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Live notes from the Republican Debate

downloadWhat follows is “mostly” unedited notes I took while watching tonight’s Republican debate. Some of the lines were taken from a Facebook group chat with two friends and others went straight into the blog. With that said, here we go:

What’s with the brit on the panel? Lame.

Oh my god does the other male moderator talk this slow the whole time

Carson always looks stoned. Glassy half closed eyes.

Trump Carson and Rubio: No to raising miminum wage – not going to get many votes that way …

Rubio: Welders make more money than philosophers? Oh my.

Jeb and Kashich fighting it out. Jeb looks so dweaby and weak

Jeb: 4% growth i find that highly unlikely sorry buddy. Repeal every rule of Obama? Not. Ok I’ll give him when heh went after Hillary he sounded much better, even though i disagree with him

Fiorina: Man she is ugly. Oh here we go with the ‘woman i met the other day story” – do they make these people up? just answer the question woman!! she’s got a list of 5 things. let’s see if that’s all she talks about all night.

Rand: blah blah why do i feel like he talks and i just hear wind? snore.

Carson rambling about West Point and Hillary and lying. I can’t stand him.

Trump and the Wall … the only good wall is the album by Pink Floyd. A wall will never work, and is not what this country is about.

Kashich: Why is he on this stage again? Oh wait, is he saying we can’t deport Mexicans?? wow. i’m shocked. he’s into letting them stay. maybe i need to pay attention to him. Trump rambling about Ike moving 1.5 million people out … not the 11 million Trump is proposing.

Jeb: Thanks trump for letting him speak at the debate. humor might be good for him. he’s also against sending 11 million people home and breaking up families.

Rubio with a good candy crush vs. telephone comment. might be the first positive thing i’ve ever said about him.

hate the way cruz pauses and stares into the camera. “lawyers and bankers were crossing the rio grande”???

carly: she’s not as fiery as she was at the first debate. tends to yell at the end of each point to fake being fiery. it’s not working….. “secret sauce of america”… yeah that’s not working either.

Cruz: really? who cares if there are more words in teh tax code than the bible? awww come on they ask cruz about his tax plan he says look at his website??? that is fucking LAME = nice female moderator said he hasn’t said how he’d pay for it.

Jeb! – the lil brother that couldn’t … poor guy…..

rubio never sounds like he’s really answering a question, he always sounds like he’s giving a prepared speech.

oooh i like rand attacking rubio’s tax plan calling him out as not conservative. sweet stuff.  rand making sense here on the military. scary for me.

damn trump just got killed with “china not part of this deal” referring to TPP !!!

all taxes and war … small touch on minimum wage. not really much talk of police brutality, education, welfare programs, black lives matter, etc….

Carly wouldn’t talk to Putin??? is she crazy? she says she’d put troops everywhere – but not to start a war. wow. she’s bad.

rubio just called Putin a gangster … great international relations.

when carson talks about the banks i feel like he has not clue … he talks pure BS. yeah, after the first 30 seconds he started talking about the poor and hillary clinton. he does have no clue.

kasich talking like a liberal – too much greed in the banks !!

cruz the only one who actually answered that he would Not break up the big banks. oh here we go some woman he met, aftican american, blah blah blah … whatever! the Obama IRS ???? what the heck is that. OH snap he said he’d let Band of America fail if it was on the brnk …. nice. ah he brought up basically going back to a gold standard.

kasich is really trying hard here to interject on every point but i’m not sure it’s really working … he’s going nowhere.

cruz and kasich going head to head …. loving that. oh no kasich just got boooeed!!!!

oh here comes carly … pretending she was a great executive and now talking socialism … “this is how socialism starts ladies and gentlemen” … she’s so lame tonight.

rubio preaching yet again … so scripted, boring, and predictable. has nothing to do with answering the question on how they would do a better job than hillary with her long resume.

damn! recording cut out probably missed the last 2 or 3 minutes ….


Feeling Alive, and Also Not So Much

A few posts ago I mentioned that I was just beginning to feel that I’ve woken up from a long slumber. I’ve been writing alot, both this blog and also working on one of my books. I’ve also started using Duolingo again. Duolingo is a free program very similar to Rosetta Stone that uses pictures and repitition to teach you a language, in my case Spanish which I’ve been trying to learn for years.

