31 August 2015

Dreamer’s World August 31 2015

I often think about where I like to be when I write. I have established a few places here in the apartment that I use specifically for writing in my blog. I find that a consistent place and setting helps me to concentrate more when I need to.

The first place is the desk that also functions as my home office. I have the Mac here and available to me alongside the 2 work laptops that I use for my job. It is convenient to have everything in one place during the workday because it gives me the opportunity to start a blog post while I am working without having to get up and go somewhere else to do it. I am old-fashioned enough to never write a blog post on the company machines because that is not why there are here. A quick shuffling of keyboards is all that I need to swap between machines. This is the place that offers convenience for me.
One of the nicest things I ever did for myself was to purchase the desk I work from. I got it at IKEA and it is one that I can adjust to a standing desk position in orer to keep me from just sitting in the same position all of the time. The adjustment is electric/hydraulic so there is no cranking the desk up and down which is great for me!


I seldom write at the Mac once the workday os over with due to the fact that I have already spent so much time in that location. This is the time where my Chromebooks and Chromebase com in handy. The Chromebase site on a table and is always available to me in a nice well-lit area where I can look out of the window as I am writing. The Chromebooks allow me to go anywhere else in the apartment, or anywhere else for that matter in order to write. I love the flexibility that the Chromebase and Chromebooks provide me. A change of scenery is often what I need when I am writing.

There are times when I will take the smaller Chromebook with me when I leave the apartment, although I don’t do this as often as I would like to. This is something that I truly enjoy. I can sit somewhere and write and Google Docs allows me to save the doc locally or I can use the hotspot on my iPhone to connect to the web when I am out.

I think that variety in places that we write is very important. Personally, I find I get writing claustrophobia from constantly writing in just one location. I love the ability to be able to write when I see something that inspires me, rather than try to remember the moment until I get back home. This is also where having the camera on my iPhone comes in so very handy. I need to try to attach more pictures to my posts. That usually makes them more interesting to the readers. Sometimes the hardest part is to get the pictures loaded into Evernote for preparation in the first place!

I occasionally experiment with ways to prepare and publish my blog posts to Wordpress and Blogger. I have to admit that I seldom get feedback from the Blogger site, and I am wondering if I should even bother with it anymore. Wordpress does provide me with feedback and comments from those who do read this blog, and those comments are always appreciated.


The Chromebase

11.6 HP Chromebook

11.6 HP Chromebook

Acer 13.3 Chromebook

Acer 13.3 Chromebook

30 August 2015

Dreamer's World August 30 2015 - Reminders


We always find reminders of things at times when we least expect them. Today is one of those days for me. As I was relaxing on Sunday morning, I was going through my thousands of old photos when I ran across several that really struck me. I found 2 pictures of an old friend. We have not spoken in almost 6 months, and this is because he decided to terminate the friendship on his own.
I accepted his decision and made no effort to talk him out of it. When the phrase “I don’t think that we are friends anymore” and “You are no longer my friend” are used, there is not much that I could have done. More importantly, I chose not to care enough to try. As I have grown older, I find that I have no time for these juvenile antics.
That didn’t make discovering the pictures any easier. I was reminded of the times that w enjoyed each other’s company. I was reminded of the times when we promised to be there for one another. This made me sad for a brief moment, at least until I remembered the parting text messages listed above. I then remembered the things that drove us apart, mainly my lack of financial support for him when he hit tough times. I was going through my own tough times and could not help him.
He took this personally. That was his decision to make. He decided that apparently I was not the “friend” that he needed at that time. I accepted without comment and moved on. Realizing this made the decision to permanently delete those pictures much easier to proceed with. I would have done it anyway, but without the hindsight of my writing, where I had put down the things that happened between us I might have been tempted to attempt to reach out to him after all this time and see if things had changed and if he was doing better.
Reading through my old notes from that time convinced me that this would be a terrible idea. I was aware of my feelings at the time, but seeing the description of things that had happened presented back to me with clarity was the best thing that I could have hoped for!
I hope that my former friend is doing better now. I hope that he has found what he is looking for, and by that I mean that I hope that he finds the things that will get him out of whatever troubles he was in for good, and not just a temporary fix to the problems.
I still don’t bear him any ill will other than how he notified me of his decision via text like I was an employee or someone that he truly didn’t value. Again, I have handled that and have moved on. I made the choice based on his decision and I am at peace with it.

The pictures are deleted now. Sometimes, reminders start out in one direction and end up taking us somewhere else altogether.

Dreamer's World August 30 2015


There is an old saying, or at least there probably is because there always seems to be one lurking whenever we need it, about random events shaking us out of our sense of complacency. In my case, it was something random that shook me out of a rut that I had fallen into over the last week.

My writing had begun to stagnate, that is the reason I wasn’t posting anything. I would look at each attempt and see nothing more than a repeat of the previous unsatisfactory attempt. My frustration level was growing, but I was unsure what to do about it. The desire to write was there, but it could not get past whatever was blocking it.

Saturday night I went to bed early. I had been on the edge of a migraine throughout most of the day. Writing was the furthest thing from my mind, because all I would have written about was the dread of the oncoming migraine and my attempts to thwart it beforehand. At least I can say that I succeeded in that, pulling down the shades and keeping things dark and quiet helped to stop the migraine in its early stages. I’m sure that the Aleve I took also helped, but I want to feel like I actually accomplished this without any outside help.

I went to bed early, and I slept extremely well until around 0400 SUnday morning. I reached that semi-waking state and could not manage to get back to regular sleep. Eventually, I decided to get up. Under most circumstances, I would have tried writing at that point, but I was still leery of doing so. I didn’t want to tempt fate and end up being frustrated once again.

I decided to step outside on the balcony and smoke a cigarette. The night was extremely peaceful for the first few minutes. Then I heard voices from below the balcony from an area that was obscured from my view by trees. There were 2 women arguing. Obviously, they were both drunk and trying to stay relatively quiet. Perhaps I didn’t hear them until after those attempts fail, as they so often do when alcohol is involved, and they began shouting at one another.

I don’t understand the real point of the argument, other than the apparent fact that one of the women was drunker than the other. She was apparently demonstrating this by projectile vomiting at or near the other woman. Luckily, my view was still obstructed, I really didn’t want to see any of this.

