We got our errands done fairly quickly today. It was so hot and humid, we didn't want to linger in town! We wanted to stop by Walmart to get a few things, and I asked Ken, "Are you mentally prepared for a Walmart Saturday?" There were SO many people there, and while I always like to look through their $5 movies, I had no stomach for it today, and said, "Let's get outta here!" I just cannot handle crowds like I used to. We picked up a couple of good-sized potatoes to bake tonight (before we left I pulled a sirloin out of the freezer for Ken to grill tonight) and some zucchini for grilling (along with some onions) tomorrow. I'll pull some chicken out of the freezer for tomorrow, and we're all set for weekend dinners!
Ken got the lip-smacking air conditioner fixed! There was nothing wrong with it, it had just gotten bumped, or had settled and moved, enough so that the water was draining inside instead of outside. We only run it at night, so the carpet wasn't too wet, and all is well now. I'm glad I won't have to hear that tonight--it was kind of creepy!
I put up the picture of Shane's cat Boris, and I want to write a little more about her. I don't think she's a purebred, but she definitely has elements of a purebred cat. Shane did a little research, and found that she most resembles what I believe is called a Tiffany cat. The body type of the Tiffany was listed as "neither cobby nor svelte." We cracked up over that phrase, and it entered the Beth and Shane Lexicon. We still sometimes will mention to each other that something or someone is "neither cobby nor svelte," and then we crack up!
Boris is very much her Dad's cat. In her younger days, she would climb up by me on the couch and let me pet her, but she doesn't want to have much to do with anyone other than Shane now. For some odd reason, she loves my Blistex berry lip balm, and it's almost like catnip to her! When I take care of Shane's kitties, I always make sure I load up with Blistex before I go in, so I can let Boris sniff my lips. She'll start acting all crazy, rolling on her back...but if I try to pet her, she'll bat her paw at me. One day she was sniffing my lips, and I tried to pet her on the head...and she reached up and whacked me on the cheek with her paw! I sent Shane an email that said, "Your cat bitch-slapped me today!" Ha ha! I love Boris, and I wish she would let me pet her a little bit, but I understand that she's her own
person cat, and like Greta Garbo, vants to be left alone.
Warning: Political Content Ahead! Be afraid...be very afraid!
Missie mentioned that she's not a fan of Sen. Obama (more about that general subject--not Missie in particular!--in a moment), but she really thought that Obama would have picked Hillary. I had a feeling that just wasn't going to happen. I really think that Sen. Clinton has been quite gracious in her campaigning for Sen. Obama, but from everything I've read, the "chemistry" just wasn't there. I think the Clintons will really work to unite the Democratic party at the convention, with the goal of getting a Democrat in the White House.
As for the choice of Senator Biden, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hoping for Indiana's Senator Bayh. He's got some pretty good financial credentials (during his 8 years as Indiana's governor, he was known as a real tightwad when it came to budget concerns, and he finished his second term with a large state budget surplus), some solid Senate credentials (as a member of 5 Senate committees, including the Armed Services Committee), and is youthful and charismatic. I think he has a bright future ahead of him (I suspect that you just might see President Bayh one day), but he just didn't have much national recognition, and now was not his time.
Sen. Biden has some major "street cred" in Washington, and while Obama's message of change doesn't necessarily fit with someone who has been in Washington for decades, I think he made a good choice in someone who has extensive foreign policy experience. I've come to feel that while Sen. Obama might not have that extensive experience himself, he has the wisdom and intelligence to surround himself with advisers who do. That doesn't apply just to this situation. Even in our own lives, we would do best to surround ourselves with those who give good advice and have the intelligence and common sense to provide solid counsel. If we constantly accept bad advice or listen to people who don't really know what they're talking about, we're the ones who suffer for listening to them. Having the good judgement to choose good advisers counts for a lot, in my book, as well as having enough intelligence to understand issues and to research things well.
Anyhoo, I totally understand his choice. As Obama's running mate, Sen. Biden's role will be as "attack dog," a role he'll play well, but in keeping with Obama's attempt to run a more positive campaign, I think they'll ask him to keep it as low-key as possible.
Back to the "not being a fan" comment. I know we all have our own opinions, and believe me, I respect and value all of yours. I have my own opinions, too, and you all know that I occasionally like to share them. <grin> But I think I'm like most people in wishing that there were a little more civility in the world, and I feel that resorting to calling people names or ridiculing their heritage or age--just a couple of examples!--is not what we need to be focusing on. I'll give you my opinions about things, but you won't see any disrespect to either candidate's name or heritage or age here. Also, relying on forwarded emails, or extreme right- or left-wing news sources or publications for our information is imprudent at best and limited thinking at worst. If you have a knee-jerk reaction to certain issues, or receive an email that says something inflammatory about either candidate, please do some further investigation and find out the truth. As they always said in "The X-Files," the truth is out there...but sometimes we have to do a little digging.
We're all in this together, and we all want what is best for our country. Here are a few sites that might come in handy if you want to explore a bit.
Snopes - one of the best sites ever. Find everything from urban legends to Internet rumors to facts on the candidates at Snopes.
No, I didn't include Ralph Nader or Bob Barr. If you believe either candidate has a chance of winning the presidency, you can find their information by Googling them!