Not everyone in this country is old enough to remember Ronald Reagan, the Great Communicator. He was the guy who had the balls to tell Gorbachev (the premier of the then Soviet Union) to “tear down this wall” between the two Berlins. He was the guy who didn’t back down from American hegemony. He called the Evil Empire (the USSR) out for what it was on the world stage. It’s a shame that most of today’s pussy-hat wearing snowflakes have probably never even heard of Ronald Reagan. Perhaps if they had, they would reconsider the “beauty of socialism” and perhaps even see why the gimme mentality is not really a good thing after all.
I hesitate on some levels to compare Donald Trump to Ronald Reagan. Trump doesn’t have the eloquence or the finesse that Reagan had. Reagan had a gift for making his enemies do what he wanted them to without them really realizing it. But Reagan and Trump are men of different eras, and their strategies are necessarily different. Their aims, however, are remarkably similar.
Trump is blunt because this is a blunt world. Trump has some serious damage control to enact. This is a world who got used to seeing America through the eyes of milquetoast Bush 1, then through the scandals of Slick Willie (i.e. 8 years of con-artist and man-slut singing Kumbaya with leaders of terrorist regimes,) then through the bewildered void of the Bush 2 administration, only to (almost) write America off as a third world hole thanks to the Worst Excuse for an American President Ever- Barack Hussein (I love Islamic Terrorism!) Obama.
HAD. Thank God.
Trump has to tell it like it is- and act accordingly- if our country is to survive. I am not even talking hegemony here- but survival.
Standing up to the UN. That blew my mind- in a good way of course. Calling Kim Jong Il out as the “Rocket Man” (and making the song of the same name by Elton John stick in my head for a day and a half) was priceless.
Shame on me for what was running through my mind last night when Pastor was talking about how being an automotive technician must really be a calling from God. I was giggling to myself. Yes, it is, when you stop and really think about it, but my mind is a bit jaded from being around these guys for so many years.
I guess I never really thought of technicians as having a calling, or a sacred trust, even though I have read some of what Martin Luther wrote on vocation. I grew up in and around automotive shops, and let’s just say the experience didn’t feel exceptionally holy. When the name of God was mentioned, it was usually followed by the word “damn.” Dad isn’t a particularly salty dog with language- he did try to clean it up around women, anyway, but all of his friends were. One of them (and yes, being the geeky little creature I was, I counted) managed to use a certain four letter word that starts with the letter “f” an amazing thirteen times in one sentence.
Dad had a good friend who was into really primo vintage VW restorations. The man’s body work was absolutely pristine- but his private shop where he did the restoration work was completely wallpapered on the inside with nudie pictures. They weren’t tasteful nudies, either. These were porn-star nudies in filthy poses. Worse yet, at least for me, all the nudies were women, and therefore not particularly aesthetically pleasing to me. But it was his shop, and boys will be boys. I’ve supervised technicians before, so I get it. It’s like running a day care, only not nearly as cute. Many of these “boys,” in spite of their knowledge, training, and areas of technical prowess, have an emotional maturity age of right around 12.
Until the mid 1990s or so it was common practice for parts stores and automotive suppliers to sponsor and give out promotional calendars with either completely naked women or very scantily clad ones. Those sort of things don’t really offend me as such- what else would Dad’s buddy use to wallpaper his shop walls-but the promotional nudie calendar fell out of favor probably as a casualty to political correctness. Sometimes women do venture back into the nether regions of an automotive shop, and we wouldn’t want to offend their virgin eyeballs, I guess.
I don’t believe in political correctness. I’m more of the type to say, “If you don’t like it, don’t look at it,” even when it applies to tasteless nudie calendars.
If you don’t like my Ronald Reagan calendar (and yes, I really do have a calendar from the Reagan Ranch) nobody said you had to look at it. I am more tolerant than maybe I should be in some ways, but there are some battles worth fighting, and some battles that I’ll gladly concede to avoid the conflict.
Protect your chili dog.
I knew of one techie who would grab a big bag of chow (or two) from Burger King every day. He was a tiny, wiry red-headed dude (somewhat reminiscent of a 5’1″, 90# version of the Burger King, interestingly enough) who would pack down about 5,000 calories or so worth of Whoppers, fries and other delectables every lunch hour. The pisser was that he was the transmission guy (a very busy guy, back in the days of the 700R4s and their constant meltdowns) and he never bothered to wash the ATF and/or CV grease and/or U joint lube off his hands before stuffing those Whoppers down his throat.
Greasy burger with a side of Dexron III. Yum. Maybe it was the Dexron III that kept him from gaining weight. Or maybe he’s just one of those enviable individuals who can eat like it’s the end of the world and never gain an ounce. Bastard.
I wonder if he’s still alive. That was back in 1993.
