12/16 The Confidential: New Favorite ELGL Member

I am Kent Wyatt and I support this blog post.

Jim Valvano, former NC State basketball coach, famously said that each day you should “laugh, cry, and think“. The Confidential will try to highlight an article, event, or photo that will help you with your daily laugh, cry, and think.

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”


Friday, December 30

I have a new favorite ELGL member…

Swag is in the mail for Jeremy.


Side shout out to the University of Washington Evans School.


Do you mind if I brag for a minute…you don’t?…thanks! My humble brag is that I’ve made it most of the year without retweeting myself or from any ELGL Twitter account. I need to be rewarded for this.

When the wife and kids are away….you spend the day picking up a new modem and cable box from the Comcast store (fun fact: bottled water and Starburst rewards are freebies at the store) and trying to install the new toys. I did it and it only took a couple of hours. I am happily watching the biggest bowl of them all – the Sun Bowl and straight bloggin’. Don’t be embarrassed if the Sun Bowl does not ring a bell. Kirsten texted me “what’s the Sun Bowl” earlier today. For those less educated, the Sun Bowl is a meaningless college football game featuring UNC and Stanford this year. Riveting television


Think

In the second half of the year, the City of Reno city manager faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment. It’s a complicated story which I’ll let you read and make your own conclusions.

Clinger probe finds no evidence of sexual harassment, but details shortcomings as manager

Although Wall found Clinger did not engage in sexual harassment, he said the women were justified in raising concerns about a hostile work environment and a fear of retaliation.

“There is substantial evidence that the workplace environment at the city deteriorated to a point that (Woman 2) could no longer function there. No evidence suggests that (Woman 2) brought that on herself; rather, the evidence establishes that she was victimized by an unprofessional office environment,” Wall wrote. “It cannot be determined whether Clinger’s inaction was based on his relationship with (Jane Doe) or just a general lack of skill in dealing with staff.”

“Nearly every witness interviewed on the subject agreed that Clinger’s use of the Slack and Telegram texting platforms was entirely inappropriate for city government,” Wall wrote.


Laugh

We’ve laughed through 76 reviews of council meetings so why not one more for 2016. Michael Karlik brings a number of highlights for the recent Schenectady, NY council meeting.

“Regarding the Uber issue,” a woman in a baggy blazer slowly wound herself up. “What is an ‘Uber?’ Is it generic? Is it a brand name? Is it a transitive verb? Is it a modifying adverb? I’d like to know.”

“I’d like to speak on what I call ‘my two cents’ on the smoking ordinance. When I found that this council had passed us a law, I went, ‘seriously? Did the council pass that without realizing some people are not gonna like it?’”

And if the comments from the public hadn’t soured the mood enough, Councilman Vincent Riggi stood up to seal the deal. “Just to clarify the vote on the smoking: YOU brought up that it’s our part to not abstain, Madam President. I don’t know WHY that left-handed shot had to come out. That’s certainly my prerogative to abstain,” he snapped.

Governing and CityLab have done wonders for highlighting local government issues, but I would argue the City Council Chronicles brings equal value by humanizing local government through a unique approach.


Cry

Lindsay Lohan feels the pain of refugees due to her recent finger injury. (You read that right.)

“Losing half of my finger and getting it back was one of the best things that’s ever happened to me,” adding, “If that didn’t happen to me, if I didn’t lose a part of myself essentially—and I weirdly think about this when I meditate—I wouldn’t have stayed in Turkey. I wouldn’t have stayed there, and I wouldn’t have understood what it feels like to lose a limb.”

NBD – I had my appendix removed a few years ago which means I can feel the pain of refugees and childbirth.

Part II: In 2017, I wish for more Braxton Wells and less Lindsay Lohan.

“When we pulled up to the graveyard, he immediately saw the present and took off running,” Ogle said. “The first words he said were, ‘Mommy, I can’t wait to see what my daddy has left me.’ He told me that he thought his daddy flew down from heaven and left him a present.”

