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Okay, it seems to me that when I kept raising my debt limits and not increasing my income, I ended up ass-over-ears in really deep shit. Just sayin'.

It's the most wonderful time of the year -- Shark Week!

I can't remember the last time it got this hot in late July/early August. Yes, this is normally our hot/muggy/monsoony time of year, but it's not usually accompanied by the 113+ degree temperatures, which are more normal in the drier weeks of mid-to-late June. I took Bo out for his walk this evening; the sun was already pretty much down and it was so hot I couldn't really give him the kind of walk he should have (about a half-mile or so, rather than a full mile or more) -- at least he, too, is apparently collapsed from heat and isn't agitating for more. There was apparently a rather sizable fire in the condos across the street from us -- at least four or five trucks, the fire chief, and every local news station were all over there.

A strange thing I've noted since starting to go in for the early shift, and that is a surprisingly large number of people who hang out on street corners smoking at 4:30 in the morning.

We're working overtime again, so I put in an hour and a half this afternoon and still made it to the gym. I may have to skip the workout tomorrow, though, 'cause I have some things I need to do I didn't do this weekend.

And while I haven't quite finished Nightwalker, I continue to make progress. Haven't started fixing Ring of Fire, but have started thinking about scenes from the sequel, which has been boiling away in my head for a long while now. (Some of it has been written, but I got stalled with other things.)

Who would have ever guessed we'd actually yearn for the days of Geo. H.W. Bush?


Me, before the weight loss (at around 240, I think):



My trusty cohorts:




I'm not quite as pissed at Obama as some folks are for being a total wuss and caving to the Tea Party, but lord, I ain't happy about it. I really want to know why it is those extremist freaks are running everything these days? (I've just started reading American Eve, which is the story of Evelyn Nesbit -- and the story of the excesses of the turn of the last century--the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer--and what it eventually led to, hammers home again just how little people learn from history.)

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sillymagpie
Aug. 3rd, 2011 04:15 am (UTC)
Damn Sultriness
It's sultry. ;-)

I'm having the same experience reading Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned. What fried my bacon was discovering that "trickle down theory" dates to the 1800s--and didn't work then. ARGH.

George H. W. Bush wasn't a bad president. He was an average president who now looks good because his son set the bar so low.
wildrider
Aug. 3rd, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Re: Damn Sultriness
All the damned sultriness!

It is astounding how similar things are now, just the names have changed from Rockefeller, Hurst, Pulitzer, and Carnegie to Murdoch, Gates, and Forbes (although in fairness to today's billionaires, there's actually some of them who would actually be willing to be taxed heavily for the good of others). It's like watching someone build a house of cards and waiting to see what will topple it...
shipperx
Aug. 3rd, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
They're in charge because it's impossible to negotiate with extremist assholes who actually WANT to shoot the hostage in the head.

If both sides were actually interested in not destroying the economy, maybe it would be possible to negotiate. But when one side not only ideologically believes in it, but also thinks that it's to their political advantage to tank the economy... it's really, really damn difficult to appeal to them to not do the insane thing.
wildrider
Aug. 3rd, 2011 04:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, good point. The fact that more and more polls show the Tea Party is a frighteningly small minority probably won't change anything (certainly not in time to keep the entire country from sliding into another recession -- if not worse).

There isn't a single economist I've read who thinks it's a good idea to cut federal spending and cut taxes now.
ljs
Aug. 3rd, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
The only thing I can say -- because I am horrified too -- is that I've seen significant discussion noting that the cuts are all back-loaded, ie. there won't be much cutting right now, and the Bush Tax Cuts will expire.
shipperx
Aug. 3rd, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
There's that and the fact that the budget after a few years is mostly fiction. They can pass a new budget in 2012 or 2013 and it negates this one. Of course, it would help it we pared down the number of nihilist lunatics between now and then.
wildrider
Aug. 4th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
We can hope. Was reading an economist who points out how BAD for the economy this much federal cutting is -- depressing!

But -- that said, "we persevere," right?!

nutmeg3
Aug. 3rd, 2011 04:53 am (UTC)
I can't even bear to think about the insane and embarrassing state of politics in this country. I'm just glad I'm old and will die before it gets too much worse.
wildrider
Aug. 3rd, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
Well, now, I hope to outlive THEM, anyway!

I just hope it's still recognizably America when I go.

ljs
Aug. 3rd, 2011 11:03 am (UTC)
Hugs and yay for standin' on a corner in Winslow Arizona.
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