Archive for April, 2009

Brittanee Marie Drexel – Missing Teen Brittanee Marie Drexel Had Snuck Away on Trip


brittannie marie drexelThis is just incredibly sad to me. You’re young, a kid, and you decide to do one wild and impulsive thing – and it probably cost you your life. 🙁

This, from CNN:

(CNN) — The mother of a 17-year-old Rochester, New York, high school student who vanished over the weekend on spring break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, says she did not give her daughter permission to go on the trip.

Brittanee Marie Drexel’s mom says she thought she was at the beach in New York, not South Carolina.

In an appearance on HLN’s Nancy Grace, Dawn Drexel said her daughter, Brittanee Marie Drexel, has never run away.

Drexel said the high school junior stayed in touch with her by phone, and she last spoke with Brittanee on Saturday afternoon.

“I asked her what she was doing and she says ‘Oh, mom, I’m at the beach.’ And it was an 80-degree day in Rochester so, of course, I thought maybe she was at the beach in Rochester with one of her girlfriends that she had said she was staying overnight,” Drexel said.

Drexel said she asked Brittanee to call her later and the girl agreed. “I said, ‘I love you, Brittanee’ and she says, ‘I love you, mom.’ And then we hung up the phone.”

Brittanee is believed to have last been seen Saturday evening, though an unconfirmed sighting may have placed her at a restaurant on Sunday.

She was staying with friends at the Bar Harbor Hotel on North Ocean Boulevard, according to police reports.

Earth Day Video for Kids


Check out this cute little Earth Day Video for Kids – a little cartoon explaining the history, etc of Earth Day. It’s fun!

David Kellerman Suicide – Freddie Mac CFO David Kellerman Commits Suicide


David Kellerman CFO Freddie Mac SuicideAccording to the Associated Press, Freddie Mac CFO David Kellerman is dead in an apparent suicide. Damn…I know work pressures can be bad, and his were worse than most. But he had a five year old daughter! 🙁 Very sad.

This, from WCBS News and the Associated Press:

NEW YORK (WCBS 880 / AP) — Farifax, VA police tell CBS TV affiliate WUSA in Washington DC the acting head of Freddie Mac, David Kellerman, has committed suicide.

Police responded to the Kellerman home after receiving a call from his wife.

Kellermann was 41-years-old.

Sabrina Ruck, a Fairfax County police spokesman, confirmed to the AP that Kellermann was dead, but she could not confirm that he committed suicide despite WUSA reporting that Fairfax police told them it was a suicide.

Kellermann’s death is the latest blow to Freddie Mac, a government controlled company that owns or guarantees about 13 million home loans. CEO David Moffett resigned last month.

McLean, Va.-based Freddie Mac and sibling company Fannie Mae, which together own or back more than half of the home mortgages in the country, have been hobbled by skyrocketing loan defaults and have received about $60 billion in combined federal aid.

Kellermann was named acting chief financial officer in September 2008, after the resignation of Anthony “Buddy” Piszel, who stepped down after the September 2008 government takeover. The chief financial officer is responsible for the company’s financial controls, financial reporting and oversight of the company’s budget and financial planning.

Before taking that job, Kellerman served as senior vice president, corporate controller and principal accounting officer. He was with Freddie Mac for more than 16 years.

British Singer Marilyn – Gay Affair with Gavin Rossdale Lasted 5 Years Says British Singer Marilyn


Well, it’s an odd love triangle – Marilyn, Gwen Stefani, and Gavin Rossdale. But there you have it. Marilyn has told InTouch Magazine that Rossdale had to deny the affair because of his growing music career, but that Gavin Rossdale is the love of his life.

The affair had been alleged by Boy George in the past, but Rossdale had, indeed, denied it.

Here’s a video of Marilyn:

Natalee Holloway Movie Will Air On Lifetime Tonight


Tracy Pollen is starring in a new Lifetime Original movie based on the disappearance of Teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba and her mother Beth Holloway’s unending and tenacious search to find out the truth behind what happened.

It airs tonight, Sunday April 19th, at 8 pm.

Here’s a trailer:

Earth Day – Balboa Park Hosts the Largest Free Green Fair in the World


Each year on Earth Day, EarthFair in Balboa Park draws a stunning 70,000 visitors – making it the single largest annual free environmental gathering in the world.

It’s from 10-5 today in Balboa Park.

Here’s a video of the 2008 Parade:

Check out this impressive list of exhibitors!

