Thursday, October 23, 2008
Close to Nowhere
Let’s “not” talk politics!
• There is a long established rule at my house -- when both my brothers are there, no politics!
One is a die-hard Republican. The other is a die-hard anti-Republican.
It’s gotten much worse this year. I’ve had to extend my rule somewhat. It now states “No Politics.” Period!
The Republican brother has gotten worse; our daughter has become a die-hard Democrat and “never the twain shall meet.”
But -- it extends beyond that!
Our youngest granddaughter is now a die-hard Democrat (she’s ten). Our oldest granddaughter is more diplomatic -- she’s almost a covert Republican. Her best friend is a solid Republican. (They’re both 12.)
Pop is on the other side of whoever is arguing whatever. If someone is making a point for the Republicans, he’s a Democrat. And vice-versa. He just likes to “debate” as he calls it. I call it arguing!
Me? I’m an Independent. This year I plan on voting for a couple of Democrats and a couple of Republicans. And no, I won’t tell you who either are!
I will tell you that I am heartily sick of the “negative” campaigns.
I used to have a rule -- if a politician ran a negative campaign, I didn’t vote for him.
Can’t do that anymore. They all run negative campaigns. A couple of those are politicians I really respect and like and guess will have to vote for anyway, even if they are mud-slinging away.
Did you know there are seven presidential candidates? I knew more than the two “big” ones were running, but had no idea who they were. We have a ballot this week in the newspaper that lists them all. (Page 15, if you want to go look.)
I also know that I will be very thankful when the entire election is over. I don’t think either one of them can make it much worse than it already is.
I’ve heard stories all my life about the Great Depression. I really, really, don’t want to live through one myself.
• Several weeks ago, most of my family and I took a trip to Jackson (MS). We really enjoyed ourselves; especially me I think.
There has been one dim spot that won’t go away.
Driving home late Saturday up I-55, I noticed that my wrist was kinda achy. Holding my hands in my usual position on the steering wheel was very uncomfortable.
The “achy” has increased steadily since. At first, I thought I’d hurt myself somehow without noticing (that’s easier than it sounds for me!)
I have come to the conclusion that my arthritis has spread to my wrist. The knob around my wrist bone matches the knobs around my knuckles. I think I”m fortunate that arthritis in your hips doesn’t make noticeable knobs?
My biggest worry is sewing. If I can’t twist my wrist, I can’t sew and I can’t quilt. Life won’t be worth living!
Maybe I’ll go into politics?
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