The less drunk woman began yelling at the more drunk woman about the vomiting. The tone was what we all know from nights out where we have drunk too much, or been around a friend who drunk too much. Yelling at her for getting sick, and then quietly trying to comfort her in rapid succession.

I have to admit that I was tempted to go to the elevator and go donw and outside the building to get a better look at what was going on. Thankfully, common sense prevailed and I remained on the balcony. The yelling continued for about 15 minutes, and it became clear at that time that there was a man at the center of their argument, if not necessarily being the person responsible for the vomiting. I obviously don’t know the details, but the less drunk woman told the other one “I have supported you through all of this shit with him, and now you want to turn on ME?”.

Eventually, things got quiet. I thought that they had left the area or gone into one of the apartment buildings. Then I heard them talking once again. They were in the “I’m so sorry, you are my best friend and I will always love you” mode of the drunken dance. I heard the click-clack of heels on the pavement in the parking lot, and then they emerged. It was still dark, but they were both well-dressed anbd young, which had been obvious from their conversation. At least the young part was. As they neared the building, it was clear that they were done with their evening. The less drunk woman was walking well ahead of the more drunk one. Well, perhaps “walk” is the wrong word, stagger would be a better choice. So, they were staggering towards the building and thankfully they were quiet at last. I could not see which building they entered, that is for the best. I felt like I had inadvertently intruded on something private without meaning to, but then I realized that they were the ones making the loud scene at around 0400 in the morning.

Apart from the fact that this episode cleared my writer’s block, it also set me to wondering about several things. First of all, I felt sorry for someone who was so despondent over some relationship that their response was to get shit-faced over it. We have all been at a point in our lives, or in our relationships, where that seemed a rational thing to do. Sometimes we follow through, sometimes we don’t.

The second point that struck me was the friendship that will probably survive this episode. It was obvious that since both women were drunk that things were said that should just be allowed to lapse out of memory altogether. I hope that is the result. If the words said linger after the hangovers pass, then this could get rather ugly. I suppose a lot depends on how strong their friendship is to start with.

Third, I found it sad that someone could feel such an attachment to another unknown (in this case) person and yet be so easily fooled by them. Again, I think that we have all been there at some point in our lives. A clean break is the only real solution to things like this. I hope that the woman takes that course.

Now, back to me at last. Obviously this episode has broken the writers block I was sufferning from. The lesson that I learn from this is that no matter how routine or monotonous things might be in my life, I have too much to be grateful for to allow myself to be deluded into thinking that I can cahnge things by performing some kind of public stunt like I witnessed. My life is pretty sweet actually. I have been through the peaks and valleys of relationships over the years. At least that gives me the ability to recognize things more quickly. I cannot and will not judge others, except to say that things will eventually work out for the best. The unwelcome part to that advice is that you cannot rush things, sadly some of us are more inclined to go through multiple heartbreaks before we learn our lessons. Others learn everything they need very quickly.

I realize that I have been writing this for nearly an hour now. I feel alive again, but part of me recoils at the thought that it took witnessing the tragedy and sadness of another person to get me to this point. Perhaps this was unavoidable, serendipity is a strange thing. At any rate, I do hope that I will not fall back into the rut that I was in recently. I enjoy writing too much to let myself stop doing it.

26 August 2015

Dreamer's World August 26 2015 - Another Shooting


I was saddened to see that America has reached a new low in violence this morning. A lunatic killed 2 TV reporters on live TV and actually, from all the information I have found, also filmed the scene himself and posted it to social media.

Our country has a tragic love affair with guns, and now this love has publicly morphed with the love of social media to post every little detail of people's lives. Obviously, this tragedy was NOT trivial, it is tragic. Those who want to see this, or forward it to others are nothing more than GHOULS.

The fact that yet another shooting will do nothing to spur any meaningful discussion about the PROBLEM that guns cause. The RWNJ will respond that “Now it not the time to discuss this out of respect for those who have lost loved ones”. As noble as this sentiment is pretending to be, the fact of the matter is that this excuse is always used to prevent ANY discussion about the problem we have with guns EVER taking place.

Another issue that has been brought up is the way that the media has covered this story. Most major outlets are refusing to show the actual video from the event, this is their choice. It does, however bring up the question as to why there was no such hesitation to show the video related to the deaths of Eric Garner, or Freddie Gray. One is left with the impression that the lives of 2 white news reporters are more valuable than the lives of Black Americans. While I hope that this is NOT the case, I cannot shake the impression that it truly is.

It is also worth noting that the suspect, once he was identified as Black, was instantly labeled by numerous RWNJ media outlets to make this whole thing a “Race Crime” that would accentuate the “Black on White” crime narrative that these RWNJ outlets feed to their simple-minded viewers all the time! So far, the only thing missing is the obligatory mug-shot of the Black person involved in the crime.

Something like this is simply troubling on so many levels. If having more guns made us safer, we would be the safest place on Earth. Instead, we find ourselves exposed to more and more senseless gun tragedies every day. So long as we are unwilling to address the problem, we have on one but ourselves to blame.

25 August 2015

Dreamer's World August 25 2015 - The Oakland Raiders


The Oakland Raiders are a travesty of an NFL franchise, and have been for the last decade. This is a sad fate for what was once one of the flagship franchises in the NFL. The decline shows no signs of stopping anytime in the immediate future.
This is a shame, because the Raiders have a wonderful fan base in Oakland. This is even more remarkable given the history of the team as it relocated to Los Angeles from 1982 until 1995. I can think of no other team that could win its fans back the way the Raiders did after such a disastrous move.
What sets the Raiders apart has been their attitude, at least in the glory days. Recently, attitude hasn’t done much to improve the product on the field. And speaking of the field, the O.co Coliseum is widely accepted as one of the worst venues in professional sports. That is not in doubt. Both the Raiders and the Oakland A’s have wanted to obtain new stadiums, and that is within their rights once their leases at the Coliseum were up.
Now the situation is that the Raiders are once again threatening to move to Los Angeles. The difference this time is that the NFL has a much more stringent set of rules in place to prevent the “middle-of-the-night” type of franchise that happened in the past. The Raiders have said all the right things publicly about wanting to remain in Oakland, but this is all a lie. Here are the reasons I believe this.
1) The Raiders extracted a deal from the City of Oakland that financed improvements to the Coliseum that are still not paid off. The City of Oakland is on the hook for another $80-100 MILLION dollars to repay the bonds issued in the early 90s that led the Raiders back to Oakland.
2) California is NOT the place where the public is willing to spend public money to construct any new stadiums now. The deal that the Raiders got 20+ years ago cannot be expected again.
3) In relation to point 2), the Raiders want the City of Oakland to put up ANOTHER $400 MILLION to finance a new stadium in Oakland to keep the team there. Good Luck with that, because it will put the City of Oakland on the hook for almost $500 MILLION (half a BILLION) dollars by the time the existing debt is added on.
4) The Raiders have also demanded that the land for the stadium be GIVEN to the team on a TAX-FREE basis! Once again, thanks for playing, and don’t let the door hit your losing asses on the way to LA.
5) The FORMER mayor of Oakland was more willing to negotiate these terms with the team in order to keep them in Oakland. The CURRENT mayor ran on a platform of NOT spending any more public money on the team, and she was elected.
6) The Raiders continue to think that they can talk the City of Oakland out of more money by threatening to move. They think that this is a sound negotiating tactic.