Part III: From toddlers to library lovers, when we think romance we think about the public library. We aren’t the only ones – Library lovers find two books, each 42 years overdue, a half-continent from home.


Thursday, December 29

Let’s rock…the end of the year is here but the Confidential doesn’t quit ‘til the early morn’. Unlike other journalists, we award our readers by sparing you another top 10 list of 2016. (Full disclosure: the ELGL annual report provides most of that.)

For hanging with us this year, I have an award for you. Tweet this Confidential post or comment below and I’ll hook you up with free ELGL swag.

We’ve got a lot to cover today so enough with the pleasantries and right to the hot button issues of the day. (P.S: Stay away from us death. We’re watching you.)


Laugh

Trust tree…Admit it, you were a big Skid Row fan. Thank you, now that you admitted it, I have a special surprise for you. Rolling Stone magazine has released a fascinating podcast with Sebastian Bach. You’ll learn how he broke his nose and didn’t know it, waking up in the middle of surgery and walking about of the operating room, and hanging out with Axl Rose.

If podcasts don’t get your blood flowing, may I suggest a book. Our friends at Quartz (full disclosure: we don’t know soul at Quartz) created this handy-dandy map with the most popular library book in each state.

You don’t like podcasts or books, really? Our final attempt to provide a useful recommendation is the Eagle Cam. You can watch live as a pair of bald eagles are expecting to give birth to young eagles. (Internal note: “Google” the term used for baby eagle.) Promise me one thing…if you have enough time to watch the Eagle Cam, don’t tell me about it.


Cry

2016 was not the best year for law enforcement. We won’t rehash the events of 2016. Let’s just hope that 2017 is a quit year in law enforcement. I’ll stand on my soap box long enough to say that certain police departments are doing incredible work, and here’s an example.

3-Year-Old Boy with Stage 4 Cancer Sworn in as Honorary Deputy Sheriff

Landon was treated to a special tour of the sheriff’s office before his family was presented with a check to help with medical expenses. The large sum was raised by deputies who participated in a ‘No Shave November” fundraiser.

Part II: America’s status update on Facebook should be an image of this map. The map sums up how conflicted we are – Oregonian care about Syria, Tennessee is focused on the death of Mr. T, and Harambe led to sleepless for one state.

 


Think

I am outing myself by admitting at least 25% of my tweets contain grammatical errors. Facebook and Instagram help me cover up my faults through the edit button. Twitter has not. (Note to self: delete all tweet containing mistakes before applying for another job.) Considering that Twitter’s timeline is a hot mess you’d assume an edit button would be a no-brainer.

Well, 2017 will be off to a great start if Jack Dorsey follows through on this discussion.

In a seemingly impromptu chat on his platform Thursday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gave hope to those who have long advocated for the feature, telling one user that “a form of edit is def needed” and another that giving users the ability to edit their tweets is something the company is “thinking a lot about.”

When I am tweeting, I am overcome by vague memories of using a typewriter. I remember using a typewriter and thinking twice before striking any key. I was ruled by fear of the cumbersome process of making edits of an typewriter.

Part II: Twitter Committees meet Donald Trump. The bureaucracy of the federal government is preparing for an encounter with the next president.

How to Tweet if You’re in Government and Not Donald Trump: Write, Review, Edit, Seek Approval, Wait, Edit, (Maybe) Send

President-elect Donald Trump, poised to become the first tweeter-in-chief, will assume control of a federal bureaucracy that muffles its social-media presence under pages of rules; ‘Twitter committees’

My hot take: If a Twitter Committee is required, it’s not worth being on social media. A committee will produce bureaucratic jargon that is neither informative or interesting. I stand with Trump on this one – let’s use Twitter as a means of informing our communities.

On the topic on Trump and Twitter, my free advice for President-elect Trump – it’s time to kick it up a notch by using gifs and pictures.

