Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

An old woman’s view of the 2016 protests after 46 years of elections.

November 10, 2016

I’ve always tried to follow the old adage, “never discuss religion or politics” if you want to keep a friend. But not today. I’ve been watching the mostly young hordes of folks protesting the Trump victory by filling the streets yelling and screaming like toddlers denied their candy who think that it will get them what they want, Hillary.  Apparently, their way of thinking is the only right way and that’s the way it has to be. Wake up folks. Start by looking at the election results maps of which states went red. Americans don’t all live in California or New Mexico and don’t all think the same way. Don’t like democracy anymore? Try doing what you are doing in China. Are you too young to remember Tiananmen Square?  “He’s not my President. I’ll move to Canada.” Go ahead. I seriously doubt they would welcome people who wanted to choose their leaders by reversing their election system and electing by mob rule. If I remember correctly, Alex Baldwin  and other Hollywood notables threatened to move out of America if Reagan won, all sure that he would press the nuclear button and ruin the country. Guess what, no nuclear war. We are still here. The big bank companies did more damage to us. Alex’s brother, Billy confirmed that Alex still lives here. In addition, Alex and friends are still citizens. It’s all political rhetoric and always has been. I congratulate Hillary on her maturity and poise in defeat. As she said, “…give the man a chance to lead…”.  The decision is done. We are still the United States of America and we will survive. As President Obama said, “…the sun will still rise tomorrow…”  Go home. Go back to work and quit clogging the streets and using resources that we need to run this country. You may think that “Trump is not my president”, but IT IS YOUR COUNTRY. Make do. Live with it. Move on and move forward as we did after Pearl Harbor, 9/11, and other disasters across our land. This is what makes the U.S.A. great and we WILL keep it that way.

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What’s Beneath Our Feet?

January 6, 2016

DSCF0079A few years back I was lucky enough to take a trip to the Adaments mountains in the Canadian Rockies for a heli-hiking trip. We stayed a a great mountain lodge with great food. In the morning we were helicoptered to a high mountain area, to be picked up for lunch and taken to another area in the afternoon, then back to a warm shower and utter collapse. By the fourth day I just wanted to stay in bed for a day, DIDN’T!

But by the second day, the guides learned that it did no good to expect me to keep up with the others. This, as it turns out, is a great way to get a private guide.  Everyone else in the party was bound hell-bent-for-leather to cover as much ground as possible, to see as much as possible.  I still don’t get it.  Every inch of these mountains held something new to look at: incredible glaciers sights and rock formations, streams muddied from a rock slide, canyons so deep that if you fell you’d drop until winter came, a yipping pica (which I am told is more heard and seldom seen), bear scat (didn’t stay there long), and incredible varieties of ground cover including an eyeful vast meadows of fireweed and similar flowers.  As near as I could determine, the other hikers never saw any of it. Of course, I could have done without the extreme close-ups of the black skeeters that spiked through my pants and clouded my vision when I raised my head. I was told that the game of choice was to see how many you could kill in one slap. I got seven but still didn’t win. But, to me, it poses the question: Why is everyone in so much of a hurry to get somewhere or “see more” that they can’t see what’s right under our feet?  At least, the way that I “hike”, I run the least risk of stepping in that bear scat.DSCF0064

 

Alex O’Loughlin – An Actor’s Actor

August 4, 2011

This is, as the old “Phantom” comic strip used to say, for those who came in late. You may have just discovered Alex as Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-0 or just noticed the fantastic looking guy on the cover of “Men’s Fitness”. To my comrades who’ve been Alex fans since “Moonlight” or earlier, I’m preaching to the choir.  But, to the rest of you, I say, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Listen up.

We all have our favorite actors. In fact, sometimes we watch them no matter what role they are playing. We are going to watch the actor, not the character. I believe Alex takes his acting a step beyond. When he acts, I feel like I’m watching the character, not the actor.  So, here’s my suggestion. Backtrack a bit. Compare some of his roles that have become fan favorites.  Watch Moonlight episodes. You can often find them in marathons on cable.  If you can get them, check out “The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant” or even “Feed” if you’re daring. One of my favorite roles is Vincent in “The Big Wheel” of “Criminal Minds”.  Believe me, you’ve never seen a serial killer like Vincent.  A crew member viewing the dailies was overheard to remark “this guy’s good”.  And so he is.  When all is said and done and the final curtain drawn, I firmly believe Alex will be known as one of our finest and most talented actors .  Check him out. You’ll be glad you did.

When Did One Billion Dollars Become Like a Raindrop in a Hurricane?

August 3, 2011

So, the debt crisis is over. The boys on the beach finally noticed that high tide was about to destroy their sandcastle. Everything is right with the world and, WHOOPY, Congress can go on vacation.  Oops, I mean recess of course.

Wait a minute! Wasn’t one of the complaints about the debt deal due to the lack of additional tax revenues? And, isn’t the projected loss of tax revenue due to the partial FAA shutdown over one billion dollars?  Huh? I guess this is too trivial an amount for the poor exhausted Congress to stay at work. Or to worry about the thousands of FAA workers on furlough or working on their own dime.  What gives here? Pardon me if I don’t get it. I know  I’m just a dumb voter but shouldn’t somebody be doing something?

The Darn Debt Ceiling Fight

July 27, 2011

Both sides claim they are fighting for a compromise.  What they really remind me of is two brats fighting over the best way to build a sand castle while ignoring the fact that the rising tide will soon wipe everything out.