NEWS FLASH: The Mayor of Oakland is a WOMAN, which brings a set of priorities to the table that are different, AND……….

SHE IS A SCORPIO She isn’t going to take shit from the Raiders and their ridiculous demands. The Raiders need to either tell everyone that they are leaving, or that they are staying. Nothing will shift the Mayor because Scorpios are the type to eat you up and then shit you out without even thinking.

The Raiders picked the wrong woman to mess with on this!


Just my opinion.

24 August 2015

Dreamer's World August 24 2015 - Stock Market Fallacy


As Monday starts, I have been bombarded with the news that the Stock Market is in freefall, and that IMPENDING DOOM is right around the corner! I really cannot help but laugh at these people thrown into a panic by something that has happened before and will happen again.

The problem is that we are conditioned, like little robots, to respond to the Stock Market in accordance with however those in power want us to respond. My life does not end when the damned thing goes up or down, in reality it makes no difference.

The Stock Market is the Oracle that we are trained to worship on a daily basis. Like the Wizard of Oz, it is controlled by some shadowy man, or group of people, behind the curtain. We are NEVER supposed to peer behind that curtain, let alone RIP IT DOWN to see who those people are or what their true agenda is. No, the goal of everyday people is to trust these lunatics with our supposed well-being under the misguided notion that each individual is a part of the process.

The same logic that says an individual can get rich by investing in the Stock Market is on open display at any casino you might visit. You put money in, and only rarely will you ever see a real return. The house is rigged to keep 99% of the profits, with only the occasional small payout to some individual chosen by chance. Ask any compulsive lottery player if they have won, and they will tell you that it is only a matter of time, or that they should have played more in order to win as they struggle to deal with their losses.

The Stock Market is like the witch/wizard/priest that somehow determines fate and fortune through some archaic method of looking through animal entrails with lots of mood ambience and religious hocus-pocus to distract people from the fact that they are getting PUNKED in the process. The old saying that “A Fool and his Money are soon parted” sums up the Stock Market perfectly.

The blind faith that we are desperately encouraged to place in the stock market is the indication of the con that we are being subjected to. Every attempt to rationalize the stock market fails miserably, once again because it bears no resemblance to economics, unless you are studying the economics of the gambling industry. Once you understand that you are being played, you begin to see the light.

I will say once that the game does impact people in the long run. The players want more and more of our money to gamble with and eventually this hurts everyone. The question is why do we allow this? These people put the Mafia to shame.

“You want to get rich? PAY ME!” “You want to avoid being poor? PAY ME!” “You can’t afford to pay me? PAYME!”

Black Monday? Bah! It is all part of the game that we cannot escape without a real change in our system.

22 August 2015

Dreamer's World August 22 2015

This is just one of those glorious days that appeals to everyone. The sky is clear, the temperature is pleasant, there is almost no detectable humidity, in short it is a perfect day here. I have already been out for a walk, and will probably take several more walks today. Hal is at work, so I have time to myself.






We had an excellent Indian dinner last night, although it did make my BG run a bit high. I will have to remember next time to only eat 1/2 and get the other 1/2 to bring home. Live and learn as the old saying goes. This was the first time we have been back to London Curry House in well over a month, and we will go back again sometime soon.

Right now, I am relaxing before lunch. Hopefully my BG will be back to normal prior to that, if not I will take some medicine to compensate and have a lite lunch instead.

I took another walk to a local restaurant where I had left my bank card earlier in the week. I canceled the card and got a new one, but the place called and said that they found my card. There were no attempts to use the card, so I wasn’t too upset. After I got home, I destroyed the old card and now that episode is behind me. The added bonus was another nice long walk on this beautiful day.

Hal got home at 1500, am waiting to see what he wants to do this afternoon and evening. I am open to anything right now, so I will leave the decision up to Hal. I am glad to be home and have Hal here at last as well.

I fell asleep after Hal got home and took a nap himself. We decided to stay in for the evening, I can go out tomorrow since the weather will be beautiful again. We ordered Chinese food for dinner and it was delicious. I deliberately ate less to keep my BG in check. After that the evening consisted of catching up with football and also some Twitter. I encountered a new friend there this evening and enjoyed shooting the breeze for a few hours as we both were watching football.

I expect that Hal and I will watch Svengoolie this evening before he goes to bed since he has to work in the morning. The Stooges are all happy this evening, so life is good. We have enough left over from dinner to get us through tomorrow. I will get out tomorrow to enjoy another beautiful day. Until then, I hope that everyone has had a great Saturday and will have an even better tomorrow.

21 August 2015

Dreamer's World August 21 2015


Friday has arrived at last! I am so glad to have made it through this week at work and I am really looking forward to the weekend. I feel like I have really let myself down with my writing this week. perhaps I was just burned out but I still feel like I should have been writing more. I once again promise myself to change that.

After a few thunderstorms last night, this morning has arrived beautiful and almost cool outside. We definitely needed the rain and the weekend is supposed to be absolutely beautiful. I will plan to get out and get some exercise with the nice weather. Hal has suggested that we go out for a while after work this evening. Sadly, we cannot stay out late since he has to be up and at work in the morning, but at least it will give us some time together.

