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INSANITY

Oh my gosh. I drove in downstate New York (about 100 miles north of New York City) last week, and I’m still recovering from the shock. Those people drive INSANE!!! The traffic was crazy, bumper to bumper! And whether the traffic light was red or green, the cars slooooowly crawled through, if at all. Everyone wanted to make left-hand turns but just SAT there because the opposite-bound traffic was too thick. THAT’s when you DON’T make the left-hand turn, people!!! We moved at one car’s pace per traffic light circulation. Oh I am still in the throes of agony. Never again, never.

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Why Is It So Stinkin Hard To Get a Good Job in This Country?

I don’t even need to write a post about this topic, because you know exactly what I am talking about.

Will someone tell me why??? Have we sold out so much to China that we have nothing left but cheap Chinese trinkets? Are we no different than the Americna Indians who, dazzled by the glass beads and metal pans, sold their inheritance to the schiesters???

I’ve never had a problem getting a job, never. Sometimes I would just walk right in a place, asking if there was a position open, and the next day I was working. I didn’t need a Master’s Degree or needed to invest hundreds of my own dollars to work. Today, I can’t even write online articles– the companies want us to have a Master’s Degree in the topics about which we write!! Are you guys INSANE? If I had a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering, the last thing I would be doing is writing articles about it for $16 a pop. I’d be out making the big bucks!

But today, you can’t even get a job selling equestrian riding apparel. There’s nothing. Oh wait– there’s serving up french fries or bagging groceries. Uh huh. Ever hear of the term “living wage”?

Yeah, I’m a little peeved about the whole thing. I’m not the one who signed our country and its economy away to foreign investors…. :( Something has just got to break, and I hope it’s not me! GAH

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I’ll Say It Again: I Hate Halloween

It’s almost here: the night responsible citizens and property owners sit up all night, guns in one hand and phones in the other, preparing for that one night of “mischief” where the worst of the population is allowed to wreak havoc, destroy property, and worship satan. All while law enforcement and other mindless citizens chant, “Oh well, kids will be kids…”

I HATE HALLOWEEN. Hate it. I’ve hated it ever since I was 14 or so. What a crappy “holiday.” I can’t believe that people actually recognize this day, let alone “celebrate” it!

Don’t give me that crap that this is “all for the kids” and “it’s only about dressing up.”

NO WAY!

Let me ask you something, you who say this– if my town celebrated Hitler’s birthday, what would you say to that? Oh, we don’t bake a cake that says “Happy Birthday, Hitler” on it, no… but we dress up, play dumb games and pass out goodies that rot our teeth. We carve vetetables with little arms in the raised “heil” position; some of us dress up with little black mustaches, too, ALLL in GOOOOD fun– knowing in the backs of our minds that it’s Hitler’s special day and it’s because of him that we set aside this day… but we celebrate guilt-free, and what we’re doing is OKAY, because ALL we’re doing is HAVING FUN and DRESSING UP! That’s what makes it OK, isn’t it?? Well, isn’t it?!?!

So now do you see how stupid that kind of reasoning is?

Halloween has disgusting pagan roots, and anyone whose brain hasn’t been washed by commercialism knows this. You can cover up the crappy celebration with decorations, treats, costumes, goodies, and apple-bobbings….. but we all know what it’s about. In the United States, Halloween was anathema to our godly forefathers… until the Celts brought the crap over in the late 1800s. Once the businessmen got ahold of the idea that they could sellsellsell all sorts of useless trash for this day and this day only, *BANG* it became a nationwide, celebrated “holiday!” There was no stopping it! And what’s absolutely gut-wrenching is that Christians actually take part in it, too! :wassat:

In other countries, holidays have spiritual significance underlying the physical celebration (for good or bad). America is unique in that the only thing that makes us tick is MONEY and SHOPPING. Thus, Halloween is a-OK. It’s *just* a dress-up day Let the shopping celebrations begin!

BAH.

HUMBUG.

P.S. Does anyone happen to remember that October 31 is Reformation Day? Does anyone even know what that IS?! If not, well, WHY NOT, huh??? How come Reformation Day isn’t celebrated in public schools, but satanic Halloween is, huh???

