Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Practical Joke I HAVE played

My freshman year in high school (lo those MANY years ago), I shared a small apartment with LRR, a friend I met in high school. We had a mutual friend LF who was going to nursing school in a different neighborhood in the same city. For some reason LF kept complaining "No one sends me a letter! How come I don't get letters?"

Mind you this was the autumn of 1977. While that IS a long time ago, telephones HAD been invented. She wasn't THAT far from us or her family. Why not just pick up a phone? We did HAVE phones and knew how to use them. When LRR and I pointed that out to LF, she wasn't convinced. She wanted a letter!

So I sent a letter. LOTS of letters. But it was only a single letter per page, and only one page per envelope. Those envelopes were addressed to LF and mailed to friends and relatives all over the country with a request to mail the envelope on a particular day. So for the better part of a month, LF got the letters she thought she wanted. They came from all over, but they didn't say a thing. And, because I made sure that there were no vowels, couldn't be made to say anything.

When she figured out what was happening and who had done it (the former was harder to figure out than the latter), she actually called us on the phone! Imagine! She tells that story every time I've been to a high school reunion (been a while though).

That's one of my favorite stories (evil without actually being harmful).... But I doubt its one of LF's favorites....

Monday, July 21, 2008

What do you think?

I've noticed for a while that on my blog the longer posts about controversial subjects seldom get any reader comments. While the shorter, funnier posts get lots of comments. Why do you think that is?

I'll continue to post both kinds of posts, because both kinds of posts reflect my personality. I'm just curious why this is happening. It seems counter-intuitive. (And the idea of my counters being intuitive just freaks me out!)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Why we should turn Bush & Cheney over to the Hague for war crimes

Readers of this blog will know that I am no fan of "still President Bush" as Jon Stewart so aptly puts it. I will likely be doing a big dance when the next president is sworn in, no matter WHICH of the candidates win. We'll finally have THAT man out of office. While that part of me will certainly be satisfied, there's another part of that won't be satisfied until Bush and Cheney pay a price for the crimes they've committed while in office.

I should be clear to state that I don't mean this as a personal vendetta. In many ways this actually has nothing to do with either of them personally, but everything to do with all future men and women who hold the offices of President and Vice-President of the United States of America. When you take an oath to protect and defend the constitution of that country, which both of these men did twice, then you have an obligation to keep that oath. When you don't keep that oath, and neither of these men did, you must pay a price and it must be severe. That concept should be clear as the full moon on a clear night. If future Presidents and Vice-President's DON'T know what will happen if they break that oath, then we will get the kind of government that we deserve. And eventually it won't be a democratic republic.

This isn't about me not agreeing with the Bush/Cheney politics or their policies. There have been lots of presidents that I've disagreed with, so what? It's about staying true to the American concept that the power that the government holds comes from those being governed - the people. If we, the people, don't use that power, then inevitably it will be taken away from us.

As an example, look at what happened with Richard Nixon. He broke a lot of laws as president and after he resigned Ford pardoned him. Its been fashionable since President Ford's death to call this pardon "visionary" and that it "healed the nation". Baloney. All that pardon did was convince future politicians that they can get away with anything, as long as they had a friend in office to pardon them afterwards. Remember, Cheney was President Ford's chief of staff. The pardon may have, in the short run, enabled the country to move past Watergate faster than it otherwise would have. But the price we paid for that was a generation of politicians who think that they can get away with anything, once they get in the White House. That's too high a price to pay.

Sometimes a wound has to be cauterized before real healing can begin. That's what should have happened in Watergate and what needs to happen now. In the short run it hurts more, but in the long run the infection is gone and true healing can happen. It's too late for impeachment now, even if Pelosi would agree to it. She'll allow the house judiciary committee to hold hearings on Kucinich's article of impeachment, but that's all. It will never come to the house floor; republicans will never allow it. And, in my opinion, there won't be any domestic legal options once Bush leaves office either, because the pardons Bush issues before he leaves office will make Clinton look like an amateur. He'll pardon himself and everyone who ever served in his cabinet during his two terms. Mark my word! There's nothing in the constitution that prevents a president from pardoning himself. And if he does do that, there won't be a thing anyone will be able to do about it within the American justice system.

That brings us to the Hague and trying him and Cheney for war crimes. I say, let's do it. Let's make examples of them for future generations that no man and no party are above the law.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Bumper sticker I saw on the way home from work today:

"Dog is my co-pilot."

Name of a diner I saw on vacation in North Carolina:

"Eat your damn food and get the hell out!" I almost wrecked the car when I saw the sign on the side of the road. I didn't stop, because I didn't know how much further I had to go before I got to the house. And couldn't stop later because I didn't remember where it was! And I LOVE diners!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008


It amuses me that so many political pundits out there are saying "Obama is tacking to the right! Obama is abandoning the left!" Clearly these are people who haven't read his positions. His website is pretty clear that he's pragmatic - he wants to get things done. I've never heard him claim about himself that he's a far left liberal. He's a person with a wide range of positions on a wide range of issues, just like most Americans. It may be easier for TV pundits to pigeon hole him as one thing or another, but that doesn't make it true. And we don't have to believe it.

I am disappointed in his FISA legislation vote, but other than that nothing he's done is really a surprise. I don't expect to agree with every position ANY politician has, including Obama. Anyone who doesn't understand that needs to grow up.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Go see Wall E

Husband and I went to see Wall E last night. The movie was great fun and very touching. The first previews of this movie made it look like Short Circuit animated, which held no allure for me. But the more recent previews give a better idea of what the movie is about. Great fun.

Before the movie, Pixar put a short cartoon called Presto. I can't remember laughing so loud and so often at any cartoon - short or long, Disney or Warner Brothers. This is a great cartoon. It's worth the admission price alone, just for this 7 minute cartoon.

I'm back!

I've been back from vacation since Sunday 6/29, but haven't really been up to posting. Vacation was a LOT of fun, but my arthritis really flared while I was gone. I'm no longer tired all the time, but I still hurt a lot. So, I haven't been writing.

Random thoughts that occurred to me while on vacation:

Even though I'm not much of a swimmer, I really love going to the beach. I can watch the ocean for hours - and did. The sound is very calming. The sight is somehow constantly changing and always the same. The smell... well I'll put up with the smell.

My niece CLS got married on the beach while we were there (the reason for the family vacation). She was beautiful. Yeah, I'm prejudiced, to be sure. But she was gorgeous. She and her new husband are crazy about each other. I'm thrilled for both of them. I'd forgotten how easily I cry at wedding.

I'm really lucky to have a family that gets along as well as we do. That's not to say that there aren't differences, but those differences don't take over the family and our time together. There were 18 people in an 8 bedroom house for 7 days. And not only were we talking to each other at the end of 7 days, but we were all really sad to see the vacation end.

I get really maudlin on the last day of vacation and I have no idea why. I LOVE vacationing as much as anyone. I love my life at home and look forward to getting back to it at the end of vacation. But for some reason the transition from vacation to home is a sad one for me.

More later. Bye!