Thursday, April 26, 2007

Repeated dreams

There are two dreams that i've had for years. The oldest is facing some danger - the monster never on screen - and i decide to leave. Not a panic escape, but more a "I have time to just avoid the calamity by strolling away", but when i try to leave my legs don't work. Not paralyzed, but the lead in the veins feeling i have sometimes. That dream has been with me for decades now and the danger has never arrived.

The other dream has been with me only for years. I'm in an airport missing a flight or a connection. This dream repeated a few weeks ago. Though we were just making connecting flights, we still had to pass security. Steve & I had made it through, but he was annoyed with waiting, so went on to the gate. For whatever reason, big_Al had my boarding pass and as i waited impatiently he never made it. Angrily i asked Joe where was Al; Joe told me that Al went to work out in the gym in the airport, but before i could be truly furious, with a smile he handed me the boarding pass that Al had left for him that was resting in the wooden box yoga studios have to hold your shoes while in class. We rushed to the gate where the boarding ramp was only 10 feet long & the plane was backing away. When the attendants saw us, they halted the plane and the dream ended. Once again the flight never leaves with me on

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Friday Night Wine Blogging - return return edition

Due to nursing, we nurse our wine, so Cabernet Franc from Ironstone again - good pasta with Italian Boca sausage.

Friday, April 20, 2007

27 down -21 to go

I've been surprised that the firing of the US Attorneys is still a news item over a month later - 1 more slow bleed item for this administration. The additional quasi-scandal of Paul Wolfowitz and there's absolutely no positive news for Bush and his administration.

For Iraq, what's stood out for years is the lack of metrics and even the knowledge of what a metric is - starting with Myers as Head of Joint Chief of Staff. With the "surge" no S.M.A.R.T. goals were communicated to the american public. Not sure if this is just standard incompetence "we have no idea of what we're doing, so we'll just hope" of if they know that it's hopeless and Bush truly is just trying to make sure that we do not retreat while he's president. My standard metric is US dead - as long as we're losing 80 soldiers per month, the surge is not working. Leon Panetta, a member of the Iraq Study, reviews the political goals (filtered link through Obsidian Wings) and of course they are wanting. Whether this means that the Dems will succeed in withdrawing from Iraq is still questionable.

No real interest in updating wagers or the other metrics; at this point, it's almost painful watching the Bush administration limp to the end of its existence, and I don't envy whoever takes office next given the hyper partisan atmosphere in Washington today.

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