Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ADVICE FROM A TEN YEAR OLD






















I went up to Sedona this last weekend. It was great fun and we were taking care of a friend's ten year old boy. What a kid! Now from what I understand from his mother, is that he has not done a lot in his life up to this point. After talking to him a while, you would never know that. He has an opinion just about everything and is quite the expert too. I took him on a hike up to the top of Cathedral Rock which by the way is one awesome hike! I'm an avid hiker, but to this kid, I know nothing! He told me how to move my feet, how to place them on the rocks, how to sit on my butt to slide down so I wouldn't fall to my death! Every time I would go a different path with success, he would look back and say "or you can do it that way too." Cracked me up, I have to say. He is scared to death of any flying insect, so when he encounters one he starts flailing his arms and screams and complains how he has never been stung by a bee. I tried to tell him that his reaction to bees and other flying bugs is a sure-fire way to get stung, but I don't think I could get through to him. It seems that ten year old boys have some inert knowledge that I'm completely unaware of. I laughed when I told his mother about our excursion and she said now you know why I'm completely exhausted all the time. Overall he is a good kid, and despite the fact that he can be annoying, he is intelligent, creative and possesses an incredible imagination. Who knows, without his expert advice, I may have never made off the rock although I suspect I would have.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE

As I look at the headlines lately it baffles me as to what extent the Republicans will go to block the Obama agenda on every issue. I always knew they were the party of liars, but they always manage to surprise me by taking it to another level. Of course the Democrats lie too but they also worry beyond their control about public opinion. I don't see that in the Republican party.
They seem to think that they don't need public support. Maybe they know something we don't. Did they forget how they lost the last election and numerous members of house and congress?
Apparently they either don't care or have decided to by-pass the American majority, at least in what the country wants as a whole. The irony is that they seem to have enough Dem's bucking the majority also for whatever reason (I suspect their own agenda or fruitless fears of not getting re-elected). What should have been a golden opportunity to accomplish all the things that were denied for over eight years has now become a futile plan filled with compromise and broken promises. Not exactly how the people who wanted real change envisioned things would turn out.