What if I took my goggles and got regular lenses put in them, so I could see out of them. I wonder how much that would cost. I like the idea.
I spent a week spraying my dress (which is a summer style) and now it will be 30 degrees tomorrow.
I spent several days spraying the wings and they still are not done. In fact, the house smells like paint because I needed to add paint and I brought it inside to dry.
Ron helped me get the wings glued together and he also helped me–actually he did it–cut the place for the strap to go through. It’s going to work out very well, I think.
He also suggested using puff paint to make the wings more textured. It looks good, but after that I need to paint it with black enamel paint. This is a bit more involved than I expected; however, I do think that it will look amazing. Or at least, it has the potential to look amazing.
Church had 24-hour prayer sign up two weeks ago for last Sunday (Sept 22). I signed up for 5:30-7. Arrived at 5:15, stayed till 8, still hadn’t finished. (Of course, I did ask for two hours’ worth of prayer requests, but I was there for 2.45 hours.)
It was incredibly meaningful.
God and I talk more when I talk more. If that makes sense.
I took my great-grandmother’s doll to be repaired in January. Eight months and seven hundred dollars later… I have a doll with
a ceramic pate, instead of the cardboard one that had replaced the original,
a doll dress of the appropriate type,
three mended fingers,
two legs which are not presently leaking sawdust,
and a $4 doll stand.
At some point, and I knew this before I took the doll in, my great-grandmother replaced the original hair (that had probably been pulled out by too much brushing) with a wig made from her own hair. As long as I have lived, that hair has been a long drape past her shoulders. However, it turns out that the doll was originally styled with curly hair, so the doll doctor curled her hair and sprayed it so that it looks more like the original, while still keeping my grandmother’s hair replacement.
The ceramic pate was replaced with a cardboard one at some point. The doll doctor thinks it was done in the 1950s, but I find it more likely to have been done when my grandmother still had her hair long, which would have been when Grama Bunny was young. (So perhaps the 1920s. I wouldn’t be surprised if Grampa Ben’s mother and Grama Rill [my step-great-grandfather and my great-grandmother] were the ones who fixed the hair.)
The doll doctor put a cute bow in the doll’s hair. However, she stuck a pin through the head to hold the bow on rather than pinning it with a bobby pin. The pin came out as soon as I unwrapped the doll.
The original dress turns out not to have been original at all, but instead a 1950s replacement—probably to rehabilitate the doll for the only granddaughter, my mother. It is made of an appropriate material, and the color and detail were well done, but they are for an adult doll and this doll was intended to be a child.
During the 1970s the doll factories, which were closed at the onset of WWII were purchased and someone bought all the fabrics and the doll patterns. While the fabrics from the pre-war era have all been purchased already, the pattern of the dress is now correct.
I don’t really like the dress. It is a dull color, but Dad and Steph both think the dress is pretty and it is the correct pattern, so I guess I will deal with that. The woman said that the dress would cost $175, but it was on the bill as $250. I can imagine a price increase and that, perhaps, when she was saying $175 she was thinking of her cost. However, that is an additional $75 that I wasn’t expecting.
The fingers don’t look amazing, but they don’t look bad either. And, in fact, on one hand they look better than I was expecting.
However, her eyebrows now are both bad. The doll doctor couldn’t pull out the one that was sunk into the doll’s head, so she pushed both in. But doing that shows three chips that I did not remember. At least one appears to have already been there based on the picture I have, but the chips, which are white, show up so much more now. What happened to the fixing of the eyebrow that she was supposed to do for that $425 original estimate? That money included the mink to replace the fur in the original eyebrows.
The eyelashes, both the one that was completely on and the one that was partially on, are missing. The doll doctor said she couldn’t put them on and get the eyes to close. So a simple glue-on did not happen and the doll’s eyes close, but there is no long sweep of lashes. I specifically told her that I wanted the eyelashes. If she wasn’t going to put them on, why didn’t she call and talk to me about them? It is possible the lashes are not original, but I am frustrated with their loss since they were there on my doll. (I am thinking about it and maybe she did talk to me when she first called. However, I thought I old her I wanted the eyelashes on. If I didn’t, I guess that disappointment is my fault.)