BAH! :rage:

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Too Scared to Spend Money

Now I know why small businesses are skittish.

I’m very concerned about our economy. Oh, we’ve known since the late 1990s that it was going to all come crashing down. You can only import SO MUCH from China and manufacture NOTHING toward exports before you go insolvent. And that’s only a tiny part of the problem.

So I’m needing a new laptop and I see a sweet little deal online. One of the best deals I’ve ever seen, actually. But gosh darn it, I can’t find the courage to hit the “Buy now” button. I’m just so nervous about the economy. I know God will provide for us (give us this day our daily bread), but if I blow so much money on a laptop and then things go south, how can I face Him? I’m just not convinced this is the best time to buy such a thing….

I’ve heard economists lamenting the fact that businesses are loathe to spend any money, because they are nervous about the new year’s taxes kicking in and such. Man, I feel that way exactly. It’s so risky to buy anything BIG. Things are that tenuous.

Or, maybe I’m just listening to the talking heads too much. Maybe things are not as bad as they seem. Maybe the housing industry will bounce back, and maybe the currency and economy will bounce back…. although I don’t see how that will happen. This downfall has taken a few decades to do, with lots of entangling policy tied into it. To extricate our country from this disaster will take a ton of work.

I don’t know HOW Mr. Crabby does it. He can watch those debates and the news and walk away with his blood pressure relatively under control. Me, I’m about to explode. :explode:

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Anxiety

This may come as a surprise to you, but I tend to be a little high-strung. For that reason, I make great attempts at reducing stress. Part of my regimen is sharply reducing time spent reading or watching the news, which seems to jack up the stress to exponential numbers.

After an earthquake in the northeast and the constant stream of hysteria about Hurricane Irene, I’ve been peeking at the news a bit more often.

MISTAKE.

The headlines are simply…. disgusting. Horrible. Heart-wrenching. Devastating. High-blood pressure inducing! How can anyone live on such drivel and disaster every day?!

And I think the nasty headlines are planted there on purpose, to make people nervous. Seriously, DO WE CARE that an angry dad tossed his kid on the couch in anger?! Heck, when is THIS news?! When I was a kid, dads would whip off their thick leather belts and nail us. So the kid is tossed on a cushy sofa during an argument and this makes TOP NEWS?!?!?! Aren’t there any starving Ethiopians in the world, can’t the headlines scream the injustice about that?! And don’t get me going about all the persecution of Christians in the world– no major media outlet EVER talks about that! They’re too preoccupied writing about angry dads or Obama’s vacation plans.

So anyway. I feel my anxiety levels creeping up again. I’m spending more time in the Psalms this week. It does a body (and soul) good. :)

My bloggy pals are also trying to relax more, it seems. Some have been talking about their latest vacation, a time where they sit around and DO NOTHING all day. Another friend raises horses and is dreaming about her latest equestrian riding apparel dreams. Horses are so lovely, imagine riding them into the colorful sunset! Sounds good to me! Gives the mind a time of rest, something sorely needed in this day and age.

How about you? Are you sick of the media vitriol? I say we should tune them out completely. We don’t need those instigators. I’m gonna enjoy my life, how about you?

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I’m a Zero Again

You know, I’ve always felt that Google was just too stinkin’ big for its britches, and here it is in my face again– the Page Rank fiasco. Three months ago, my blogs were ranked by Google as 2′s, 3′s, and 4′s.

ALL OF A SUDDEN they are 0′s. All of them.

Oh, Google, you are (once again) showing your bias again. If Page Rank is based on inbound links and authority, HOW can my blogs SUDDENLY be 0′s? I have PLENTY of inbound links and authority.

Google is just becoming more and more irrelevant. That whole “Panda” thing where they changed their algorithm (again) to try and make their results more relevant just muddied the waters even more. I am a researcher, I search the Internet all day long. I’ve learned that if I type in the search words, for example, document imaging, I’m going to get about 3 pages of ADVERTISEMENTS and irrelevant results. It’s just over the top.

*sigh*

I wish someone would build a better search engine. Google needs a little reminding that they are not god.

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