Thursday, November 04, 2004

Well, the whole Syracuse thing has FINALLY been resolved. Rich found out he didn't get the job. But we still don't know why he was vetoed. According to his headhunter, the HR person and the Hiring manager both wanted him. I am sad and happy. But Rich doesn't seem to be too discouraged by it and had all sorts of new ideas today about how to deal with it.

So, we're kind of back to square one. But the good part is that he knows what he wants to do with his life now. He wants to work in medical devices/medical software. And that's a lot more than he knew when he quit his job in July. I'm just so glad we know, so he can put his heart into searching for something else. He's still keeping an open mind about applying to jobs in other places. But I'm just as happy to stay here. I want to live in our house. We just finished moving the fence to reflect our actual property line. Which for some reason wasn't built on the property line in the first place, thus making our yard half the size it should have been. Now we have a huge yard, big enough for a play structure and I'm thrilled. Eric will have a big safe driveway to ride around in a bigwheel when he's old enough. And around here, that's not so common.

I have lost my voice along with 49% of America. Both literally, as in I can't talk, and figuratively as in I don't think the laws of this country will reflect my values for a long time. See my ranty-rage below. Or not. I feel bad that I snapped at a Republican co-worker by point out that she'd be back in Russia soon. And at least she was appropriately horrified when I informed her about Ashcroft subpoening women's medical records a few months ago. Like many Americans who vote Republican on principal, she doesn't pay attention to the details of what's really going on. But I shouldn't have done that.

Eric is doing well. We moved him into daycare three days a week and he has a great time there. And he takes long naps there as well. So I am thankful that it worked out so well.

Onto some work now.

Warning: Lefto Pinko Rant about to appear here. If you don't like it, please fuck right off my page.

I am so furious with "red" America right now. But you know what? I just don't care. I have wealth, education and privilege and resources they don't. I can buy bottled drinking water. I can move if the air gets too dirty to breath. I live in a state that elects a government that protects the environment. I can take my daughter to any country I want to deal with her reproductive health. Let their children go the emergency room with asthma because of the polluters. Let them die and go into debt without healthcare so Bill Gates can have a tax cut. Let their daughters bleed to death from botched coathanger abortions. I think those young women and children of the south should be casualties of a cultural war when they make abortion illegal in the next ten years. When healthcare becomes completely out of reach for ordinary Americans. Let another four or five million people lose their healthcare. No underground railroad for abortions. Fuck them. They don't value life once it is out of the womb. Let their children wait in overcrowded emergency rooms without insurance. Let their children, husbands and fathers die in an unjust useless war. Most of the soldiers voted for Bush anyhow. Let them die in cardboard trucks. I don't care.

I don't care. I give up. If the folks in the South like my dear friends from that area don't like their policies they can move back North to places like Iowa, Ohio, Oregon, New York and Pennsylvania. Then we'll switch the electoral votes around for the 2010 census. That will make a difference.. Let them rot in their own policies. If they think that gay marriage is more important than clean air and water then fuck them. Fuck them all. Let their sons be autistic from mercury in the drinking water. Let them have children that can't bear to be touched. I don't care. If they think gay marriage is a bigger threat to marriage than domestic violence or the Fox network, fuck them. I don't give a shit. I will try to volunteer and make a difference in my local community.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

I am devastated. I barely slept last night. I kept checking my computer to see what happened in Ohio.

Now I'm just angry and disgusted with my fellow Americans. Over the next four years we will see:

The disintegration of Rowe V. Wade, criminalization of abortion, and government intervention into women's medical files.
More terrorist attacks courtesy of 300 tons of explosives looted from Iraq
Another four million people will lose their healthcare
Another four years of poluters given license to leak mercury into our drinking water and CO2 into our air.
Further blurring of the line of Church and State

A long time ago, an English friend said to me: "If Margaret Thatcher gets elected again I will lose faith in democracy."

I think I'm at that point. I wish this country could split in two. Let the South secede and legislate their Evangelical Christian laws on each other. Leave our secular democracy alone.

Monday, November 01, 2004

A little shot of Somerville... Posted by Hello

Zaida plays "house" with Eric at The Farm. Posted by Hello

Eric learns how to Trick or Treat at the Franklin Park Zoo. Posted by Hello
Halloween was so fabulous. We took Eric and my niece Zaida to the Franklin Park Zoo where we looked at animals and did some trick-or-treating. Eric chose a spider costume, a black and gray sweatsuit thing with a face on the hood and little bumps for spider legs poking out of the seams down the sides.

He was literally the cutest person EVER.

I feel pretty awful today. Everybody I know is biting their nails one way or the other about the election. I know two very nice men named Ben who both like Bush and seem pretty confident that he'll win. But I think they're wrong. I think Kerry has a real shot and so many people I know will be devistated if K looses. Salon did a cellphone poll of folks without land lines. They went for Kerry 55 to 40, and those folks are 6% of the voting-aged population.

Rich doesn't think we'll have an answer until Wednesday about Syracuse and that's making me insane.

Another thing that is challenging my sanity, is my Comcast broadband connection. Somebody on my node has a rogue DHCP server that's giving me a bogus IP address on both my router and my cable modem. It's a nightmare. Comcast really doesn't think it's their problem, and I have no idea how to track this person down. So, my Internet connection has been down intermittently for days and there's NOTHING I can do.

Grrr Arg.