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How many bipartisans are needed to screw in a lightbulb?

flagThe answer is that it takes just one bipartisan to screw in a lightbulb. It means nothing. I needed a leader and went with this one. I wish I were more clever.

I am registered as an Independent. It doesn’t mean that I vote for the Independent candidate of the Independent party. I feel I can truly be bipartisan (or, simply put – neutral), a term that’s used often in politics, but not practiced very much.

I am extremely naive when it comes to politics. Each issue is different, so I read up on it (and/or watch the pundits thrash it out) and make my decision on that.)

When I was a child and would hear horror stories about Nikita Khrushchev, I would sit and write him letters asking him to stop scaring us so much, be nice and please try to be friends with President Eisenhower. I never mailed them. It just seemed that it would be such an uncomplicated thing to do.

This new bailout bill that was signed yesterday confused me somewhat.

First of all, President Obama is really new. You can’t say too much is known about him, but I’d like to be cautious. The one thing I wasn’t keen about was seeing him trying to get the bill signed quickly. There seemed to be a sense of urgency. I kept thinking that if I were out buying a house or a car, and the sales person kept saying adamantly, “sign it, naw, you don’t have to read it. Trust me”, I would think that was naive and foolish. The representatives who were voting on this were voted in by the people and they’re OUR representatives. Ummm, didn’t we recently have several who had to bow out of important cabinet seats because they forgot to pay their taxes, didn’t pay their taxes or did something else wrong? Didn’t one of our past Presidents lie to the American people. I bet two or so years ago, Bernie Madoff had a lot of trust from his investors who had put their life savings in his hands. We know now this wasn’t a good decision. How many times had he perhaps told them to trust him and sign quickly?

The fawning over President Obama has me befuddled (I love that word). It bothers me that some are so over the top about this guy, they just can’t think straight. I even heard the other night that women are daydreaming about sleeping with him, and I don’t mean they want to do a sleep over in the Lincoln bedroom. Even if I believe everything he says or does, I have to keep my distance and level-headed thinking because so many seem to have given that up with their rock star adoration. I find this extremely scary. I think some of us have to keep our feet planted on the ground and watch what he does before we throw our underwear at him.

Okay, now to my original thoughts about bipartisanship. From the recent activity with this bailout plan, it seems that the Democrats all voted for it. So, that makes them bipartisan? Wasn’t there just one or two who didn’t agree with it? Wouldn’t true bipartisanship mean that they would vote for what they, themselves believed in? So, because they all voted for it, wouldn’t that make them all partisan? Then the Republicans didn’t vote for it. But, three Republicans did vote for it. My assessment is that those three are the only ones who took a bipartisan stand. Sometimes when I’m watching CPAN, I wonder why they go through the entire roll call when all they have to do is mark the Democrats voting one way and the Republicans voting the other.

Another problem I have is that most from both parties didn’t even read this before voting. Let’s hope, for their sakes, that there isn’t a little clause someplace in the middle of it that says all members of the Cabinet, Congress, Senate and House of Representatives have to be honest. They must pay their taxes on time, stay faithful to their wives, keep their hands out of the till, represent the people first – and all lying, cheating and even murder (yes, one senator basically did do that a long time ago) are out of the question. For our sakes, wouldn’t that have been a good clause?

And my last topic is that I’ve heard some negative things about those who express their views on talk radio, on t.v. and by writing books when they don’t agree with President Obama. It’s been said that they should give the President a chance. But, if they stopped looking for discrepancies, wouldn’t we all be in trouble? I think it’s excellent that we do have watchdogs who examine everything that’s being done. I think it would be extremely stupid if we didn’t have these people and let them express the other side of issues. I would like to see some bipartisan (there is that word again) news coming out. Wouldn’t it be great to listen to talk radio hosts who took each event and discussed it without choosing a side?

If you’re sitting there shaking your head wondering which planet I’ve arrived from, remember that I did say I was naive about politics. Or, am I?

February 18, 2009 Posted by | Favorite Sites, Politics | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Acer Aspire One – GREAT price $268.99!

$167 OFF! Acer Aspire One Intel Atom 160GB Notebook Linux (Sapphire Blue) NOW Only $268.99 (was $435.99) + FREE Printer after rebate

Acer Aspire OneI first saw these on HSC for $499 without tax and shipping. I was getting ready to go on my cruise and thought it’d be easier to lug around than my 17″ MacBook Pro. Plus I’d be less worried about it.
I paid a lot more for the eggshell-colored one I got. It’s not only easy to use, it’s so cute (this is Grandma Geek talking). I’ve included the specs below but will just tell the things I love about it.

