Nothing and Everything to See and Do

Things you can do if you agree Roe v. Wade should be codified by the Legislative Branch of the U.S. government since stacking the Supreme Court with Justices is not an option (under Biden) nor do I recommend the latter. This obviously doesn’t apply to highly religious and diehard Republicans who are pro-birth because pro-life remains to be highly questionable among them as of late. I can’t stress enough how much this sets the U.S. back in time and future implications for the world.

  1. Vote Democratic in the mid-terms
  2. Encourage family and friends to vote in the mid-terms
  3. Support Republican past voters who are switching parties
  4. Contribute any amount of money to Planned Parenthood
  5. Contribute any amount of money to organizations supporting women’s reproductive rights
  6. Volunteer to an outreach group to help women in need
  7. Not everyone is equal when they should be and find common ground

Journal Entry Type #139: Don’t Be On The Menu

A lot has happened between the last time I wrote and now. It seems forever in an age. I haven’t been sleeping well because of my new apartment neighbors at times. I must be getting used to the talking my neighbors do in the morning. Since I work later in the afternoon, one of my neighbors likes to play the same song over and over again, a bad song I might add, and music I’d rather not hear. I don’t think I’ll be writing much in my bedroom during the day anymore, but when I’m ready to write again, watch out because I’ll be declaring my chair at night. I’ll be dominating it like no butt has ever done before. So apart from all the gun violence in the U.S. and now the overturn of Roe v. Wade, I can’t tell you how much I feel jerked around all over the place. I’m angry (actual feeling is pissed) and should be more surprised when I’m not. After listening to both the Republicans (right) and Democrats (left) or Conservatives and Liberals, it is clear both sides should’ve done more to protect women in specific and humanity in general. I could go on and on about my emotions, feelings, thoughts, ideas, and everything in between about this assault on women. I won’t because this is such a heated topic, but it completely offends me when people talk out of their ass and abide by conspiracy theories. I’ve recently had to hear about it from someone who I know, an acquaintance that soon I will no longer have to see anymore, and this is a good thing. Let me tell you a few stories, conversations, and thoughts I’ve heard from others that have stuck with me for over twenty years.

I used to work with someone who was 30 years older than me and now would be in her late 70s. She was so afraid of women losing the right to choose and have control over their bodies. When Roe v. Wade was no more, she is who I thought of because it felt like she herself had had an abortion or she knew someone who had an abortion. Since I never wanted children, I took precautions to not get pregnant. If by chance it did happen, I would for sure have had an abortion because of my strong belief my biological father lost his right to have his bloodline survive beyond me as well as the fact I didn’t want to take the time to be a parent. The second person I thought of was this mother of a person I knew who belonged in the upper class. She never had to work outside of the home and instead took care of three children. When she got pregnant with her fourth child, she had an abortion because she couldn’t mentally and physically take care of another baby. She felt such shame for this that she never told her daughters about it until they were in their 20s. The third person I thought about was my biological mother and if she had the option, I hope she would have taken the opportunity open to her. It would’ve saved her years of heartache and watching her own children be abused by her husband. This would mean I wouldn’t have been born and neither would my siblings. I would’ve been fine with this (oxymoron, I know since I wouldn’t be alive).

This brings me to something I heard from an advocate not for women’s rights but for something else. She said if you aren’t sitting at the table, you are on the menu. I recently stated this on my FB page that right now sadly many are the meal. All people should be asking themselves, what’s for dinner? Because due to this major fundamental change in the Supreme Court, it’s not a five-course meal we’ve been offered but a bunch of smelly, rotten food from a dumpster. This reversal has long been in the works by many observers who are historians and like-minded political commentators. I stand by the notion Republicans are pro-birth and not pro-life. I also stand by the notion of when rights are taken away, the least powerful (economically and socially) are hurt the most. I also stand by the notion Democrats don’t do enough to coalesce their followers into proving they are worth their weight. It’s not time to get downright vicious but it is time to get your feet and hands dirty in whatever ways you can. If you agree with the Supreme Court, that is your right but let me leave with this, Clarence Thomas is married to a White woman and I’m thankful because believe you me, he would be rooting for making interracial marriages and relationships illegal as well. I will end on that and know politics is a rubber band as described to me by someone who has different political views but care a lot for. Which way it will swing back and at what intensity remains to be seen.

