December 29, 2006
Another Year Winds Down
Executive bonuses are in the news. I'm of two minds on that issue, but mostly I think that the affected shareholders ought to think twice about their board elections next time around, if they think the payouts too extravagant in relation to the business. I was raised to consider extreme wealth as immoral, and that's a difficult mindset to deprogram, but I'm coming along. There's so much to learn in life.
School break has been nice, but it will be over soon. No, you remember right, the boy is young yet, and I'm not in school; but I might not have mentioned that the wife is. She pulled straight A's for her first semester of grad school -- naturally. Week after next, the one-car juggle resumes. But hey, families didn't used to have two (or more) cars. Hell, they didn't have one, for most of history.
But this car has been -- and this is sad to say, because I once adopted the Deadheads' shallow affection for VW -- a real lemon. I'm facing several repairs that just shouldn't have to happen, but especially the second go-round with the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve. Stupid me for not knowing that the TDI technology wasn't quite cooked in 1999, which makes the 2000 TDI burn not so cleanly. Plus, the car's poor quality interior parts break off in your hand. And Diesel prices just won't come down. Oh, well. I'm not totally soured on Volkswagen from this one experience, but the wife is. I'm thinking a nice made-in-America Asian model will serve us well next time around. I "loved" my Honda Accord.
I want such big things for this blog, this website, this domain; but energy and organization have been short around here. Voters (and the latent electorate) need info and insight, but they have to be aware of those needs first. I'm not saying I offer it all, but I will do what I am able.
It's back to watching the General Assembly exhibit their best efforts at representation in the coming months. I want to approach this session with a hopeful outlook. So, I will, but I won't be na´ve enough to be shocked by more shenanigans. You should expect at least perfunctory coverage on this website of the special elections to replace Henri Brooks and Steve Cohen.
I don't have the standing to complain about anything, given the myriad plights out there that cast my woes as miniscule, but I will anyway. Some. Truthfully, there are a great many fortunate aspects to my life that I don't spend enough time acknowledging. Consider it resolved that I will do more of that.
However, I also reserve the right to remain as sarcastic as I can be, all year long. You're welcome.
Politics is Personal | By joe lance | 10:31 PM