by Peter Freyne
This was the mellow scene down on the Church Street Marketplace earlier this evening. Summertime, summertime, sum-sum summertime!
A little foggy today inside the old cranium am I. Totally spaced on getting a Neulasta shot yesterday on Hospital Hill. It's one of them "wonder" drugs that boosts white-blood cell production to counter the white-blood cell destruction caused by the other chemicals pumped in as part of Wednesday's R-CHOP chemo regimen. Went in this morning. No problemo.
Trust me, the old memory bank does take a hit under this drill. Others I've talked to who've been down the road before me have said it's something they experienced, too, and continue to experience.
Great. Where was I?
Yes, I was walking down the next block, look up, and 10 feet away walking towards me with two of her friends is....drum roll, please.....Martha Rainville!
Instead of playing reporter, however, I gurgled about how everyone's asking me about what's she's doing and telling me how much they miss her! Heck, I miss her, too! Jim Douglas' biggest catch was she for the Ol' Vermont GOP.
Biggest recruitment loss for St. Patrick, eh?
Talk about "chemo-brain," I had my little camera in my hand and never even thought to snap a picture.
Marvelous Martha, former adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, last we heard landed some big job at FEMA and is down Washington-way these days.
Yes, indeed, here's the FEMA release:
Martha Rainville Joins FEMA Leadership
Release Date: April 17, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Retired Air National Guard Major General Martha T. Rainville has been appointed counselor to the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator and deputy administrator for Continuity Programs, FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison announced today.
Rainville, who officially joined FEMA on April 16, 2007, will conduct, lead, or coordinate special studies, issue analyses and task forces as assigned by the administrator, and recommend policy, program, or organizational changes to Continuity of Operations planning.
"I am happy to have General Rainville join FEMA's leadership," said FEMA Administrator Paulison. "Her background and experience in the National Guard will be a real asset to us as we continue building FEMA into the nation's preeminent emergency management and preparedness agency."
You'll recall Martha lost the November 2006 congressional race to Democrat Peter Welch 53.2 percent - 44.5 percent. Hey, no way a Republican was going to win that one.
And if President George "WMD" Bush doesn't make some significant personnel changes soon, his Republican Party will have to publicly abandon him. The numbers at left were from tonight's "Washington Week in Review." This week's Wall Street Journal - NBC News Poll.
Mr. Bush's approval rating is at 29 percent.
What happens in a powerful, democratic nation where the people suddenly have no confidence in the commander-in-chief?
We're going to find out, aren't we?