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Another One Bites the Dust

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

I guess it was inevitable. The economy is wounded and recovery is distant, at best. I’ve been pretty lucky over the years, and haven’t ever lost a job. Now due to the failing economy, that has changed, and I’ve become just another statistic.

Due to cutbacks in our clinic’s hours, our staff is being cut back as well, and the part-timers are the first to go. That’s me. Makes perfect sense, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

As I look back over my near 14 years at the clinic, I think about how many changes we’ve endured. Some good, some not so good. But I guess that’s the nature of change. Technologically, the improvements have been IMMENSE. But the clinic has grown and grown, and now, we are apparently over-grown. And so it goes. I’m doing my best to keep it in perspective. After all, Big R still has his job (fingers crossed) and no one is dying. People have survived much worse than this.

So with one shift left, it is a little bittersweet. I will look at this change as an opportunity for something new to come into my life. You know the saying – close a door – open a window. And I believe that’s true. Our lives are like seasons, ever changing. That’s how we grow and evolve as people. So I will focus on the future, and all that hope brings.

What a World!

Monday, March 16th, 2009

What do you think of when I say: evening gowns, false eyelashes, hairpieces, nails, and makeup?

If you said five and six year olds, you would be right!

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The other night I watched my 1st and last episode of Toddlers and Tiara’s.

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Eeeewww! I can’t tell you how creepy it was. A bunch of little girls made up “hooker style”, parading around like little robotrons. These kids are drilled on how to WALK, how to SMILE for the judges, how to BLOW KISSES, and WAVE GOODBY. Oh yeah, and how to wiggle their hips occasionally – always a crowd pleaser. Sorry, it’s just WRONG!!

One little girl named Story (yeah – I said Story) was probably the “smoothest” kid there. According to her mom, they practice EVERY DAY.

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She has a permanent Katie Couric smile plastered on her face as she wow’s the judges. It was very reminiscent of clips I saw several years ago of Jon Benet Ramsey.

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Do we really want kids this young, focusing on their good looks and phony charisma? Is this the kind of shallow thinking we want to encourage? Really? What IS the contribution that beauty pageants make to the world anyway? I don’t even like beauty pageants for adults, but at least adults can make that decision for themselves. In the Miss America pageant, the winner gets a free education; something that truly IS of value! What do these kids get?

Come on you people out there. Let me know what YOU think of this stuff. As for me – it gives me the heebie-jeebies!! Blegh!