Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Here I am

Here I am in Los Angeles - opposite Disneyland - on my own.

Kezza and the kids were supposed to be here yesterday but they got a few hours out of Sydney and some inconsiderate bastard died - so the plane returned. It was not the pilot. So they had to go back and did not fly out until the following afternoon - and should arrive in the next few hours.

Now if I was going to die I would do it before security because what is the point of taking off your shoes and belt and go thru that mess if you are just going to get on the plane and pop your clogs. Of course he might have been OK until he took the foil off the top of his 'meal' and then he saw it and his body just threw in the towel.

I had a spare day built in because I thought someone might die on their plane so our Disneyland tickets are still good.

I am cooling my heels in the Howard Johnson at Anaheim and watching Gunsmoke. There was a message on my phone from the manager wishing me a pleasant stay and asking me to report any problems. I am thinking about telling him that over a period of an hour successive sets of door keys did not work and eventually I had to be let into my room by the reception staff. But I am waiting to see what else happens.

The smallest Latte you can get over the road at Mimi's Cafe is a gallon and the cup has to be lifted with both hands. But it does occupy an enormous amount of time - the drinking of the coffee and the bathroom.

Soon the adventure begins.


Friday, March 27, 2015

We are just lucky

I have a whole new view of Miley Cyrus. Our governor signed the discrimination legislation yesterday – and Miley called him an asshole. I think she might have even thrown a twerk in his general direction.

The legislation has made news headlines across this great nation and has made many people unhappy – including me. But – there is similar legislation in other States – and given that Indiana is in the mid-west and is part of the bible belt one cannot expect too much in the way of liberal thinking.

We are just lucky they do not stone atheists to death.

There is a backlash and many business are putting stickers on their windows. The signs say ‘This business serves everyone’. I will protest – as will many others – by not entering premises that do not have this sign. That will teach them a lesson.

As I am going away for a week or so I have to prepare some meals in advance for Cate. Unless I do this she will live on sports bars and toast and vegemite. So I am in the process of making a bucket of Chili and a pot of sausage and bean stew.

I let Robbie loose on the first floor on Wednesday. Monika was both startled and intrigued and followed him round for a while as he beat and whisked and sucked.

I had to rescue him once when he got stuck between the three legs of a hat stand in Cate’s dressing room and could not get out. Other than that he is quite brilliant and I am astonished at the amount of stuff – mainly cat hair – that he collects.

My next report will be from Los Angeles where I will be immersed in the wonders of Disneyland. I am hoping that Mickey and Donald are there because I have always wanted to see them close up. With luck I will get some photos.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What is the matter with these people?

Chapel in Brittany with bullet holes
So I started messing about with the comments section on the blog because I was getting lots of spam. Suddenly and for no particular reason that I can see.

In the process I turned off comments altogether – but now it is fixed – but I have to confirm each comment before it is posted.

I really don’t like doing this but I am sick of these sniveling chicken shit little toe rags who infest the blogosphere.

May their turds be pineapples.

Indiana has just proposed – and the legislation has passed – a bill that allows people to actively discriminate against gays and lesbians and those other ghastly people who are not like ‘us’.

The proposal was approved with a vote of 40-10. Oh surprise – the Republicans are the 40 – and can do anything they damn well please.

The law means that – because of  a person’s religious views – they can refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple. They can refuse a gay couple a room – they can refuse them service at a state government counter – they can ostracize them from any and all activities that they like.

There was a proposal by the Democrats that anyone who used this privilege would have to put up a sign saying something like ‘Gays not welcome here’ but I don’t think this got up. The bigots who discriminate do not want to be identified.

This in 2015.

Actually there is a time zone difference. In Indiana it is 1915.

However – there is a new wrinkle. There has been a great hue and cry and the Indy Star said today

“The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has sent a letter to Gov. Mike Pence threatening to cancel its 2017 convention in Indianapolis if he signs controversial legislation that could allow business owners to refuse services to same-sex couples.

"Our perspective is that hate and bigotry wrapped in religious freedom is still hate and bigotry," Todd Adams, the associate general minister and vice president of the Indianapolis-based denomination, told The Indianapolis Star.”

How refreshing.