Part III: Something to keep in mind.


Monday, December 26

Thanks for nothing, readers! You didn’t exactly provide a strong answer.

Next time, I’ll save time and just let Michael Jordan flip a coin to choose the answer. That said, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! I hope your Christmas and Hanukkah are full of jean shorts, fruit cake, frozen yogurt gift cards, and Nickelback CD’s.

If you’ve been on Twitter today, your eyes were not deceiving you….ELGL created its first moment on Twitter. Check them out here and here.


Think

When we last met up with “Undercover Boss” at #ELGL15 when Travis Boersma, co-founder of Dutch Bros., shared his experience of being on the show. Fast forward to 2016 where the Gary, IN mayor donned a wig and shoved pooped on the show. My favorite quote from the show was, “This is poop!” If I see a snake, I’m out the door, I’ll tell ya … This stinks enough for me to lose my religion!”

Props to the Gary mayor for appearing on the show to present Gary in a difference light, separate from the gang violence which often attracts the media to Gary.



I am raising my hand to “Undercover Boss” if they want to go undercover with a senior management analyst. My 15-minute mid-morning walk would make for riveting television.


Part II: Is Kwanzaa a holiday? Slate and the Atlantic have raised the question in recent articles.

Still, I’m not ready to join the naysayers who mock Kwanzaa as a pseudo holiday, created to annoy white people and kept alive to peddle cards and kente cloth. “No one is quite sure just what Kwanzaa is,” Jonathan Safran Foer deadpans in a New York Times op-ed this morning. Debra Dickerson called the holiday a “cop out” in a Times op-ed from 2003 because it sidesteps the traditions hard-built by African-Americans over the last centuries. “Insofar as Kwanzaa negates the quintessential Americanness of the slave-descended, it is an affront to the heroism and enunciated goals of our oppressed ancestors,” she wrote.

Part III: I am not a big legal guy but I love when the courts intersect with local government policy. The Illinois Supreme is knee deep in whether a property owner can be sued for inadequately shoveling show. For instance,

The high court reaffirmed earlier this month that the Snow and Ice Removal Act shields property owners from liability if someone gets hurt because they didn’t do a good enough job of shoveling, but only when the snow or ice was the result of natural conditions.

Hat tip to Dr. Z for posting this article.


Laugh

The definition of a crafty kid.

Part II: Disneyworld is a magical place, and now, some are looking to Disney as the model for future cities. (Side note: I hope it doesn’t include long lines, overpriced souvenirs, and creepy costumes.)

What Disney’s city of the future, built to look like the past, says about the present

OUTSIDE the white fence is all strip malls, motels and resort villages. Come off the six-lane highway at the spaghetti junction where Interstate 4 meets Highway 192, go past the ornamental water tower, and you are in Celebration, a town of the sort that America stopped building in the 1950s. Most of its 4,000 homes are small by suburban standards, jutting up against narrow streets. Children walk to school. The small downtown has no chains, apart from an obligatory Starbucks. Its 10,000-odd residents are mostly white, white-collar and Republican. In some ways it is a vision of America’s past. Yet Celebration is only 20 years old.

Starbucks. Walkability. Schools. That’s great. I need to know about the form of government. Are we talking council-manager? Strong mayor? Just tell me that it’s not the hybrid/mess guiding the City of Portland.


Cry

Stop your crying, parents. Osmo is here to save your day. Osmo, the award-winning educational games system for iPad, is gifting me the time to write this blog post. Santa left Osmo under the tree for my two kids and has been in constant use since Christmas afternoon. (Side note: if you aren’t a parent, I hope you stopped reading this entry because you will be bored out of your skull.)

All you need for Osmo is an iPad and a starter kit ($59.99). I ordered the starter kit from Apple.com. You can also purchase at Target, Best Buy, and your other favorite electronic retailers.

