This was my brother’s Facebook status update. hahahahahahahahaha This is SO my nephew!!
"Jessica, Cody and I had a water gun/water balloon war today with our kids and the neighborhood kids. Later on one of the kids told me Alec pee’d on her big brother. Alec told me this was true, so I asked him why he did that… he said (with his head down) "i was out of ammo"….LOL! You can’t get much more resourceful than that."
This is not a letter of political stance; this is not a letter of admonishment; this is a letter of implore. As the tenth anniversary of September 11th approaches, I am left wondering what the heck happened to America.
I remember that day, as most of you do, very vividly. I was getting ready for work, turned on Good Day Sacramento, and they were talking about the first tower having been hit. I sat watching trying to figure out what movie they were discussing. Suddenly, the realization struck me, and it struck hard. America had been encroached upon and was being, as it appeared, destroyed. I watched as people jumped out of windows to their instant death. I watched as people, with horrified faces and fresh tears running down their dirty cheeks, tried to flee ground zero. I remember the debris flying around and sticking to their bloody and battered bodies. I remember the pain, confusion, and finally anger of that fateful day.
I was absolutely perplexed. I did not fully understand what exactly was happening. My thoughts went immediately to my two year old son: Do we stay home? Do I take him to day care and do I go to work? My thoughts then went just beyond my son: Oh my gosh, mom, Michele, Mary (and so many other members of my family) work in downtown (Sacramento) are they ok? Are all major cities going to be hit? What am I supposed to do now?
Immediately, the entire nation came together. It was absolutely inspiring. People had placed flags on their vehicles and their homes. People were helping one another. People actually cared for another. Men and women were signing up left and right to join the military because no one, NO ONE, was going to hit our country and get away with it. America actually, truly looked like the UNITED States of America, for probably the first time since our independence as our own nation was obtained.
Even corporations got behind the American people. The automobile industry was offering 0% financing, this was a first. There was a real united connection between the government, corporate America, and the people of America. We all had one goal: To let those that infiltrated our country know that they may have injured America, but they did not, and will not, kill us. UNITED WE STAND!
Flash forward ten years to today. What the heck happened? There is no unity, no connection, no general neighborly love and care. The American flags are tattered or are completely gone from everyday view. The nation has become divided between those that don’t feel we should be in war and those that do believe we should be in war. Attention has been forced away from ground zero, attention is now focused on things that, quite frankly, are not as important as making sure that our country, our people, is protected.
People of America, can’t we stand united again? Can we please come back together and take a stance against those that wish us harm and dream of our destruction? Whether or not you believe we should continue the war, don’t you at least believe that we should make it known that we won’t tolerate being messed with again? The old military strategy, divide and conquer, holds a lot of possibility. Is that what Americans want? Do we really want to stay divided so that “they’’ can conquer us? Come on America! Let UNITED WE STAND ring true!
Let’s once again show that we are THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!
On campus again, I went to get breakfast. I settled on a bagel and a water. I warmed the bagel, spread the cream cheese, grabbed my water, and headed to the checkout. I’m searching my bag frantically and cannot find my wallet!
I look at the employee and I say “What do I do? I’ve already put cream cheese on it!”
She says that I can leave it by her register and go get my wallet. I had to go all the way back to my car carrying my oh-so-heavy bag and, of course, my wallet was right there on my front seat.
I trek back and the same employee was there and I was able to pay for my breakfast.
Of course, this whole debacle caused me to forget about offering to pay for the coffee that I had previously accidentally stolen.
I was at school and was in desperate need of coffee. My head was POUNDING from the lack of caffeine (I will freely admit that I’m an addict)! I go the cafeteria on campus, and find the coffee. It was empty. I find an employee and she showed me where more coffee was located. I had to find her again because I found sugar but not the creamer. She showed me where that was. I ended up talking with someone else that was there and proceeded to walk right on out of the cafeteria completely forgetting to pay for my coffee! :(
I still need to get back there so I can pay; I feel badly about it.
“Parents are apt to see no injustice in the fact that they are often annoyed with their offspring for possessing attributes, both of character and appearance, with which they themselves have endowed them.”—The Rosary by Florence L. Barclay
I live in a somewhat small town so I tend to see the same vehicles when I’m out driving around. There was a car that caught my eye one day. The guy driving looked to be in his early 20s and had his “I’m such a tough guy” music playing.
