Now that the kids are getting older.. it actually is getting more fun. We slept in and awoke to a winter wonderland outside.
Everyone is talking about college football star Michael Sam this morning. He could be the first openly gay player in the NFL soon. We learned Sam has spent the last couple days getting advice from former Washington Wizard Jason Collins.
The veteran NBC player made headlines last April with his own public revelation.
Collins tweeted he’s spent the last 2 days with Sam and that he’s shown tremendous courage. He adds… he can’t wait to cheer for whatever lucky team drafts Sam..hoping it’s his favorite team.. The Colts.
Social media is exploding right now over this with tweets of support from celebrities and and scores of athletes. Former Miami Dolphin’s player Jonathan Martin who says he was bullied in the league wrote hats off to you.. that takes some guts #respect. Alyssa Milano said Sam willl change sports forever.
Sam told ESPN, the NYT and Outsports his teammates and coaches have known about his sexuality since August.
The NFL is also responding with open arms and a statement… saying the league admires his courage – and looks forward to welcoming and supporting him
Great story from the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Facebook Page. This past Monday News4 covered a 2-alarm townhouse fire in Alexandria along Richmond Highway. Units arrived to find a town house well-involved with fire. One of the two guys who lived there got out but another was trapped in a third floor bedroom. Fairfax County crews attacked the fire, threw ladders to the rear of the house and rescued the man.
But in addition to that… a total of five dogs were also found. The majority of them were Bernese Mountain Dogs. The fifth was a Corgi. Unfortunately one dog had died but the remaining four dogs were given oxygen by EMS crews and transported to the 24-hour vet hospital in Springfield. The man rescued earlier was the owner of the dog.
Tuesday Lieutenant Rick Trudeau from Fire Station 11 went back by the house to check in to see how everyone was doing. The man was very distraught, not only over the loss of his home and the injuries to his partner, but also over the situation with the dogs. Already, the emergency care bills were estimated at $6000 and growing, and he had no means to pay for that nor to take the pets back in while their owner is still in the hospital. LT Trudeau and his wife who happen to own three Bernese Mountain Dogs themselves went into action. With the help of a colleague Chuck Ryan they set up a social media effort to find temporary housing for the first of the dogs set to be released from the hospital. They also got in touch with the Potomac Valley Bernese Mountain Dog Association’s rescue coordinator. Within 2 hours of the first posting, they were able to locate a compassionate citizen who was willing to take not only one of the dogs, but all of them, as they came out of medical care. This would help tremendously as the owners tried to get their life back on track after such a tragedy of losing so much.
In addition, LT Trudeau and his wife set up a fundraising page on FB through Fundly.com to encourage donations to help the owners defray the very expensive emergency veterinary care for all the dogs.
What’s amazing? In 24 hours, more than $2600 has been raised!! Chuck tells me “We are hoping that by spreading the word, we can help these guys get their lives back in order. It’s bad enough that one of the dogs perished.”
This is once again an example of the power of social media. But it would’ve been impossible without the true compassion of one person.
For more information on helping the pups… visit the Fundly.com site.
Cheer on TEAM USA Thursday using your twitter, facebook, instagram or google + accounts! As they head to Sochi to represent us at the Olympics let them know how much we’re pulling for them. In fact, do better, interact with the Olympians!
Starting Thursday January 23rd at noon EST TEAM USA’s twitter account will host a Q&A with a variety of athletes including member so fht eluger, bobsled and figure skating teams.
Waking up wondering when your street is gonna be plowed.
Log on to vdotplows.org for Virginia’s digital Snow Plow Tracker. From what I can tell this morning most of the trucks are in Northern Virginia and the Fredericksburg area. Plug in your address.. and even get the option to take a look at LIVE traffic cameras around where you live.
In Maryland, on the Prince Georges County website.. you can zoom in to where you live, and using a legend you can tell what’s been salted or plowed. Montgomery County’s website has a snowmap… Just plug in your address to request service.
In the District, DC dot gov has a “Snow Response Reporting System” updated every half hour.
But note, you have to ZOOM IN on where you live and then click START and the the trucks on the map will pop up.
This is my third Expo and so much fun! I got to meet many new people while hanging out with my favorite colleagues! This free event is really awesome not it’s not just a time to have fun.. It’s also a great way to get in control of your tests and screenings! Oh it’s also a good reason to eat donuts for breakfast! You can then go to the Expo and work it all off!
US Patent and Trademark rejected a recent application for a trademark for “Redskins Hog Rinds”. This is the same agency that will decide if Washington can keep it’s trademark.
In a letter the patent office says it rejected this recent request from a pork rind company after an examining attorney said the name contained “a derogatory slang term”.
Looking ahead.. even if Washington lost their trademark they could still use its team name.. but just wouldn’t have protection against others from using it for things like clothing and jerseys.. etc.
Got a news release last night from the Oneida Indian Nation. They responded to this recently ruling saying the it sends a powerful message to Dan Snyder and the NFL.
It’s rare that my entire family gets together. My sister lives in Texas which makes visits tough. This holiday we had one of those rare chances.. a few very cherished days. My younger sister mandated we get a “Family Photo”. With freezing temps and 5 hyper active grandchildren I was bracing for a high-stress gathering. It was cold and there was some chaos as you can tell– but in the end we were all laughing and so happy that we found the time to capture this time together. Photos by Kai.