1 Stop Recycling Services
2KG Imports
4 Walls International
8Teen Center
Acholi Beads
Active Posture Chiropractic
Advanced Exteriors, Inc.
Algalita Marine Research Foundation
Alternative Care Clinics
Alternative Healing Network / Adams Ave. Integrative Health
American Red Cross-San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter
Americans For a Department of Peace
Amnesty International Group 137
Animal Protection and Rescue League
Animals Asia Foundation ~San Diego Support Group
Applied Solar
Arbonne International
Arnett’s Plumbing
Ashwork Design Concepts
Assistance League
Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)
Atheist Coalition
Atira, Inc.
Awareness Magazine
B “N” B Kettle Corn
Backyard X-Scapes
Baha’i Faith
Baker Electric Solar
Bamboo Hut
Bank of America
Barona Resort & Casino
Be Love
Biopro Technology
Birch Aquarium at Scripps, UCSD
Body Mind College
Bonita Vista High School International Baccalaureate Club
Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Meditation Center
Brighter Concepts Inc. Premier Solatube Dealer
Butler Sun Solutions, Inc.
Butterfly Maidens
CA Center for Sustainable Energy
Cali Bamboo
California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter
California Straw Building Assoc. (CASBA)
California Wolf Center
Camp Stevens
Campaign to End Genocide in Uganda…Now! (CEGUN)
Lee Campbell
CARES (Conservation and Research of Endangered Species)
Cecena Medical Technologies, Inc.
Center for Integral Education
Christian Vegetarian Association
Christians for EarthCare
Chula Vista Nature Center
Citizens Climate Lobby
Citizens Coordinate for Century 3
City of San Diego – Environmental Services Dept.
City of San Diego Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency
City of San Diego Water Department
City of San Diego-Metropolitan Wastewater Dept
CleanTech Energy Solutions, Inc.
Clif Bar & Co.
Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft
Cooking 4 Life
Cool Planet / Dianesa International, LLC
Councilmember Todd Gloria’s Office
County of San Diego, Department of Parks and Recreation
County of San Diego, Vector Control
Culligan Water of San Diego
Cuyamaca College
Cymer Inc.
Dan Dive Connection
Daylight Artworks, Inc
Delicious Living MIX Tour
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Designers4africa/ United Foster Parents Plan
Discover Nature
Donate-a-Pack Foundation
Double Koi Tea Company
Dr. Bauer’s Advanced Wellness
Dr. Bernard Cannon, Chiropractor
Cynthia Durham
Earth Kits for Kids
earth Xchange
Easy-Turf, Inc
Eco Y Eco
EcoArtisan Builders, Inc.
Ecoclean Services
Ecodog Inc.
ECOLIFE Foundation
EDCO Waste & Recycling Services
Education, Travel and Culture
EG Green
Elymos Worldwide Impact
Endangered Habitats League
Even Chance: Pit Bull Advocacy, Resources and Rescue
Farm Sanctuary
Ferdinand’s Familia
Firegel Systems (Barricade fire blocking gel)
Fleet Readiness Center Southwest
FOCAS – Friends of County Animal Shelters
Food & Water Watch
Fred Ferino and His Inventions
Friends of Famosa Slough
Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana
Friends of the River
Frito Lay
Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
Garden State Ice
Garfield High School
General Motors
Girl Scout Troop 3004
Girl Scouts San Diego-Imperial Council
Go Shammy
Gorilla Gardener Supply
Gothic Volunteer Alliance of San Diego (GVA-SD)
Green Cleen
Green Cruiser / Simon & Hu Enterprises
Green House
Green Irene
Green World Bags
Greenedge Kids
GreenFix Organic Smoothies
Guardian Angels Animal Rescue
Guthrie and Sons Heating & Air
Harold Cohn
Harvest Home & Garden
Healing Tree Arts
Hearts Pest Management
Heifer International
Hero Nutritionals
Greg High
Hike Bike Kayak Sports Inc,
Home Energy Systems Inc.
Honest Tea
Hostelling International-USA
How 2 Save Fuel
HUD c/o American Small Business Alliance, Inc.
Human & Earth Rights Organization/UCSD
Hybrid Light
I Love a Clean San Diego
I Love Making Stuff
Iberdrola Renewables, Inc.
Icology Group / Treecycling LLC
Innovative Growing Solutions (IGS)
Inspirational Imports
Inspire Every Child Foundation
Islamic Charity Foundation
Jah Soldiers
Jamba Juice
June Accessories
Kai Chiropractic
Karl Anthony Music
Katya Xan
KC’s Tandoor
Kick Gas Electric Vehicle Coop Garage
Kick Gas EV Coop Garage
Kids For Peace
Felipe Kolbo
Kwik-Build Panels
La Jolla Friends of the Seals
Laguna Bamboo Inc
Last Chance for Animals
League of Women Voters of San Diego
LifeWork Industries, LLC
Lions Tigers & Bears
Live & Work Green LLC
Living Earthed Company
Love, Create & Help
MAAC Project
Manila BBQ & Grill
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies
Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)
Mina International Enterprises
Mind Body Partnership
Mossuto Chiropractic Center
Move San Diego
Mr Joeys
Mueller College of Holistic Studies
Nataraja Meditation and Yoga Center
National Institute of Alternative Health Care
