Easy Come, Easy Go- UPDATED

GA loved that old show with it's hunky crooner, Bobby Sherman (who's not dead yet).

Bobby wore tight pants, remember ladies?

And a peek-a-boo, button-downed shirt- with fringes.

Didn't you want to swap places with Candy Pruitt (played by actress Bridget Hanley) so you could make out with him, too?  Fess up.  And  I'll bet more than a few of you fellas out there did, too.

So true, Bobby Tight Pants Sherman!  Easy come, easy go.  Here today and gone tomorrow.  Or as  that great 70's rock band Kansas put it:

Well, this is all a giant non-sequitur.

GA was thinking about Seattle because of an email I got yesterday.
there were some hha commissioners that were in AC. 

records were checked and he wasn't scheduled but it seems Mr. Garcia is at a conference today in Seattle.

Carmelo Garcia, Executive Director of the HHA, was at a conference in Seattle on Wednesday?  

GA's been to Seattle- it's a 6 hour flight from Newark.

Wow.  A pretty long cross-country flight.  Then add on check-in time, travel time to the airport (and from), getting settled at your hotel and you've got quite a long day of commuting before the conference even begins.

Poor guy.

Because as we know, he was stricken with a debilitating virus that kept him home from his BoE meeting on Tuesday night.  That was the night before his Wednesday conference in Seattle. 

The reason we know that BoE Trustee Garcia was home with a virus was because told President Rose Markle to announce the sad news at the meeting.  Which she did.

Viruses are awful things.

They come on swiftly without warning; like a tornado traversing one's gastrointestinal tract blowing matter out of both ends.  Yuck.  Let's just say the about one GA had recently: it came on so quickly that my midnight sprint to the bathroom fell short by about 5 yards. 

Want to hear more?  I didn't think so.

Viruses usually pass in 1 or 2 days, but leave one feeling weakened and not in-the-mood for a cross-country flight and conference.

So I have to hand it to Carmelo. Riddled with a virus at home Tuesday night and at a conference in Seattle on Wednesday.

How did he do it?  

Not Seattle!

(Updated, 11:30 am)

HUD is holding a conference for Housing Authorities today (Thursday, June 28) at 9 AM in Spokane, Washington Not Seattle.   From Hoboken, that means a day of travel on Wednesday for an early morning conference on Thursday.  Phew, that makes more sense.  Did Carmelo make it, virus and all?  After resting at home instead of attending Tuesday night's BoE meeting, one hopes he did.

It looks like a must-attend conference for any Housing Authority member undertaking a large, public housing construction project.

Here's the training handbook for the HUD conference. It a covers federal guidelines for wages, labor standards, contracts, contractors on HUD-funded public housing construction projects.

Says registration is free.  Not travel, hotels- GA supposes that's from the HHA's budget.

Event Duration: June 28 2012 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Event Description: This class will cover labor standards and payroll requirements of the Federal Davis Bacon Act prevailing wage rules and regulations. A key topic will be the new 1344 Handbook.  Topics included will be: Wage Decisions, Reporting Requirements, Work Classifications, Additional Classifications, Documentation Requirements, Investigations, Wage Restitution, and Much More …Registration is free and open to the public. Who Should Attend: This training is for Public Housing Authorities, Tribal Housing Authorities & Tribally-Designated Housing Entities responsible for administering and enforcing Federal labor standards compliance on HUD projects subject to Davis-Bacon prevailing wages.
Training Materials: You may review the new handbook at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/hudclips/handbooks/sech/13441 and the updated Contractor’s Guide at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/labor_relations/library


  1. didn't the council minority make a huge deal about the "scandal" of the administration spending taxpayer dollars to send someone to a professional development conference in vancouver or something?? wonder if they will be equally outraged about garcia?? (yeah, right)

  2. If this is a legitimate conference for Garcia to attend, why the lie about a virus?

    Maybe he meant a computer virus, courtesy of the Masonites?

    1. Good point.

      With all the sunlight now on his initiative to raze and redevelop the HHA, flying cross-country for a conference on federal construction guidelines for public housing projects... it explains why he may have chosen the virus.

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