  • I can carry it in my purse
  • It has xp
  • It doesn’t weigh much and is small
  • It has memory card reader slots
  • Three usb slots
  • A webcam
  • A 160 gig hard drive. You can get them with a 120 gig hard drive at Staples, Sam’s Club and others, but they cost more than this one.
  • One gig memory.It’s my little travel computer, I don’t need more.
  • It has a 3 cell battery
  • Trackpad isn’t hard to use although I bought a nice wireless mouse to use with it.
  • If you want to make new friends and you’re using it in public, you will get people to stop and ask about it.
  • It does have an internet network card so it’s easy to log on anyplace there is a server
  • It’s cute.

I even use it at home. I can keep it open on my kitchen counter and do little things instead of going to the bigger computers.

The one thing it doesn’t have is an optical reader/writer. No problem, I use a flash drive or an external hard drive to load programs and if it’s on the ‘net, then I just download it from there.
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January 16, 2009 Posted by | Favorite Sites, Information, Shopping | 2 Comments

Day 12- Hawaii Cruise – I’m sick

Deck Chess Game

Deck Chess Game

I woke up this morning with the cold. No longer was it me wondering if I were getting one. I, indeed, had one. But, if you’re going to catch a cold, a cruise is definitely a good place to recoup. Room service brought our coffee. Donna went up to the dining room and brought back breakfast (I can eat anytime. Colds, flu, whatever do not interfere with this fat old body). I slept all day. So did Donna. For dinner we ordered cheeseburgers from room service and then I watched a movie that night while Donna went out.

January 7, 2009 Posted by | Favorite Sites, Travel, Vacation | Leave a comment

Day 11 – Hawaii Cruise & I won money!

Lucky Cat

Lucky Cat

I woke up feeling as though I were coming down with a cold. Went to the breakfast buffet for a relaxing, delicious breakfast. I’m trying to be sure that I use the stairs every chance I get so perhaps I won’t take all this food home (in the form of a larger me).

It’s getting a little chillier as we head back to the main land. Love saying “main land”. Sounds cool to me. Not feeling fantastic so I just laid around most of the remaining morning. I wish I were major wealthy – I think thing one of my favorite things on this cruise is the over-sized balcony. It’s almost as big as our room. We’ve really spent a lot of time out there.
We headed back to the casino. After all, I had casino money I was playing on so it wasn’t hurting as much. I found another machine that just kept winning. These are 2 cent machines so there’s no huge jackpot – just lots of playing time. Finished out ahead again. What a nice feeling. There was a $1 slot machine that had a ‘spin’ thing on it. If you landed on the ‘spin’, you got to d’oh … hit on spin and win what it had. I really wanted to try it so decided that I’d spend $20 and if it didn’t hit, I’d walk away. Four dollars in, it came up with two bars and a 25 times symbol. Five hundred dollars! How cool was that? I still had $16 of my original $20 so decided to finish that – again for a chance to spin. Four more dollars and this time I hit a seven and TWO of the 25 times symbols. Not sure what the symbols were – just knew they were good. This time, the machine didn’t give me my winnings, I had to wait for an attendant to come so I could sign some forms. I was so excited. This time I won $1,250. With all my winnings, my cruise was paid for.
I couldn’t believe how my luck had changed and then remembered I’d bought a little Japanese Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat) when I was in Maui. I didn’t buy it for good luck, I just thought it was a cute piece of Japanese art that I had seen. I did notice that every shop had one sitting by their cash registers. Could it be the little critter was beckoning the slots to win?
I was on Cloud 9 and except for the nasty cold that seemed to be creeping up on me, all was well in Sandra-Land.

January 7, 2009 Posted by | Favorite Sites, Travel, Vacation | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Day 3 – Hawaii Cruise

Day 3

Today is almost over. The good part is that we turn our clocks back at midnight which gives us an extra hour tonight (for sleep). I’ve actually heard from some friends that they’re reading my blog. Am thrilled. Will try to make it about more than eating and eating and then eating again.

Woke up to another spectacular sunrise. There are so many big, puffy, white clouds in the sky and looking out from the balcony at the ocean just never seems to get boring. We started off early for a great breakfast. In my life any breakfast is great that I didn’t have to fix myself. One of the items available is English Sausage. I don’t know if I’ve ever had it before, but know I will want it again. Good stuff.

Took my book on digital photography, my camera and my new little Acer Aspire one up poolside. Never did read or take any pictures, but did meet some nice people.

