This is my very first blog! I’m not a Luddite since I have used, in fact relied on, personal computers since 1983. My resistance has come from not needing to share my thoughts with the entire world.
To start, I have three different topics that I welcome others’ thoughts on. If you’re looking for political discussion, you’ll need to divert to one of the thousands of others blogs inhabiting Cloud Cuckoo Land 2.0. I have zero use for pointless and endless arguing and score-settling. (The cuckoos must really be chirping about Santorum though – let them enjoy the moment.)
First I will share some timeless Words of Wisdom, and want to hear yours, from the sublime to the ridiculous. My personal examples derive from recent time spent with my grown son who is talented in ways very different from me. He’s an artist and I’m very practical, and I felt he was lacking in basic survival skills even though he makes a decent living. The WOWs that I tried to impart are:
a) Half of being successful in life is remembering where the hell you put things down.
b) Measure twice, cut once.
c) Soap your screws (wood screws go in easy if you scrape soap or candlewax on the threads)
d) Don’t waste time arguing with idiots. I guess that means a lot of the blogs here on OS, maybe mine too. Wait and see.
My next topic is about a political e-mail (OK, so I lied when I said I'm not interested in politics; doesn't everyone who writes about politics?) I got yesterday from a PAC that complained that most of the recycled paper from our fair state is being shipped over to China, and isn’t this a terrible shame, etc. At first I thought to say, “Right ON, bro!’”, and messaged my Congressman as they suggested. After reflection, I’m wondering if this isn’t exactly what ecologically-responsible folks like me should be praying for - that the stuff we buy from China gets packaged in recycled materials rather than cardboard made from virgin Asian forests? What does it matter if it comes from middle-class American waste bins - do we have a better use for the stuff? If the PAC told me that we could be using that pulp to fill potholes or build new buses I’d be with them in a flash. Truth is, we need all the exports we can generate. We import Sonys and Subarus but guess what the USA exports to Asia in huge amounts – Spam (the meat product), Kingsford charcoal briquettes, and honeydew melons in the summer when they swamp the grocery bins at home. Sorry about that, Silicon Valley - Appalachian hollers are the winners here.
Finally, I love Meryl Streep. Her performance in The Iron Lady (as Margaret Thatcher) surpasses all her previous ones, which I think have all been magnificent. My question is simply, how does she do it? How can she bring me to tears portraying such an unsympathetic character as Thatcher? What do you think – were you repulsed or saddened or both? I despised Ronald Reagan but the clip of them waltzing actually made me feel nostalgic.