for a few Monday night questions and observations:
~I don’t much like Condoleeza Rice, nor am I a major fan of Andrea Mitchell’s, but there is something heartening about watching an interview of the Secretary of State by a major network journalist and seeing they are both women. At least the clock hasn’t been turned back completely.
~If the President is making public statements about something the day after a major speech, the speech was not successful.
~The people who watch Lou Dobbs on CNN are obsessed with immigration. 53% of those responding to his poll tonight think “Broken Borders” are the most important issue for Congress and the President to address. Who are these people? The Economy was 2nd, at 29%; Iraq 3rd with 15%; Terrorism a distant 4th with 3% as of last count. I know he’s the old Moneyline guy, so I get the economy piece, but I guess I don’t get the whole illegal immigration thing. (I mean, I know what it is, but why is it the top issue to these people? Because I’m thinking domestic spying is pretty important myself.)
~Why am I watching Lou Dobbs?
~There has been major turnover in the professional staff at our veterinarian’s office. I am missing the doctors who have cared for Molly since she was a pup with major orthopedic issues. Is it worth driving farther to the new practice of the three women vets who left? Or should I get to know the new women vets hired by the old fart vet who owns the practice? It’s not the same thing as getting used to a new dental hygienist when your dentist remains the same. It’s more like having your pediatrician suddenly and without warning leave to go to start an office two towns away. Complicating all this, #2 Son is employed there as kennel help, and we get a discount on veterinary care and medications. I was worried that he would be unhappy about the sudden changes, but he came home tonight and said, “Mom, it’s going to be the same.” “But #2 Son, these new doctors don’t know you! They don’t know you might want to be a vet someday! They won’t know to give you extra things to do.” “Mom, they’re so new, I’m going to be telling them where things are and what to do.”
Guess I’ll take a wait-and-see approach.
~That bag of Barilla tortellini that claims to make 4-5 servings? Barely feeds Pure Luck and The Princess. I am now eating Pop Tarts for dinner.
~Okay, this last one is about Christmas, after all. If you want to get your Christmas cards in the mail on the busiest day of the postal year, it’s a good idea not to bring the envelopes home and leave the cards at the office.
~And finally, if you want to see the Christmas card picture and haven’t already noticed it in the Flickr badge, here it is. (Click it for a larger view.) You already know more about us than anyone getting our Christmas letter ever will!