It’s been two years since my father passed away. I am lucky to have had time with him, and wish everyone would have the opportunity to spend adult time – lots of it – with their parents. I am a lucky girl.
I just heard this phrase in a recent movie or TV show. I love it. Amer-Asian. It’s pronounced a-murr-asian, with that first “a” being a soft “a” (). A very nice blend of America and Asia. And why not for all of our nations – why not for America and Italy (Amer-Italian), or America and Africa (Amer-African).
It started a week ago, listening to Tim Conway Jr’s talk show – had to be Sept. 11th. He took calls from people living off the government, and one thing he said really caught my attention. He said “We are all tired.” He went on to say something to the effect of: We work hard all day long doing too many jobs at once, we come home, grab a bite, see the kids, see the spouse, and drop into bed just to get up and start it all over again. And it never stops. We think nothing of calling or emailing colleagues at all hours – and they answer! Because we can’t stop because we have too much work to do, but can’t hire anyone because no one can afford it.
“Blame it on a long memory, but I can remember when the first move by a president like Lyndon Johnson or maybe a smart aide in the Eisenhower White House would not have been a snarky press release.
I’m guessing LBJ would have been on the phone to Boehner in five minutes after seeing him on TV, saying something like, “If you’re serious, why don’t you come over here quietly and we’ll try to work out something good for both of us and the folks out there?”
Call me a romantic, but I believe that might have happened.
As we saw, no chance it could happen today.
And we’re right back to the partisan war. Too bad, really. “
Can you believe this? Can we really debate the need for available drinking water? For the full L.A. Times article, click here.
You just don’t imagine in our country in 2010 that there isn’t free water to drink while you are having a meal. But there isn’t,” said Kenneth Hecht, executive director of California Food Policy Advocates, an Oakland-based organization that supported the legislation. Leno’s Senate Bill 1413 requires schools by next July to make fresh drinking water available where students get their meals. The bill provides no funding, and districts can make the case that they cannot afford to comply.
But the solutions can be inexpensive, advocates say. In small schools, that can mean putting water pitchers and cups on lunch tables.
Montclair Elementary School in Oakland has a “hydration system,” basically a faucet that students use to fill their own bottles with cold drinking water, said George Manalo-LeClair, a parent at the school and senior director of legislation at California Food Policy Advocates.”
Seems simple enough, given buildings have potable water. And when you think about the staff you are paying to manage drinking water, and the associated costs, think about the staff (and insurance) to transport children to school, or feed children at school. These services are what parents should be directly billed for – everyone needs to step up and take responsibility for their own family’s daily expenses – food and transportation. And if the family can help out by sending a thermos of water with that packed lunch, all the better.
Are you joking me? This is unbelievable.
I have given up on the ability of those in the after life to come back and visit us mere mortals.
New find . . . . http://reason.tv/video/show/jack-dean an interview with the founder of pensiontsunami.com, an aggregate news “publisher” for pension-related news.
A shout out to my friends Robert Bloomquist and Tommy Stevens for bringing this to my attention:
Under the new health care bill – did you know that all real estate transactions are subject to a 3.8% Sales Tax? You can thank Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid & Barack Obama and your local Democratic Congressman for this one.If you sell a $500,000 house, this will be a $19,000.00 tax by itself, NOT including any other costs of sale that generally range approximately 8% of the sales price ($40,000. on a $500,000. sale) !!!
Here in CA, it’s not hard to have a house in the $500,000 range. So now, if you use realtors, you pay their 6%, and an additional 3.8%. You lose almost 10% of your home value. Wow, that’s a fairly big loss.
Well, I think I have decided to vote against nutMeg Whitman. She seems a little on the crazy side with her English/Spanish mixed messages. If she was against prop 187, as she claims in her ads, I’d love to ask her if she voted against it….Isn’t that how you demonstrate your moral outrage? (Oh wait, she hasn’t voted FOR 20 YEARS!!) Talk is cheap. Ignorance is cheaper. Brown is looking better and better, although I loathe the idea of a democrat (especially him) at the helm, the idea of nutMeg is worse.
I don’t think I have mentioned I attended a fundraiser for her back in the early days. Paul Rodriquez was there about the water problems for CA farmers. She took questions, and the first guy asked her what she thought of “Keynesian policies given the economy.” She looked a little awkward, then said “You have to help me out here.” SHE DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION. This is a woman who graduated Princeton, and got her MBA AT HARVARD!!!! I was stunned. She only took one more question, then they wrapped it up. I sought the guy out who asked the question, and asked him what he thought of her answer (she had hemmed and hawed through it). He was as flabbergasted as I was. We were both there to because we WANTED to support her, but she couldn’t demonstrate basic economic knowledge. Unreal. Almost Surreal.
and yes, I am still doing P90X, albeit not regularly. Too much going on at the office.
Wow. Am I tired. But, tired as I am, I can’t fall asleep. Took Ambien, now waiting. Rambling on…
So I thought I’d journal about P90X, my latest endeavor to stave off the rising hips of middle age.
I am just completing my first week of it. Well, really, it’s technically the second week, but I’m not counting the first week because I was so wimpy about it, and I had some traveling to do in between the workouts.
So I started it up again this week, and surprisingly, I find myself at the 7th day of the three week cycle. It’s my “rest” day.
Now, I have been doing this in my garage, which is a whole other story – but short story is it is great. Which means I haven’t been going to the gym, so maybe I’ll do that tomorrow on my “rest” day. I only have 10-15-20 pound free weights at home, and no bench, so until I build that up (which I plan to take care of this weekend), I might as well go and push metal at my local gym.
So, P90X. It’s pretty good. You feel kind of dorky doing it (which is the great thing about doing it alone in your home). Especially the yoga crap and kendo pseudo martial arts stuff. But at the end of the day, you feel muscles you had forgotten about, and that my friend, is a good thing.
So I think I will stick with it. It may not help me in my battle of the rising hips, but it certainly can’t hurt it.
Oh, and that reminds me. I have to make a bathing suit appearance in the very near future with my grandsons, ages 13 and 9. My bikinis don’t seem appropriate ( for them at this age), so I bought some wake board shorts. How much fun is that! Comfy shorts to play in the pool with the boys. I got to thinking, the guys have had it right all along, and us chicks have been dealt the bad deck of cards – we are stuck shoving our bodies into skinny clothes, high heels, and strappybikinis, while the guys wear loose clothing, boxer swimsuits, and comfy shoes. How did we (girls) get ourselves into this mess?
Admittedly, fashion is some kind of ego fun. But will we ever be truly equal as long as we are willing to sacrifice comfort and commons sense in the name of fashion? That inability to come to our senses is what, I think sets up apart.
Look at newscasters. The pros are dressed conservatively, and most females are dressed as thought they want to date your husband. Kind of weird. Why show some much chest plate? Or bare arms? cover up girlfriend – you’re on TV. It’s not your living room, it’s ours. Be respectful.
Hmm I think that this is it. Ambien friend is kicking in. I am fading. Plz excuse any typos you found. I still want the junior senator O out of the senior office “P”. If that is not clear enough, I want Obama out, and his socialistic ways reversed. There, that local town (Belle sp?) where City manager gets $800,000/year, and council members get $100,000/year for their part-time efforts. Problem is, if City Manager resigns, HE GETS HIS PENSION!!!! It truly is a MAD MAD WORLD. We need pension reform, and we need a youth who knows how to kick butt in the intellectual world.
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