Osmo games are geared toward children between 5 and 12. The starter kit comes with Pizza Co., Masterpiece, and Newton. Most of the educational focus is on math and creativity. My kids have no idea that they are learning while playing these games. Ha, ha, ha…


Sunday, December 25

If you hadn’t heard, today is Christmas and the 2nd day of Hanukkah. I can’t watch my kids ripping open wrapping paper and boxes without thinking about the nightmare week ahead for garbage and recycling workers. My bins are overflowing despite my best efforts to squeeze one more box into the bin. I have contemplated dumping my overflow trash and recycling into my neighbors bin; however, after much internal brain debate, I decided this wouldn’t be upholding the Christmas spirit.

One of my favorite Christmas gifts is Grayson Allen’s nightmare. Tweet #ELGLXmas with the best gift you received and the best gift you gave to your family, friends, or ELGL.

Also, under the tree, I found a City of Evanston, IL mug courtesy of Cindy Plante. I’m now a Northwestern University fan.

#FunFact: ELGL is the only professional association that is always open. H/T to Ian Davidson for publishing today’s Buzz.


Think

Embrace Debate: Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas.


Laugh 

People forget that sometimes we take Internet feuds a little too far. Taking a step back, it does seem crazy to engage in Internet arguing, so much so that you want to meet the actual person, not just their avatar, for a physical altercation. It’s unfathomable for someone to go out of their way to find their Internet enemy, right?

This is an oldie but a goodie – Guy drives to Temecula to fight someone over a Kobe Bryant Twitter argument on Christmas.


Cry

Speechless.

…the internet is not.


Thursday, December 22

While you were sleeping, my undergraduate degree from Elon University was increasing in value. Elon has gained national attention for being the recipient of Grayson Allen’s kick/trip/temper tantrum. Elon player Steven Santa Ana (pro tip: don’t trip a guy named Santa in December) is now a recognizable name and handled the situation with class unlike the opponent.

A couple of fun facts about Elon, before I return to calculating the value of my Elon degree and spending the “extra” money that I am blessed with.

Former baseball manager Jack McKeon is an Elon graduate. He won a World Series. NBD. GovLove featured Elon University and the nationally recognized Elon Poll. I worked as an admissions counselor at Elon where I drove a white Chevy Astro minivan to every high school in North Carolina.


Think

This new TedTalk is a worth a listen.

What will you tell your daughters about 2016?

With words like shards of glass, Chinaka Hodge cuts open 2016 and lets 12 months of violence, grief, fear, shame, courage and hope spill out in this original poem about a year none of us will soon forget.



Laugh

My wish for 2017?!?! More stank leg in local government, please. Props to the New Britain Police for setting the tone as we flip the calendar.

Police officer’s stanky leg is better than yours


 


G-Unit

Police departments are owning the holiday season. The ‘Grandma Unit’ in Charleston, WV is unlike any other.

‘Grandma Unit’ hits streets as part of police department

The grandmas are going to be busy carrying out their mission of spreading love and hugs, something they said people can never have too much of.

“Sometimes I’m not feeling good or I’m feeling low, and somebody will give me a hug, and I’ll feel better and then I’ll share my hug with someone else,” Smith said.


Now that the Police has you feeling good, it’s time for your final exam. Rank the Charlie Brown Christmas dancers from 1 to 12. Once you are finished, grade your own paper using the 538 answer key.

 


Cry 

Maybe, I am from South Carolina. Previously, I would get offended when asked whether I was from North or South Carolina. I was quick to point out that South Carolina is vastly inferior to North Carolina. I may have been wrong. The story of the attempted repeal of HB2. North Carolina has some of the best run local governments, but the state government is a legitmate dumpster fire.

How Did North Carolina’s Deal to Repeal H.B. 2 Fall Apart? An attempt to roll back the state’s controversial “bathroom bill” collapsed amid recriminations on Wednesday.


 

Emoji Challenge

Describe your 2016 in three emojis or less. Participate by tweeting your emojis #ELGL2016.


