I started cheating on LiveJournal with another site (Reddit), and before I knew it, it had become a soul-sucking addiction. I kept meaning to come back to LJ, but the longer I stayed away, the more awkward it felt to come back. I knew I'd have to put in many hours of reading to catch up on my Friends' List--then weeks of reading--then months of reading. Now, I'm at the point where I can never catch up, so I won't feel bad making a half-hearted attempt to try,
I will be scrolling through my Friends' List soon. I hope to find at least a few people I know still here. If not, this could be a very lonely return.
While my family is at church, I'm at home "surfin' the internet" and discovering "must watch videos" like this one from The Thinking Atheist. (Fair warning: It's quite snarky in it's anti-religion commentary, but the evolution vs. creationism points are well presented.)
(And no, I don't spend the time my family is at church actively searching for atheist-themed videos; it's just coincidence--but a good one!)
In honor of all who served, a passage from The Charioteer, a novel by Mary Renault, set during WWII:* * * * *
"Has something happened?"
"Yes," said Alec. "It's Bim. I thought, as we were passing...I wasn't sure if you'd heard."
Ralph said "No." He stared at the glass in his hand, and drank as if it were a routine duty he was absently carrying out. "No, I'd not heard. How was it?"
"Over Calais somewhere. He was seen to hit the ground; he hadn't baled out. There seems no doubt about it."
Ralph didn't speak. It was Bunny who said gently, "Poor old Bim. I ran into him only the other day. It seems like a few hours."
"He had a long life," said Sandy, "as it's going now."
It's Election Day here in the USA, and all over the country, people are reminding their friends and loved ones to go vote. At my house, we have a different tradition: My husband and I very carefully mention nothing about the election until after the polls close, each hoping the other will forget to vote. We have never supported the same candidate for president, and we both tend to vote along our different party lines in other elections as well.
He likes to vote on the way to work, and as I don't work on Election Day, I like to go a bit later in the morning when lines are shorter. I saw in the polling book that he'd already voted today, so my hopes--slim as they were--that he'd forget to vote were dashed.
Wouldn't it be nice if Republicans all across the country simply forgot to vote today? Yeah, I don't think it very likely either.
So many people have said that they can't wait until the day after Election Day: no more political ads on TV, no more rebo-calls from politician's campaigns, etc. I'm only looking forward to tomorrow if President Obama wins; my stomach is in knots until then.
My teenage daughter went to a costume party tonight. (It was supposed to be last Sunday, but got postponed by the hurricane.) One of the girls went as "God's Gift to Men". She wore a large bow and a gift tag that said, "To: Men, From: God".
We lost power--and the internet--shortly after I made my last post, and we still don't have them back. We're part of a very small, and all residential, power outage, so we're low priority for repair. We've been given estimates to get our power back ranging from this Friday to next Wednesday.
The good news is that we have relatives in the area, and they have power. We relocated this evening, and I once again have internet. Yay!
The eye of hurricane is getting pretty close now, and trees are begining to fall. A large one just came down at my husband's office, as did one across the street from it. (We were told by a tenant in the apartment above the office.)
Our town is officially postponing Trick or Treating until Friday.