know it's been a long time, but can I just say it is a real pleasure when new work comes in from past clients that seemed to have finished what needed to be done, and then thought, well, maybe he could do this too (even though it wasn't the same as the other) or someone that arrives by word of mouth ("try and hear if it is something he can do, I think you'll be happy in the end").
Satisfaction. The ultimate satisfaction, I think.
It may sound strange, but after all the latest news reports, I am sort of glad we are not all travelling home as a family for the holidays this year, as with a wife and two kids, it would seem all too probable that one of them would be singled out as a probable terrorism suspect (most likely my sweet teenager) and mistreated and I would end up at Guantanamo for reacting lika any decent father when their daughter was being mistreated and threatened.
If everyone laughed at the references to a "mamma grizzly" defending her young in recently passed political campaigns, well you probably just never heard the stories about pappa bear grizzly, since there haven't been survivors to sing the folk songs...
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
Thanksgiving holidays in the White House: A fowl week for President Obama. He's gotta pardon a turkey, deal with a lame duck Congress, eat crow, and dolcis in fondo, China flipped him the bird over currency.
What is it they say about rats being the first to realize the ship is going to sink and trying to save themselves first? The Chicago Suntimes had an article discussing the eligibility of Rahm Emanuel which uses as one of its closing points in favor of a possible Emanuel candidacy a quote:
"If you are a registered voter and continue to vote from your residence, you establish what we consider the intent to be a resident of the city of Chicago," Chicago Election Board Chairman Langdon Neal told CBS2Chicago.
No surprise for people in Chicago, where the Graceland Cemetery has long been one of the most faithfully 100% Democrat Precincts, as the long term residents of the Cemetery continue to express their unambiguous intent election after election after election, all, clearly, from the afterlife.
[music maestro...] in 1787, you know our founding Fathers did agree...
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth. In Witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names
Two hundred thirty three years have passed. Unfortunately at the rate things are going, there will be much less future to cling to... Re-reading the whole thing, thinking about what it really means, doesn't actually hurt. . The linked site actually has a number of notes, such as one for the preamble which help describe a number of contextual situations which explain specific word choices which today may seem "strange", or even not "politically correct".
Good reading all... at least for those that are truly interested in reading and learning.
And he [Jeff Carter, CDO of Biometrics R&D firm Global Rainmakers Inc.] has a warning for those thinking of opting out: "When you get masses of people opting-in, opting out does not help. Opting out actually puts more of a flag on you than just being part of the system. We believe everyone will opt-in."
"Does not help" whom? Please Sarah Connor, marry a Mormon and be fertile for all of our sakes.
Another essential point raised in humankind's quest for human liberty and betterment of the race is: "consumers will no longer be carded at bars and liquor stores"; to which I question, though, if an entire generation of young people is robbed of the creative challenge and stimulus of making fake IDs to get into Wisconsin college bars just across the border, will there ever be another reason worthy of living into your twenties?
As the article's author, Austin Carr, puts it in conclusion... "Goodbye 2010. Hello 1984."
So, I just discovered that my most favoritest preferentially all time number one cartoonist, Bill Watterson, author, artist and philosopher extraordinaireand creator of the "Calvin and Hobbes" cartoon, is from "Chagrin Falls", a name which I recognized upon sight, as being very close to one of the places I know by heart (memory, soul and spirit), Chesterland. I'm pretty sure, as a teenager, I went to see more than a few of my Uncles' away softball games there, as well as having more than a few construction jobs that way out, which was one of the "nice areas" where we'd do concrete pool decks, and such...
They were the only cartoon books I think I own, to be honest... except maybe for an old 1960s Dennis the Menace I scraped up out of an old garage sale basket out of nostalgia. But the C&H books I actually asked for as special occasion gifts (b-day or Christmas, who remembers now...) but something that I have treasured and re-enjoyed throughout the years...
The only bad part is all those little Disney characters singing background right now in my subconscious...
So we're sitting there in bed, not ready to get up, and the Lil'One comes out with "Daddy, what's the 9163 for?"
Since we we had just been reading the electronic alarm clock, where the digital squared off "0" (to be honest, the cross-stick in the middle is always a tiny bit visible) got confused with an "8", leading to it being 9:87 in the morning, it takes me a minute to realize she's talking about the numbers on the commemorative "Illinois license plate" with a photo of "The One" on one side and PBO down the other which wife purchased just after the election during the craze of "memorabilia" that was sold here at the news stands, and which is still proudly displayed above her dresser.
...that's just a number for the license plate "e cos'è un 'license plate' Daddy?" (what is a license plate?) ...it's the "targa" that they put on the back of a car, so everyone has a different number, it's just a number, it doesn't mean anything special
"And what does 'PBO' spell Daddy?" ... no, that is President Barack Obama... PPP...resident BBB...arack OOO...bama "Ah...(oh the thrills of young enlightenment!), sono iniziali... (they're initials) come B per Banana, e O per Oca (Goose)"
Sometimes you just have to have Faith that they will learn the right lessons in life, and smile when you realize they are managing well on their own...