Wednesday, December 21

Your thoughts and prayers have produced a miracle. Walmart assembled two bikes in less than a week and I was only on hold for 30 minutes to gain this intel. Not only are ELGL members award-winning, they also are miracle workers.

This goes in the NBD (no big deal) category. Elon University, where I received my undergraduate degree, is beating Dook University at halftime. I predict that the referees will ensure a Dook victory but it’s clear the Phoenix (formerly the Fightin’ Christians) are playing mind games with Dook.

 


Laugh

I’ll assume that, like myself, you are well read and enjoy fine literature like “David Has Too Many Toys.

Based on this cute picture-graph-thing, our favorite character David was spoiled and was given too many toys. Points awarded to David’s parents for their standing ground.


Cry

I experienced a two hour commute home last week because of an inch or two of snow. The National Weather Service felt my pain by adjusting their advisory system. You can impress people at work tomorrow when you break out this tidbit.

You might if you were among the thousands stranded in their cars because of skating-rink-like road conditions. This neglected minor event turned into a commuting disaster.

In an effort to prevent future such “commutageddons,” the National Weather Service is testing a new product called the “Potential Winter Commuting Hazard.”

That is my Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa present to you. I expect a thank you note.


Think

I was tempted to tell a fib (nice word for lie) and claim that I came up with this bit of local government brillance. Props to the Joplin Library for concisely and effectively telling their story.

I’ve been outsmarted again by Sam Anselm and his Joplin staff.


Tuesday, December 20

So close to Christmas and Walmart controls my fate. I’ll be a hero or zero based on Walmart. I ordered two bikes from Wally-Mart – one of the bikes is assembled, the other is not. According to the bike department, they will try to assemble the other bike before Christmas. I guess you get what you pay for (or as Dave Matthews sings “You Pay for What You Get”). Walmart is giving the ol’ 75% perfect effort which is really all I can ask.

On a semi-related, but interesting note, New York Magazine is ready to be your personal shopper – 19 Gifts (on Sale!) You Can Still Nab With Two-Day Shipping.


Think

Part I: What happens when Justin Timberlake shares your video? I have no clue, however, the Town of Gilbert, AZ knows. In the new Government Gone Digital podcast, Gilbert discusses how you can set yourself up for success and how to handle that success when it happens.

About the Justin Timberlake video….


Gilbert gets down to Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’


Props to their digital team. Their podcast is a must listen for any local government professionals. Extra props for focusing on “making things happen” regardless of perceived resource constraints.

Spoiler alert: Dana Brechman appears on an upcoming GovLove episode to discuss Gilbert’s success. Fun Fact: Jennifer Aniston is Dana’s celebrity look-alike.

Part II: I spend a chunk (I know not my favorite word either) of my time each day listening to podcasts. I’d conservatively say that 70% of the podcasts include an advertisement from MVMT watches. The frequency of the ads lead me to think that the watches probably had the same lifespan of a goldfish. My conclusion, for now, may not be correct. MVMT watches are apparently hip with the #Mwords – How two 25-year-old college dropouts built a watch company that made $60 million this year.

Part III: Instead of complaining about the presidential election on Facebook or Twitter, the mayor of South Bend, IN put pen to pad and wrote a letter from flyover country.


Laugh

Part I: I’ve never considered a fox to be a cute animal until now…


Part II: I had my doubts about Santa and his willingness to get his hands dirty. My doubts were cast aside when I saw Santa pitched in by driving the snow plow in Janesville, WI. Pretty sure that the Tooth Fairy, Cupid, or Easter Bunny would not have done the same. A Knope of the Week performance by Santa!


Cry

City officials were at fault in the Flint, MI lead crisis. This finding was made today along with top city officials being charged.

“All too prevalent, and very evident, during the course of this investigation has been a fixation on finances and balance sheets. This fixation has cost lives,” he said at a press conference Tuesday. “The tragedy that we know as the Flint water crisis did not occur by accident, no. Flint was a casualty of arrogance, disdain and a failure of management.”

