Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ranting and Raving

I haven't done this for a while.  There's a lot that's stored up.  Feel free to come back tomorrow if you don't want to spend the next few minutes being aggravated with me.
When did it become appropriate to take your foot off the gas and coast to the red light, even when that red light is three blocks ahead?  Being in the left lane (aka the FAST lane) only exacerbates the problem.  While you are saving a teaspoon of gas, I'm missing the opportunity to enter the left turn lane before the sensor goes off, thus missing my green arrow.  What you've saved in coasting, I've used in idling.

Net net, we both lose.
How is it possible that members of the public mistook NPR's line-by-line tweets of the Declaration of Independence as attacks on the President?  The line which drew the most outrage, according to, was this: A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. 

That was said about mad King George, so, perhaps it is understandable that NRA supporters saw the shoe fitting and were defending DJT's right to wear it.
How can Circle K's gas prices differ so widely across my town?  

Up here, on the Northwest Side, where land is available and the roads are 6 lines wide, where we are unincorporated and have no local government closer than the county to levy a tax, regular gas is ten cents more expensive than it is downtown, on the approach to the highway?
And then there was the news.  Steam was coming out of TBG's ears.  He couldn't believe how easily the commentators were letting DJT off the hook.  His tweeting (about Mika, but that was just the last straw in a week-long tweet storm; it could have been anything) was reprehensible, it was unPresidential, it was demeaning the office, it was embarrassing the nation, it was sexist and disgusting and the world needed to hear his opinion.

So, he spoke, I typed, we tweaked and three days later, on July 4th, in the prime real estate of the bottom right corner of the Letters to the Editor page of the Arizona Daily Star was this:

We are grandparents. We are are Americans. We are patriots. From all three perspectives we are disgusted by the President's ad hominem tweets. Bullying is never okay. It is an abuse of power, and the greater the power, the greater the abuse.
TBG and AB


  1. I have read that gas prices are based on a "secret formula" which I suspect comes down to what the market will bear. In Issaquah, an affluent suburb of Seattle, it's 30 cents higher than in Renton, which is less affluent.
    My traffic rant is red light runners. I truly believe the increased incidence of blatant red light running signals the dissolution of society. For one driver to put his/her desire to clear an intersection over the safety of others is just abominable.
    Love the letter to the editor.

    1. I don't see many red light runners here in Tucson, but feel free to add it to my list!


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