Thursday, April 10, 2014

Generational Observations

In a recent podcast, Nate and Viidad/Seven were discussing some generational observations. Mostly, they were ripping on Baby Boomers, and deservedly so. The Baby Boomers, collectively, are bringing about the downfall of this once great country. Some are working on this purposefully, but most are unwittingly bringing it about because of their attitudes and how they have lived their lives. Unfortunately, they'll be with us for a while longer. But this isn't what I want to talk about.

By the way, if you haven't checked out Nate's podcast, you should. He and Seven are a real hoot to listen to. I think Nate might very well be able to fill two or three hours daily with stuff, if he wanted to.

The thing I want to talk about is the Gen-X phenomenon of Latchkey Kids. I was a Latchkey Kid, from first or second grade on. This means that I, as a 7 or 8 year old, was responsible for getting myself up, getting ready for school, walking to school, and walking back home to do my homework and then watch TV until my parents got home. My mom was a teacher and had a 30-minute commute, and she had to drive my dad to his job because he couldn't drive. So I was alone for 2-3 hours every afternoon.

This was usually just fine, and I was able to handle it. There were a few incidents where older kids would pick on me or beat me up. I hate to say that I didn't fight back, as I was taught not to... I sure wish I had fought back. My life might have advanced down a better path in certain ways. I was pretty much a "gamma" as a kid.

The thing is, though: I have five kids, and one of them is that same age today, in second grade. I couldn't even imagine forcing him to do this! The only one of the five that I could see handling that responsibility is my oldest, but even then, our family really is blessed that my wife is able to stay home with them so that they aren't forced to grow up early and can be kids.

However, were I and my fellow Gen-X Latchkey Kids the unintended beneficiaries of being forced to grow up early? Did this lead us to become somewhat more independent in general? By the time I got to high school, I couldn't wait to get out of the house and be on my own. My family felt very constricting to me, I just wanted to bust out.

My kids aren't like that, they don't feel the same urge to leave the nest, and it seems to me that they should, at least a little bit. I'm glad that they do love our family so much that they don't want to leave, but then again I want them to be confident, independent adults.

Maybe my job dissatisfaction has a lot to do with this same dynamic: I feel forced to go to a job I no longer really like because I have bills to pay and I don't know how to break out of the employee mode and try to make it on my own. I thought it would be a good career, and I worked hard to pursue it, but over the last 20 years it just hasn't happened for me.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Two Down, Three To Go

Yes, I know it's been a long time since the last post. I'm still around, just been busy, as I said. Hopefully y'all (Res and WB and whoever else) are still checking here from time to time. I am going to start posting again because there's just so much to comment on that I need to get it off my chest. Facebook is good for some of that, but I don't really want to offend some of my old friends from high school or whatever, so I don't post anything too controversial there. You might say, "Well, screw them if they don't like what you have to say!" Yes, I agree, but then again I don't see any reason to antagonize them, because there is more to life than politics.

Anyway, good news!

This weekend, my middle daughter was baptized! Our church's 4th/5th grade Sunday school classes have been going through a whole lesson plan with the kids about baptism and that culminated in 41 kids being baptized Saturday afternoon. It didn't have the traditional kind of atmosphere about it that I am used to, but it still counts.

Hope all of y'all are doing well.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Bandwidth

...and the lack thereof.  I just don't have the bandwidth to do everything I would like to do.  One of the things has, obviously, been blogging here.  I mess around on Facebook a bit too much, so perhaps I need to ditch that.  How do other people seem to do so much?

Monday, December 30, 2013

Cultural Marxism Again on Parade

The Rose Bowl parade will feature a gay wedding on a float.  The kids have already been told they can't watch the parade on NYD.  How many years until they are marching around in their leather chaps and carrying on like it's a gay pride parade?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cultural Marxism on Parade

Some gay crap called Kinky Boots
I was warned away from this garbage by folks on Facebook before it came on in the mountain time zone.  WTH was NBC thinking?  I know what: shove gay crap in everyone's faces while their kids were most likely watching.  Good grief.  Ha ha, all those uptight Republicans will have to explain drag queens to their little innocent children.  Not exactly.  Kiss your ratings goodbye, idiots.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Historical firearms

Ok, I've been doing research for my book, but one thing I can't find yet is this: What sort of firearms were issued to US Army officers and enlisted men in 1800-1810?  What sort of uniform did they have, and what would their standard kit have been?  I'm about to start writing, and I need detail.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Maintaining Frame in the Feminist Lair

So we were having dinner after church on Saturday night with some friends, and they told us about a marriage seminar they attended.  This seminar is part of a program called the National Marriage Project, which is a government sponsored program with the worthy goal of helping people strengthen their marriages.  Being govt sponsored, the program is secular in nature, and as our friends found out, is steeped in feminist ideology.

My friend, though, was able to maintain frame in the seminar without even knowing what "frame" is: he stood his ground against some of their silliest points even when the speakers and all the wives (except his) ganged up on him.  And his wife stood her ground when cornered by other wives during breaks, while he was approached by the other husbands who quietly thanked him for speaking up.

