Tuesday, February 09, 2016

What happen to a "matter of principle"?

The new buzz word it Gentrification.
according to Wikipedia ...  it means...
Gentrification is a trend in urban neighborhoods, which results in increased property values and the displacing of lower-income families and small businesses.[1] This is a common and controversial topic in urban planning.[2] It refers to shifts in an urban community lifestyle and an increasing share of wealthier residents and/or businesses and increasing property values.[3] Gentrification may be viewed as "correction" of blockbusting and urban flight [4] as many gentrified neighborhoods of the present were once affluent neighborhoods of the past. 

Recently used about Sesame Street move to HBO from PBS.. where it had
been for 40 some odd years..  It seems that all of the characters have
according the song of  The Jefferson's..... have all "moved on up"..
Elmo is now living in a brownstone, and Oscar lives no longer in the
garbage can of old but now in recycling cans in the garden area.
Those of us who watched this show with our now adult children in the
70's, are not crazy about it. They said it speaks of the times, and how
life has been upgraded.

While I find that to not to be so true, as there are still slums and slum
lords....but there is also the great move of the Gentrification people. We
all know of neighborhoods that have been sold out to the highest
bidder.. That now has townhouses, that those who lived in that area
could no way afford.  There are big box stores taking up the spaces
of what was mom and pop stores.  The Yippee generation has
taken over those of modest means.

We all have been living in a town that was just a great little town.
A town that was kind of like Cheers...where everyone knew your
name..  Which some would say, isn't a good thing.   The town
of Sandpoint, is a good example of this.  The trailer parks are
replaced by townhouses, or just a huge house.  This is where
big money bought out the low income property. Sold to the
highest bidder.

These buyers either come themselves or follow those who
move from the big cities to get away from all the crime and
what ever else they didn't like about the big cities.  Yet
within 5 years they are promoting... requesting.. working
with the city hall to get these very values the came here for,
changed over to the exact things that they were running from.

The land owners, trailer parks owners, see the big money
that they can get... more than the rental they are use to
getting.. more than what they paid for the property years
ago.... and they sell, sell , sell...  And can you blame them?
The ring on the carousel may not come by again.
After all it disappeared before... farms that were sold for
4 million dollars.. in the early 2000's... to put in condos
that sold for $400,000 each.. went awash during the drop
of the economy and hasn't return yet.

But what about not selling out... as a matter of Principal?
Instead of going for the big money.. to go for the smaller
changes and smaller money.. if the town really does have
to up date?  What about when there is the big buy, there
be a cause in there, about replacing the people who were
renting.. to a new place of equal values... God forbid,
we know they don't want those people renting their property
for the same amount the people were paying before.
Maybe for every huge condo, there be
a low income apts.. and they have to be built first??

Some how it shouldn't be big money wins out, the low
income pack up and finds a way to recoup their lives.

It should be a matter of principle...

Monday, February 08, 2016

Lost 4 hours...

Now I am going to admit, that I am not the best
football fan.. and there is some of what they
do, that I don't understand anymore..

Like I thought they couldn't strip a ball out
of a guys hands/arms. If he drops it when
tackled, or drops it.. it is fair game..but to
have a guy try over and over to strip it
from your arms.. and then jump on it
and get the ball...or loose control of the
ball, have it dribble over the goal line
and then have the other team jump on
it and claim it, and get a touch down out
of it....  well, i don't remember
that being legal. but guess it is.

I like football.. I am not a religiously watcher
of the game, but I enjoy a good game. Even
if it isn't the Seahawks, or Pats, or even Raiders.
And I really like Super bowl.  I like the game, i like
the ads, and most of the time .. half time music.

But yesterday's Super Bowl.. the 50th ... was
a big disappointment.  The game was lousey
and boring. Mistakes after mistakes.. sloppy
playing at best... I have seen high school kids
who had a more exciting game.

I stuck it out to the end.. for two reasons..
One, to watch the ads.. which was no big
deal this year.. the dog ones seems to be
the best.. Even Bud seem to lack a lot.
But I kept thinking the game would get
better.  After all, how many of us have
watch the games.. and have stinking game
but in the 4th quarter come alive, and read
about it the next day.... kicking yourself
because you gave up and changed the channel.

Well, there is 4 hours, I will never get back.
The worse football game I have ever seen.
Surely the Bronco fans can't be proud of
how their team played.  I know they won.. but still.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Feeling like Charlie Brown....

I have tried to see what possible attraction people
see in Hillary Clinton.   I am not talking about how
she looks.. That is irrelevant to me.. 

