Monday, November 30, 2009
On the eve of what many people are saying will be a speech by President Obama announcing the increase of troops in Afghanistan by 30,000, I thought I would print this poem I found on freepress.org.
by Christopher Bifani
November 28, 2009
I voted for Obama,
I voted against McCain.
Yet somehow I voted Republican,
So will someone please explain;
How "Yes We Can..." Went on to Be,
"...Wage the war indefinitely."
How all us peaceniks working phones,
Led to the use of more predator drones.
How all our grassroots small donations,
Led to gifts for corporations.
How all the debt that had us troubled,
Suddenly jumped to more than double.
What just happened? I forget,
But I know I don't have health care yet.
I know the military's usual plan,
A troop surge in Afghanistan.
And here's another scary fact,
He wants to extend the Patriot Act?!?
Yes now it all seems very strange,
All that talk of hope and change.
Who elected George Bush III?
But those of us now getting the bird!!
Ok, so I changed it a little bit to make it rhyme a little bit better. I hope Chris won't mind. I'm trying to remain positive and hopeful that President Obama will deliver the change he campaigned on. But...
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I had never been to a Jewish funeral service before. It was very nice. A cantor sang a few songs and the Rabbi presided over the service. Laurie Moore spoke about Eleanor on behalf of the police station. Approximately 60 people attended the service, with about half of the people from the police station.
The full moon will be on Wednesday December 2nd at 2:20 am EST. In December our attention turns to the moon as its influence is spread over long hours and the sun retreats to the shortest days of the year.
Your full moon ritual might include some expression of gratitude for the closure of the dark time and the return of the light at solstice. This is a time of closure, a time to let go of grievances that have affected the past year, and a time to make sure that long term projects are completed before the solstice.
The winter solstice is on December 21 at 12:47 pm EST. There will also be a blue moon on December 31st. at 2:13 pm EST.
Thanks so much to "The Scarlet Witch" at http://www.apagantapestry.blogspot.com/ for this information on the full moon.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Colony came out flat in the second half. I could just see it in the way they came onto the field with their heads down and no excitement in their step. It looked like they had received the chewing out of their lives during half time.
The two teams exchanges scores and then Colony went ahead 17-14 on a field goal with under four minutes to play. Upland came back and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 48 seconds left in the game. The rest, as they say, is history.
We had a good run and Karen and I enjoyed several evenings in the stands rooting the Titans on. If football is over, it must be time for basketball. They play basketball games inside - much warmer!!! See ya there!!!
This is a low water crossing I get to cross twice for each figure 8 that I complete. Should be much more challenging after a good rain.
This is a Dodge Daytona I saw parked in the park. Rather pretty don't you think??
Friday, November 27, 2009
There are a lot of people who just don't have the money to spend that they have had in the past due to the current state of the economy. I know our family for one will be cutting way back on Xmas presents this year.
So this year Karen and I are staying home this "Black Friday." We are going to be part of the "don't buy anything day." This will surely increase our odds of not being trampled by the mobs trying to get into the store first, or fighting over that coveted parking spot, or stepping over those picked over sweaters on the floor.
The Christmas Season is officially upon us. Good luck to all, and please be safe.
November 25, 2009 5:43 pm
San Onofre - State officials spent more than $42,000 battling a group of nudists who wanted to keep Trail 6 a clothing-optional beach, California Department of Parks and Recreation documents show.
Also a public records request for all reports and complaints relating to public nudity at Trail 6 revealed only two written complaints. State officials had said a growing number of complaints were one of the factors for banning nudity at Trail 6.
Ken Kramer, superintendent of the Orange Coast District, said the money spent was well worth it. "Our approach to this issue transcends dollars and cents. This money is well spent to make sure we address these concerns. We have a duty to make sure that with this type of increased popularity and visitation that we have a park where all visitors feel welcome and that there is lawful activity occurring."
Kramer went on to add, "providing a safe and comfortable environment for park employees, an increasing amount of criminal activity in the area, and a growing number of complaints, were their impetus for enforcing a nudity ban at a 1,000 foot stretch of secluded beach abutting Camp Pendelton."
Sadly this litigation has curtailed my visits to my favorite beach. I wouldn't want to be the first person issued a citation for public nudity as part of the return to the dark ages that the State Department of Parks and Recreation has started.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I hope it continues to be of some entertainment value to you my loyal readers. I still enjoy doing it.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
So Corey and I went to a public shooting range in Rancho Cucamonga last week so that I could re-familiarize myself with shooting a handgun. I don't think I have fired a gun in a couple of years. I was surprised how muscle memory kicked in. I was able to put eight rounds in a circle the size of an orange in no time. (Brag-Brag) Thank goodness for titanium sights!!!
Corey, who was rather inexperienced in shooting a handgun, did very well. In no time he was putting eight rounds in the target in an area the size of oh lets say a grapefruit. Very good for his inexperience. Good job Corey!!! It was good being able to enjoy the time together!!
I went for a bike ride today (Wednesday) staying close to home. Part of my ride was along the dirt road between fields south of Colony H.S. I was stopped by the driver of a pickup truck coming toward me who told me there was a golden eagle further down the road in the field to my right eating something.
So I headed on down the road and found the eagle about 30 yards off the road. It was huge. It was the size of a turkey. It was eating something it had no doubt caught wondering around the field. I could see that it was holding something in it's claws and taking bites from it. It was dark colored with white markings and a golden head. Awesome!!! It didn't seam at all concerned with my nearby.
I stood and watched it for about five minutes waiting for it to fly off. It was worth the wait because it took about two hops and it was airborne. It soared into the air and looked even bigger with it's wings spread.
It circled the area about three times and then more eagles started to arrive. In moments there were ten of them circling the area. I got the feeling they were circling me, perhaps thinking I was their next meal. I left quickly.
What an assume experience. Not so for the rabbit or whatever had been the eagle's lunch I suppose. I was amazed how big it was sitting there. It was every bit as big as a turkey. Nature is awesome sometimes. The beauty of riding a mountain bike off the pavement!!!
My camera won't download onto my computer any longer, so I had to find these photos from the Internet. I hope Santa brings me a new digital camera for Xmas. I hope, I hope, I hope!!!
Amy was working in a recording studio in Nashville when her talent was first discovered. As a favor, the studio owner allowed her to re-record some songs she had written and sung at the studio where she worked. The recording lead to Amy signing her first recording contract at 16 years old.
wikipedia.org describes Amy as "an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, media personality and occasional actress, best known for her gospel and contemporary Christian music." Amy has had ten "Top 40" pop singles, and has earned three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums, and four additional gold albums.
To top it all off, Amy has written several books including "Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far." I have enjoyed Amy's music for a long time.