Tuesday, April 18, 2006

I never really understood what it meant to not have enough hours in the day, save for the tens of times I've procrastinated on a project or paper for school. But ever since my wife has gone back to work, there simply aren't enough hours in the day to do what I'd like to accomplish in a day.

I really don't think many people understand what my wife and I are going through. Our interaction during the work week is minimal. On days that we both work (which is four days out of the week), we see each other for literally an hour and a half before I have to get to bed. And that short period of time include dinner and after-dinner clean up.

I literally have time in my work day to get up, go to work, pick up my daughter from daycare, pick up my son from school, go home and take care of the kids, prepare dinner, eat, and get back to sleep. What's gone from my schedule? No more working out. No more playing basketball. Simply stated, there just isn't any time to waste.

Oh well. It can only get easier from here.

On a side note, I was supposed to get a raise a month ago and these mother fuckers haven't put it through. The combination of retardedly high gas prices and my damn commute is putting a hurt on my wallet. It looks like the gas milage of my crappy Toyota is the silver lining in having to drive a crappy Corolla.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

The following is an extension of some discussion we had on Joser's blog and a direct response to "Religion II" .

I think that there's this misconception on the political left that people of faith are generally self-righteous, finger-pointing, close-minded, fundamentalists that are limited in perspective and open-mindedness..

I can see that under a certain light, so I can understand that point of view. I can understand why someone would shun almost anything related to religion. Wars are fought over hundreds of years over religious beliefs. Murders are justified. Hatred is validated. Race and gender oppression is upheld.

But in the scope of American society, I think it is almost reckless to lump in people of faith with those that are obviously on an extreme end of the spectrum. Many people on the political right have been using their Christian beliefs to form the basis of their policital platforms.

But the majority (the FAR majority) of religious Americans don't care that people disagree with them religiously. They use religion as a moral standard. Not as a rigid set of rules that should be applied to the masses but as a set of suggestions to be applied when applicable.

They just want their beliefs to be respected. Period.

So with that said, lumping in those of faith together and labeling them as "closed minded" and "quaint", are JUST as guilty as those on the right who claim that Democrats that don't agree with the Evangelical Christian "morality" that has taken over the Republican party are "godless" and "without moral fiber". It goes both ways. Liberals forget that the far political Left can alienate those who share the majority of their political and social beliefs. It's the reason why George Bush is still the president of The United States of America.

The majority of liberal America can separate their faith and their social and political responsibility. The separating line between church and state are definitely being blurred, especially by the political conservatives that are using the emotional attachment of religion to advance their agenda. But as a liberal, being told that my faith in God hinders my ability to properly view the world is a) insulting, and b) completely wrong.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Appreciated



The last dance scene of Dirty Dancing.

It starts with one of the best line in any movie ever:

"Nobody puts Baby in the corner."

The delivery by Swayze was of Poitier caliber. And the reaction by Jerry Orbach (Rest In Peace)was golden.

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes brought the heat with "Time Of My Life". The climax with the lift. It was just perfect. I really can't same more about it except for the extremely corny look you get from Swayze after he jumps off the stage, lands, and looks up, still on beat.

On a side note, was Francis' sister retarded? I mean, shit.