Let's start with the voice.. she is either screeching,
and loud.. (mostly when she is losing the battle, or
feeling like her point isn't a good one and if she
yells it, it will sound better).... or she is like
Charlie Brown's teacher.... you know....
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah... boring.
Same old stuff she talked about 8 years ago.
Nothing new, just reused, rehashed. 

The fact that she used the words at the last
Democratic debate, of how she was going to use
Bill as her sounding board, to be open to his
suggestions, to be her ambassador.. blew me
away.. Does the public have that  short memory,
that they don't recall how much they didn't like
Slick Willie, as he was referred as?  And then
to add to the jaw dropping ramble .. she adds,
about Obama and his policies, how she was
going to continue them....... ARE YOU KIDDING
ME?   So basically she was telling us we are
going to have the rehash of the 1980's and then
the 2000's.  Nothing new.. no fresh ideas.. no
how we are going to get out of this mess we
all know we are in..  

What is wrong with people?  And THE WOMEN.
THE WOMEN.. who repeat about having a women
in the office.. so much so, that a bad woman
candidate is better than no woman candidate.
GIVE ME A BREAK..  Surely there is a woman
out there, in our nation.. who has her own mind.
Who has her ideas of how to get out of this.
Surely, in management, or Congress, who know
about our policies and our country that could run
this country. 

And those of you who are Republicans.. don't smile

to much... your ship of fools isn't much better. 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Politics and tunes in the mind...

Where have all the flowers gone... long time ago.. song
as stuck in my mind for the past 24 hours... but these words..
kept coming thru...

Where have all the Statesmen gone, long time passing?
Where have all the Statesmen gone, long time ago?
Where have all the Statesmen gone?
Young voters have over looked  them ,have over looked them.
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn? 

Where have all the voters gone, long time passing?
Where have all the voters gone, long time ago?
Where have all the voters gone?
Gave up on  everyone. Gave up on everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where has common sense gone, long time passing?
Where has common sense  gone, long time ago?
Where  has common sense gone?
Gone for  everyone of interest...Gone for everyone of interest..
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn? 

Where have all the  good candidates gone, long time passing?
Where have all the good candidates  gone, long time ago?
Where have all the good candidates  gone?
Gone to obscurity , everyone....to obscurity, everyone...
Oh, when will  we  ever learn?
Oh, when will we ever learn?

hopefully borrowing a several words from the great song
Where have all the flowers gone, will be excused as this
old lady tries to get this out of her head...

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Will we have peace today or the opening of the Pandora box?

With the election results of today.... in Iowa,
will this be a defining time or just the opening of hell
on wheels?  The state is normally
known for common sense and not quite sensational
type of people.. But the media swoops down on them
every 4 years and makes things insane for them for a
couple of months.   

So here we will be, the first temperature for the
elections.  The first test of how the people feel.
Will the polls have it correct?  Or will it be a
different horse race all together..

None will really quit.. well, not the top 3. This
will just stoke the fires...and it will get a little
rougher and tougher.. More money will be spent.
After all the top 2 are in it for the full run. This
is not a race for the light of heart.

And so far only 4, I think of all the years, that have
won, have gone on to be President.. so that isn't even
good odds.  But it will give us an idea of how much
the bull that has flowed was actually believed by the

Were they impressed?  I don't think so, I think they
just loved the attention and the money that flowed
while the candidates were there. From the candidates
and the media who brought good money to these towns
even if it was just for a little while.

So I guess the word after today will be.

NEXT....  New Hampshire next week and then
the rest of the states...

Monday, February 01, 2016

Going to church.... or not

For those of us who do attend church...be it every
week or occasionally.... why do you do that?

Yes we all go to connect with God and for those
who believe ... Jesus.   Some don't believe in Jesus
they believe is was the Billy Graham of the era.

At least that is what my mother told me. But she
professed to being an atheist.  Which I didn't believe her..
as she always talked about her horses and dogs going to
Heaven.. And if you don't believe in the main man,
how do you have a Heaven?   Maybe in her mind..
there was Heaven which was run by St. Peter and
it was for the animals?  Don't know if she
believe that she could go too, to join her animals
over the years..  We never talked about that. 
But she did request to talk to her friend's son, who
is a Preacher in her last weeks of life.

I have to admit that I am not a very good Christian.
Maybe I should reword that.. I feel I am a pretty
good Christian..(always room for improvement,
and I say I am a lump of clay that he is still working
on it) but not a good church goer.  I go off and on.
Some times I can go 8 or more months every week.
And then others.. I skip from time to time.. some
times up to 3 weeks in a row. some  just one..

