Ravings and Rantings

Welcome to my cloud! It's got a nice silver lining somewhere.....Some ranting, some raving--mostly positive stuff,lots of jokes (I can't stay serious). Nothing going on here that a pina colada or mohito can't fix.

Monday, January 23, 2006

This Kiss

Hola world hope you're having fun tonight? Just voted. My Mom and I live at opposite ends of a medium length street (it would take me 10 minutes to walk there) and we had to go to different polling stations. Hmmm.

Here's a goodie I got in the mail about today's doings in Canada. Not sure that I know the alleged author enough to have a view on him, but the note is funny....(if you don't want to bother with the political joke just skip the black font):

"Oh, Canada -- you're not really going to elect a Conservative majority on Monday, areyou? That's a joke, right? I know you have a great sense of humor, and certainly a well-developed sense of irony, but this is no longer funny. Maybe it's a new form of Canadian irony -- reverse irony! OK, now I get it. First, you have the courage to stand against the war in Iraq -- and then you elect a prime minister who's for it. You declare gay people have equal rights -- and then you elect a man who says they don't. You give your native peoples their own autonomy and their own territory -- and then you vote for a man who wants to cut aid to these poorest of your citizens. Wow, that is intense! Only Canadians could pull off a hat trick of humor like that. My hat's off to you.

Far be it from me, as an American, to suggest what you should do. You already have too many Americans telling you what to do. Well, actually, you've got just one American who keeps telling you to roll over and fetch and sit. I hope you don't feel this appeal of mine is too intrusive but I just couldn't sit by, as your friend, and say nothing. Yes, I agree, the Liberals have some 'splainin' to do. And yes, one party in power for more than a decade gets a little...long. But you have a parliamentary system (I'll bet you didn't know that -- see, that's why you need Americans telling you things!). There are ways at the polls to have your voicesheard other than throwing the baby out with the bath water.

These are no ordinary times, and as you go to the polls on Monday, you do so while a man running the nation to the south of you is hoping you can lend him a hand by picking Stephen Harper because he's a man who shares his world view. Do you want to help George Bush by turning Canada into his latest conquest? Is that how you want millions of us down here to see you from now on? The next notch in the cowboy belt? C'mon, where's your Canadianpride? I mean, if you're going to reduce Canada to a cheap download of Bush & Co., then at least don't surrender so easily. Can't you wait until he threatens to bomb Regina? Make him work for it, for Pete's sake.

But seriously, I know you're not going to elect a guy who should really be running for governor of Utah. Whew! I knew it! You almost had me there. Very funny. Don't do that again. God, I love you, you crazy cold wonderful neighbors to my north. Don't ever change.

Michael Moore"

Heh heh heh love that governer of Utah bit. Well, on the non-political side, everyone around up here seems to be sick (with a cold). M was away today, and most of the folks who came in were ill. Including me (sore throat). But got stuff done fast. NBG is funny, he has to put his oar in everything. Which is OK, the guy is brilliant and knows the biz like no one else. The other thing that you can count on is for him to have a reaction, then a thought. I like that about him, it's how I am or rather used to be. M too. It makes him human. One of the 'indispensables' in the part of the org I just inherited was offered a demotion in an area she wants to go into, effective immediately. Part of her desire to leave was to do different work, which she is going to be doing here anyway but didn't know about. So we chatted today. She wants to be staffed in a way that I don't think that we can do but I'll check it out. Hope it works but don't want to be held hostage or set a very bad precedent.

Ran it by M at home and he agreed with me. So did NBG. Whew. I have the feeling that she's going to leave, though. Once you've bothered to apply and get a job, you're pretty committed. But we'll see. Also bet M a lunch on the outcome of the election. I am in extreme denial and know I'm going to lose but the hang with it. We only get sandwitches anyway. Not that it matters a heck of a lot.

OK back to reality, Mom was making noises about where she'd vote next year 'if she is around'. I asked her if there was any particular reason for saying that (answer: no) but she is frail. Looks more like her mom every time I see her (who died at 94). Am.just.not.ready.for.this. But if it has to happen, want it to be when M is around (to lean on). Oh hell don't want it to happen at all. You know what I mean!

