Friday, September 28, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I read an article about our local school district and the removal of the school band program. It is not the reason that normally everyone thinks of - lac of money - but lack of participation. That is a real shame. Not only is music an happy part of the students life, it is important to the well being of a student. People often don't believe that music lends anything to young people but aside from the ability to help with stress and improve their self-esteem, the study of music especially at young grades, helps the brain understand math and science concepts.
There have been many studies that show there is a direct relation with music and math, and with the emphasis in getting more scientists and math people, music can play an important part. It is really sad that the reason is not enough interest on the student's part. That says something about the environment at home and in their social circles. I thought with the popularity of the TV show, Glee, that music would have a lot of intersest, but maybe that interest is singing and acting.
I hope that this trend doesn't continue. Music is said to soothe the savage beast, and it also helps out the unruly student too. A world without music would be a ver dull world indeed.
Monday, September 24, 2012
We are better off than we were 4 years ago; housing starts are up, the employment figures are up (albeit not as much as they should be). Heck even the market is up. Obama did a good job with the mess he was left with and a congress which was the most divisive in history. Furthermore, I don't want a president in office who only cares about half of this country. I don't one who flips on all the issues that are important to me. I just can't vote for someone like that.
Maybe that's what really offends me. That these people are really willing to have a person in office who would totally turn things upside down and remove the things that we have fought so hard to implement. But then again that's what makes this country great. The mere fact we can have a person like that run for office in the first place. I just hope he doesn't win.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I took another pill late Monday and Tuesday morning I woke up feeling considerably better. Now, I am not the type to run to the doctor's for antibiotics every time I get sick in fact I hate taking medicine but I knew what I had and how to fix it. My voice was still scratchy and my head was still congested when I went to work Tuesday. After work, I stopped by and got oil of Eucalyptus and did a hot pot of water along with some peppermint from my garden and put my head over that with a towel to concentrate the fumes breathing deeply. Within hours my congestion was much better,and my phlegm was pale yellow and much thinner. Obviously things are going along in a good direction.
My manager was quite adamant that I was to take a full course of antibiotics, but frankly I think that doctors are in bed with the pharmaceutical companies and taking all those pills is just a way to take more of the product. There are a number of natural ways out there to supplement man-made drugs and doing what I did, I believe, gave my system a bump and then forced it to take over on its own. Also I firmly believe that when taking antibiotics one eat yogurt and I had a healthy bowl Tuesday morning. As a disclaimer, I am no expert, I do what I do for me and let you know what works, but just maybe it could work for you.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I think the law itself is offensive, not the commercial. It is offensive that a law which causes the taxpayers over $10 million to fix a problem that doesn't exists. It should really be called what it is; voter suppression. There has been no case of voter fraud in this state ever. There have only been about 4 cases of voter fraud in the entire country. This is only to make sure that the people who voted for Obama last year will not be able to vote this year. Look at the numbers. The amount of people affected is about 760,000 which is about the same as the number McCain lost PA. Coincidence? I think not.
So you be the judge, is the commercial offensive, or it just the law.
Friday, September 7, 2012
The last night of the convention is over. The excitment in the arena last night after Obama spoke was at an all time high after he finished speaking, and we were all "fired up and ready to go". The evening's activities were really special with the Foo Fighters, James Taylor, Mary J Blige, along with a host of celebrities and famous people. The greatest quote was from Jennifer Granholm who said "in Mitt Romney's world, the cars get the elevator and the workers get the shaft!" The place went wild and the rest of what she was saying was lost in the shouting.
As usual, I got in at almost 3am. During this week, I generally averaged three or four hours of sleep due to all the activites thay were going on. One of the other women I met said that we really only got naps instead of a restful sleep. I suppose that is generally how a convention goes, but these old bones aren't used to it. It will probably take a few days for my body to get back to normal. All in all it was a most incredible experience.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Last night, President Clinton laid out a clear case for re-nominating and reelecting President Obama and Vice President Biden. He spelled out very plainly that President Obama has plans for moving America forward. The excitement in the arena was palpable, and you could hear a pin drop while he was speaking. What a speech! Throughout the evening Democratic leader after Democratic leader spoke about the contrasts in how the other side had no new ideas or policies to help the middle class. If you had an opportunity to watch the speech, or any of the coverage you may have heard that Clinton won it. The bus driver for the Delegates this morning was quite emphatic that the speech laid it out in plain English and if no one understood that, they were a fool.
