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Good Morning – It’s bRight & Early

HGV LogoNot a whole lot to say here, just a short update to my life. I start training for my new job at Hilton Grand Vacations this morning, so I am up bRight & Early and getting ready. But not before coffee and a few minutes of computer time. The good news is that I won’t always have to be up this early, but I’m sort of like a kid on the first day of school – up much earlier than I need to be and anxious to go.

I’m also a little OCD – I’ve checked the weather (76 and clear at the moment, with a predicted high of 92 and a 20% chance of rain) and traffic (Google Maps projects 54 minute drive time). My phone is charged and so is my e-cig. I have a tank filled with Howling Wolf. Now I just have to shave, shower, and head out the door.

Have a great day everyone.

July 4th Birthday Babe – USA

Happy Birthday USA – 236 and looking good!

Even the 4th of July needs a little Rule 5

History Today – June 17, 1950 – US Troops to Korea

The US involvement in the Korean War began today in 1950.

On June 27, 1950, President Harry S. Truman announces that he is ordering U.S. air and naval forces to South Korea to aid the democratic nation in repulsing an invasion by communist North Korea.


On June 27, President Truman announced to the nation and the world that America would intervene in the Korean conflict in order to prevent the conquest of an independent nation by communism. Truman was suggesting that the USSR was behind the North Korean invasion, and in fact the Soviets had given tacit approval to the invasion, which was carried out with Soviet-made tanks and weapons. Despite the fear that U.S. intervention in Korea might lead to open warfare between the United States and Russia after years of “cold war,” Truman’s decision was met with overwhelming approval from Congress and the U.S. public.

June 12th Birthday Babe – Adriana Lima

Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima is 31. Happy Birthday!

May 18th Birthday Babe – Luisana Lopilato

Today’s Birthday Babe is Argentine actress model Luisana Lopilato aka Mrs. Michael Bublé.

2011 100 Post Marathon #20 – Stregulation, California Style

I cannot understand why anyone still lives in California. Sitting here on the east coast, it sometimes appears as if the goal is to drive as many businesses and residents away from the state as possible. Stregulation is choking everyone from Amazon to Mom and Dad, Inc.

Under AB 889, household “employers” (aka “parents”) who hire a babysitter on a Friday night will be legally obligated to pay at least minimum wage to any sitter over the age of 18 (unless it is a family member), provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, in addition to workers’ compensation coverage, overtime pay, and a meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck.

Failure to abide by any of these provisions may result in a legal cause of action against the employer including cumulative penalties, attorneys’ fees, legal costs and expenses associated with hiring expert witnesses, an unprecedented measure of legal recourse provided no other class of workers – from agricultural laborers to garment manufacturers. (On the bright side, language requiring an hour of paid vacation time for every 30 hours worked was amended out of the bill in the Senate.)

A Request

I won’t go into great detail, but just say that May is a historically bad month in our household. Two large and largely unexpected expenses have hit in the past two weeks. Combine those with one income that is totally dependent on tips (which tend to be a bit spotty in May) and here I am seeing if you can help.

If you can…

Thank you for visiting. If you can point others here it will be appreciated. Thanks again.

Looking Back at 2010 – Part 4

Welcome to New Year’s Eve 2010. Time to continue my look back at the paucity of posts here at bRight&Early. October was no exception. I did tell everyone about a new site I had created – The Polk Family Fun Guide. It is a directory for local family friendly businesses, and something I will be spending quite a bit of time on in 2011 as we get closer to the opening of LEGOLAND® Florida in October of 2011. One of the other posts this month was related to Legoland as well, pointing to a series of post I did at The Brick Blog regarding the Media Hard Hat Tour. Between those, I did manage to take a look at the mid-term elections that were still two weeks away.

The pace of posting finally went up in November. As you might suspect, many of the posts were related to the mid-terms. I particularly liked how things turned out here in Florida. One post that was well received was Obama’s (Imaginary) Address November 20, 2010. I finished the month by posting my favorite Thanksgiving video (As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly) and my thoughts as I turned 55.

Part of this month (December) was dedicated to looking at blog comments. I think that the three posts I did on that topic were pretty interesting, and informational. A few days before Christmas I noted that I have posted the text of the United States Constitution on a page. As promised, I have started to add anchor tags to the individual sections, but it is still a work in progress.

Well, there you have it — my look back at 2010. Yes, I see that the posting has been light at times. Yes, I’d like to do better. Still, 2010 has been a very good years in many ways. I hope that it has been a good year for you as well. No matter what, we are only hours away from the beginning of a new year. I wish for all of you a very productive, satisfying, successful, and Happy New Year.