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Tuesday turned out to be busier than I expected at work. Meetings popped up on my calendar without warning, I had to juggle them around my existing schedule change since I left work early to go to the podiatrist for my annual exam and then on to pick up my new glasses (finally) early in the evening. Added to that was the phone calls and the instant messages from coworkers which kept me jumping all day while I was at work.
I cannot say that any of this really surprised me. Returning to work after a much-needed and well-deserved week off, something like this was bound to happen. I will take some time to relax this evening and enjoy dinner with Hal. I have to get to bed earlier than normal because I have to travel to meet with the client tomorrow morning. I hope that tomorrow will go smoothly because it will end with my visit to the Chiropractor. I am really looking forward to that. I need to get the soreness and tension released from my body. My neck and shoulders are killing me and I need that relief.
Having said all that, I am glad that I have a job to get back to. I have had times in my adult life when this wasn’t the case. I look back and wonder how I survived those times, but here I am. I have Hal and The Stooges, we all are healthy and have a roof over our heads. We are all happy with each other and not looking to mess things up. Life is actually pretty good now. The occasional hiccups at work are something that I can take care of.
Life is always interesting, but not always easy. We need to learn to truly enjoy the good times. A key factor is that the good times are not always as evident as we would wish them to be. What passes for an ordinary day is actually a great thing if we stop to think about it. We are so driven to expect newer and better things that we seldom take the time to truly appreciate what we already have. Contentment is seen by too many as weakness or a lack of ambition, I disagree, I think that contentment is the place we all need to feel secure is ourselves. That place gives us the strength to go out and try to achieve even more. I need my place to feel comfortable and to retreat to at times. Home gives me strength and helps me to do even better in the real world.
Don’t let yourself get so caught up in things that you are chasing that you forget what you already have.
15 September 2015
Tuesday is a day that defies description. Monday is a day that writes itself, the laments on the weekend just past coupled with the sense of impending doom that the new week promises to bring. What Monday lacks for in desirability, it certainly makes up for in negativity.
Tuesday, on the other hand, defies a simple explanation. While one is joyful knowing that Monday is past, it is still too early in the week to truly contemplate the weekend that still looms so far away in the future. While the temptation to write Tuesday off is very strong, I see Tuesday as full of possibilities that we were too busy to notice on Mondays.
Perhaps Tuesday is a day to treat as a new starting point for the week. Monday is a universal washout, so why not start over? It certainly makes Tuesday seem better than it currently is. Nothing special happens on a Tuesday anyway.
14 September 2015
Once again, we are confronted with the horrible spectre of another shooting at an American university. Delta State University is located in northwest Mississippi. DSU is a small school in a small Southern town. The name itself invokes images of peace and tranquility. Sadly that image has been shattered today.
The details are still sketchy, but apparently a professor was shot and killed in his office. Motive and killer are unknown at this time, but theories are already sprouting up. I won’t bother to go into any of them now because the fact remains that someone is dead. This is a tragedy, but one that we are slowly becoming immune to due to the lack of efforts to control gun violence in this country. It is a shame that there is a small minority that wants to continue the status quo, with all the violence, because they feel “threatened”. What about the people who are dead as a result of gun violence? They were threatened as well.
The old arguments are ridiculous. There is NEVER a good guy with a gun to stop the bad guy with a gun. That is some kind of tv western fantasy scenario that some people cannot let go of. We cannot live in a civilized society for long when the risk of random violence is so great. We need stricter gun control, but the tragedy at DSU will not provide the spark. If the MURDER of 20 CHILDREN at a school in Connecticut wasn’t able to do it, I don’t know what it will take.
For now, we are supposed to be comforted that there is only 1 victim from today’s tragedy. I submit that this is 1 victim TOO MANY. How many more incidents like this are we seriously prepared to handle?
The mainstream media simply wets their collective pants every time something like this happens. They bring in their so-called “experts” to say the same things that they said the last time a tragedy like this happened. They create “BREAKING NEWS” segments to exploit the situation. They leak theories like faucets and then claim to be “responsible” journalists. They treat these events like ratings boosters rather than covering them as tragedies and attempting to create public debate on what can be done to prevent these things from happening again.
Sadly, the mainstream media reacts completely differently when one of their own is the victim. The tragedy in Virginia recently proved this. All of a sudden, there is a real person who was attacked and killed in cold blood by a murderer. The victims of EVERY incident like the one at DSU deserve the same respect.
I returned to work this morning after having last week off. I really needed the time away from the job. It helped me to clear my head and relax. I wish that I was still on vacation, but I really couldn’t justify taking any more time right now. Perhaps if I had bought a winning lottery ticket...........