He pulls ahead of me in the next lane and his back window says . . . “Nor Cal Princess.”
The Great Awakening! Or, Am I too Reliant on my Cell Phone?
My friend had tickets to for us to see the Friends With Benefits premier starring Mila Kunis and hottie Justin Timberlake. The night (which was to be a relaxed evening out for just us girls), as well as the movie, ended up having us laughing all night.
Angela arrives at my house and then we get into my car so that I can drive us downtown. On our way there I grab a Chapstick (cherry flavor, if you care) from the armrest of my door. I’m a Chapstick addict and I’ve become quite adept at removing the cap, applying the Chaptick, and then recapping it with only one hand. Anyway, I remove the cap with my left hand (I’m so good at this that I can do this with my left hand even though I am right handed) and the Chapstick, which had melted in the summer heat, spilled out of the container and all over my jean shorts. I had to pull over and I was able to remove the wax from my shorts and because they were denim, it was difficult to see any remnants of the wax so we continued on our merry way to the theater.
We finally arrive and we are standing in line waiting for them to allow us into the theater. This is when the hired security guys tell everyone that we either have to leave our cell phones in our car or else they will provide us with bags and ticket numbers in order to retrieve them after the movie.
This was a new thing for me. Although I understand that they don’t want people recording or taking pictures of the movie, I was not happy that I wouldn’t have my phone on me. I have children and I prefer that I’m always accessible to them. But, I’m a compliant person so I run my and Angela’s phones to my car.
Upon my return they began to allow us into the theater. We go up the stairs and this is when we see that they are doing a search with the metal detector wands. This is when Angela and I start to panic a little. Not because we had weapons on us, but because we couldn’t tell if they were searching purses.
Ummm… I’ll just add here that we did not have sodas and candy hidden in my purse that we had not purchased at Target prior to arriving instead of at the theater.
It is finally our turn to be searched and… whew! They did not search my bag, if they had, it would have been ok because I was not carrying foods purchased from outside the theater.
We sit down and, totally out of habit, I reached into my purse to get my phone because I was going to check-in to Facebook and tag Angela. Ugh!!
So, now Angela and I started talking! Yea, real talking! Not texting or Facebooking! At one point during our conversation I tried to look at my phone again so that I could look at the calendar. Ugh, again!!
There were a couple of ladies sitting in front of us that were wondering what time it was and were commenting on the fact that since they didn’t have their phones they were at a loss as to the time. How many of us still wear watches?
This experience kind of made me more aware of how reliant I am on my phone for all kinds of things. It is one of my social outlets, calendar, address book, access to the internet, watch, to-do list, dictionary and thesaurus, camera, gaming system, notepad, and oh yea, it is also my phone!
Is this a bad thing or a good thing?
I think it’s both. I have everything I need in one compact source, my iPhone. However, this has also made me less apt to try to remember things. Waaaayyyy back when, a loooooong time ago, before cell phones and **gasp** before cordless phones even, we actually had to remember people’s phone numbers! A lot of people maintained phone books, but because we had to actually dial each number of all seven, we tended to memorize phone numbers, and all kinds of other information. I know right! Kind of an amazing ability isn’t it. ;)
I do think that that the advancement of technology has made us all smarter, and dumber.
So, I was able to obtain the first season of Fringe for only $19.00 (thanks to a sale and an amazing app on my iPhone), and the second season for only $22.00, both from Barnes and Noble. Season three comes out real soon and I cannot wait to get it because I missed the entire season. :(
Yea I know, no amazingly profound thoughts in this posting. lol I’m just a Fringe geek, that’s all.
Eddie Morra:[voice over] That was me not so long ago What kind of guy without a drug or alcohol problem looks this way? Only a writer. Strangely enough, nobody believed that I actually had a book contract.
Hmm… I found it ironic that root beer floats would be served at a meeting for diabetic children. I will admit that I’m not fully aware of the dietary requirements for this type of thing, but it still struck me funny when I read it. What do you think?
This clip is from the Appeal-Democrat. Unfortunately, I have forgotten which day and section, etc.
Ok, so like today at the college, I saw a younger guy wearing jeans that were cut off above the knee.
So, guys, seriously now, is this a new style for you?
I must admit that I’d prefer to see a guy wearing cut off shorts above the knee rather than sagging so badly that your butt is hanging out and you have to walk weird because you are trying to keep your pants up. That sagging look has got to go … like now, please!!