Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What a week

I had to take time off from work and assist in the family due to a near-tragedy, but it did not directly involve my parents. Fortunately no funeral this time. For reasons of privacy I can't say much more.

Is this my imagination? When I was a kid we had three networks plus PBS and a few indie stations yet TV seemed to have something for everyone. Now I have 200+ channels and there is very little to watch.

I can't believe that there are actually people who think that Obama is compromising with the right too much. When less than one American in five is liberal, and Obama is to the left of even most of them this can't be taken seriously. These people honestly believe that if Obama would tack to the left he would be doing better. Sorry but the road to the left leads to a dense fog hiding a cliff that goes straight down. I am sure that there are a few misguided individuals who believe that swinging far to the left is what most Americans want but this is nothing but wishful thinking on their part. America is a center-right nation.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Yes it's been while and I wish it were otherwise.

What has happened is Mom almost constantly in and out of the hospital and most of my days off are spent in Bay City. Dad, considering that he is paralyzed on one side of his body, is doing remarkably well. It is very difficult for my brother who cares for him and especially for my sister-in-law.

Other things include a minor eye problem. No I'm not going blind or anything but I had reached a point where I couldn't read for more than a couple of minutes without my eyes going into a stinging agony. I've found eye drops that help but for a while I couldn't even really read other peoples' blogs because my eyes hurt after a minute or two. I thought it was simply an allergy but it never went away though it did get noticeably worse after I moved into the country. I got new glasses and that didn't help much but these eye drops are making it noticeably easier.

Just a historical note today. Today is the anniversary of the biggest Great Lakes maritime disaster of my life. Thirty Five years ago today twenty nine men on the largest ore freighter to be plying the Great Lakes were struggling with freezing rain.

The crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald never had a chance. It only took the ship a few seconds to break in half and hit the bottom.