The worst part, however, is that the woman repaired the legs, but with glue and cloth, not with kid leather and not with stitches. –I told her that I would be willing to pay more for the kid leather approach to the repair, so had she done that I would have had (and anticipated) a higher bill. When I pulled the doll’s underthings down to show RG her legs, one of them was already broken again. It isn’t leaking yet, but it will be if the leg is moved any at all. Since the legs were the reason we had to quit playing with the doll, I am particularly perturbed by this.
This means that I need to go back to The Doll Hospital tomorrow, when the doll doctor is in. (She was not there today.)
If the doll can only be displayed, I will survive that, though I will not be happy, but I am appalled that the $425 to fix all the parts that she was supposed to fix left the eyebrows and eyelashes undone AND left me with an already broken leg.
What would be a reasonable amount for fixing the fingers, pate, and hair while messing up the eyebrows and eyelashes? I was thinking maybe she should give me back all the money except for the dress and maybe $50 for the curl and pate. But actually the eyelashes and eyebrows are more noticeable than the fingers. Of course, the problem with each was more noticeable when one was right and wrong but the brows just look horrible. And I miss the eyelashes.
The legs ARE improved, but they are not going to last at all if the first time I picked her up after getting her out of the store (and perhaps in the store, since I did not check them before I left) her right leg broke.
So what was done well? The dress, the fingers, the hair, and the pate.
The doll looks much different than she used to. I didn’t realize how much the curl and shorter dress would change her look.
And I was planning on going to the Houston Glass Show tomorrow, but now I will have to go to Spring to take the doll back and talk to the doctor. I am not very good about talking about things like this. I wish I could just send my sister.
I looked up a calendar for dates… Then I looked up MS and it was from June 3 to July 10.
June 16, 1989
Ron and I met during Mission Seminar. He was getting six hours of electives done for his undergrad degree and I was back in Texas after my first year in the Rhetoric program at Purdue (and feeling like I had risen to the level of my incompetence). We were in Nelson dorm’s living room and Ted was the connection. Ron thought I had a crush on Ted and wanted to meet the girl who would…
I untied Ron’s shoe laces with my toes.
The three of us and another student (whose fiancee had died in Brazil during a mission trip that summer) went to Dairy Queen on Washington and 80 for Blizzards. We talked about Brazil the whole time.
Sometime during the week June 19-23
I sit with Ron during chapel because neither of us has anyone else to sit with.
Also during that week we get a little loopy and chase each other around UCC buildings with pens, attempting to mark on each other. Why? I don’t know. Pressure release?
Dr. Ed M stopped us and took the pens away (so Ron was to one side and I was to the other, with Ed in the middle). He asked what we were doing. I said I was winning, grabbed a pen from Ed’s pocket and slashed a line down Ron’s hand.
What! Okay, we were definitely strange.
June 26-30, 1989
Ron and I had Dr. Gailyn V for a class. The class was too large for the room, so we had a U with students on both the out and inside. Ron was on the outside and I was on the inside. We were sitting somewhat catty corner to each other. Ron decided he would stare at me to make me paranoid, but all it did was make me giggle.
Yes, I do remember things I learned in that class besides that Ron makes me giggle.
July 1, 1989, probably
Ray and his girlfriend (fiancee by then?) invited me to a party and said I could invite two friends. I invited Sherry B (friend for years) and Ron. I don’t really know why. Guess I thought he was fun.
It turned out to be a surprise birthday party for me. Big surprise! My birthday is in March.
Ron stayed on the balcony talking to one of the girls on my hall he had a crush on. (He had a crush on two of them. Yes, I knew this.)
July 7, 1989, approximately
I told Ron I would visit him at work, but did not have a plan for it.
July 9, 1989
Dear friend came down to help other friends move their stuff back to Oklahoma. We went for a drive and he asked me to marry him. –We had never even kissed, which I found odd.
Ron called me at Sherry’s house to tell me he was leaving town Monday or Tuesday and if I planned on visiting him at work I should come that evening. We talked on the phone for three hours.
When I got off, Sherry said she didn’t know I knew Ron that well. I told her I didn’t know I knew him that well either.
