Endless Musings

This blog contains the random thoughts, feelings, and observations of a slightly "left of normal" young woman.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Let it Snow

Well, needless to say, I didn't make it out to my friend's house tonight. We did get at least a foot of snow. Also, the wind has picked up and the snow that has been plowed is blowing right back onto the road. Plus, they've just issued another winter storm warning until 4AM. I guess we might get even more snow later.
I wasn't so worried about my own ablities to drive in these conditions, but my confidence in other drivers on the road isn't that great.
Today was a pretty quite one, but I did manage to get a lot done around the apartment. I also got to spend some quaility time with my parents.
I've always had a close relationship with both my parents. My mother and I have always had a very close relationship. Now that my mother is fighting cancer again it has become all the more important to me to spend time with her.
My parents and I went to their church earlier tonight. It was a very small turn out. Litterally only eight people (counting my parents and I) in the pews. However, the pastor still came through with an thought-provoking sermon. He asked us in the beginning of the sermon to consider what life must be like for the citizens of Iraq right now. Later in the sermon he asked us to consider what it must be like for our men and women in uniform in Iraq, who must be wondering why they are really there.
He didn't try to answer those questions directly. He did mention that we must have faith the God will eventually intervene and bring peace to all. I hope that he is correct about that last part. I do believe that the issues the pastor brought up are things that we all need to ponder.
Well, it's late. I am going to watch a movie with my parents (no, I don't live with them, but very close.) I hope everybody out there is warm and safe. Peace.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Snowy Days

Friday is finally here and of course they're predicting a snow storm. We're supposed to get 4-7 inches tonight and then another 2-4 tomorrow. We already have some on the ground so things should look pretty and sparkling white by the time the sky stops falling.
I was planning on visiting a friend of mine up in Wisconsin, but I guess I'll play it by ear. It isn't that I have a big problem driving in snow, but too many other people on the road can't seem to handle it.
At least I don't live in North Carolina. I heard on the news that they had about an inch of snow and it basically shut everything down. I heard that there were even children trapped overnight at school because even the school buses and parents with SUVs couldn't get to them. All this because of an inch? I understand that they don't usually get snow, but still it's just an inch of snow.
I guess I shouldn't be too critical. Considering that there are people who live up here and have lived here all their lives who still seemed confused about how to drive properly in snowy and icy weather. Those are the people that make me nervous about being on the road in bad weather. I know I can handle it, but I've already been involved in one accident because someone else couldn't.
The accident happened a few years ago when I was still in college. It was snowing and there was a layer of ice under the snow. The plows were out, but they can only do so much when its still coming down. I was approaching an intersection to make a right turn. The light for the people going straight thru the intersection was turning red, but I had a green arrow. All the sudden out of the corner of my eye I see movement. Before I know it a Lincoln Town Car slides across two lanes of traffic (narrowly missing two other cars) and ends up right in front of me. I was already breaking to make the turn, but there was nothing I could do not to hit the other car. I hit the passanger side rear door.
The other driver told me later the they had been closely following the car in front of them and didn't realize that that car was going stop for the changing light until it was too late. The other driver panicked and jerked the wheel to the right and cut across two other lanes before ending up right in front of me.
Thankfully no one was hurt. Also thankfully the other person admitted fault right away (I had witnesses who stopped incase I needed them.) The other person also had insurance (law in Illinois.) The door on the other car had to be replaced. Fortunately the only damage I had was that the plastic cover on my left turn signal broke off.
In the end it wasn't that bad, but it shook me up enough to make me nervous about driving in certain conditions. Incidentally, the other driver was from this area (I asked shortly afterwards.) So, the point is that some people who live in Northern states and should be used driving bad weather apparently can't.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Closure

Last night after a few drinks with one of my friends I called my ex. He didn't answer which was just fine with me. I really don't care to talk to him at this point, but I did feel the need to get things off my chest. I left the following message, "Look all I have to say is that no matter what reason you had for not wanting to see me anymore you could have had the decency to communicate that decision to me. The fact that you chose to blow me off instead just proves that you didn't care one-iota about me. It also proves that you had been lying thru your teeth every time you said you loved me. I wish I knew why you lied, but I know it would be pointless to ask you for an honest answer. In closing all I want to say is may you reap all the love and happiness you have sown. Good luck with that."
I actually do feel as if an emotional weight has been lifted off my sholders. I don't expect my message to change anything. I certainly didn't ask him to call me back. I don't want him to call me back at this point. That wasn't why I called. I just felt that I needed some closure to the situation and since he wasn't decent enough to provide that closure, then I had to get it myself. In the end, I'm glad that I did. Now I can move on emotionally just like I already have intellectually.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Spam Mail / Con Artists / Tsunami Relief

