Sunday, January 20, 2008

Article in Today's Paper: Giving Back

Greg and I will receive our "Keeping the Dream Alive" award tomorrow. I hope I can stay composed during the event as I HATE being the center of attention (I'm a girl who sits in the middle of any classes I attend to not be noticed in the front or back rows...LOL).

The newspaper had a nice article in today's paper about us. Here's a link:

Giving Back

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Greg and Cheryl to be Honored with the "Keep the Dream Alive" Award

Greg and I were selected to receive the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Keeping the Dream Alive" award. I believe our nomination came from a member of the Cibola Football/Basketball/Track teams (Brandon Simpson) but am not positive. We consider it an honor and appreciate those who thought us worthy of such an award.

Here's a blurb from today's paper about the upcoming event...

Events To Celebrate Life of Dr. King

Journal Staff Writer

New Mexicans will march on Sunday to begin an annual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who relied on nonviolent public demonstrations as a vehicle for change.

King used courage and eloquence to change America for the better, said New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Jonathan B. Sutin, who was a civil rights lawyer in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1963 to 1965.

“His role was to bring to the attention of the country what I consider to be a malignant sore that lingered in this country, totally aimed at African-Americans,” Sutin said.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is officially celebrated on Jan. 21. That day, Sutin will deliver the keynote address at the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Celebration scheduled at 1 p.m. at Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana NE.

These New Mexicans will receive “Keep the Dream Alive” awards at that celebration:

J. Harold Washington A lifelong student and teacher, Washington has held a variety of posts at Central New Mexico Community College. He works as a volunteer at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

Dr. Greg Jorgensen and Cheryl Jorgensen Cheryl Jorgensen belongs to the “Bubblegum Brigade,” which distributes facts about school bond issues and the needs of teachers and students. Dr. Jorgensen, an orthodontist, provides free care for low-income patients. Both Jorgensens also are involved in other volunteer activities.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of King’s April 4, 1968, assassination at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., where he had been supporting striking sanitation workers.

“The parade is an opportunity for people of all races, nationalities and religions to commemorate Dr. King,” said Tatia Jones, administrative assistant of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.

King events

2 p.m. Sunday — Martin Luther King Jr. annual march and parade. It begins at 2 p.m. at University and Martin Luther King Jr. and will head west to Civic Plaza for speeches, music and other events.

1-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. multicultural celebration at Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana NE. The event will feature a keynote address, “Keeping the Dream Alive,” by New Mexico Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan B. Sutin, the presentation of 19 scholarships to high school seniors and 2008 “Keep the Dream Alive” award presentations.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Don't just count your years, make your years count--Ernest Meyers

While going through today's e-mail I came across several birthday wishes from random companies I've done business with (which can be kind of creepy...but whatever...LOL). One e-mail, from a health web site, sent the following insightful message:

What matters most in life is often viewed as peripheral to the things that we usually focus on. Passion takes a backseat to production, wellness to working, and balance to busyness. The old adage that "life is not a dress rehearsal" is so true, and yet we act to the contrary by putting off what is truly important or indulging in things that are not.

On your birthday, stop focusing on your age and start meditating on your life at this exact moment. How can you make it better? During the next year, reshuffle your priorities. Spend more time with family and friends, take care of your body and health by eating well and exercising regularly, and offer to help others in need. Discover what matters most to you and make your daily life into a true reflection of those ideas, beliefs, and attitudes.

I'm thinking I'm at the "reshuffling priorities" point in my life and want to continue simplifying--It's time to make my years count!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Random Pictures from our Trip to NYC

I made up a slideshow of pictures from our recent trip to NYC. As you can see, we ate at a lot of fabulous restaurants, shopped a little, and enjoyed entertainment and tourist attractions throughout the city.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Video from Times Square Close to Where We Were Standing!

Happy New Year 2008 from TIMES SQUARE

Sooooooo...We were able to make our way onto Times Square with a million other revelers without waiting all day like most of them did (we heard people staked out their spots beginning at around 11 AM). We stayed in a hotel on Times Square and were able to get into the square at around 10 PM by tipping a hotel employee :-)

We heard Carrie Underwood, Kid Rock, The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, amongst others entertain us while we waited for the famous ball to drop.

