Saturday, January 23, 2010

Summer Breeze makes me feel fine...

It was such a nice day today I left the windows open till after dark. I loved the nice breeze slowly making its way throughout our house. As I felt it, I was taken back in my mind to a time when I was much younger and visiting my grandparents in their retirement community in Ocala. They'd moved up there from Miami in 1979 and I really loved the place where they lived. I spent about a half summer with them in 1980 and it was one of the best times I ever had.

Tonight's soft breeze blowing in the windows reminded me of the Saturday evenings I'd lie in bed in my room at grams and gramps house. Sometimes we slept with the windows open in the summer, it was nice. Grams had these light linen curtains in the room which moved about with the breeze. The room was small but made up just for me with nice clean comfy air dried sheets which smelled like summer, a lamp next to the bed and a bookshelf with plenty of reading material which grams and I both enjoyed. I'd lie there at night with the nightlight on and read some of those books. Oh mom would have had a fit but this was grams house and I could do whatever I wanted! I recall reading a VC Andrews book. Yeah I was just a kid then but I read anything and everything I could get my hands on. I'd read for hours by the lamplight while the soft breeze floated through my window. It was really nice. I hoped the evening would never end but a few hours later I'd fall asleep and in the morning I'd wake up to the smell of french toast and coffee.

It's hard to believe that was 30 years ago, when I was only ten years old. When I close my eyes and think of it, it feels like I'm still there.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Defending Lt. Michael Behenna

While you're sitting there doing a whole lot of nothing, maybe you could do something and read this blog. It's titled Defend Michael (click on link) and it's about an Army Ranger, 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna and how he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for "unpremeditated murder" of an Al Qaeda operative in Iraq.

This trial has been a sham from start to finish. Read the story, and when you pick your jaw up off the floor you can contact your Congressman. This is really important. This guy is a hero serving his country, attempting to do the job that the intel folks would NOT do, and when he defends himself, he's accused of premeditated murder. Not only that, but the prosecution's STAR EXPERT WITNESS did his own investigation and showed that the story Michael told investigators was in fact, the way it happened. Instead of putting their expert witness on the stand, instead of giving this information to the defense, the prosecution simply packed his bags and sent him home. Not until after the guilty verdict was in was the defense notified that there even WAS an expert, not to mention he agreed with Michael's story.

While Major Nidal Malik Hassan, an American Muslim terrorist who murdered scores of innocent people, is made as comfortable as possible in a hospital, Lt. Michael Behenna, an American hero, rots in a dark cell in Fort Leavenworth.

What's wrong with this picture?

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Huh? This story has me shaking my head. I think all parties in this are a bunch of freakin idiots!

Uh hello people!!! At what point are we going to pull our collective heads out of our collective asses and use some common sense? Man you know you one wrong word on a plane will give you an air marshall, cuffs and 20 years in the pokey!!!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

I sure as heck wish I knew what I was supposed to be doing with the rest of my life. All this work experience and education can't be for nothing. I'm forty years old, what am I supposed to be doing? I have so many diverse interests, I just really want to take what I've learned and do something good with it and enjoy it!

There is something I am quite sure of though and that is we have a finite period of time on this earth and we can't take "it" with us, whatever "it" is. So, might as well enjoy "it" while we're here. In the small period of time we get to live life, seems like so many of us squander it. I guess I wonder how to best make use of the time? And when we go, what's to show for all we've done? Once we're gone, we're gone, no second chance to get it right.

I figure I'm 40 years old, I've got 60 years left if I'm lucky. What am I going to do with them?

Friday, January 01, 2010

Dear Tina Derby of New Hampshire...

Right now, millions of people across the country are reading the Associated Press story about new state laws taking effect today. And while reading that story they are shaking their collective heads in anger. The article discusses the ban on texting while driving enacted in your home state of New Hampshire. In the article, you are very adamant in your refusal to have any part of this ban! No! You're bold, you're standing up for your rights by insisting that you won't be discontinuing the practice. When told of the $100 fine for texting while driving, you replied, "I'd better start saving my money."

Along with that story was a photo of you behind the wheel on the highway, texting with both hands while not even holding the steering wheel. Nobody's going to tell you what to do eh?

I thought to myself, "she can't be serious?!"

But the photo makes it pretty clear you mean business.

The other drivers on the road who are just trying to get to and from work, drop their kids off at school, take their dog to the vet, or heading for a family vacation, not to mention the pedestrians like the kids crossing the street to get to school, the homeless people and their shopping carts, the old lady walking her dog, all of them would really appreciate if you would keep both hands on the wheel and pay attention to what's going on around you. It's really not much to ask right? And this isn't aimed just at you but all the other people out there who think there's something more interesting going on on their cell phone than on the road around them (be they driver, pedestrian or cyclist!)

It's unfortunate that state governments have to create a law such as this, as if we need more government intrusion into our lives. But the reason this law was created was because citizens and law enforcement just had enough of this kind of behavior. The problem with this law is that there isn't a harsh enough punishment to deter the dangerous behavior. As is evident in your remarks, a $100 fine is no big deal. Chances are that if the punishment included a night or two in jail, that would get your attention. Of course people would sue, claiming that it is hardship to spend a night in jail, and there's always some attorney out there willing to make a name for himself by fighting for a person's right to be stupid.

The way I see it, you can do whatever you want with your own life, but you don't have the right to make that decision for others.