Just a lot of scattered things going on…
First, I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year. I haven’t done it since 2005; the results of that effort is the novel that is oh so close to being shopped around. We’ll see if I can make it this year…a lot of other shit going on that wasn’t before, time will tell.
TOT: I was on chocolate dispensing duties last night with the Mrs. out-of-town. A passel of kids were able to sneak in some candy grabs before the heavens opened up around 7:30. As some of you may know I live in a culturally diverse neighborhood; that is to say the majority of residents are split between Asian, Middle Eastern, a smattering of Ukrainian and a few of us WASPs for good measure. What struck me last night was how polite the Asian and Middle eastern kids were, saying ‘thank you’ and wishing me a happy Halloween. It was impressive. Not that everyone else was surly, that was left for the WASP teenagers who didn’t even bother to costume up. But then again I have to remember that in Roget’s handy book the first entry under “surly” is “teenager”…and vice versa.
Health Care – I spent some time trying to digest the House bill on health care now being flogged in DC. An impossible task at best. The friggin’ thing is over 1900 pages long and appeared to have a sufficient amount of special interest handouts. But trying to get a grasp on how the system will work and how it will be paid for? This thing was written to keep us average schmucks in the dark. After an hour of perusal I still didn’t know any more than I did before I started other than the Native Americans in Montana have their own special rules based on tribe size and that employers are going to get hammered.