Thursday, August 27, 2009



Okay, this is a reminder that the 'Knockout King' is fighting tomorrow night on ESPN 2. The bouts start at 10 p.m., and the first fight is a twelve round title fight as well, Clinton Woods - Tavoris Cloud. That is a quality match up too. I won't be disappointed if I am the only person watching, but I am just pluggin' ...


I hope that I didn't rub anyone the wrong way, spouting off on the health care debate. But it is hard to separate what you need to know to make a decision when one side is deliberately muddying the conversation. That is a polite way of saying that one side is lying, but that is what they are doing AND they are using smoke and mirrors to distort the proposed reforms.

Why are the ones who denigrate the Obama Health Care plan, doing what they are doing? I can't say for sure, but I would not be surprised to find that there are deep pocketed Insurance companies behind a lot of it. It drives me crazy to think that someone is trying to get me to believe them when I think that THEY KNOW they are full of crap. It reminds me of how 'my people' delude themselves into believing things that they know aren't true, but it happens to be what they see.

One of the reasons I think there was so much more change that was positive in the country in the late '50's, early '60's, is that the population was more literate and intelligent. No, you won't be getting any stats from me to support that statement (guess you could say I write copy for Michelle Bachman!!). But when I think of how people actually BELIEVED the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth to support a pair of candidates that did everything they could to NOT serve ... comparing that to how short lived that McCarthy-ism was spreading before it died out, I think that the difference was how the media was able to report the story, unbiased. And people wasn't as distracted by things too, so they could focus on what was going on.

The same could be said of the national mood all the way up until the late 70's. Could not imagine some of the Bush-Cheney shenanigans taking place in that environment, terrorism or no. I feel as if there is less thought about our fellow man, than there is ourselves. And we should be familiar with how that worked out for Cain ...


My SFC is in love with me. No, really. She is coming to meet my Dad and hang with me on the weekend before my birthday. And yes, it blows me away. At the same time, I am also so ready for this next chapter in my life.

It took me awhile to get it, being careful for what you ask for. And I was, so really she is everything that I asked for.

I am fortunate to get this new start with her, someone who knew me way back when I was trying to grow up and be something, who doesn't have any residual bad memories of any lingering hurts. If anything, what has happened with us only could be seen as an affirmation of the emotions we express to each other, now.

Even as I say 'all I have to do is ...', the actual 'doing' is a big, big load. Yet it is refreshing to have my goals of getting to a place where I can pursue my dreams come so close to really happening. When I get to the Metroplex, all I will have to do is be whoever it is I am and who I want to be.

Her bet is that person is going to be her partner. She has seen enough in me to make that kind of committment. Isn't that something?

No doubt that if there was ever a person who could get me to 'stop what I was doing', it is her. That is what I keep coming back to. I knew as soon as I saw her name in the mail box ...

I didn't think it would be important to me that someone met any of my family ... but this time, I want my Dad to see the person that I am going to spend the rest of my life with.

Should we have had that conversation two decades ago? Because as much as we did share, neither of us knew that the other wanted to be married ... but I am glad that things worked out the way that they did. We'd have no idea of how to act, knowing how to be a partner to one another. And the military is hard on mature marriages ... how much more difficult would it have been for two young kids as we were?

The way I see things, is that NOW we can act like kids with each other, the dreams we had at 18 when we met, we will be able to act out! We talk about what life is going to be like for us, and we giggle as much as we are talking. The feeling that I had when we first laid eyes on one another back in June ... the same emotions that I had for her instantly resurfaced ... with one added positive to them.

And as to what that was, I leave that to the imagination ..!


a corgi said...

Mark, so neat that SFC is coming to see you for your birthday and "meet the family"!!!! I bet you are really looking forward to her visit!!!!!

you didn't offend me in any way about the stuff you wrote about the health care thing (I've been reading you, just not commenting). I'm kind of not really "into" this whole thing with healthcare reform; should be, but not

I do agree with you that we are less literate these days; scares me with the younger generation(s) and what they don't know these days


Beth said...

You're disqualified from writing copy for Michelle Bachmann; you're too intelligent. You know you didn't offend me with your remarks, because you know I am quite into it. It's sort of one of the most important issues facing our country at this time...but other than that.... ;)

How awesome that you're getting a visit! That's saying something. Also, my feeling is that you reconnected at exactly the right time for you both. Ken told me once that he wished he'd met me years ago, before he made a bad decision. We agreed, though, that we were very different people then, and we might not have connected the way we did years later. Years of experience count for a lot, and can really mold a person. You are in the here and now, and that is change you can believe in! :)

Love, Beth

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Absolutely cool that SFC is coming for your Birthday. I can not wait until we can have that double couple meeting :o)

DB said...

Well now Mark, this sounds like great news for you. You sound very positive about your future. Coming to meet Dad is a big deal however you look at it. As fot the anti-health care morons. It will eventually blow over. It has to because it has no substance to it. It's all part of the conservative I Hate Obama movement. "He's a terrorist, he's an atheist, he's a communist, he isn't really an American," and so forth. Once all the smoke clears the books will show how stupid the whole thing is. It's all based on resentment. The Republicans lost the election so they have to get even somehow.



Anonymous said...

I think a lot of people pick a team- Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or whatever- and from that point forward cease to think on their own. They just toe the party line.

Slogans and soundbites have replaced information and contemplation.