Today promises to be a rather slow on at work. Fridays always are, especially on a beautiful day like this. A slow day will suit me just fine, to be honest. I can get ahead of things that have to be ready for Monday. Working from home has given me more focus on what I need to do without the stress of being responsible (and NOT paid) for taking care of a facility.

As lunchtime approaches, I am also getting ready for some meetings via conference call. Once again, I can get so much more done by being here at home. I am totally prepared for these meetings and willing to do more. Of course, as soon as I typed that, the second meeting gets pushed back 30 minutes at least.

I’m glad to report that my meeting with my supervisor went extremely well. Now that is over with, I can finally focus on a lte lunch here. BG is in excellent range and the frozen entree is in the microwave as I type. Eating a bit later isn’t too much of a problem for me. It will still give me time to adjust medications before dinner, whether or not that is at home or somewhere out with Hal this evening.

Having said that, I cannot say enough good things about my decision to switch doctors. Dr. Ayele is easy to talk with, and communication is a key point when dealing with a condition like diabetes. I predict, and hope, that he will be my doctor for a long time.

I am ready for the weekend to begin, and also still waiting to see if there are any plans for the evening. With just over an hour lest before quitting time, I am really at the end of my productive cycle for the day. There is no other way to describe a beautiful Friday afternoon and knowing that I cannot get out and enjoy it right now :(

Once work was over with, I enjoyed a nice shower before Hal and I went to dinner at the London Curry House. The food there is delicious and there is always part of the meal to being home. Now, we are relaxing and Hal will be going to bed early since he has to get up and go to work in the morning. I will sleep in and see what is in store for me tomorrow.

20 August 2015

Dreamer's World August 20 2015

Recently, I joined the group called Meetup.com and then I joined a local group that meets to take hikes in the DC area. Yesterday, I attended my first hike with the group because they were meeting nearby. I ended up waling 6 miles yesterday evening and I met some truly nice people along the way within the group.

I began the event by walking to the designated starting point. This was about 2 miles or so from the apartment, but I wanted to get as much walking in as I possibly could. I have walked part of the route there before but I then had to hile along some designated biker/hiker trails that are owned and operated by the city of Alexandria. This gave me a chance to see some new sights and to get some visages of the city that I had not seen before. I left home at 1815 and arrived at the designated starting point just before 1900. Eventually, I met up with the other walkers. I was somewhat confused since the meeting point was a public space and there were hundreds of people in the area.

The walk began around 1910, and I trekked back along the route that I had taken to get there. At the halfway point in the walk, I excused myself and departed for home since I had already put in several miles of walking by that point. I was not tired, but I didn't want to walk all the way back to the starting point and then have to retrace my steps once again since the trails were not lit In most areas. The last thing I wanted to do was to trip over something in the dark on a deserted trail after dark.

I had a wonderful time and I plan to go to another local meetup with the group in about 2 weeks. That one will take place in Old Town Alexandria. For that meetup, I will take Metro since that is the designated starting point for that evening.

18 August 2015

Dreamer's World August 18 2015 - We Should Be Vigilant



It seems like every morning, there is some new example of how far the republiKKKan lunatics are willing to go in their effort to out-crazy each other. The latest example is their furious attacks on the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This amendment states that all persons born in the United States are citizens by reason of being born in the United States. The craziness starts from their attack on this basic concept.

The 14th amendment was ratified in order to grant citizenship to former slaves after the Civil War. This automatically makes RWNJ hate it because it grants the franchise to black people in the United States. Of course the republiKKKan party wants to revoke this amendment because they are already doing everything else in their power to deny the vote to black Americans today.

It is worth noting that the concept of citizenship as a birthright was not questioned in the time prior to the 14th amendment being ratified. Everyone born in this country was a citizen, provided they were White. There was no citizenship test required of any white people to prove that they were citizens.

I doubt that the lunatics in the republiKKKan party understand what they are doing, other than attempting to create more hatred and racism with this stunt of theirs. It goes without saying that somehow there would be a loophole that automatically granted citizenship to RWNJ politicians and their followers while denying it to those who disagree with them.

The Nazis did something similar to this with the Nuremberg Laws which stripped Jews of their citizenship. This made it easier to persecute them and more importantly, allowed the average German citizen to view them as foreigners. This of course made it easier to enact the Holocaust. I am not suggesting that republiKKKans are planning anything like that, yet. It is worth keeping in mind as the debate moves forward.

RepubliKKKans have many similarities with the Nazis. It is considered bad to compare them to the Nazis, but the similarities are striking and bear watching.

In fact, there are 14 points that indicate Fascism is present. Do any or all of these sound familiar?




George W Bush and the 14 points of fascism

14 points of fascism under george bush in the united states wake up and smell the fascism

14 Points of fascism: The warning signs

In his original article, "Fascism Anyone?",  Laurence Britt (interview) compared the regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto, and Pinochet and  identified 14 characteristics common to those fascist regimes. This page is a collection of news articles dating from the start of the Bush presidency divided into topics relating to each of the 14 points of fascism. Further analysis of American Fascism done by the POAC can be read here.
1.)  Powerful and Continuing Nationalism: Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

September 11 Freedom Walk

Family Security Matters — the right-wing front group, claims ‘multiculturalism’ threatens U.S.

New Majority Leader: Iraq War “May Be The Greatest Gift That We Give” Our Grandchildren

Headstones of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are inscribed with the Pentagons war-marketing slogans

White House and the RNC are going to make a habit of using uniformed military personnel as props at Republican political rallies, despite the fact that it is a plain violation of military regulations banning politicization of the armed forces.