Whenever I get into work one of the first things I do is check my business email. It never ceases to amaze me how much spam mail I get at work. Here is a list of some of the mail that was waiting for me today: an offer for a college loan (great, but I'm done with college.) An offer to take out a 2nd mortgage (I live in an apartment.) An offer for 50% off a motorized wheelchair (now that's just an insult!) Not to mention offers for credit cards (thank you, but I have enough debt) and "free" giveaways (that of course are never really free.)
I never respond to any of these emails. Nor have I ever visted any of these companies online or otherwise. I even have a spam blocking feature on my email that seems to work because it does automatically block any junk mail and mail from companies or persons whom I have blocked previously. Yet, I still get all this spam.
I guess on the plus side spam email isn't as bad for the enviroment as the paper junk mail that used to prevail, but it is annoying.
The worst spam that I have received are the emails claiming to be from a lawyer (or family member) of someone who died with a large sum of money in some obscure country with really messed up estate laws. The person goes on to claim that all they need so the family can collect their inheritance is for them to move the money to an account in the USA. They offer to give a large sum of this money to me if I would be so kind (and gullible) as to help them by emailing them back with my banking information ect.
Obviously, I have never responded to these emails. I knew before I ever received such email that it is a scam.
I have always deleted these messages right away and used my spam blocker to block further email from the sender. This is what people should do if they get such an email. I would like to think that most people know this. However, if these scam artists never managed to con anyone this way I would imagine that they wouldn't continue to send these messages to anyone.
I would bet that in the aftermath of the tsumani there are many emails of this nature being generated by many con artists. I haven't received any yet myself (maybe the spam blocker is doing some good.)
I would hope that everyone who has email (or even a phone for that matter) will be very careful about giving money or banking information to anyone who emails or calls them asking for donations. These scam artists like to take advantage of peoples' desire to help after a crisis.
If you want to help tsunami victims (or with any other relief efforts) donate only to organizations that are well established and legitimate. A good organization to donate to is the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cresent Societies. It's basically the international version of the Red Cross. They have a website where you can read about their organization and make a donation. One of the things I really like about them is that you can specify which cause you want your money to go their web address is www.ifrc.org.
I would hope that anyone who hasn't already donated would consider it. Every little bit really does make a difference.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Happy Birthday to Martin Luther King Jr.

I just wanted to take a moment to wish the late Martin Luther King Jr. happy birthday. He would have turned 76 this past Saturday.
I wonder what Dr. King would think about current events if he were alive today. I wonder what his feelings would be on the war in Iraq. I would bet that he would oppose it.
I wonder what he would think of the numbers of mostly black voters whose votes were rejected in the last two elections. I'm sure he would be very upset. After all the work that he and others in the Civil Rights movement did to insure that all people could exercise their constitutional right to vote I'm sure it would anger him to see that in the 21st century black votes are being dismissed.
I wonder what Dr. King would think about the fact that all these years after the start of the Civil Rights movement there is still inequality in the quality of education provided for children who have the misfortune to be born in a poorer neighborhood.
I wonder what Dr. King would think about our president throwing himself a $40 mil. inauguration party while millions of Americans can't afford basic healthcare and people around the world are starving.
I wasn't alive during the lifetime of this great man. I can only guess as to what he would think and say if he were with us today.
His message was one of change thru loving ways. His message was one of hope. He brought people who felt that they had no voice together and taught them how to speak out against oppression. He taught that everybody has a voice and that if we use our voices and work together we can affect positive change. Change may be slow in coming. Consider that we as a nation have come a long way since the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, but we still have a way to go.
I believe that the best way to honor the memory of such a great American is for us to keep his dream alive. We can do this by not sitting still and quiet when we see things that are unjust. We can keep Dr. Kings dream alive by speaking out not just for ourselves but for all people who are still being oppressed.
May everyone have a peaceful and joyous day!

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