Wednesday, March 23, 2011
It seem slike a life time ago when Chernobyl had a desaster in the nuke plant and when you go back to look at the pictures of then and now, you can't help but think about Japan and it's very own desaster with horrendous earthquake, incredible tsunami and then their nuke plants being damaged and their fight to stop a "Chernobyl" in their country, not one, but several!
I looked at some pictures of Chernobyl today, one is of the school in a little town near Chernobyl call Pripyat. The walls must have been painted a pretty sky blue but it has peeled almost into dust which is laying all over the floors and broken decaying furntiure strewen around, no doubt helped by the elements as the windows are all open.
The walls are nearly bare and looking ghostly greyish, the white door frames rotting in the walls, portals to a black unknown beyond.
I wondered why the windows were left open and why furniture appeared to be thown about, and then I realized, it was probably a beautiful day when the desaster struck. The windows were probably letting in clean, refreshing air and warmth. They must have had a chair near every door, maybe hall monitors, maybe mom's spending their one day at school to help. When the desaster struck they ran, as anyone, grab the children and leave, don't worry about anything. If we come back, we'll set it all to rights then. They never came back.
Now the one hallway that some radiation monitor has taken shows a sad mess. Those windows still open, the chairs on their sides, mostly decaid, the walls and interiors all rotting. That's what neglect does to a building.
It makes me wonder about all those people in Japan. I don't think I could get far enough away from there if I lived there. Of course, I probably know more about nuculear materials and radiation than a lot of the people that lived nearby. Seems most were farmers or service industry workers. They weren't expected to know a lot about nuculear energy and all the other parts of that industry. I wonder how much information is available to them, if they did wonder about it? Maybe being kept in the dark has it's advantages. You don't usually worry about things you know nothing of.
My heart goes out to Japan and all it's people. They are fighting for their lives. A life with almost everything they knew destroyed. Talk about starting over! You think I'm going to cry about my broken hot water tank? Not a chance. I've got this huge pot sitting on my stove. It has electricity to heat that element under that pot. I don't mind ladeling hot water into a pan to wash my hair or even shower with more cold than warm water for awhile. I can get my hot water heater fixed. Most people in Japan don't even have a shower, stove, or pot to put water in. How can you not feel for them, at the very least?
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I use the WEIGHT, GLUCOSE & MORE Tracker every day. First, I spin the wheel; second, I track my weight and other things. I'm one of those people that stand on the scale everyday to see where I stand in my world and make adjustments as needed. The scale doesn't change much, but I'll know if it goes up and that's what I'm after. Most of my life was spent, not looking at a scale, as though it would zap me if I looked at it. It was fear. Fear of seeing for positive what I weighed. I knew I was overweight, but I didn't want to know how much! Now I look at it everyday. It doesn't depress me, it enlightens me.
I also use the other parts, some everyday, others occasionally, to keep track of other things. Other things, like my sleep levels, stress levels, self esteme levels (which is stuck at the top - I'm a WINNER! so it has to be at the top!).
Now all I have to do is pull a REPORT out and I can see my sleep pattern over time. What a handy tool! I've discovered my sleep pattern is like a rolling ocean. It's not a nice even line. I don't have a clue if that is good or bad, but I know that's how I sleep and while I have tried to change it, I don't seem to be able to. I go to bed at the same time every night, regardless of what day the calendar says it is.
But this morning, I had a SparkDay (same as an AwDay)! My SparkDay is because when I went to the very bottom of the WEIGHT, GLUCOSE & MORE tracker there was a section just above the SAVE button for entering your blood pressure and I had done that the last time I went to the doctor's office. It was my official record of pulse and BP. I got the info from the nurse and wrote it on a slip of paper. But the date is what slapped my face. Aha! Now I know the last time I went to the doctor's office. It's right there on my SparkTracker. No more hunting through pages of Day Planners or other calendars. Just look at SP and you've got it.
I suddenly realized how much time I had just saved for myself by keeping that record, and winning extra time for myself is important as I'm burning anywhere from 60 to 100 minutes of time everyday in exercises, plus doing all the other stuff I do for family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.
My day is running high right now, even though it's pouring outside, the thunder is loudly grumbling (unlike my stomach) and the grey leaded sky is sparked white by the lightning flashing quite often. We're having a lovely storm right now. Fortunately there isn't much wind (it's almost calm out there) so I know the H Season has not arrived early and I'm glad of that.
I LOVE SparkDays! It's like an extra boost of energy, a lift to the spirit, a puff of cool air on a very hot and muggy day. I want to thank "whoever" at SparkPeople for making that tracker.