So focused in Abilene on the need to be going and doing, on owning and having. I want “the perfect house” to make up for what I feel like I lost in moving—space, money (because we would have had two incomes).
However, I have gained things. I need to look at those.
One, Ron is able to work more for himself, try things out, do different things. He took City University. He learned a lot about Abilene.
Two, I am able to teach a variety of different classes and I am being pushed to grow in my teaching (iBooks and grad class, linguistics, Old English class this spring).
Three, I am connecting with some people, though not as deeply or often as I would like. The bunko group keeps me connected with Nancy. Being a newbie helped me develop a relationship with Karen. Mikee was an incredible encouragement to me when I was here without Ron particularly. In addition, we have met Neil and Melanie. She makes me smile and makes me grow. (I played pool volleyball for the first time ever. I am definitely not athletic and yet, I did it.)
How can I focus more on my work—this summer—while still feeling a change? Last summer I spent the summer recovering from teaching and being alone. I don’t think I have to recover this summer, but I do have a lot of things to do that I am not willing to or wanting to work on and that lack of desire is pushing me away from getting stuff done.
This morning I was thinking that I needed to go online and find some more fans in the “right” colors so I would have fans to match my different outfits. I don’t need more fans. The one I have (or really ones I have) are more than sufficient.
Ownership and sense of self… I think I have connected my mother’s things to my mother and held onto them to hold onto her. But she is always going to be part of my life, even if she has died. She is always going to be part of whom I am and how I am. I only hope that in some small way I can be more like her in terms of loving people and being open to getting to know folks.
I read a paper that said 50 to 60 years after you die, no one will remember you anyway, and I think that may be accurate, if you live to be an old person. If I live to be 70 and my grandkids are in their teens, they’ll live another 60 years and then they’ll be gone. It really shocks you into a sense of the ephemerality of this world when you have already lived 50 years and you think about all the people who will be forgotten when you die…. My Grampa Ben, my Great-Uncle Charles, Uncle Ward… None of my siblings or children met those people, knew them, and loved them. So they will leave the world, too.
And that is part, I think, of my need to hang on to possessions that belonged to family—to keep holding on to that family that is gone. In a real sense they don’t exist anymore.
We have given lots of things away this last two years, as we have moved, inherited goods, and moved some more. I am okay with having given those things away.
But I can think of my office and know that I have held on to many things simply because at one point I could not have afforded to replace them. And some of those things I may never use. … Or by the time I got around to using them they might not be usable.
Since I own all I need (and most of what I want) I really need to start thinking about paring down. What can I give away or get rid of that is just sitting around taking up space for no good reason? Yes, there are even some pieces of furniture I have that I kept because they reminded me of something when I was a girl. But I will always have those memories and I don’t really need that furniture.
I have also told myself that part of the issue is that I don’t know what the boys may/will want. Well, I asked Micah and I know what he wants. And I asked Elijah and he says he doesn’t want anything. I know that he might take some things eventually, but he doesn’t want anything. So I need to stop letting that idea enable me to hold onto items that I don’t need and that are filling up my space in a less-than-useful way.
God, I need your help. I need your focus and guidance to figure out what I need to be concentrating on and I need your grace to get my work done and let go of the physical possessions that are unimportant—both to my family and to my life.
God, I also need your help to integrate my life into Abilene, to become a part of Abilene. Please give Ron more contacts and people to be in touch with. Please help us to reach out, to plan to spend time with, and to make the successful effort to develop some relationships as a couple.
Finally, God, please help me to think about and concentrate on you more. I tend to leave you on the periphery and say it is because I am busy. But really it is because I am so focused on myself. One of the things I hoped Abilene would give me/us was a stronger relationship with you, because it seemed that it happened that way before. But really both of us have drifted farther away from a relationship with you rather than into one. Give me grace, strength, and focus to see that you are the eternal, you are what will last, and help me to invest my treasures of time and money more in you and your work and your will than in my ephemeral interests.
God, thank you for my wonderful experience at Houston Community College. Thank you for my getting to know Linda at Houston Baptist. Thank you for the teaching experience, writing experience, and presentation experience I have gained in the last five years.
