Friday’s Random Tater Thoughts

In an effort to avoid doing something productive on my day off , but with no one topic I want to address, I bring you another random collection of Tater Thoughts. I know you are excited.

Powerball:  Unfortunately, I did not win the Powerball this week. This means I have to continue trying to be a productive member of society with a job and stuff. I do have a plan if I ever win, though. I wouldn’t quit my job right away. That would be too suspicious and people might figure out I’m rich and want money. I would keep working for a little while and then one day overreact to something, go on an epic rant about everything that has ever annoyed me over the past 20 years and storm out. Of course, now that I’ve posted this everyone will know if I do this then I have become wealthy. Time to come up with a new plan.

Weather: I know that 70 degree weather in February should be a reminder that global warming is real and a serious problem, but I can’t help being very happy about it. The older I get the more I hate the cold and the snow.. I would happily move somewhere where 70 degree February is the norm, but I also don’t want extremely hot summers. I fear, though, that I will be in Maryland forever.

Political Stuff: This week the Trump administration ended the Obama guidance that schools should allow transgender students to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity.  A good portion of the people out there who agree with this move somehow believe the untrue assertions that this will reduce the rapes that have or will occur if transgender students are given the right to use the restroom they want. I have yet to see any reports of any rape stemming from these policies. Many people also applaud the move because they hate, fear or don’t understand the transgender community. What you need to understand is that other people’s’ rights should not depend upon your personal feelings, your religious beliefs or, really, anything to do with you.

Civility: Lastly, let’s talk about civility. This election season and the first month of the Trump administration has been marked by a lot of harsh words, insults, etc. I know that people are angry about the election and about most of what the Trump administration stands for. I know people on the other side feel empowered by the win and think the rest of us should just shut up already. Passion about your beliefs is great and I’m all for protests, calls to Congress, posts on social media, etc to make your voice heard. I will continue to post when I have something to say about political issues. I hope my friends continue to post their thoughts as well, from both sides of the issues. What I would like to see less of is –

posts from incendiary/slanted news sites(Infowars, Breitbart, Occupy Democrats) designed to make people mad instead of inform

name calling. you can get your point across better and get people to listen more with reasoned debate without insults.

dismissive comments – if you just tell me to shut up and deal with it, call me butthurt, sheep, etc I will stop caring what you think. This does not help at all. feel free to disagree, but disagree with facts and debate, not this stuff.

hate – this one most of all. Way too many people out there saying Muslims don’t belong in our “Christian country” that people in the LGBTQ community are mentally ill, unnatural, etc and don’t deserve to be treated equally. Too many reports of racist and anti-Semitic violence and vandalism. Too many attacks on people who aren’t like you. Please stop. You say we are a Christian country, but then you act like the complete opposite of a Christian.

Disagreement is good, but we will get nowhere if we can’t learn to disagree and debate civilly

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Tater Tuesday

Another one of those mornings where I think “I should write something” so I get my laptop, sit on the couch and then stare at a blank screen with a blank mind rejecting ideas that pop in to my head. So, here are a few of my rejected ideas and why I rejected them.

The “War on Christmas” – I’ve written about how I feel about the fight over Happy Holidays vs Merry Christmas before. My thoughts haven’t changed. Wish me a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, whatever. I won’t be offended and my ability to celebrate the holiday of my choice will not be affected at all. I think it’s time we all grow up and stop fighting about stupid stuff.

The Electoral College – Yes, it would be nice not to have a President Trump but I was not expecting any other outcome. Yes, I will peak up over the next four years against policy and action that I feel is wrong, but right now I just want to focus on trying to get in to the Christmas spirit.As usual I am having trouble in that area.

Changes – I’ve bored everyone enough with how I’m struggling with the changes in my life. Nothing has changed to warrant a new blog post. I’m still adjusting to the new job. Next week will be hard being back home with my mom not there. I have been able to start focusing on reading again have a shot at reaching my goal of 100 books this year.

2016 – It’s still a little early for any sort of year in review post. I will do my year in reading post around January 1. I might do just a general year in review post around the same time. If I do it now I might miss posting about something exciting.

Current events in general – Too depressing at the moment. I need to start searching for funny news stories to share. The regular news is not fun.

