

Earlier this evening, the Blogland accepted the hospitality of Rep. Phillip Lowe, the Florence GOP's McLaughlin sisters (... and Dana too!) and other upstanding figures in Florence politics at Lowe's "Redneck Christmas Party". Off all the many GOP events attended around the state, this event was undoubtedly the most enjoyable and creative one we've been to in years.

The place was packed with assorted rednecks ... including a redneck professor who reportedly was proud of his mail order degrees, for which he paid top dollar.

Reputed Pee Dee blogger Mike Reino was not at the event. Something tells us someone meant to make sure he didn't get there.

As the photos indicate, no amount of effort or expense was spared in hosting a high-class event:

We're not sure if Social Services was called in to investigate this one:

More photos can be found via my Facebook photo album page.

Remount Road & Interstate 26 to re-open for business

Later this morning, the Remount Road interchange with Interstate 26 in North Charleston will re-open after a four-month closure.

Less than 24 hours before the re-opening, Father Titus Fulcher - my priest - and our cantors came out to bless the new overpass, offering prayers for the safety of our workers and motorists, as well as the successful completion of re-opening operations.

Given the continuing difficulties in addressing work zone safety and all the efforts that have been made to improve safety for our workers and motorists alike, it can't hurt to get a few additional prayers to help.

Rocking with Tesla tonight at "The Farm"

I'll be rocking with Tesla at the Music Farm tonight. Tickets are still available, so come join the Blogland for a hell of a great night!

One of their classic hits - Edison's Medicine:

... and something from their new album - I Wanna Live:

For those who say I'm evil

... here's proof - a Halloween photo of the Evil Professor.

This week's "Public speaking and my career" guest speakers

As part of my ongoing series of guest speakers in my public speaking classes who are talking about public speaking and their careers, this week's guest speakers are:

  • Wednesday night - Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers
  • Thursday night - S.C. State Rep. Anton Gunn
For those of you who may be interested in watching these speakers, we'll be in Room 320 at the Beatty Center, which is at the College of Charleston's downtown campus on Liberty Street, starting at 6:00 p.m. both nights.