I have to wonder if his wife’s still alive too. She was every bit of 6’5″ and 450#. She wore the Suburban she drove on those days when she brought her man his Whoppers. They would sit together and snarf Whoppers. It would have been romantic if…nah…you can’t read anything remotely amorous in to that.
In all seriousness though, the message is that life and work are supposed to mean something and to have a purpose in this world. Even if I don’t get what that something is.
I’m more comfortable in my own little world. Aren’t we all, I guess, unless you’re one of those people who thrives on being surrounded by the company of others. I feel positively smothered in the midst of large gatherings. I can only take so much, no matter who it is or what kind of conversation is going on. Most of my family are incorrigible extroverts (I understand the mentality, but acting as though I’m an extrovert positively wears me out) so they wonder why I don’t always answer the phone immediately or text back the minute I get a text. Sometimes I simply have to turn all that stuff off or just ignore it if I have any hope of remaining sane functional.
It’s all good here in my own little dystopia. I have old Journey songs on the MP3 player, iced tea (with lemon only, NO sweetener of any type) and a cougar pool, capacity: 1 old cougar, namely me. The dogs don’t give a rat’s ass if I wish to engage them in conversation or not as long as they get their meals of processed, crunchy mutton and whatever else is in their dog food, and they get to go out from time to time to perform their bodily functions and run around in the grass. Jerry will probably be going to the campground this weekend, so I get at least one quiet solitary overnight. I may utilize some of said solitary time to enjoy some of my live Journey DVDs (cranked up, because I know Jerry is not a Journey fan) and/or finish reading a couple of books. The one I just started – FDR’s Deadly Secret is proving most fascinating so far. The theory in this book is that FDR died from melanoma that spread to his brain, although he had a laundry list of medical conditions going on that could have killed him too.
I just finished another book – Florence Harding: The First Lady, the Jazz Age, and the Death of America’s Most Scandalous Presidentwhich picked over quite a bit of formerly obscure Marion County history as well as some rather seedy dirty laundry involving Warren G. Harding. Yes, Harding was a tomcat. Yes, Harding had friends in low places, but as far as scandal goes, from today’s perspective, I would have to say Clinton far exceeded Harding in the area of tomcatting, and both Clinton and Obama have far exceeded Harding in having friends in low places, and in flat out scandalous and illegal behavior. Since this book was written in 1998, before many of the Clinton scandals came to light, and Obama was probably still a “community organizer” somewhere in Kenya, I can forgive the author that. This book was well-researched and documented, and (though long for most people) to me, a fascinating read.
I feel for Florence Harding. I know all too well how difficult it is to be an intelligent woman stuck with carrying a man with a lot of issues.
I don’t personally think Harding was the worst president ever. Obama takes the prize on that dubious distinction as the worst president ever hands down as far as I’m concerned, even when compared with Dick Nixon, (in his instance I will venture to speak ill of a fellow Republican,) Jimmy Carter and even Bill Clinton. Many past presidents (JFK, FDR and LBJ to name a few- in the 20th century) were tomcats. Almost every past president, including my personal favorite, Ronald Reagan, was involved in something that someone might construe to be scandalous. It’s a necessity of the office. Perhaps the most squeaky-clean of the 20th century presidents was Harry Truman- but his sort of Democrat is extinct today, believe that.
Even Reagan had his moments, but IMHO he would do better from the grave than the current squatter occupying the Oval Office.
Come on, answer my poll, and comment, even if you do think I’m a right wing nut job. I’m not politically correct, and I’m not very easily offended.
History is an endlessly fascinating subject for me, especially 20th century history. I don’t know where the fascination came from but for the past several years most of my reading has been historical non-fiction. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction, and I tend to get more engrossed in a story if I know it’s at least somewhat derived from historical fact.
It’s not entirely that I dislike people. Dislike isn’t really the right word. Dealing with people in most circumstances wears me out and sucks up what little energy I have to begin with. I do have my misanthropic tendencies- and I think people get on my nerves more than I should allow- but there are people I do adore. The main problem I have is I can only take most people in very small doses and I can only take so much of even those who are dearest to me. I need a lot of time alone, and when for whatever reason I don’t get it, I get very crispy around the edges.
Perhaps it’s the old school Catholic upbringing, but I feel guilty when I actually do put myself first.
In the event an airplane loses cabin pressure in flight, the flight attendant always instructs the adults to put their own oxygen mask on before masking their rugrat. It makes sense- you have to cover yourself before you can have the resources to cover anyone else- but sometimes I get so preoccupied with other people’s wants and needs that I forget to do the things that re-energize me.
One of those things is simply turning off all the electronics and locking the doors.
