Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
There is a phenomenon called Mercury Retrograde. We are now exiting one that started in July. During those times there are delays and communication foul ups. Equipment breaks. Traffic delays are much more common. Not a great time to travel. Or make new plans. A time to revise, revisit, review.
Several years ago Mike and I were John Wayne Airport ready to get on a plane to Vancouver. The flight was canceled and we would have a several hour delay before a new one could be found. I told my husband, who said, "Why aren't you upset - you certainly are taking this in stride." (Not my normal reaction). I replied, "It is Mercury retrograde and I knew that it was possible. I was prepared for the worst and hoping for the best."
In the same vein, my son flew here to California during this past Mercury Retrograde. I warned him to be ready for delays. I said, "Plan ahead and be prepared - if the delays don't happen - great. However, if they do don't be surprised." There were several, several delays during his trip - one of which almost caused him to miss the plane. Luckily Mercury Retrograde is more about delay than cancellation.
The last Election that was negatively affected by Mercury Retrograde was 2000. The Bush -Gore Election. In my research I discovered that there was another election which was affected by Mercury Retrograde - The Compromise Election of Rutherford B Hayes in 1876. In that election a Commission of House and Senate Representatives and Supreme Court Judges - 5 Republicans, 5 Democrats and 1 Independent was appointed to determine the results of the disputed electoral votes - sound familiar? That Commission didn't make a decision until March 4, 1877 - two days before what was then Inauguration Day. Like I said delays, rather than out and out endings.
This November's election - once again is on the day that Mercury goes retrograde. In the Bush/Gore election Mercury was coming out of retrograde - in this election it will be going in to retrograde. Once again things could get a little dicey - and as pointed out in this article http://thenewtimesholler.com/ARCHIVE/projected.html, it depends also on the person's chart - Romney and Obama both are affected, but in different ways.
Like I told me son - expect the worst - and if it doesn't happen - at least you are prepared. And Astrology is a fun, helpful science- it has helped me deal with a lot of people and situations in my life. I used to get frantic calls from my house cleaners asking me if it was Mercury Retrograde (I wouldn't pre program them) and when I said yes, they always said, "Thank God - just tell me when it ends."
Friday, May 11, 2012
I will need volunteers next year to help with the traffic issue - much as we love them, we don't need to be paying policemen to direct traffic - we solved the problem with volunteers for the Parade. Maybe we can make this a walking event! We can do better!! And now that I will be 66 for the next Garage Sale I actually do need some help!!! Thanks
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Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Why is the Balboa Island Post Office, Post Offices all Over America and Postal Delivery Service in danger of being closed, modified or discontinued altogether? The people that staff these post offices and deliver your mail have middle class jobs—jobs that pay a good wage. Jobs that cannot be outsourced to China. Jobs for people who buy houses, support our schools, pay taxes, and spend money in our local communities.
Think about it - why is the post office going away? Because everyone uses e-mail and faxes to send us bills, bank statements, price lists, direct deposits to bank accounts, flyers, etc. Because we pay our bills online. What if we tell all our vendors and employers that they have to MAIL everything? They will tell you that is a lot of work.
I will tell you what is a lot of work— undoing identity theft. Leaving all your banking information at sites all over the internet is an incredible risk - the Chinese and other third world countries have legions of people trying to access our bank sites - and they will. Because the banks don’t really care. Fighting identity theft will take a lot of time - years actually. For you—NOT the banks—they don’t care because they don’t have to do the work that comes with identity theft. It isn’t THEIR problem.
Stop complaining about job loss in the United States to immigrants - support the jobs that we have in this country already—use the post office as much as you can. These middle class jobs that can be saved by each American spending a little more time paying their bills. And there are plenty of programs out there that let you print your checks quickly and easily and save all the information in one place - Quicken and Quick Books just to name a couple.
There are other jobs involved as well—jobs printing those checks by companies who sell them, jobs sending out the checks here in the United States , jobs opening the envelopes with your payments in them and jobs entering the information into computers. Let’s support jobs for people—not computers.
If you think it won’t affect you—your job WILL be the next one to be outsourced—guaranteed!!! It started with the factory jobs, now the middle class jobs—next the white collar jobs and eventually even your CEO will live in India. We have had factories all over the world for centuries. Accounting can be done in a foreign country just as well as in California or Kansas. Stand up and be an American and support jobs in this country and one of our oldest institutions—the United States Post Office!!!
It takes small steps to do big things—and this is something you can do to change the world!!!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
At 9:00 am on Friday the 13th I received a call from my good friend Tom Stanton who has a computer repair service on Agate Street on Balboa Island. At the end of Agate is the Balboa Island Ferry where 3 cars at a time cross the bay - back and forth - back and forth - from Balboa Island to Balboa Peninsula - usually a short. scenic, peaceful ride.