History in the Making

Monday, June 30, 2008 | 0 Comments

I'm an independent voter that tends to vote Democrat. Although I have not had a real preference between the two Democratic presidential hopefuls(Hilary and Barack), in the last few week before the end of the primaries, I had been leaning toward Barack.

Now I have always liked Hillary. I truly feel that she was a partner president during Bill's terms -- if not actually running the whole show! And I really feel like the country was well run during the Clinton Era. I personally experienced plentiful, good paying jobs with great benefits at a time in which I had little work experience. I felt that the country was actually the most responsible that it has ever been in my life, and I really appreciated that. I feel that we need to wake up to the fact that the world isn't as big as it used to be, and we need to keep good relations with our neighbors even if we don't see eye-to-eye. We all need the resources of the earth, and future generations do too, so we should be looking at the big picture, not just the here-and-now. And I felt that both of these were being addressed in the 90s. (Yay for us!)

Then came the Eight Years of Devastation. Although I really feel that Hilary has a resume full of getting-things-donedness, I felt, in the end, that she might be a hard sell. She's not always easy to understand, she has made a few big mistakes in her career that make me uneasy (voting for the Patriot Act and voting to go to war in Iraq), and , frankly, she can come off as insincere. But probably her hardest obstacle to overcome is really the big downfall of the Democratic Party in general-- they tell you how honestly crappy things are but don't really make you feel that something can be done about it, so what is the point? Of course, people like me know that even the answers they give to the problems can be depressing, but with a little perseverance by everyone, those answers will get us where we need to be. To most other people, it just sounds like someone pissing on their personal feel-good parade.

Barack, however, has a great way of letting people know that things need to change while remaining positive. He has a special skill that allows him to reach people with the truth in a gentle way that doesn't send them running to their bunkers or shouting "Nay-sayer! You just hate America!" He has a comforting way about him that makes you feel that he has control over the situation and everything will be all right. He has an easy sense of humor that isn't high or low brow. And although he is very articulate speaker that doesn't dumb things down, you can actually understand what the hell he's saying!

Although I do think that Barack does make a more reasonable candidate for the Democrats, I actually would have been satisfied with either one; because having either one of them as the Democratic presidential candidate shows that at least a lot of this country is ready for change. Change that I wasn't sure that I would see in my lifetime. This primary has got to be one of the largest leaps in abolishing inequality in this country. And that is a win for everyone.


Myjetstream said...

well, my personal liking is for hillary.

Shamus O'Drunkahan said...

We're in quite a hole - I hope whoever gets elected can actually make changes.

Sylvana said...

myjetstream, as long as we don't have to deal with G.W. or his like!

Shamus, it was nice to see you come out of hibernation!
We are in a depressively massive hole. But I have hope.


Saturday, June 21, 2008 | 0 Comments


Lyvvie said...

Is that a Wiener-mini? Holy Hell! I still have that song stuck in my head "I wish I was an Oscar Mayer wiener. that's what I truly want to be. Because if I was an Oscar Mayer wiener, then everyone would be in love with me."

Sylvana said...

Lyvvie, I thought of you when I saw them. The mini is a Mini Cooper with a hot dog added to the top. I want one!

Michael Manning said...

A MINI!!!!!!

Sylvana said...

Michael, did you see that the license plate says "LTL LINK"?

Shannon said...

ROFL. I needed that.

Sylvana said...

Shannon, these could cheer up just about any day!! And that yellow is my favorite yellow

SierraBella said...

Now that's a great alternative to a limo ride!
Imagine arriving at your wedding...

Sylvana said...

Sierrabella, that would be awesome!!!

Myjetstream said...

thats awesome and its beautifully designed.


Sunday, June 08, 2008 | 0 Comments

Both my travel applications were approved!!*

And SSB fixed the power jack on my computer!**

What a freakin' fanatastic day!

*See previous post

**My computer has been non-functional since well into 2007 due to a broken power jack, which was part of what corrupted the hard drive. Everything seems to be back on track thanks to the skills SSB learned in his networking program.


SierraBella said...

Sounds like a wonderful day!
Can't wait until you return from your trip and let us in on the "world famous historical site."

Sylvana said...

I, of course, will bring back TONS of pictures!! Last time I went to Scotland/Ireland/Iceland I brought home over 3500 pictures!

Myjetstream said...

sylvana, 3500 pics.... you have a lot of material to cherish of, in your future!

Jellin' Like Magellan

Thursday, June 05, 2008 | 0 Comments

We finally chose an itinerary from the 20+ that I had worked up in the spread sheet -- yep, I'm so nerdy.
Now I can finally start filling in the blanks. I have sent out a couple of applications for special events while we are there. One was for lodging at a castle/palace just outside of Edinburgh. One was for special entrance into a world famous historical site -- their application frowned upon "advertising" our visit publicly, and until I figure out exactly what that means, you will have to guess.

We will be spending 4-1/2 days in Iceland. Then we will fly to Scotland and travel for two weeks. Then we will go to Ireland for a couple days. Ferry to Wales, bus to England then fly home. I can't wait!! 2 more months.

And my garden looks the best that it has ever looked. It looks like it did in my head before I even planted the first plant. At least a few times a week people will call to me from the street to let me know how much they appreciate the garden. And I have actually had people knock on the front door to request access to the garden so they could take pictures or just get a closer look at things. I'm thinking next year I might want to see about getting on a garden tour.

Things are definitely coming together.


Shannon said...

Oooh! I'm so excited for your trip too. I almost feel like I'm the one going on vacation!

BTW- I haven't read your garden blog in a while, but I just checked it out. I'm impressed!

Sylvana said...

Shannon, oh, thanks! I'm really excited about the garden. Although I have many passions, I think it is safe to say that gardening is one of my greatest.