Thursday, February 01, 2007

Confessions of a Mayor-- and You

Experience Project is based out of the great, and practically always controversial city of San Francisco. Hearing the 'breaking news' that our Mayor Gavin Newsom had an affair with Ruby Rippey-Tourk (pictured here). Ruby Tourk was not only one of his aides at the time, but also the wife of another one of his campaign staff, Alex Tourk. Let's not get crazy with speculation, but she WAS pregnant just around then too. We're sure the timelines don't add up to mean anything, but that's just too weird, no matter what. Now enough tabloiding-- what can one say but 'ouch and wow.' (Update: We know you want to know about this: The "I Hate Cheaters" group has a forum post with lots of pictures and video of Ruby Rippey-Tourk)

The point is that politicians are unfortunately no different than the (weak) everyman. This is a pretty common occurrence, sadly. And seeing this kind of confession makes us want to remind you of one of the most compelling, but understated features at Experience Project-- confessions.

The feature provides an anonymous platform for people to get things off their chest, and realize that maybe, just maybe they're not exactly alone (they almost never are, for better or for worse). And thousands of people have done just that. So next time you do something you're not proud of, why not join the masses and let the world know about it by confessing it in our confessional. It won't remove your guilt, but you'll probably feel a whole lot better.

Bad Mayor! Bad Wife! Good that they confessed though...right?

And for those that are sinless, oh indulge yourself and see what shenanigans the rest of the world is up to.

We're about connecting people with common experiences, good and bad, for support from people who really understand you and won't judge you. So here are some other stories you might be interested in if Gav's actions caught your attention:

Sources courtesy of CBS 5

Valentine's Day Contest

Valentine's Day is fast approaching. Ah, the scintillation of love. Many of us have a binary view of this celebration-- either we have a Valentine, or we don't.

But there's a few hundred thousand people in our country who get shades of grey. Those people are members of our armed forces deployed in either of the major operations-- Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan-- in the War on Terror. For those couples, they may have Valentine's, but they are separated by an ocean and beyond that, subject to the unknown for things we take for granted-- such as their physical well being/safety and when they will see each other again. Puts a little perspective on picking up some last-minute chocolates at Walgreens on the way home from an(other) uneventful day at work, no?

This kind of love, then, is one to be truly celebrated-- a deep and powerful one that withstands time, distance, and uncertainty. We are enamored with it, pun fully intended. So our Valentine's Day Celebration this year is for the military and their significant others. Share the story of your love, how you fell in love, how you cope with being without each other (especially on a day of lovey-dovey celebration), and what your plans are when you are reunited. Prizes are from Bath and Body Works, intended for some self-pampering while you wait.

The contest is now open, so get to writing, and in the process meet other kindred spirits that understand exactly where you're coming from and how you're feeling.

Happy Valentine's Day to All. Experience Project is quite the eligible bachelor, by the way. It hasn't really had time for dating and such this past year, but you know how it goes... ;)