Actually, I don’t mind getting back to work that much since I already work from home. I am spending time this morning wading through the mountain of emails that arrived last week. Apparently, providing an extended absence response doesn’t help some people. I will apply the required amount of interest that my Type B personality feels is necessary to these items as I go through the day.
The time together with Hal was wonderful. Last night I made dinner for us both as a way to mark the end of my vacation. I really need to cook more around here and eat less frozen entree’s and fast food. I did notice that by the end of last week that my BG was really starting to stay in the excellent range. A big part of this was the weather change that happened as things cooled down considerably. This always happens when the seasons begin to change. While I will miss Summer, I have to admit that I feel great with my BG within normal range.
Hal also enjoyed the time together. We didn’t make any extended day trips last week, but that was fine with me. In fact, I spent less than $200 the entire week and most of that came in one day when I got some new shirts and ties. I am trying to keep all that I can in the back right now, and transfer more money to savings from checking after next payday. I am building up my account in order to really attack the last credit card as soon as possible. Experience has taught me that this takes time, and that trying to rush things never works out well.
I am sad to hear about yet another shooting at an American campus, this time it is at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. How many more times will we have to endure these tragedies before we actually DO SOMETHING about the problem of gun violence in America? I am tired of hearing RWNJ whining about their “freedom” being under attack when people are actually being KILLED. The right to Life is greater than the right to have a gun, period. That terrible news interrupted my lunch. I made the mistake of checking Twitter, where real news gets reported first.
I plan to take a nice long walk after work to the grocery store for a few necessities before dinner. I am already looking forward to dinner with Hal this evening, even though it will be warmed up from last night, it will still be wonderful and delicious.
One thing that my week off really reinforced was the connection that Hal and I share with each other. After over 15 1/2 years, we are stronger than ever. In many ways, this has cost us some friends. I say that because they are unable to compromise when they are looking for that special someone in their own lives and I suppose that some of their frustration gets transferred to Hal and myself. This is their loss, we learned a long time ago to just cut them loose when they act up like that because it always indicates some deeper problems that we weren’t aware of. Experience is the best teacher.
I find myself wandering all over the place with this blog post, so be it. I am getting back into the routine here after my time off. I honestly was so burned out from work that my blogging suffered that last week before I took time off. I feel much better now and am ready to get back into the habit of daily posts once again.
11 September 2015
10 September 2015
Recently, I took a break from my attempt at daily writing. It has been 9 days since I last wrote anything worth publishing. I was just too exhausted from work and waiting for my vacation to arrive. That vacation has finally begun. I feel so much better and hope that the time will allow me to recharge my batteries that had been so badly drained throughout this year.
I want to spend time with Hal and The Stooges, get out of here on a few small day trips if possible, and learn to let things go all over again. So far, those things have been accomplished. I am feeling alive again after my down time. I am planning to take Hal somewhere he has talked about going on Thursday, rain or shine. I owe it to him for being su.ch a wonderful partner and also the most important person in my life as well as my best friend.
It seems somehow appropriate that I am suffering from insomnia again, but this too shall pass. I can take the time that I would normally spend sleeping and try to recap things. I have to start with what happened on Wednesday. Hal and I were out just looking around and hwe went into a store that sells men’s cologne. We were just checking things out when Hal suddenly told me to get something that I wanted. I was stunned at this, and I asked him again if he was really serious. He told me that he was and that he wanted to get something for me. I am never speechless, but I couldn’t find the words to say how much I love him at that point. His expression told me that he knew anyway.
Hal made the gesture because he had seen how worn down I had become. I cannot thank him enough, and I will wear some of the cologne whenever we are back out together. Love is never far away from us if we are brave enough to let it all in. Love is something that has defied explanation throughout history, but we all know it when it is present.
I had thought of writing about the ridiculous situation in Kentucky over the past week or so, but I realized that I was in no shape to write anything worth reading. My focus was gone, I simply needed a rest from the daily routine that I had fallen into without meaning to. I managed to stay active on social media, and I made some comments on blogs that I follow from people I admire. I hope that my own writing will be appreciated by others in the future, but I write for myself first and foremost.
I am still torn between taking Hal and going on a day trip somewhere or staying closer to home. The Stooges need to be taken care of, and that is the main reason we haven’t traveled much so far during my break. Tomorrow I will take Hal to the place he has wanted to go. It isn’t that far away from here, but since Hal doesn’t drive unless absolutely necessary, I was always too exhausted to take him after work. That will change tomorrow.
