I don’t do this enough

Last time I really posted I was in the midst of my 11 day vacation, I planned to post everyday, my vacation ended 5 days ago.

In those days I just about got everything I wanted to get done. I even stayed up for 32 hours straight at one point. I couldn’t sleep one night so I got up, showered and headed out to get painting supplies at 430am. Meijer is dead then and the Lowes people aren’t very happy to mix paint at 630 in the morning. But I was home by 9am and began painting. I painted one wall in each room a darker color, in this case green, blue, and gray, then I painted the rest of the place a white-ish-gray-blue. I found out last night that in the right light, my walls look blue, blue and purple with light blue on the other walls. Never make paint selections at 630 in the morning. Sunlight makes all the difference.

After staying up for 32 hours I finally went to bed, got a good night’s sleep and was back on track. Most of my vacation I did exactly what I wanted to do, nothing. It was great to just sit around and relax mostly.

Since being back at work I’ve wished for a longer vacation. I went in to hell it seemed, a large machine was broken and our printer was on the fritz. I will cover this in detail on another post, but lets just say that Komo Machine/Siemens and HP are on my list this year.

I’ve also found that since I’ve been back, I’m more important at work than I thought. Much more managerial that I thought I was basically. I knew I had a role, but that role is growing at an accelerating rate. Always good to see. Things changing in this case are not so bad.

It’s the new year and life is starting again. The lull of the holiday craziness is over and changes are being made, both by us and for us. Some of us are continuing from where we were and others are starting anew.

I’ve rambled enough for tonight. As I said, when I’m done with HP and Komo/Siemens I’ll write about them. Their staff has much left to do to impress me.

A penny loaf to feed the Pope

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent to blow up King and Parliament.
Three-score barrels of powder below to prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d with a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

Tonight is Guy Fawkes Night. Check it out. A familiar rhyme to me for some reason. A 400 year old holiday. Many different traditions but all with the same intent. Celebrate your country. How have you honored those who came before you lately? Have you stood while the colors passed or merely continued your conversation. Have you discussed topics relevant to all men around you instead of simple things in your life that have no bearing on the common good?

I believe that selfless acts of rebellion are worth remembering not for what they did or (in this case) didn’t accomplish but moreso because they at least caught the attention of some who made the issue known and at least able to be discussed without fear.

So much in our country that is discussed is deemed “un-American” or “anti-Patriotic.” Bull, this country was founded by people who wanted their freedom, religiously at first with the Pilgrims then down the line with everything else by the 1770s. Rebellions made this country. Treasonous acts made this country. George Washington, would have been summarily killed by order of the King had he been captured. He was a traitor to the crown and the country. Here, we treat him as a hero, on our money, our stamps, we name streets after him. A rebel, a traitor.

There is no such thing as “un-American,” we are a nation of many colors, races, creeds, and beliefs, we are a nation founded through turmoil. To not question authority and simply blindly follow our leaders is “un-American,” to believe that your religious beliefs are superior and others should be tolerated is “un-American,” and lastly I believe that to vote for someone because they are simply a member of a particular party or because they are not a particular person is “un-American.”

Vote for the issues you believe in, vote for the person you believe represents you the best. Don’t vote Red or Blue, don’t vote anti-Red, or anti-Blue, and don’t vote Anti-JoeCandidate. If you’re not sure where you stand or where the candidates stand, check out PoliticalBase.com.

Celebrate the freedom earned for us by exercising is regularly.