Wednesday, July 03, 2002
Hallelujah ** Praise be to Prudential. Today is my Friday. Goodbye work week, hello 4-day weekend!!! As it should be, I'll probably not be around and blogging much this weekend. My plans involve swimming, playing with friends, going to Mexico for a day trip, shopping, getting my Mazda back, fireworks, and general merriment. So if I don't talk to you again before Monday, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I hope your bosses were nice enough to give you Friday off, too! :-) Happy Fourth!
Miracle of Miracles! ** Lookie! Rain! Oh, by the way. I cleaned up my left bar a little, including a new issues link. In case you're ever interested in my increasing activism, you can peek in there. And I cleaned up my friends' links since they all had their babies now and stopped blogging about pregnancy. Linky linky all you want on this beautiful, sprinkly Phoenix morning.
Missing the boat ** Okay, I'm tired of hearing this. It's as though our media is trying to start a race war of some sort. Ever since the man who started our state's worst-ever fire was arrested, the media has been reporting "tensions" between "white Arizonans" and White Mountain Apaches. That is, frankly, bullshit. This particular individual had some problems, and quite clearly had some issues establishing right from wrong. He did happen to be Apache. Anybody with half a brain knows that is separate from his actions. There is a white woman from Phoenix who started the second half of the blaze, and many are afraid she'll never be brought to justice because she is just that - a white woman from Phoenix.
Um, yeah. This woman started the fire to alert a helicopter that she was lost. A news helicopter, covering the main fire. They caught her waving them down next to the fire on videotape and broadcast it throughout the state. I think we can all bet our little bippies that she'll find herself in front of a scowling man in a robe, and soon.
No, you're not, and they're not. And as we enter this July 4th weekend and you think people are afraid to go "up there" because they're mad at you...? Let me clarify some things for you. First, this fire is not completely contained, though it's getting closer. Maybe, just maybe, people's ideas of fabulous Fourths don't involve still-smoldering pine tree ashes. Just a hypothetical. Then, let's remember that we can't go "up there" if we want to. Most of the state is in lock-down. People aren't allowed to even enter a forest in the whole state for fear someone might look at it wrong and it'll burn down. And they aren't legally allowed to pitch a tent on Indian land, so where precisely are they going to pitch one? Kinda limits one's options, "white Arizonan" or not.
And finally, I'd like to see the news media find one, just one person saying something along the lines of: "Those damn Apaches. They just want to burn the forests down." And until they do, I want this us vs. them media crap to stop. First it was those evil left-wing environmentalist hippie freaks who burned down our state. Now it's the Apaches. And the regular Joe never believed either story.
Tuesday, July 02, 2002
Been caught stealin' ** I generally don't try to use others' ideas in my blog, preferring my own (oftentimes admittedly dull) chattering. But Sara borrowed the idea herself of doing a google name search, and when I did it I thought the results were interesting. The search info for "Kerry is" -
Kerry is... renowned the world over for its beautiful scenery.
Monday, July 01, 2002
Oh, by the way ** That picture above is just a negative of fireworks over Phoenix. I thought it looked spiffy. You probably don't, but it'll be gone in a week anyway. Thanks for tuning in. ;-)
Searchin' ** Search referrers over the weekend:
pictures of cooking disaster... Well, I never took pictures of Joe's blueberry torte (actually made with bananas and red wine), but they would have been highly amusing.