Monday, June 09, 2008

Obama, the surest thing since Big Brown


NEWS FLASH is basically news or thoughts that may be changing over time - an update or an evolution of thought that covers a multiple of topics. It is what makes a blogger tick and it is the reason why we read. So, with that in mind, I came up with NEWS FLASH as an acronym that stands for what is going on in life:



News (or current events)
Entertainment (movies, TV, celebrity, etc.)
Writing (thoughts on the blog(s) or other writing projects)
Spirit (thoughts on God and/or the supernatural)
Family (or friends)
Love
Anxiety (a rant or a trouble)
Sports (also considered should be contests, reality TV, recreation, cards, games), and
Home (house, yard, or even another family type of thought.
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NEWS - It looks like it is the "Barack Obama Show" That will work for me. I endorsed Hillary (but predicted it would be Obama). I think Obama will be just fine. I think the thought of it being ANYONE other than "W" is just as exciting as can be. I know the polls are close now between McCain and Obama, I think by October, it will be a foregone conclusion that Obama will have it wrapped up. The reason I say this is summed up perfectly by a person I know that is a bit of a racist. I said to him, "So, I suppose you are going to vote for McCain now that Obama got the nomination."
He replied, "Nah, I am going to vote for Obama," he went on to say, "If there is anything scarier than a black man leading my country, it is another Republican. We can't afford no more of that! And I have never voted Democrat in my life!"

Language and PC aside, the simple message is that McCain has absolutely no chance.

ENTERTAINMENT - Last night, my wife and I visited my nephew and his wife. While there, I was enticed to join with them to play a Xbox 360 game called Rock Band. In a nutshell, the people in your group play an instrument or sing to pre-existing songs already contained in the game - kind of like karaoke, except with fake instruments. The choices include lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocals. I started off on drums, but wasn't very good. Then I moved to guitar where I was a star. The game is addicting, I must say.

WORK - I have yet another business adventure in the works in addition to my other ones. I don't want to get into details yet, but suffice to say, that if I go through with it, I will have even less time than I do now. Still, it is kind of an old dream of mind. Stay tuned.

SPIRIT - I am trying to stay away from the "little picture" thing. Sometimes, in a way, I can't see the forest for the trees. It is just that sometimes the trees are big and require lots of work - trimming and the like. Yet, God sees the big picture. He understands why hardship "x" exists; He sees the finished product. It is a matter of trust and abandonining the self.

FAMILY - Praise God! My sister finally received the "all clear" for Social Security Disability. If anyone is entitled to it, it is my sister. She worked for years on very tough and physically taxing jobs - paid into the system. Finally, she can stop worrying about how to keep on her utilities on and other necessities that most of us take for granted. It will take about three months, but I think we can wait.

LOVE - My wife has been battling daily migraines for a week now. It is really debilitating for her. She tried to call her doctor AGAIN (she just saw the doctor two weeks ago), but the doc is out of town. She is desperate for help and I feel helpless. Anyone have any good migraine remedies? She has tried caffeine, and several pain relievers and prescription migraine medicines. None have worked so far.

ANXIETY - I mentioned above that my wife and I visited my nephews this past weekend. He lives about 35 miles away. There is a parkway that connects his city with the city I work in. Once you get on it, you are stuck till you reach the next city. I noticed as soon as we got on it (at 10:30 at night, by the way) that the "low fuel" light popped on. Oh no! I couldn't turn around, I just had to hope that I could make it all the way to the next town (28 miles away). Our Jeep is a gas guzzler so it isn't a sure thing by any stretch. My wife had a headache, so I didn't want to bother her about it. I saw the warning light and snapped my head to look at her. Fortunately, she was fiddling with her Zune (an Ipod competitor) and didn't see the warning.

The speed limit on this parkway is 70 mph (113 km/h). I lowered my speed to 50 (80), then to 45 (72). She somehow didn't notice all the traffic passing us as if we were standing still. I also switched the air conditioner off and just used the vent. She liked that because she is always cold. I sat and drove in my own sweaty filth for 25 miles.

As we eased in front of the fuel pump at the first station I saw at the end of the parkway, I said audibly, "Thank God." My wife looked puzzled and inquired about the gas. I told her, "Babe, for the past half an hour we were cruising on fumes and fond memories." SIXTY-FOUR dollars of fuel later, we zipped the final 12 miles to our home at the speed limit and with the AC a blazing!


SPORTS - It was a sad day this past Saturday when Big Brown failed to capture the Triple Crown of Horse Racing. He was the closest thing to sure thing that we have had. Even his competition was scratched so it was all open. Yet, Big Brown failed to run.

His trainer can't figure it out. He should ask me. Big Brown has been on steroids all his racing life. For the Belmont Stakes, he was NOT on it. What is the mystery?

HOME - I am still at an impass with my renter, although he did pay me rent. No one I have talked to can believe his position. I will keep my vision off the trees on this one for sure.

14 comments:

Brian said...

I totally expected for you to say Obama would get buried after reading the title of this post. Especially after recalling your endorsement of Clinton.

I agree on the Obama thing though. The old guy don't stand a chance.

P.S. Be careful with Rock Band. I got tendonitis playing it too much. Who knew being a rockstar was so tough?

Charles said...

I was thinking about getting either Rock Band or Guitar Hero. They look fun. Right now though I'm getting set for Metal Gear Solid 4. I have been waiting for that game since 2006 when I stupidly rushed out and bought my PS3. Finally...

Did you say $64? How much gas did ya get out of that? Its four dollars in the Roc right now. People are talking about it getting near five. Its insane! I wish someone would step in and say "hold up now, its time for some investigation."

Jeff said...

