Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The upcoming presidential elections, housing market crash, and other unpleasant things

Well it looks like McCain is going to get the nod on the right, and Hillary or Obama on the left. I wish whoever wins would push past this, but honestly the country is so far out of whack nothing really can be done about it. Oh well, as usual its pretty useless.

The housing crash, now that something that everybody SHOULD be worried about… sorta’. I would be lying if I said I don’t care, but really, what can you do? I think if people took a long range look they’d be ok, but I know most people can’t think like that. The one thing that stays the same is the fact that its cyclical. Today it's the housing market, yesterday it was the dot com business, before that it was the oil crash.

These things have a tendency to eventually end. The how’s or why’s aren’t really for me to say but ultimately it will get better. Unfortunately most people have emotions tied up in this kind if mess, and there will be heartache somewhere. But if you can ride it out for a year or two, it’ll get better, unless of course you really can’t afford that house or that car. Then it’s dark days ahead. But for the rest of us, just hang in there.

The only guarantee is that its going to change. Maybe you need to go back to school, or change jobs or move to a different city. But that is ok, that’s what I think when someone mentions the American dream. Pursuit of happiness at its best.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Money Don't Grow on Trees

I went grocery shopping yesterday. Yet another proof, if one is needed, that I’m getting better. I found things to be very expensive. Like for instance eggs, I remember paying less than a dollar for a dozen, and now its 2 bucks and change. Grits and oatmeal are the same too. In fact I noticed in just about every item I got it was quite a bit higher. Did things change in just 2 months or am I crazy? And I work for someone who’s been out of work for two months, with pay, just imagine what the struggling amongst us is doing. I hate to even think about it.

But then my wife went to get her girly parts checked out, all part of the thing you do as a girl. And you know what? They don’t do, or pay for preventive care anymore. This is the school district. So go ahead, add yet more to the plate. Preventive care, the most basic of basic, isn’t covered. I really hope this election year, they do something, because honestly I can’t pay much more, and I make pretty good. I can’t see how those lower on the rung are doing, or NOT doing. There really is a serious problem here.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Classic Film Friday

I haven't forgotten about classic film Friday. It's just with therapy and work I don't have as much time to think about it. We have watched quite a few good flicks, and maybe this weekend or next week some time I'll write about them.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Blogging, it has been well, interesting. Until the Bluffton Today made blogging weird. I'm not saying it’s been bad, I'm just saying it’s not the same. Today I have made a decision to not bother arguing over there anymore. I know this may come off as strange, but really given the fact of what I’ve been through recently and the fact that intelligent conversation almost never happens there, not to mention the newspaper folks don’t EVER pick up on something that may be newsworthy, I give.

My stroke has left me a different man. The lingering problems I have are a weakened right arm, a slightly paralyzed face or droop, and a loss for words at times. I think the loss of words is the biggest problem, because I like to talk and that is hampering me. Maybe it will change when I get better, I don’t know.

What I’m trying to say is what I’ve said all along, it’s just that now I’m ready to go through with it (the "it" being participating). At least for right now.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


I don't know I just don't have it in me to put up with local newspaper crap. I mean less than usual. For several days now I've noticed that one in particular, you can get tomorrow's paper, today. So whatever you have to read, really isn't even news.

But worse than that there just aint the kind of audience that there used to be. Oh well nothing really earth shattering there, but it does sadden me about the intelligence level of those involved. You know, adults having smart conversations.

So add that to the current problem, that is the Bluffton Today now just willy-nilly throwing the paper, instead of placing it in the box under the mailbox, it just makes it even worse.

Just had to say it, so I did.

On a completely unrelated note, I wanted people to know I'll be starting the blogroll again, and I know there has been some good writing, it will be acknowledged.

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Economy

It seems that since the economy is in the tank, the President and Congress are going to offer some kind of stimulus package to me, to you, and to everyone else. But, and this is critical, there is nothing to worry about. Really, its all ok.


Lets think about this shall we? If there were nothing to worry about everybody would take their lumps and get over it, furthermore, exactly what is the economy going to do if every family gets 200 to 600 bucks? (I'm guessing, I don't really know)

What is your family going to do with that extra money? Pay a bill or perhaps buy more groceries? How is that helping the economy? Basically we have Congress and President who will do whatever but not what it takes to fix the real problem.

Now turn it around and look what their doing locally (the 162 million school referendum). How that is supposed to make sense?

Good lord, do we ever need an apocalypse or invasion or something. Really its not so hard.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The School Board

Let me start out by saying I can't really write everything I think because of the stroke, but I'm going to try anyway. The School Board comes off as some kind of benefactor when in fact they started the mess. The final price of $162.7 million a figure that has changed a few times since I looked at it just doesn’t sit well with me.

Here’s why:

1. The kids will have to wait. Don’t look for the mobile units to stop, even if this passes it will take time.

2. Which leads to attendance zones. They need to be adjusted. End of story.

3. The School Board hasn’t done anything with the last referendum (which also deals with some long lasting problems) and quite frankly until they get one done they really shouldn’t start another one.

Anyway, that’s how I see it, especially after last night’s meeting, it’ the same problems with the same hands out asking for money.

Say no.

Monday, January 14, 2008

update again

Well more on the old stroke update. Today was the first day that I've been all alone. I drove myself to therapy and I felt pretty good about that. It seems to be the season for getting a new job. I just want the one I had. Anyway people need to quit running around on me, at least till i get to work, which looks like and 2-3 weeks. I keep getting stronger, but then again I find out just how much I have yet to go.

So anyway thats all really, who would have thought, me getting up in arms about going therapy.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Out To Eat

I can't really help talking about my stroke it's really all I have these days. Today we went out to eat like in a Saturday fashion and I pretty much lost it. Not like in a mental type way but still. It seems my brain only works in one way, thats is it has to concentrate to get there, where as a normal brain can go on autopilot from time to time.

Whats that mean?

I heard everything, and yet nothing at all. My hand gave out on me too about 1/2 way through dinner. So all in all, even though I think I could go back to work, I need to wait at least a bit longer.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

News Flash

Today I drove. Now i know how that probably doesn't sound like much to you but it's down right roll out the ticker tape for me. Anyway, I just wanted you to know. I have more stuff in my mind but this took me at least 15-20 minutes so I'll keep it short.