Dazed and Confused

July 3, 2013 at 11:18 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

That pretty much sums up the state of politics these days.  In honor of the 4th of July, here’s one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies:

We could make things happen…

“Hey guys, one more thing, this summer when you’re being inundated with all this American bicentennial Fourth of July brouhaha, don’t forget what you’re celebrating and that’s the fact that a bunch of slave-owing, aristocratic white males didn’t want to pay their taxes!”

Despite all of the things going on with our country and our politics that I’m not very happy about (NSA, anyone?), I still think that things here are better than they are in many places.  Not that they’re as good as they could and should be, but hopefully we’re moving in the right direction.

Hopefully.

Regardless, I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July and if nothing else, I’m thankful to be free from work for a day (as my last job didn’t consider the 4th to be a holiday).  May your BBQ’s be tasty, your beer be cold and your fireworks be bright!

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Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back

June 27, 2013 at 9:33 am (Uncategorized) ()

Things that have increased in price this year:

  1. My rent ($50/mo)
  2. My public transit pass ($20/mo)
  3. My taxes ($50/mo)
  4. My health insurance ($100/mo)
  5. My student loan interest (.2%/mo)

Things that have not increased in price this year:

  1. My wages

There’s something wrong with that picture.  And why is health care so goddamn expensive?  I get routine check-ups every year and I’m on birth control.  Is that really worth my paying $2,400 a year into a plan that’s supposed to offset the healthcare costs?  Apparently.

Sigh.  Friday, where are you?

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Hungry?

May 2, 2013 at 11:56 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

History sure is interesting.  This week, archaeologists discovered archaeological evidence that at least some of the first settlers in America were cannibals (be warned, that article can get kind of graphic).  Crazy, right?  Well, not so crazy when you take into account just how brutal and horrible the conditions were in Jamestown those first few years.  Roughly 240 of the 300 colonists died – that’s like 80%.  Now THAT is crazy.  People were starving and some took to eating leather shoes.  The ones who tried to go and forage for food were often attacked by the Powhatan Indians, who in fairness were just trying to defend themselves from the new settlers.  Food and supplies that were supposed to be arriving in town were delayed by huge storms and some of those ships never made it at all.

Yeah, not quite.

There have been written accounts of cannibalism in Jamestown for years but this is the first time that scientists can look at bones and say “Yup, a human being was eating this”.  I know it’s pretty appalling for us to think about but then again, we live in a world where supermarkets are open 24 hours a day to provide us with 4,847 different types of cereal.  We have no idea what we would do if faced with such a difficult living situation so I think a little lack of judgement is called for here.  Really, I think this is just a fascinating look into the history of our country and see what some of the people who founded America put up with in order to stick around.

And in the end, I’m really thankful for that super-stocked supermarket.

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Free Day!

July 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

A previous job of mine had a rule that no one was allowed to take the 4th of July off of work, so every year since I left there I’ve been even more appreciative of this holiday.  America has its own fair share of problems (boy, do we) but I also realize that I have it better than many others.  The fact that I, as a non-married woman, can make a living for myself while also enjoying financial, religious and sexual freedom is something I do not take for granted, and not just on the 4th of July.  It’s nice to have the day off work but it’s even nicer to have personal freedom.

My heroes.

That said, I’m thrilled to not be working tomorrow.  Whatever shall I do?  The beach is a very strong possibility and since temperatures are going to continue to hover in the mid-90’s, it’s probably a pretty good idea to take a dip in the lake.  Or stay in my pajamas and lay on the couch all day, I haven’t decided which.  It would’ve been nice to have an extra long weekend but a day off in the middle of the week isn’t bad either.  Speaking of mid-90’s, I can tell you one thing I’ll be doing for certain – watching Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum save the planet from alien invasion.  Welcome to Earth!

 

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