Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
P.S. I'm sorry for cheering on the shoe throwing guy. That really would have hurt!
P.S.S. This still doesn't change my overall opinion of you...I won't reflect on that here, you are well aware...................and if you are really curious about the details, well, just listen to John Prine's song, Some Humans Ain't Human. He sums it up very nicely.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Apparently, Mark decided that he could not take responsibility for this failure. He decided that the fault should be placed on a second party....ME! Luckily, I do not have any recollection of this finger pointing scenario and I do accept my brother's belated apology. Quite frequently, I see history repeating itself in my own household as the older child is constantly blaming the younger for her failures.
Interesting. Maybe there is a genetic connection. I'm wondering if Claire will be placing a call to Joey in about 30 odd years to apologize for her misguided blame? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Friday, December 12, 2008
I read this morning that one of the sticking points was that the union didn't give enough concessions in their contracts. So now, they are making this a union issue? BULLSHIT! Maybe we should take a look at the congress men's salaries and their health insurance. Maybe they need a pay cut!
Angry and irritated thoughts such as these swirled around in my head this morning. They were the thoughts occupying my mind as I left my volunteer stint in my daughter's classroom and walked to my............PRIUS! As I sat in my car, the Grateful Dead song "Victim or the Crime" started pounding in my head. Wow, am I the victim or the crime? Did the purchase of my beloved Prius somehow lead to the demise of the auto industry? YIKES!
Okay, buying a a foreign car may have contributed somewhat but, whose fault is it that I bought a Prius in the first place? It's Ford Motor Company's fault, that's who! Our first family of four vehicle was a Ford Windstar minivan. I loved that minivan (never thought I would admit to loving a minivan, but I have and I did). We were being good Americans and we bought an American car. Hooray for us!
The minivan worked well for a while. However, after it hit a certain number of miles, it started breaking down (should have bought a warranty plan!). And, it was expensive to fix. After a couple of times in the shop at prices that were unbelievable, we decided to trade it in and buy a new car. We took our little minivan into the car dealership, they made us a deal and we walked off with a brand new Toyota minivan (with a warranty plan). I loved that minivan too.
When I started commuting to work everyday and when it started to cost $60.00 to fill my gas tank, John began hinting that we should look into a Prius. I resisted, saying that there was no way we could all fit into a small car. Eventually, I caved in and I've been very happy with the change. We are the proud owners of a Toyota Prius that gets 47.5 miles to the gallon. We also purchased a warranty plan and a really cool service plan that rolls the cost of servicing the car into our monthly car payment -- we pay monthly for the servicing and don't have to cough up the payment at the time of servicing. That certainly takes the stress out of getting my car serviced because I know that it's already been paid.
Whew, that's a long story and with all that being said, I am crossing my fingers for some type of aid to the auto industry. I just hope that they really take a close look at their reliability factor. In the next couple of years, we may need buy a new car for John and if the American car industry can come up with a reliable, fuel efficient car, we will give it a thorough evaluation. Until then I'll be singing another Grateful Dead song for our overall economy, "I Need a Miracle."
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Finally, I have realized that I can't do anything about it. So, I have vowed to take a sabatical from listening to the "news." My rides to work will go back to being filled with music and books on CD. Most recently I have listened to a monologue by Juilia Sweeney. She used to be Pat from Saturday Night Live and she is really funny. I think it's true, laughter really is the best medicine.
Monday, December 8, 2008
She has some pretty cool stuff on her blog. If you want to get a taste of what it was like to be in Grant Park to hear Obama's acceptance speech, scroll down to find her pictures of that magical night. Their family attended the event in Grant Park. Pretty cool. Click on the pictures and you will see a little sample of her photos. You can also watch a video of Will I Am performing his song "It's a New Day."
BTW, she was my inspiration for starting my blog. Check it out, you might get inspired too!
P.S. Her blog is public so, you don't have to sign in. However, if you do visit, leave a comment and tell her that I sent you. It's fun to see who is visiting!