Moon

Moon

Tonight the moon is the largest it will be for the entire year. I looked out awhile ago and it does look big. I took some pictures of it but they didn’t turn out very well. And you can’t really tell the size of it. Hope you knew about it and checked it out. Beautiful.

Tonight was the Captain’s Gala and formal night. We dressed up and then found out the ‘anytime’ dining was messed up, and we couldn’t get in. We went to the upstairs buffet though and it was very nice. There is always something good to eat so we felt we didn’t miss much.

Found out the pools are always open so may go early and swim for a while. There are several pools, one indoors.

Time for sleep. Until tomorrow.

December 13, 2008 Posted by | Favorite Sites, Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Day Two – Crusin’ to Hawaii

Day Two:

Donna got up bright and early and decided I should be up. Rather than wake me gently, she rearranged last night’s room service dishes. Groan. But, she’s still alive and well and isn’t swimming with sharks which is a good thing and a testament to my patience. We had to pray to get through this one.

The sunrise from our balcony was one of the most incredibly beautiful gifts God could have given us . I love to take sunrise pictures in the morning but this was a joy considering that usually the neighbors’ houses, trees, old, unused satellite dishes are always in the way. Not today. Awesome (and I think that word is overused but not this morning.)

How glorious to just take our time to get ready to go out and not be rushed. And, not to have to make beds or do dishes is a major plus. After a morning buffet , we walked out around the pools and all over the ship. We did nothing important. I watched a lei making class for a while. Interesting. There are all sorts of things to do.

One thing I have noticed is that NO ONE has a cell phone since we’re out to sea. It’s really enjoyable, and I didn’t realize it until this evening. I noticed it because the majority of people are so friendly and everyone stops to chat. Dinner tonight was so nice. We shared a table with Mike and Ida, a precious Italian couple who are celebrating their 50th anniversary. Their Italian accents were heavy and at times we did have a little trouble understanding them.
The other couple was Ron and Joanne. They now live in Arizona after Ron retired from LAPD. They’re celebrating their 52nd anniversary. Neither couple looked old enough to be married half a century. It’s amazing how you can meet new people, share a meal, get to know about them and laugh with them as though you’d known them forever.

I’ve been able to email my house/dog sitter to find out that LuLu is happy with her. She (the sitter, not LuLu) accidentally locked herself out of the house. Thankfully I’d given her my brother Bill’s phone number, and he came immediately (2 hour drive) to help get her in the house.

I’m going to put on my jacket now and go sit outside on the deck to watch nothing but dark ocean with lots of whitecaps and a beautiful big moon overhead.
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December 12, 2008 Posted by | Favorite Sites, Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Elton John and I agree on Marriage and Civil Partnerships

ej1The other day I took a poll and in my blog I stated that I thought that California’s Proposition 8 failed because there are those who want to protect marriage as being between a man and a woman. There were comments explaining why the writers felt that marriage should be between any sex. I disagreed but it appeared that perhaps my idea of everyone making a compromise with unions that were between anyone besides a man and a woman could be called something else. Simple, yes. But evidently not satisfactory to those who commented.

I don’t always agree with things Elton John comes up with, but I think he stated it well when interviewed at Tuesday’s annual benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation held in New York.

“We’re not married. Let’s get that right. We have a civil partnership. What is wrong with Proposition 8 is that they went for marriage. Marriage is going to put a lot of people off, the word marriage.”

“I don’t want to be married. I’m very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership,” John says. “The word ‘marriage,’ I think, puts a lot of people off.

“You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships.”

Perhaps everyone can’t have the same thing, or we don’t need the same thing. We women could protest that we want everything that men have – and then what in the heck would we do with urinals in our restrooms?

November 18, 2008 Posted by | Favorite Sites, The News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Veterans Day 2008

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To each and every person who has served our country and those who still are, whether in peacetime or in wartime –

I THANK YOU!

November 11, 2008 Posted by | Favorite Sites, Personal/Family | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I got to design Flip Minos. Very Cool.

As a designer, I love to put my silly, fun artwork on all sorts of products. I have shops at cafepress.com and something new is always coming out. This is the latest thing I get to “play” with – the incredible Flip Mini – the tiny camcorder.

Check them out on my site – bysandra.com.

These are wonderful as gifts for special friends and families.

Flip Mino Camcorders designed by Sandra

Flip Mino Camcorders designed by Sandra

November 2, 2008 Posted by | Favorite Sites, My Designs | , , , , | 2 Comments

Dancing with the Stars – Season 7, Week 1

I’ve been trying to get my blog written but with three nights of DWTS, it was very difficult. I had a lot of t.v. watching to do.
A lot of couples to start the season out with. By now, as you know Jeffrey Ross and Edyta Sliwinska have been eliminated. I wish Edyta would have had a different partner. I really love watching her dance. I’m usually tired though after just one of her dances – I try to hold in my stomach the entire time. Not easy. Even at a young age, I never looked like that woman – and neither did you, right?

