Sunday, November 16, 2014

Missing in Action

Back on October 1, I wrote a post called 25 Beautiful Songs. You can click on the link to see it or go back if you wish. The challenge was to "as much off the top of your head as possible, no real intricate thought involved, list 25 beautiful songs."

The list that appeared in that post were the first 25 and of course, after publishing, a number of others came to mind - I think I wrote down another 15 or so.

I know those of you that read this blog aren't much for commenting, but I'd love to get you to participate and perhaps comment here with the one or two at most "beautiful songs" that come to your mind right away.

In the the words of Ringo...Peace and Love.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Under a Texas Sky

I've never been to Texas and for a long time, I never really cared as the political landscape, at least as I perceive it, Texas was always too Texas for me. I have a great respect for some of the athletes and musicians that have come from there but it was not much of a big deal for me to visit.

Somewhere along the way, there had been a cultural movement, the hipster generation seemed to gravitate to the city of Austin and found some cross between the influences of the southern culture embroiled in the roots of the capital of the lone star state and created a cool hip vibe along with an interesting music scene to wrap around the wonders that mother nature gifted the landscape with; and of course, Willie Nelson got his two cents in on making that city cool!

In the last decade, I've had an increasing interest in visiting Austin and finally, that will happen next month.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Election Day

I just looked back on on this date back in November 2004, the year I started this blog, it was also Election day. On that day, George W. Bush was somehow reelected as our president. This year, it's a slightly less dramatic election as we are in midterms.

As I write this, it's too early to tell what the results will be, I tend to feel utter disgust though when a republican is voted into office.

Instead of waxing on about it all though, I want to address one of the ballot questions in MA; at least briefly. Currently, we have a five cent deposit on certain beverages, mostly carbonated. There was a ballot question to expand it to uncarbonated beverages such as bottled water and sports drinks, etc.

I didn't think this was well thought out, I think we can encourage more recycling in a number of ways, one might be additional types of beverages, another, a higher deposit - which may be a better incentive to redeem them. The biggest problem I have with the current laws, which was not addressed in the new movement - and is the main reason I opposed, is the ease of redemption.

Currently, most stores will only redeem deposit products that they sell. I don't think this is fair - I shouldn't have to bounce around from place to place, or make a special trip to one local redemption center (which I happen to be fortunate enough to live near). I think if we are asked to participate in the process of recycling, that it should be made as easy as possible, everyone that sells products in redeemable containers should have to redeem all redeemable containers.

I will leave it there,