November 2nd, 2010

alan - joshua tree bloom

Election Day!


It is Election Day or if you live in the Bay area, it is the day after the Giants win the World Series day.   I know that my mother up in heaven has been watching with glee and I think the morning crescent moon was a little brighter from all the champagne popping and celebration.

I am enjoying the enthusiasm of people I know, who I had no idea watched baseball, and maybe they didn't,  until this week.   

Maybe, for many of us, it is the first time we knew that fast balls have a range of speeds.  I thought it meant you throw as hard as you can.  It seems these great pitchers change the speeds by as much as ten miles an hour.  Maybe more.  Can you imagine even throwing a ball at ten miles an hour, let alone ninety and then being able to change the speed?

I always heard about nuance in baseball but never "got" it.  I was told if I watched enough, it would make sense to me what was going on with each of the nine players on the field and the batters.   Maybe it is easier to get the sport when your team wins against the team of a man who no matter how hard you try to merge yourself into the land of non-judgment, you still twinge in disgust when you see his face.   Why does George Bush put his hand on the center of his chest during God Bless America?  His wife certainly doesn't.

Anyway, I'm glad it's over so we can focus on the election.  Tonight we can watch the results without distraction.  

Robert Frost said that "We love the things we love for what they are."  I wonder if we also love them for who we are.  Are we changed by a baseball game, by watching a group of guys in grace, focus, balance, presence and awareness of the connection between fear and breath perform a ballet?   Certainly our mirror neurons must be activated and enhanced.

The air here is clear and squeaky clean.  I feel my heart taken out for a walk as I welcome this day and the awareness that, goofy as it is, I live in a land where I can vote.

Kelp Flotation Bulbs!

What happens?

I read the following in the Associated Press today and see why people get frustrated with certain programs.  

How did it ever become part of the welfare package that recipients could gamble or visit psychics or go on cruise ships or get tattoos?  It does seem if recipients are so clever in figuring out how to get around the intention of welfare, they might figure out how to get a job, and, I do believe in it in certain cases.

From AP:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneger says welfare recipients can no longer use state-issued debit cards at medical marijuana shops, psychics and other businesses whose services have been deemed "inconsistent with the intent" of the program.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Schwarzenegger sent a letter to county welfare directors Monday announcing that ATMS and point-of-sale card readers in such businesses will be removed from the network that accepts California's Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.

Other businesses affected by the ban include bail bond establishments, bingo halls, cruise ships and tattoo parlors.

In June, Schwarzenegger barred welfare cards at casino ATMs following a Times report that CalWORKS cards were being used to withdraw cash in more than half the casinos in the state.