Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I have a treat for all you Moms out there with kids who will be trick-or-treating tonight! A great recipe I found from 1977 to serve your kiddies before they embark on their spooky trip! It is called "Great Pumpkin Meatloaf" and it is designed to fill 'em up with real food so that the candy consumption stays at a minimum!

I hope you like it, and I hope your kids like it! Be safe and have a very FUN and Spooky Halloween!

RH

PS... Visit my Halloween pages for some Retro Halloween Fun!
PPS:
This just in! My favorite designer duds shop just sent me a nice Halloween surprise! Yoox is offering An Extra 15% off an "Exclusive Fall/Winter Bags and Shoes Selection" - Hey! I need one of those! - until Sunday, Nov 4. Some of the designers featured: Alexander McQueen, D&G, Jil Sander, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Prada, Viktor & Rolf, Ferre', Marc Jacobs and many more.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Funny Conspiracy Theories!

Sometimes, if you just take some current event items from the newspapers and line them all up nice and purty, you can get some really wild ideas! Let's Play, shall we?
"Within the ranks are simmering rivalries. Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) founder Bill Gates, the world's richest man for 13 years, and his pal Warren Buffett, who holds the No. 2 spot despite enormous charitable donations, are quickly losing ground to Mexico's most-monied man, Carlos Slim Helú. Helú's net worth is up an astonishing $19 billion this year--the single biggest one-year gain in a decade--and is now just $7 billion shy of Gates and $3 billion less than Buffett." Forbes
Bill Gates Ousted; Carlos Slim Now Holds World's Fattest Wallet, Report Says, Garcia's Sentido Comun, which translates as "common sense," reckons Slim and his family own a fortune equivalent to 8 percent of Mexico's gross domestic product. Fox News
Mexican entrepreneur whose extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso, SA de CV, amassed interests in the fields of communications, technology, retailing, and finance.
Telmex operates 90 per cent of the telephone lines in Mexico. Another Slim business, Telcel, supplies almost 80 per cent of the country’s mobile phones. Mr Slim acquired Telmex for $1.8 billion in 1990. CNN

"Guillermo Ortiz, head of the Bank of Mexico, estimates that due to monopolies like Slim's: "Economic growth is one percentage point less than it could be with real competition. There are not enough jobs to keep workers from migrating to the United States and investment is being driven to countries like Brazil and China.”"


"In August 1998, Telmex launched 'Mexico En Linea' - a program that allows expatriate Mexicans living in the United States to purchase phone lines for family and friends back home. … Telmex USA has received around one million applications for phone lines, of which 70% are generally approved."
"Not surprisingly, Slim is publicly adamant about keeping the flow of illegals heading north so they can send remittances back to his captive customers in Mexico."

Hey! I have an idea! New Game! Let's ask our politicians the question:

Have you received campaign contributions from Mr Slim or anyone acting on his behalf?

RH

NY Times Article

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Head For The Hills

I am sitting here freezing although it is hot outside. We have had the air conditioner running for 2 days straight now (which is going to cost a small fortune) and the dogs are going stir crazy. My son doesn't seem to mind - he is on vacation this week and is holed up in his room with his computer.

Yesterday I walked to the mailbox and by the time I got back, my eyes were stinging and I was covered in a layer of gritty soot.

Sooooo....I am packing up the car and heading for the hills! Well mountains, actually. I am off to Tahoe - assuming I can find a highway or freeway that is open to get out of here! This makes you really appreciate the need to breath fresh air!

I don't think our house is in any danger... the nearest fire is at least 15 miles away...at least it was when I went out on my surveillance trip last night around midnight!

If you are one of the poor souls who is really affected by this mess, my heart goes out to you! Just remember...stuff you can replace! People you can't!

RH

Monday, October 22, 2007

Fire Season! What's Hot In California This Year?

Here we go again folks! This was what I saw yesterday as I stepped outside:

That funny yellow dot is the sun.
But breathing is no fun...
So, we thought we would get out of town, head toward the beach and get a bit of fresh air.
And we wound up in Malibu...
Which was unfortunately also on fire.

So we went back home again.

The end.

RH

Sunday, October 07, 2007

New Dirty Words

We all know that there is certain language that one shouldn't use in polite company, at work, and at school. That language has typically been limited to the list of four letter words and slurs, or particularly hurtful talk.

That list is rapidly expanding. For example, my son told me on Friday that they are not allowed to say: "This is America, speak English". This new forbidden phrase was revealed to the student body in an assembly where a group of students acted out a little skit, where (I guess) some people were speaking a language other than English, and another kid said: "This is America, speak English." The students were then instructed that this was not allowed.

I am not so happy with this new rule. First of all, why isn't the school administration telling the foreign language speakers that it is rude to carry on a conversation in another language when not everybody can understand what is being said.

Secondly, why is the school interfering with the students' freedom of speech? High school students are old enough to regulate their own social interactions, without being censored by politically correct zealots.

Thirdly, forbidding English speaking students from speaking out against rude behavior is in effect forcing them to be subjected to rudeness without recourse. Are they just supposed to suffer in silence?

Didn't we all kind of agree that English was going to be the language we Americans speak? Neither my mother's nor father's families came from English speaking countries, but they happily learned English because that is the common language here, and they were here to be Americans. My father was 15 when he started learning English.

Shouldn't the school be actively encouraging speaking English? We really don't want this country to turn into a dual- or multi language country. Why? There is not one place in the world where two languages are spoken that doesn't have trouble because of it.

With all the different religions, cultures and traditions we have in the US, it is the use of a common language that unites us. You may be Jewish, your neighbor a Christian, and the mailman a Muslim. Perhaps the family across the street worships trees. But, when we open our yaps, we can talk to each other because we all speak English.

So, before it becomes a crime, I am going to say it!

THIS IS AMERICA! SPEAK ENGLISH!

RH