Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Same Sex marriage licenses in St. Petersburg

I decided to drop by the Pinellas County Clerk's office in St. Pete to check out the first same sex marriage license issuing in St. Petersburg. It was about 8:30 when I arrived and there was already a crowd waiting to see the Clerk.

The County Clerk's staff did an excellent job assisting those who were there seeking their marriage licenses. There were plenty of staff members on site and a special table set up in the hallway leading to the clerk's office to pass out forms, information and answer questions.

The demographics of the early morning crowd were interesting; older, more females than males. Many of the couples indicated they had been together 8, 10 and over 20 years.

When a reporter asked a couple why they were getting married, the answer was "this allows us to have the same legal opportunities as our married heterosexual friends, provides confidence in end of life issues, health care decisions, financial matters and reinforces our bonds as a couple."

It was poignant moment with smiles, laughter and more than a few tears of joy.

Most frequent comment of the morning, "I never thought I would see this day.

Ken Burke's staff deserves a great big thank you for providing a warm, friendly and thoughtful environment for those seeking their marriage licenses. More than once I saw a staff member with a misty eye as they helped couples complete a part of their life that many thought would never come.

Here in a photo gallery Same Sex Marriage Licenses are some of my impressions. I was deeply honored to be there.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sunday January 4, 2015 Real Bugs in HP Printers

This week I went to our HP Office jet 4500 Printer/Scanner to copy a document and when I lifted the scanner cover the area under the screen was full of brown ants carrying around big white eggs.

I checked around the printer no ants to be found, they were contained in the area under the scanner plate.

On a whim, I put Ants in HP printer into a Google search and to my surprise a number of hits came back all with the same symptoms ants with eggs under the scanner screen.

Interesting thing is all of the pictures and videos the ants are the same. So it is unlikely the ants are domestic.

It looks to me like the ants may actually be an HP Bug.

The ants appear quickly with little warning and after you have had the printer for a while.
If you think about it since these printers are made off shore, tossing them in the land fill to be crushed will release this ant into the environment and who knows what effect these little guys might have.

So far no word from HP but it looks to me like HP may have a serious environmental problem. Kind of makes you wonder if someone on the assembly line is adding a few eggs for the fun of it or HP has found an interesting replacement motivator.

In any event the printer is effectively destroyed when the little guys hatch.

It's time for US Customs to pull some of these printers at the import point, open them up and check for infestation.

In the mean time, if you end up with one of these technological ant hills you might want to put the thing in a box and ship it back to HP. If they get enough of them, they will have to do something.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Have a very Happy New Year

With a quote from Ellen Goodman:

"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential."

I wish you and yours the very best in 2015.