I’m way too boring to do any sort of regular post about my days in general. A more talented writer could probably do something with that, but not me.

So, there you have it. My thought process while trying to decide what to write.

Reflections From the Road

I’m sure the 10’s of you who actually read this blog noticed that I have not posted in a few days. Since pretty much all of you are my actual friends in real life, you likely know why. I have been traveling back home to Kentucky more frequently to visit my mom who is ill. It is good to see my family and everything, but it is not a fun reason to get to go home. Please keep my mom and our family in your prayers. It has been a tough time recently and it will not get easier from here. Below are some of my reflections from the road(and air since I flew this time).

The airports this time around were very easy. Both National Airport and Nashville Airport security lines moved smoothly and quickly. I didn’t notice any of the people who tend to slow down the lines because they don’t think about the giant metal jewelry they are wearing or the jumbo size bottle of shampoo in their luggage. Both flights were on time and people seemed to be able to board efficiently without holding up the line while they contemplate luggage placement. I’m sure I will pay for this on my next trip and everything will go wrong, but for one weekend air travel was pleasant, efficient and on time. Well, with the exception of breakfast Tuesday morning. I stopped at Swett’s on the way to the gate to get something to eat and they were out of biscuits. How the heck does a restaurant in the south, even one in an airport, run out of biscuits? They should be shut down on principle.

Speaking of food: We had a grand plan to head to Owensboro to eat at Moonlight BBQ after visiting my mom on Sunday. I was very happy with this plan because I have not been to Moonlite in years. We all headed out to Owensboro from my mom’s house. I decided to check the hours to make sure they were open and discovered they close at 3pm on Sunday. We turned around, headed back to Bowling Green and ended up eating at O’Charley’s. I like O’Charley’s, but it just wasn’t the same. This was likely the worst good meal I’ve ever eaten.

There have been some creepy clown sitings in Bowling Green. I was really hoping to see one.  I really want to get a picture of a creepy clown in the wild. The streets around my brother’s neighborhood is perfect for a creepy clown. I was very disappointed with the lack of clowns there. I don’t think they share my opinion.

Finally, it was very nice to be at my brother’s house the week I crushed him in fantasy football. Winning against him is fun. Almost doubling him in points is more fun. Doing this while at his house is perfect.

Tater’s Friday Lunch Break Ramblings

So, it’s been a week since my last post. I guess that means it’s time for me to spend a few minutes rambling about random stuff.

  1. Politics: Ben Carson suspended his presidential campaign, meaning he can finally get more nap time without people interrupting him with questions. Donald Trump is still so bad that he makes Ted Cruz look good in comparison and that’s not easy. John Kasich is still the only grown up on the stage, so no one pays any attention to him. At this point the Democrats could run Dukakis and win.
  2. High School Musical: No, not the Disney movie and the new of a 4th movie, but actual high school musicals. I took my daughter to see some of her friends in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last night. When she first said she wanted me to stay and watch the show I was kind of disappointed I couldn’t just dump her there and go home to watch TV. I’m glad I didn’t. It was a very good show. They always do a good job. I just forget that every time until I go. There are some very talented kids at AHS.
  3. Stupid Drivers: I thought it was impossible, but I think the drivers in the area are getting worse. This morning I was almost killed by someone who didn’t even slow down at a red light. I’m sure they were looking at their phone. There is nothing on that phone that is more important than not killing your fellow drivers. No one is important enough to have to read their texts/facebook/email while driving. Put the phone down and drive. The message will be there when you arrive and no one will die(unless you are a doctor ignoring urgent messages about a patient).
  4. Stupid Questions: It was proven definitively this week that there is such a thing as a stupid question. I’m not sure why anyone ever thought the opposite was true. Wherever you find stupid people, there is a chance that you will hear stupid statements, questions, etc. and you can find stupid people everywhere. I found a couple on the FOX News debate stage last night.
  5. Lunch Break Being Over: What do you mean lunch break is over? I wasted the whole thing trying to think of things to complain about. I never had a chance to read my book. It’s not fair! I demand to be paid to do whatever I want! Actually, I’m going to go work. Darn work ethic.