I’ve for the most part stopped watching as much TV as I used to, although I’m still going to watch movies, I’ve been reading again, and I even started doing some exercise at home using Youtube on my smartTV. Last night I did some stretching exercises and today I did an upper body workout followed by a little beginner video on thai chi. So with all that going on I’m starting to feel like my brain is firing more (part of this also might have to do with the fact that I’ve spent less time at Lou’s Tavern, the local bar).

However with all of these good things it’s hard to stop some of the old thoughts from creeping in. But that may be my fault … the movie I chose to watch was Into the Wild. The movie took me three nights to watch as it’s very long. I have to say it was a pretty good attempt at capturing the awesome book and I really dug the music by eddie vedder of Pearl Jam.  The book I chose to read was “tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom (I plan on writing a review of this tomorrow night after I let it sink into my subconsious more). Both of these choices, coincidentally, have to do with death. I didn’t particularly think too much about it, except reading Morrie outside on the patio while smoking made me take pause, until I spoke to my dad tonight.

He mentioned that tomorrow would have been my mother and his anniversary, and that the next day, the day I leave for Lake Erie with the kids to meet Lonnie and Schutz and their families, would have been my mother’s birthday. As soon as my father started to utter the words I realized that, even though I’d been immersed in two separate topics about death, these two facts about my mother hadn’t occured to me. On normal days I think of my mom often, and once in a while, maybe once or twice a week, the feelings of loss threaten to completely overwhelm me and I have to push them deep down. But ever since my father mentioned their anniversary and her birthday tonight, I can’t seem to shake off the thoughts of my mother and how much I miss her.

Long Time, No Posts

Apparently it’s been about 2 years since I’ve last posted on this site. A good part of the reason for that is that the past two years have probably been the worst in my life. I got divorced from the love of my life and lost my mother all in the same time period. In fact I moved into my own house (rented) in Hillsdale exactly two weeks after my mother’s funeral. Needless to say it’s been quite a journey and I’m just now starting to feel like I’ve woken up from a long slumber.

Part of what I’ve been doing lately is attempting to start to write again. I started about 4 different books, most of which have been running in my head for a long time, but haven’t made much progress on any of them except putting down a few pages, or in the instance of one just putting down an outline. I’ve been using Google Drive and even have one file called “Thoughts” where i’ve just been putting down anything I’m thinking about at that moment. Tonight i was about to open that file when it occured to me that I have this blog and that I should start using it again.

It’s pretty late (12:58am as I type this) and my mind is a bit exhausted tonight. I got home from work early and took a nice, long needed nap. When I woke up I decided to go out and get some food as I didn’t defrost anything and everything in my freezer i could could had carbs (pasta or rice) in it. I should mention that since my posts two years ago I put back all the weight on that I lost with Bessie. I’m currently trying to get back into that so I headed out to, of all places, KFC. Yes, fast food. But that’s not actually so bad … i got four small pieces of grilled chicken and no sides, with some water. So pretty good, right?

Here’s how my night went after eating, in list form:

  1. Classical Concert in the Park: Decided to go to the evil starbucks to sit outside and read up on Bernie Sanders. On the drive over i noticed that there was an event going on in the park by the train station. I parked and walked over to a nice classical music concert. I took in two songs and went over for an iced coffee at the evil empire.
  2. Bernie Sanders Research: Sat down outside and read up on Bernie as planned. I’m not really sure how I feel about Bernie or voting for him. I like most of what I can see of his policies, but does he have a shot to take the white house? Does Hillary have a shot? I’m going to keep an open mind about this for now.
  3. TED Talks: Came home and watched, for the first time, 3 TED talks:
    1. The first was about education and creativity
    2. The second was about finding and researching exoplanets
    3. The third was about surfing in remote, ice cold waters
  4. Free Online Education: Began researching free, online MBA programs. First I read about “University of the People” and on their website the founder had another TED talk (coincidental that I just watched my first 3 tonight and here was another one). So I watched that and it was very cool, but for now that “free” university only has undergrad courses. FYI, though free you still pay a $50 application fee and $100 / final exam so if you enrolled it would still cost $1000 / year. Not as expensive as brick and mortart institutions, but still not totally free. Anyway they don’t have masters programs and I didn’t find much else worth enrolling in.
  5. Economics 101: As I’m really interested in an MBA, I got on Youtube and found this pretty cool series of videos called CrashCourse where there’s something like 40 episodes on Economics. I watched the first two before realizing I was exhausted and needed to go to bed.

Anyway, that’s how I spent my night … at least it was fruitful and i didn’t spend all night watching TV. I hope that this is just the first of many more posts. Good Night!

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