Today was my 30th birthday, surprisingly, i woke up with all of my body parts intact!

enjoyed a great day with my little family. Hiking, paddle boating and my favorite foods.

that is all, go me!
So, I like nature, it's calm, beautiful and doesn't ask me to wipe it's ass. I'd like to leave a little beauty for my kids and grand kids to enjoy, but it seems more and more likely that we're screwing the planet beyond repair.

I think I'm doing good by recycling and reusing when i can, but really it's barely worth it, considering the difference i make here. I watched this movie, called Bag It, it really changed my thoughts on recycling. You can check out the movie and other information here:

One of the things that caught my attention is how much it sucks to recycle plastic. Apparently, it's a nasty nasty thing, causing a nice amount of chemicals to be released. Generally, most of the US recycling process isn't done in the US, because it's that nasty. Not only is it nasty, but it's also limited, most plastic products can only be recycled, down-cycled really, once or twice. Don't get me wrong, we should be recycling all the plastic that we possibly can because if we don't, our grand kids will be living on dirt lots, unable to grow anything, because there is so much plastic in the soil plants cannot function and grow.

Another interesting point in the movie was that glass and aluminum can be recycled (not down-cycled, totally recycled) for ever and ever and ever and ever! That's promising. The problem is the biggest creator of glass and aluminum trash i can think of in town DOESN'T RECYCLE.

Bars. Yup, beer, wine, liquor containers...all of it, they don't recycle. At least not here. WHAT THE HELL!?

So this is what I'm thinking: I'll do some research with the recycling companies here in town, find out about how many people they would need to hire to accommodate a new law saying that every establishment that is granted a liquor license must recycle. That should be a nice number to throw out there, "it'll create this many LOCAL jobs".
Then I will figure out how to go about getting a new requirement to the liquor license, whether i need it to be added to a vote, of it the mayor can just do it. Then I'll start a petition on one of those petition sites to gain support. THEN ill contact the local media about this. Then they will capitulate! Presto, I'm an activist :)

I'm really interested in the thoughts of you blog readers. Please comment if you have opinions, ideas or thoughts.

    Just take a quick second to answer this please :)

In light of this mass shooting in Colorado, i figured I'd write a bit about gun control.

First of all, it's STUPID. Having strict gun control wouldn't have done a damn thing to save those poor people. First of all, the guns he had were ALREADY illegal, so having more laws wouldn't have done anything for him obtaining those guns. The only thing that would come from having tighter restrictions on obtaining guns would be a bunch of armed criminals (who rarely get guns via legal processes) and the rest of us with nothing to defend ourselves. You better believe that if someone comes into my home and tries to hurt my family, i will shoot them. No guns for us, means less safety for my family, no bueno folks.

Automatic weapons are all ready illegal if your not a part of a special ops law enforcement team (SWAT) or in the military. and even then, they just don't give them to you to take home and play with, they are inventoried and cataloged.

Maybe having heftier penalties on those that use illegal guns during crimes would be more appropriate. How about this, release all of those people in jail for drug possession/use (an offense that only hurts themselves) to make room in the jails. Next, tack on an extra 5 years to the sentence of anyone that commented a crime in which an illegal gun was used of even present. NEXT, have a minimum sentence for anyone in possession of an illegal gun 5 years.

Another thing that kind of freaks me out about the whole event is that he ordered most of this stuff via the internet. No, I don't want MORE government control, but i do want a little more protection. Isn't that what the whole bullshit Patriot Act is about? We're supposed to be monitoring the goings on, looking for suspicious activity, to find potential terrorist cells. How did they not catch him stock piling these weapons and bomb making equipment? Maybe this Patriot Act should go away, I'm sure we're spending money on it, and if it's not doing it job, then kick it to the curb, same amount of death, less cost.

oh, if I ruled the world.....
I HATE Sam's club. Don't get me wrong, I'm a member and i shop there often, like weekly, but I feel dirty after every trip; dirty like after a one night stand with a homeless man.

They treat you like you're robbing them blind and it pisses me off to no end.
They start as you walk in, they have some old person standing at the door waiting like a funnel spider to jump out and attack you about showing your card. First of all, you know what buddy, I have two young kids, and it's fucking raining, so no, I'm not going to dig through my giant car/candy/pony filled purse to PROVE  to YOU that i belong there. Second of all, you cannot purchase a damn thing without the cashier swiping your card, so why do i need to show you before i enter? I COULD understand them asking for the card during the "business" members (who pay more money for their membership), but not during regular business hours. Well guess what buddy, I'm not fiddling in my purse in the rain/show/heat/cold to show you, some retiree, my fucking card. I don't care if you call after me annoyed as i walk past you after directly telling you "i have one, thank you", your job/life sucks, so blow me.

Then the fuckers get you on the way out, seriously, i bought milk and apples, why the fuck do you need to look at my receipt? OK, these people don't even LOOK at what you got, they just draw their smiley face a pretend to look. I'm not waiting in ANOTHER LINE (the check out lines are always long) 5 cards deep, for you to pretend to look at my 2 items for $7.00 an hour, again, blow me.
I had one asshole TAKE my receipt out of my 4 y/o daughters hand and then refuse to give it back to me, all because i was scooting past him as he was talking to another employee instead of being ready to check my receipt. No, old man, I am not going to wait on your to finish your chat about the good old days so you can confirm that bought 3 gallons of milk, again, blow me.
Last i checked it's illegal to detain an American citizen without reason. I know for a fact that if a loss prevention person at the mall stops you and detains you and you did not in fact steal anything, it can be a lawsuit, or at the very least a $500 gift card and a blow job. So why does Sam's club get to make me feel like a criminal every time i shop there? They should at least throw out some sexual favors for my troubles.

So, unless the poor sap that stuck on receipt duty is standing there, with no line, not chatting, i will not be stopping, I will scoot by you, and if you call after me, i just might give you the finger.

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