"You must glorify war in order to get the public to accept the fact that your going to send their sons and daughters to die." The inside story of the cozy relationship between big box office American war movies and the Pentagon

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2.)  Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights: Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
Oopsie:  Torture victim's records lost at Guantánamo, admits camp general
One of the worst things you'll ever read about your government
We are now a torturing police state: Bush signing into law that will get rid of habeas corpus, allow hearsay evidence, and allow the President to determine what is allowable torture.
Bush Offers Himself Amnesty for Human Rights Crimes
Bush threatens to veto $442b defense bill if Congress investigates detainee abuses.
Guantanamo Judge: “I don’t care about international law. I don’t want to hear the words ‘international law’ again. We are not concerned with international law.”
Rumsfeld to approve new guidelines that will formalize the administration's policy of imprisoning without the protections of the Geneva Conventions and enable the Pentagon to legally hold "ghost detainees," 
US 'preparing to detain terror suspects for life without trial'
U.S. oks evidence gained through torture
July 1, 2003: U.S. Suspends Military Aid to Nearly 50 Countries: because they have supported the International Criminal Court and failed to exempt Americans from possible prosecution.
US has at least 9000 prisoners in secret detention

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3.)  Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause: The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

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4.)  Supremacy of the Military: Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
Bush budget to cut funding for just about anything that helps people, gives $35 billion more to the Pentagon (not including war costs), and guarantees record deficits for decades to come.
President threatens veto of $11B increase in education, health research and border security funding. Meanwhile, Iraq war costs taxpayers $12B a month
Bush lobbies Congress to have the funds saved from his veto of children's health care to be spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. The $45.9-billion emergency request would push the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over $600 billion.
8 states sue Bush Administration for cuts to Children Insurance Programs
Many national parks will have to cut back on staff due to a $2.5 billion budget cut, the equivalent to one week of the Iraq war
Bush wants to cut Iraq war funding. Just kidding, he wants to cut funding for a program that gives health insurance to poor children. Governors from both parties are opposing it. 
Three cable channels now feed news, information and entertainment about the armed services into millions of living rooms 24 hours a day, seven days a week: The Military Channel, the Military History Channel and the Pentagon Channel.

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5.)  Rampant Sexism: The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.
It's legal again, to fire gov't workers for being gay
Bush calls for Constitutional ban on same-sex marriages
Bush refuses to sign U.N proposal on women's "sexual" rights
W. David Hager chairman of the FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee does not prescribe contraceptives for single women, does not do abortions, will not prescribe RU-486 and will not insert IUDs.
The State Department has awarded an explicitly anti-feminist U.S. group part of a US$10 million grant to train Iraqi women in political participation and democracy.

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6.)  Controlled Mass Media: Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

At the White House Christmas party for the press last night, “conservative talk radio hosts dominated the place: President Bush “smiled, patted him on the back and said, ‘Keep it up. We need you guys.’”

FBI Acknowledges: Journalists Phone Records are Fair Game
Report shows U.S. government has been engaged in illegal propaganda aimed at its own citizens and the story gets only 41 mentions in the media
Free Press details recent governmental propaganda efforts, from faux-correspondent Jeff Gannon to paid-off pundit Armstrong Williams, and from the demise of FOIA to video news releases passed off as news.  also... See a Whitehouse fake news release here (opens realplayer)
Fox"news" hack lets it slip: Shep Smith says ‘Fox is Bush’s network after all.

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7.)  Obsession with National Security: Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses
Bush Aides ADMIT 'stoking fear' for political gain: Bush adviser said the president hopes to change the dynamics of the race. The strategy is aimed at stoking public fears about terrorism, raising new concerns about Kerry's ability to protect Americans and reinforcing Bush's image as the steady anti-terrorism candidate, aides said.
The Bush administration periodically put the USA on high alert for terrorist attacks even though then-Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge argued there was only flimsy evidence to justify raising the threat level. 
Rove: GOP to Use Terror As Campaign Issue in 2006

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8.)  Religion and Government are Intertwined: Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
Jerry Falwell cleared of charges that he broke federal election law by urging followers to vote for Bush
NC congressman proposes law making it ok to preach politics from the pulpit
Texas Governor Mobilizes Evangelicals
Family research council: Justice Sunday
Thou shalt be like Bush: What makes this recently established, right-wing Christian college unique are the increasingly close - critics say alarmingly close - links it has with the Bush administration and the Republican establishment.
Park Service Continues to Push Creationist Theory at Grand Canyon and other nat'l parks
9.)  Corporate Power is Protected: The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
The I.R.S.’s scrutiny of the nation’s biggest companies is at a 20-year low
A Bush administration plan to crack down on contract fraud has a multibillion-dollar loophole: The proposal to force companies to report abuse of taxpayer money will not apply to work overseas, including projects to secure and rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bush continues to abuse his power and issues a signing statement to avoid pesky things like a "commission to probe contracting fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan"
4,000 Mine Safety Violations Ignored On Bush Administration Watch
Bush Reappoints Mine Safety Chief Who Bungled Crandall Canyon Disaster 
GAO report: The White House “pressured the Environmental Protection Agency to weaken requirements that companies annually disclose releases of toxic chemicals
The K Street Project is a project by the Republican party to pressure Washington lobbying firms to hire Republicans in top positions, and to reward loyal GOP lobbyists with access to influential officials. It was launched in 1995, by Republican strategist Grover Norquist and House majority leader Tom DeLay.
American Conservative Magazine: One U.S. contractor received $2 million in a duffel bag... and a U.S. official was given $7 million in cash in the waning days of the CPA and told to spend it “before the Iraqis take over.” 
There are 6 Congressional Committees investigating the Oil-for-Food (UN) scandal, yet not a single Republican Committee Chairman will call a hearing to investigate the whereabouts of 9 billion dollars missing in Iraq
Bush money network rooted in Florida, Texas: Since Mr. Bush took office in 2001, the federal government has awarded more than $3 billion in contracts to the President's elite 2004 Texas fund-raisers, their businesses, and lobbying clients

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10.)  Labor Power is Suppressed: Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed. 
Bush vows to veto anti-terror security bill if it allows airport screeners to unionize.
Labor Department warns unions against using their money politically
  President Bush Attacks Organized Labor: Bush attacked organized labor Saturday, issuing orders effectively reducing how much money unions can spend for political activities and opening up government contracts to non-union bidding.
March 2001: President Bush signed his name to four executive orders on organized labor last month, including one that cuts the money unions will have for political campaign spending.
Congress and the Department of Labor are trying to change the rules on overtime pay, eliminating the 40 hour work week, taking eligibility for overtime pay away from millions of workers, and replacing time and a half pay with comp days.