I have to admit I enjoy life a lot more in my cougardom than I ever have previously. There is still plenty of room for improvement in my quality of life, but over all I am thankful that life in general sucks less than it used to. My childhood consisted of thirteen years of wearing bad clothes, being a klutzy and nearsighted social pariah, and getting the living thunder beat out of me by my sisters, their friends and the kids at school. Adolescence wasn’t much better, as I was voted “Least Likely to Get Laid” in the high school Senior Will. The good part of high school was that I didn’t get beaten up once I had the good fortune to make friends with big girls who could fight. I looked old enough and usually had money to buy cigarettes, so protection for smokes was a fair trade. Guys only asked for my phone number so they could call my sisters, but I can’t say I blame them. I was nothing to look at.
Fast forward into college- that was an improvement mostly in my personal autonomy. For the most part I could come and go as I pleased, at least as far as my limited finances and the condition of the current tires on my old Subaru allowed. If I would have had the foresight to have ran, ran, ran away from my ex before I was naive enough to marry him- and went to college in another state- life would have been different. I don’t know if it had been better, but it would have been different. Perhaps a better male contributor of half of Steve-o’s DNA would have actually given a shit, and perhaps Steve-o would have gotten better hair. He managed to get off incredibly well in the genetic lottery with the exception of having bad sinuses and even worse hair. Coarse, kinky, greasy and mousy brown, just like the sperm donor’s. Acck. But hair can be buzz cutted, and when your hair is nasty, the clippers are a beautiful thing. I am glad he gave up the Robert Plant- sometime- around- 1971 hair style. I had to wonder what kind of unauthorized insect life was living in that mess. The only good thing about it is that he didn’t attempt dreadlocks- he has the right kind of hair for it, but Anglo men look absolutely disgusting with dreadlocks even when nature does give them coarse, kinky and greasy hair. It’s just not culturally congruent- unless you can prove you are related to Bob Marley.
With a good haircut he almost looks normal. This was not a good haircut. They didn’t shave it down to 1/4″ or less. The only good thing about his male parentage is that the sperm donor was 6’2″ . Steve-o is 6’1″, and he certainly didn’t get height from my family. The tallest one of us is my formerly sadistic older sister who is 5’9″. Dad is only 5’6″ and I tower over him if I wear a three inch heel or more. Then again, the odds are that had I chosen for myself I probably would not have bothered to procreate at all (Steve-o, the illustrious POMC, was not exactly planned) so that’s a bit creepy to mention.
I have to say my 20’s and 30’s pretty much sucked. Between bad relationships, trying to raise the POMC (mostly alone) and constant work, it was almost all a bad nightmare. I didn’t make the greatest decisions. I found myself in some pretty stupid situations. For a long time I was on a first name basis with day care managers, elementary and middle school principals and guidance counselors, and even more frightening, representatives of law enforcement. Steve-o did not have a particularly mellow adolescence to put it mildly. He always had to be the ringleader. If there was trouble in a communal setting, he was generally right at the center of the action. Hell, he didn’t need a community to get in trouble. There’s nothing like explaining to the cable company that the $300 of pay-per-view porn that magically appeared on my statement was procured via the cable remote by my 12 year old.
But finally, I woke up one morning and Steve-o became an adult. The fact that his first child is due in February might have something to do with it. I am glad he is being a man and taking care of his obligations. He even bought a four door car. I may even dare say he is becoming a responsible adult which scares the hell out of me in a way. Somewhere in all the chaos I went from young and struggling and constantly moving from crisis to crisis and discovered I became an old cougar. It seemed the transformation was overnight but as I look back I realize it was by degrees.
There are some things I still find important. Personal landscaping is a constant challenge. Women should only have body hair in three places- the top of the head, thinly sculptured eyebrows, and eye lashes. Every other bit of hair is unsightly and should be removed. Nails are another part of the personal landscape. I like mine big, bold and brightly colored. In nature bright colors and bold patterns are warning signs. They say “Don’t Screw With Me.” That’s why the poison toad is bright orange.
Toe nails must match fingernails. It’s part of a package.
I refuse to take on the conventional wisdom of platinum blonde hair and boring earth tone makeup for older women. First of all with my round moony face I look hideous with blonde hair. Second of all, I like the contrast- dark black hair against my Super White skin. Third of all I like bold eye shadows and bright lipsticks. I am taking a cue from nature. Let them eat the platinum blonde toads- I am brightly and boldly adorned to give the world fair warning. I am not the average middle aged woman who is content to blend into the wall.
Now that I am in the over-40 set I get to do a lot more observing. Age has a certain gravitas. I get away with a lot of things that younger people just can’t do.
I did have a young girl express her dislike of my anti-Obama commentary on the back of my car today. It was sort of hard to take her seriously because she wasn’t even alive yet when President Reagan was in office. Too bad she didn’t live through Jimmy Carter. Then maybe she would have understood where I was coming from.