Yesterday was my birthday. huzzah. Somehow, over the years, this has become less exciting and joy infusing, and more oh, shit. Still, I guess it beats the alternative of not having a birthday again. Yesterday was filled with medical appointments and errands and fun things like that. And so, I’m “celebrating” today. I’m day-drinking some very good Irish coffee, woot. I guess it is actually Kentucky coffee, since the whiskey is from Kentucky, is bourbon, and not from Ireland. Still woot. I have a blueberry cobbler-thingie instead of cake, but just as good.

Being slightly buzzed allows me to talk politics, briefly. If you don’t know by now, I’ll be voting for anyone/anything not Trump in 2020. A demented, geriatric tarantula who is missing a leg would be an improvement over Trump, and will get my vote if that is my choice. In the dem field of thousands of would-be’s, it is way too early to get too attached to any one candidate. I’m not enthralled with the whole old white guy choices, angry or not, nor am I enchanted by the “let’s promise them the moon, for free” approach that many have embraced. So far my choice (and because he is my choice it guarantees he’ll not get it, I’m a curse to anyone’s political future), is Mayor Pete. He’s smart as a whip, young, liberal but not tilting at outlier range. I like his ideas. I like his demeanor. But he’s gay, has a funny name with the word butt in it (also not great being gay with that), he doesn’t have the black vote, etc. etc. and so would be unelectable. But there, I’ve said it, I’ve cursed the man by saying I like him.

Canadians are voting in October, and I embarrassed myself last night by not being totally aware of how their system differs from ours. The system differs, but they have just as many awful candidates as we do. We just don’t hear about them in the States, because we don’t hear about anything outside our own borders unless we’re blowing it up or embarrassing ourselves somewhere not here. Ok, we do hear Canadian politics if the guy is a drugged out mess, or is just as cute as a button and wears cool socks. Cuz like that stuff is important to our world view.

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  1. Belated happy birthday! The coffee and cobbler sounded delightful. I like Mayor Pete too. Maybe my like will counterbalance your like and by some miracle things will shake out differently. I doubt it but cheers to hoping.

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  2. Happy Birthday! I agree that Pete has pretty much what we need but he has serious race issues at home that will cost him. And I’m sure you already know I’ve not grown fonder of Trump since he took office.
    I’m worried about the senate – too many good people want the grand prize, but we need to take back the senate (and I’m not actually a democrat)

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    1. I guess I’m surprised and not surprised you’re not actually a democrat. Truth be told, I am not either; I’m more an independent. But I just can’t abide the crazy, alt-right and science-stupid etc of the current GOP, so I’m of the “anything but that” party. I wish we had viable 3rd, 4th, 5th… parties here, but we don’t and now isn’t the time to make a protest vote. Trump needs to go. It’ll take more than 4 years to fix what he’s done.

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      1. I’ve never committed to a party – I used to be able to occasionally vote GOP voluntarily (my local elections often have no alternative), but the GOP now is unrecognizable from anything sane. I’m mainly a moderate, but increasingly feel out of step with the extremes gaining ground. I agree – this is not the time for 3rd parties – Trump needs to be gone & the dems need to take back the senate. Checks & balances are no longer in play.

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