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11.)  Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts: Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.
The A to Z guide to political interference in science
Bush's new economic plan cuts funding for arts, education
Artists from all over the world are being refused entry to the US on security grounds.
A group of more than 60 top U.S. scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates and several science advisers to past Republican presidents, on Wednesday accused the Bush administration of manipulating and censoring science for political purposes 
Freedom of Repression: New ruling will allow censorship of campus publications

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12.)  Obsession with Crime and Punishment: Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations
Citizens who have done no more than criticize the president are being banned from airline flights, harassed at airports’, strip searched, roughed up and even imprisoned
The 10 most outrageous civil liberties violations of 2006
The United States has now become the world leader in its rate of incarceration, locking up its citizens at 5-8 times the rate of other industrialized nations.
American Gestapo is here: "There is hereby created and established a permanent police force, to be known as the 'United States Secret Service Uniformed Division.'"
America: secret jails, secret courts, secret arrests, and now secret laws
Snitch-or-Go-to-Jail bill will make pretty much anything short of reporting on everyone you see for doing just about anything a jailable offense. With minimum sentences, up to and including life without parole. 
The problem with Gonzales is that he has been deeply involved in developing some of the most sweeping claims of near-dictatorial presidential power in our nation's history, allowing him to imprison and even (at least in theory) torture anyone in the world, at any time
Police officers don't have to give a reason at the time they arrest someone, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a ruling that shields officers from false-arrest lawsuits.  

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13.)  Rampant Cronyism and Corruption: Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders. 
The Great List of Scandalized Administration Officials
FEMA official who coordinated the fake news conference resigns, lands a new gig heading public affairs at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) was forced to give up his seat on the powerful committee after the FBI raided his home as part of the Abramoff scandal. To replace him, the GOP leadership tapped Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), who was himself recently named one of Congress’ most corrupt lawmakers. 
Making Sense of the Abramoff Scandal
In preparation for upcoming Congressional hearings, Bush Administration firing federal attorneys and appointing ringers without Senate confirmation via the patriot act.
If Bush's pick is confirmed, that will mean the five top appointees at Justice have zero prosecutorial experience among them.
Iran-Contra Felons Get Good Jobs from Bush
Big Iraq Reconstruction Contracts Went To Big Donors
Bush Wars -- Crooks Get Contracts : The main companies that were awarded billions of dollars worth of contracts in Iraq have paid more than $300 million in fines since 2000, to resolve allegations of fraud, bid rigging, delivery of faulty military equipment, and environmental damage.
US Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) lost track of $9 billion 
"Contracting in the aftermath of the hurricanes has been marked by waste, corruption and cronyism"

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14.  Fraudulent Elections: Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
Secure elections bill defeated in House after Whitehouse intervenes.
A couple of election workers have been convicted of rigging a recount in Ohio following the 2004 election
Rolling Stone does some investigative and rather exhaustive digging into public documents and says we’re almost guaranteed the 2004 election results were massively rigged 
Powerful Government Accounting Office report confirms key 2004 stolen election findings
Conyers hearing in which Clinton Curtis testifies that he was hired to create hackable voting machines (.wmv)
The Republican Party has quietly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide private defense lawyers for a former Bush campaign official charged with conspiring to keep Democrats from voting in New Hampshire.
The Conyers Report (.pdf)
No explanation for the machines in Mahoning County that recorded Kerry votes for Bush, the improper purging in Cuyahoga County, the lock down in Warren County, the 99% voter turnout in Miami County, the machine tampering in Hocking County
Less access than Kazakhstan. Fewer fail-safes than Venezuela. Not as simple Republic of Georgia. The 2004 Elections according to international observers.
This picture  is what stopped the ballot recounts in Florida shortly after it seemed that legitimate President Gore had a lead. The "citizens" started  what was later called "the preppy riot". Screaming, yelling, pounding on the walls, these "outraged citizens" intimidated the polling officials to halt the court mandated recount.  A closer look reveals who they really were. They were bussed and flown in at Republican lawmakers expense. Some even flew in on Tom Delay's private plane.

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If Mussolini defines fascism as "the merger of corporate and government power" what does that make the K Street project?

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"Now and Then"- Part 1  A 3 part series by W David Jenkins III on the similarities between America now and Germany post Reichstag fire
 "Now and Then"- Part II: The Propaganda Machine
Now and Then- Part III Hitler's Playbook: Bush and the Abuse of Power
It may sound crazy to some, but the style of governing into which America has slid is most accurately described as fascism.
Is America Becoming Fascist?
Eternal Fascism: Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt
The Danger of American Fascism: With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.
Sheila Samples: Freedom To Fascism -- A Bumpy Ride: Republicans don't seem to realize that they are no longer individual members of a coherent "party," but are merely part of a mean-spirited and dangerous movement that is threatening to sweep away democracy as we know it.
Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism
The Brownshirting of America: Bush’s supporters demand lock-step consensus that Bush is right. They regard truthful reports that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction and was not involved in the September 11 attack on the US – truths now firmly established by the Bush administration’s own reports – as treasonous America-bashing.
Fascism then. Fascism now? When people think of fascism, they imagine Rows of goose-stepping storm troopers and puffy-chested dictators. What they don't see is the economic and political process that leads to the nightmare. 
What is Fascism? Some General Ideological Features
Neo-fascism in America : Too many people believe fascism is only about goose-stepping, jack-booted Nazis. Too many people believe that American democracy is so strong that fascists could never take control of America. If you are sympathetic to those views, I invite you to consider the possibility that you are mistaken.
It is in times of fascism rising that armies of ignorance are once more resuscitated from the bowels of a society bordering on the edge of mass psychosis. The America at the dawn of the twenty-first century is no exception...
Republican Party Brown Shirts: "The Wide-Awakes": The organization was known for virulent anti-Catholicism, secretive rituals, and a military-style organization complete with "officers" and units.
Harper's Magazine: We Now Live in a Fascist State
They Saw It Coming: The 19th-Century Libertarian Critique of Fascism 
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The ten phases of a Bush scandal. 12-22
America is headed for a soft dictatorship by the end of Bush’s second term.

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16 August 2015

Dreamer's World August 15 2015


Saturday has started out with the normal routine. Hal has left for work. I had a lite breakfast after checking my BG, which was in the excellent range, and now I am relaxing before deciding on where I will venture out to later today.

I hope for a quiet day because I fear that my strength will be needed this evening when Hal and I go to the birthday dinner that was scheduled in spite of Hal’s objections. To make things even worse is the fact that the person who organized this also included a birthday for someone else who has a less desirable circle of friends that will undoubtedly attend as well. I know that Hal was not happy with this, because when he agreed to the plan, it did not include this other person and their friends.

