I am humbled that Patrick and Kathleen have asked me to be a regular contributor to Politicalgates. I already have a lot of ideas swimming around in my head and can’t wait to get to work!
As most of you know, my background is in entertainment PR. So my “beat” will probably be the tabloid-type stories and any area where politics meats Hollywood. I hope to be the more opinion-based yin to Patrick & Kathleen’s fact-filled yang. (Not sure that came out right!)
I am also a single mother to Bella, age 7 – so I’m sure she will be re-appearing from time to time. Since she is close in age to Piper, I also feel qualified to write about Sarah Palin’s parenting skills. I grew up in a racing family and love fast cars (hence, my nickname), so next time Sarah Palin (or any other teabagger) invades a NASCAR event, I will be all over it.
But I wanted to start my first post by saying that no amount of time investment can ever match what I have already received in return from this wonderful community. I have learned many valuable lessons from you all over the past year and a half – lessons I will carry with me throughout my life. So I thought I’d list them for anyone who might be new:
10. Always put lotion on your neck at night, so you don’t get a turkey neck like Sarah Palin’s.
9. Anyone can buy an empathy belly on the Internet for about $200.
8. If your dishes were made in China and get really hot in the microwave, they probably have lead in them. Throw them away.
7. Teenagers actually have a higher rate of pregnancies resulting in births of down syndrome babies than older women (because they have more babies overall than older women, and because they don’t get the tests for DS that older women get).
6. If your avatar has a cute pink wig, everyone will automatically assume you look just like her.
5. Nearly everyone has a right wing family member (or 5) and it is amazing how many of us have been involved with a sociopath in our families, places or work, or relationships.
4. A spudnut is a donut made from potatoes.
3. If you seek out in-person meetings with other Pogaters (that is what I am calling us now) in your area, you will likely make a new BFF. It is well worth the gas money.
2. Follow the money.Or the emails. Or both.
1. Yes, it is entirely feasible that a sitting governor would fake a pregnancy.
I’m looking forward to a 2011 filled with humor, friendship and justice. If you would like to contribute story ideas, please email me at Leadfootpoliticalgates@gmail.com.