The house went crazy when President Obama came out to thank Clinton for his words. I had left my seat to go to the ladies room and to quickly put a few more bars on my phone charge and I was not allowed to get back to my seat when I came in. I was not able to see Clinton from my regular vantage point, but it didn't matter. One could feel the vibe even at the top of the section where I was standing. It was electrifying and certainly set the stage for tonight's proceedings.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The proceedings in the arena last night were very exciting for a political person like me. Seeing people like Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, for example is equvilant to the average person seeing a news celebrity, and the arena was filled with others who felt the same. These people are the rock stars in the political world. There was a growing excitement in the place as the evening wore on. When Michelle Obama spoke the place erupted despite the fact that the delegates and guests had been sitting there for more than 5 hours.
This morning I am a little bleary eyed due to the lack of sleep, and my throat a little raw from the shouting. The excitement is building daily as we get closer to the President's speech on Thursday. I expect more of the same tonight.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Part of being at a convention is attending lots of parties. The Democratic National Convention is no different. On the fist night of our stay in Charlotte they held a Welcome Event at a really cool place called the Uptown Mint Musuem. When I first saw the information about it, I thought it was a museum about money, which would have been really interesting. But it was mostly modern art, most of what I saw was really beautiful stuff. The building is very modern, as is most of downtown Charlotte. And the party was held in the main exhibit hall, for lack of a better word. The picture is from the second level, of four, that looks over that hall. On the fifth floor is an outdoor deck which provided a great view of downtown.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Built in 1895, or rather completed then, was the "pleasure house" of George Vanderbuilt. The house sits on 8000 acres and it run by a decsendant. The house was opened to the public in 1930 due to a way to increase tourism during the Depression. The cost of admission for a self guided tour of the house and gardens also allows a visit to the winery and the farms. We didn't have time to go to those places but went through the house and most of the gardens. It is probably the most spectacular house I have ever been to. Walking through, I can imagine being a guest staying in one of the 33 guest rooms. There are 44 rooms on the tour and things are laid out very well to allow people to go through efficiently. If you are in the area I strongly recommend you visit.
So as we came through the tunnel, we came upon many "vacancy" signs. We stopped at the Blue Ridge Motel and they had a room. It was okay despite the fact it was a non-smoking room and stunk. The bed was comfortable, it seemed clean, and the air conditioning worked. Not quite the Ritz, and not really a flea bag, but it will do.
We went over to the local supermarket, Ingles and got fried chicken, black eyed peas, and some frankfurter concoction that I didn't eat. So far for me sticking to a more vegetarian grub. Anyway, that and a six pack of beer was only $10. So much better than going to a restaurant for dinner after spending almost $50 for lunch.
So off to the Biltmore we go. Later.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Stopped by my old college on the way down south. We were headed to see the C&O Canal Trailhead because at some point we would like to bike from Pittsburgh to DC in the Allegheny Trail and thougth it might be neat to see the end point. It was not that spectacular, but we ended up in Georgetown and I thougth since we were in the area we might as well. My memory was pretty good as we rounded the corner from M St and I was able to find the school just by landmarks. The college, Mount Vernon Junior College has been taken over by George Washington University now so that sign was at the entrance. There are a lot of new buildings which one would expect after such a long time. It was pretty neat to see.
I am headed off to the Democratic National Convention. Yes, I am a delegate and I am very excited about it. I have never been to one of these coventions before so this is a new experience for me. This morning I headed out quite early because even though we are not due to be there until tomorrow, we are going down by car because I need to save a little money, and we are seeing some things on the way down to kind of break up the 10 hour drive.
Also new for me is the use of technology on the road. I am using my Samsung 10.1 tablet as I am going down the road blogging this. Don't worry I am not driving! I have a new, mobile hotspot which allows me to have Internet access away from my home network. I decided to go this route because the laptop can be used with it too. I made some changes to my Verizon plan adding the hotspot and ended up saving about $30 a month in the process. It is kind of weired for me going down the road being connected like this. Of course I can blog on my phone too, but it is easier for me to type on the tablet. So bear with me while I get used to this new way of doing things.
The one new technology that didn't work was my old GPS unit. I had thought of using that instaed of my phone because if the long drive, but when I plugged it in when we got in the car it wouldn't boot. Fortunately I had thought enough ahead to print out the directions. So sometimes the old ways work. I can always use my phone if we get lost for the short run. I also got an inverter so that I can charge up my laptop in the car. The guy at the store said it could not really take a hesvy load but that the laptop would be okay. We'll see how all this stuff works.
So keep reading as I blog from this event. I hope you enjoy it too.