This wonderful piece of original art was created by ME, in response to a strange search via which somebody visited my blog. They were looking for a "one eyed baby with horn" so I didn't want to disappoint them should they ever return.
This blog is a complete sentence, correct spelling, and proper use of upper and lower case letters blog. My aim is for you to leave here with a pain-free reading experience!
Okay. I'm ready. It can get warm now, and I then I can see things like this...
Alas, I fear it will be a while yet. Oh well. I did manage to get out into the garden for a bit today and dig some compost into a couple areas - and might I say, it's MY compost!!!! Not that store-bought stuff. No-siree... good old fashioned home made compost for me from now on.
Actaully it's been a bit gloomy around here, but fortunately the rain let up and we've been able to get out a couple of times in the last few days. I'd go mad otherwise!!!
I've been walking to work more often, and in general trying to be more active. So far so good! I don't stress if I have a day where I don't do much, but when the weather cooperates or I have the time I'm making an effort. Feeling better already.
The next couple/several months at work are going to be crazy busy. We're getting a new catalog/circulation system, so we need to be trained up on that and then the transition will occur. I've also been selected as one of ten librarians for a special training and new programming model for adult programs. I'm very excited, and feel honored to be selected. More on that as I learn more - our first meeting is next week.
That's it. I'm full of a big roast chicken dinner. Yum.
Okay, I'm back. Haven't been feeling like writing anything for a while, but wanted to check in and say hello to all of the comment spammers trying to sell cheap fake shoes.
I'm glad you find my blog so fascinating and interesting and educational. Now TAKE OFF!
LIfe has been good and busy. We were hoping to get out for a nice walk this weekend, and are waiting for the weather to clear up a bit. It's not cooperating at the moment. Rainy and gloomy - but not too cold! So that's a good thing.
Here's a fun cartoon for the weekend - enjoy!
My question is, if there's only 144,000 spots for the saved, why are they out going door to door to convert more competition?
Today we took a trip into Seattle. It was not to enjoy the holiday cheer, or revel in the season.
We had business.
First, Michael found a mixing desk on Craigslist for an excellent price - no brainer! One more piece of equipment and he'll be able to record a full band at high quality. Very good!
The weather was crappy and so was the traffic, but we managed to make it to our destination right on time. Sale made, everyone happy!
Next it was on to REI. I had a $68 dividend to spend and though I might be able to find something nice for myself.
Yeah, right. Whatever. I am so far removed from the consumer world it isn't even funny! Most of the 'clearance' items were more expensive than what I had to spend! And they were all made of strange fabric that doesn't sit well on people that could lose a few pounds...
I looked at shirts, and jackets, and didn't see anything resembling something I might wear.
Socks - maybe socks are the answer - everyone needs socks! Not at $16 plus per pair though! I don't care if they're smartwool or geniuswool - I could not justify paying that much for one pair of socks.
I finally settled on a thermarest matress, amazingly on clearance for $49. Two packs of dehydrated food for Nolan, and 93 cents change - done. When the next dividend comes I'll buy another thermarest (we won't have to borrow anymore!), and that will be that. I'm not even going to try to shop in person.
The $65 rubber bootswere cool, but no. I'll stick with thrift store fare, thanks...
Here in the US, we're looking at an administration that is about to cave in to the pressures of the shameless GOP (Greedy Old Pigs) regarding the extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Obama has "cut a deal" CAVED to the bastards on the right who are holding a number of items hostage in order to extend the bailout to the wealthy - who really don't need any help at all.
Extension of unemployment benefits to people who WANT TO WORK but can't find jobs
Sigh. There's probably more, but it makes my head hurt to try and follow all the news. There's so much going on right now! Don't even get me going on Wikileaks...
And we Americans are so apathetic. We sit behind our computers, posting on Facebook (guilty) and whatever else we do here. We're sitting at home, watching "Dancing With the Stars" (not guilty) or streaming Netflix on our Xbox's (not guilty), all cozy and warm (guilty). There's still food on the table (never mind the teens that are telling me that their families have money problems, and they get together with other families to pool their food so everyone can eat), and roofs over our heads (for now).
But in other countries, people are speaking out. Very young people in fact. Like this young man - only 15 years old. First, I'm inspired by his fiery passion - and willingness to do something and speak up. Second, I'm amazed by his speaking ability - I see a future leader here.
Elevate this young man to leadership NOW!
The youth in England are protesting because they see an immediate threat to their ability to gain a good education unless they come from wealth - which most of them don't. Tuition rates are set to triple, making University education nearly impossible for many of them, unless they go deeply into debt - like we do here in the US!
The UK students have gone out en masse to protest the vote to raise tuition rates, and have run into such things as the delightful practice of "kettling" where the police herd protesters into a confined area for hours of uncomfortable misery. As our very astute young man points out in the video, it's not because they fear hordes of 13-15 year olds running loose in the streets, it's because they don't want them to come back for another protest.
But return they will. It's their future at stake, and they are very well aware that a bunch of right-wing politicians who wish nothing for them but to live a life of poverty and ignorance are making decisions that will affect them for years to come. They are not stupid.
Is education a right? I believe so. Should governments be doing everything possible to ensure their citizens have access to a good education? I believe so. Especially if governments mean it when they say they want their countries to be able to compete in the global economy and marketplace, and want their countries to hold maintain a strong place among other nations.
Lately, I don't think they really mean it much.
And what are American youth doing as our politicians sell out any hope of a reasonable future? What are American adults doing?
I guess times haven't gotten tough enough here for people to notice. Or to feel compelled to do something. Sure, it's getting uncomfortable - money is tight, and we all know somebody who's been out of work for a while.
I'm disappointed with our so-called leaders, who just want to cut assistance but have no solutions to create jobs for the millions of Americans who want to work. The next person that says employment benefits just encourage people to stay home should be kicked into the next county. They keep saying that lower taxes on the wealthy will fuel the economy and create jobs - what an effing lie. Wealthy people horde their money. They may buy a few nice things like yachts or islands, but wealthy INDIVIDUALS do not put their extra money into creating jobs.