Back to Jeffrey. Not a dancer, easy to see why he was voted off first. And, I didn’t exactly understand his humor. Hope he doesn’t read this. I wouldn’t want to hurt his feelings.

Then Ted McGinley and his partner, newcomer Inna Brayer were politely asked to leave last night (9/24/08). I’ve never been a fan of his. He sort of melts into the wallpaper. But his DWTS stint sort of introduced me to him, and I was sorry to see him leave. Very handsome man – and loved the judge’s comment about Cary Grant (even though I don’t think anyone comes close to being the Cary Grant type).

The others for this season:
Cody Linley and Julianne Hough
He does nothing for me. Nice kid, trying his best. I do think Julianne is fantastic so would vote for them to keep her on.

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer
Good dancers. She reminds me of a girl my son once dated – enough said. Lance is much better looking than I thought he was. I was too old when he was in N*SYNC so I don’t know much about him. I won’t be voting for them in the immediate future. I can change my mind anytime if I become mesmerized.

Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff
(isn’t that some sort of alcohol?) are good. I’m not a big fan of Karina’s based on past partners, but this is a good one for her. She is a great teacher and he seems to be a very willing, hard working partner. Good match. He was much cuter the second night.

Susan Lucci and Ton Dovolani
Oh Susan. The gain weight comment from the judges was right on. She is a pretty lady but very tiny and thin. I used to so badly want to be tiny and thin. I don’t think so. I won’t win any beauty contest, quite the contrary, but happier now with me. And ‘oh dear’, the woman can’t dance. She can do everything else though – so it seems.

Brooke Burke and Derek Hough
This woman made me a jealous and envious person when she was on her E show. Forgot the name of it. But now to find out she also has four children – two of them babies – has really ticked me off. She is so gorgeous. If I had – had her body before I had kids, I probably wouldn’t have had kids. She did and it didn’t matter, she’s still unreal. And Derek is so good and a great teacher. I may not vote for them either just because of the jealously and envy. Who knows? She has impressed me.

Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas
I’ve heard some complain because Cloris isn’t a great dancer and that she’s so silly. Marie Osmond couldn’t dance either but she got the votes. Perhaps the same people who are complaining are the ones who are still complaining that George Bush got the vote. I give her credit. I don’t think there are many 82 year olds around who could do what this woman is doing. Go Cloria and keep having fun. She gets a little carried away but so could my grandmother if she thought she was getting attention.
Cloris is an amazing actress. Go Cloris!

Cheryl Burke and Maurice Green
I really don’t have an opinion on Maurice yet. Seems like a very nice guy. I wasn’t real sure but it looks like Cheryl has put on a few pounds. I saw some videos of her during the summer where she’s drunk while partying. Booze will add weight. This is a wait and see for me.

Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson
I’m pretty sure Warren is a football player. I need to pay attention to the bios better. Unreal the way that man can move it. Kym is lovely. She always has a smile and is appears to have such good chemistry with her partners. She makes them look good because of the treatment she gives them. That’s a very good thing.

Kim Kardashian and Mark Ballas
This woman does absolutely nothing for me. And, it seemed more like Mark could have danced alone because it centered on him, taking attention away from her. She’s kind of a nothing person to me. I could be wrong, I’ll just keep watching to see. Not impressed.

Misty May-Treanor and Maksim Chmerkovskly
I really like Misty. She’s basically out of her element but she’s trying hard and doing well. Maks seems a bit aloof this year as though he doesn’t want to be there. I’ll probably throw some votes their way in the future if Misty does as well as she’s doing.

Toni Braxton and Alex Mazo
I admire Toni for going the DWTS route after being diagnosed with heart problems. But, it’s getting boring that her entire story is that. I keep worrying that she’s going to collapse so that’s a distraction from the dancing. I do watch Alec though. He’s a nice looking guy. He’s got to be to have Edyta. Oh gad, do I sound superficial or what? I doubt Toni will get any of my votes. I’m thinking her doctor wouldn’t have approved her doing such a strenuous activity like DWTS if she’s really, really sick?

Okay – that’s my take for the first week. So far – just not totally over the wall with enthusiasm. Sometimes that takes a couple of weeks till I get to know everyone and I see them dance and their progress.

September 26, 2008 Posted by | Dancing with the Stars, Favorite Sites | , , , , , , | 2 Comments