Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Week

It will be a short work week. For Thanksgiving, instead of our usual trip to visit with my Aunt & Uncle in Tillamook, we're going to Vernonia to visit Joy's sister Tammy and her family.

We'll come home on Thursday evening, so that Joy can get up to go Black Friday shopping. I don't envy her that! I don't deal well with crowds. I've done most of my Christmas shopping already just to avoid facing the mad rush of people.

Another big bank bailout happened, for Citigroup. I'm sure glad that I'm not going to be the president and have to figure out where the money for all of this is going to come from. Just the thought reminds me of the Onion announcement about Obama's election.

This weekend is the annual Civil War game between the University of Oregon and Oregon State. I'll be pulling for Oregon, obviously--go Ducks! The Beavers going to the Rose Bowl would be a good consolation prize if the Ducks were to lose on Saturday.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A very nice November weekend.

On Saturday, we just stayed home and relaxed, watching some DVD movies, The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, Deep Impact, and in honor of Thanksgiving coming soon, we watched Planes, Trains & Automobiles.

Yesterday, Joy and I went to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert at the Rose Garden with our friends Les and Keri. We had much better seats than last years, so we were even closer to the action. They had more fire and flame displays, along with more lasers, including purple ones. It was a great performance. Afterwords, we went to eat dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory by the Willamette River. It ended up being a late night, at least for me, but was lots of fun.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama

Yeah! It was such a relief last evening to see the networks calling Pennsylvania and then Ohio for Senator Barack Obama. At that point, I felt confident that 2000 and 2004 weren't going to be repeated, that the Democrats would get back to the White House.

John McCain's concession speech was gracious and moving, but I was a little disappointed when his audience booed when Senator McCain mentioned Obama's name. The contrast in Chicago when Obama mentioned McCain was telling; this very large, very partisan crowd cheered for their defeated opponent. This seemed to me to be one of the big differences between the candidates. McCain was trying to scare voters away from Obama, while Obama was filling people with hope.

My oldest daughter voted yesterday for the 1st time. She was so excited to be able to a part of history being made, with her first election actually helping to pick our next president. Hopefully, this enthusiasm will stay with her and the other new voters and they won't get disenchanted with America's political process.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Election Day is Tomorrow

It's Monday, November 3, 2008. Tomorrow, America will choose its President, many senators, and all congressman, along with a host of ballot initiatives and local races. I'll be glad to have the mud-slinging out of the way, at least for a few months; I wish that politicians would realize that these type of ads just turn of the voters, but every election, another crop of nastiness erupts. I'm also very disappointed about the blatent lies that supposed Christians are telling by forwarding email messages full of obviously false "facts" about another Christian, Obama.

This campaign has been way too long; the next one will probably be even longer! I expect that Sarah Palin will begin running for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination a few days from now.

I just hope that all Americans will unite behind the new president, Obama or McCain, at least for a few months. We've been divided as a nation for way too many years.

I have to admit that I'll miss reading all of the political blogs, though.

There's already Christmas music available on a couple of our Comcast music channels, and next Sunday, we're going to hear the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with our friends Les & Keri.