The Year of Moving Forward

The Year of Moving Forward
At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Friday, January 15, 2010

Bits and Pieces for $1000, Alex


Yesterday, NBC 13 could not receive the satellite feed for The 700 Club and had to air an older program. A blessing for Birmingham. No Pat Robertson. Well, no current Pat Robertson, anyway.


On Monday Bobby and I will be attending the 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast, where the overall theme is "Health Care: A Personal Responsibility and A Human Right." That is right up my alley. Dr. Ed LaMonte will be the keynote speaker.

Thanks to a generous donation we will be sitting at the Equality Alabama table.


Yesterday I thought I might be going to Haiti to help in the relief effort, but the opportunity didn't come through. But I am prepared to go. I have all the necessary vaccinations and passport and Caribbean disaster experience (here, here, here and here and ICS and NIMS training.

So if you know of an organization that needs me let me know. I've contacted several to let them know I am available.

Birmingham mayor's race.

Will Birmingham elect a mayor who is having his wages garnished (William Bell) or one who says he will forgo his mayor's salary (or donate it or whatever) in order to save the city money (Patrick Cooper)?

Here are several videos where Cooper outlines his vision and plan for the city.


You've heard this song as background music during a commercial for a new lawyer TV show The Deep End. Brandi Carlile and Dreams. Watch the official video, where she is singing from an Avatar-like tree (well the best we can do on planet earth) and in front of Mardi Gras like props and with great outfits and instruments for the band. Thanks Brandi for allowing us to embed this.

or a live version from Studio Q.

Carlile is a lesbian, by the way.


Anonymous said...

Joe, contact Partners in Health, in Boston. They've had a health-care presence in Haiti for 20 years, and they're asking for medical volunteers. You may have heard Tracy Kidder's endorsement of them on Rachel's show last night. And if you go, take care.

Anonymous said...

Joe, here's a link to Partners in Health, in case you have difficulty finding it:

and what they say: If you are a health professional interested in volunteering, please send an email to with information on:

Your credentials
Language capabilities (Haitian Creole or French desired)
Overseas experience (if any)
Any prior experience in emergency/post-disaster relief efforts
Contact information

Joe said...

Thanks, I found them and contacted them.

Anonymous said...

Hey Joe, if you get down there, will you promise to STAY!!!!

Joe said...

Anonymous (2),
You are such a pearl.