On a less seething note, I got to spend a few hours today at my mechanics garage. It is always a pleasure. He is a small, South American guy who loves women, cars & motorcycles. He is the mechanic for my whole family. He is beyond honest, beyond reasonably priced. He takes hours with each client, not only fixing whatever is wrong but giving a lesson in auto mechanics. He gives a guided tour under the hood, making sure you can identify all the major parts. Then he shows you how to do what is being done. Today was a tune-up and a transmission flush. Granted, I could never flush the trany, I don't have the tools. But I can do a tune-up, all by myself. He made sure of that. He insists that you help him fix whatever needs done. That way, you don't get stranded or overcharged down the road. He also does no more than is absolutely necessary. My tune up today didn't include new cables because I didn't need new cables. I will next time. It's not a drop off your car, pick it up later kind of place...It's much more personal than that. He doesn't advertise, not at all. He works soley on a referral basis, and I have enjoyed watching his business blossom over the past 6 years or so I have been going to him.
My oldest son came with today (home sick with the flu) and Robert tried to involve him in the goings-on under the hood. He was a little too queasy for that, so to keep him occupied Robert took him to the chalk board and gave him two math problems to solve. They were tough enough that he couldn't get the answers while we were there, but he certainly did enjoy trying. I guess it comes down to this...Not only is he kind, he is fair and respectful. He would never, ever, rip me off. He would never treat me or my children poorly. And I will never have another mechanic.

My friend also blogged about this. I hate to play point-counterpoint, but I couldn't let it go. Isn't the point of democracy to be a gov't for the people, BY the people? Aren't we obligated to voice our opinions when we see something wrong, especially when the man we ASKED to be commander-in-chief is behind it? The argument that they have been doing it their whole lives and are educated to do it, therefore we shouldn't argue with them, sends me spinning. I know a lot of really shitty teachers who have been doing it their whole lives. Doesn't mean they don't suck. Dr. Robert Gallo had been researching retro-viruses his whole life, went to really good schools, and still managed to do more damage to AIDS research and blatantly allow more deaths by it than anyone since him. And he was the top guy in the field. Tons of priests have been priests their whole lives, went to the right schools for it, and, well, I'll leave that at that. If we're all so wrapped up into eating the theory spoonfed to us by this administration that we are "spreading freedom" and that's why we're in the middle east, maybe we need a refresher in what our version of freedom that's getting spread around is. How about freedom of speech for starters?

my friend blogged today about NCLB. for the record, i'm not a fan. honestly, i think it's crap. but it does have some good aspects, and i appreciate being reminded of them since i'm stuck with it for 4 more years. check out the end of his post, where he talks about how he'd run a school. I'd hire him.

the countdown begins

my childhood best friend, rainy day, (yes that's really her name) turns 30 today. Happy birthday rainy, where ever you are!
that means i have 24 days left until i do the same.