Monthly Archives: November 2008

sad surprise

I often envy DrBob for having so many relatives – I wish I had a big family. But of course, they have a downside, don’t they?

Another uncle died this morning.


accidental holiday

So um, Tuesday, I think, I decided to defrost the freezer, because I am the world expert in having fun it was finally cold enough to put the frozen food outside. The freezer was really… froze, and after 14 hours or so there was still ice in there, so I had to leave it overnight. And it turns out, it wasn’t really cold enough to put the frozen food outside – it all thawed. Oops. Continue reading

a missed opportunity to make history

I am all about the Historic Firsts, I think it’s awesome that we have our first Black president. But I must say I’m not unhappy about Ted Stevens’s failure to become the first convicted felon in the Senate. Felons can’t vote, but they can serve in Congress? I think… not.

Also, one down, two to go. Hah.

Song du jour of the day: Hit the Road, Jack, by Ray Charles.

on racism in Europe

Apparently Europeans have been congratulating the U.S. on getting over its racism and electing a black president. Excuse me? Is this the pot calling the kettle… well, black?

A little perspective, just in case you’ve been hearing that Europe thinks we Americans are racist… yeah, they kind of do think that we have a problem, and that they don’t, which mystifies me, quite frankly. I will certainly not deny that the U.S. has a long and ugly history of racism, and miles to go before we can say we’ve gotten beyond race, but we’re making better progress than some people I could mention… Continue reading

the soccer-mom returns

Monday grocery shopping. Tuesday soccer in Jagenau. Wednesday tae kwon do in St. Wolfgang. Thursday grocery shopping again. Friday train station, to get the train to Munich. And lo, I am driving every day.

I wonder if I should start buying carbon credits.

Song du jour of the day: Fall On Me, by R.E.M.

Go stand in the corner, Klaus

Germany has good roads, and I think that’s a good thing. They improve fuel efficiency and make my life easier. The schools are pretty okay too – not perfect, but good enough, and this matters because everyone should have a decent education. And not just because it’s fair, but also for selfish reasons: I have to deal with people and I’d rather they not be stupid. When I had pneumonia, I’m glad I got to stay in a clean hospital with doctors and nurses who knew what they were doing. Continue reading

Angry. Disappointed. Disgusted.

Yoo hoo! A-little-over-half-of Califoooooornia!

WTF is up with Prop 8? You’re letting Mormons tell you what marriage is supposed to look like? Remember the pledge you said every day in grade school? It ended with “Liberty and justice for all.” Didja get that last word there? ALL. That means Everyone.

(Ahem. The following is possibly NSFK) Continue reading

Jubilant. Relieved. Grateful.

Well Germany’s over the moon about our new president-elect, and the weather’s playing along – it’s like May out there, 68° and sunny. I am happy too, but also… so very sleepy. When 5 a.m. rolled around I decided I was too tired to hold out any longer, but just then McCain came out and made his concession speech (incredibly gracious and honorable. Respect, dude), and then I wasn’t tired anymore. Then I had to wait for Obama’s speech (also excellent) and then the WA governor results (yesss! Clear enough for ya, Rossi? Now go crawl back under your rock and don’t come out until you’ve developed a decent education policy).

I got to bed at 7 this morning, got up at 10 because both of my sons had overnight guests and that’s when the noise level was enough to penetrate my fatigue. Now the house is quiet, but the bedroom is on the sunny side, and I’ll never get to sleep in there. Maybe I’m too excited to sleep anyway.

Song du jour of the day: Yes We Can, by Barack Obama and

let it be

I didn’t want to get all political, but I have some time to kill before the polls close, so.

Look, I don’t think he’s the messiah, but he is a sign of changing times. I know people are skeptical that he’ll be able to keep all the promises he’s made. But look at what he’s already done.

The last eight years have seen an administration wrap itself in the flag while systematically destroying every single ideal that that flag stands for – every one. We’ve shown the world a face that is arrogant, reckless, thunderingly hypocritical and baselessly self-righteous, all the worst things that people in power can be, the schoolyard bully magnified into a true monster. That attitude has done a lot of damage, and I don’t think Obama, or anyone, can undo all of it. Certainly not in four years, maybe not even in eight.

But look at how our attitude has changed. Instead of arrogant, reckless and autocratic, we now have a serious candidate who is circumspect, thoughtful and inclusive. Even Americans are starting to see what a leader should be in a dangerous and complex world.

Remember Bush’s performance in Hurricane Katrina? Remember how the whole disaster took him completely by surprise? That’s because he surrounded himself with sycophants and yes-men, and nobody would give him any bad news for fear of losing their jobs. He labeled himself “the Decider,” but he was pathetically uninformed, by his own choice. That’s the difference. Obama may make decisions that I don’t agree with, but they will at least be carefully thought through and based on solid information.

It’s like a sunbreak on an overcast day: nothing has changed significantly yet, but it all looks so different, and from here we can find a way to keep the promises he’s made. Yes, we can.

Song du jour of the day: The Times, They Are a’Changing, by Tracy Chapman, h/t Slacktivist.

ETA: it’s nearly 4 a.m., and I’d like to stay up to get the West Coast results because they have a very tight and very close race for governor in Washington, which is my home (la la la…) state. But Ignatz has to get on a train in eight hours, and I seem to have dislocated my coffee. That is, I knew where it was, but now I don’t know where it is. Also I seem to be diminiminishing vocabularily. Dang, it sucks being a grown-up.

big day tomorrow

I think I’ll spend it perched on the edge of the couch, rocking back and forth and chewing on my knuckles while watching CNN nonstop. Sounds like fun!

Song du jour of the day: The Waiting, by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers