Sunday, December 14, 2008
Also, 100% of the votes are in, and the 2008 Christmas card has been chosen.
L and I stayed home today because he has a bery bad code. I am fighting it off with Zicam, which works pretty well for me - alas, we caught his cold a little late.
So lots of football, online Christmas shopping, and reading The Kitchen Boy and The Private Patient.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wow, am I boring. Don't even show up for my own blog. I could be pasting in pictures of My Little Pony or other things I want for Christmas. Not expecting much, though... I've been a very, very bad girl, and I'm sure the info's trickled up to Santa.
Speaking of not expecting much: Been lookin' at home sales in our area. It's gonna be bad, soon as the aid money for the GM and GM-related layoffs peters out and people realize that there's no Dodge or Honda on the horizon waiting to swoop in and take over the plant and save those 3,000+ jobs.
Better get your house on the block by January - moderate homes are on the market in excess of 120 days. I guess the good news is that they're selling at all.
Kills me - the local business bureau has launched an ad campaign to get people motivated and going to the local Tech College. So they can then move to Madison, Rockford or Milwaukee and environs for the jobs we no longer have for them. Smart Choice!
Midwestern Movie Review, as promised
So we watched 30 Days of Night last night. Gory, Nosferatu-like vampire leader who speaks some form of old high German or related Transelvanic language; cool young everyday hero and heroine; devil child and angel child show up (**spoiler parenthetical:**anyone from the upper Midwest will guess the former by her inappropriate clothing, but she's still so cute!); not too scary-suspenseful; lots of Strategery! None of it over-scripted, and all of it in the dark, in the snow. Yay, winter!
Heh, an appropriate pic from my childhood:
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It's the posture being taken in schools and colleges in response to and preparation for Columbine- and Dekalb-style mass murder attempts.
What do the two have in common? Preparing younger children in an uncontrollable world.
To some, "To put that expectation on young, emotional, scared, frightened children is really a slippery slope," says Kenneth Trump, the president of National School Safety and Security Services. "It has a high risk and higher probability of escalating a situation than it would to neutralize the situation."
Frankly, my kids wouldn't need anyone besides me to teach them this: Be aware of your surroundings, look for protection options (escape, blockade, hiding places) and weapon options, and remember that when your life is threatened by knife or gun, no option is off the table including any sort of first-strike opportunity.
But my kids' lives may depend on other kids knowing their options, too.
Why be afraid to teach them? What's the worst that could happen - they freeze in someone's gunsights? They have anxiety that this could happen to them? Sadly, these are realities without the schools stepping in. Give the kids options.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I'm not surprised by Blagojevich at all. But what about the Obama flak who listened to Blago without saying, "You know what you're doing is illegal." And passing it on to the athoriTIs.
Change, Obama, means not letting this scum grow in your shadow if you know about it. And your people clearly did.
And I'm not looking for a cheap Repub pile-on here - I'd really like Obama to be a great President in whose footsteps few can follow.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Being that it's also in Pemiscot County, it's no exageration to say you shouldn't do anything that might earn you a moving violation if your plates are not Missouri plates.