Only one other thing on my mind. It's a hoot (to me anyway). Have you ever noticed the 'crawls' that most news shows use now? They're the bands of text that 'crawl' across the tv screen at the bottom with news items in them. Today one of the national a.m. news shows had a crawl that noted that 'drawing pictures or swear words" (an exact quote) on ballots is a federal offense.

1-How the HELL could they know who did that if voting is anonymous and

2-It tempted me to do just that. BADLY.

Wouldn't you be so tempted? What the heck kind of drawing could fit on a ballot? Porno? Beastiality? I mean really.....this is hilarious.

Next time I'll give it a shot.

Happy Monday night, world!



  • At 1/23/2006 07:31:00 PM, Blogger tshsmom said…

    Yeah, how WOULD they enforce that one? Down here, defaced ballots are thrown out.
    I've been known to write in-None of the Above, in the space for a write-in candidate. ;)

  • At 1/23/2006 07:38:00 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    heh heh heh Tshsmom you are definitely a woman of substance/cut from the same cloth as me!!

    The dirty pictures thing just kills me. What the heck......am still laughing about that....I know! A pic of the candidate and a goat! OR maybe...nah.

    Don't want to give anyone ideas...

  • At 1/23/2006 11:03:00 PM, Blogger Poppy Cede said…

    Bonsoir! Nothing is truly anonymous in this world. All our phones are tapped!

    I tagged you for a meme, come visit me. :)

  • At 1/23/2006 11:30:00 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said…

    Dang. I've always wanted to draw pornographic stick figures on my ballot. ;)

    As for Mom, yeah, I could relate. My father keeps reminding me that he won't be around forever. He was one of the biggest influences on my life, and I still call him more than once a week.

    My mother on the other hand will live another thirty years. I'm not worried about her.

  • At 1/24/2006 07:53:00 AM, Blogger Mel said…

    ok, nevermind, looks like Poppy already tagged you!!

  • At 1/24/2006 09:12:00 AM, Blogger lime said…

    yep, i have enough feistiness in me that i'd be compelled to do exactly that!

  • At 1/24/2006 10:25:00 AM, Blogger Casually Me said…

    Have to love the Canadians. When you guys get your medicinal marijuana deal straightened out..we are going to make you guys our 51st state, lol. Kidding...great blog...

  • At 1/24/2006 01:04:00 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said…

    Kind of a ridiculous law, eh?

    I read that Michael Moore thing on someone else's blog. It irked me a bit, but I see where it's coming from.

  • At 1/24/2006 08:04:00 PM, Blogger DrinkJack said…

    Sounds like your bet was a win-win either way :) Hey!!! I remembered that NCIS was on :)

  • At 1/24/2006 11:49:00 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    thanks for the tag, Poppy Cede, I did it tonight and passed on the tourch!

    ZS, glad I'm not the only one in this boat. We really are quite close.

    Mel, I was going to tag you for this one lol. Will go read what you did...I mean said....

    Thanks for the company Lime! Maybe they'll put us in adjoining cells....

    CM, I may incur the wrath of many Canadians for saying this, but why would you want the headache? I sure wouldn't want to try to govern the whole shootin' match....
    I mean the language thing alone--YUK!

    WC I sure could see how it would irk a lot of people... but the end was funny.

    DMJ yes it was a win and Hey did you actually SEE NCIS? It was a good one tonight....Bridg

  • At 1/25/2006 05:40:00 PM, Blogger tshsmom said…

    I agree! NCIS was GREAT last night. I'm so sick of reruns I could puke!

  • At 1/26/2006 12:09:00 PM, Blogger Steph said…

    Bridget - that's hysterical! I'll give you a buck if you write the F word on your ballot! Come on...I double dog dare ya!!
    If you're not familiar with Michael Moore, he's a very controversial 'journalist' in the US. I personally love him and his documentaries (Bowling for Columbine, Farenheit 9/11), and he is an infamous Bush basher. If you haven't seen them, youshould rent them.
    Have a great day!!

  • At 1/29/2006 05:56:00 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    Steph just for you I'll do it next time. Plus a picture!!

    Tshsmom, agree am sick of reruns too but can watch Mark Harmon a zillion times and not get tired....of him....


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