Here's an article about the event:

New Yorkers welcome 2008
12:53 AM EST, January 1, 2008

On the 100th anniversary of the Times Square ball drop, more than a million revelers jammed the area last night to watch the giant crystal ball slither down a flagpole and usher in the new year.

A century ago the tradition began with a 700-pound ball of wood and iron, lit with 100 25-watt incandescent bulbs.

This year's event features an energy-efficient sphere clad in Waterford crystal, with 9,576 light-emitting diodes capable of generating more than 16 million colors.

Crowds gathered hours before midnight despite temperatures in the 30s. Pandemonium reigned as partygoers carried glowing wands, sported gold metallic hats, and wore sun glasses that spelled out 2008.

Police herded the onlookers into pens, with the earliest arrivals getting the best view of the big event.

Diana and David Sutton, of Fort Myers, Fla., and their three young children had been waiting since 10 a.m. for the big event. They bought plastic chairs at a nearby Toys "R" Us.

"It's such an experience," David Sutton said. "The kids are behaving; they're loving this. They've never seen snow before, and they got to see that, too, earlier this week."

Milwaukee resident Jennelle Joset and her mother, Wanda Bowers, had been standing around since 1 p.m., wearing hats with big plastic wheels of cheese to show their Wisconsin pride.

"I had to do this once, to see it once before I die," Bowers said.

But not everyone was as ambitious.

A couple from Switzerland, Oliver Bucli, 29 and his girlfriend Andrea Wald, 21, said the challenge was too daunting.

"We didn't want to wait six hours in the cold without toilets," said Bucli.

Hilary Landey, a sales consultant from London who came with friends, said she had spent the week touring the city and considered the ball drop the highlight. "It's a laugh without a drink. It's cheerful," she said as she sipped soda and chuckled with a police officer.

Her friend Angela Barry, also of London, said, "It's such a wild good time."

Newly minted police officer Karolina Wierzchowska, was chosen to push the button to make the ball cascade down the 77-foot flagpole atop 1 Times Square.

Wierzchowska is a Polish immigrant who worked at Ground Zero, served with the National Guard in Iraq and was valedictorian of the latest Police Academy class.

As part of the now familiar post-Sept. 11 security preparations, a large swath of midtown Manhattan around Times Square was blocked off to drivers in the late afternoon. Workers welded shut mailboxes, trash containers and manholes in the blocks around Times Square.

There were strict rules for revelers: no alcohol, large bags or backpacks -- and no re-entry after leaving the viewing area. The few public restrooms were closed by the afternoon.

The entertainment lineup included Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest handling the countdown to 2008 and musical performances by Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus and other acts. Even New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez showed up, shaking hands and posing for photos as he waited for midnight.

The Times Square Alliance, the business group running the event, handed out thousands of balloons and mittens to the crowd, which waited for hours in chilly winter weather for the main event. The confetti included pieces of paper with the new year's wishes and resolutions of people who submitted them in advance.

Diana and David Sutton, of Fort Myers, Fla., and their three young children had been waiting for the ball drop since 10 a.m. They bought plastic chairs at a nearby Toys "R" Us and bundled up with Spider-Man hats as they waited.

"It's such an experience," David Sutton said. "The kids are behaving; they're loving this. They've never seen snow before, and they got to see that, too, earlier this week."

Chase Pellegrin, 18, his sister Chandler, 13, and their parents were steps away from their hotel but didn't want to lose their viewing spots.

"I'm just not drinking anything. No water, nothing. I don't want to worry about it," said Pellegrin, of Covington, La.

By 12:25 a.m. Tuesday, crowds had largely dispersed from Times Square and a massive cleanup operation was under way as sanitation crews cleared up the confetti, plastic cups, gold streamers, water bottles and other party errata left behind by the revelers.

Brian Hawkes, visiting from Birmingham, England, said he was impressed by how fast everything was getting picked up.

"It's amazing how much garbage people leave," he said. "I wouldn't want this job to clean up after them."

The first celebration in the area, in 1904, was held by New York Times owner Adolph Ochs, who was building a new headquarters in the neighborhood.

The city had just renamed the oddly shaped square in the newspaper's honor, and at midnight Ochs had pyrotechnists illuminate his building at 1 Times Square with fireworks shot from street level.

Three years later, when the city banned fireworks, Ochs brought in the iron and wooden ball, to be lowered from the building's flagpole at midnight.