CrockPot Orange Chicken

2 chicken breasts, chopped into bite-sized pieces

1/2 cup orange juice

2 T soy sauce

2 t garlic powder

~1/2 T corn starch

1/4 t red pepper flakes

Mix the chicken, orange juice, soy sauce, and garlic powder in the crockpot.

Cook on low for 6 hours (high for 3 hours). With 15 minutes remaining remove the chicken and mix in the corn starch to thicken.

Stir the chicken back into the sauce, and allow it to cook for another 15 minutes.

Serve with rice and top with red chili flakes to taste.

Deleting @svvsdnews

Yesterday at about 9:00 am John Poynton, Executive Director of Organizational Development & Communications, stopped by the Help Desk. In front of those present he asked me to consider handing the personal Twitter account @svvsdnews over to the Communications department. He implied it was a valuable asset. He also implied that it was at times giving out inaccurate information. Specifically that reunification information for Timberline parents had been reported inaccurately.

In fact, there were no tweets from the account about Timberline except for one manual retweet of John’s own account @svvsd. I had failed to update the Google Alerts that ran @svvsdnew from Heritage MS to Timberline PK8.

Due to the public nature in which he requested the account, the conversation meandered a bit but in the end I told John I would consider his request.

After John left I tweeted: “I have just been asked to turn this account over to the SVVSD Communications Department. Thoughts?” from @svvsdnews and retweeted it from @dmagy.

Steve Borecky, Senior Manager of Information technology, came into the Help Desk to find out why John had been there. I told him of John’s request. Steve informed me that he would be letting Joseph McBreen, the district CIO, about the incident. He also informed me that I may have not helped my case with my tweet.

A little after Steve left, Bud Hunt stopped by and I told him about John’s visit. Bud told me that he agreed with everything I said but to be careful.

About half an hour later, Joe stopped by for a walk and friendly chat. He reminded me of our previous conversations on this subject and gave me some thoughts on how I should consider the situation. He said the matter was in my hands and that he would support me whatever my decision. One of the questions he asked, was it worth the risk (I took this to mean the risk to my livelihood) to maintain @svvsdnews when in the long run it was not that important. We also joked about how stubborn I can be.

From the time John left, I was in quite a bad mood. I do not like being forced into situations. I considered asking for the afternoon off but since I had a meeting scheduled at 3:30, I took an early lunch to try to cool down. Ask Amy, this rarely works for me.

About mid-afternoon, J. Patrick Mount, my direct supervisor, asked me to join him in his office. He asked how I was doing and if there was anything he could do to assist. Patrick told me he had looked and had seen no inaccurate tweets from @svvsdnews about the Timberline incident. He also offered advice about being careful about how I handled the situation.  He told me there could be consequences. I told him that my intent was to delete the account.

Even though I had told John that I would consider handing over my personal account to him, this was only me being non-confrontational. I had no intent to handing over the account. It was something I had built with pride.  I do not believe the Communications department under John Poynton has the same interest in sampling and sharing the internet for school district news that I do.

Yesterday evening I deleted the Google and Twitter accounts svvsdnews.  I then emailed Patrick “Please pass along through appropriate channels to Communications that I have deleted @svvsdnews.”

I am documenting the events of yesterday because I had three people caution me that I was endangering my livelihood by trespassing in John’s bailiwick. I have received similar cautions from people that work far closer to him than I ever do over the last several years.

Becket Bowls

On May 1 , 2013 I ordered a small dog bowl from CafePress. When you design these products the CafePress site specifically says “What you see is what you get.”

What I saw: 


What I got:


On May 7, I received the above product. The quality of the bowl is quite nice but they cropped off the bottom of the design. I submitted a complaint to CafePress: “Quality Comments: The image on the bowl was cropped off the bottom by about 1/4 inch.”

CafePress responded promptly:

Dear Daniel,

I am sorry the Pet Bowl you received was not printed perfectly! I want you to be 100% satisfied with everything you purchase at I am ordering you a replacement right away at no additional charge. You should receive the replacement by May 17, 2013
and your new order number is 199456951.

There is no need for a return!  I do not want you to incur any additional shipping charges.  Please discard the original bow.

If there is anything else I can do for you, please let me know.

Your ticket code is LTK1115702246846X. Please use this code in any further communication.

Best Regards,

Maura L. Support Representative

1-877-809-1659 Toll-Free (US)
1-402-517-4480 International
9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST, Monday – Friday

What I got:



Around May 14, I received the above product. The quality of the bowl is quite nice but they again cropped off the bottom of the design and sent the wrong size. I am submitting another complaint to CafePress.

Pork Carnitas

3 lb pork roast, trim fat and set aside

6 cloves garlic, cut into slivers

3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

1 c water

2 chicken bouillon cubes

2 bay leaves

Rub Spices

1 Tbl Cumin

1 Tbl garlic powder

2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp paprika

3/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp chili powder

Season pork with salt and pepper. In medium pan on medium-high heat, brown pork (and trimmings) on all sides for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Combine rub spices.

Using a sharp knife, insert blade into pork, cutting small holes and insert garlic slivers. Season pork generously with rub.

Pour water into slow cooker, add bullion cubes,  bay leaves and chipotle peppers. Place pork in slow cooker and cover. Cook on Low for 8 hours.

Shred pork using two forks and combine well with juices that accumulate at the bottom. Remove bay leaves. Let cook another 15 to 30 minutes.

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My sister-in-law Sue served this on our first trip to see them in Durango. She shared a recipe from Skinnytaste  When we could not find the Adobo seasoning, I made my own rub based on the original’s spices and Traci’s Adobo Seasoning recipe at

My Proposed Legislation Expiration Amendment

Any legislation signed into law automatically expires on the 20th anniversary of the signing. To extend this, the law may be approved, unaltered, by a new combined approval of both houses of congress and the signature of the president on a date at least ten years after the original approving signature. With this extension the law will expire on the 20th anniversary of the new signing.

Dependent Legislation

Any legislation that is a modification of or references other original legislation, expires with the original legislation.

Current Body of Law

Four years after the ratification of this amendment, the current body of law will be subject to this amendment. Any law on the books at the time of the ratification of this amendment will expire on its twentieth, fortieth, sixtieth, etc. anniversary of its being signed into law.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.