Monday, March 30, 2009
I could go on and on about that experience, but for your sake I'll resist. Just imagine this: the building was freezing cold. The door was stuck open for some reason and wouldn't shut. It took 1 hr and 15 minutes to get called. Because I had to go at lunch, half the counters were closed. I could tell who were the other women there to change their name. It was that obvious- by their bling.
So now, I'm slightly conflicted. I'm excited by the name change, and am ready to clear up this name limbo confusion. I'm excited to have finally taken Layne's name as my own. I love being his wife. But at the same time, I loved being an Orkus. Orkus isn't just my family name- it's part of my identity. I can't tell you how many times in my life I've gotten the "Have you met Mitzi before? She's the oldest Orkus." Or, "This is Mitzi. Stephen and Susan Orkus' oldest." What will happen to me now? "Mitzi Court? Who is that? I knew a Mitzi Orkus once..."
Just joking... at least, part of me is. So this morning I woke up Mitzi Margaret Orkus. Tonight I'll fall asleep Mitzi Orkus Court. I figure it'll take some time to start answering my phone, signing my name, and introducing myself correctly. And it's weird to think that I'll spend more time in my lifetime (hopefully) as a Court than an Orkus. But Orkus came first, and it'll always hold a special place in my heart. I never understood why my mom always signed Susan R. Orkus. Now I do.
For the first time, definitely not the last time....
Mitzi O. Court
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Stephen has been gone for two weeks now. Don't get me wrong- I love living with just Layne for the first time ever. But there were some definite benefits about having my brother live with us.
- I never got homesick for NoLA. A piece of home was here with me.
- Who is going to help me open the jelly when I go home to make a sandwich for lunch?
- We always had a friend hanging out with us at the house.
- Stephen was always up for the midnight grocery run to Wal-Mart. Layne thinks Wal-Mart is Satan in disguise.
- We lost our personal trainer (who we should have taken better advantage of).
- Stephen actually learned to cook- and he was good at it.
- It was nice to split chores for a 2300 sq foot house between three people.
- The house is too big for just the two of us. It seems a little empty now.
- Stephen called me out on my BS in a way Layne never dreamed of. He kept me in line.
- My siblings are some of my closest friends. I didn't have friends in Dallas when I moved out here, and it was a nice change having one of them with me here in Dallas.
Sometimes, I go sit in the back bedroom and stare at the Lil Wayne poster because it reminds me of Stephen. But that's okay. I'm sure after I clean his bathroom this weekend I'll be singing another tune.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
BATON ROUGE – Three coaches of LSU men’s teams – Les Miles, Trent Johnson and Paul Mainieri – along with athletic director Joe Alleva, have each contributed $1,000 in an effort to allow LSU students to gain free admission to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, which starts on Sunday night at the Maravich Assembly Center. Due to restrictions, LSU student are not permitted complimentary admission for NCAA Tournament events. As a result, the three coaches, along with Alleva, have decided to pay the admission for LSU students to attend the event free of charge. In addition, any LSU student who goes to the game will receive a free hot dog and drink.
“We have a great student body; the best in all of college athletics in the way they support our teams here on campus,” Miles said. “This is our way of saying thanks to the LSU students, and at the same time lending some support to Van (Chancellor) and the women’s basketball team. “Coach Chancellor and his team have had a great year and hopefully we can get a nice turnout by our student body to give the LSU women the home court advantage that they deserve for this event.”
The NCAA Tournament at the Maravich Assembly Center features two games on Sunday and one contest on Monday night. LSU faces Green Bay at 6 p.m. on Sunday followed by the Louisville-Liberty game at 8:30 p.m. The two winners will square off in the second round at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, has just completed an online petition urging Congress to defeat the President’s plan to increase taxes on our industry. We will be sending this out to our membership and all associations that we can. We need to respond strongly as an industry and this is our opportunity. Please take the time to sign the petition, and pass this along to everyone you know. This plan will not only attack our industry but will raises energy costs for all Americans and will threaten our Nations energy security. For more information on the issue, please read our press release below.To Sign the Petition, please follow this link: http://www.loga.la/obama-budget.html
When President Barack Obama announced his FY2010 budget request last week, he also unveiled a tax increase of over $30 billion for US natural gas and oil production investment, which is the most devastating tax proposal in the history of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Already the second largest revenue stream for the U.S. Treasury, the oil and gas industry is a large employer, tax payer, and revenue stream for Federal, State and Local Governments.
“I am greatly disturbed by this most recent attack on our Industry,” LOGA President Don Briggs said today. “The oil crash in the mid eighties was a cakewalk compared to what this could be,” Briggs also said. “The eighties crash was due to a crash in oil prices. Today, we are experiencing a crash in oil prices, natural gas prices, world recession, tight investment capital and now a proposal to rescind all economic incentives of the oil and gas industry.”Natural gas and oil provide 65 percent of America’s energy. America’s independent natural gas and oil producers develop 90 percent of US wells, produce 82 percent of US natural gas and produce 68 percent of US oil. Independent producers reinvest over 100 percent of American oil and natural gas cash flow back into new American production. Lower natural gas and oil prices and the tight credit market are limiting investment capital; drilling activity is down over 25 percent since a year ago. (Source: Independent Petroleum Association of America)
For Louisiana, which prides itself in being THE Energy State, a slow down in drilling activity translates into fewer jobs, less investment in community, and less state and local revenue from producing companies. In a time of global insecurity, it is imperative that the United States become independent from foreign oil sources, to ensure our Nations’ security. The oil and gas industry supports the development of alternative fuels as an important part of our future. However, as we encourage that growth, we cannot ignore the vital role this industry plays in our present. Removing natural gas and oil from the equation of a varied, comprehensive energy structure for the United States is not practical or feasible.
President Obama’s proposed tax increase, aimed at increasing revenue from the oil and natural gas industry, flies in the face of the goal of creating the comprehensive energy proposal that utilizes all sources of energy.
FY2010 Budget Proposals Include:·
Repeal Expensing of Intangible Drilling Costs·
Repeal of Percentage Depletion·
Repeal Marginal Well Tax Credit·
Repeal Enhanced Oil Recovery Credit·
Increases Geological and Geophysical Amortization Costs·
Excise Tax on Gulf of Mexico Production·
Repeal of Manufacturing Tax Deduction·
Implement a $4/acre fee on Gulf leases designated as non-producing
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Don't understand what this post is all about? Come shopping with me. Just once. My last victim was Jessica Newell, and we got a $300+ suit for less than $80. I'm not kidding around.