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  1. Winston's Avatar
    With age comes wisdom.
    Many "younger" folk haven't been mugged by reality yet. Bright-eyed and full of hope (and arrogance), they think they can charge out into the world and fix 6,000 years of injustice. It's actually fun to watch. Sometimes, I grab a bag of popcorn, and Kleenex. I often laugh so hard that I cry.
    Oh, we can dive into that very, very deep pool of recent political attempts by "smart" people to solve all the world's problems. It's a bi-partisan pooch-screw.
    Two quotes come to mind. On is from Hippocrates, the other is from Ronald Reagan.
  2. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin
    What is it?!
    'Breaking bad'! Lady of the night...professional gambler, Hitman! -woman!! Ehmm..stuffing envelopes, lift, uber, selling tamales on the street... Ok, I give up.
    Kevin, I have considered many of these so-called professions- particularly stuffing envelopes and hitwomen. I am too old now to be a lady of the night and I don't know much about science...
    Thanks for a good laugh anyway.
  3. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Winston
    My wife works as a "para-educator", working with physically, mentally and emotionally disabled kids. And the parents. Yeah, we know the "unpleasantness". My son's learning Spanish, so if you're going back, the phrase is !Buenas Surete!
    As far as extra money, she haunts garage and estate sales as well as thrift shops, and re-sells on eBay. There's a learning curve, but once you get it, it's a nice secondary income. Just save / make time to write.
    We've talked about this in the past. Your wife sounds like a great lady! I work .2 as a pre-k special educator and I have worked as a para. It's a great job, as long as you like it. My big concern is I don't want to go back to the stress of it. I like working in the public for a bit, but I need to fill my time with another way to make money.
  4. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bdcharles
    What's the alternative opportunity?
    There is a possibility I can teach Pre-K out of my house. I have to find anywhere between 3-6 students. I meet with a non-profit organization that helps startups market their business. So I have some homework to do and see where it goes.

    It'll be a bit of a process but its no harder than starting the daycare I run through my house.
  5. Kevin's Avatar
    What is it?!
    'Breaking bad'! Lady of the night...professional gambler, Hitman! -woman!! Ehmm..stuffing envelopes, lift, uber, selling tamales on the street... Ok, I give up.
  6. bdcharles's Avatar
    What's the alternative opportunity?
  7. Winston's Avatar
    ..but schools can be unpleasant places. I was told to put on my big girl pants and suck it up and go back. BUT maybe I have an alternative opportunity to make ok money at doing something different.
    My wife works as a "para-educator", working with physically, mentally and emotionally disabled kids. And the parents. Yeah, we know the "unpleasantness". My son's learning Spanish, so if you're going back, the phrase is !Buenas Surete!
    As far as extra money, she haunts garage and estate sales as well as thrift shops, and re-sells on eBay. There's a learning curve, but once you get it, it's a nice secondary income. Just save / make time to write.
  8. Neetu's Avatar
    Tina, I live in Pennsylvania, USA. It is very difficult not to feel upset. I worry about not just us, but also our children who live in such uncertain times, such a hostile and violent climate, such reckless disregard to the very fundamentals of human existence and dignity, and where all this taking them in the future. Do they even have a future? I don't know.
    I am originally from India but have lived in Europe for several years (Austria and England), in Canada, and for the past 23 years in the US.
    You can bet I will vote!

    Quote Originally Posted by tinacrabapple
    I try to stay away from politics as well, but it is hard to avoid feeling upset. It feels like a dark time right now in American politics. It's good right now to read European papers to expand ones political point of view. We go to the polls on Tuesday for mid-term elections, unless you have already voted. Even with all the get out to vote rallying, it still feels like- What's the point? You have to do more than vote, but educate yourself about what the candidates stand for.

    Neetu, I thought you were from another country. If you don't mind telling me, where do you live?
  9. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    I try to stay away from politics as well, but it is hard to avoid feeling upset. It feels like a dark time right now in American politics. It's good right now to read European papers to expand ones political point of view. We go to the polls on Tuesday for mid-term elections, unless you have already voted. Even with all the get out to vote rallying, it still feels like- What's the point? You have to do more than vote, but educate yourself about what the candidates stand for.

    Neetu, I thought you were from another country. If you don't mind telling me, where do you live?
  10. Neetu's Avatar
    Oh, I think I replied in the wrong box! I'm sorry.


