Thursday, July 11, 2002

Monday, July 8, 2002

*sigh* It never ends...

This morning, as I was headed to work, a guy passed me and honked his horn. I gave a sideways glance just in time to see him stick his hand out his pickup truck window and shoot me a middle finger.

I wondered if it was for driving too slow, or if I had changed lanes badly. Then it dawned on me.

He was flipping me off for my bumper sticker.

A few months ago, I had picked up a bumper sticker at ASU that read "Peace is patriotic". I had bought it because I thought it summed up my feelings on war and patriotism in general. In recent weeks I had thought about taking it off or even supplanting it with an American flag or something. Those urges came even stronger after being flipped off this morning.

However, after thinking about it, I am leaving the bumper sticker as it is. I am an American citizen. I love my country, and I support those troops who are stationed around the world, keeping the peace and defending my liberties as well as those of people not only of this country, but around the world.

Even so, I am also a man of peace. I'm not going to go into a rant about George W.'s War on Terrorism policies, or anything like that. I think that the war has managed to accomplish something, in the removal of the Taliban, which was perhaps the most oppressive government in the past 20-30 years.

As I saidm though, I am a man of peace, and I will not be called a "fifth columnist" or have my patriotism questioned simply because I feel that peace is preferable to war. Yes, war may be unavoidable sometimes, but it won't keep me from wolding a candle for brotherhood, equality and a better future.

That's all I have to say about that.

Sunday, July 7, 2002

Quick update:

We're having moving trauma right now. Finding a mover is a bear (and I ain't talking about a bunny bear).

The Fourth (for us at least) sucked, even with the availability of a hot tub. Kathy says we're never going out for the Fourth again. I think it'll change.

Kathy got this in her prescription the other day. Just puzzle over that for a while.

We went to see The Scorpion King last night at the $1.50 theater. It was okay, but there were some people there (probably touristas) who would laugh at entirely inappropriate places. I almost went over to shake some sense into them, and by "shake", I mean "savagely beat".

Today I went to Hickory to buy a couple of birthday gifts for Kathy and a Kacheek plushie for myself. A little while ago, she bought me an early birthday present, a new recliner. :)

And now, the Friday Five, on Sunday night *shrug*.

1. Where are you right now? In front of my computer in a 3 bed, 2 bath trailer in Boone, NC.

2. What have you lost recently? I may have lost some CDs recently, but I think my little brother may have absconded with them.

3. What was the first CD you ever purchased? Does that embarrass you now? My first CD purchased was Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon". I'm not embarrassed at all by that. Now my first album-or-CD length recording I ever bought was a cassette of The Empire Strikes Back soundtrack. I think it's kinda geeky, but I'm not embarrassed, per se.

4. What is your favorite kind of writing pen? My favorite is probably just a basic ball-point pen.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia.

Monday, July 1, 2002

The news continues on CNN (the Clintster News Network):

We now have a house to call our own (or at least a rental). Late last week Kathy went to Lexington to look at some rental properties. She found a 3 BR 2 bath farmhouse about 5 miles out of town, and talked to the owner about it.

This morning he called us to say that he would rent it to us for the next year (at least). We'll be moving sometime between the 20th and the 31st, depending on when we can arrange to get a moving van.

Yippee!!!! We're a-movin' soon!!!!!