>A Couple of Things

>It’s mostly cloudy today, and cool. If it rained, I missed it, but…..a while ago I was on the phone when I glanced out the window and saw a rainbow. Against a cloud. It was only the center arc, but it had broad bands of color and was beautiful. It faded in just a few seconds, but I saw a rainbow. Yes, I’ve seen rainbows before, even double and once a triple one, but I still got excited. Woo Hoo.

The second thing from here:


Four questions for Republicans…and four answers for undecided voters

by Jed Lewison
Fri Oct 29, 2010 at 10:40:03 AM PDT


1. What was the average monthly private sector job growth in 2008, the final year of the Bush presidency, and what has it been so far in 2010?

2. What was the Federal deficit for the last fiscal year of the Bush presidency, and what was it for the first full fiscal year of the Obama presidency?

3. What was the stock market at on the last day of the Bush presidency? What is it at today?

4. Which party’s candidate for speaker will campaign this weekend with a Nazi reenactor who dressed up in a SS uniform?


1. In 2008, we lost an average of 317,250 private sector jobs per month. In 2010, we have gained an average of 95,888 private sector jobs per month. (Source) That’s a difference of nearly five million jobs between Bush’s last year in office and President Obama’s second year.

2. In FY2009, which began on September 1, 2008 and represents the Bush Administration’s final budget, the budget deficit was $1.416 trillion. In FY2010, the first budget of the Obama Administration, the budget deficit was $1.291 trillion, a decline of $125 billion. (Source) Yes, that means President Obama has cut the deficit — there’s a long way to go, but we’re in better shape now than we were under Bush and the GOP.

3. On Bush’s final day in office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 closed at 7,949, 1,440, and 805, respectively. Today, as of 10:15AM Pacific, they are at 11,108, 2,512, and 1,183. That means since President Obama took office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 have increased 40%, 74%, and 47%, respectively.

4. The Republican Party, whose candidate for speaker, John Boehner, will campaign with Nazi re-enactor Rich Iott this weekend. If you need an explanation why this is offensive, you are a lost cause.

The moral of the story is this: if you vote Republican, I hope you enjoy Election Day — because you’re not going to like what comes next.

>A Change in the Weather

Got out of bed today…chilly
Got out of shower…..freezing
Closed windows.
That nice summery weather is gone again. Nice while it lasted, though.

Here’s a little something I came across today:

Fictive Rest: The inability of many people to fall asleep until after reading even the tiniest amount of fiction.

I have that. Found it here:


Here’s a quote I like:

“Most people assume the fights are going to be the left versus the right, but it always is the reasonable versus the jerks.” Jimmy Wales

I so hope I’m among the reasonable, rather than the jerks.

Took an Asperger’s test I found on a friend’s blog. The result:

Your Aspie score: 140 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 65 of 200
You are very likely an Aspie

Not sure what it means. Going to retake the test and see what I get today. I’ll let you all know, dear readers.

>New England, Love it or…..

>love it more. Yesterday morning I turned on my fake fireplace to take off the chill. By last night, I had opened the windows. Tonight, it is around 75 degrees in here, and it was in the high 70’s outside today. We could be frozen solid by Halloween. It’s happened before. What’s not to love about here?

I’ve had a good day, in spite of not sleeping well, and being in a complete daze when I got up at 10am. Made coffee and instant oatmeal, ate and drank, sat on couch in the same daze til 11:30 when I decided I really should get dressed before my homemaker came at noon. Did so, sat in daze til she got here, and slowly, slowly, brain kicked in. Turned out to be fun while she was here, and then I did some paperwork and messed about on the still not connected pc. I downloaded all my vids onto it and am playing them while I sit here messing about on the laptop. Yes, a good day.

>Fraser’s Dad

>I love Fraser’s dad. From Due South, in case you didn’t know. Here he reads from a memoir. Very short vid.

If you got through that, here’s me: I think I killed my pc. Not quite as geeky as I’d like to be, apparently. I mean, it works and all, but I can’t connect to the internet at all. As I’ve said, I like a challenge, so I will keep messing with it to see if I can repair the problem, but really, worse things could and do happen in life. I still have access, so I’m not in the least bit upset, just wish I was more knowledgeable
about some things. Everything is a learning experience, too, so that’s a positive. I know, who is she trying to kid, here. But I’ve decided I like Windows 7 and may just move on up to it. It’s on the laptop, so I’ve been using it a few months now. It’s purty,. I liking the purty. LOL

>A Meme from my Live Journal peeps

>I stole this from jooles34, who stole it from huskyfriends.

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
Comcast. They just keep on screwing around with me.

2. Do you miss being a child?
Not in the least.

3. Chore you hate the most?
Anything involving housework and/or cooking.

4. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
Romantic dinner? What is this ‘romantic dinner’ you ask about?

5. If you could go back and change one thing what would it be?
I so would not have married that jerk.

6. Name of your first grade teacher?
Fourth grade Mrs. Alt. D.K.Smith was my fav high school teacher. That’s all I got, folks.

7. What do you really want to be doing right now?
I’d like to be outside, maybe putting my garden to bed for the winter, except I don’t have an outside or a garden anymore. I live in an apartment building surrounded by downtown.

8. What did you want to be when you grew up?
Jet pilot or cowboy. Seriously. I’m from Colorado. We have cowboys and the Air Force Academy. I live in Mass now, though.

9. How many colleges did you attend?
None at all.

10. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
“Purple and white stripped chosen for Spirit Day.” That’s Jooles34’s answer, but it’s mine as well. I’ve added a purple cardigan, since it’s chilly in here.

11. What are your thoughts on gas prices?
Don’t have a car, so don’t really worry about that.

12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?

Not yet, please. I don’t actually have to be up at any time in particular, but I have been trying my entire life to get on a ‘normal’ person’s sleep schedule. No luck so far. I sleep best between 4am and noon.

13. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
Am I going to scare Gertrude off the bed if I pull up the covers some more. (Gertrude is a cat)

14. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
I honestly don’t know.

15. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?
No, but as a child, I was in three accidents in one day, and was knocked unconscious in the third one.

16. If you didn’t have to work, would you volunteer?
I don’t work, since I am ill, but when I did I worked in a group home and I would do that again in a shot, pay or not.

17. Get up early or sleep in?
Sleep in. I do not do mornings. Not even a little bit.

18. What is your favourite cartoon character?
Underdog. ‘There’s no need to fear. Underdog is here.’ I love that.

19. Favourite thing to do at night?
“Everything. Everything is just better done at night, talking, drinking, writing, reading, everything. Night is just better.” That’s also jooles34, but it suits me, too.

20. When did you first start feeling old?
I haven’t yet.

21. Favourite lunch meat?
I’m mostly vegetarian.

22. What do you get every time you go into Wal-Mart?
I do not go to Walmart. I HATE Walmart.

23. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?

Possibly. Since people live a lot longer than they did when marriage came into being, and since there are many more support systems for women and children besides just a husband, marriage may be unnecessary. But people still want that commitment, to feel that they belong to someone and that someone belongs to them, so I’m all for letting people who want to get married, get married. Whoever they are.

24. Favourite movie?
American Dreamer comes to mind, but that could change any second. I have a lot of favorite movies. Oh, Benny and Joon. I love that movie.

25. What’s your favourite drink?
Water, wine, coffee.

26. Who from high school would you like to run in to?
D.K.Smith, I’d like to tell him what an effect he had on my life. My love of learning and reading are down to him. He was the best teacher I ever had anywhere.

27. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
No car and seldom listen to the radio, but when I lived further north, my station was WXRV The River. They said it was a Boston station, but it was actually in Haverhill, about five miles from my house in NH. Great music, and they had all sorts of groups play live in the station. Bare Naked Ladies was one I particularly remember. I like Bare Naked Ladies.

28. Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?
Never watch Sopranos, and hated Housewives after maybe the second season, so quit watching.

29. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?
“I refer back to the (emotionally) abusive fuck-wit of question 5.” The ’emotionally’ is me. Am I really jooles34 in disguise? We seem to have a lot in common.

30. Do you like the person that sits directly across from you at work?
Never had a job where someone sat across from me. I would truly have died from boredom in that kind of job.

31. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purposes?

32. Last book you finished reading?
I think it was the one about the woman with Asperger’s who worked for the Agriculture Department. Forget the name. I read online now, mostly fan fiction. I used to read a book or two a week or more. I love books, but don’t get to the library much since I got sick. (I have fibro and chronic fatigue syndrome).

33. Do you have a teddy bear?
No. I have a stuffed version of “The Snowman” from the movie. Oh, wait. Yes I do. He sits on the pass-through between the kitchen and the main room. I also have an ostrich, I think it is, that someone gave me. With floppy legs. Neat.

34. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
???? No clue.

35. Do you go to church?
No. I am an atheist and unofficial zen Buddhist.

36. How old are you?
Does the phrase ‘older than dirt’ mean anything to you? Actually, I’m 66.

>More PC Issues

>I tried everything, called Verizon, did what they said, re reinstalled things, ran tests. No go. Now it says upon booting that BIOS isn’t installed? Where do I get BIOS and why isn’t it on one of the installation discs? So…still can’t connect to internet with PC. Glad I have a laptop.

Here’s another reason to love Google, which I do, unashamedly.

>Interesting day

>When I fired up the ole pc this morning, it said I had no internet connection. It was acting wonky Saturday, so I unplugged it. My friend had called me with the same problem that day. I went through the rigamarol thought I had it sorted, but then it wouldn’t boot up, just hung on the Windows is Loading part. Tried everything. Nothing worked. Finally decided to do a format and reinstall. I love messing about with stuff like that. Did that. Loaded all the discs. Everything works, except not I cannot find the modem. I set it up and nothing. I will figure this out. Yes. Yes, I will.

So I went to check On Demand when my homemaker was telling me about something on it, and no On Demand. Tried again later. Still no On Demand. Called. Unplug it, they said. Did, for about an hour. Plugged it back in but haven’t checked it yet.

Is it bad vibes day in New England, or what? Anyway, I love a challenge, so it’s a good/bad thing, I guess. LOL


>I actually went out. First time since the Saturday I went to friends’ new house. I really need to get out more. Anyway, walked to post office, sat on a bench for awhile watching the winter-looking clouds go racing by overhead, wind blowing, leaves turning. Glorious, glorious kind of day. I love autumn. Also winter and spring. Summer I would love if it didn’t have those sticky icky days so often. A good day.

I’ve been turning on my full-spectrum overhead lights when I get up, and eating more protein. What a difference. My mood is better, I have energy, I’m just better. Hooray. Should have started with the lights around the middle of September, I think. I’m putting it on my calendar for next year. Enjoy the day, dear readers.

>You Don’t Want to Miss This


I know we in the United States always thought we could do anything better than anyone else, but after the debacle/disaster that was Katrina, we now know better. Here is proof. They’re not all out yet, but they are being rescued safely and a couple of months earlier than first projected. Well done Chile! Apparently NASA helped with keeping the miners healthy both physically and mentally by using techniques developed for astronauts. Well done NASA, too! I cannot imagine being down there for 69 days. Or even six days. Courageous men.

October 12, 1998

Listen to the mustn’ts, child.
Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’ts,
The impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves,
Then listen close to me …
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.

~ Shel Silverstein

Twelve years ago, Matthew Shepard was murdered for being homosexual.

What will you do to end the silence?

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>It’s Raining

Again. I do love the rain. I decided to add my ‘buck up, sir’ song to the sidebar. It reminds me that I am not a quitter, even though I start circling the black hole now and then.

My friend’s back surgery seemed to go well, and she will be home today. Her hubby has to do the housework for a few weeks. He is not well-trained in housework, but I say, so long as it gets done, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Or maybe it’s Flylady who says that.

I have been getting annoying calls several times a day for the past several days. Unknown name and number. If I let it go to machine, it cuts off as soon as machine picks up. If I brave it and answer, same thing happens. It starts around 8:45 am, which is practically the middle of my night, so my only alternative is to turn off the ringer and let the machine pick up all the time. Or just get up at 8:45 am. Nooooooooooooo!!!! I am NOT a morning person, nor have I ever been. It’s only gotten worse since I got fibro/cfs.

I seem to have lost my three whole followers on here. Whether it’s because they disagree with my take on things, or a glitch with Blogger, I guess time will tell. Such is the way of things, right?

My friend being out of commission for so long has made me face up to how dependent I have become. I knew it, of course, but kept it in the place I put things I don’t want to think about. So I have determined to at least attempt some independence. After the bad experiences I had before I gave up going out alone, it is a somewhat scary prospect, especially if I don’t have a back-up person I can call if I get into trouble. Fortunately I know someone who has offered to be that person for now, so I just have to get my courage up and take a lot of pain pills on the day. I’ll let you know how it goes, IF it goes.

EDIT: My followers are back. Must have been a glitch. I’m glad they’re back.