Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Russian Cabin Fever

I would hurt someone.....not because of the confined space....because I couldn't talk. Mom used to ask my sister (3 years younger) how her school day went. She never asked how mine was. Just a daily briefing a la Jen's whopping 6-hour class schedule would run her minimum 45 min. By the time we hit recess she either changed the subject or left the room. I was seven, you can imagine how our phone calls go at 25.

 New York Times 3/31/2009
MOSCOW — On Tuesday, six people will be voluntarily locked into a cloister of cramped, hermetically sealed tubes woven inside a Moscow research facility the size of a high school gymnasium. They will eat dehydrated food, breathe recycled air and be denied conversation with practically everyone else but one another.
And they must stay inside for 105 days.

In a small step in the direction of Mars, the international crew is embarking on a simulated flight to the planet to test the limits of human tolerance for the isolation and monotony of interplanetary travel.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wag the Dog

I hope she meant the neighbor - not the roomies. Decide for yourself 
Hey Jen,
I saw this video on youtube and there's this lady that kind of resembles you. Check it out:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Well sort of.

So I'm sitting at my favorite local watering hole (and predecessor to my retirement project Zoe and Joes) The Crystal City Sports Pub when who should I see...none other than Terry McAuliffe, former Clinton Fundraiser and DNC Chairman;  and current Gubernatorial candidate.

It all happened so fast, I didn't get the opportunity to work my Jen Richer charm and say hello again (we've met two other times) but I was able to snag a photo from a guy who snapped it on his iphone.

Celebrities eh, but politicos heck this was a full blown TMZ moment for me. Running to tell the owners who I just saw eating in their bar, I was expecting at least one 'wow' or at least a 'now way."

Instead I received four blank stares and one bold "who?". So much for everyone knowing your name - even if you are running for governor.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Separated at Birth??

Let's play a little Separated at Birth .....

Aunti Kathy and Bill Clinton

Pat Brogan and this Jem

and according to Bill Thompson from work.....it's easy to get the baby faces confused.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Basket Bracket

It's that time of the year again where office productivity wanes in honor of March Madness! Drawing from my highly honed basketball skills, (ha!) I have put together my bracket. Do yours and we can compare notes!

Friday, March 6, 2009


From the Desk of Jen Richer: New Media Addict.

Thanks Joanie for the tip on this strip!

Today is all Twitterific! This morning I schooled Joe Scarborough (former Congressman and host of Morning Joe) on how better to use his Twitter. As a newly inaugurated Twit, I am always looking to share some observations on the community.

Now I can't take credit for these specific suggestions for Joe, it was my colleague Carolyn, (202tweet) who pointed out his tweets were a little RSS feed like for us fans.

Stay tuned Twitter fans for more on this new media journey. I have just a few thoughts but have clearly exploded past my 140 character limit.