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Mute button

Wednesday, 4:37 pm

By Kate

Oct

20

2010

I turned the television on to catch the early news and weather. Immediately an ad came on for a local Republican teabaggy candidate. About all this Republican says is “I’m going to cut taxes. I’m in favor of cutting taxes.” I wonder if he would enjoy living in his perfect free market, totally tax-free, privatized society. I have a feeling not. By the time he and his cronies had finished privatizing everything and paid the fees for every big and little service and road use that they currently take for granted, they’d probably look back fondly on the whole idea of taxation and somehow the whole mess would be the Democrats’ fault.

But anyway. The ads are on in full force and I refuse to listen to or watch them. They are like fingernails down a blackboard. Every time one comes on I hit the mute button. Their ad money is wasted on me. Guess that’s a good thing.



 

Twenty-three is an exciting age

Wednesday, 11:51 pm

By Kate

Oct

13

2010

clear night

Since his graduation, the lad has lived here working as a beat reporter for the local news rag and as a cook at a local eatery while applying for every possible position under the sun and trying to decide if he wants to go back to graduate school and/or in which direction he wants to go to get the rest of his life started. This past Friday, things started hopping. He was summoned to New York City over the weekend, had a couple of interviews, arrived back home late last night, had to write and submit a news article today, and by tonight was accepted as an intern with MediaGlobal at United Nations Headquarters in New York where he will be trained to be a development and global issues writer/journalist with a focus on human rights and humanitarian issues. It’s an intensive six month stint and he starts on Tuesday. It’s one more notch in his belt toward wherever he is going...which, I have a feeling, is not, ultimately, going to be in the US. But that’s something to think about later. He is so excited he can hardly see straight.

So, for the next couple of days, we’ll be sorting his stuff out, figuring out what he needs to take and what he can leave behind. Since he will travel by mass transit, he’s limited to what he can carry. I’m not sure how he will manage the rest of what he needs. Well, he does have a very lovely girlfriend who lives a short commute over in Jersey and her parents loooove the lad. They have offered their minivan to the cause and he can also stay at their house for as long as he needs, while he’s getting himself sorted out.

He is negotiating with two of his former frat brothers over living space. They’ve offered him a rather spacious walk-in closet (no, really) with dimensions of about 6’x9’ for $350 per month in a really nice apartment in White Plains...with laundry facilities. He laughed initially. I said..."grab it. Laundry? In two months you’d kill for on-site laundry.” He can’t beat the price and it’s a place to hang his hat and rest his weary head at the end of the day. It’s for 6 months, no lease. Who could ask for more? They suggested that if he’d cook for them 4 nights a week, they’d knock off more rent. He is a good cook and they know this about him. They haven’t had a decent meal in weeks. Well, I have heard of unconventional living arrangements over the years, so this doesn’t sound all that bad to me. Especially that rent in New York City.

It’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be one heck of an amazing opportunity. And it almost makes me wish I was twenty-three again. Not quite, but...you know. It’s so much fun seeing them starting to spread their wings that you want to spread yours right along with them. I’m so pleased for and proud of him.



 

Windows

Saturday, 10:59 am

By Cyn

Oct

09

2010

OK, I am in a state of total and absolute frustration....Yeah, yeah, I know, there are BIG issues in this world and in some of my friend’s lives, but right now, right this second I am annoyed with window cleaning.  Does anyone have any tried and true tips?  I have just done the front and back windows in my car for the 88th time in a week and still streaking and filmy (and no one smokes so is not that).  Started doing all the windows in the house, they are easy cause they are the replacement ones.  I finish, they look pretty good, go back and all streaky.  We do not live near the ocean so not that....

I have used windex and every other brand of cleaner, use the vinegar, rubbing alcohol, etc. formula my mom and dad always used, paper towel to wipe with, microfiber cloths that are supposed to be great, newspaper and lord only knows what else.

SO, any tips you have would be SO appreciated.

And yeah, I know this is not exactly a scintillating blog topic, but best I can come up with at the moment!!

Ciao’



 

The new 'perfect' wedding gift....

Friday, 7:47 am

By Cyn

Sep

24

2010

light cloud

Just read an article about Divorce Insurance.  Darn, why didn’t I think of that!  The insurance is designed to provide financial assistance
in the form of cash to cover the costs of a divorce, such as legal proceedings or setting up a new apartment or house. It is sold in “units of protection.” Each unit costs $15.99 per month and provides $1,250 in coverage. So, if you bought 10 units, your initial coverage would be $12,500.  The company apparently adds a certain amount per year as long as the policy is in effect--out of the goodness of their hearts??

If you get divorced you have to send the company proof of your divorce and I suppose once your proof is accepted, you receive a sum of money back.  There are safeguards in place to be sure people do not purchase the insurance while they are contemplating or in the process of getting a divorce (DUH) and a waiting period once you purchase the policy, but I read that if you pay an additional amount, you can cut the waiting period back a few months.

A long time ago, I used to refer to myself as “cynical cyn,” but I do not think I was ever so cynical that I would have considered divorce insurance was a good thing.  There are people I know--some fairly new at the marriage thing and some who have been in for the long haul that probably could benefit from it, but..............  I suppose in the long run it is not much different from life insurance--you are either betting on living or now, betting on whether your marriage will last or not.

So, we all missed the boat on starting up a company like this.......maybe we can get in on the gift certificate business.  Perfect wedding gift--divorce insurance!!

Anyone have any thoughts??

Ciao’



 

Oh come on...

Thursday, 12:04 pm

By Kate

Sep

23

2010

sunny

Ethical much? I suppose it’s a fine line since I lifted an Edward Gorey image and created the darned thing to use as an avatar on Goodreads and Kindle Boards and as a much larger screen saver on my Kindle, but geez, at least I don’t have the brass to try profiting from stolen property squared. I want a commission. Well, okay, maybe not.



 

The Gauntlet has been thrown down

Saturday, 10:37 am

By Kate

Sep

11

2010

partly cloudy

Oh.My.God. A neighbor across the street just installed two Tea Party candidates’ signs in her front lawn. Where I can’t miss them whenever I walk out my front door. I knew there was something off about her. I hate those signs. I hate them with a rich, deep, and abiding passion. If I wasn’t the person I am, I would rip them out of the ground some dark foggy night. But, I’m fair minded. Kind of. I believe, however, the answer to this is two signs for Democrats in my front yard. The Democratiest Democrats that I can find.



 

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