Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Things I know at 30 + 1 month

I've been around for 30 years and a month now.  I've come to realize there are many things in which I'll never understand and/or know.  I don't know how parents could sell their children for money for a video game.  I can not comprehend anyone that takes innocent lives of others and feels proud about it.  I'm not sure where the line is that determines where we are destroying the earth and not just living on it, but it's all good because this is a list of things that I know.  I (as I'm sure mostly everyone feels) do my best to keep an open mind for all topics, but for the following I'm done.  These things I'm sure of:
  • Kids are tough but well worth it 

This one doesn't apply to all, but for me nothing has been as satisfying as bringing 2 (at least for now) kids into this crazy world.  Our oldest isn't even 2 yet but I'm still sure on this topic.  Every day is an adventure and seeing the world through there eyes is amazing.  My wife is incredible and it shows when dealing with two little ones in diapers.  I feel we've learned more about ourselves and each other than we every could have without them.  There is so much to look forward too and so many things I want to show/teach them.

  • Baby powder really is great for removing sand

I believe this was on lifehacker recently but I had never known this trick.  After our beach days now before getting in the car I douse everyone with the stuff.  I guess because it is so fine it is no match for the sand - which easily wipes right off after the powder is applied.  Love it, especially when dealing with diapers.

  • We can't spend more than we take in indefinitely

I won't get deep into my political journey over the past 5 years or so, but I've tried to assume the best 'ideas' lie somewhere in between the two major parties.  Both sides feel they are right, so it makes logical sense to guess that perhaps both are right on certain topics.  That journey, while entertaining, appeared it could go on forever; recently however I've lost interest in any of the topics.  I just don't want them to screw it up to the point where the country will never be the same.  I don't care if they spend every dollar (minus the interest they have to pay on the debt - and the promised Social Security money) on a bridge to a massive yacht where they party all day - just don't buy two yacht's or 10 bridges if you can only afford 1.  I really don't care. None of it will matter.
We are faced with perhaps the most important financial moment in our history.  For far too many years we've rode Bretton Woods and the print money/credit card mentality.  We probably only haven't defaulted because China doesn't want to admit that 40% (guess) of their wealth is not worth anything.  So many still blame Bush - yet their beloved big 'O' would have done all the same things; in fact he did.  He voted on most of the same huge bills the same side as Bush.  Obama has proven to be the worst side of the Repubs plus the worst side of the Dems combined.  Even though very little of this is his fault in the grand scheme, he couldn't be a worse leader at this time.
Back to his speech tonight.  He quoted Ronald Reagan:

"Would you rather reduce deficits and interest rates by raising revenue from those who are not now paying their fair share, or would you rather accept larger budget deficits, higher interest rates, and higher unemployment? And I think I know your answer."

3 points that bother me here: 
  1.  Ask for more money when you prove you can spend only what you take in.  Until then it is a fact you will just spend that much more.
  2. Tax reform is the word you are looking for big man. 'paying their fair share' The top 10% of income earners pay roughly 70% of all taxes. Close the loopholes yes (top businesses shouldn't have hundreds of people who's sole job is to dodge taxes), but take the money from the people that are the best at creating non-temporary good-for-the-economy jobs to give it to the least efficient place one could every put money - no. Even at that if you paid your own bills I'd be open for debate.
  3. In 2001 the government ran on $3.4 trillion - you are going to tell me that in 2011 with virtually no inflation, with the country needing to tighten it's belt more than ever in its history, that $4.5 trillion is an impossible number to hit. Wow.

  • Soccer needs to change some rules
I've tried world.  I've tried many times to enjoy watching the game everyone else watches, but the sad truth is the US has it right - Soccer is just boring.  I understand how 'sacred' the sport is.  I understand how many millions play it around the entire globe, but all sports need tweaks over time - especially those played a lot.  Everyone wants to win, so the more the game is played the more the 'advantages' are explored.  If they never added a shot clock to basketball it too would be boring to watch.  Baseball had four strikes.  Football had a field goal in the field.  One goal is so important in Soccer that diving has become roughly half of the skill of the sport.  Hockey is low scoring, but there are 40 shots on net and constant scoring chances.  One can look away from a soccer game for an hour and not miss a thing.  Get rid of offsides - boom much better game to watch. Saying the rules can never be adjusted is basically claiming the sport was created by gods. 
Update: I did just google to find out some rules have changed.  Most seem minor, but I guess all I can confirm to know is that I'll never enjoy watching it more than the 4 majors here.

  • Abortion is wrong
I remember sitting in a history class at a young age going over the Civil War and slavery.  It was beyond obvious how bad slavery was.  We had matured past that.  No one would question if it was right ever again.  It was hard to believe there was every a time that even one person would believe it was right (granted this is the north east part of the country).
A recent post around the web reads:
Don't like gay marriages? Don't get one. . . . . Don't like cigarettes?  Don't smoke them. . . Don't like abortions? Don't get one. . . . .  Don't like sex? Don't have it. . . . .  Don't like drugs? Don't do them. . . . .  Don't like porn? Don't watch it. . . . .  Don't like alcohol? Don't drink it. . . . .  Don't like guns? Don't buy one. . . . .  Don't like your rights taken away??? Don't take away someone else's.

I don't want people taking away my rights and freedoms.  I won't go line by line there, but there is a big issue I have with people whom feel that way about abortion.  YOU ARE TAKING AWAY THE LIFE OF ANOTHER.  How about their right?  It doesn't matter when you do it, there is no other way (yet) to enter this world.  If you purposely stop that process because you feel you have the right to choose you are in the wrong.  Your choice was made.  There is nothing we as human being can do that is more miraculous and more important.  I am so struck by abortion being 'normal' nowadays I can't put it to words all that well.  The levels in which this is worse than slavery are brutally obvious.  Our generation thinks it better to not have been born than have been waterboarded. Some think they are doing the kid a favor.  I guess the extreme greenies should be happy because of all the CO2 we're stopping from ever happening - can you imagine if one of them grew up to drive an SUV!!!  Multiply that by millions and millions.  Gees.  Rationalize it any which way - we have some built-in basic right/wrong switches.  You don't come home after one feeling proud of something.  People don't go around bragging to friends/relative about how many they've had (I seriously hope not).  Why?  I'll let you in on it - because it is wrong.  We know it is wrong.  We color it nicely, give it a politically correct name, do it in groups, we have books of excuses, we hold hands before and after it - wait, wait for it, yup still wrong.  18 years later do people walk around going, dang I'm glad I had that abortion, psssh.
A huge chunk of us wouldn't be here if Roe V. Wade was 30 years prior.  A massive amount of us.  Would this place really be better without you? You wouldn't even get the chance to know.  I suppose medicare wouldn't be so much % of gov spending.  I'd rather be born in the worst place on the earth and have a chance to live than none at all.  I could go on and on. This is something I know to be wrong.  Maybe one of the few that I'm 100% on.  It won't change in another 30 years - not because I'm not open minded, but because it is wrong.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hawk at HC

Hard to see him, but above the door the Hawk was going for his lunch the same time as me.