Everyone in government loses from the situation in Flint. Blame can be placed on all levels and numerous individuals.


Sunday, December 18

Don’t worry about me. I am fine after UNC lost on a heartbreaking last second shot to Kentucky. After losing to Villanova in more heartbreaking fashion (not sure that phrase makes sense) and watching the Seahawks pass instead of run from the one-yard line in the Super Bowl, yesterday’s Kentucky loss is a walk in the park. Cue the pity party…and cue some Sunday Funday for the Confidential.

As you can see, Michael Jordan could not ever watch the end.


Cry

Part I: Just like Men’s Warehouse, we guarantee this next clip will make you feel better about your situation.

Part II: Hipsters rejoice! The holiday season has become inclusive to all groups including hipsters – Christmas 2016: You Can Buy Your Very Own Hipster Nativity Set.

 


Laugh

Part I: Quick…quick…tell us the best meme of 2016. Best viral sensation of 2016? We are partial to Ken Bone, Harambe, and Stay Woke (that one’s for you, Marc Nelson). New York Magazine did the thinking for you and came up with a viral moment for each day of year. (Christmas came early this year.) You can embrace more debate on the topic in the ELGL50 Facebook group where more than 100 ELGL members have weighed in.

Part II: I am climbing atop my soapbox to preach a life lesson — don’t ever make a bet where if you lose you have to get a tattoo (especially if it involves a barbwire or Chinese writing tattoo). A Chicago Cub, who is not an ELGL member, did not take my advice and he’s now rocking a Coastal Carolina tattoo. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?

I award 0.5 points to Jake for paying off a bet that he lost, but I think this is one bet where you say that you’re fingers were crossed when you made the bet so it doesn’t count.


Think

Kitties are more powerful than elected officials. For some of you, I just stated the obvious, for others, you might be offended. We now have proof the kitties have nine lives and should not be challenged.

In July, a city worker apparently demanded Browser’s removal after the worker was not allowed to bring a puppy to work at City Hall. Two-legged library workers were outraged, and many people who use the library often said that they were unhappy with Bowser’s dismissal.

The White Settlement City Council took up the issue of what to do with Browser, with Clements being the lone vote to get rid of the favorable feline.

Browser got a reprieve following a world-wide backlash, and reports say there were still some hard feelings among council members after the cat fight.

Councilman Clements eventually ran out of his nine lives after he was defeated in a landslide in November’s election.

Mayor Ron White says as far as he’s concerned, Browser’s job title is now “Library Cat for Life.”

 


Friday, December 16

Back from a trip to Wisconsin, The Confidential is ready to drop knowledge on you. The Confidential also has unexpected free time resulting from a whopping 2 to 4 inches of snow in the Portland area.


Think

Part I: Here’s a bad idea….take a stadium full of people who have been drinking and let them bring guns into an NFL stadium. I thought serving chicken n’ waffles in the Seahawks stadium was unnecessary. This is REALLY unnecessary. Selfish, if the proposal passes, I’ll save a few minutes getting into the stadium since there will be no need for metal detector wand. I’m willing to sacrifice those few minutes for knowing that getting caught in the crossfire at an NFL stadium is not a possibility.

Lawmaker Defends Proposal To Allow Concealed Weapons In Stadiums

Part II: My childhood is dead. This is obvious for a number of reasons including I am a 38-year old with two kids. Less obvious is how the iconic seesaw from my childhood is disappearing. The New York Times covers the disappearance of the seesaw (not my childhood) “The Downward Slide of the Seesaw“.

Part III: City Council Chronicles shows a lil’ California Love by covering a City of Millbrae, CA council meeting. Here’s a snippet for you:

That being said: once in 73 council meetings was enough. This isn’t “High School Orchestra Chronicles,” so I won’t review their performance. But let’s just say, I was very, very happy for this city council meeting to start.