God, you are creator god, maker of heaven and earth, ruler of the stars in the sky and you call them by name—you are amazing God! indescribable, miraculous, loving, focused on me, on my family…
Thank you for that.
I can’t believe my beagle is nine years old. It doesn’t seem that long ago we got her. But it must have been. I found the first post when we got her in May of 2004.
She’s mostly recovered from the attack of the dog when she ran away the night I came home from the AP Reading 3 weeks ago. However, the hole in the back leg had dirt in it when I let her inside. (Today was her second day out.)
I am going to have to give her a bath, which she will not like.
Okay, some things are a bigger priority than others. I don’t have to spend all my money at once.
We need blinds for the front rooms. We’ll need eight sets, I think. Something for the front door as well. Do we need them for the den, too? Maybe. Especially since anyone driving down the alley can see into the house.
Motion sensing lights
We need these for both the front and the back of the house. Since I’ll be there by myself, I really think these are essential. Even if I don’t even know where to get them or how to put them in.
Guess I need to talk to the handyman and see if he can do those.
Wood floors in the living room. Where would the wood floors end? Probably right where the carpet ends now going toward the offices and the kitchen. The other direction I don’t know where the carpet ends. Perhaps at the wall that the hall closet is on? How could we make it end well there?
The kitchen in the house is black. (R and I think it might be French Black, the black with a lot of green in it.) It has raised panel outsides on the cabinets and the handles appear to be silver or brushed nickel. Hard to tell from the pictures and I don’t remember.
I think, since it won’t exactly match, we should go with the wood. Then it’s not supposed to match; it’s just supposed to work there well. And their table, which looks fine in there, is not black and is a wood…
Sears appears to carry (online at least) the most stackable washer and dryer combinations. I like the Kenmore’s but wish they were silver.
Also need a dishwasher. If we put it back in where it was and add in a pantry where the fridge is now and move the fridge over, then the fridge isn’t right next to the dishwasher, which is not energy efficient.
Door to offices
We do want a door put back in to the offices. We want one door there. I would prefer a wooden door. It could be an inside door or a pretty door, maybe one with a window at the top? Perhaps we could match the front door? Would we want that?
The fireplace has obviously got issues with popping embers. (The floor is burnt.) What if I put in a cool craftsman style fireplace door? Found one: Pleasant Hearth Glass Fireplace Door Easton Black. The one I like is $349.00 in all three sizes. The site tells how to measure. They won’t fit if the opening is too small or too large. But it looks like my fireplace isn’t too large. Might want to get one for the office too.
Less important things:
I would like to add shelves in under and over the counter instead of where the kitchen desk area is now. We could put the appliances that are nicer looking there. I think that might work well. Put the heavier ones higher up and the lighter ones lower down. Maybe even put in a lazy-susan.
Pantry. Either put it on one side of the refrigerator or put it in on the other side of the room.
On the other side of the room I would make it as deep as the counters all the way up with doors that open. We could put in a six foot pantry. Basically standard cabinets appear to be 24 inches deep and 36 inches high. So if we put in a 6 ft wide x 2 ft deep x 8 ft high = 96 feet of space. That would be nice. It would still leave a little bit of space at the wall for the light fixtures.
Things to think about
Do I want doors there? Well, there is a door there, to the den. Do I want a door to the kitchen? That doesn’t really make a lot of sense, to cut off the pathway… Except that it would be nice to be able to close off the laundry room if you were in the front of the house and not hear it. I’ll have to think about that.
The hearth on the living room fireplace matches the brick in the office fireplace, but not the brick in the living room fireplace. What else could we put there instead? Could we paint it? What color?
Make sure you have chosen a color that will withstand changes in decor, as removing the paint is difficult and time consuming once the brick is painted.
How to Paint a Fireplace Hearth | eHow.com
It doesn’t look like I should paint. Paint is hard to remove and dates easily.
What if I just extended the fireplace hearth and put wood underneath it? So the fireplace hearth is wider (so the floor won’t burn any more!) and then underneath that sticking out part is wood. Would that work? How wide should it be?
I have been using the rule of fireboxes level with the floor must have at least an 13″ hearth extension to a non-combustible material and those above floor level must be at least 18″. I saw that documented 5 or 6 years ago.
