I've been distracted somewhat by those "walkers," or "biters" as the show calls them, since that show has recently become a guilty pleasure of mine. No matter how prepared Sheriff Rick Grimes and his group are, armed to the teeth with their head on a swivel, those zombies always find a way to sneak up on the characters and bite them in the...leg, neck or shoulder usually. Life can do that too.
Those of you who've had a child closing in on the end of their last year of Free Public Education, will understand how busy life can get. It's not just the teenangster that's busy with her Senior year, it's the whole family. "Yesterday was the last day to order my cap and gown!" my daughter yells in a panic. "Thanks for telling us" I think sarcastically to myself. While I can't pretend to understand the logic of a school sending me multiple emails/texts/robo-calls about a lock-down (when some homeless guy drops a bag in the parking lot), yet only sends a single email to her only about something so important as graduation attire, I do understand my daughter and her ability to get spooled up. While that deadline has come and gone, a quick call to the school led me to the OEM - which in Navy parlance is the Original Equipment Manufacturer. They were perfectly willing to take my money and send us the required uniform.
I had a backup plan however, as my wife, her sisters, a niece, and two of my brother's kids are all alumni of Grants Pass High School. That fine institution sports not only the same colors as the teenangster's San Diego High, but the same mascot- the Caveman. Caps and gowns of Royal Blue abound in the closets of my relatives.
There's a lot more for us to do than than just applying for college and her taking final exams. There's AP exams and IB program final projects, Senior Portraits, Prom planning, and scholarship essays. There's also the FAFSA- the wonderful Federal Application for Student Aid which to me is a HUGE waste of my time. My daughter will be attending college using the almost criminally generous GI Bill. Not that Veterans don't need or deserve it, but the fact that I get to transfer it all to my kid to attend a private college out of state seems almost too good to be true. The waste of time stems from the fact that this is a benefit available to me that I earned, not a federal grant or a loan from the government. And the FAFSA is irrelevant to that situation imho. Based on my salary, I already know that the result of the application will be that she's ineligible for any loans or grants. But even if she is, we don't need, nor will we use them. I've picked up the form twice and still haven't finished it, frustrated over the uselessness of the effort. It makes my brain hurt.
Fortunately my wife is handling any prom-related issues. However, my ever-artistic daughter can't make it easy. I'd gladly shell out the money for a prom dress, shoes, dinner, the whole thing, but she wants to make her own dress. An effort which I know from experience will result in our dining room turning into a sewing room for at least a month, fabric remnants and sewing pins all over the house, just waiting to impale a toe or the ball of my foot, and last minute stress coupled with a short temper as she frantically tries to finish it the night before the event.
Scholarship applications? That's my job. Sure, it's really her job, but it's in my best (financial) interest to ensure those essays sound like something a super smart high school senior, with a compelling life story I might add, would write.
Trying to keep the schedule for all of this in my head or on my phone, all the while deconflicting it with the other 9 lbs of stuff I'm cramming into the 10 lb sack of life, is challenging at best. That too makes my brain hurt.
Did I mention that I'm busy. Yeah, yeah, you're tired of hearing it. But that leads me to the premise for this post. I think my brain is full and I really don't feel like compressing what's already in there to fit more in with it, so somethings gotta give. I've been jotting down mental notes for potential blog posts for a month or so, but none of them are fleshed out enough to make a full post. There's no room left up there so the rest of this post is the stuff that's spilling out. I won't attest to how interesting or useful the following info is, but as your pithy political part-time blogger, that's not in my job description.
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Eric Melrose Brown, a renowned British Navy test pilot who shattered records and made history with exploits that advanced Allied fighter power in World War II and quests for jet propulsion and supersonic speeds in postwar aviation, died on Sunday in southern England. He was 97.
Captain Brown’s test flights established the North American P-51 Mustang as the fast and maneuverable fighter-escort that smothered the Luftwaffe in dogfights over the Continent late in the war and gave top cover for Allied bombing runs into Germany.
He was also the most decorated pilot in the history of the Fleet Air Arm, Britain’s naval aviation service. Source
I thought that was significant enough to share as his contributions to the war effort definitely helped end it. A Commander of the British Empire he was.
How about this?
That's quite an exclusive club. While far from "Skynet" going active, and Sarge and I may disagree on the usefulness or ethics of drone use, I do like how we can take out baddies without risking the lives of our SpecOps guys. No gals currently, although that sure has been a discussion item of late- if combat arms are open to women, shouldn't the selective service be as well? I am positive America is not ready for our daughters to be drafted into the front lines of a war, but the equality mongers didn't foresee that side effect. They might actually have to admit there's a double standard!The targeting crosshairs are focused on a dark building, tucked in the trees, when a missile dropped from the wings streaks down and the suspected terrorist base explodes in a fireball.Nigeria thus joined the small but fast-growing club of countries — six so far, including three since September — using armed drones for targeted killing by remote control. Source
I like Cruz for his strict constitutional stance, but I think the youthful Rubio has the best chance of stealing some votes from the libs, gaining some undecideds and those in the Dem party who see Hillary for the liar and crook that she is.
If it was Trump vs the crazy socialist? Ugh, please God, don't let that happen. Bernie wants to give everyone free college. You want me to pay for it? Then I get to pick your major. No more Erotic Prussian Finger-painting degrees, or the like. Telling our kids they can be anything they want and to do what makes them happy just doesn't prepare them for today's world. The problem is you often end up.with lit majors, art majors, women's studies majors who can't use their degrees to find jobs in that real world once they been ejected from the coddled womb of academia. I don't want to pay for someone to go to school to get a degree in something so narrow, I won't get a return on my "investment". If we ever do get to a point where we fund college for students, I would want it with the caveat that it will only be for certain degrees which have high job placement rates, and if you don't finish -- you are on the hook for the bill, government won't pay for it.
By the way, check out this article. Some wise words from someone at the ripe old age of 29.
All right, I've successfully cleared out some cobwebs from my brain. Not the most concise or salient post I've ever put together, but like a walker after Rick's axe cracks open his skull, stuff sometimes spills out and it's not pretty.