“I’m very, very proud of these young people. They’re go-getters,” Council Member Wayne Lee rhapsodized. “Michael, I understand you’re going to Yale, which is exciting!”

The chamber roared for the violinist. One of the staff reached over and high fived him.

Once again, the Chronicles shows why its the second best website on the World Wide Web. We all know the ELGL website was ranked number one by tech experts. (We can’t reveal the expert’s names. Sorry.)

Part IV: The City of Mountain View Police Department has gone “rogue”.

 

 


Laugh

Coverage of football has a case of the funnies.

 

Cry

 


Sunday, December 4

We took our #cityhallselfie in front of the San Francisco City Hall so the Wyatt clan can now return to the Pacific Northwest. I saw this picture on Twitter this morning.

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This could be me at the Seahawks vs. Packers game next Sunday in Green Bay. (Note to self: pack my hipster long johns.


Laugh

I Want My McRib! Apparently, this inspired speech about the McRib took place in 2015. It’s the first that I’ve seen of it which makes it new to me. A lot of interesting characters appear from parts unknown for their two to three minutes of fame during the public comment period of the council meeting.

Bottom line: Less complaining about your neighbor’s house, more complaining about almost pork products. Watch: Hilarious plea for city council to bring the McRib.


Cry 

While we’re on the topic of fast food restaurants, here’s another one for you. A Burger King parking lot is where this story begins. This fascinating articles traces the journey of a missing person who is not physically missing, instead he’s mentally missing and no one knows who he is.  The Last Unknown Man

Early one summer morning, Son Yo Auer, a Burger King employee in Richmond Hill, Georgia, found a naked man lying unconscious in front of the restaurant’s dumpsters. It was before dawn, but the man was sweating and sunburned. Fire ants crawled across his body, and a hot red rash flecked his skin. Auer screamed and ran inside. By the time police arrived, the man was awake, but confused. An officer filed an incident report indicating that a “vagrant” had been found “sleeping,” and an ambulance took him to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah, where he was admitted on August 31, 2004, under the name “Burger King Doe.”

Tons of fun facts are tucked into this article including the history of how and why the government develop social security numbers.


Quote of the Day?

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Think

You might not want to hear this one. I am currently in-flight back to Portland, before we departed, Kirsten captured the words of the gentleman behind us.

While that’s fine and dandy, I am more concerned about this.

Where would the puking stop in this situation? The joys of flying…

 


Friday, December 2

We’re leaving on a jet plane/don’t know when I’ll be back again…The Wyatt family is off to Northern California. The kiddos are watching the Minions (again) and I am spending time with you by blogging. I am guessing Northern California will be a tad warmer than next weekend’s destination — Appleton/Green Bay, Wisconsin.

If you are thinking about watching the Wyatt clan through Kirsten’s computer, think again…

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Laugh

An ELGL member has landed on Buzzfeed. (Hot take: my purchase of the Plano hoodie made this possible. Hotter take: Your indifference by not purchasing Plano merchandise prevented Plano from landing the number #1 spot.) Here’s the Buzzfeed article – 15 Things All DFW Metroplex Moms Know To Be True, Y’all.

Shannah Hayley, the brains behind the creation, explained how it went down in this ELGL article – It’s a Little Plano in Here: How a Reality Television Show Supercharged Engagement.

Breaking news: We’ve added the Plano gear to our list of Festivus giveaways. Must enter to play.


Cry

Can’t decide whether you like Duke or not…This sign carried into the Duke vs. Michigan State basketball game by a Duke student should either begin your hatred of Duke or strengthen your hatred.

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Don’t forgot…Duke is bad.


Think

Stay woke on company logos because they are not what you think. Here are 14 hidden images in logos that you won’t be able to unsee.

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Pittsburgh Zoo, Hershey Kisses, and Bronx Zoo win the top three logos with hidden meanings.

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