Brian: I wanted to put Obama and Big Brown in the title and this was the only way I could do it. Plus, Big Brown was a sure thing. The problem is that there is no sure thing. Obama should win, but stranger things have happened.

Wow! Tendonitis. LOL Sorry.

Charles: Unless you have someone to play it with, I recommend Guitar Hero. The guitar seems to be the most fun and it is cheaper (with only a guitar to buy).

I filled the tank with the $64 and it was almost out - may have had a gallon left or so - not sure. If I hadn't taken the precautions, we would have been stranded.

HoosierGirl5 said...

Gosh, there's so much to comment on here, I don't know where to start!

I haven't decided who I will vote for, but I always knew I wouldn't vote for Hillary. I am leaning toward Obama.

Rock Band? Yes, it IS addicting. We have Guitar Hero 3 for the Wii and everyone in the house plays it. I can see you rocking out with a guitar! (ha, ha)

Big picture/little picture? I am trying to do the reverse and live more "in the moment". If I start thinking about planning way ahead, and the things I can't plan for, I go crazy. I am trying to just enjoy things NOW, as they are TODAY. I tend to want my future planned out and settled, and it just isn't going to be that way.

Glad to hear about your sister, but sorry to hear about your wife's migraines. My former assistant suffered from them and I know how numbing they can be. How's the marriage thing going? I hope she is taking good care of you. You deserve it! (smile)

I have done the "drive on fumes and pray" thing. So far God has kept me going every time.

I was disappointed for Big Brown, too. Everyone in Louisville loves that horse. Oh well. At least I know they will take good care of him.

Okay, I think I have written a comment almost as long as your post! (laugh) Have a good week!

J.

HollyGL said...

Man, it was a sad, sad day when Hillary "officially" exited the race. Yes, I will vote for Obama, but I was so looking forward to being really excited about who I was voting for.

I'm sorry to hear about your wife. Migraines are horrible. BUT I'm so happy to hear about your sister. Hallelujah!

Poor Big Brown. :(

And, hey, hang in with that business dream. There's a reason certain dreams don't die.

The Real Mother Hen said...

It's funny that so many of us supported Hillary :)

Anyway.

I just returned a book to the library, it was something like The Complete Natural's Guide to A Woman's Health or something. It's so good. If your wifey feels cold all the time, it could be her under-active thyroid - which if I remember correctly - can contribute to a long list of things, including headache. Ah I forgot what's the remedy now. Go check out this book at your local library, it's really good...

kristen said...

I think you know how I feel about Obama....

Re migraines: my dad has suffered from those. He's done everything from OTC to prescription stuff. He's found that when he went on blood pressure meds (he has high bp), this has helped tremendously. If your wife has high bp, you might want to look into that....

chosha said...

I'm no expert, but caffeine for a migraine really surprised me. Dehydration can contribute to any kind of headache and caffeine is a diuretic (and therefore dehydrates you). My suggestion would be water, water and more water. I don't get migraines often, but hydrating always lessens the pain, even if it's not some magic cure to take the migraine away.

PS...Dying to play Rockband, to the point where I might actually buy my very first game console in order to own it myself.

Jeff said...

Hoosiergirl: I am thinking of getting the Wii myself - although you can't download songs from it (yet).

On the Big Picture/Little Picture thing - I think we are talking about two seperate things. You are talking about time and I am talking about circumstances. I am not saying that I should plan every little detail and paint a big picture. I am saying that I shouldn't try to INTERPRET every circumstance because I can't see how it will fit into the big picture, but instead just trust God with it. We both are saying just live day to day, I think.

The marriage thing is going a lot better, apparently. :) Thanks. :)

Stephanie: I think that you will end up getting excited about Obama before it is over. I was for Hillary too, but removing Hillary will allow me to fully consider Obama and get sucked into his charismatic charms. lol

As far as the business . . . we'll see. I am not sure about it but more information will make it clearer.

Jeff said...

Mother Hen: Thanks for the tip. I may have to look for that book. Maybe I will even invest in it and keep it around as a resource for her.

Kristen: Yeah, I know. However, I guess you will have to get used to it as I have had to get used to Bush. Neither one of us is getting our first choice, so I am more skeptical than the kool-aid drinkers.

Chosa: The caffeine doesn't make sense to me either, but many migraine medicines contain a ton of it. As a matter of fact, one doctor told my wife to drink some caffeine and supplement with a high dose of Tylenol. It worked for a while, just not anymore.

I know. Me too (about Rock Band). I kind of hate myself for it, but I think the Wii will have some health benefits of the "Fitness" program is any good.

HollyGL said...

All I keep thinking of when I consider Obama is the Peapod delivery guy saying that his wife Michelle was always so nice when he would deliver their groceries, and Obama was ...not. I'm just sayin'. Still, much better than any other alternative, though.

Chris said...

The title of your post had me laughing.

Migraines - my dad and sister have them, I was blessed and missed that gene. Everything that works for them once the migraine is there, is pharmaceutical. They've both made a ton of lifestyle and diet changes to reduce the frequency, but severity of it seems only to respond to drugs.

That girl said...

It's sad that it takes $64 to fill up a gas tank nowadays...

here's hoping your wife will feel better and will find a cure for those migranes. I've never experienced one, but I've heard they can be aweful.

I'm sure you don't recognize me under the new URL (That Girl) but it's Michelle from the old Once Upon a Time and then Full House ....from a long time ago.

Somehow I lost your URL and just found you again today.

Nice to see you again by the way Jeff.

Jeff said...

Steph: That's interesting. I wonder how many times he ran into Obama. One impression is very lasting. Who knows. However, your point about the alternative . . .

Chris: The pharmaceutical approach is not so good so far. I think that maybe stress is involved and everything isn't necessarily a migraine.

That Girl: Michelle! I am glad you found me. I missed you!