18 October 2013
As Friday afternoon begins I am lamenting that my vacation is nearly over with. I have had a great time and managed to not go broke this week. Those are major accomplishments, especially the latter.
I still have the weekend before going back to the office on Monday morning to see what awaits me there. At least I know that I can handle whatever is thrown at me. I have deliberately kept away from the work cell phone and email. I found that very easy to do.
I don't plan to take any more time off for the remainder of the year other than a day around Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving. I will save up time for when I really need it. Of course, I am hopeful that I don't get sick and have to use any time for that.
The time with Hal has been invaluable and was much needed. He goes to work this weekend, as always, and after that things will return to a more normal routine next week.
I am torn in my feelings right now. An obvious part of me wants this vacation to continue, but I know that I have to go back to work. The other part of me looks forward to getting back to the normal routine. Obviously, there is no choice. I have to go back and look forward to another chance for my next vacation.
17 October 2013
With the latest political/financial crisis pushed down the road, we are feeling a sense of relief. Sadly, this is only temporary and we will have the same disgusting RWNJ dog-and-pony show beginning right after the first of the year. I am truly tired of RWNJ that would rather see our country fall apart than act like adults all because they can never accept that there is a Black President in their White House!
I find it utterly unbelievable that we are having to deal with these temper tantrums in this day and age. Racism is alive and well and it isn't going away anytime soon. Until then, we have to call attention to it and expose it whenever and wherever it appears. To ignore this issue is a grave error.
All of the political posturing by RWNJ is just a smokescreen to attempt to hide this ugly problem. While it is irrational to accuse each and every RWNJ of being a racist in their personal lives, it is true that they benefit from this ugliness and are therefore unwilling to condemn it.
It is telling that whenever RWNJ make a racist comment themselves that the apology is always half-hearted and made with a seeming nod and wink to I fixated that the initial message got through, and that the apology is merely a formality.
With this in mimd, please remember that the same tired old tricks will be used in January. We have to remain vigilant and ready to respond forcefully with the TRUTH in the face of their LIES.
15 October 2013
It is so nice to sleep in for a change. Vacation is the best idea I have had in some time. Not front-loading this week with things to do was definitely the right plan. I don't need to spend any money right now on traveling, and I need the rest more than anything else right now.
I am sure that I will go out later today. I can use the exercise and some browsing and window-shopping will serve as a way to pass some time. I can try something new for lunch for a change. One of the advantages to living in the DC area is the diverse population and the exposure to different cultures.
The most important thing is to spend time with Hal. Our schedules seldom give us much time together, and this is something we both need to reinforce our relationship. Since Hal works on weekends this week is all about us doing things together. We are planning our day together to work around necessary errands and enjoying our time together.
14 October 2013
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06 October 2013
On Friday, I nearly had an accident in the evening. Hal and I had gone to dinner and were on our way home. Thankfully, I had resisted the temptation to have a drink at dinner because as we were on our way home I came to a red light at a very poorly lit intersection. I came to a stop in the left-turn lane and was watching another car approaching from the opposite direction. My attention was on that car as it approached the red light from the opposite direction, coasting towards the I tersection with every intent of accelerating when the light turned green.
The light changed and the other car slid through the intersection. My attention was on having a clear path once the vehicle cleared so I could turn left. I then began my left turn only to discover to.my horror that there was a family in the crosswalk! I came to a stop but was within a few feet of them. Just my luck that there was an unmarked police car that had been behind me also waiting to turn left.
The lights came on and I was told to pull over. I complied and waited for the officer to approach the car. Luckily, the man, woman and child in a stroller were alright, but understandably shaken. The officer asked if I had been drinking, and I told him that I had not. Thankfully, that was a true statement. I produced my driver's license and insurance for the officer and he also attended to the family to make certain that they were OK.
I had to perform several tests to prove to the officer that I was sober. I explained that my attention had been on the other vehicle and that i didn't see the family until the last second. I did not point out to the officer that the man and woman were dressed in all black with no bright colors. Tobhave done so would have produced a confrontational attitude with the officer and that is never a goof thing to do.
As things settled down, I was allowed to go on my way. I will definitely be much more cautious the next time I am out, especially when looking out for pedestrians who are dressed completely in black at a poorly-lit intersection.
05 October 2013
This has been an unusually warm week around here. Although the air feels much drier as Fall begins to settle in, the temperatures have soared into the upper 80s and lower 90s. Not complaining, but it does make me wonder if we are in for a rapid change in the weather rather than a gradual cooling down that Fall normally brings.
As the RWNJ government shutdown endures, I have to express a certain level of uncertainty about the future before a resolution is reached, and indeed, even afterwards.
This country is moving quickly towards a mentality that expresses itself in violence if things do not go exactly as planned. Nowhere is this more evident than in the RWNJ Teahadist community. The tragedy of a mentally unstable woman yesterday put DC into a panic mode, and yet this was an isolated incident in which no one other than the woman herself was killed. This does not diminish the tragedy of that one person, or of her child who will now face an uncertain future. It does throw into sharp relief that problem that we have with random violence.
Clearly the woman needed help, I cannot say for certain how much help she had access to, or took advantage of. The deeper problem is the cycle of violence. My initial thought yesterday afternoon was that there was some lunatic with a gun who had gone to Capitol Hill to make a point.
I wrote earlier this week about the unease I felt being around a group of RWNJ. Their anger was tangible, and I fear that sooner or later, someone is going to act out their fantasy solution to our problems with a gun and that there will be a large number of people who die as a result. I really hate feeling this way, but I cannot help but think that there will be violence.
I have the uneasy feeling that the longer the shutdown goes on, the more likely a violent incident becomes.