Friday, August 31, 2007

No Reason Needed Today

My husband and I met up in our office first thing this morning and as we sat there checking our inboxes and the news, he turned to me and said, “You know, if you play your cards right, I may just bask in the glow of my love for you all day.” Where the heck did that come from?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Unregistered Registered Voter

Certain folks have inquired as to my political affiliation. Others have made assumptions based on my previous posts and other comments I have made across the Internet. It's nobody's business, but I don't care if people know. I am most certainly a registered voter. However, I am not officially affiliated with any political party.

There are several reasons for my decision not to align myself officially with either party. The principal reason is that neither party presents a platform with which I totally agree. Each party has some idea that it supports that makes my stomach turn - seriously. Each party has its fair share of jokers in office and running for office. To say that I support one party's platform completely would be to lie. To say that one party is always on the side of right is preposterous. I'd best be described as a fiscally-conservative moderate. I vote for the candidate with whom I agree most - Republican or Democrat.

The other big reason that I do not declare an official party affiliation is that this allows me to vote in whichever primary election that I deem to be more important. In order to do this, the election officials will temporarily declare an affiliation in order to allow me to vote, but then will change me back to an unaffiliated voter after I turn in my ballot. If there is no primary vote for the incumbent's party, I would want to vote in the other party's primary. If both parties have serious primary elections, it's at my discretion. Usually, one of the parties will have one candidate that has the primary locked up. In that case, I vote in the other party's primary. It's really not as confusing as it sounds. It sure beats not being able to vote in one party's primary because you're registered as a member of the other party.

I just don't see any benefit to officially declaring an affiliation to one party or another. I'm not into attending their mixers and fundraising parties. I don't need the solicitations in the mailbox. I just want the best candidates to win the elections. Please hold the flame-mail, I've really heard it all already.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Thorn at the Garden Party

Even though I took a long break from blogging, I haven't been completely oblivious to the world of social media for the last year. I have accounts at Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Digg, among others. It's actually been very entertaining and I have met a lot of people through these channels. You almost can't help not only interacting with your personal friends, but friends of friends and their friends and people that are nobody's friend. Through these interactions, I saw more clearly part of why I stopped blogging last year. There are people with whom we interact that are constantly complaining about something. There are also a subset of that group that are just plain angry. I, personally, don't enjoy interacting with the negative types. At about this same time last year, I was becoming the thorn at the garden party and I wasn't enjoying it.

That condition didn't last, as I knew it wouldn't. I have always thought that your luck evens out over time. You win some. You lose some. I just didn't want to blog about it.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I'm Back...

The last time I posted to my blog, it was September 1, 2006. It's been a while, to say the least. A lot has happened in a year. One could say I abandoned my blog. I kind of did. I had only been blogging for three months at the time and a few things happened in my life that sucked away the time that I would have taken to post to my blog. Even worse, the events about which I would have been blogging weren't pleasant, and so I was even more reluctant to write. Then, after a period of time away from it, it became harder and harder to get back into it. Since I'd just started it, it didn't seem like such a horrible thing to do. But, frankly, I wish I hadn't stopped.

Well, a year later, I am going to pick this up again. I am hoping nothing like what happened last year happens again to derail me.