bucket list: see Morrissey


Morrissey marquee

Went to see Morrissey last week in Ohio. Never been so excited to get our melancholy on!

When I bought the tix, I thought I was buying to see Morrissey AND Blondie. I didn’t realize Blondie was only joining him for the NYC show. I also didn’t know that I’d lose pay for going to the show. When I bought the tickets, I was allowed to work remotely. That is, ‘work from home’, so I could go to Ohio, log into work on Monday to work, go to the show Monday night, and drive back to MI Tuesday morning to work 2/3 of the day on site on Tuesday. But a few weeks prior to the concert, they instilled a new policy at work that I couldn’t work from home anymore.

But it was a great time, and it’s another life experience I’m glad I had. And it rained, which seemed fitting.

Morrissey did his ‘meat is murder’ song, with powerful imagery projected behind him. So poignant, that I couldn’t watch most of it, and had to put my hand up to block it. There was a cool video projected during a song about police brutality. I like how aware he is. Even if he’s a narcissist. I feel he cut the show short, maybe because a couple of fans (literally, fans, as they were fanatical) tried to bum-rush the stage/him.

Viva la Mexico


I’ve not been on a real vacation in a long, long time. And I’ve never been to a tropical place before. So, my dear, beautiful, caring cousin chose to have a destination wedding. In Cancún. At a luxury resort.

oh. my. god.

I came back last Tuesday. And I want to go back. I want to spend many days of my life in that type of place. It was lovely.

I mean, it was more than just hanging out. We saw history. We saw the Mayan Ruins. But gosh. It was so lovely on the last day, when I had nothing to do but sit poolside, drinking tropical bevvies.

cancun pool

Here is the pyramid at Chichén Itzá, so you can see that I did embrace the cultural side of the journey as well. It was super cool. Well, super hot because Mexico in late June. But très chic.


my spirit animal is Ron


Have you ever seen those questions? When you’re looking at lists of possible interview questions, there’s that one: “What is your spirit animal?”

I’ve seen this over the years, and thank God I’ve never been asked it. Because I had no idea what I’d answer.

Until now.

I started working with this guy named Ron*. He’s an older (over 60) man, but not ‘old’. He takes off to go on bike trips across states. He’s gritty. He doesn’t do BS or ‘politics’ (like office politics). He’s quiet, won’t say much. And he’s got this screensaver on his monitor of him with a tiger. I’m pretty sure he’s a republican. He’s one of those ‘salt of the earth’ people.

And he’s my spirit animal.


*names may have been changed to protect the spirit animal.

Ms. Harriette Thompson


I want to see more news like this. HER SMILE IS EVERYTHING!

92 year old Cancer survivor Harriette Thompson, completed the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon in about 7 hrs 24 minutes.

She’s 92 years and 65 days old, which makes her the OLDEST PERSON TO COMPLETE A MARATHON. The previous oldest was 92 yrs and 19 days old, Gladys Burrill when she did the Honolulu Marathon in 2010. Which is also worth mentioning. Because don’t say you can’t do something. JUST DO IT.

harriette thompson

Removing the “female tax”


hey girl tamponsRight now, there are movements worldwide to remove tax on hygiene products. So called the “tampon tax”.

In Australia, feminine hygiene products are taxed at 10%. This tax contributed to the equivalent of $19 million USD to their government. However, we are talking about a country that does not tax “essential health items”. These items include condoms, lubricants, nicotine patches, and sunscreen. I don’t get how feminine hygiene products are not included as an essential health item.

Canada’s bill to tax-exempt feminine hygiene passed and will begin on July 1st. This will include tampons, pads, and menstrual cups. I’m not sure of the nuances of this law. Like, if I paid $40 for a menstrual cup last year that will last me the next 10 years; I don’t get a tax credit on that, do I? I’m sure the law just applies to new purchases moving forward.

Now, I’m not saying that we need to remove this tax in the US. I get the US does things differently, and by state. Some states don’t tax food at fast food restaurants when you get it ‘to go’; they only charge the tax if you are using their facility to eat. Some states don’t charge tax on clothes, because they say that clothes are essential.

However, I got to thinking about this, and thought – we could use some tax credit just for being female. You feel me? First of all, it’s well-known (& accepted) fact that women make less money than men. How about a tax credit to off-set that? Also, women just have to deal with more *ish than men. Just ask any woman what she goes through in a normal day, and ask a man. It’s dramatically different.

I think you’d have to include the men who transitioned to female. Because I’m sure they go through a lot of *ish too. But I don’t think they should get the equal amount of credit, depending on the age they transitioned. Like, for example, Bruce Jenner led a very fortuned life as a man, and likely benefited more as a man than he would have as a woman. Whereas, maybe someone who transitioned as a teen would have to go through the struggle of the transition WHILST going through the struggle of being a teen. And god knows, the struggle of being a teen is not something anyone would wish on anyone.

Now I’m not belittling what Bruce Jenner went through. I get that he lived his whole life with an inner conflict that weighed on him everyday. I don’t mean to diminish that in any way. I’m just saying, to be a woman in this country, world actually, is not easy.

the history of Memorial Day


We are at a time where our nation is so divided. Today, on ‪Memorial Day‬, it gives me hope that this day of commemoration came out of the most divided our country ever was (the Civil War). The 1st Memorial Day was when “thousands of freedmen, including almost 3,000 black schoolchildren, gathered to decorate the graves [of Union soldiers] with flowers and beautify the graveyard.” ‪Still hopeful for this great nation.

Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?

I found this really cool page where I learned the history of Memorial Day. And had to share it.

You asked, we answered: Why do we celebrate Memorial Day? A Civil War military history researcher explains where Memorial Day celebrations came from. Pic above links to page.

Brelo case: how is this possible?


I’ll be honest right up front. I’m not in Cleveland right now. Heck, I’m not even in the US. I have limited internet time, so I haven’t read the judge’s 35-page verdict. I’m sure he explained why he found Brelo not guilty. But I just don’t get it.


I don’t know how, standing on the good of a car and firing 40-some rounds is justified. Or even how it’s appropriate police procedure. If the couple in the car was armed, which they weren’t, wouldn’t that not be safe for the officer?

Now, I wasn’t there, but I don’t know that such police brutality was justified. I don’t know that they felt their lives were in danger.

Some people may argue that why did they run if they were innocent? To that, I say:
1. Whether or not were they innocent does not mean you shoot 137 shots at them. If anything, that is the definition of overreach.
2. After a bunch of officers have already shot dozens of rounds at a couple, why do you singlehandedly need to shoot 42 rounds by yourself? And at such close range?

But most of all, if you use that argument, then why was the city of Cleveland so quick to pay out $3 MILLION dollars to the family if they didn’t think they did anything wrong???

I wish I was in Cleveland to sit with these guys.