Natural Health Group
Natural Pet
Naturally Green and Pest Free
Nature & Culture International
Nature’s Elements Landscaping
Nature’s Whisper Yoga School, Shakti Henna
NAVFAC Southwest Navy Facilities Engineering Command
NegaWatt Consulting
No Skin Purses
nogas electric scooter co.
Nordic Naturals
Ocean Experience Surf School
Om! Lifestyle
Orangutan Foundation International
Organic Beauty Co
Organoderm skin care
Our Green University
Pacific Home Remodeling
PaintGreen Professional Painters
Peace Pies
Peace Resource Center of San Diego
Pentel of America
Performance Resonance
Pioneer Domes
Plan It Green
Planned Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside Counties
Plant With Purpose
Plug In America
Point Loma Credit Union
Point Loma Nazarene University
Presentations Press
Pro Peninsula
Project Wildlife
promoting solar electric vehicles
Pure Cleaning Services
Pure Water Technology of San Diego
Qualcomm Inc
Quality Assurance International (QAI)
Rainer Ackermann – Sole Proprietor
Ramona Forum
Rancho Buena Vista High School Environmental Club
Rancho Coastal Humane Society
Real Goods Solar
Rebuild, the San Diego Chapter of Architecture for Humanity
REC Solar, Inc.
Red Lotus Society
Red Worm Fertilizing Products
Relay Worldwide/Kashi
Renewal by Andersen
Republican Party of San Diego County
Rock-n-Gold Creations/
Roots & Fins Farms
Rose Creek Watershed Alliance/Friends of Rose Canyon
Daniel Rouse
Sahaja Meditation
San Diego Animal Rescue
San Diego Area Middle Eastern Dance Association
San Diego Association for Rational Inquiry
San Diego Association of Ecology Clubs
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
San Diego Audubon Society
San Diego Babywearers
San Diego Beekeeping Meetup
San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society
San Diego Canyonlands, Inc.
San Diego Coastkeeper
San Diego Cooperative Charter School
San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
San Diego County Office of Education
San Diego County Outdoor Education Foundation
San Diego County Water Authority
San Diego Democratic Club
San Diego Food Not Lawns
San Diego Friends of Fair Trade
San Diego Gas & Electric
San Diego House Rabbit Society
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA
San Diego Knowledge Group
San Diego Loves Green
San Diego Natural Guide
San Diego Neck and Back Pain Relief Center
San Diego News Network
San Diego Oceans Foundation
San Diego Pagan Pride
San Diego Peace Corps Association
San Diego Public Library
San Diego Puppet Insurgency
San Diego Real Diaper Circle
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Green BAG
San Diego River Park Foundation
San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project
San Diego SIPS
San Diego Underwater Adventures
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs
San Diego Veterans For Peace
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy
Save The World Fridays
Scoony Scooters (
SeaWorld of San Diego
Segway of Pacific Beach
Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies and Healing
SHARE Network San Diego
Sharp Hospital Outpatient Pavilion Health Library
Shiloh Spiritual Center
Sierra Club, San Diego Chapter
Silicon Solar
Simple Shoes
Skoy Enterprises
Slow Food San Diego
Slow Food Urban San Diego
Socal Solar
Solana Beach Presbyterian Church
Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
Solar Oven Society / Persons Helping People
solar plus
Solarize Now!
Spay Neuter Action Project
Spirit of the Environment
Stars & Stripes
State of California
Succulent Gardening
Sullivan Solar Power
Sun-Tricity Solar Power
SunDrum Solar
Surfrider Foundation, San Diego County Chapter
Sylvia Aurora
Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, U.S.A.
Thai Cultural Center of Los Angeles
The American Chemical Society, San Diego Section
The Camping Bares
The Center For Natural Dentistry
The Children’s School
The Earth Organization
The GoodOnYa Bar
The Greek Gourmet
The Inconvenient Bag
The Light Connection
The Supreme Master Ching Hai
Think Blue-Storm Water Department
Thresholds Home Funerals
Thunder Carrot
Trash As Art
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serv., Office of Law Enforcement
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – San Diego NWR Complex
U.S. Green Building Council / San Diego Chapter
UCCE Master Gardeners
UCSD Medical Center
United Nations Association – San Diego Chapter
Urban Corps of San Diego County
Urban Octopus
Urban Plantations
Vaillant Solar Systems Inc.
Vision Magazine
Viva Pops
Walk Lightly Now
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Allied Advertising
Water Conservation Garden
Water Wise Kids Club
WateReuse Association – San Diego Chapter
Wee Companions Small Animal Adoption, Inc.
Whole Foods Market
Willey Heating & Air Inc.
Paula Wilson
Wings of Healing
WISC San Diego
Dan Wolfson
XLNC 104.9FM
Zero Waste San Diego

