If you were voting in, let's say, a Republican primary, would you choose Condoleezza Rice or John McCain?
Condi v Hillary... politics aside, Condi is gifted in everything she tries, she's very open about her Christian faith, she could've been a concert pianist, and she carries herself with dignity and grace. Yes, all that is true, but you can't be a soft spoken flower and get to be provost of Stanford in your mid 30's. Her achievements are absolutely astounding for any human, but to have done all this as an African American at that time in the Deep South? Inside she'd have to have 10x the ambition that Hillary has. I have a feeling she could scheme you and roast your guts out and you wouldn't even know what hit you. (Not to say she would.) She has a lovely presence.
Now Hillary, on the other hand, politics still aside, is very bright and driven, but she does not appear to me to be at the intellectual level of Dr. Rice. She's a hard headed lawyer, an aggressive feminist. Brash. She's had to work hard for every single achievement. I see her as a wide-eyed idealist who will be devoted to our country until the day she dies. Bill himself has often said that it should've been her instead of him in the White House and that he'd be nothing without her behind him. I'm sure she has been the main force keeping him focused. It's unfortunate that she's rubbed so many people the wrong way. I think her heart is on her sleeve and I seriously doubt she's that scheming.
It's easy to see who you would rather spend a day with, but I think you're selling Hillary short because of her leftward lean and her "strong personality." She is devoted to public service, yet still managed to balance career and family. Condi has pretty much ruled out having kids at this point.
Just my random stream of consciousness about these two very influential women. I admire both of them in completely different ways. Been meaning to read Hillary's bio. Hope it's better than Bill's book about giving. Holy crap that was bad.
oops- better make dinner now!
Oh yeah, Bill.
Are you a member of the veterans' group for the Tarawa? I noticed it when I was googling ships last night. It appears to include both ships or maybe there was a branch of the group for each. The computer could really help you reconnect with some of the other old guys if you wanted to. :)
I'm with ya on the stickers, sistah. I think I got that idea from AmMan about the BG letter stickers. How in the world are you dealing with Norwegian? Do you have to write work publications in Norwegian, or just decipher intraoffice correspondence? No wonder your head hurts. Hope you're loving it there.
Have a wonderful evening,
There's an old saying, something about, "what isn't fatal makes you stronger??" At least that's the computer error adaptation of the saying. Keep plugging away and even if you don't make a lot of changes to your actual computer, you can certainly find a lot to learn about over the bleak winter months.
You might try right clicking in the middle of the task bar, which is the bar across the bottom on which the start button is located. You might see a menu choice of "toolbars," or whatever that is in German, and when you follow the arrow to see the list of toolbars, the language bar should be a choice. You can set it up to switch between US English, German, Bulgarian, or anything else you can imagine. You can change the input language and the keyboard type separately, i.e., if you're typing German but still prefer qwerty... there are a million options. Might be useful to you.
Thank you for the keyboard tip. I just made that change in Windows Vista. It's a little easier than "Bulgarian Typewriter," but I'd still need a guide.
Just happened to run across your post about typing in Cyrillic and Greek. You, too, can use your American keyboard to do this. Go to Windows Help and Support from the Start menu and type "language bar" in the search box. It will pop up an overview of what you can do. You can switch between US English and another language (even with different alphabets or sets of characters) easily. You might need some little stickers for the keys to identify which one is used for each letter unless you can remember that much instantaneously.
Thank you for your extremely kind words. My attitude toward Bulgaria and Bulgarians is different from that of most of the others here because I have had none of the experiences you and the other Bulgarians have had. I do find some of the comments shocking, but then again, I can't possibly know how you feel because I've never walked in your shoes. I've never had my property nationalized, I've never lived under communism, I've never had to flee or chosen to flee my home country... The list goes on, but the fact is- your viewpoints come from a place I can only read about. It's a place I feel I should try to understand.
My family's own Bulgarian experience is one that we choose to make joyful. My daughter comes from that country and we've made Bulgaria a part of our own culture. This is a difficult time for Bulgaria, but there are plenty of wonderful things about the country that we can embrace and it's very important that she have pride in who she is and where she comes from. I guess that's just as important for everyone else as it is for people who are adopted, but most people just take it for granted. Thankfully it doesn't take much persuading in her case given that she's frequently treated like a celebrity when we meet other Bulgarians. ;)
Best to you,
50% more Chinese Tourists in Bulgaria
Potentially Defective Aluminum was used by All Car Manufacturers in Japan