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June 10, 2011
Long Time, No See

  “Well hello there…my it’s been a long, long time…” Man I love that song. Anyways, I know it’s been a while. But I have been a little busy. And quite honestly, while there has been plenty to talk about I really haven’t felt like talking much about anything lately. My winter gloom was in full bloom this year. And I’ve tried to spare as many people, from it, as I possibly could.  Although admittedly, at times, to no avail…oh well. Lately, however, my mood has taken a turn for the better. As winter gasps its last breath, spring announces its arrival with the start of the baseball season! And with all the talk of a football lockout, it makes it even sweeter. That’s right, I said it. I don’t care if the NFL plays another down again. Oh, I’m sorry they can’t agree on how to share billions of dollars? Meanwhile they don’t pay taxes, they get their stadiums for free, get all the concessions…Chances are, the host city has had to raise taxes to achieve all these things. While, God forbid, we raise taxes to, I don’t know, let’s say educate our children. So, you see…this is how my winter mood has been.

        One thing that has been great about being really busy is that I have not kept up with politics. I cant even imagine how grumpy I would be if I read the paper everyday. One beautiful sunny day in Philly, I walked into my favorite little coffee shop in Old Town and happened to pick up the paper. It was Ash Wednesday, and the paper had just uncovered a story about more sexual abuse in the church…great. Then I moved on to a story about the governor’s new budget. These stories are of particular interest to me. You can tell a lot about a society by what they prioritize with their fiscal policies. As I read this story, I could feel my emotions go from rage to sympathy to simple apathy, to disgust... In a nutshell, education is cut in almost half while billion-dollar energy companies are awarded lucrative contracts and not have to pay taxes on the natural gas they extract!! Ironically, as I read this I could see the Benjamin Franklin Museum and Science Center…I wonder what the greatest Philadelphian would think of this? Would he be able to do anything about it? Or is this just the will of the people? I can’t imagine that this is the will of the people.

      There are two things that should never, ever be up for discussion. And what I mean by that is that these things should not be included in annual budgetary discussions.  One is the education of our children…from the time they are born to the college level... Not up for discussion. Everyone gets a chance. Period. No student loans, no bullshit.  The other issue that should not be up for discussion is health care. Sorry…but it should not. Every citizen should be taken care of in his or her time of need. That I walked off a plane in Sweden and went straight to a doctor so that he could fix me up before starting a tour was, sadly, a unique experience. Try going to a doctor here without an appointment or method of pay and see what happens.

      So you see…this is why I have not written much on here. Obviously my winter gloom has not completely evaporated. However, It’s opening day today and I’ve got a day off! Already my mood is better!!

 

Peace, RM

(March 31, 2011) 

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