Wednesday, October 15, 2008



I suppose it's amusing that this phallic decoration rests on the lawn of the gay couple across the street :) It's a little surprising how many gay 'rainbow' flags dot the landscape in my neighborhood, and there's even a gay tavern nearby. How do I know it's a gay bar? On the door, visible from the street outside, is a big sign that reads "This is a gay bar".

In other news of the neighborhood, I believe I'm becoming a familiar sight as I ride through on my bike, more often than not pulling a trailer full of kids. I took a brisk 40 minute ride two days in a row recently, followed by a 20 minute ride the next day. I even took Smiley to school by bike Monday. If nothing else, I've gotten my money out of those purchases.

On the other hand not all is well. I am very stressed, more so than at any point in recent years. Financial concerns abound - not with me, but with my family - and I bear a position of some legal (and moral) responsibility for their welfare. Lord knows I'm not rolling in the dough myself, and for my own home, the gas bills over the upcoming winter scare me to death.

As far as the blog goes, I miss the wealth of comments from the ol' AOL days. Where is everyone?

Work isn't gravy baby either. That big account had to pull out shortly after the market collapse, but while they were around they gave us a solid start to the fall season. Not that it matters, as the transition to the new ownership is still fleshing out and changes abound; the future is once again uncertain. It is not enjoyable to go to work lately. That's not a requirement, of course, but it's certainly something I miss.

Ugh. I have a throbbing, sharp pain behind my ear. If I don't chill out I'm going to end this post by FDR'ing it right here and now.

Better tomorrows folks, better tomorrows.


Beth said...

As soon as I saw that picture, I thought, "That looks like a penis." Glad that it's not just me!

And yep, I do think better tomorrows are coming soon, but we've all got to hang together and be tough.


Laura said...

Sounds like your town is turning into mine...San Francisco!
I think many of us are feeling the financial crunch!
Hey, I could leave you 16 comments ;)


megryphon said...

Sorry about not commenting. I've been busy. Looks like you've been busy, too. We need to get you a t-shirt to wear to work that says "You don't have to be crazy to work here. We'll train you."

;^) Jan the Gryphon

DB said...

I agree about the ease of comments from the other blog. Adjustments must be made. I hope Beth is right about better tomorrows. We could all use some. DB

Fred Oftencold said...

"As far as the blog goes, I miss the wealth of comments from the ol' AOL days. Where is everyone?"

Well, here's my theory.

AOL's blog service is or was, called "AOL Hometown."

This suggests a planned community. In the current and recently past markets, a planned new housing development would probably have extensive involvement with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

I'm sure I don't have to recount the tragic details.

Sadly, most of the AOL bloggers will be living on the streets, no doubt writing their thoughts in chalk on the sidewalk.

A few might have been fortunate enough to find berths in virtual homeless shelters.

Only a clever and resourceful few will have found new, modern housing such as we see here.

Rose said...

I agree with doubt, that picture looks like a penis!

Hugs, Rose