Ring A Ding Ding

If you could read my mind you might wonder why it is so damn empty inside and I'd tell you it is because you are in the anteroom and it is intentionally stark and sterile because only a few are allowed entrance into the backroom.

Really, I don't have a need for validation from most or even some. It is just not how things work for me now,  maybe once upon a time things were different but those days are in the past.

And now here today in the present I straddle two worlds and work towards moving to just one. That is because the short term plan requires both but the long term one, well that requires just one.

One place, one moment in time, one life.

Sounds kind of goofy, but it makes sense to me and that is really all that is necessary. Just setting the table for the next stage, just preparing a foundation so that one day I can retire and live the 87nd version of my life.

“Babe, baby, baby, I wanna leave you
I ain’t jokin’ woman – I’ve got to ramble
Oh, yeah, baby, baby, I will be there
I’ve really got to ramble
I can hear it callin’ me the way it used to do
I can hear it callin’ me back home”

My thoughts are back in Israel and I am remembering how it all started in Ojai.

I couldn't see then what I see now nor did I have any clue what life would be like now but that is ok. I have lived a life, lived more than a few adventures and with a bit of luck will live many more.

That is how it goes, even if you were once the six million dollar man.

Not A Good Choice

Wednesday night at the break fast I walked over to the buffet to grab some of the traditional bagels, lox and cream cheese and was disappointed to discover that whomever had brought the bagels had brought the most awful selection I have seen in a long time.

And that is saying something, when you have fasted all day long and are quite hungry you are normally prepared to eat almost anything except these bagels.

They were simply awful and I was disappointed but there was a big selection so I moved onto other things and was grateful that I had choices.

Not everyone does.

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I need More Time

Damn, been too freaking busy to write the way I need to and want to. Need more time in the day or fewer blogs. Maybe both.

You're Responsible

One of my cousins posted this article on Facebook today. I was tempted to respond but I didn't because any time I reply to her political posts I end up going at it with some of her friends and I feel badly when I make them scream.

And believe me, I make them scream.

That is because I tear things apart piece by piece and start asking for fact over opinion and substance over blather.

But it is the New Year and I don't want to start it off by fighting so I am going to share a couple of thoughts here.

Let's start with the headline and why it irritates me:

Republicans Enraged As Obama On Track To Completely Eliminate Deficit By 2017/b>

I am not a fan of finger pointing and name calling.

If we are on the same side and all supposed to be working towards the common good how does this kind of mud slinging help?

Does anyone believe that there is uniformity among all party members in either the Democrat or Republican party?

I certainly don't and I don't see  the advantage or benefit in a false claim.

Now let's look at the lead:

One of the most hurtful lies that Republicans hurl at President Obama is the false claim that he is responsible for the ballooning of our nation’s national debt. It is especially grating to know that couldn’t be further from the truth, since President Obama was forced to inherit George W. Bush’s colossal deficit

The writer used an awful lot of words to say very little.  They could have just said they believe President Obama isn't responsible for the debt because he took over for President Bush.

We're more than halfway into President Obama's second term so I want to know at what point he becomes accountable for what is going on. Every president inherits something(s) from his predecessor.

Party Lines

FWIW I am technically a registered Democrat who voted for Obama twice.

But in practice I am an Independent and have been for years because I grew tired of the bullshit coming from both parties.

I believe in solutions and in working together to achieve them and to my great dismay I see very little of this.

I despise listening to friends/family/supporters of either party prattle on about how awful the other side is because that does nothing to help anyone.

When my kids fight I tell them to figure it out and work it out. If I had the power I'd fire the reps and senators who can't do that.

There is no reason why we should ever face government shutdown or gridlock. It is unacceptable to me.

In the real world if you told your boss you wouldn't work because you didn't like someone they'd smack you around and you'd figure it out or be out of work.

The bottom line to me is at some point we all have to look in the mirror and say "you're responsible" and then make a concerted effort to fix whatever is broken and improve whatever crap we can improve.

If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.

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It looks like I have a shot at participating in an experience that I have always wanted to do but never tried because I never had enough spare cash to make it happen.

I am really excited about the opportunity and hope it comes through because if it does I'll be able to cross something off of the list of things that I want to do in my life,

Makes me think I need to spend some time mulling over what the top 100 are so that I can do more than just dream about it.

Kim Davis and Marriage

Every time I read something that is supposed to support Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples I shake my head.

That is because 100% of these messages have been based upon things that have no relevance and no place in the discussion. Many of them clearly slept through their civics courses in school and demonstrate they have no understanding about laws, the Constitution and how it all works.

I also find it difficult to stomach their assertions that Christians are being persecuted in the US. It is factually incorrect and almost always based upon a misunderstanding of how things work.

The worst part of all of this is how freaking dumb some of these calls for support are. Not dumb because I disagree but lacking substance, fact and riddled with grammar/spelling errors.

Three States In Less Than A Week

Been in three states in less than a week. That is the kind of thing that fatigues a man a bit. Wrote a bit about heartbreak and kids and a bunch of other stuff that will never be published.

What a crazy time.

Almost 20 years

Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of this spot. Hard to believe, not many have kept going since then. I have barely kept up...