Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Our Very Own German And A Winch

What with all my pontificating of late I forgot to mention that we are participating in a high school exchange program organized by my son's very industrious German teacher. Tomorrow, I head off to the airport to collect as many German Gymnasium students plus luggage, as I can fit into my SUV. We get to keep one of them - at least for the next 5 weeks. Our Very Own German (VOG). In June, my son will go to Germany to become a German family's Very Own American (VOA).

We are very excited - this is the first time we have done something like this, however, I am totally freaking out because the house is a mess and I really need to clean the carpets. I know how Germans are having lived among them for some time - and if there is anything you need to know about Germans it is that Ordnung muss sein. You just won't get around that one.

In other, unrelated news, I have bought myself a winch from Northern Tool. The reason I bought it is because it was only around $10 and they seemed to be very excited about their $10 winch and as I was buying a rain barrel anyway (to collect a bit of the downpour we had been having for summer watering - which stopped the second I clicked "Buy" in my shopping cart - sorry Southern California), I decided to purchase the winch as well.

It has now arrived and it looks much like a giant pencil sharpener without the outer casing and grinder thingies, but is quite sturdy and I am sure is quite useful for something. I am getting a real kick out of the fact that I am now officially "a wench with a winch" and am off to Amazon now to look for a book on "Fun With Winches" or "The Top 5 Useful Things To Do With A Winch".

I would love to brag about my new rain barrel but I am afraid that if I do, I will cause another drought here in SoCal, and then everyone will be mad at me.

Ta for now,

RH

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Can't Find A Job? Try Gardening

INSTITUTO DE EDUCACION POPULAR DEL SUR DE CALIFORNIA


To provide stipends to low income day laborers being trained in the field of sustainable low impact gardening and landscaping. The goas is to secure permanent, unsubsidized employment upon completion of training - term of contract from October 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 - total amount $200,000

2-18-10 - Contract Attested

The city of Los Angeles is in the process of laying off around 4000 people. Guess they want to have their replacements all trained up and ready to go.

Paid for by taxpayers of course.

RH

Follow up
:

  1. WELFARE COSTS FOR CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL ALIENS IN L.A. COUNTY OVER $48 MILLION IN JUNE = $576,000,000 per year for Los Angeles county alone. That's half a billion dollars... for LA county alone. Source
  2. IRS Cracking Down On Tax Cheats!
    It's about time, isn't it? Those who owe need to pay up pronto, starting with this guy: IRS visits Sacramento car wash in pursuit of 4 cents

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Laughable Luddites Lament Library - A Poem

Larry and Lisa lingered outside,
their local library soon to demise.

Where can I find the knowledge I seek,
lamented Larry then Lisa now for a week.

Such a spectacle they made with laments so loud,
they caused the formation of a curious crowd.

What have we before us?
cried the crowd now in chorus,
No need to fret, it's all on the net,
Libraries you see, now only bore us!

Leave us alone with your laments for libraries,
lest we so tire of listening we set fire to your library.

Then they all took their mices
to their electronic devices
and logged on online
which suited them fine.

Leaving Larry and Lisa lamenting their library.

Lingering doubt, unsure what about,
left Lenny quite queasy,
but since it was easy, he connected now quickly,
to read all the news,
so much from to choose,
he soon was besotted
with an item he spotted
of a forthcoming storm
and the need to keep warm

He failed to take heed
of the most urgent need
to quiet the ire
and stop the hot fire

Set by the crowd to the library.

Up in black smoke went the knowledge of nations,
amid cheers from the crowd,
could be heard growing loud
the rumble and grumble of deafening thunder.

Then a bright flash
that caused all to dash,
from the rain and the wind,
that now did descend,
on the crowd with their mices
and electronic devices.

The powerful storm lasted less than an hour,
but the damage was done,
it had taken the power.

Where can we find the knowledge we seek?
cried those with the mices
and electronic devices,
who now tried in vain
to lessen their pain
by logging on quickly
to learn news of the sickly
and ways now to cope
but alas there's no hope!

It no longer suffices
to have electronic devices
rendered useless and dark
by one little spark.

The End.

RH

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I Want A Healthcare Bill - And I Still Support Obama

We have health insurance through my husbands employer. They pay for his insurance and he pays the premium to cover me and the two kids. This amounts to around $960 per month or $11, 520 per year.

It must be one of those Cadillac policies they talk about, right? I don't think so - if I compare it to the policy I had when I was 20, it seems to cover less. It also has a 10% pay-it-yourself clause. That doesn't seem like much until you consider what it means to have any kind of surgery or major illness treated. A coworker of my husband had surgery on his ankle which cost $200,000 - making his part of the bill $20,000. Those are the types of costs that we are trying to insure against! Not to mention the fact that $200,000 ankle surgery is much like the $600 toilet seats of the 1980s.

Here is my opinion - call it the GenX, white, female, housewife, home-based business and 2 dog owning, with kids vote. Get your bloody acts together, sit down and have educated, adult conversations, negotiate and get something done. I personally support a public option because I have seen it work. What we have now is failing miserably and I am not the least bit satisfied with our current coverage, the availability of medical treatment or just about anything to do with medicine in general.

You know what the problems are, both sides have valid concerns on the issues and those issues must be addressed - both sides must be heard. That means one side has to shut up and listen, and the other side has to open their stupid yaps and say something besides "Start Over". You had your chance to do something and did not and if there is one thing I hate, it is a bunch of idiots who sit around and do nothing when the ship hits an iceberg and then rant, rave and scream about the life boat effort.

I have my own problems and kids to look after, I need medical insurance that is actually medical insurance - not a get rich quick scheme for the health care industry, nor a convoluted social program. Do your jobs, you bunch of losers!

Now, concerning Obama. I read a lot. I read newsletters from the right, left and in between. I hear a lot of name calling, accusation slinging, stupidity etc as well as good information, important facts, etc. Here is what I can't seem to wrap my mind around. For all the horrid things being said about Obama and his socialist tendencies, when the guy opens his mouth to speak, a lot of sense and reason comes out. I can not seem to reconcile the accusations made against the man, with what the man actually says.

He is trying to address a problem that drastically needs to be addressed. If you don't like what he is saying, become part of the conversation. But make no mistake, no solution is not a solution and will not be a victory for republicans. At least not with the GenX, white, female, housewife, home-based business and 2 dog owning, with kids vote.

RH

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