Open thread: Empty next edition

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What's up? I'm still in mourning over my daughter having started college five hours away. After 18 years as Mr. Mom, I miss her more than I could have imagined. It's awfully quiet here.


I'm glad the olympics are over!

Now the real events start.

Hugs, James.

Still adjusting to the quiet, too. Catch myself wondering if Cait will be home for dinner and how many I need to cook for. :) I am enjoying watching her fly on her own, though.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I'm celebrating.

I can only imagine how you feel James, but after a summer of being Mr. Mom and Mr. Dad, as close to single parenting of three children that I will ever come - I'm glad that school is back in session. I feel like I can breath for the first time in forever.

My hats off to all parents who do it by themselves day after day after day.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Although my nest sitch

isn't changing, two of my three kids are moving up from the community college system to their Junior year in University. Steven is starting at UNCG and Holli is starting at UNCC, and I am so proud of them I can't adequately describe it.

Next step: getting me and my other son Ryan back in school...

More hugs

I am halfway there on the pathway to my child's independence. I can just now start to envision her growing up.

James, I hope that the "empty next" in your blog title was just a typo and not a declaration. Your offspring may have flown the coop for now, but I am sure that a whole lot of new "next" will rush in to fill your mind and schedule before too long.

Looks like at the very least there will be 24/7 election news coverage to keep us busy from now until November 4....

MSNBC - NC in play on all fronts.

Hate to jump in on the empty nesters, but as a recent college graduate, know they're having fun... for now. They'll have gray hairs in no time.

But yes, according to the last 15 minutes of MSNBC's national coverage, NC is in play. Chuck Todd led off with an interview with Chris Van Hollen, who couldn't help but mention NC-08 when first asked about the targeted races this year. He stressed the narrow margin of loss in 2006 and discussed the importance of such close races, vowing to make sure they leave no close calls behind.

Before I could even get on BlueNC to discuss Larry's national mention, Chuck Schumer sat down with Todd. After discussing the pending Senate takeover, Todd interrupted Schumer to discuss the wonderful Rocking Chairs ad. They continued to play the ad, in its entirety, with Todd asking if a similar ad would work for Obama. Schumer's answer?

"The big thing here in this ad, is WHEN in the past could you say that it was bad in North Carolina to vote 92% of the time with the Republican president?"

Keep up the good work, folks.

This is awesome, Christopher.

"The big thing here in this ad, is WHEN in the past could you say that it was bad in North Carolina to vote 92% of the time with the Republican president?"

It's still a toss-up how this election will go. I know that polls of people who voted in the last election say one thing, but I see all the energized people for whom this will be their first election, and just about all of them are Obama folks.

And thanks for the words about the empty nest syndrome. It's a good reminder to have you tell me that. It is indeed a good thing to know that my fledgling can fly. Someday, perhaps when he's a bit older, he'll share his first public transportation experience, which was not good, except for the adventure it provided. Small town boy meets Greensboro. Heh. :)