Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Still here, I guess

If I checked my dashboard I would know the last time I updated this thing, but I'm sure it's been months.  I always feel bad, since when I started out this blog was a nice opportunity to get things online.  Now it's one of those things I don't recall until I get a message from someone asking me if I still do it.

It really has been a very busy year, what with Kristina's marriage, some illnesses and just life in general.  After the wedding the death of our beloved cat, Babie, is the event that we'll remember about 2014.  Still hard to believe that the furry little girl that shared our home for almost fifteen years won't be with us as we get through the holidays.  We're not sure if we want to go through the emotions of getting another housemate right now.  Donna and I go back and forth on the issue, so I'll probably let you know when we make the decision.

We're going to spend some of the holidays with the ladies and some on a short cruise.  Got a deal that was hard to refuse, so we didn't even try.  As the Orange Public Library will be closing from Christmas Eve until January 5th, we will probably get in a few games of Bingo.  Maybe even a trip to one of the casinos, but there are enough places nearby that have the game so taking a few hours to travel to one of the Indian casinos really isn't necessary.

Hard to believe that I'm actually sixty-four now and that next year I'll be officially old!  Let me tell you, there sure have been a few times along the way when I was pretty sure I wasn't going to make it this far, let alone to the age when all the places around here will give you the Senior Discount.  When you live this close to what was once Leisure World (now Laguna Hills), one of the largest 'senior communities' in Orange County hitting 55 or even 60 doesn't get you that special menu at Denny's.

I always promise to write these more often, but I'm not going to do that this time around.  Most of you folks are keeping tabs on me with Facebook, Twitter or Google +, so we're not going to be strangers.

Donna and I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year and a very Happy Festivus, for the rest of us!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Another "I forgot it is here" installment

I'm afraid to even look back to see how long it's been since I last posted here.  I see that in Shot's Shack it was shortly after the last San Diego Comic Con. I normally do both blogs one after the other or within a day or so, this probably means the last PARTING SHOTS around the same time.  Lots of has happened since then, but in a way things remain pretty much the same.

I'm still working at the City of Orange Public Library, here in Orange, CA.  Donna and I are still living in Lake Forest and we're happy knowing that Kristina is happy living in San Diego with Sarah.

At this point I don't know that I have anything to add to the political conversations going on in the country.  I'm disappointed in some of the things that President Obama has done, and disgusted by what the GOP (the political party my father identified with, but never registered with) has become.  It is now home to the most vile folks not hiding under white robes.  Anti-gay/choice/education/science/regulations but pro-gun, so that makes them pretty popular with a certain segment of the population. They are also believers in that gun-toting, friend of the rich, Jesus Christ, so right is on their side.

Once again, just a reminder that if you really want to keep up with me you can find me on Twitter and Facebook.  If I'm not busy with Farmville or #FollowFriday, I might even respond to something you post.

Take care and see you in a few months.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Quickie comments on recent events (Delayed from original posting date.)

Mixed opinions from the Supreme Court this week on a couple of major issues. 

Thumbs down for their decision on the Voting Rights Act, which will provide cover to the Republican legislatures in some states to further block the rights of those who may not vote they way they like (i.e. Democratic/Progressive).  Texas jumped right into it within a few hours and we can expect other states to do the same.  Have to protect their 'majorities', after all.

Much better news for the equal rights of gays & lesbians. Prop 8 is done for and it seems, from polls, that something like that will never be able to get passed here again.  I would not be surprised if some GOP legislators try to get something before the California House, but it wouldn't get far.  Sadly, states will still be able to individually ban gay marriage and not recognize those performed in other states, but the tide is turning
on this issue.


I admit to mixed feelings regarding the Edwin Snowden affair.  I think most of us knew the government was watching over us, but were a bit surprised by how much they were.  For that we should be grateful that it has become public and perhaps something can be done to curb the practice.  On the other hand, I'm certainly not going to call him a 'hero' as he basically took it on the lamb after spilling the beans.  The places he first went to indicate to me he is going to hand over information to folks not known for their own interest in civil liberties and freedom of speech.

That's it for me for today.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Just some misc. stuff

I hope to finally get around to doing my San Diego Comic-Con report over on Shot's Shack, but just had some non-comics stuff to say.

I have sympathy for my friends & family in Norwich, CT.  I just saw on the news this morning that they have had heavy rains and flooding the past couple of days.  My family had to leave our Bolduc Lane house three times, while I was growing up, due to the Shetucket River overflowing its banks.  I was too young to recall the first time, but old enough the other two times to help my mom pack some stuff.  Once we actually had to be rescued by firemen in a rowboat, since we had hoped to wait for my father to get home from where he had been working. That time my parents had to replace just about eveything due to water damage in our first floor apartment.  Fortunately, I have heard from my nephew Teddy's wife, Autumn, that they are all fine and suffered no damage.

Not so much sympathy, but I also feel bad for my friends in NYC who had been supporters of Carlos Danger...er, I mean Anthony Weiner. Wow! The guy has really doomed himself, at least politically.  He was actually leading in the polls by double digits, but this latest revelation has dropped him by more than that.  I think for his own good and for his family, he should pack it in (no pun) and leave the Mayoral race to other candidates.  Why split the Dem vote when we know the GOP will be shoveling millions into the up-coming campaign?

Yeah, that's what I did on Thursday night of Comic-Con!  Having a few beers before and after certainly didn't hurt.  Silly, perhaps but something I have wanted to do for years.  Donna, Kristina & Sarah convinced me it was time to do it or shut up about it.

Later, folks!!

Monday, July 08, 2013

STACKRIDGE Stackridge 09 Slark

 A song I fell in love with back in the early '70s.  You don't have to be in an altered state to enjoy it either. :-)

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Just go for it, already!

Let's just go ahead and have the impeachment and get it over with, shall we?  The GOP has been waiting for this moment since January of 2009 and it appears they have enough to get it started.  Will it go anywhere? Probably not, but it will allow them to stir up the base and some independents through November of 2014.  This will let them get that same base motivated to give them control of the Senate and a bigger majority in the House.  Good news for those who want to block and/or undo everything accomplished over the past five years.  I'm sure if they could figure out a way to resurrect Bin Laden, it would make everything perfect.

Personally, I think they might as well impeach Biden and if they are really clever they can take down Hillary.  These Presidential elections never seem to work well for the Republicans, so maybe we should do away with those and allow the new Republican Senate & House choose who gets the Oval Office from now one.  Better to use all that campaign money to get anti-union/anti-women/anti-minority politicians elected in all states so we can keep everyone in the proper place.  Democracy is such a messy process and doesn't seem to always go the way it should.

Be nice if we could replace the White House Christmas tree with a cross we could burn every year, wouldn't it?  See you in re-education camp, comrades!