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Life update... [Dec. 31st, 2016|01:08 pm]
New entries in LongHairedWeirdo. I feel like I'm tightening up the writing on some of the last ones - feel free to let me know if you agree (or not).

I've learned the joys of some casual gaming, like the Candy Crush series. I've also learned the joys of portable power packs for your phone. See, these games can drain the heck out of your battery. Too many charge/discharge cycles weakens your battery's ability to hold a charge. Ah, but if you charge a portable power pack, and plug your phone into that, you're not using your phone's (possibly non-replaceable) battery - you're using a cheap, easily replaced one.

This July, I moved from Microsoft SQL Server support, to AWS Database Services support. I knew it was the right move for me at the time, but there was an additional synchronicity: my hip has been recovering faster and doing better than ever.

If you ever have a tilted pelvis that un-tilts, let me tell you: It's a long slog. And you might feel like your leg is twisted in three or four different directions - and it probably is, there are probably multiple muscles attaching to your femur, hip, or lower back, each of which is shortened or tight, causing that twisty feeling. It's slow, but it can be fixed.

Carrie Fisher died - one of the saddest things that struck me about heroes is she mentioned once during an interview (I think she was actually *giving* the interview!) that it was hard for her to find relationships that weren't based around a guy wanting to have sex with Princess Leia - one of those things I'd never thought of, and, one thing that struck me was how hard it would be to avoid that kind of thing. Even a guy who loves the whole woman might still find his brain going there.

I hope she found freedom from that, and peace, and joy. She was a hell of a woman.

I'm scared for the future of America - I won't deny it. When George W was the President, and could ignore multiple parts of the law, engage in (and normalize) torture, and be cheered for starting a pointless war, I felt that he wasn't like Hitler - he was going to have his one war, and he intended to stop right there.

But I realized he was paving the way. See, the Republicans fell in line and supported his violations of the law for spying on Americans, defended, and praised, his torture, and still seem to feel the war was no biggie.

I don't know that Donald Trump is Hitler-dangerous... but there are no more steps. It's not like, George W Bush paved the way for Trump, who paves the way for the next step in the progression. A Hitler-wannabe could have run Trumps campaign - that he won, and that his political party is supporting him and his win, in spite of the spying by Russia, misuse of law enforcement, and quality of their candidate, really worries me.

(I'm not expecting them to turn down a win they got handed - but I am horrified they're not even paying lip service to concern about these issues.)

This isn't right, it isn't normal, and it's not what America can be, or should be.

I know that the Republicans will mess up. Trump isn't competent, and neither is the Republican Party when they let themselves be driven by their worst elements. I just hope that that when they do, it's readily apparent, and not too awful. I keep having nightmares that our President elect will get tired of waiting and demand a nuclear strike on Daesh (for example).

Anyway: that's my life on the last day of a year that's been *way* too much in the bad-news realm.

[User Picture]From: acelightning
2017-01-01 09:44 am (UTC)
What I've found myself repeating, as the rightmost digit increments by one, is this:

My generation stopped a war and forced a sitting President to resign, basically by singing in the streets. We did it before - we can do it again!

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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2017-01-01 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, you did, and you can, but I also have deeper concerns because Nixon wasn't the kind of person who thought "what the hell, we have nukes, let's use them!"

(I understand the option was *discussed* and may have even come close. But I could see Trump getting twinged on twitter NYE 2017 and deciding "fine, they want to mock me for not getting rid of ISIS, I'll get rid of them!")

But: borrowing trouble from the future just tires you so you're not as ready when it shows.

Let me know if you're marching near me; I'll add my voice.
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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2017-01-02 02:04 pm (UTC)
One ray of hope in all of this is that Trump prides himself on being "unpredictable", and we already know that he's unreliable, besides being a liar. So we can hope that he breaks every single one of his campaign promises :-)

I'm not marching anywhere yet - I have to write a protest song first! But if I spot you in the crowd, I'll sing louder (and I'm rather easy to find, considering I really do have purple hair).

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