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It’s late and I should be in bed, so I’ll just throw out a random hodgepodge of brain spew.

Finding myself back in my old company, which I left several years ago right after a merger/acquisition, I am somewhat amused to be plopped right back into a newly-announced merger/acquisition. If I hadn’t left, I could say I’ve worked in the same building for 12.5 years, yet have worked for three different companies. Not too unoriginal in this day and age of consolidation and the death of small companies. Sad. Interesting. Could be good. Good be bad. We shall see.

I learned of the death today of Senator Ted Stevens and, among other things, thought of the blog I wrote a few years ago about Senators Larry Craig and Ted Stevens. I can’t say that Mr. Stevens was someone I admired in any way, shape, or form. But tragic accidental deaths are sad, and I send my condolences into the ether in the general direction of his family and friends. I feel almost bad that I ended that blog referring to another anti-environment Congressperson who died tragically in a moving-vehicle accident. But only as bad as either one of them ever felt about the eradication of many many species of animals living on Earth.

Am I the only one that noted that last week, during the exact same time we had a large solar flare hit the planet, we have 6 earthquakes over 6.0 in magnitude in less than 36 hours? I check the USGS site almost every day. That is not quite normal. But don’t worry. My co-worker who specializes in geology, hydrology, and hazards just laughed at me when I mentioned the correlation to her.

It’s August 10 (yesterday was 8-9-10) and I’m pretty sure I’ve spent over half the year apart from my husband. *sigh* Even for us, that’s quite a large percentage. But I spent a bunch of time in California looking for a job while he was working in Hawai’i. Then, we both moved over here in July and he has spent half of July in another state working. He just left tonight for a 2-day class in the Bay Area. I should be used to saying goodbye. And I shouldn’t worry because I can easily spend 12+ hours at work the next couple of days. But you know what? It still sucks.

I know I’m pretty bad about spending time on this blog updating y’all about what is really going on with me. That was the original intent of the blog. But I haven’t been very good at it. Here’s an update – Sweetie and I are home-shopping. It’s fun. And slightly exhausting. And nerve-wracking. I’ve discovered what I’m sure every other house-hunter in the world has – at this point in time, I wish my Super Power was “Being Able to Mix and Match All the Best Things from Several Different Houses Into the PERFECT House for Me.”

*sigh* Tis not to be. This one has a fabulous kitchen but crap construction. This one has a pool but an ugly backyard. This one is sooooooo cute and soooooo unique, but there is no way I can fit more than one piece of furniture in the living room. This one has great inner space but is in a less-than-desirable-location. And on and on and on. Right now, I think our favorite candidate house is one with: some awesome space inside (large living area); some super-awesome funky-cool details (70’s-like entryway, room partition and fireplace (looks way better than it sounds); and an incredible backyard; but also has a small very outdated kitchen and location issues (a little too close to the freeway). I’m thinking we can live with the drawbacks. Assuming we buy new appliances. But I don’t know. Do we throw out an offer to nab it now? Or do we keep shopping around in hopes of finding something better?

Don’t know. We’ll figure it out. I’m going to do more recon – try and drive around during different times of the day and get a better feel for the neighborhood and noise. Sweetie does NOT understand me when I try and explain that I get “feelings” from houses. I’m not talking ghost-of-your-dead-dog-in-the-backyard or anything like that. I just get feelings about the general flow of a house. Dare I say energy? No, I better not. But I get feelings as to whether or not *I* would be happy in a space. And I need to listen to those feelings because, as much as I liked many things about the house my parents moved into after I went to college, I could NEVER EVER sleep well in it. Even for me, it was bad. But I would only visit. I can’t live in a house that is like that every day. Anyway. Feelings. Sweetie doesn’t get it. But it’s another check-mark in my brain. And this house may get a positive mark.

The search is still young. I’m sure I’ll have a different story to tell in a week. There’s your update for now.

Aloha and good-night.

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Ugggg…..

Wasteful spending.  It sucks. Especially if it is being done with MY tax dollars. 

I gotta agree with the Senate Republicans on this one.  This latest version of TARP, or whatever they are calling this Federal spending plan, looks horrible.  It looks wasteful.  It still looks like a bunch of earmarked projects cherry-picked for some special donors back in the Representatives’ home districts.  Here is a list of some of the projects that the GOP leaders consider to be wasteful in the latest stimulus package bill:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/02/gop.stimulus.worries/index.html

A lot of these projects do NOT look like they would stimulate growth in our economy.  I would agree to a spending package that stimulates growth and improves infrastructure.  The American Society of Civil Engineers puts out a report called “The Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.”  It’s full of Ds.  Parents out there, if your kid came home with such a dismal report card, there would be some severe repercussions, I think.  In this report card, bridges get a C, dams get a D, roads get a D-, and drinking water gets a D-.  The United States, if we are going to pass a bill to spend billions of dollars to stimulate the economy, should make this bill a double-plus by spending the money on things we really really need.  Like roadway improvements and bridge retrofit.  Not things like furniture for new federal buildings.

I don’t agree with everything on the GOP’s list.  I don’t think spending money on Amtrak or a sewer system or new flood control projects is wasteful.  But I don’t think this bill should be passed the way it is and I hope the House and Senate Democrats work with the Republicans to fix it.  I think a lot of Americans feel the same way.  I think I’ll emulate my pal Debbie and follow this blog with an e-mail to my Congressional reps.  Let’s say “No!” to earmarked wasteful spending.  Or else just give me my tax money back.  I’ll show y’all how to spend money properly! 

Heh heh. 

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