On November 8th, the good people of the United States of America will be heading to the polls to elect their next president.
I've never been a very political person, but have to admit that this particular campaign has captivated me. What with social media and late night talk shows providing a daily dose of satyr, the answer to the question "are you not entertained?" is a resounding "heck ya!"
What has been equally interesting are the reasons why folks back up one candidate over the other. More often than not, people who are in favour of the Donald becoming the next leader of one of the most influential countries in the world always follow their statement with "well, you know she (Hillary Clinton) is pro-choice.".
Seriously? That's it? Please tell me you are not serious when you say that a man who has shown the world that he is racist, a bigot, sexist and predator should rule one of the most powerful countries in the world.
Offer me some alternate reason. Tell me of the good he will do in America. Something. Anything that shows you've given this careful consideration. Tell me that you've been on the lam and have been hiding in a remote location that does not offer cable or internet services. That could be the only reasonable explanation as to why his recent soundbites and behaviour at the debates have not turned your stomach and assaulted your senses.
I'm not suggesting that the Clintons are squeaky clean, either. However, even though I personally do not support abortion, I tend to echo the sentiment that the government has no place to tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body, if for no other reason that it sets a dangerous precedent. If the government can control that, then what else will they impose on women?
Donald Trump has said that women who have terminated their pregnancies should be punished. How frightening. I would have loved to hear what his idea of punishment is. That type of judgement should be doled out by our Creator, not a politician.
Who exactly let this clown in? What has happened, America, that has caused you to set the bar so low for yourselves? Shouldn't a presidential candidate at least have some political science background? A law degree maybe?
I'm worried for you. I'm worried for us - your neighbours to the North. I'm worried for the rest of the world if he actually gets elected.
Good luck, America. Please choose wisely. The world is watching.
I was out last night with a couple friends. We make it a point of getting together on a semi regular basis to catch up. We share laughs over a meal and discuss everything under the sun. The topics range from light to heavy.
There are times when we agree and times when we agree to disagree. We don't shove our opinions down each others throats, try to change each other's views, or go away angry. We listen to each other, lift each other up, and are respectful at all times. I'd even say that our friendship strengthens each time we get together.
Later that evening, I was on Facebook and a post in particular caught my eye. In a nutshell, an acquaintance stated that if the reader did not espouse the same political view as himself, to unfriend him. My first reaction was to brush it off as silly and ignore it.
When I thought on it a little more, I looked at it from a different perspective. I had been posting video clips of various late night show hosts poking fun at this dreadful candidate. Maybe my posts and other people's were getting to him and this was a polite-ish way of him saying he doesn't want to see these feeds anymore and is rethinking remaining "friends" as a result. Well, fair enough, I can respect that. So, I unfriended him. In my mind, no harm, no foul. We are all entitled to our opinions. Live and let live. Did I mention I barely know this person?
Within a very short period of time, I received a message from him, calling me out for unfriending him and berating me on it. Clearly he was in a bit of a snit over it and asked that I return some items of his as a result. Okay...I found it childish, but to each his own I guess. Did I mention it was about 1:00 am in the morning? That's a whole lot of negative energy being unleashed in the wee hours.
The following day I received a nasty-gram from the same person. Apparently the gloves are now off and I have committed the highly treasonous act of not catering to his ego. I'm paraphrasing of course, but that's pretty much the gist of it.
So here's the thing. When you issue those kinds of ultimatums over social media, you don't get to be surprised or offended when people take you up on it. Also, repeatedly using the words 'murderer' in an exchange with someone you barely know about someone you don't know at all on a personal basis is a little over the top. I think a little perspective is in order here. Actually I think more like a truck load of perspective is in order.
It's Facebook. Lighten up. Or don't. Either way,bringing that kind of crazy/hate to my front door is not welcomed. Ever. I don't deal with bullies, regardless of who they are, so you'll have to find someone else to argue with. I'm too busy being happy.
Yes you read correctly. The loo, the can, the throne room, washroom, facilities, the crapper, the john. I'm writing about bathrooms. Well, not all bathrooms, just mine.
I never gave it much thought before, but lately have been put in a position where i have had to fiercely defend my loo.
Don't get me wrong, if you come over and are a close friend and need to use the facilities, you are more than welcome to. However, if I barely know you and you need to do more than splash water on your face or wash your hands, then you're just going to have to a) hold it in or b) cut your visit short and go home. Yes, I'm serious.
This Summer I had a representative from an insurance company come over in the morning to collect samples following a twelve hour fast. We were half way through a long questionnaire when he asked if he could use my bathroom.
Inwardly I cringed but said "sure". I tried not to think about it, but when it come up on 10 minutes of him still being in there, I started to freak out a little. WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING IN THERE?? Reading a magazine? Taking selfies?
Seriously, that was so awkward and more than a little gross. All I kept thinking is some stranger's backside was sitting on MY loo and that no amount of bleach, disinfectant spray or rubber gloves was ever going to make this right in my head.
Is there any place more private or intimate than a woman's bathroom? We shower, bathe, fix our hair, apply makeup, wash and hang our delicates in there. It is NO place for a stranger's backside to be spending any extended amount of time in there. Ugh...I'm feeling creeped out all over again.
Note to self: bathroom will be out of order next time something like this happens.
Hi! I'm Chris, an empty nester living in Montreal and making the most of this stage in my life. I love cooking for friends and family, DIY projects, decorating and writing.