Meet The Press 10/9/2011

David Gregory is interviewing Rahm Emanual. I knew he formerly was the Chief of Staff for President Obama however that was pretty much the extent of my knowledge about him. After listening to him in depth, I really like what he has to say. Straight shooter, no nonsense speak. I know, as mayor of Chicago, that is is priority, but what he has to say goes for all cities across America. His ability to express his understanding of what the workforce, especially the middle class, is going through impressive. He speaks of "rebuilding America's infrastructure" as the way to create jobs. I agree with him as I have read numerous reports about our growing decay of roads, bridges and other infrastructure. How can we move goods if the roads are impassible or the bridges have fallen?

I have heard so much opposition to President Obama's health care plan. I for one am a supporter of the plan. As a full time worker without any insurance this is the best option for me. My company does offer a healthcare plan however for what it costs me it really does not cover much, especially catastrophic care. I say to those that oppose the government healthcare plan, give me a better option and I will happily listen to, follow it if it is indeed better. And getting a job that offers better insurance coverage is not a viable answer. In this current economy I am extremely fortunate to have a job. There is no guarantee I could even find another job that would offer better healthcare coverage. And even if I did, then what about the guy that takes my place? This is a bigger issue than just me. Quit condemning this plan and come up with a better one (which I will gladly take).


9/11 Remembered

Where were you 9/11/2001? For me as an innocent naive young man I truly did not have any idea of the kind of history I was watching on tv that day. I had no idea of the truly monumental place in history that day would come to reside in the history of not only our country but our planet as a whole. I will never forget a headline the next day, from the French, stating "Today we are all Americans". For reasons unknown, to this day when I think of those words and the reason they were printed and spoken, tears come to my eyes. For a day, we were all one on this planet. It didn't last however this post is not about political differences. I was working at Bankston Nissan in Dallas when the events began unfolding. We had a tv in the customer lounge and like many across the country I was able to witness on live tv those events. I will never forget watching Dan Rather as he was doing his job, narrating the events as they unfolded when as the first tower began collapsing his lip quivered and he could no longer go on. There were no more words able to describe what was happening at that moment. Later as I reflected upon that very moment, safe in my Texas life, that thousands had just perished before my eyes. It was unthinkable at the time that so many could be killed at that exact moment on live television for everyone to see. For anyone that may ever read this commentary on that day I want them to know that while I never went on to do great things in life, their loved ones will never be forgotten in my heart. I do not know their individual names; collectively I know them all. There is great evil in this world and they lost their lives due to that great evil. I can do my part, however small that may be, to combat that evil. For me that is to teach my grandchildren the reasons these people died and why we must remember them forever. When I was around 12 years old my mother worked for Merrill Lynch in San Antonio and on a daily basis she would communicate with people in the WTC. This led me to develop a fascination with the WTC and I had dreams of one day taking a vacation to see them. That dream can never be fulfilled in the manner I intended. Now it will be a remembrance of what came before.


Can I do it?

Not sure if I like this new interface for blogger however since I really never post anymore does it matter? Facebook seems to have become what I wanted blogger to be back in 2003 when I started this blog. I am sure a lot of people have come to that conclusion as well. My blog served me so well during my dark time I really want to keep writing, keep putting my thoughts into words so others can get a sense of who I am. We will see as time goes by if I can sustain my will to write.


10 Minutes of hail...

Originally uploaded by p_d_t.

It only took 10 minutes of a hail storm to change our decent looking apartment complex into something bordering on condemned.