"The responsibilities associated with your position mean that you are not 20, but at an age where a level of life experience, and therefore wisdom, is with you."For the sake of brevity I would like to point out that you continued on this tract and implied that young people (under 40) are not capable of seeing the big picture and that older citizens need to reign them in. I hate to be the one to break it to you but I am in fact 28 years old. I first got involved in politics at 17 and have since served on numerous boards and commissions culminating in being elected to my position and subsequently "retired" at the age of 28. I am amused by your statement because I know many elected officials under the age of 40 both at the local and state level. People around here seem to trust us, it is sad to hear that you do not.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I figured I would blog really fast about the Capuano Open Mike Bash last night, I made a comment on another blog and will expand on it a little here.
It was a very good event and the room was packed. The campaign was estimating about 1,200 people and I believe them, the room was packed and people were still in the lobby hanging out because they ran out of standing room in the ballroom. As some people left (mostly people from Western or Southern MA with long trips home) more people came to take their seats.
The room was buzzing and the Congressman was in his element. He seemed to really enjoy having the stage in the middle of the room rather then at a far end. This allowed more people to be up close.
I was also very happy to run into people from all over. In a past life I worked in a men's clothing store and I ran into a union guy who stopped by to buy sports coats once every 6 months. I ran into people I went to school with, worked with, a former boss,a current boss, bloggers etc.
I would say the best part of the evening was, even with the adoring crowd and attentive staff, when he had the podium taken off the stage and he took the suit jacket off. He became a normal guy, my congressman, Mike.
My friend Josh Dawson was one of three live bloggers at the event, check it out!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
"7. Do not announce your name. No jokes, no flirting, no cuteness."
I do not mind knowing the name of the PERSON serving me, after all they are a PERSON. People have names, they have personalities, hire people with good personalities and let them loose. Sure if they go over board that is not good but I hate a non personal waiter. It makes me uncomfortable.
"40. Never say, “Good choice,” implying that other choices are bad."
"43. Never mention what your favorite dessert is. It’s irrelevant."
"48. Do not ask what someone is eating or drinking when they ask for more; remember or consult the order."
From the department of petty complaints comes this gem. I do not even know what to say here, I guess in this place there is no such thing as a compliment. I do not see what is wrong with paying a compliment when you notice something that looks very nice, they obviously worked hard on it let them get complimented on it.
"32. Never touch a customer. No excuses. Do not do it. Do not brush them, move them, wipe them or dust them."
"4. If a table is not ready within a reasonable length of time, offer a free drink and/or amuse-bouche. The guests may be tired and hungry and thirsty, and they did everything right." (Not that hard)
"16. If someone requests more sauce or gravy or cheese, bring a side dish of same. No pouring. Let them help themselves." (I am a dipper myself so I love this)
"20. Never refuse to substitute one vegetable for another." (Personal favorite)
"31. Never remove a plate full of food without asking what went wrong. Obviously, something went wrong." (YES, full plate means something is wrong... One section untouched, something went wrong.Thought I can not help but feel that this may have been avoided if the waiter was allowed to express an opinion of some sort involving the dish I was ordering :/ )
Saturday, October 17, 2009
* Being the Main Sponsor on a Comprehensive Windmill Ordinance
* Being the main sponsor on a resolution calling for a freeze on tolls on the Tobin Bridge
* Signing onto resolutions trying to combat foreclosure in the city
* Working with the police department to curb drag racing with a massive reduction occurring during my tenure
* Working with city officials to reduce the number of trucks on residential roads and monitoring trucks through regular outreach to local citizens
* The repaving of Webster Ave
* The redesign of a pocket park taking the concerns of residents into account and brokering a compromise concerning the location of the basketball court
*My attendance at a vast array of cultural and community events, including my outreach to the public in publicizing them before and after the fact
* My advocacy of making more use of our preexisting sub committees in order to help increase transparency in local government
* Participating in Student Government Day in City Hall, getting a ticket while doing so and promptly paying for it at the City Clerks office!
In an unofficial capacity:
*My appearence on WFNX competing against Sam Yoon in "My Song is Better The Your Song"
* My oped piece on citizen involvement in the local community in the Chelsea Record
* Sitting on a panel for the Young Democrats of Massachusetts on running for office
* My subsequent appointment to the Executive Board of said group a few months later
* My defense of Chelsea against slander from a politician from another town
* Meeting the Latimer Society Girls Science Club in Cambridge on one of their trips
* Organizing a trip of the Boy Scout Troop to City Hall to meet with the City Manager and tour our emergency management center