Personally, I am very upset about the whole thing. Hal has been put in the uncomfortable position of rejecting things only to appear as the bad guy, even though he didn’t want to do this in the first place. I have tried to keep my opinions to myself about this, and by the end of this evening it will all be over with anyway. This will be one of the few times when I can tell Hal that he should listen to me in the future. I predicted something like this would happen if he trusted the “friend” who set this up. This is the same person who has the manipulation problem that I have discussed in the past in my blog. I don’t trust that person at all anymore, and Hal knows it.

This will not be the first time that we have had to re-evaluate our circle of friends. Either Hal or myself have reached the point of no return with various people through the years, eventually we both agree that it is time to move on and leave those people behind. We have never failed to agree on a course of action in the long run.

I decided last winter that a potential new friend was not working out. Hal agreed after I voiced my concerns to him and I cut off contact with that person after a particularly “needy” voicemail was left for me while I was at work. THe person made the “I guess that we’re not friends anymore” comment because I had not had the time to call them in a few days. I will include the fact that my voicemails were never returned until the aforementioned voicemail from him. I remember that the day the message was left was April 1 of this year. If he was joking, he picked the wrong person and the wrong time. I blocked his phone and email and moved right on with my life. I will gladly do so again in order to protect Hal.

I really need to get out and take my mind off of these things. Reality will be here soon enough, and I don’t want to go in looking for trouble, I am sure that it will be there anyway.

I feel much better after a nice shower and then lunch here at home. I have decided against going anywhere today, at least for now. The main thing is that the anger I felt building up inside of me has subsided. I might take a nap before Hal gets home to help keep me on an even keel for this evening. Plus, I saved money by not going out today and I will pay my share of the dinner bill this evening, so that money will still be used one way or another.

I will hope for an uneventful dinner and then a relaxing night at home with Hal afterwards. I cannot see us staying that long at the gathering. Tomorrow will be another day in which I can get out and look around at things, or stay closer to home and write more according to my mood and how I feel.Beautiful days like this one give me time to think and reflect.

Learning to let the follies of others go without notice is something that I have had to learn as I grpw older. People who cannot control their own weird impulses aren’t worth the time and trouble to worry about in the long term. I still have my initial reaction to control, but I also know now that Hal is perfectly capable of handling this situation himself. I don’t have to take the lead, I just support him in this. I must admit that I am still very quick to judge and to lose my temper, but it is much better than it used to be. Once this evening is over, it will not be repeated again. What began as a nice custom to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries has become just another social disaster waiting to happen.

We used to look forward to these events, but in the past year they have deteriorated beyond repair. Tonight is an attempt by one person to recreate something that has gone. Being together for over 15 years has meant that Hal and I are on the same page about things. There is no dissent between us. Our circle of friends has gradually shrunk in large part because the other people are terminally single. They still relish the drama of the singles scene, whereas Hal and I are long past that.

This means that there are new people constantly being brought into the circle without any consideration of how this will affect the dynamics. We cannot control who someone else chooses to be with, but we can decide to distance ourselves from trouble when we see it coming. It is very difficult to find other gay couples that are happy and well-adjusted and not trying to stay involved in the single scene. I don’t mean open relationships, that is none of our business, it’s just that we have yet to find that new circle of stable friends to socialize with. Add to that Hal’s work schedule, and we arrive at the current situation. I don’t mean to indicate that Hal and I are unhappy, we are stronger than ever, it is just that we are tired of having to struggle with everyone else’s issues and troubles and dramas.

I took a nap with Hal after he got home before we went to dinner. I am glad to report that there were no incidents and that some of the most disagreeable people were absent from the event. After dinner, we returned home to relax since Hal has to get ready for work in the morning.

14 August 2015

Dreamer's World August 13 2015







Today is Hal’s birthday. That is my main point of focus for today. I am taking him to dinner at the restaurant of his choice after I get done with work this afternoon, and since I am taking tomorrow off work, we won’t be worried about a late night if he wants to do something else afterwards. I am glad to report that Hal loved all of the small gifts that I got for him. There were 2 giraffe sculptures and a massage therapist bag to carry his supplies in. After a few years of big ticket birthday gifts, this was a nice relaxed change.
We have been together for almost 16 years. Most people find that incredible, but honestly, it doesn’t seem like that long to me or to Hal. We take every effort to keep things new and interesting between us and the Stooges. Luckily it has worked for all this time and we are just as happy now as when we first met. I have known friends who have been married and divorced more than once in the same time frame that we have been together, so we must be doing something right!
It is a beautiful day here, and that is fitting for Hal’s birthday. One of the advantages to being born in the Summer. Since my birthday is in January, my hope is that it isn’t too cold or snowy on my birthday. Oh well, we will cross that bridge when we get to it.
I canceled my weekly meeting this morning due to system connectivity issues that are beyond my control. I have a few meetings that I have to dial into today, but they shouldn’t be too bad. I also will have to do a conference call with my supervisor for the evaluation period just completed. If I have the time after that, I will then try to get to my old doctors office and FINALLY pick up my records since that office is completely INCOMPETENT and UNABLE to perform the basic function of transferring my records to my new doctor. It has been nearly 3 weeks and still no progress. The new doctor’s office has told me that they have NEVER encountered such difficulty in obtaining records. The sad part is that the 2 offices are only a block or so apart. Therefore, I will hand carry my records to get this done and over with. Once that is complete, I will be reporting the old doctor to the insurance company and possibly to the appropriate officials here in Virginia.
Hal finally told me where he wants to have dinner. It will be at a nice Italian restaurant about 5 miles from here. We have been there before, but always with a group of people. I am looking forward to spending this time with him to celebrate his birthday later this evening. Right now, I am waiting for my 1-1 meeting with my supervisor in just over an hour. After that I will try to collect my medical records and then get them to my new doctor. If things run late, that will be my taks tomorrow morning since I will have the day off anyway.
It is very late, we had a great evening out and then time at home with the Stooges. I am finally heading to bed just after 0100. Tomorrow will be a busy day off for me, and I want to make the most of it.