Poem: Committed

Woke up from a dream
or was it a nightmare, 
to be the heroine of the fight
and win the battles of tests and wills,
to see who has the sharpest mind of all.

Gathering courage along the path,
knowing it was among the trees all along
and the birds do sing their songs
at all hours of the morning and night,
when you are trying to rest for a while.

Repeating sounds and handshakes
with funny looking strangers
and mild acquaintances from a week ago,
don't say too much and don't be too quiet,
among everyone in formation, he knows 
which are the best soldiers. 

A sequence of flying spears 
and sharp daggers,
aimed at ankles, stomachs, and necks,
he is the general of them all,
the commander with no regrets and fears.

From a distance, far away from the battle,
is the heroine with long hair 
ready at a moment's notice when the men 
fail to produce a winning result, 
the dream awakens and nightmare will fall asleep.

Journal Entry Type #138: Enough is Not Enough

This entry will be different and very short because I am doing this on my phone. I am officially done moving but have the task of unpacking everything. I also only have 16 percent charge on my phone and my fingers hurt from moving. Needless to say, my body and mind are beyond tired and worn out. I can’t wait for things to get settled. I can’t begin to tell you how stupid it is to keep stuff you haven’t used in years. There is a difference between collecting and hoarding. I may have a little bit of the latter although I got rid of some stuff and doing even more as I unpack. That is all I have for now. If anyone knows where I put the extra plastic forks, let me know.

Advice Type #5: Should You Get Rid of Cable?

I spent the last three days without cable or WiFi because the carrier I have, Cox Cable, didn’t give me all the information I needed and then had to reschedule my appointment. They were late by quite a bit of time and interrupted my day basically. I did the best I could to wash the clothes I needed in one apartment (as I’m still moving) and then dry them in another (my new apartment I’ll probably be moving from next year). As a person who never grew up with cable but then met someone who lived with cable his whole life, I was neither here nor there about it. I only watch a few shows out of the channels it provides. I have to tell you not having access to any streaming services, shows, news, and providing background noise has been rough since I’ve grown accustomed to all of it. For the extreme cost of cable, it does have its benefits. I felt really lost without it in the new apartment. What the hell is going on in the world? What is happening with the elections in the U.S.? What kind of nonsense and postings am I missing on FB? (Just kidding on the last one, sort of). I have TV shows to watch I’ve never seen and many more movies on my shelves (the only thing I have unpacked), but damn, I really missed channel surfing. My response is no, don’t get rid of cable if you’re used to it, and more if it gives you comfort. I know this sounds stupid, but I’ve realized there doesn’t seem to be much in my life I like (in my head right now) so getting back to my show watching routine helps me feel more grounded.

Random Calendar Info #19

Female bats give birth upside-down.

Nouns, adjectives, and adverbs are all modifiers in a sentence.

Huasca de Ocampo in Mexico, Giant’s Causeway in Ireland, and Devils Postpile in California USA are rock column formations from volcanic lava that cooled.

George Armstrong Custer was a Brigadier General at age 23.

Russell Wattenberg founded a bookstore in 1999 that is operated by volunteers where people don’t need to pay to read any book.

The tallest pineapple shaped building is in South Africa around 56 feet or 16.5 meters tall.

Dwight D. Eisenhower got his fifth star as a General in 1944.

Advice Type #4: Should You Care About Nerves?

