What Did You Do This Summer ~ BevnTempe

On June 25, 2009, I wrote a post entitled “What Are You Planning To Do This Summer?” It began:  “OK, summer is 1/3 over, but there are 2 more months that count as summer vacation. I’m tired of listening to all the political haggling and do-nothing Republicans. So it’s a good time for us to write stories on “What I did/or are planning to do during summer vacation.” Sort of like in grade school except we’re all much older!”

It’s now the week of September 14.  Kids are back in school and the temperatures are getting cooler.  It’s actually below 100° for a change here in Tempe, AZ.  I’m getting back to my regular school year activities (a couple of singing groups).  We’re driving to Salt Lake City for a grandson’s 4th birthday next week.  During the summer months, we spent a week in Washington D.C.  Otherwise, I pretty much stayed inside because of the many, many days of +110°.

Enough about my occasional dull, boring and hot days.  We all know what’s going on in the world of politics, and not much has changed.  We all know about the outbursts of Mr. Wilson, Kanye West and Serena Willams.  I hope this isn’t the wave of the future.

Here’s the challenge:  I would like to see how many of you would be willing to write a paragraph or two describing what you did this summer.  So, pretend you’re back in school and you have to write a report.  There is life beyond politics!

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15 responses to “What Did You Do This Summer ~ BevnTempe

  1. Alas Bev my summer was flat and without anything special to report.

  2. dnd

    Bev,
    I fought with my health insurance company. Yesterday I fought with them for the last time. I spent my time more productively looking for a new company.

    BTW, take a coat with you the Salt Lake, after a summer in the 100’s, the mid 70’s are going to seem pretty chilly.

  3. nannymm

    Bev, thanks for this break from politics. I think we all need it. Poor dnd really needs a break from healthcare/insurance stuff, too!

    As to what I did on my summer vacation, the answer is a lot of relaxing and fun stuff. I took many day trips with my older grandson and his friends to amusement parks, the lake, and other attractions. We also went to Lake George and Lake Placid for mini-vacations. Then, there was the county fair; for ten days we were either working “fair parking” to benefit the Boy Scouts or were actually enjoying the fair itself. My little grandson couldn’t get enough of the rides!
    Of course, we spent time lounging around the pool and hosting BBQ’s, too. And I snuck off to my lovely front porch with a good book and glass of iced tea as often as I could.
    One of the highlights of summer for us was, as always, enjoying the produce from our garden. Of special interest to my grandsons were the berries, especially the blueberries and raspberries.
    We slept in, stayed up late, and led lazy lives here all summer. Now, it’s back to reality, schedules, alarms clocks (DAMN! I hate that loud buzz at 6:20 am!) and shorter days. Soon it will be snow time, skiing, and the warmth of the fireplace….

  4. nannymm

    The increasingly aggressive Democratic National Committee on Friday launched a new “Call ’Em Out” website targeting prominent Republicans for statements they have made about President Barack Obama’s health reform plans.

    “Help debunk the outrageous lies and misinformation about health reform,” the site says.

    DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan said: “The message to opponents of change who would lie or misrepresent the truth should be clear. We are going to respond forcefully and consistently with the facts, and you will no longer be able to peddle your lies with impunity. Through tools like ‘Call ‘Em Out,’ you will be met with a rain of hellfire from supporters armed with the facts and you will be held to account.”

    The website is part of a larger, more aggressive approach taken by the White House through the DNC to push back against smears, distortions and misinformation. It’s taken various forms, including hitting back on Republican Medicare attacks with a TV ad that ran nationally and in 10 targeted members’ districts.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/27311.html#ixzz0RTqehftk

    http://www.democrats.org/page/content/callout

  5. nannymm

    Baucus and the Threshold
    it has been clear for months that whatever health-care bill finally emerges will fall far short of reformers’ hopes. Yet even a bad bill could be much better than nothing. The question is where to draw the line. How bad does a bill have to be to make it too bad to vote for?

    Now, the moment of truth isn’t here quite yet: There’s enough wrong with the Baucus proposal as it stands to make it unworkable and unacceptable. But that said, Senator Baucus’s mark is better than many of us expected. If it serves as a basis for negotiation, and the result of those negotiations is a plan that’s stronger, not weaker, reformers are going to have to make some hard choices about the degree of disappointment they’re willing to live with.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/18/opinion/18krugman.html?8ty&emc=ty

  6. nannymm

    It’s way beyond time for politicians to stop groveling to the NRA.

    “In a shocking genuflection to the gun lobby, the Senate has voted to deny Amtrak its indispensable $1.6 billion federal subsidy unless it allows passengers to transport handguns in their checked luggage.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/18/opinion/18fri3.html?th&emc=th

  7. dnd

    I’m a little stumped about the teabaggers/birthers/deathers complaining about Obama’s czars. They cite that we are not commies.

    Ignoring the fact that presidential czars started showing up in the Nixon administration, expanded during the Reagan administration, and peaking during the Bush (43) administration, it’s important to know that the Russian Czar Nicholas II was overthrown (and most likely killed) during the Russian revolution of 1917 by the Bolsheviks. The Bolsheviks later became the Communist Party. Ergo, by transitivity, the people who want to overthrow Obama’s czars are commies!

  8. nannymm

    I love this story. If you read it, be sure to click on the YouTube link.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/18/nyregion/18cantor.html?th&emc=th
    Like many veterans, Max Fuchs did not talk much about what he did in the war. His children knew he landed at Omaha Beach. Sometimes, they were allowed to feel the shrapnel still lodged in his chest.

  9. nannymm

    Hello? Anybody out there?

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