Flew home last night to 30 degree temps and rain. We had a chance of snow in Denver last night, up to 2 inches, but it never happened.
I'm purchasing a ski pass that gives me unlimited skiing at Keystone, Breckendridge, and A-Basin, plus 10 days at Beaver Creek and Vail. (not to mention half off at heavenly).
I can't wait.
Couple that with the all wheel drive vehicle I hope to be purchasing this week or next week, and.....It's too early to get that worked up.
Ok folks brace yourselves. I'm not sure I ever really promised to NEVER touch on this subject, I'm not sure I did, but as I've grown and matured I've developed OPINIONS and I intend to share them. I'm short winded so this shouldn't take long.
POLITICS. My father used to demand that I vote, but I never wanted to because I didn't CARE. I had no opinions, and I wasn't about to vote for a certain person just because my parents told me to. If I was to vote, it was going to be for someone that I truly wanted to vote for.
I attempted to vote in the Presidential elections 2 years ago, unfortunately, I sent in my absentee vote too late.
Through my travels and ...what not, I've started to form my own opinions. Before I moved to Colorado, my brother warned me to not become granola. (for those of you slang illiterate, Granola is defined by the Urban Dictionary as
"An adjective used to describe people who are environmentally aware (flower child, tree-hugger), open-minded, left-winged, socially aware and active, queer or queer-positive, anti-oppressive/discrimin atory (racial, sexual, gender, class, age, etc.) with an organic and natural emphasis on living, who will usually refrain from consuming or using anything containing animals and animal by-products (for health and/or environmental reasons), as well as limit consumption of what he or she does consume, as granola people are usually concerned about wasting resources."
As I'm not quite Granola, I'm definitely a Tree Hugger. (My friend Laura H. describes me as "her little tree hugger." Shes from texas, so relative to her, everybody is a tree hugger.) But I still like Meat and I live in a modern home, but I try to stay on trails when hiking, I'm not a "meadow stomper" (thanks dearing), and I'm concerned about the welfare of our environment. I'm kind of stuck in the middle.
But back to Politics. I don't understand why we all follow the rules of the two party system. Both sides have good points, and both sides have "what on earth..." points. Just the fact that Bush has to question the rules of torture set out in the Geneva Convention, which pretty much tells you he's gone to far, is a good example of a "what on earth.." points.
I don't think I'm being revolutionary here, but they only choose to stand on one side or the other because of votes. Thats it. It's all about the votes. And from my experiences (all WHOPPING 25 years of them) I've learned that pretty much across the board, any extreme is bad. We've all heard "everything in moderation." You can eat Mcdonalds and you'll be fine, but eating it 3 times a day for 6 months WILL KILL YOU. Isn't MARRIAGE all about compromise? Meeting in the middle to actually SOLVE problems? I feel like this whole two party system just ends up with us voting one side in, having them for 1 or 2 years, realizing that something crazy is going on, and then we vote the other side back in. Its a vicious cycle.
Maybe I'm showing my Political Immaturity here, and if so please feel free to comment, but wheres my middle guy? I would like a different choice. And I guess those are the little "independents" who never get any votes, but they don't get any votes because they don't make these passionate speeches about critical issues where they rile up this legion of supporters where voters start making decisions on ONE issue.
But anyways, maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about, but there it is.
I list myself as MODERATE.