I was looking through the Code Check Complete book and found a totally different rule for hearth extensions. On page 47, it says 16″ minimum hearth extension if firebox opening is less than 6 sq ft.
20″ minimum hearth extension if firebox opening is greater than 6 sq ft.
The difference being the rule I have been using deals with height of the firebox to determine depth of hearth extension whereas the Code Check documentation has it determined by sq ft opening of the firebox.
A nice marble or granite slab, with wood underneath, would look good. Could I find one that “goes” with the brick without being totally ugly? Maybe not. Obviously that’s not a priority.
Problems with furniture
Where am I going to put my china cabinet? Mom’s really goes with the style of the house better, but I’m not taking Mom’s china cabinet without Dad offering it. And I’m not sure where I can put mine. Perhaps move the fridge over and put the china cabinet there? I don’t want the moisture of the dishwasher getting to it, either, though. I may have to think about this.
R wants to take our old refrigerator. Where would we put it? I don’t want it in the utility room, at least not where the washer and dryer are now. However, if it would fit on the wall next to the bathroom wall, either where the mirror is now or facing like the stackable washer and dryer… It is NOT going into the room and then blocking the door like the washer and dryer do. Yeah, it’s only a few inches, but that’s too many.
I think looking for houses is usually more fun than buying houses.
My father suggested that getting what you want is more important than paying what the house is worth. This, however, was before he saw my favorite house, which he was much less impressed with.
I looked up the houses online, according to the county appraisal district for taxes. That tells you what the people bought the house for and when. You can also look up other folks’ on the street and see what they are paying.
Since my favorite house is too big, overpriced, and in need of carpet/paint, and since R also has to choose, I am trying to rank the other houses. Which would I prefer the most?
pink kitchen = bigger
favorite = pretty wood
pink cabinets = best neighborhood
laminates = already done (though not necessarily to my taste–though I like the bathroom!)
octagon front = best cookie cutter
library = turnkey cookie cutter
lowest price house in expensive neighborhood = cachet of neighborhood
I tried using sixteen criteria for ranking houses. Doing that:
pink counters, expensive neighborhood
However, when I just listed my preferences, based on whatever it is I am basing it on:
almost exactly the list is in order of square footage
the cookie cutters are in the bottom, but so is the expensive area
Why is that?
I don’t really know. Ugly rock fireplace that is the first thing you see, just two inches past the open door, when you come in the house?
Also, it has multiple steps up and down inside the house. If we’re going to live there for 20 years, that’s an issue.
Laminate house has a 14-inch step down/up into/out of the garage. Also, a 12-inch single step from the front porch to the carport. These are problems. They can be avoided, or mitigated, but they are a problem.
I chose the 2 living, 2 dining cookie cutter home over the expensive neighborhood. That’s odd, really.
Should probably think about theat more. Why?
For buyers, the BEST situation to submit a low-ball offer is when:
1. Seller has reduced the price for 3rd time
2. Seller reduced price two times within 4 weeks
3. Property has been on the market for at least 4 months
4. You show up to OH and apartment is empty with no names on sign in sheet
5. You find out that seller bought 5+ years ago
6. Imperfections are cosmetic NOT permanent
Err on the side of under-pricing
If you have to choose between over-pricing and under-pricing your home, under-price. When you under-price by $10,000 and the home isn’t bid up, you lose $10,000 at most. When you over-price by $10,000, you can lose much more: after a month the listing loses its luster, mortgage and staging costs pile up, and price-reductions signal buyers to ask for more reductions.
How long has the property been on the market?
The current listing sheet may say the home has only been on the market 30 days. But a quick look in the MLS may show you that this is the 3rd time the home has been listed, and all told, it’s been on the market for over a year. Longer time on the market means more negotiating power for the buyer.
Is the property vacant?
Has it been that way for a while? Nobody likes to have a house sitting empty, epecially when the house is in Knoxville and they are in Honolulu. Insurance companies don’t like it either. And nobody likes making two mortgage payments.
Is the seller motivated?
This is something you can’t always know up front. But if you somehow find out the seller is getting divorced/about to go bankrupt and has to move that property, stat, then strike while the iron’s hot.
Find out what the seller owes on the property.
