Friday, February 27, 2009

Apparently I am a "Socialist sleaze bag"

According to blogger Bane Windlow of Carolina Politics Online (a self-described libertarian/right of center political blog) I am a "Socialist sleaze bag".

See the full post here: which also contains the email that one of our SEANC members received from me and then sent to him.

If supporting the Employee Free Choice Act, thereby standing up for the workers' right to decide how to form a union rather than the employer, makes me a "Socialist sleaze bag," then it is a badge of honor that I will wear proudly!

Windlow also calls SEANC members my "drones." I guess that would be the proper point-of-view that a pro-Big-Business blogger would have toward state employees--that all state workers are idle, loafing drones. I'm not surprised he would look down on workers that way.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Uncomfortable story time

Nathan is getting too big.

Literally. For the first time tonight I actually could not hold him comfortably while rocking him during story time.

Heidi says I spoil Nathan because I read him extra books, say lengthy prayers with him (we pray for all his classmates and family members by name), sing him more than one song, tell him wild-extended stories.

But never before tonight was I physically uncomfortable holding him during our nighttime ritual.

Nathan is getting too big!

By the way, here's our reading list from tonight:

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do you See?
David In Trouble
Trucks Roll
Llama, Llama, mad at Mama

Monday, February 16, 2009

Larry Kissell, NC's newest congressman is a cool guy

I along with a fellow SEANC staffer and a group of state employees and retirees from the 8th Congressional District met this afternoon with Congressman Larry Kissell at his Rockingham office in Richmond County. He was easy to talk to mostly because he supports the Employee Free Choice Act and he voted for the economic stimulus package. Congressman Kissell, unprompted, also stated that he supports collective bargaining rights for public employees.

Larry Kissell (far right in photo) is a congressman North Carolina's working families can be proud of. He's already, in just over one month in office, proven that he is someone we can believe in.
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cool images of Nathan from Sunday

Thanks to Ashley for the cool photos of Nathan!

Welcome to my new blog "Driving With One Hand"

I decided today to start a blog. I was driving with one hand while Heidi and I were running errands. We had left Nathan with our favorite baby-sitter so we could do some stuff around the house and run around town doing errands. Most of the time we would schlep Nathan along but he's been cranky lately, probably teething, and we wanted him to have fun while we supported each other getting the errands done. Plus it was nice to have a few hours for just the two of us.

It was really bothering Heidi that I was driving with one hand. It made the turns more jerky and my response time a little slower. I realized that without thinking about it I was making life a little more difficult than it needed to be. I needed to be more responsible. More proactive than reactive. More serious.

Heidi suggested that if was taken then I should try or something like that. Fortunately my first choice was available. She really just suggested that I not do a blog.

This blog is going to cover a few major topics.

1. My passionate love of being Nathanael Foster LeCount's father. And my love for him and for my loving wife Heidi.
2. My desire to redirect my life into more productive, proactive endeavors. Especially including a desire and current endeavor to lose weight and get my body and mind more healthy.
3. Labor politics. I never thought I would say this but I am truly a labor union activist. My path to this career was not direct but now that I am here I doubt I will ever work on anything else.

Heidi told me I shouldn't start a blog because it would cause me to spend more time on the computer. I told her I was going to do it anyway. So my challenge will be to do this thing without letting it consume me too greatly. All things are best with moderation, I suppose.

I like calling my blog "Driving With One Hand" because it is, to me, a metaphor for life in these days, these times. When double income families struggle to make ends meet, to deal with or avoid the crush of debt and stress and distraction, we are all driving with one hand. When folks are getting by on unemployment, or worrying that they are going to be unemployed, we are all driving with one hand. We might be startled when it is pointed out, or we might be choosing to take the risk. Regardless, it's time to straighten up, to put both hands on the wheel, to deal with life, to make the best of what is to come.

So welcome to my blog, my world, my new space.