May 2nd, 2003

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Let's give him a welcome...

George W. Bush is visiting our humble town of Santa Clara today, where he is speaking at United Defense Technologies, the maker of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, about 30 minutes from now...

Too bad he doesn't have the time to visit the San Jose Family Shelter a few miles away. I hear they're so popular that they're having to turn away families lately. The unlucky ones get routed to the other overfilled homeless centers, where they get to share the cots with the mentally ill and the addicts, assuming they can get a cot at all.

I wonder whether the meals still consist of a scoup of brown, unappetizing goop over an untoasted slice of white bread?! They do have soda and vending machines if you have the money, however. Want to make a homeless kid happy? Buy him a coke and a real sandwich.

Lucky for them, the homeless children get to be "trickled down upon" by Bush's tax cuts...
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Inheritance day, part deux...

So, we made lots of phone calls, wrote numerous checks, dropped things off, and have basically taken care of all outstanding debts and payments. It's amazing how hard creditors can make it at times just to give them the money you owe them. "You want to pay off everything?!But wouldn't you rather make payments for the next umpteen years at 19.75%?" Uh... no.

They can be so persnicketty about the dollar amount, too... as in "No, we don't have a way for you to pay things off today unless you want to charge it on a credit card. If you are going to mail in a check, be sure to pay us an extra $5 a day for five days in order to cover potential interest on your account balance between now and when the payment comes in." It's almost like loansharking -- no matter what you do, you still owe them, except that nobody is going to kneecap you if you're a bit late...

Our bank balance isn't surreal anymore, but we actually own a bunch of things outright now, have a cozy nestegg, and have a greatly simplified life. Not sure what is going on tonight, but we bought both kriek and merlot. Yup. Definitely nice.