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November 26, 2020

A Day for Giving Thanks

I used to say this every year on Thanksgiving on my facebook page. The words vary slightly but the sentiment remains the same.

I try to remember this every day of my life, not just the fourth Thursday in November. It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day grind and forget the things that really matter.

I’m thankful for J, who is much too good for me, but she keeps me centered and is truly the love of my life.

I’m thankful for friends and family who’ve been there through all the times both good and rough. Even just a few quality friends makes your life a whole lot better.

During this era, I’m extremely happy and thankful for my health. We all have to look after each other in these times.

After a significant other, friends, family and health, anything and everything else is gravy. I’m truly blessed. I’m truly lucky. And, I don’t have room for even a single gripe. This is how I view the term “counting one’s blessings.” And, this is what I mean when I say I’m thankful.

Enjoy Thanksgiving, everyone. And, for those outside the US, have a happy Thursday.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beautiful Thursday.

November 25, 2020

Nothing New

Filed under: Uncategorized — schingle @ 3:19 pm

Unless you count this (probably under 100 words), I won’t be posting today. My internet is ridiculously slow, and I need to get to work some time.

So, I’ll simply wish everyone peace on this beautiful Wednesday before Thanksgiving (in the US), which begins a four day weekend. Peace, all.

November 24, 2020

A Good First Step?

So, the dictator’s head of the GSA has finally given the go ahead for the transition to begin to move the transfer of power from the D-I-C to Joe Biden. This, of course, should have already happened three weeks ago, but dictators do things on their own terms.

Now, mind you, the orange one has still not conceded that he lost. (I promise you, he never will). Still, the groundwork has been set for Biden to take over. (I probably need to remind you, I’m not a big fan of Biden, either, but in this case the lesser of two evils HAD to win).

Now, how much damage has been caused by D-I-C’s refusal to assist and hasten the transition process? Only time will tell. For now, Biden has been left out of national security meetings. He’s now got less time to have his Covid-19 task force to hit the ground running. Three weeks can be a lot of time, but it’s up to Biden to work out the kinks and get things straightened out. He has the built in excuse of the dictator not cooperating, but I want a president, like Harry Truman, who says “…the buck stops here..” The clown we’ve had for four years has blamed everything on EVERY body else but himself. This is NOT the sign of a leader.

So, with all that said, I wish Joe Biden luck—he’s gonna need it. I bid the dictator goodbye, but I think he’s gonna be around in some capacity for a long long time. On that happy note, I bid you all adieu.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beautiful Tuesday.

November 23, 2020

Right Wing and a Permanent Home?

I vented my spleen a couple days ago about the whole Q-Anon thing, but the right wing continues to just keep getting weirder.

I’m sure most of you had heard of this before me. There’s a relatively new social media site called “Parler.” They claim to be a site that is free from censorship by “big government and big tech…” What it really is, is a sounding board for the ultra-right to gripe about how poorly they’re all treated.

So, what you have is a place for the “Q-Anon” people, the neo-Nazis, the KKK and others of their ilk to congregate and talk about “taking back ‘Murica.” It’s really quite scary.

I read a piece about the site this morning in the Atlantic. The things they preach on that particular social media outlet are alarming. Very right leaning (which I can forgive) and VERY white supremacist (which I find more difficult to forgive).

All I can say about all of this is, I hope this runs its course and fades away—but, I fear that will never happen. These bigots are here to stay.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beginning of a (short) work week, Monday.

November 22, 2020

The Longer he Stalls…

So, the dictator-in-chief continues his fruitless attempts to undermine the election results. This is not only ridiculous, it’s downright detrimental to the safety and security of our nation. But, of course, the D-I-C doesn’t really care about America. He has one concern in the whole world and that’s himself.

So, consequences be damned. He refuses to accept the results of the election. He won’t begin the transition process for the next president. He’s putting up among the lamest arguments that impropriety has occurred. Meanwhile, we remain enveloped in a health crisis. Meanwhile, our next president is losing precious time to be brought up to speed on measures of national security and diplomatic needs. But, to the followers of our dictator, that’s all good. And, they’re the patriots? I don’t think so.

So, yet another political rant from me. I keep promising to stop, but our dictator keeps acting the fool. What are you gonna do?

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beautiful Sunday morning.

November 21, 2020

Sleeping In

It’s a rare day where J and I sleep all the way in until almost 8am, but today was one of those rare days. Good as it felt, it put us way behind.

Now, one could ask, how does one fall behind when it’s Saturday and no work obligations. And, while that’s a valid argument, the truth is, weekends are often the only times we can get household stuff done. So, today for instance, we need to do laundry (ugh!!!). We should already be doing it and we will, but I gotta finish my blog first.

No, seriously. Last night, J and I got to spend some time with some friends and time got away from us. Though our restrictions have mellowed out quite a bit, J and I still stay home more than we go out. So, last night was a treat, but we did stay out late. Hence, we slept in, Hence, we’re way behind. But, as I said, we have no regrets.

