Thursday, May 20, 2010
On March of this year I left my job to do something new at home, yesterday I got the confirmation that I will never have to go back to the corporate world again, but that is a story for another day. I said that to set up my problem today. When I had to go to work everyday like so many of you I was gone about twelve hours a day. I would watch a little news before I left, then when I got home I would watch a little television before going to bed and I guessed I missed something that has been happening. Now that I work from home I am seeing a lot more television and to be exact a lot more commercials. I have noticed a central theme running through almost every one. Here is where some of you may get offended, but hear me out. While watching a pizza commercial I noticed that the male figure was portrayed as being messy, dumb and a liar while the female figure was portrayed as being very wise and barely tolerant of the male figure. As I watched one on gardening and lawn care, again the male figure was seen as not smart enough not to kill the lawn, while the female figure was so wise that she knew everything and he was a buffoon. The same with a cell phone commercial, the male was portrayed as being incompetent and a looser while the female figure was seen as all knowing and wiser than any male. I see a distinct pattern here. Is this discrimination? I don't think I know any man that is as stupid as I have seen portrayed on almost every commercial I have seen in the last two months, then I don't think I have known any woman that is as wise as portrayed either. What is up with this??
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Well I am watching the President talk about Mexicos President and something came to my mind. This country was built on immigration, the first immigrants landed on Plymouth Rock many years ago and have kept coming. Unless you are a Native American your ancestors and mine were immigrants. Immigrants have built great country. Here is where you may get upset with me. The difference is those immigrants all contributed to the building UP of this country, that is not what is happening now. In 2009 illigal immigration cost Arizona 2.7 billion, yes that is billion dollars, we all know that there was probably more spent or lost that was not counted. See the difference? the first immigrants went through the proper channels to become legal citizens to build this country. We lived in Arizona for thirteen years, we have seen the effects of illigal immigration. I don't have a problem with them, some have become good lifelong friends, just do it the right way and become citizens and contributing members of this great country.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
My wife and I live up in the mountains of Colorado where there are an abundance of squirrels. Last fall as the snow began to fall I saw this little fellow going under the back deck and heading to his home under a tree with something in his mouth, I thought it was cones he had stored for the winter. I thought how clever this guy was to have stored up his winter food. As the snow got deeper, (we got over 14 feet by the end of the winter), I decided to check under the house to see if the pipes were wraped. To my suprise I discovered that my friend the squirrel had pulled out a fairly large amount of insulation. Putting on my gloves, face mask and safety glasses I replaced the missing insulation, found where he was getting in and covered his hole so he could not do that any more, (yeah right). As the winter progressed and got much colder, one day I saw my friend back to carrying something to his home under the tree. This time I recognized it to be my yellow insulation. So as spring has finally arived I made the trek back under the house, more like a wiggle and a crawl, I discovered that my friend has removed more insulation. Again I put on my gloves, face mask and safety glasses and replaced the missing insulation. My question is why even with all the protection do I itch from the insulation for days no matter how many showers I take and my friend the squrrel can carry it in his mouth, make a bed of it and sleep on it for the winter and it seems not to bother him.