I haven’t been in the blogging mood in the past couple weeks, so I thought I’d “catch up” here.
We had some decent rains nearly two weeks ago. All around SoCal we got anywhere from 2-6 inches, depending where you’re located. Here in my area we got just above two inches. The streets and gutters overflowed, but quickly dissipated upon each passing storm cell that came through. I can still sense moisture in my front and back lawns, but the dirt in the flower beds is top-dry. Yesterday when I poked down about an inch or so— I could see moisture. So I’m probably good another few days or so to start watering again. And with the post-rains has come warmer temps and even today some Santa Ana winds.
I was pretty bummed about the death of Harold Ramis a couple weeks ago. A complete shock to most, and a great loss to all. I really enjoyed his films, both on and behind the camera. On screen of course would be the Ghostbusters films, but behind the scenes, as director, I liked Groundhog Day probably the most. Apparently he wasn’t included in the actual “In Memoriam” montage at this years Oscars, but I found it to be a nice touch that Bill Murray slid one in there for him on-stage right after it was over.
Still no sizable movement yet for Congress to extend the federal unemployment benefits. Senator Reid kept saying “soon” and in the “next few days” for a vote, but that’s been a week or two now and still nothing. Apparently S. 1845 is dead, but a new bill (extending it to 6 months for benefits) was introduced, and that is S. 2077 (Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014). And I’ve just learned this morning that the Republicans in the Senate, of all people, have introduced their own bill— S. 2097 (Responsible Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014). Notice the emphasis on responsible. Sounds like a smart-assey bill if you ask me. If it extends the benefits for the 2M+ of us, then we’re good.
As for me… I’ve been screwed, financially, for quite some time now. And I recently learned that one of my creditors has filed a civil suit against me for a past due credit card bill. Note to the skip tracers: I have no funds, no assets, nothing. Due to being out of work and no income— my nearly-perfect credit score of 20+ years has been destroyed. That’s all you’ll hear from me on this matter… because there is nothing!
Apparently my post about the whole Mary Lou Retton Twitter thing picked up a few visits; a couple of folks emailed to tell me that they, too, were followed and unfollowed by her— with no response. Oh well.