So why do I go at all.. some of it is the social
part of it.. There is several people who go to the
early service like we do. I really enjoy connecting
with them..  I like the Pastor.. He is not a fire and
brimstone type.  He understand that people are
flawed, and it is ok with God and Jesus. He makes
his sermons funny, but comes with the message
before the end.  Also he has a nice baritone voice. 
Maybe not the best of reason to most steady going
Christians.  But works for me.  and God seems to

understand this piece of clay. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

First day of CNA classes and blown out of the sky

I had just started my first class of CNA classes... Not
sure of myself.. after all I hadn't been in a class for
...what 29 years?  So here I am listening the best I can and
hope I can retain this information.  The classes were
going to be for 3 months.

We started at 8am... and then at 10am we took a break
...10 minute break, then back to class.
As soon as the door opened up, in rushed the Director
of Nurses...  THE SHUTTLE BLEW UP... they just
announced it just a little bit ago.. thought you would
like to know. 

Now this was before the days of instant media. No
Facebook, or internet..  This was 30 years ago.
So we all got a drink of water, went pee.. and came
back for class. After all it would be at least a hour
or so for the news to get it together...and who knew
how long before they would have why.

We were all sad, and then it dawn on us.. it was the
Challenger...with the teacher on it.  We talked a few
minutes about how horrible it would be for the kids.
And then back to school class.

We all went home at noon, and I am sure we watched
updates on television all day long.. The pictures of it
going up, blowing up.. coming down.. smoke, clouds,
and the look of those who were watching from the platform
near by.

Lot different from the day I was getting off work and
learn on the way home, that the plane flew into the
World Trade Center. And the media lit up from 6am
our time here ... until how many days later?  While
Facebook wasn't what it is today... but the internet

lit up. Searching for more information...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

How does that work like that???

We have all heard about the incident in Flint, Michigan
with the water having lead in it... All because the Governor
decided to save money by changing the system.  Which
just happens to be loaded with lead.

So now they have sick kids, and others.. with more
to come.  The government of Michigan has known
this since April of 2014. And have had full knowledge
of it since summer of 2015..... but decided not to tell
the good citizens until winter of 2015. 

And here we are in 2016, and the water company is
still charging these people with homes there, for their
poison water. How does that work like that? 

Oh, common sense isn't used here... forgot that.. 
because common sense would not have changed
the water system in the first place,
with out testing it... and then after they knew for sure
common sense would have told the people...  But now
common sense really went out the window... with
charging the good people of Flint for the water.
Not much conscience there? 

And the bell will keep tolling.... as the results of the
damage will be here for years to come..
Health damages...and  damages allowed for in

courts across the town. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Trump's new theme song....

Lately as I hear more and more people
getting on the Trump train.. the song
from the King and I came to mind.

Getting to know you
Putting it my way
But nicely
You are precisely ..My cup of tea
Getting to know you
Getting to feel free and easy
When I am with you
Getting to know what to say
Haven't you noticed
Suddenly I'm bright and breezy?
Because of all the beautiful and new
Things I'm learning about you
Day by day
Read more: The King And I - Getting To Know You Lyrics | MetroLyrics

The more that people get to know about the backside of Trump,
the good side that is.. not so much in the media side... 
people are going from .. WHAT? THAT JOKER?  To seeing who else is out there..
and thinking maybe he wouldn't be so bad. 

But I can just see it with the head of states meeting with him..
maybe he better meet them here first... as he might not live to go home from their country.. And then again.. maybe not. maybe he might gain respect for us over there, that we aren't the push over of the last bunch for the past 30 years? 

Who knows.. but I have to admit.. this election is not dull, that is for sure.. well, maybe on the Democrat side.. I still can't believe that woman want Hillary... To me it is the
AOBH for me.... you know.. Any One But Hillary.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Well, Park my Car in the Harvard Yard....

This past weekend we celebrated the 65th
birthday of my brother-in-law..

Many people showed up and the rooms
were buzzing, and finally ended up with the
boys in the men's cave (better known by
me as the LIAR'S CLUB...as there have
been some pretty wild tales told there,
my husband being a member).. and
the women in the front room.  And that
pleased us just fine..  We had more
laughter going.

One of the swing my head around was,
a man who was there, and I have talked
to him many of times over the years.. But
for some reason, his speech stood out
over the weekend.. It made me smile.
Music to my ears..   Maybe because he
usually answered most of the questions
with one word sentence... where this time
he was talking quite a bit.

So was it a Party we were at or a potty?
Cotter was a man or was the man's
name Carter?   It was just nice to hear
him talk, the more relaxed he was, the
stronger it was..  Nice to hear a little
bit of back home. 

Told him I was jealous, that even tho
both of us have been away from New
England for 30 + years, he has kept a
lot more of his than i have.   And yes
he was from just outside of Boston.