Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Barack Obama

I never considered myself a political person. Not until things began to affect me personally.
The first time I ever voted was when Perot ran. I was about 34 years old.
I felt the government going down the toilet and decided we needed change.
Still, I have never been passionate about politics. That is, until this gentleman came on the scene.
My husband and I were moved by his speech at the Dem Convention. We had never heard of him. After his speech, we stood up and cheered to the t.v. set. Everything he said made SO much sense.
There is just something about him. A positive aura surrounding him.
I fear for him, because he IS black. People can be ignorant. And they will be.
He brings "hope". He preaches what is in the hearts of Americans. Even those that are afraid or won't say it.
He brings a J.F.K. sort of model to the stand.
Personally, I think he is bigger and better than JFK.
I'm hoping....

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Adults Suck

I believe that adults need to fix their communication skills.
Those that care about you should be at the top of the list.
No one prepares anyone for mid-life properly.
Adults tell kids, do this, don't do that. You will regret it, etc...
The majority of adults don't share their feelings correctly. My mother is the number one offender of this.
Instead of saying how she felt or sharing her experiences, good or bad, she would just yell or shame or whatever into making you do the right thing.
No one ever told me that time runs out. To follow your heart. No one told me why I should do these things.
I guess I can be thankful that I feel I have always done right in my communication with the youngsters.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

2006 ----> 2007

Ok, so the past coupla years have really sucked.
I was laid off from a very good job at a large company due to a corporate buyout. 2nd time in 10 years.
This 2nd time was the worst for a few reasons.
#1 At the age of 43, for the first time in my life, I had a job I loved. A boss I loved. Decent co-workers. Good pay. etc...
#2 The job situation in Ohio just downright blows. So much so that it doesn't matter how many years experience you have or how many certifications you have, if you don't have that college degree, you are totally fucked.
Or, you have to drive into the big city to work. Which means leaving the house at 7 a.m. and returning around 7 p.m. or later.

So, emotionally I went into the toilet. You wonder why my posts are so negative and depressing? lol Trust me, my life is not always negative and depressing.

After a few months of the job search and realizing that without a college degree, my 20 years experience and a few certifications were going to get me about $15 an hour (which I know is not "bad" money, but I was making $25 an hour) and a discussion with the husband, we bit the bullet and I enrolled at the local university.
Going to college was also a good idea because I "really" needed the break from corporate america. After give my "all" to 2 corporations and working my way into decent success, just to be thrown out with the rest of the "numbers", I was ready for a break. I currently have NO desire to go back to being a cube monkey.

So I'm in my 2nd year of college and doing pretty good. I work on campus.
I love it.
Our credit has gone in the toilet and been flushed. We are unbeeeeelievably broke. The house is falling apart. The cars are falling apart.

I'm determined to make 2007 better than the last 2 years.
Things are still going to suck like the money and this middle aged realization crap thing that is going on, but I'm determined to "adjust".
We have our health, a roof over our heads, food in our mouths and love.
We don't have 2 big incomes. Money to burn.
We have the essentials to survive. I just need to "adjust" and that is what I am determined to do this year.

Youth Is Wasted On The Young

I work with guys that are between the age of 20 and 25. College boys. lotta fun. hahahha
Anyhow, the other morning one of the guys was commenting to the others about middle age women at bars. I wasn't paying much attention to them as I was much too engrossed in my new Guildwars game, but DID catch the "middle aged women" thing. I said in a joking manner "hey what you say about middle aged women". I honestly was joking around, because I honestly didn't hear what he was saying about middle aged women. Selective hearing I guess.
Anyhow, he said "no nooo, I was commenting on how FUN they are at bars".
Now, this conversation goes right along with everything that is going on with me these days.
So he and I got into the conversation about why middle aged women are so fun at bars.
He was honestly enlightened. I've discovered that most young adults are very respectful of older peoples opinions if you are honest and open with them. A little humor thrown in helps too. lol
My theory on this is that middle aged women are more fun "out on the town", because they are there for just that...."fun".
They really could give 2 shits what everyone thinks. They aren't there to get laid. They aren't there for a fashion show or intelligent conversation.
They are there to get drunk, laugh, be wild, blow off steam and basically forget that they are...."middle aged".
Middle aged women know that a bar is not the place to find a perspective mate.
Middle aged women have hit that "don't give a fuck" stage in life. When you hit that stage, the term "youth is wasted on the young" becomes VERY true.