Monday, November 27, 2006

Monday November 27, 2006 My favorite things

I usually don't pass along email, but I really appreciated this one so here it is.

Sound of Music

To commemorate her 69th birthday, actress/ vocalist Julie Andrews made a
special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of
the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was "My Favorite Things" from the legendary movie "Sound Of Music". However, the lyrics of the song were
deliberately changed for the entertainment of her "bluehair" audience.

Here are the lyrics she recited:

"Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak,
When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets, and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heat pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pains, confused brains, and no fear of sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache,
When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad."

Julie received a standing ovation with repeated encores that lasted over
Four minutes

One or two of these have to affect most any older person at one time or another.
I especially like the final phrase - it is a goal for all of us to strive for.
So, don't feel so bad when something hurts - it's just part of life.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Friday November 17, 2006 Please explain

I've lived through many conflicts, World War 2, Korean War, Vietnam, Granada, Panama, The Cold War with Russia, Iraq 1, Afghanistan and Iraq 2. We won some and we lost some and tied some. In all cases, our former hated enemies became our trading partners and, in some cases, our strongest allies. After World War 2, we became allies with Germany and Japan. Time healed old wounds and all the hatred gradually disappeared.

Today, our president is visiting our most hated enemy of 25 years ago – Vietnam. Many thousands died in that conflict for their countries and now we no longer hate them and will trade with them. What was the reason for that conflict? Why did all those young men and all those natives have to die? Now we are engaged in another conflict in Iraq that in 25 years won't matter, but people are dying anyway.

Can someone please explain why we have to force our way of life on another people who apparently don't want to live like we do?

And another thing – How can we now deal with Vietnam and still boycott Cuba? It doesn't make any sense at all. We almost went to war with Russia when they sere setting up missles in Cuba and now we are good friends with Russia, but still treat Cuba as an enemy.

It appears that we have some ignorant, stubborn politicians directing our foreign policy who don't have a clue. It's frustrating and heartbreaking.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon announced Friday that 57,000 U.S. troops, including five combat brigades, have been told to deploy to Iraq early next year - a move that will maintain current force levels there. The deployments, which will serve as replacements for troops leaving Iraq, will largely maintain the current force level of 141,000.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Friday November 10, 2006 positive thinking

It's time to get positive. I've been so negative for so long, it's hard. It's very easy to see where the errors are being made and to point them out. It's much harder to point out all the good that is being done - especially when you see our government making grand mistakes. But that time is hopefully over and we can look forward to a new government who will listen to the people and turn away from the special interests and govern with the common man in mind. We, the people, have signaled that we want that to happen with our votes and we enter a time of hope.

I look for a brighter future for most of us. We will see.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Monday November 6, 2006 Why worry?

Quotes from the internet news today.

Think what you want about corporate control of natural resources, but according to the United Nations, two-thirds of the world's population won't have access to enough water by 2025. Water is a huge problem and dilemma that receives relatively little attention.

The lower prices at the pump today will not last long; we can easily expect oil prices to rise to $100 a barrel over the next five years.

According to the scientists' data, Greenland's ice is melting at a rate three times faster than it was only five years ago. “We have only been watching the ice cap melt during a relatively short period,” physicist Jianli Chen said Thursday, “but we are seeing the strongest evidence of it yet, and in the near future the pace of melting will accelerate even more.” The same satellites tracking Greenland's ice cap also are monitoring the melt rate of Antarctica's ice cover, and there too the melting is adding to the global rise in sea level, according to another team of scientists. The result could be a critical change in the composition of the main ocean current that flows past Europe's northern edge, blocking off warmer waters that normally flow there and -- ironically -- making Northern Europe's weather colder than normal, at least temporarily, while the rest of the globe continues warming.


We run out of water and oil doubles in price and the ice caps melt and the world heats up and we have more people than we can feed.

It reminds me of the Kingston Trio song where it ends with the statement:
“what nature doesn't do to us will be done by our fellow man. But, we can be tranquil and thankful and proud for man's been endowed with a mushroom shaped cloud. And we know for certain that some lovely day, someone will set the spark off and we will all be blown away.”

So, why worry?

The good news is that we have enough oil and water and food for now and it's a nice day today.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Friday November 3, 2006 Opinion polls

It's amazing how popular I've become the last few weeks.

I get between 4 and 6 calls everyday from complete strangers asking for my help in getting their candidate elected. I also receive about 10 emails a day and 3 or 4 lettters a day informing me of how important I am in the overall scheme of this election. People want to take a poll of my opinions and they want to know just what I think of this or of that.

I feel really special!

Of course, when I try to engage the caller in a meaningful conversation they tend to want to cut the conversation short while I want to delve deeper into what they really believe about the underlying problems. It's hard to have a meaningful discussion in just a few minutes. Next week I will probably sink back into my anonymity just like a month ago. But for now, I just want to revel in my importance.

Does anyone out there want my opinion on anything? Anything at all?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Wednesday November 1, 2006 Age creeps in

Okay, so I am a bit more cautious than when I was a kid!
And I don't take as many reckless chances as I did when I was a teenager. And I'm a bit slower than I was when I was a young man. But, I still feel and think in my mind that I have never really grown up. I still have moments when I want to whoop and holler, maybe just not so loud.

The years flew by, many without my even noticing them. All the dear friends from my youth have gone their own ways for many years, but I still remember each and every one of them as they were long ago. The world has kept on turning and the old problems have disappeared or changed into new problems. Life goes on and friends and relations pass away or move away and my world becomes just a bit sadder and just a bit lonlier. I still enjoy the sunsets and the mountains and the fresh spring air. I still enjoy the smells and the sounds.

Life can be so sweet at moments, and yet there are times like this when I feel age beginning to creep in on me and I cringe because I really don't want to grow up yet.