Yup, I survived my first ever earthquake this weekend. When it happened, I didn’t realize it was an earthquake. I was on the second floor and felt a jolt, just feeling things were out of the ordinary. Initially I thought gigantic bird landed landed on the roof like a big thud, but then noticed the projector I have mounted on the ceiling was shaking, then twitter blew up.
What I almost didn’t survive this weekend, WifeGeeding and GirlGeeding being sick.
The morning after the earthquake I noticed a small crack on one of the walls, I’m not sure if was there before or was a result of the quake.
In the Jim Lehrer presidential debate book that I’m reading, he stated he was the first moderator to ever have the opportunity to ask an original question, and he admittedly flopped by asking Bush and Dukakis this question in 1988,”The polls say the number one domestic issue to a majority of voters is drugs. What is there about these times that drives or draws so many Americans to use drugs?” But the second moderator ever permitted to ask an original question was CNN’s Bernard Shaw at the next presidential debate 18 days later and he addressed it to Dukakis, and it was quite memorable, “Governor, if Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?”
I forgot that in the 1992 election when Bush, Clinton, and Perot debated that all three debates were within eight days of each other. If you include the VP debate, then all four debates were within eight days. You’d think they were a little more spread out.
One reason Ross Perot’s running mate, retired Vice Admiral James Stockdale, did so poorly in his only debate appearance was that he had no idea he was invited. He only found out a week before the debate, and Perot apologized for not telling him that he accepted the invitation on his behalf three weeks prior. That poor man was the subject of a lot of ridicule, despite being a Medal of Honor recipient and no one taking into his full remarks after saying “Who am I? What am I doing here?” I thought his remarks were quite elegant, and you can read them here.
I’m quite fascinated about how much Lehrer writes about his mistakes and short comings, he’s quite sincere and brutal about it in this book. For instance, Perot refused to be interviewed for this book, despite the involvement from his former running mate and past presidents and candidates. Lehrer thinks it’s because of a fictional novel he wrote and that he used Perot’s real name as a Sunday morning political talk show host, as opposed to other characters in the book. The fictional names he chose in those books all related to former Dallas Cowboys.
I caught the “60 Minutes” interview with former Gov Arnold Schwarzeenegger. If I recall correctly, it stated he became a millionaire not through body building or movies, but investing in real estate.