Enjoy your weekend, everybody.

And, as always, here’s wishing everybody peace on this beautiful Saturday.

November 20, 2020

200? Wow!

Filed under: courtesy, friendships, gratitude, musings, Stoicism — Tags: , , — schingle @ 3:20 pm

A short post to say thank you to all of you who are following me. I know a lot of my pots are pretty mundane or irrelevant, but the exercise to work on writing is always welcome. And, again, I say thanks to you all who take the time to read and comment on my work. 200. Unbelievable. Thanks again.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this end of the work week Friday!!

November 19, 2020

The Q-Anon Phenomenon

For those that actually like our current (soon-to-be-out-of-a-job?) dictator, there is often no talking to them. You can point out his many faults, his many lies, his childish behavior and they won’t be convinced. This can be very vexing.

Then, there are those who follow the D-I-C who have really flown off of the rails. These are the believers of “Q-Anon.” You talk about people who have dug in and won’t let go. And, these nut jobs are allowed to vote?

The Q-Anon people are those who believe that our current dictator is going to root out these “deep state” people—Democrats, members of the media, members of the entertainment field, etc.—and expose them all for the devil worshipping child molesters that they are. The people feeding them this non-sense is some “insider” who simply goes by “Q.” (Like Star Trek—The Next Generation). Yeah, this guy is real stable.

At any rate, I won’t go on about how ridiculous these people are, except to say, no matter how much evidence you put in front of them, they refuse to see that “Q” is a nut job, that the dictator is a nut job, and that they, themselves, are all nut jobs. Apparently, though, there is one exception (at least).

One of my favorite bloggers, who writes under the name, “the enlightened mind” (, found an article with an interview with a former Q-Anon believer, who has come to admit how ridiculous the whole thing is. Enlightened has attached the interview to one of his latest postings. I highly recommend it, and all of enlightened’s writings.

And, with that, I close. Just don’t believe everything you read, especially when it comes to conspiracy theories.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beautiful Thursday.

November 18, 2020

Pet Peeves

Filed under: courtesy, images, kindness, musings, Mysteries, Reminiscneces — Tags: , , , — schingle @ 3:30 pm

All right, this is something I’ve needed to write about for quite some time. I’ve mentioned before that I drive for Uber and Lyft. Here are a few of the things that drive me nuts as a driver. Here goes:

I had one of these couples yesterday, which was the impetus to write this piece. If you’re in someone else’s car, and they’re giving you a ride, that doesn’t give you free reign to do ANYTHING you want. Don’t make out in the back of a driver’s car. Seriously, grow the hell up, move out of your parents’ house and make out at home.

If you call for a ride share, please be ready when the driver gets there. I think a lot of passengers think, well the driver’s getting paid anyway, so… You’re wrong. The driver MIGHT pick up about 10 cents per minute for waiting. Meanwhile, (s)he could be going to another rider who’s actually ready so you’re keeping the driver waiting costs him money. Don’t order a ride unless you’re ready to go.

People eating in my car. Actually, this one doesn’t bug me as much as it does other drivers. However, did your parents not raise you with manners. If you’re going to eat in my car, please at least ask if it’s ok. Just some common courtesy, folks.

People who don’t tip (which is about 75% of all passengers). Seriously, this should be a no brainer. You would tip a cab driver (and they’re twice as expensive). You’d tip your bar tender, your food server, right? It’s a common courtesy that apparently has not been passed down to this generation.

Ok, enough on this rant. Thanks for listening and letting me vent.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beautiful Wednesday (hump day—woot)!!!

November 17, 2020

Something Stolen

Filed under: images, musings, Mysteries, Reminiscneces — Tags: , , , — schingle @ 3:22 pm

Using J’s writing prompts book again. Today’s prompt: Name something you owned that was stolen.

Though this happened to me on three separate occasions, the first thing I can think of that was stolen from me, was a bicycle.

When I was in high school, I had a job as a cook at Kentucky Fried Chicken. I usually worked evenings, around my school schedule. My typical shift was from 4pm until “close.” We closed at 10p and usually got out of the restaurant around 10:15-10:30.

As was often the case, this particular evening I had ridden my bike to work. I had forgotten my lock and left it by the back door, near the garbage dumpster, and the grease pit, figuring no one would go back there any way. Well, I was wrong.

At the end of the shift, as I went to get my bike to go home, it was gone. A co-worker of mine said, “Hey, that’s too bad. It looked like a pretty nice 10-speed.” (Gee, thanks for the condolences. How about an offer of a ride home. Did you think of that pal?)

At any rate, ever since that time, I’ve always thought there was nothing lower than taking somebody else’s things. Stealing, to my eyes, is the worst of crimes. If we’re all a big family, do you want to do that to your brother/sister? Anyway, that’s my two cents.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beautiful Tuesday.

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