February 28th, 2008

Busy Day

Another busy one

Sometimes it helps to write it all out.

French Toast Breakfast - done
Drive Critter to School - done
Mail Financial Aid info packet - done
Make Pizza Cups - done
Deliver to School - done, late
Call Sullivan - done
Be home for furniture repair guy - due now
Wrap present for A
Call Life Group re potluck & nametags
Make new Name Tags
Print contact lists and pictures
Make and print new contact information form
Make a savory breakfast treat
Update Finances
Clean Kitchen
Fold Laundry
3pm leave for Sayre, take Tigger to Tutoring Club, go to Logan's for A's party
Finish up my Idol entry for the week.
Go to bed on time

Critter's feeling well enough for school today, but not well enough to drive. He said he could get rides the rest of the day.

The College Board IDOC is enough off the beaten path that the PO would only guarantee 2-day delivery with Express Mail. Sigh. At least it's mailed, and it's trackable.

Tigger told me the wrong time for Pizza Cup delivery, so his advisory is going to eat them during recess.

Sullivan doesn't offer courses to middle-schoolers, but they are sending information about Culinary Camp for this summer.

The dogs are barking, maybe that's the furniture guy.
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Reviewing list before bedtime

Today, it is in fact rather handy to have written this all out.

French Toast Breakfast - done
Drive Critter to School - done
Mail Financial Aid info packet - done
Make Pizza Cups - done
Deliver to School - done, late
Call Sullivan - done

Since then, also done:

Be home for furniture repair guy (Flar was home for him)
Wrap present for A
Call Life Group re potluck & nametags
3pm leave for Sayre, take Tigger to Tutoring Club, go to Logan's for A's party
Stayed at Logan's for synergy group

Left to do:

Make new Name Tags
Print contact lists and pictures
Make and print new contact information form
Make a savory breakfast treat - not going to happen - thinking of picking up something hot on the way to LG in the am
Update Finances - didn't happen
Clean Kitchen - didn't happen
Fold Laundry - didn't happen
Finish up my Idol entry for the week - got some helpful feedback from my partner, gonna polish it up in just a mo'
Go to bed on time - hah - Flar says this is why I get sick. (Nothing to do with germ or virus theory here. ;)

I've got a bit to do before I can sleep, but it's not as bad as I feared before I looked at the list. :)
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Living in Equality

Don't we all dream of living in equality? But, what would it truly be like?

And really, what do we mean by equality? Everyone created equal, equal opportunity, equal rights, equal education, equal sweetener, no wait, I use Splenda® now. I mean, we don't mean equality as in everyone looks alike, talks alike, acts alike. If everyone is truly equal, then we wouldn't all live in the same sort of house, wear the same sort of clothes, drive the same sort of cars, use the same sort of Mac, er, computer. No matter the outward circumstances and opportunities, we are each of us individual, with a unique soul, unique aspirations, talents, challenges.

So, what would equality look like?

Picture a small community made up of almost equal halves men (49%) and women (51%). The average age in town is about 40 years. Old enough to know better, young enough to still have the energy to really live life. The median income isn't high at $23K, but the cost of living is reasonable. The median home price is around $38K.

There isn't a high premium placed on education: While 77% of adults over 25 have completed high school, only 9% have gone on to acquire a bachelors or higher degree, or professional degree. But life isn't too bad. The unemployment rate is only 8%, and those worker bees only have to travel an average of 21 minutes to get to work.

Living in equality seems to inspire romance. Over 60% of adults are married, and only about 12% are divorced, the same percentage who have outlived their loved one. The crime rate is pretty low: just one robbery, two assaults, three burglaries and a larceny in a recent year, but sadly, there is one registered sex offender even in this happy bunch.

There's no hospital in town, but the nearest one is only 10 miles away. It's not a teaching hospital, though -- the closest college is 41 miles away.

Opinions are about evenly divided in the political arena. In the last presidential election, the town split almost 50-50 between Bush and Kerry.

Living in equality doesn't prevent natural disasters. The 1997 Flood of Equality helped bring the community together. Everyone helped pile sandbags around the Catholic church and homes in Equality. Despite their small town spirit, it doesn't seem to be very popular to live in Equality. There was an estimated drop of 4.6% in the population's numbers between the 2000 census and 2006.

With a 66% greater historical tornado activity than the overall US average, I've no desire to move to Equality, IL.

As Henri-Frédéric Amiel said: "Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness." Perhaps there is a higher standard of living with Justice for All.

The preceding has been my entry for LJ Idol, Topic 16, Equality While we are in intersection, please check out my partner's entry, as well!