End of Week 215 -Are You Ready For Some Party Business??


Today’s picture is brought to you by Heathsville, VA, and it’s there just because I like it! No other reason.

Well, I haven’t lost any more weight, but that’s ok since I also haven’t gained.  Made my sessions and my workouts and stayed pretty much on my eating plan.  Will showed me a quads exercise on the cable machine.  It involves putting a wide strap around the ankle.  He wanted me to practice it today.  So, I went to the machine, hooked up the strap, and bent down and put it around my ankle.  That was when I realized that a year ago I would not have been able to put that strap on without help.  It’s strange.  I don’t weigh much less, but I’m able to do a lot more, physically.  When the scale refuses to move, this is what I need to remember.

We are, once again, thinking of France and why they experience so many terrorist-type attacks.  This time it happened in Nice.  I’ve never been there, but I understand it is a beautiful city.  One man, with a huge truck and one gun, managed to kill at least 84 people celebrating Bastille Day.  I have read comments saying that people cannot remember the last time our flag was at full staff for more than a day or two.  I must admit, it’s almost like we have “tragedies du jour” anymore.  I’m trying not to become jaded; not to become so used to mass killings that they no longer shock me.  Some have used the word “apathy”, but apathy does not quite work.  There is a difference between not caring at all and being numbed by sheer volume.

Here in the good ole USA it is election season.  Anyone who has not been living in a cave knows the Trump problem, the Clinton problem, and the Bernie problem.  Well, if you think it has been a circus so far; you are in for a couple of weeks of you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!  It is party convention time!  This coming week the Republicans will be in Cleveland spending hours in public Hilary-bashing, and fighting among themselves in private.  They are not yet united behind Trump.  The following week it will be the Democrats’ turn in Philadelphia.  They are no more united than the Republicans, but at least Bernie Sanders has endorsed HRC.

I am an independent with Democratic tendencies and grew up watching political conventions.  My family, on my mother’s side, has always been political.  The only thing I can say for sure now is I prefer ANYONE over Trump.  As far as I am concerned, if Trump wins the general election we will not even have a president.  My mom taught me to respect the office even if you don’t like who sits in it.  Well, if Trump becomes president, any respect I have for the office will have to be suspended until he is gone – never mind not liking the person.  He would be an embarrassment.  We do not need a tantrum-throwing toddler as head of our executive branch.

Oh, well.  What will be, will be.  The only thing I can do is support whoever runs against Trump, and, in the end, cast my vote against him.  The only poll that really counts is the one in November.

Until next week…..


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