12 August 2015

Dreamer's World August 12 2015

This is my early day at work. I was up and out the door before 0730 this morning. The meeting with the client went very well, and I'm happy about that. I am on the bus, making my way home and looking forward to my day ending at 1530 rather than 1730. I'll still have meetings to attend via conference call, but I can relax as I listen in.
Spartacus recovered from his upset stomach last night and was frisky and playful before I left this morning. I'm so glad he felt better last night. Just like Maxwell and Stevie Nicks, he's part of the family.
I finished the workday and am now at the Chiropractor's office. I arrived early, but traffic was still a pain in the ass to get here. I will feel much better after the adjustment, I always do. The day at work was uneventful due to a system outage that is beyond my control with no guarantee that it will be repaired by tomorrow. This led me to cancel my meeting tomorrow since I couldn't make any necessary system changes today as I normally would.
I am glad to report that all of Hal's birthday gifts have arrived. His birthday is tomorrow and I will take him out to dinner to celebrate. It will just be the two of us. The unnecessary party (Hal's words) will take place on Saturday evening, and will involve negotiating the land mines of other people's wrecked relationships. These get-together are old and really a waste of time since we need an updated program of who is speaking to whom for each event! When my birthday rolls around in January, I am refusing to attend any of these social train wrecks. The drama days are behind us, and I don't need to go back to them.
I hope that the traffic is better on my way home later this evening. I just have to get through tomorrow at work, take Hal to dinner for his birthday and then I am taking Friday off from work. I still have my eye exam on Friday, and I will be ordering new glasses on Saturday. The 3 full weeks until my mini-vacation still seems light years away right now. I just had to give in and listen to my mind and body to take Friday off work.
I strongly suspect that either Friday or Saturday, I will be looking for a good used laptop. I want to get Mint Linux up and running on a machine soon, but the very, very old laptop I do have simply isn't cutting it anymore. The 386 processor has reached the end of its life, and I will make sure that the next laptop is NOT a Toshiba! The BIOS is all messed up and I cannot get Linux to install no matter how many settings I change.
Sadly, the trip home from the Chiropractor was just as disastrous as the trip there. It took me over an hour to get home at a time when traffic should have been light. There was an accident on the Beltway that messed things up tremendously. I had some chili for dinner after I got home and my BG is still doing very well. I am looking forward to, and hoping for, a good night’s sleep tonight.
That wraps things up for today. I hope that everyone has had a great day and will have an even better day tomorrow.

11 August 2015

Dreamer’s World August 11 2015 - Tuesday


After a relatively good day yesterday, Tuesday has started out well. I am ahead of things and ready for lots of conference calls later in the day as well as a presentation that I have to take part in as well. The sun is trying to break through the clouds here this morning. I am looking forward to the end of this week, particularly Friday which is now a day off. My supervisor completely understood my wanting a Mental Health Day for a change. Since it happens the day after Hal’s birthday, that makes it even better for us.
I had a terrific lunch again today. I can still cook! Now, as I listen to the conference calls, I am starting my timer to go off in 2 hours to measure BG once again at that time. I will try my best to go another 2 hours at least before I eat anything else. I have been doing well with the BG, and I want to do even better. I predict another evening spent here at home. We deserve the time together without any interruptions, in my opinion.
Working from home is an advantage. I am saving big bucks on gas. The Beetle hasn’t been filled in nearly a month. I will fill the tank tomorrow before I travel to my Chiropractor appointment in the early evening, or on the way home. The next tank should last as least as long as this one has. One adjustment will be to get back to my normal budget since last month was a 3-paycheck month. I will remain a month ahead on rent, and also put more into savings since I settled another bill this last month. That extra savings will be my buffer and it will also allow me to build up the total more quickly so I can then make large payments on my remaining debts. I want to do this to get them paid off as quickly as possible.
The other thing I am looking forward to is my annual eye exam on Friday, and that is because on Saturday I am going to order new glasses regardless of whether my prescription has changed or not. I am tired of the bargain basement frames that I have now and I want something more stylish for myself. I can get 2 pair of glasses for a reasonable price and that is what I am going to do. I think the only thing that I will do after work is to go to the gym or take a nice long walk, hopefully with Hal. Tomorrow Hal works part of the day and I will be traveling to meet with the client as well. I hope that the weather cooperates and provides a nice morning for my trip there and back, but there is no telling what will happen with the weather around here.
Now I have entered into that weird timeframe after 1600. Most of the people I work with here on the East Coast are either gone, or don’t want to be bothered before they leave for the day. The people I work with on the West Coast are either still at lunch or busy with their own stuff. This is always a quiet time for me, but I am always available to help out if needed as I start to wrap up my own day here before singing off at 1730.
I had to chase Spartacus around earlier when he got sick to his stomach. Poor little guy must have thrown up everything that he had in his stomach all at once. I cleaned up after him and then mad sure to spend some time with him to let him know that I cared and that he wasn’t in any trouble for being sick. I let him into the bedroom where Hal is taking a nap and just came back from checking on him again. Hal said that he is acting quiet and relaxed, but also agrees that we will watch him closely as dinner time arrives for the Stooges. Thankfully, Maxwell and Stevie Nicks let Spartacus alone when he wasn’t feeling well, but they did watch him from several feet away. I know that they care about each other in their own way, and my hope is that none of the others get sick. I already threw out the remnants of the can that Spartacus had eaten lunch from just to be sure that no one else got anymore of that food.
Things are once again quiet, as I had mentioned earlier. I suspect that we will stay at home this evening especially after the episode with Spartacus. That is fine with me, we are very lucky to have what we have. Other than groceries and perhaps a meal out now and then, we stay at home more often than not.
There are times when life seems rather routine and boring, but we are getting older. The routine is good and we are used to it by now. We have plenty of food here for tonight and several days actually. Spending time together is what we truly want to do, and that also means spending that time with the Stooges as well, because they are part of our small family.
It is after 1630, and Spartacus is still resting quietly but seems fine otherwise. Hal has gone to the gym so I am going to check on Spartacus every few minutes until I see him getting up and moving around again. Poor thing has to feel worn out after being so sick earlier. At least I don’t expect any more items for work for the remainder of the day.
I’m happy to report that Spartacus is feeling much better this evening. It is a huge relief to me, and even mores to him. I am going to post this now while I am updating an old laptop with Linus and that will occupy my time.