I have always love Breakfast At Tiffany's. I have always been just a little jealous of Holly! She lived her life, the way she wanted! Most of society turned their noses up at Holly Golightly, but Holly didn't care! Lucky her. Don't get me wrong, I have pretty much lived the life I wanted, and made the choices I wanted, and lived moment to moment at times, but I never learned to not carry the opinions of others along with me! Why have I let others tell me NO? Or YOU CAN'T! Or SHAME ON YOU! Or my personal favorite, TOO BAD YOU NEVER LIVED UP TO YOUR POTENTIAL, because I wasn't interested in a career.
Why did I care about what they think?
The ones who didn't have to live my life?
I don't anymore! But thinking about my upcoming tests
has me a bit contemplative I suppose.
What will a positive cancer test mean?
It will mean a significant change in my life, and different opportunities that I would choose voluntarily I suppose.
People go through it every day.
Death is a door we will all go through one day.
I think at the moment I want to go through the rest of my
life just like Holly.
On my own terms.
Not giving a flying...ahem...fuck.
And in the end... being vulnerable... but strong enough to admit it!
"One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
As I said in yesterday's post, the vice presidential debate probably won't sway the poll numbers too much, and I still believe that's true. My take on the 90 minute debate is this... Mike Pence acted like a career politician. He stopped short of supporting Donald Trump on some key issues, and flat out lied the rest of the time. Not a huge surprise! He probably made the more conservative wing of the republican party, the ones who still grasp onto both intelligence and at least a small amount of social decorum, feel better about the Trump/Pence ticket! Yes, there is at least one adult on the ticket!
Tim Kaine did a fine job of representing Hillary Clinton and had no obvious missteps. In fact, he did his best to remind both Pence and the American viewing audience of Donald Trump's words. I think he came across as likeable, but passionate, exactly what I expected! But it will be 24 hours or so before some of the scientific results are in, so we will see then if this had any real effect on things.
One thing I do know, the one quote I believe that will be talked most about between now and the next presidential debate on Sunday will be the one by Mike Pence, towards the end of the debate...
"The first duty of a man is to think for himself."
The one and only Vice Presidential Debate takes place tonight. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia will face Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. As a democrat, and a self described politics and news junkie, I was well aware of him and his record in Virginia. He has served as a City Councilman, Mayor, Lieutenant Governor, Governor, and Senator. While Mike Pence has been a Congressman and Governor. Both men have served their respective parties, apparently to the satisfaction of their constituents. Although Governor Pence ruffled some feathers a while back in his home state. You can learn about it for yourself here. I don't need to throw in my two cents, you can probably guess by now how I feel about things.
What I am thinking about today, is really about how it's a fine line that a vice president walks, when it comes to their own personal stands on issues that sometimes contradicts or at least perhaps doesn't quite match the stands of the people they agree to support. In this case, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As a democrat, I have learned a lot more about Tim Kaine, then I have about Mike Pence, it's just the nature of things. As much as I love politics, and I do, I simply can't learn every detail, about every politician in America! So, I have spent a little time getting to know who Mike Pence is. And what I found suprised me!
As much as he supports Donald Trump, he has veered away from some of Trump's most controversial decisions, such as choosing to release his personal tax returns, while Donald Trump will have none of it. I can admire that. He is a better spoken individual, choosing his words more carefully, and he shows no real sign of the off putting bombastic behavior of Trump! What he does do is follow behind Trump with a broom, sweeping away the stupid lies Trump tells himself, and his supporters. He seems to be quite the spin artist, and I find myself feeling sorry for him, more than I do most of the other spin artists that serve at the pleasure of Trump. What choice does he have? Someone has to try to make Trump make sense!
Tim Kaine is... well... rational. He is well spoken and he manages to support Clinton with a easy, non-forced assurance of a man comfortable with his choices. I don't always get that from Pence. But I don't feel like I can really blame that on Pence, because Trump has been a hand full even for his most ardent supporters and surrogates. I don't think Trump/Pence are on the same level as Clinton/Kaine when it comes to political theory. There are differences, but their support is unwavering, and Kaine has had to do little in the way of sweeping up after Clinton's gaffs.
I think tonight will be the meeting of two career politicians, both talented in their own ways, and both more than capable to behaving like the adult men they are. Here is the difference... if Mike Pence comes out, and sticks to the issues without lunging into a Trump-like tantrum, like the one Trump threw at the first debate, will it move voters to the Trump side? And what will Kaine do to set himself apart from Pence to strengthen the poll numbers for Hillary Clinton?
I don't know.
We won't know until later tonight I guess. Right now I think Tim Kaine has the clear edge. Nationwide Hillary is enjoying a 5 point lead over Trump, mostly because of Trump's personal emploding. Fat shaming beauty queens at 3 in the morning. Taking pot shots at Rosie O' Donnell. Hinting that she has been unfaithful to Bill Clinton, you know the laundry list. But Pence hasn't really engaged in this behavior, he is simply the clean-up man. It's not a great way to think of a potential future vice president, but what can I do? That is what's happening, and Trump only has himself to blame for that perception.
Leaf Of The Day
October 4th, 2016
Fun Fact: Tonight's debate is being held in Farmville,Virginia. My mother's hometown!
"Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth and depth and distance.
What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling
hills that reach to the for horizon?
The world was a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, this past weekend! Saturday Alan and I took a short ride to the East Bay, where I did a bit of leaf photography under one of my favorite trees in Cull Canyon, while Sunday was spent watching football on TV with my guy, while the outside showed the first real signs that the earth has finally, finally, turned from treacherous summer, to chilly days, with hints of soft rain! You know, all the things that just make my heart sing! I can't wait for the first baked sweet potato of the year, covered in butter and cinnamon! And in just a couple short weeks we will finally reach our vacation, and with a little luck, we will finally get back to Plumas! I like when life is a little of this, and a little of that!