Election Time

Monday, November 5, 2012

I just read my pessimistic but pretty accurate post from four years ago, and I figured it was time to address the topic of politics again.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I despise politics and yet I follow them very closely.   I like to know what people are saying, what they really mean, and what they are trying to hide from us. I will gladly talk politics with people but whether you are a democrat or a republican, I will always play devil's advocate.

I don't understand why every four years we find ourselves in the same situation.  Two parties with polar opposite views, trash talking and skewing facts to try to convince you that they are the good guy and the other person is evil.

The biggest problem with this is that there are more moderate Americans than there are of either party and yet we still find ourselves with only two options.  So much of it comes down to money.  The Democratic and Republican parties are the two with money so no other parties matter.

Is it so hard to believe that many Americans feels that all people should have the right to marry but also feel that our government needs to stop excessive spending?

It comes down to which is more important to you, but you can't have both.

Why do we have to raise taxes or cut taxes?  Isn't is possible that we just keep them the way they are and figure out a way to work with what we've got?

I've only been eligible to vote in two presidential elections now but I just see it getting more divided every year.  I'm truly just tired of the way the system is currently functioning because let's be honest... it's not.

At least I know at the end of the day tomorrow I won't have to watch another political commercial or get another candidate phone call.  And, while I don't see much progress coming from either party over the next four years, I will again hold out hope that the next election will be a new kind of election where we actually have candidates that a majority of Americans can support.  But I guess that might be asking for too much. 

7. Get a car

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Before even coming home from Dublin I started looking at cars online.  If I had any hope of finding a job, I knew I was going to need a car as soon as I got home.  I wanted something newer (but when your current car is 15 years old, really everything is new!).   After doing a lot of research and doing a lot of browsing I decided that I wanted a Ford Fusion.  The Fusion is a slightly higher end car so what I could find in my price range were about 5-6 years old, many with close to 100k miles on them.  Then I found this one.  It's only 4 years old with 66k on it and much cheaper than the others I was looking at.  ( I probably should have been wary, but I figured even if it need $3,000 in repairs I'd still be getting it cheaper than the older/more milage cars.)

So after looking at it, agreeing to buy it, and getting approval for a bank loan, I waited.  Because of the fact that it was a private sale, the weird demands of the bank, and the fact that the car's title was held in Minnesota it took me a month and a half to finally get it.  It was a huge test of my patience but I some how made it through without going crazy.  (Two days after starting this process I got a job which means I've been car pooling with my mom everyday since I started work!)

But, if you know me at all, you know that anything that can go wrong will go wrong.  I think they actually wrote Murphy's Law for me.

I handed over the money, got the title and the key, drove half way down the street and then realized something was really wrong.  The steering wheel was way out of line.  I pulled over into a parking lot to see that the front left tire was 100% flat.  Thank god my dad was with me.  He got down on the ground in the pouring rain to jack the car up only to find that the jack itself was broken.  So then my father and I spent the next hour waiting for AAA.  Luckily they were able to change the tire and luckily the spare wasn't flat (my last flat tire experience involved a flat spare so I'm kind of scarred).

Today I took the tire to see if it could be fixed.  Not only can it NOT be fixed... but all of the other tires are close to being in the same condition.  aka- I need to buy 4 new tires.  Well, there's about $600 of that $3,000 I was referring to earlier.

Sigh.  This really is the story of my life.  On the bright side, the car looks awesome.  I took it to the car wash today and got all the fixings and it's looking beautiful.  I'm just hoping that after these tires are replaced that everything goes smoothly... but really we all know that won't happen!