Anti-rants, aka Good News Tuesday, 8/30/22. Also, update.

Fighting invasive species, one plant at a time.

Need to focus in a noisy environment/calm down/relax/sleep? Here are sounds to help.


Life continues here. The wretchedly hot weather left about a week ago, but the humidity lingers. Right now it is 70˚ with 93% humidity. Also, we have enough rain that the local drought has abated somewhat. Okay, enough about the weather.

Elder Son and Wife are now happily back in New Mexico after his COVID confinement here. No word on the potential pregnancy, but the baby blanket will be ready if and when they are.

Younger Son was recruited to apply for a job with a tech mega-firm at triple his current salary but still working from home. This is after he was recruited and hired earliler this year at a different tech mega-firm at double his previous salary. He has a very particular set of skills that are not common: extensive experience with computer storage networks. Sheesh. Nobody ever dangled a job with $$$ and challenges in front of Smokey or me. Pretty darned good for a kid young man with a high school diploma.

On Saturday I did a 3-hour shift of phone banking; the message was just to check in with people and make sure they are planning to vote in November. I made nearly 50 calls… and talked to 3 people. It was one the last weekends of summer, it wasn’t raining, and I think people were out and about enjoying themselves. But the ones I talked to were good people, and I enjoyed my chats with them. One was a woman planning to have hip replacement surgery (that’s why she cannot volunteer), so we talked about that. Turns out she had one hip replaced awhile back, and her surgeon, who will also do her next one, is part of the same practice as *my* surgeon. I told her I had had the procedure done at a surgery center rather than a hospital because there was far less risk of COVID there — they only do surgeries, no ICU nor regular med-surg beds. She had not thought about that and may change her surgery site. So although I didn’t change anyone’s mind about politics — which is never my goal — I did perhaps help one person.

I am writing this on Monday. No rain, my window is open, and the loons are singing. Life is good.

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5 Responses to Anti-rants, aka Good News Tuesday, 8/30/22. Also, update.

  1. Kat says:

    The humidity… really. I yearn for the break from it that we are *supposed* to get this week!

    Good for you for making some calls and connecting with voters!

  2. gayle says:

    Enjoy your loons!

  3. I appreciate that you were working the phone bank to make sure people get out to vote… but I also never answer my own phone unless it’s a call from someone I know (and sometimes not even then). I can assure you, however, that I will be voting in November.

  4. k says:

    I haven’t started phone banking yet, mostly because Dems were being dumb again. But then Dark Biden struck, and I feel the first stirrings of hope. Also, that noise generator got my money sooooo fast.

  5. Jane says:

    Thank you for working the phone bank. I have sent postcards regarding local/state races. Send some rain south to Nebraska. It’s so so dry.

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