Saturday, June 27, 2009

Out Tonight

Went out to the Nevada Theatre to watch "Sin Nombre." Gritty movie about the stream of migrants who come from Central America.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Home Alone-Just the Two of us

The Boulder Baker's took off this afternoon. That is I hope Cyndi has flown off. Her flight was long delayed. Dad and I have started really moving stuff out. Our driveway looks like a yard sale/bedroom. The contractors will be back in the AM and the helper will be available to us to help with move out chores. One is that Bill will be painting an epoxy type surface onto the garage floor before we move things into it. Dale will help with that.
One of the last things I was doing today was putting together banker's boxes and lids. I remember when Robert was a baby and he was just amazed that I was making boxes out of flat cardboard. Magic.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Jonathan Baker Second in Truckee

Jon and Chad Gerlach were in the process of lapping the field at the end of the race in Truckee. In the pack Gerlach took the win and Jon got second. Jon got all the points during the race so he leads in the Omnium. He is spending the night in Reno to race the Reno Crit Saturday evening.
It is just the start of a big bike racing weekend as he will do the road race in Northstar on Saturday and then the Nevada City Classic on Sunday.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Back to Work (Volunteer work)

I will be filling in about once a month at Preschool Story time at the library. Since I actually have not done this in 30 years, I hope Axel will help whip me into shape. I have picked out these 8 books and 2 sing along songs.
Also I just got an email about working as a coach for a computer class at the Senior Center. I will have to study for that also as the class is on Vista and I will be filling in on session #3.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


The 1907 Singer Treadle is out the door.
Just sold my biggest item and because this is such a small town, I sold it to someone I know.
Between Craigslist and the Hospice Gift and Thrift store around the corner, I am clearing out this house of extra items prior to our remodel move out date after Father's Day.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Private Insurance vs Private Insurance

Mich McConnell states that the reason that we should not have a public option in health care reform is that "The private insurance people would not be able to compete with a government option."
Twist your head around that one. On one hand the right tells us that "government" involvement in health insurance would be bad because it would be badly run and cost us too much. No one would want that. But on the other hand they are saying that we can't have a public option because that would put private insurers out of business. Because everyone would want it. WTF?????
Here is a classic cartoon to remind us of the health care industry. You see, the Private Insurance companies just can't be satisfied with profit. They've got to have more and more and more and MORE, they've got to have it all, all of our money, all of our health, all of it. Not just the meat, they've got to have The Gravy. All of it:

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Basis for Meltdown

The Office of Thrift Supervision, created in 1989, was supposed to help with regulation of institutions. Trouble was it was also given responsibility for unregulated derivatives, given little power and was poorly staffed. It's only source of income was from the institutions it supervised such as AIG, IndyMac, WaMu, etc.
Also the credit rating agencies such as Standard and Poor's had been given too much power. Their funds also came from the institutions whose instruments they rated. Rate us high or we go to the rating agency down the block and you do not get paid.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Making a Driveway Puzzle

William decided that the cracked driveway needed safety markings before it is torn up later this summer.