Saturday, February 4, 2017

The White Ex-Pat

Since the natural inclination of any rational person is to engage in a tad bit of escapism when confronted by a truly terrible situation (And lest I fail to be perfectly clear, I checked with my therapist, a minor fugue state is an appropriate response to the Trump administration.) - I've invented a new drink.

I call it the White Ex-Pat.


3 oz. fresh white organic 2% milk from a local dairy.
1 oz. authentic Canadian maple syrup. (from Costco if you are just dreaming of being an ex-pat).
UP TO 3 oz. of AMERICAN (dammit!) craft vodka.  I suggest Titos.

Shake vigorusly over ice and serve up in a crystal martini glass to reinforce your liberal elitism.

Guaranteed to make you dream of living in a rational country with an attractive popular leader and fulfills my arbitrary rules about not combining caffeine and alcohol.   Dedicated to Larry Gifford.

Friday, November 11, 2016

At least a black swan can get me going.

No one likes a know-it-all.  I know, because I’ve been one all my life.  I’ve been ostracized, bullied, harassed, taunted, excluded and even beaten up by people in the course my life.  I learned early on to hide myself because even average people will seek to destroy things they can’t understand.  Lack of understanding leading to fear.  Correctly predicting the future scares people.  
When Michael Moore predicted a loss for Hillary Clinton in this year’s election - many vilified him.  I agreed with him and said little.  He’s written and spoken about his observations at length, but the nutshell version is that the people in rural America are stuck.  There are diminishing economic opportunities in those regions, and they have no idea why.  My experience is that they will accept any explanation that doesn’t involve their own culpability.  My insulated liberal friends did not want to hear what I was saying.  I crave social acceptance and let it go.  It never feels good to be right when terrible things happen - and the result of this election is truly a terrible event.
I’ve worked through the stages and I’ve now accepted what has happened.  Let me tell you what I think is going to happen now.  
The energy that Trump supporters now feel is already beginning to wane.  It will be replaced in the next year by doubt and the fear that drove them to vote for him in the first place will soon return.  It will creep in the cracks with every misstep he makes as he approaches the world stage and become amplified as nothing changes for them. 
After inauguration Trump and the Republicans will wield control in every branch of the US government - and they will use it to do nothing of benefit for the majority of people who gave them that power.  There will still be no new economic opportunities for rural Americans.  Their communities will still be riddled with drug abuse, neglect, and poverty. In fact, they will be in a worse situation as they will still have no workable health care.  The failure of Republican-controlled State governments to create and maintain insurance marketplaces sufficiently sabotaged President Obama’s efforts in that regard.  The promises the Trump campaign made will vanish like morning fog in the midday sun.  
Instead, the Republicans will do what they always do - use the government to enrich themselves.  There will be more national debt, and those who know where the money is going will become vastly wealthier than they already are.
If any in the electorate notice they will be vilified.  If the free press does their job, they will likely be imprisoned or worse - just as we have seen during  Trump’s campaign.  People will remain fearful and angry because nothing is happening for them.  The version of America they were seeking has been gone for a long time and is not coming back.
The Republicans at the local level will continue do what they have done in rural parts of states, channel the fear and anger of their constituency in the direction of anyone they perceive to be different.  Minorities will be targeted.  Policy will be designed for maximum noise to distract the constituency while the wealthy steal more money from our children through creation of national debt.  Anything to distract from their own culpability.  
More Americans will die.  Rural Americans will die from lack of access to health care.  The erroneously blamed minority class Americans will continue to die as they have been - but likely in greater numbers.  That fear and anger that permeates the right is dangerous and I won’t sugar coat it.  They will target anyone gay, black, Muslim, Jewish, trans, Latino, or even liberal, white, atheist, intellectuals like me when we speak out.  There is much evidence that the anger that they can channel is deadly and there will be more fear and anger that the Republicans can channel when they utterly fail at governing.

 As for what to do now - Mr. Moore is ahead of me.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I've updated to include progress meters on my writing projects.  So - if you are interested in how things are coming you can check updates there.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Look, I know I'm easy to irritate...

So,  I traded in an iPad today.  It was an original vintage 64GB version that I took on my honeymoon.   It was a great piece of hardware that had reached the end of its useful life to me.  I mean, sure - I could have saved it for my 5 month old son to "enjoy" in a year-and-a-half when he is allowed to have "screen time".  (Incidentally, that is a bitch, because I love screen time.  I live for screen time.  Now I just let him drool on me instead.)

So - Target has this great deal where I can trade in the old hardware for a $200 credit.  Fantastic idea. I would have bought something else from them right then and there had they had anything I was interested in purchasing.  (Seriously.  They were down to 2 iPad 2's and dust bunnies.)  SO, I took the gift card and walked out happy.  

Then I learned that there's a way to turn that $200 exchange card into a $200 Amex.  I thought.  "OK.  I'll do it.  Then I'll take my Amex and run over to Google for a Nexus 7!"  

But, no.  That is not possible.  You see, you cannot buy a Nexus 7 from Google unless you use Google Wallet to do so.  I will not use Google Wallet.  They have a very poor track record.  

So - I guess I'll just sit on my pretty cash card and wait for the iPad Mini Retinas to show up at Target.   Or somewhere else that would take a prepaid Amex card.  

I was going to give you money on a long-shot Google, but you completely blew it.  I imagine I would be just as irritated when I learn that I have to use "Google Wallet" to buy anything from your crappy app store as well...  

And about the book...  The kid is sleeping now, thus so am I.  My writing gear is kicking in again so please don't give up on me.  The second book is getting better and better.  

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What have you got in you today?

As my readers have noticed, my writing output can be highly variable.  Some days I'm +3000 words, some days, there's nothing in there.  There's a complex equation that involves mindfulness divided by lack of sleep, times angst, and stress, plus or minus my commitment level and self-esteem status.  I haven't outgrown my princess stage.  I would love to sit down and be productive each and every time, but that is not my reality.  As such, I need to be realistic about my timing for Starweaver's Dawn.  I was homing to complete the manuscript by the end of August, but that is not going to be realistic.  I'm  adjusting the deadline to something I hope will be achievable with my current life and work commitments.  I am going to commit to writing every day though.  So, there is hope.  September.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Starweaver's Dawn is nearing completion.

I've given myself until the end of August to complete the manuscript for Starweaver's Dawn.  I knocked out 1700+ words this morning and I'm going to try and match that this evening.  So, don't give up hope!