Not Quite Perfect

“The mayor of Nashville had secured plans to create a $175 million BRT system to increase citizen mobility and help thwart congestion as the city’s population swelled. That might sound expensive, but for a transit project in a major city, it’s a bargain—especially since BRT has repeatedly shown it stimulates economies and reduces pollution. But even this relatively elegant transit solution attracted the ire of powerful interests that find public transit distasteful. Spurred on by the Koch brothers’ influential political organization, Americans for Prosperity, Tennessee’s state legislature has succeeded in passing an extraordinary new law that actually bans BRT.”

This Affordable Mass Transit Technology Is Now All But Illegal in Tennessee | Motherboard

Whaaaaaat

So this happened.

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A woman my age at work said, “I’m not prejudiced or anything but we prefer our kids to date within their own race.”

Like I can’t. Who are these people. Sometimes the South really fucking pisses me off. Of course that makes you a fucking racist you idiot.

Then she asked me about the little one and I said, “I don’t care what race or gender she dates, as long as she’s happy and the person she is dating treats her well.”

I just don’t understand views on the world like that. And now I feel like I didn’t do enough or say enough to her about how racist her opinion was.

Some days are truly magical days.  Days where you live as opposed to just survive.  Days that demonstrate the beauty in this world.  I am trying to have more of those and I am luck that my husband likes to have these days with me.

We went to a concert in a cave.  Can you imagine?  In Tennessee and Kentucky there are literally thousands of caves.  We don’t have these kinds of caves in the PNW, so for me this was a new adventure.  And I am hooked.

So first we saw a bluegrass band inside the cave at the Cumberland Caverns outside of McMinnville, TN - which is an hour and a half from Nashville and a half hour from Chattanooga.

You walk in the cave about a half mile to get to this point.  This cave has been featured on PBS for it’s concerts.  It was the first concert of the season for the Cumberland Caverns.  Someone held their wedding their about a month ago.  That would have been amazing!  So much fun!

But also we went on an hour and half walking tour.  The cave was gorgeous and the stories were amazing.

One of my favorite parts of the cave was this water area.  That green/clear area is water.  It doesn’t look that deep but it’s 18 feet deep and 56 degrees year round.  The gorgeousness of it all was breaktaking.

I am so happy spring is here in Tennessee because I am ready for adventures every weekend!

The husband has started watching Lost from the beginning.
He’s being altogether too logical for the show.
Examples
“Since 1977 every plane that big is required to have two black boxes.”

"Why are they just sitting so close to the plane. The fumes and all isn’t good for them. Especially the pregnant one."

I don’t think I can watch this with him.

mehmrmustard:

touchmeordont:

kohenari:


Last month, when Glenn Ford was released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the state of Louisiana “gave him a $20 debit card for his troubles.” That, plus the four cents he had left in his prison account, was all he had.
How do you build up the material accumulations of a lifetime overnight? How do you do it with no money? Where do you even begin?
Ford’s friend John Thompson had a clever idea: Do what millions of Americans do when they are hoping that other people will buy them a whole bunch of stuff. Build an Amazon registry.

The Amazon Wish List is here.
Read the whole piece here.

Just bought this dude something off his wishlist. You should too.

Boost this. Even if you don’t buy something yourself, someone who follows you might.


This story brought me to tears. And then I went to the amazon wish list and there were more tears. I mean seriously he’s asking for aluminum foil, gift cards for the grocery store. Do it!

mehmrmustard:

touchmeordont:

kohenari:

Last month, when Glenn Ford was released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the state of Louisiana “gave him a $20 debit card for his troubles.” That, plus the four cents he had left in his prison account, was all he had.

How do you build up the material accumulations of a lifetime overnight? How do you do it with no money? Where do you even begin?

Ford’s friend John Thompson had a clever idea: Do what millions of Americans do when they are hoping that other people will buy them a whole bunch of stuff. Build an Amazon registry.

The Amazon Wish List is here.

Read the whole piece here.

Just bought this dude something off his wishlist. You should too.

Boost this. Even if you don’t buy something yourself, someone who follows you might.

This story brought me to tears. And then I went to the amazon wish list and there were more tears. I mean seriously he’s asking for aluminum foil, gift cards for the grocery store. Do it!

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So the husband and I have not been on a fabulous trip in awhile because moving across the country - new jobs - getting settled and exploring the south have had us occupied.  But we decided to forgo a “real” vacation (god I sound so elitist right now but let me explain - I was poor for so long so the fact that I can travel is amazing to me and I worked hard to get here.  I didn’t have parents who could pay for holidays - we always went camping like an hour away from where we lived) in order to save for a big trip.

For awhile we were thinking, let’s do two to three weeks in France - travel all around.  But I figured out what we are doing.  We are going to Tanzania June of 2015!  One year and some change and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  We are going to do volunteer work through an organization, stay in a hostel run through the organization, go on a safari, and do mount kilamanjaro.  Really the expensive part is the flight.  Close to $2k a person, however the actually hostel is less than $20 USD/day and we get to work with a non-profit/non-religious organization helping women and children.

I am so excited and am already in the planning phases.

In a fever induced haze this morning my husband said I looked at him and said, “I’m fucking 34!” And then rolled over a fell back asleep.