It is very rare that a seller is able to afford to write a check at the closing table, much less agree to do it. In some situaitons coming out even will suit the seller fine, but paying someone to buy their home will not.
All Around Town
get shears for E’s hair
take books to Kinko’s to get copies
record grades for 0310 and figure out averages
call Lynn Lemmons
mail letter to Edwin Mellen Press
All but grades and averages. Pretty good.
Well, that was the fastest turn around I have ever seen. I sent the late proposals in last night around 9 pm.
This morning before 9 am I had two responses.
The chapter for the book was a no. The rejection was the most positive and encouraging I have ever received and, believe it or not, I have gotten some encouraging rejections.
The article for the journal was a yes. Although I am wondering if it’s really a magazine. But I don’t care. It will be published. Then, as my hubby mentioned, I’ll be an “internationally published” author.
Both papers were on the same series of books. If I don’t get an acceptance to CEA I may use the rejected one for a PCA proposal (if that call isn’t already closed then).
I’m staying very busy.
Even though they were two and three days late, I sent the Sookie and vampire proposals.
I hope they are accepted.
This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the U.S. Department of Energy.
I then took a shower in the clean water provided by a municipal water utility.
After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC-regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like, using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
I watched this while eating my breakfast of U.S. Department of Agriculture-inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
At the appropriate time, as regulated by the U.S. Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-approved automobile and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal Departments of Transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank.
On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the U.S. Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school.
After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and Fire Marshal’s inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department.
And then I log on to the internet — which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration — and post on Freerepublic.com and Fox News forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can’t do anything right.
While I do think the government does some things well, we have seen what happens with socialist medicine. We have seen what happens with socialized businesses.
I am opposed to those EVEN IF the government could do a good job with them. I think that the private sector does better. Look at charter schools versus public schools, if you disagree.
About these are the strange building pictures.
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Who would do that?
Or how about this?
There was also a wall with furniture attached on the side of a six story building, and people in the furniture. Live people. What? Who would do that?
What are these people thinking?
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Or the designers of this hotel?
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Be sure you see the whole thing.
I’ve been to California for a wedding.
It was beautiful.
Now I’m going to bed.
Obama is trying to stop this video from being aired.
Here is Front Sight’s round up of Obama’s vote. I’m not seeing anything on Obama wanting to tax guns.
Here’s Earned Media’s round up and again nothing on taxes.
According to the Washington Post, not exactly a bastion of anti-Obama’ism, said that the taxes on guns was based on Obama’s support of a 500% increase on the types of weapons that have been used in crimes. (Which is just about everything.)
So, his support of a gun tax isn’t new. But he hasn’t said he has changed his position either.
I would say that the speaker’s being disingenuous to say “now I learn,” but he might just be learning.
What about these graphs showing the amount of positive versus negative press that Obama has gotten?
How about the incredibly long list of Palin Derangement Syndrome articles?
Then there is the New York Times’ examples of media bias.
Or, from a list I made a while back but haven’t published, there are:
Fox News admits bias says Slate.
Political Double Standard by the Common Room
Left wing commenters on the MSNBC firing of Olbermann and Matthews from the anchor position
The SF Chronicle says it is Democrat, “Democrats are on defense. And we don’t do well on defense.”
Obama’s Edge in the Coverage Race, which is on the WaPo itself by a WaPo author who says that, yes, there is more about Obama but it is not bias because
1. Obama is more interesting
2. Obama is better looking
3. All coverage necessary is done
Don’t believe me? It is from this first article from WaPo online‘s author who says that Obama has more pictures than McCain (even though O’s only go back to 2003 and McC’s go back to 1995).
Factor one: Obama is the first African American slated to win a major party’s nomination; McCain has been around a long time and ran for president before.
… the best pictures get used while being fair to both candidates.
Obama and his backgrounds are simply more photogenic. And my guess is that he smiles more, and that makes a better photo. This is not a partisan statement. Remember Ronald Reagan? Like Reagan’s staff, Obama’s campaign has a genius for putting him in places that make good photo ops.
That might explain why Broder feels there is no such thing as media bias. He works for WaPo, and everyone knows that better looking, black, new Democratic candidates OUGHT to get more coverage.