    Quote Originally Posted by Neetu
    I stay away from politics and do not normally comment on anything related to it. However, I am disgusted, too, but perhaps for different reasons.
    The Supreme Court is the highest court in the country and deserves only the finest character in its judges and non-partisan approach to resolving constitutional dilemmas and divisions. It is, or should be, about interpreting laws that rise above all politics and political agenda and parties or individuals. It is a tough job, requiring great objective thinking, rationality, calmness in crisis, strength of personal character, ability to see beyond one's personal beliefs, and excellent judgement, among several other things.
    This appointment is for life and requires the most upstanding and honest character. Our country depends on it. Everyone of us. Not just those who voted Republican or those who voted Democrat or Independent. Every single one of us, man, woman and child.
    This appointment was a disaster as was the senate hearing. We will live to see its effects for generations to come.
  11. Neetu's Avatar
    I stay away from politics and do not normally comment on anything related to it. However, I am disgusted, too, but perhaps for different reasons.
    The Supreme Court is the highest court in the country and deserves only the finest character in its judges and non-partisan approach to resolving constitutional dilemmas and divisions. It is, or should be, about interpreting laws that rise above all politics and political agenda and parties or individuals. It is a tough job, requiring great objective thinking, rationality, calmness in crisis, strength of personal character, ability to see beyond one's personal beliefs, and excellent judgement, among several other things.
    This appointment is for life and requires the most upstanding and honest character. Our country depends on it. Everyone of us. Not just those who voted Republican or those who voted Democrat or Independent. Every single one of us, man, woman and child.
    This appointment was a disaster as was the senate hearing. We will live to see its effects for generations to come.



    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin
    You...you...YOU!!

    Ok, so how do you prove something like that? I mean, sounds like a he said she said. Things happen. Things happened when I was a kid. Creepy stuff. Not to me, but I knew about it. And people got away with it. And then you read about that woman... won a pullitzer for her study of false memory. When does that happen?! I don't know, but people went to prison, 300 of them, and then the DNA proved them innocent. So what do you know? You don't know. Anyway, that's what I think.
  12. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Winston
    There are no winners. But there are sleazy opportunists.
    You mentioned Feinstein, but the ones that got me were Booker and Harris. All those two care about is the path to the 2020 election. Dr. Ford was a useful instrument for them to bludgeon their opponents. I don't think any of them really give a rat's arse about Ford, Kavanagh or the justice process. All their care about is their political power.
    It's become so political now. It really is a kind of circus. Even the FBI report felt like it was just a kind of overture to appease the public. McConnell has the vote all lined up for tomorrow. I assume you probably vote along Republican lines? I tend to vote Democrat. There have been many examples of how bipartisan this has become when it should be about the Senate serving the American public by nominating a justice, who will serve impartially in a lifelong appointment.

    I have to say I agree with you about the opportunists.
  13. Underd0g's Avatar
    I would make a perfect Supreme Court nominee. I've never been in a fight or been aggressive toward a woman,
    but I've never been to college and I think that alone would disqualify me.
    I have done some cringeworthy things though. I just ate a handful of stale chocolate covered almond M&M's. They were awful.
  14. Winston's Avatar
    There are no winners. But there are sleazy opportunists.
    You mentioned Feinstein, but the ones that got me were Booker and Harris. All those two care about is the path to the 2020 election. Dr. Ford was a useful instrument for them to bludgeon their opponents. I don't think any of them really give a rat's arse about Ford, Kavanagh or the justice process. All their care about is their political power.
  15. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    I guess at least Dr. Ford got a chance to tell her story.
  16. Kevin's Avatar
    You...you...YOU!!

    Ok, so how do you prove something like that? I mean, sounds like a he said she said. Things happen. Things happened when I was a kid. Creepy stuff. Not to me, but I knew about it. And people got away with it. And then you read about that woman... won a pullitzer for her study of false memory. When does that happen?! I don't know, but people went to prison, 300 of them, and then the DNA proved them innocent. So what do you know? You don't know. Anyway, that's what I think.
  17. RhythmOvPain's Avatar
    IDK why no one replied. You misspelled "sour," but that line about the NJ turnpike made me chuckle.

    It's a very personal poem, and I feel genuine emotion coming from the author. The shift from the main love interest to the past lover is a little awkward, but it's a nice poem.

    Good use of punctuation.
  18. escorial's Avatar
    they........if i ever find them....
  19. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    Thanks for the focused perspective. Golden words!
  20. Winston's Avatar
    My wife made more than me when we went. Two kids and many years later, I'm the primary "bread winner".
    WE made that choice. It was hard on her, in many ways. But she made some close, life-long relationships with other stay-at-home moms. I'd play poker with the husbands, and we'd all have block parties and go camping. The primary beneficiary was all the neighborhood kids. They saw stable, healthy families that cared and took care of each other.
    Would 20 to 30k more in my wife's 401k help right now? Sure. But you have to keep focus on what's important.
    BTW: My wife works with "special needs" children. The skills she learned in the real world made her a more effective paraeducator than any academic training ever would.
    No, we don't (and never will) "have it all". But we have what matters. Just my perspective.
    Good luck.
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