Sandra Cantu Memorial – Tracy California


Today was Sandra Cantu’s memorial, held in the gym of the same high school that her killer graduated from not that many years ago. Tracy’s a small town.

A month ago, when people asked me where I grew up and I replied, “Tracy, CA” I was met with mostly blank stares. No more. Now, thanks to the tragic case of Sandra Cantu and the bizarre arrest of her killer (and her Sunday School teacher) Melissa Huckaby, pretty much everybody knows about Tracy.

It’s a surreal feeling. The house I grew up in and where my parents still live is two blocks from where Sandra and Melissa Huckaby lived. My college boyfriend lived in that Mobile Home park, I was over there all the time. I’ve driven through the exact spot that Sandra was skipping past in that heartrending video a hundred times, albeit not for 15 years. But it looks exactly the same.

Sandra went to Jacobson Elementary, where my second cousin taught first grade for ten years, and where my brother-in-law’s aunt taught kindergarten. My niece and nephew both went to Jacobsen. In fact, my brother-in-law’s aunt actually *was* my nephew’s kindergarten teacher. And did I mention that that aunt’s sister was *my* second grade teacher? That’s what Tracy’s like. That’s why this doesn’t make any sense.

Of course, it’s not like it would make sense anywhere. But it seems to be especially non-sensical in the bucolic little town where I grew up. It seems to be something that would be so much more fitting happening in the cesspool I live in now (no offense, Los Angeles) than sleepy little Tracy.

When Melissa Huckaby was working at Food 4 Less, my brother-in-law and my boyfriend (different brother-in-law AND different boyfriend) were both working there too. I used to stop there at least twice a week for groceries on my way home from work, and was often in her line – chatted with her like she was a normal person! If you asked me then, I wouldn’t have said there was anything different about her than any of my boyfriend’s other co-workers. WOW, was I wrong!

My friend Jd says that I shouldn’t feel weird about not having noticed anything different about her, that you shouldn’t expect to be able to see the good and bad inside people. And in LA, sure, that makes sense. But, in Tracy? It feels like you should.

Merge Files and Combine Files – A Quick Way to Combine or Merge CSV Files


Here is a video tutorial on how to mergie CSV files I whipped up for you all. Believe me, if you’ve been merging CSV files by hand, you NEED to learn how to combine CSVs automatically! Best of all? It’s easy, and it’s free.

Let’s go!

Here are the quick steps from that tutorial:

1) Choose Start->Run
2) Enter “cmd”
3) Enter the following:

copy C:\*.csv C:\[filname].csv

…replacing the path and filename with your own information.

4) Hit the enter key.



Scottish Woman Singing – Susan Boyle Impresses Simon and the World!


On Britain’s Got Talent, 47 year old Susan Boyle made giant waves around the world with her rendition of I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables. Demi Moore tweeted that the performance moved her to tears, and it instantly became a YouTube sensation. Simon Cowell supposedly wants to sign Boyle to his record label, and she is now the odds on favorite to win the competition.

Similar things tend to happen when I tweet something. Except not. 😛

Here’s a video of the super talented warbler, and the lyrics to “I Dreamed a Dream” are below.


There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
And they turn your dream to shame

He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came

And still I dream he’ll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

Kelly Bensimon Jewelry


Kelly Bensimon, with her jewelry line, is certainly not the first personality to use the spotlight given to her by reality television to launch some kind of musical project or fashion line. The Real Housewives of New York star has launched a jewelry line, the flagship piece of which is this owl necklace:

kelly bensimon jewelry - owl necklace

kelly bensimon jewelry - owl necklace

I actually think it’s kind of cute. Or maybe it just reminds me of the owl from New Zoo Review? You decide!

Owl from New Zoo Review

Owl from New Zoo Review

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