Remember when I said I’d have less time to blog due to moving, let alone do everything else I’m neglecting this past year? Well, all I have time for is one or two more entries before June 1st rolls around. So, this is a short pro and con of a body’s nerves. Hypothetically, we all get on each other’s nerves at one point or a time. We can either decide to react or not to whatever is pissing us off. This is not what I’m talking about. I’m discussing the nerves in your physical body, the ones that signal to you that something is not right, such as your hand touching something hot or your foot being slammed in a door. I’ve had both happen to me. I once touched a hot rock around a firepit while camping as a child. I had to sleep all night long with my hand in a bucket of lake water because it burned whenever I took it out. I also once had a sliding car door slam shut on my foot. My big toe had a nice chunk of skin missing from the bottom of it and surprisingly, not a lot of blood. This got me to thinking as I’ve said it a few times I wish my body didn’t have nerves. I wouldn’t feel any pain. It would be great. The person responded, paraphrasing here, it would be bad because then you wouldn’t know if something was wrong. It wouldn’t be that I’d go out of my way to burn any place on my body or be a daring person looking for trouble. But when I stub my toe or handle something out the microwave, I wouldn’t have to care at all because it wouldn’t be that serious. The force wouldn’t leave evidence such as a bruise or burn. The initial, short pain wouldn’t be there. Whether it’s true or not if women have a higher pain tolerance than men, I do have a high threshold. I’ve had a wire stuck in my cheek for a good week before it could be taken out (from braces). When my foot got slammed in a car door, I hardly reacted. I didn’t yell. Sure, it hurt some but not too bad. What feels worse is my current arthritis. With human evolution, we carried important biological traits with us from our ancestors. I guess nerves are an important part of a human body. I think back to the time when I put roasted almonds in my mouth right from the oven. They sizzled on my tongue and sounded rather cool. When asked if they burned my mouth, I said no. To the average person, s/he would wait until they cooled. That is part of the fun. Maybe, I’m weird. Maybe, I’m wacky. Either way, I am stuck with my nerves. Should you care about how your nerves protect you and function? Probably more than I do at the moment. I find them cumbersome and annoying much like taking a shower. I’d rather spend my time doing something else, but no one likes me stinking up the place. That’s all I have for today. The wonders of the human body.

Netflix TV Recommendation: Grace & Frankie (2015-2022)

Old age comes to an end, even TV shows dealing with major family changes, and this includes Grace & Frankie. There were many good episodes from each season. The chemistry between Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as Grace and Frankie was about as strong as they come. The comedic chemistry between Martin Sheen and Sam Waterson came as a surprise. They too were strong characters. The show revolves around their husbands declaring their love for each other, which leads to two divorces and their families turned upside down. Not only do Grace and Frankie feel betrayed after all these years of marriage. Their adult children try to come to terms with the news while asserting their own individual freedoms from their parents. Grace & Frankie is about the meaning of family, the testing of friendship, and the inevitable part of getting older. There were seven seasons from 2015 to 2022 and created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. The rating is TV-MA. My all-time favorite episode is when Coyote meets his birth mother in season two. These are my favorite episodes in each season and there were 94 episodes.

Season 1: episode 5 where Grace falls and breaks her hip while getting frozen yogurt with Frankie. It aired May 8, 2015.

Season 2: episode 11 where Bud and Coyote meet Jacob, Frankie’s boyfriend, and Grace makes a fool out of herself by getting drunk. It aired May 6, 2016.

Season 3: episode 4 where Sol has a party for Robert’s theatre friends. It aired March 24, 2017.

Season 4: episode 13 where Grace and Frankie decide to live in a retirement home. It aired on January 19, 2018.

Season 5: episode 4 where Frankie fights to get a crosswalk wait time extended. It aired January 18, 2019.

Season 6: episode 3 where Sol and Robert have a family game night. It aired January 15, 2020.

Season 7: episode 15 where Frankie holds her own funeral. It aired April 29, 2022.

I rate Grace & Frankie FOUR FINGERS and ONE THUMB at 100%

Random Calendar Info #18

President Abraham Lincoln of the U.S. signed the Homestead Act in 1862.

Movie legend John Wayne died in 1979.

Niagara Falls is 167 feet on the Canadian side and 120 feet on the United States side.

A blue whale’s heart beats 2 to 4 times every minute when its deep underwater.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published in 1897.

The most powerful earthquake was 9.2 magnitude in 1964.

John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

Memorial Day became an official holiday in 1971 in the U.S.

Random Calendar Info #17

The Sean John clothing line was launched in 1998.

The Caribbean Sea is next to Nicaragua.

You need a permit to gather in Singapore.

Liechtenstein has over 100 winegrowers in its country.

John Teal reintroduced musk ox in 1964 in Alaska.

Canoelike fishing boats is used in Mauritania and are 10 or 70 feet long.

Monument rocks in Kansas are 70 feet or 21 meters high.

Vladimir Nabokov took a job as a curator at Harvard Museum.

The highest dam in the U.S. is the Oroville in California.

Female bats give birth upside-down.

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