Thursday, July 29, 2010

Heading out for Heaven Fest; clarification on Web site work

We are leaving on a trip in the morning that hopefully we all will remember for a long time to come. Eight teenagers and me. If they don’t remember it, I know I will.

Tomorrow morning we’ll cram into two cars like sardines and spend 10 hours on the road with stinky feet, the stench of Corn Nuts and, I’m sure, … potato chip farts. Six boys and three girls? You know there is bound to be some farting going on.

We’ll spend the night with Jeromy’s mom in Colorado and head to Heaven Fest in Longmont, Colo., early Saturday morning.

ahhhh, Heaven Fest – a full day with 70 Christian bands, seven stages and 30,000 people. I am giddy just thinking about it. No mudslinging. No bashing. No adults acting like children. Well, there might be adults acting like children, but in a good way.

So, before it gets printed that I didn’t even bother to show up at Monday’s commission meeting, I’ll just let everyone know I won’t be there, and now you know why. It won’t be because I don’t want to deal with all the drama … which I don’t, but I would. It will be because I will be on the road home from a glorious weekend with eight great teenagers.

I left several suggestions for the new county Web site with the commissioners to discuss in my absence and filled them in on what I’ve done so far.

Speaking of the Web site, I received a clarification regarding the treasurer’s deputy, and I want to share it.

The e-mail was from the deputy’s grandmother, who I respect very much and regretted the statements I made much because of her. She is an outstanding woman with a huge heart and tons of class.

She said she wanted me to know the truth about her granddaughter and the Web site she presented to the county commissioners. She said her granddaughter did work on the Web site presentation at the grandmother’s house, three nights in a row, after hours on her own time.

It was nice to hear from someone, and I’m glad we got at least a couple things cleared up. Now, we’ll see about the rest …

For the record, I did not charge the county for putting together my presentation, either.

Here is a total of my charges since May, when I began covering meetings for the county. Anyone is more than welcome to see my invoices; they are public records on file with the Grant County Clerk.

Hours for July                        Total hours to date:
                                             (Since end of May)
Covering meetings: 8.5            Hrs to Date: 23.75

Web maintenance: 2.5             Hrs to Date: 4

New Web site: 8.25                Hrs. to Date: 17.75

Total paid July: $385              Total billed to date: $900

I’m not sure how an average of about $400 a month equals $10,400 to $20,000 a year, but if you figure it out, let me know. Also, that average will drop as soon as the Web site is up and going.

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