Trump’s proposed slashing of funds to many programs such as Medicaid, Planned Parenthood, Food Stamps and Disability while providing trillions of dollars in tax cuts is an outrage. As disparity grows in this country we need more taxation and ways to equalize the playing field – not more. We AMericans have this feeling that anyone should bootstrap their way to riches if they are motivated enough, but it doesn’t work that way, and we certainly don’t need to make billionaire’s more wealthy while cutting programs for the many.
After a truly wet, chilly and depressing winter and Spring, we hit 80 degrees (83) for the first time this year in Seattle yesterday. And everyone’s FB posts are all about the sun and how much they are loving it. There are a lot of Seattleites who claim they like the clouds, but I don’t believe that for a second. 🙂
This post will soujnd a little bitter, but if I am honest with myself that is probably how I feel 🙂
My friend B’s son is in the hospital with a potential fatal tumor, and while I don’t know his son (and feel awful for his son!) my first instinct was to visit Friend B for moral support. To be honest, I didn’t want to visit since I battle fatigue and my own health issues, but he did not visit me when I was in the hospital for a week with a potential fatal lung disease; but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to be the better person and to go, except I spent he a busy week with family commitments and frankly I am exhausted. So I texted him I wouldn’t make it. Out of curiousity I went back and checked my texts/emails from when I was miserable and battling lung disease, and not one of my three childhood friends (including B) checked in with me the entire six months i was sick. Not even a “How are you doing” although Friend B reached out to ask if I co uld help plan a surprise party for another friend. What I learned then was that I truly have two great friends who visited and brought food – but my childhood friends were no help.
So, I have this to say: I will not be visiting my friends when they are sick. I wish them all the best, but am not going to put myself out visiting. True friendship is about support, and I’d rather invest my time and energy where the support is potentially mutual.
I don’t know how I first heard of this song a few months ago, but I love it. Every time it pops up on Spotify I get a rush…
Watched Dark Water, a Japanese ghost film where a newly divorced mother and her young daughter move into a building haunted by the ghost of a girl who drowned there. It felt a little long, a litte slow, a little predictable and a little unreal (e.g. Where were the neighbors in their building?). Very meh. 😦
Other than possibly Coolidge, Harding, Johnson or one of the clowns preceding Lincoln, I can’t imagine we’ve had a more ignorant, intellectually damaged/stunted, and less successful (“all his books end in Chapter 11”) than Donald Trump I can’t imagine who that might be. I didn’t vote for him and thought he’d be awful, but I actually truly think he is a very damaged and incredibly ignorant human being, let alone President. His utter ignorance for history is incredible.
A viral video shows police forcibly removing a doctor from an airplane who was involuntarily bumped due to overbooking and refused to leave because he had to work the next day. It was disturbing to watch him get literally dragged off the plane. So much for customer service. The CEO made it worse by sending out a passive aggressive email that more-or-less dissed the passenger for refusing to give up his seat. It doesn’t bode well for United Airlines and the CEO that they can’t think of a single way to a) not overbook the tickets and b) lure a single person off the plane with some sugar. Offer first class for a year, 8 all-expense paid tickets, a free vacation for a week, and to fly the bumped person on the corporate jet – then see what happens. P reasonably, I wouldn’t get off the plane for an 800 voucher either – I wouldn’t trust United to deliver in that there would be some fine print.
Or appeal to common decency: “Hey a doctor up here is worried about his patients tomorrow – is there anyone here who will give up his seat for the doctor? We can’t leave until someone is able to do that for us and him.”
The CEO should be demoted for lack of leadership.