Thursday, May 08, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I decided to scan some more old photographs and thought I could share some of them in the spirit of Throwback Thursday, the current internet phenomenon. Of course, now that I'm playing along, I'm sure it's passé.

Ken took a picture of our home television set when he saw me testifying (a regular part of my job) on the public access channel.
I was 40 years old. Fun times.

This is me in 2000 doing my job as an executive manager at the San Francisco Municipal Railway, defending our management decisions before a committee of the city council. I took a lot of lumps for this one, but I still believe we were right. Just not politically correct for the time. And that's not good when you're working with politicians.

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  1. Un vrai vedette! (Assuming one can have an 'un' as well as 'une')

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    1. raybeard, I think it's always "une vedette" regardless of the person's gender. Just like "une personne" can be either a man or a woman. :)

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    2. Je te remercie, Walt - un petit morceau utile des connaissances!

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  2. The fascinating thing is that the events were televised.
    Here, I believe you can submit opinions by letter to committees and attend some of the meetings in person (I'm not exactly sure as I've never done anything like that). The idea of having the proceedings on TV makes it much easier for everyone to find out what's going on.

    Do you find it scary when you look at old photos of yourself?

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    1. jean, public access to government proceedings is part and parcel of the American political scene. When cable television came into being, public access channels were required and state legislatures and local governments began broadcasting their sessions. The federal government has its own channel (called C Span) as well. I think the French parliament also broadcasts on its own channel. And old photos don't generally scare me. I hope I didn't scare you! lol

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  3. Well, then, I'm glad that you stuck to your guns :)
    Fun to see you on the TV screen, instead of just the computer screen :)

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  4. Do you miss your old job?

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  5. Sympa- you had a lot of responsibility for a 40 year old!

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    1. Those were my thoughts, as well, Evelyn. Not living in the Bay Area, I can only guess what the brouhaha entailed.
      You look like you could handle it, though.

      M in OR

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  6. Et bien, te voir à la télé US m'a fait un choc :-) Bravo à... retardement !!!
    Bises à vous deux
    Il fait tt gris en Normandie, ce 8 mai... Hier, il y avait beaucoup de vent mais il faisait beau...
    Mary

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  7. Such a cutie! Bet you don't miss those days on the hot seat….I know I sure do not!

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  8. Oh my gosh, you're 40?!?! When did that happen?!?!!?

    What a fun picture to have.

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  9. I've been grilled by different Boards about decisions I'd taken but never on TV. Brave you!

    Commented on Ken's blog via smartphone today as a last resort --something I hadn't thought of doing.
    And now suddenly the laptop is behaving again ... not sure what happened but it's back :-)

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