It appears to me from what they told us about this program that they actually expect to strengthen marriages by convincing the husbands to cater and kowtow to their wives all the time.  Yes, be a good little gamma/delta, put your wife on that pedestal, and everything will be great!  That is, until she loses all respect for and attraction to you and leaves you for another man.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Still here

I see I haven't posted in over a month.  I've been busy.  We have a new Cabela's near me, and it's too bad I don't have any money to buy everything in that store.  Oh well.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Misandry from the Pulpit

So we finally got back to church this weekend after a several week absence.  The service was ok, but this comment by the minister really angered me.  He was setting up the communion service, and said the ushers would pass out the wafers and cups of juice.  The men in the audience may have trouble holding both items as well as their Bibles, he said, so we should look to see what our wives do and do that, because they are better at multitasking.

That's right, you men are all too stupid to hold the little cracker and cup, now lets all remember Christ's sacrifice on the cross.

If I recall correctly, Jesus was a man who had no trouble holding multiple things, in fact in His hands, things were multiplied.

I am really tired of our misandrist society and culture tearing down men, and we certainly don't need to hear it from the pulpit.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

More than I ever wanted to know about Shiga Toxin

About two weeks ago, I started having symptoms of E. coli poisoning, although I didn't realize it for a few days.  You don't know you've got dysentery at first, until it knocks you off your feet because you can barely stand.  I finally went to the ER, where they hooked me up with some good antibiotics and I'm feeling much better now.  Whew.

You ever been in the ER as a patient?  It's really annoying.  At least when I had to get up and go down the hall to the potty, I was able to grab my IV and take myself, even if I wasn't supposed to.  People keep coming in to bother you.  The worst was the Boppsy Twins, two 20-something girls who came in to ask about my drug, tobacco, and alcohol use.  Like I would talk about that crap with little girls!  They had a hard time believing that I never smoked, but it's true.  I just looked at them and thought how easily they could probably be Gamed.  Not by me, though, being all married and sick.

How did I get the E. coli?  I can only think that I picked it up while camping the previous weekend.  Yes, I am still involved in Scouts with my sons.  Everybody didn't automatically turn gay in May, after all.  I am tracking what is happening with the new group that is forming, and my sons' Troop and Pack may decide to switch over to them.  We will see.  We have the luxury of being chartered by a church, and the new policy supposedly leaves limitations placed by churches in place.  The council people don't want to admit that it's all about money, and that it is now only a matter of time before they allow gay adults in.  I hear that BSA has major money problems, and I don't see how they will fix it.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Second Job Ideas for Astro

So what suggestions do you have for second jobs?  I'm available to work all nights except Thursdays, and every other Friday.  Apple store?  Movie theater?  Grocery store?  Or aim a bit higher like real estate agent?

All income from this other job will go towards paying off debt, so the more I can make, the better.  My regular job pays the bills but by itself can't pay off my debt.

Other money ideas?  Side business?

Time to quit whining and get working.

Sick of Trayvon and George

Enough already.  Good grief.  What else is going on in the world?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Barely Treading Water

As my regular readers know, I often post about how I am trying to get out of debt, and how frustrated I am at how difficult it has been to make any progress.  It seems simple enough: draw up a budget, and don't spend more money than you make, and put any extra money against the debt.  But life is never that simple.  For over 12 years now, I have been 2-3 years away from being debt free.  The out of budget expenses just never freaking stop.  How the hell do these idiots that call in to Dave Ramsey on Fridays to yell, "I'M DEBT FREE!!!!" manage to do it?  If their child or wife requires a bunch of medical expense, how do they pay for it?  If their vehicles break down and require expensive repairs, how do they pay for it?  How does any one get two or three years in a row of NO EXTRA EXPENSES so that they are able to catch up???  I only ask because I sure as hell haven't been able to do this.

Damn it, just damn it.  And damn Dave Ramsey too, the smug son of a bitch.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Late Great United States

Happy Independence Day, in a country drifting further away from the ideas of the Revolution every day.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Get Ready For Zimmerman/Martin Race Riots

This whole trial is an absolute farce.  Zimmerman may have been a little paranoid and maybe shouldn't have been doing what he was doing, but he was on the phone with 911 just before the incident to report what he thought was Martin's suspicious behavior.  He was going back to his vehicle when Martin got ticked that he was being followed and jumped him.  Martin was pounding his head into the pavement when Zimmerman got off his one lucky shot that killed Martin and may have saved Zimmerman's own life.  This is self defense any way you look at it.

It was the press and the Obama administration that worked this whole thing up into a racial conflict, with the sole purpose of helping Obama's re-election campaign last year by riling up blacks and liberal white guilt.  They seem not to care now that this is going to blow up when the jury acquits Zimmerman, which is what they should do if there is any justice left in this country.

Or is this the convenient excuse they will use for DHS to make use of those billion or so bullets they have been buying?

Personally, I just thank God that I'm in Denver where we don't have a lot of blacks and any rioting would be confined to their parts of town.  I remember the Rodney King riots and how my mother, who taught in a school in south Dallas at the time, had to leave early that day to come home.  On her way out, there were already people gathering in the streets, glowering at her as she drove past, but they didn't attack her.  Also, my uncle and aunt in L.A. had to shelter-in-place, armed with a shotgun, while thugs went up and down their street, and they were in a "nice part" of L.A.  Of course we all remember what happened to Reginald Denny.