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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Road Apples, #28

The Week That Was - Well in five days I ended up working in three different states this week. Needless to say, it was a tiring week. I was in Woodbridge on Monday night/Tuesday for a planning meeting and in Hartford on Thursday night/Friday to facilitate a training class. Now I've got to catch up on all the things I needed to do over the week, including cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, etc. On the good news front, I slept well when I was traveling. Also on the good news front I have Monday off, so I don't need to try and cram everything into two days. Hell, I may even treat myself and run up to the flea market on Sunday morning. I know, that sounds so very rural, but I like rooting around in other people's junk. You never know what you might find.

Rental Car - The rental car I had on Thursday/Friday was a brand spank'n new 2010 Hyundai Sonata. In fact, I think I may have been the first person to rent it. Nice car, and I greatly appreciated the nearly 500 mile cruising range and 30+ mpg highway. The controls were okay, and in terms of comfort, I'd give it a rating of about 'B'.

Everything Is Coming Up Roses - Well my two rose bushes are healthy, and one is very, very close to being in bloom. I'll have to take some pictures. It's been a pitched battle against the aphids, but with the help of the wonderful folks at Bayer Chemicals, I think I have the upper hand. I have some space between a tree and my one rose bush, so I'm thinking of planting some more bushes in the not-too-distant future. Roses would be nice, but I'm not sure. I was even wondering how some heather would look there, but again, this all requires a certain level of contemplation.

President Obama - is discovering that campaigning is easier than governing. No where is this more evident than when it comes to the infamous "Gitmo" closure issue. Bottom line though, at least for me, is that the place needs to close, period. It's a symbol of an America that screams "do as I say, not as I do" to the rest of the world, and I dare think we are better than that.

Dick Cheney - is in the news again lately, talking about how President Obama is making America less safe and such. I heard a comedian say the following about the former Vice President, and I think it was spot on: Dick Cheney is the kind of guy that will go with you to a bar, start a fight, and then just when punches are about to start and fly, he grabs your coat and says "I'll hold this for you". True, very true. The guy with FIVE (count'm 1-2-3-4-5) draft deferrals continues to be the biggest chicken hawk on the block. Why anyone would give this guy an ounce of credibility is beyond me. Now I didn't vote for John McCain in the last election, but when he (Senator McCain) talks about national defense and things like torture, I listen, as the man has credibility. Cheney has, to quote Dean Wormer (from Animal House) "zero point zero" credibility.

...And In Local Political News - The fallout continues from the recent Scranton primary (well really final) elections. I'll have more to say on this later.

Hayna Gulch - I re-found this site a few days ago, and it's well worth a reading (especially if you are not from Wilkes-Barre): NEPA Lingo.

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