Okay, Everyone - have a grand day, be safe, eat healthy, workout long and hard, live long and prosper!
Friday, March 04, 2011
I think something is so wrong when Billionaires and Millionaires fight over billions of dollars while so many people in this country are fighting to make ends meet or not making it and wondering where they are going to live tomorrow. This is outrageous and I think it's time these rich, high and mighty's understand how STUPID and GREEDY they really look.
I realize they don't care about anything but the money coming their way and it should be their problem, but they have spilled their greedy, selfish, wasteful ways onto us and I think it's time we, the people, the fans, the place where the money comes from, let them know their shorts are too low and we're seeing way to much of something we should not be seeing. For crying out loud! PULL YOUR MINK SHORTS UP!
I like football, but I don't want to hear about the millions and billions spent at the collective fields and arenas. I don't want to have them threaten us with lockouts! Yes, yes, I understand we are not the ones they are aiming their barbs at, its between the players and owners, but we're the ones getting covered with the swill! Do you honestly think some millionairer is going to lose his house, oversize boat, car, truck, or any other toy he has collected from his hard work job where he bashes his brains out on some other guy's shoulder? I don't - and my bottom line is - I don't care if he did. Do you think some Billionaire is going to lose anything because the players are locked out? Doesn't bother me.
This is pure greed! I'm wondering, what would happen if we all turned our collective backs on the players and owners! Just turn your backs on them. Don't watch the games, if they actually play, don't buy the tickets, which will also put many others out of work in the ticket sales and the concessions and the field staff and building management, to name a few, but do the players and owners care? I would bet not a thought as they've already shown that angle since they are talking lockout!
Pathetic! Absolutely pathetic! I propose that the nation of fans turn their backs on Football for an entire season. I know something different would happen next season and let's not sit around crying about how it would put football out of business forever. Let's get real! It would not put football out of business forever, but it would tell the players and owners, "Hey! You want to play the GAME or sit on your butts and remember the good old days when you actually played the game and earned the big bucks and felt the glory of being heroes to our kids!
I don't think there is a player or owner that would have a single problem with being out of "work" for the rest of their lives. But what they would miss is making more money and feeling their joy of running out onto the field and getting all the honor heaped on them by the fans. What would it be like to see them run out on the field to no applause, no shouts of, "Go Team!" just silence. Dead silence. You don't think they'd notice? They definately would notice. The same notice that a celebrity would take if all the cameras turned away and all the fans stopped following them.
Sure there is going to be a few people that will buy a ticket to the game no matter what! They want to go out there with bodies as naked as allowed, painted with the team colors from stem to stern, but a few fans won't provide the money those players and owners are wanting.
Maybe it's time that fines were placed on these greedy owners and players. I'd vote for a million dollars a day, from each team, that doesn't sit down immediately and quit being so pig-headed and greedy. I'd vote for a million dollars a day from each team that has a lockout, with a minimum of 50 million dollars to bail out the people of this nation, not the banks that belong to another heap of greedy so-and-so's, but the people that really need it. The people that are out of work because of company managers mismanagement, company owners failure to run companies properly and keep the companies running. The people that can't work because there are no jobs to work at. The senior citizens that worked their lives at a job and now face ruin because their pensions can't possibly make ends meet because of greedy banks and greedy vendors.
Shame on all of the owners and players for being so greedy and letting it show so blatantly! Shame! And shame on the fans that sit there and cry because they'll take the swill thrown on them, carelessly by the owners and players greed and accept it as part of the game! I dare you to turn your back on this disgusting show of pure greed! I dare you to hit them where it hurts! Their swollen wallets! It's time we stand up and be counted and turn our backs on the hurtful greed of the few!
An angry fan and human being!
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Well, it's FINALLY time to go to the pool again. Thank God, a local store here was closing one of it's branches and wanted to clear the shelfs of clothes as opposed to moving them to another branch. I got two new swim suits on Sunday!
The old ones were very old and 3 of 4 had little mend jobs required, but they were like over 5 years old and I don't know mending from a hole in the ground. Well, I could figure it out, but it would look horrible so why bother. They went in the trash heap and then I wore the last one to the pool on Saturday morning. It was hanging on me and I just did the best I could with it. It went in the trash, wet!
So now, 2 new new suits that are 2 sizes lower than the ones I pitched! It feels so good to dump clothes that are too big. Interesting, I was somewhere between a size, but so close to the lower size that I bouth them because I'll be in them perfectly in short order. (Notice that positive attitude?)
I can do this! Momentum speaks wonders!
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