I have resisted the urge to spend money during this time off. It isn’t the reason I wanted the time off anyway. I think that if I keep on saving in accordance with my plan, I am better off in the long term anyway. But there is one exception and that will be if I see something that Hal really likes. If I can do it, it will be his as my gesture of love and affection towards him.
The time off has made me realize what is important once again. It has made me grateful for Hal and The Stooges. Stevie Nicks and Maxwell just conned me out of some cat treats while I was attempting to write. Spartacus is asleep somewhere and didn’t hear the commotion, but I will love him later when he wants attention.
I speak of the Stooges as if they were human. In my eyes, they basically are. They are the loving children who will never require a car when they turn 16, they will never turn on us as an act of rebellion. Hal and I treat them with love and respect, and they return the favor to us every single day. We are all one family making our way through this world. We struggle against the outside world at times, but we work hard to maintain harmony within these walls. After nearly 16 years for Hal and myself, 14 for Maxwell and Spartacus, and just over 2 for Stevie Nicks, we are all doing quite well.
I suppose that this is the main point I am trying to make. We all have those times when we feel exhausted and helpless, but there are always those who will help us if we let them. That is what Love is all about.
Eventually, I will get back to posting on a more regular basis. For right now, I am enjoying the feeling of being alive once again.
01 September 2015
Sometimes the system works the way it was designed to. I am referring to our system of checks and balances in the ridiculous mess caused by Rowan County, KY Court clerk Kim Davis. This sad, misguided individual has been in the news for the last few months for, to put it mildly, NOT DOING HER GODDAMNED JOB! There, I said it. This woman has loudly proclaimed that her faith in some god or another entitles HER to ignore the laws that she is sworn to uphold based on her position as an elected official in the first place! I am sure that in order to satisfy the citizens of Rowan County, KY that she placed her hand on a Bible and swore to do just that. I conveniently ignore the fact that our Constitution states quite clearly that there shall be no religious test required to hold public office:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
At any rate, since this woman took an oath to uphold the law, she should do so. However, Kim Davis decided that SHE knew better than everyone else and that SHE could interpret the law as she saw fit. Unfortunately, this is NOT in her job description.
The county clerk issues marriage licenses (KRS 402.080) and files and records all marriage certificates (KRS 402.220 and 402.230). Military discharges may also be recorded in the county clerk’s office (KRS 422.090). On or before the 10th day of each month, the county clerk reports to the state registrar of vital statistics all marriage licenses issued and all marriage certificates returned (KRS 213.116). Each county clerk must furnish each applicant for a marriage license with a copy of a marriage manual to be prepared and printed by the Human Resources Coordinating Commission of Kentucky (KRS 402.270).
This action by Kim Davis places her in direct conflict with her duties. At that point she should have done the honorable thing and resigned. Instead, she chose to make a public spectacle of herself and has exhausted all legal options. Interesting that she wanted protection from the legal system that she refused to acknowledge.
Next, there is the issue of nepotism involving Kim Davis. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Kim Davis worked in the county court clerks office for 27 years while her Mother was the Court Clerk. Kim Davis was elected when her mother retired, or chose not to seek re-election, I am not sure which of those is the case, but it does not affect the charge of nepotism. Added to this is the fact that Kim Davis’ SON now works in the same office.
When one considers that Kim Davis now makes $80,000 per year as the Court Clerk, plus whatever she made while working for her MOTHER in a county where the average income is around $35,000 per year and it looks like Kim Davis has a pretty sweet setup going for herself and her family.
Kim Davis is an example of what is ugly about some Americans. She places herself ABOVE THE LAW and expects everyone to appreciate her. I hate to break it to her, but she is WRONG. In fact, the US Supreme Court has told her to go away and will NOT hear her request for a stay of a lower court ruling that requires her to DO HER JOB!
Kim Davis has a Constitutionally protected right to her beliefs, however misguided they might be. Kim Davis does NOT have a Constitutionally-protected right to be the Court Clerk for Rowan County, KY.
I hope that the Commonwealth of Kentucky will force her to leave office as a result of her contempt of court. Contempt of court is something that I am sure Kim Davis is familiar with, having spent most of her life in the Rowan County courthouse. I am certain that she felt no regret in sending those citations to other people. Now it is time for Kim Davis to face the music.
Kim Davis will have cost the citizens of Rowan County and the COmmonwealth of Kentucky millions of dollars by her ridiculous position. I hope that she is ordered to pay some type of restitution to partially compensate for those fees.
Of course, there will be those who will defend Kim Davis out of some misguided loyalty to some god or other. That is their right, but the country moves FORWARD, and those who choose to live in the past will be left behind.