Okay chickies, ya'll are going to have to excuse me for a few days while I go take some time for a much needed vacation. I'm heading out bright and early Saturday morning for Myrtle Beach. I've never visited South Carolina for any extended period of time so I'm looking forward to this. I've always heard wonderful things about the area. Alas, I'm not running off with some handsome man in a sure-fire bid to end my seemingly perpetual state of crabbiness, but....it should be fun anyway. My sister has invited me to go along with her and her family and her kids are enjoyable. I was rather surprised they invited me to tell the truth. It seems, judging by the last few holidays spent together that I don't have much of anything left in common with my family but I'm always willing to see what's going on. I think I have just progressed to the status of 'the weird old aunt that the family invites along because she obviously has no life and we feel bad for her.' Ah well, it may, at least, give me some opportunity to fiendishly influence my niece and nephew before they completely succumb to goody-two shoeness.
And unfortunately, this may be one of my last beach trips for a very long time. It just sickens, saddens and breaks my heart what has happened in the Gulf and it seems that area will not be available for beach vacations in the very near future. Our state reported oil or tar on all of our beaches today and, though they have not officially closed them, are strongly advising people not to get in the water. Our world is sick and I don't mean the Earth. I mean the people. They are sick in the head and in their souls. When will we ever learn? Greed and avarice and short-sightedness have mated with a willing ignorance to produce a hideous sickness spreading all over the planet. As a friend so well quoted the statement by Chief Seattle, “When the last tree is felled, the last river poisoned and the last fish is caught, then you will see perhaps, that you can not eat money.” -
Now, I realize my ranting about the oil industry and then going on a long trip (thus using a fair amount of gas) presents something of a conundrum but I have thoughts on that too. I will try to address that when I get back.
Hopefully, I'll be back soon with a better outlook on things and maybe even some interesting adventures to tell you about. I can probably manage to stir up something. Heh.