My only resolution is to spend more time on the yard and to get more serious about ceramics. I think it's other people, especially Republican Congressmen, who ought to be changing their ways, not me.
Saturday was lovely here.We did our usual shopping at the Saturday Market and then went to see how Rainbow Falls was doing. Last time we went there it was dry.
This is how Rainbow Falls looks today. The drought is definitely over.
Later I sat on the deck with my coffee and a very rich baklava made by a local baker with local honey and read about cruises and did a little daydreaming. The cover of the brochure did not entice me, though.
Cover of brochure
Palm trees in our front yard. Seen one you've seen them all, as Reagan would say.
Sunday was overcast but not rainy: perfect for projects and yardwork. Terry built this frame and is drying the coffee beans on it that he picked at Sharky's.
Terry fixed his roaster once, so that's why he lets him come up and harvest coffee.
Other news: I weeded, transplanted, fertilized and spread slug bait in the orchid house. I use Sluggo, which is non-toxic.
Fred the cat got into a fight last night and came home all banged up and in pain, but he seems OK today. He's 10 1/2 and ought to know better. But that's feline nature for you.
Today is the day I sit down and decide who to send checks to. I already give to Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, Oxfam, and Hawaii Public Radio. I'm a member of League of Women Voters, AAUW and YWCA. Because we did not go on the Nation Cruise, which is their big yearly fund raiser, I will send them a check. I will also send a check to Democracy Now. Terry gives to environmental groups like Sierra Club and Greenpeace. I tend to shy away from giving to out and out charities. I don't know why. Somehow I don't trust them. I'm not going to give to college funds, because these are in good shape. I support local theater groups and concerts, etc. by attending performances.
In other matters: Am I au courant with the Zeitgeist or what? (See what a linguist I am?) There is a long piece in the New Yorker about Danish television, for which there is a fad in England right now. I can see the attraction. For me, it's the language. English is so diffused now and spoken in so many different ways, whereas Danish retains its uniqueness. Hardly anyone but the Danes speaks Danish. Of course, most Americans are not interested in other languages, so a detective series from Danish television has been remade for U.S. TV and set in Seattle.
We plan to spend a quiet New Year's eve, just us two, watch a movie and maybe crack out that bottle of champagne that's been in the fridge for months.
Since we have been having cool, overcast weather and a lot of rain, we find ourselves drinking hot drinks and speaking a lot of German. Speaking German keeps our vocal cords warm and our lungs clear. And we also just watched the fifth episode of Lars von Trier's TV series,The Kingdom. What a sadist this man is. He lures you in and lets you have it! Needless to say, we are grossly entertained. And I love Danish, and have learned to take the good with the bad (evil, odious?), or d'goed mit d' oed, as von Trier puts it and my ears hear it. (Z, if you could spell that for me, I'd appreciate it.)
Von Trier was quite good looking at the time he made this TV series but has become ordinary looking over the years, and as I mentioned before, is into making porn with purported serious intent. Those Nordic types sure get worked up about sex, like no other peoples.
Time works its devil magic on us all. But to me he still looks young or maybe middle aged, just not devilishly handsome.
What really made me laugh was that this was with the same cruise line that the last Nation Cruise was on, though not quite the same itinerary. So I knew the setting. Of course, to the conservatives, it is only right and proper that all the staff should be people of color from poor countries. (The article does not mention that they were mostly male, though.) The captain was a white man, of course.This means that god is in his heaven with everyone in his or her designated place. Some are designed to give, others to receive. The goodies will trickle down to the worthy who work hard to serve the rich and who know their place.
This failure of social insight has killed the Republicans. A subordinate destroyed Romney with a video where he contemptuously dismissed the unworthies who collect entitlements and so would not vote for him anyway. I wonder if he did not assume that all those hard-working worthy underlings who served him agreed with his assessment of the value and agency of the 47%.
Anyone who has been around rich people knows that they have pretty much the same back story about how they worked their way up to their present eminence from modest beginnings. All the people who helped them get where they were have been delighted to help them, as far as they know, and truly admire or even love them. They are full of noblesse oblige, and they have no sense whatsoever of how the people who work for them might actually feel about them. So of course they feel very personally this rejection of them by the majority of the voters.
We decided against the Cruise this year. Of course the contradictions are blatant to the point of absurdity-- eating fancy food while discussing the plight of the poor on food stamps is a bit much--but this really does not bother me. It is possible for me to function just fine in the face of these absurdities. In a way, the National Review bunch may seem to be walking their particular walk by participating in a luxury cruise; they are the best people, as they see it, and they are demonstrating their sense of entitlement. But they are so ridiculous, poor things. The hurt, the anger!
It is not wise to live in a bubble. Affluent people can fall into this trap. When things don't go their way, such people overreact and take it personally. A few good bumps may wake them up.
Cars queued up for blocks at the drive-through events, with the city
giving cards worth up to $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up
to $200 for assault weapons. There was a bit of haggling involved, but
the guns were all taken.
The statistics on gun violence are all too clear. A number of measures need to be taken. I like gun buyback, because it removes guns that are already out there in people's homes. The fewer guns in circulation, the better.
The late Senator from Hawaii, Dan Inouye, wanted Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa to succeed him, but Governor Abercrombie has appointed Brian Schatz. I am very relieved. I wouldn't have minded Hanabusa, but she is not the committed progressive that Schatz is. Tulsi Gabbard scared me, because there were some pretty slick people behind her who were grooming her and pushing her forward. I felt sorry for her, actually. Better that she should remain in the House of Representatives, not exactly a tough gig, and learn her trade. When I saw her on Chris Hayes's program she gave me the impression of being coached and too careful. Schatz, whom I have seen and spoken to, is a very natural, hard working, committed public servant.
I see from my Twitter feed that some people are misinterpreting this as just the same old deal of letting white men run everything. Not true, in this case. I'm really thrilled and thankful that Abercrombie did the right thing.