Great Depression II

I guess they didn’t call it The Great Depression during that depression, did they? We shouldn’t be surprised they’re not honestly calling this one Great Depression II. Or, in current parlance, maybe, “G-Dep-2.” It’s “only” The Great Recession. As if those of us out of work (or in my case, “under-employed”) and facing such dire uncertainty really care about semantics?

The main problem for many unemployed is that they’re depending on Corporate America to provide a job. Not gonna happen. These days, you have to fend for yourself, create a job/business for yourself. I see happening here what has already happened in Russia after the “collapse” of the Soviet Union. We, like them, are going to have to become a nation of hustlers. It’s not a pretty picture, and I’m not advocating it, but it’s probably unavoidable. If only we, like them, had leaders strong enough and wise enough to get rid of our own oligarchs. Don’t get me started on “leaders.”

Don’t depend on bank loans for your new business. Loans at interest are for fools. No offense. I’m still working my way through mortgage and credit card payments, at interest, so I suffer from the same foolishness as most everyone else. Do it the Muslim way — no, I’m not Muslim — and find investors, not blood-sucking bankers. Funny how vampires are so popular these days as we’re surrounded by real life blood-suckers.


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Elizabeth’s first play

Elizabeth, 5, came up with the following play just as we were finishing dinner the other day. Dinner theater, if you will. 🙂 We were in Sacramento visiting my Dad, joined by my brother Greg and his wife June.

  • MOM (Tara): Where is the prince? There he is. Will he join me for dinner?
  • DAD (Bill): Will my mother stop making me work all day? Can I be a prince?
  • UNCLE GREG: Where’s the bride? Oh here she is. May I dance? Do you want to get a snack?
  • GRANDPA (Lionel): For dessert today, pudding.

Missing cat returns

Good news from best friends Julie and Bert in Las Vegas. One of their cats, Tobie, went missing this past January. He was an indoor/outdoor cat and one day just disappeared. Needless to say, they were heartbroken and spent many hours/days posting fliers, contacting neighbors and shelters, etc. Nothing. But no one gave up hope.

Last night, Tobie came home!!!!! Isn’t that amazing!?! He just appeared in the back yard and let Julie pick him up and bring him into the house. He settled right in like he had never been gone!!! WOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

We wish he could tell us the story of what has happened in the past 9 months, but I guess we’re left to speculate.

In these days of doom and gloom, I thought everyone might like this heartwarming story.

All time best movie lines

I thought it’d be fun to come up with a list of the all-time best movie lines.
Use the comments section below [comments closed] for your suggestions. Try and do it from memory. Don’t worry about getting it exactly right.
Here’s what comes to my mind:

  • “We’ll always have Paris” – Rick in Casablanca
  • “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” – Rick in Casablanca
  • “We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!” – bandito in Treasure of Sierra Madre (actual quote is here: Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!“)
  • “A man’s got to know his limitations” – Clint Eastwood in Magnum Force
  • “Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” – Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry
  • “I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto” – Dorothy in Wizard of Oz
  • “What we have here … is failure to communicate” – warden in Cool Hand Luke?
  • “A hospital? What is it?”, “It’s a big building with patients in it, but that’s not important right now!” – Airplane!
  • “Say hello to my little friend!” – Tony Montana in Scarface
  • “I’ll have what she’s having.” – Rob Reiner’s mom in When Harry Met Sally after “Sally’s” fake orgasm

I just found this: 100 Best Movie Lines in 200 Seconds

And here are all the links to the above and below clips on YouTube

  • "We’ll always have Paris"
  • "Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship"
  • "We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!"
  • "A man’s got to know his limitations”"
  • "Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"
  • "I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore"
  • "What we have here is failure to communicate"
  • "A hospital? What is it?"
  • "Say hello to my little friend!"
  • "I’ll have what she’s having"
  • "What do you make of it, Johnny?"
  • "Is it twue that you people are gifted?"
  • "Yippee ky-yay, motherf***er"
  • "Show me the money!"
  • "You met me at a strange time in my life"
  • "Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn"
  • "I picked a bad day to stop sniffing glue"
  • Fall is definitely here

    It was actually cold all day today, but that didn’t stop me and Elizabeth, then the pugs, from spending half of our day outside! First, we went exploring the new neighborhood being built nearby. I don’t know why they’re building. There’s plenty of existing houses that no one wants to buy. Whatever. At least they’ve created lots of good dirt piles to climb up and down! But it kills me how they chop down all the trees first. It’s just stupid.

    see Trees add value to a neighborhood!

    Then I came in and watched the Titans lose to the Broncos — snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, as they say when someone blows a lead — while Tara took Elizabeth grocery shopping with her.

    Then Elizabeth, the pugs and I spent a couple hours at the park. Elizabeth spent most of the time on the playground while I walked the dogs along the extensive paved little trail, with a couple breaks in there. They’re pugs, not greyhounds. They — and I — need breaks.