[23] the American flunky...

Day 23:  Something you wish you had done in your life.

Okay, so I have some real regrets. I wish I could always remember to show my love for...humanity. 

Like when we met a sweet German couple at the Grand Canyon that offered to take our picture. The man told us his camera battery died. It didn't even occur to me to take their picture and e-mail the photo...until were a mile down the road. 

Ugh, I will forever hate that. I was so distracted by the wet rocks and fear of heights and the rainbow, yeah - see it gets worse. When two Germans fly all the way to the states -and- on their last day see a {rainbow} at the Grand Canyon -and- their camera battery dies -and- I totally, utterly, completely failed as an American. 

I wish I had taken their picture.  I wish I could go back and redo that 10-minutes of my life all over again!


[22] the bad haircut...

Day 22:  Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.

No regrets. Right?

Except that one time when I was maybe eight years old and my hair got tangled in a curling iron. So bad it had to be cut. The rest of my hair was shoulder length...the cut was made just above my ear lobe.  Luckily, I guess, it was in the front. And rather than hacking off all my hair, I just went with it. It was the 80s, right? Totally okay to have one side of your hair 4-5" shorter than the rest. I was so punk rock.

But I was eight. I can't recall caring all that much. It grew fairly quickly. But for 3-months of my life I had a 1/4 mullet...so, I really wish I hadn't played with the curling iron.


[21] the stupid one...

Day 21:  (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?

Should this even be dignified with an answer.

First, I would never get into that kind of argument with a friend. Second...say Hell froze over and there was a fight. OMG,  I would be there - no question. In whatever capacity needed, I would be available. Stupid question.

[20] last dance with mary jane...

Day 20:  Your views on drugs and alcohol.

Alcohol.  I think it's silly you can fight for our country at 18, but cannot drink until 21.  And let's face it, when kids go away to college they have access to alcohol.  I myself waited until it was legal, but I'm well aware of my minority status.

Drugs.  I guess marijuana is the only one I find pointless to be considered illegal. Let's face it there a more potent, dangerous and addictive drugs that can be obtained "legally" by prescription. I've just never heard of a death caused marijuana overdose. The smoked out morons that call the cops on themselves, yes.  Death, no.

The argument seems to be that it's a gateway drug.  But apparently so is Robitussin and cans of whipped cream...if someone wants to get high, they will find a way. Why not make available a legal high with restrictions.  Age, proof...potency, etc.

No, I don't partake myself.  I just see a HUGE difference between meth-heads, crack-heads, and Bob Marley fans.


[19] religics...

Day 19:  What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?

Religion. Everyone should have one.  And own it.  Whatever it is, believe it.  And then don’t be so concerned with what everyone else believes.  If we were robots, then we would all do-think-believe in the same thing.  But we are not. 

Politics. I am a political centrist that leans ever so slightly to the left. And I find it ever-so annoying that I can find a comprise between the political left and right, but our politicians cannot. 


[18] the bride wore a rainbow...

Day 18:  Your views on gay marriage.

Ugh! Okay, well yes I think it’s perfectly fine.  Argue all the religious points you will, but I can’t help but think that if we were to have a gay son or daughter I would want them to experience everything life has to offer.  Love is love.  And you cannot argue the goodness and delight and joy that love brings. And if sanctity of marriage is your mumbo-jumbo, fine call it something else, but I’m afraid said sanctity was lost long ago.  Even before Henry XIII.

Ultimately I don’t understand society’s constant need to ostracize a certain group. Native Americans, slaves, Italian immigrants, Irish immigrants, Japanese-Americans, Muslim-Americans, Blacks, Hispanics, Gays…bi-racial couples.  At one point they have all been held in lower regard, for no particular reason.  It’s pretty much ridiculous.


[17] about a book...

Day 17:  A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.

Okay, I'm about to go [there].  It was one of Oprah's books, "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle.  Don't judge. We all learn in very different and unique ways.

It is a very deep, dense read. Though the book itself didn't necessarily change my views - it's not meant for that. It did change my level of awareness.  I can feel how an environment affects my mood. I hear the words I speak.  I try to avoid speaking unconsciously.  Okay, that doesn't always happen...but I am very aware when it does.  That's certainly something.

In many ways, I feel more at peace.  And {wait for it} centered.  Yeah, I said it.  I'm a little embarrassed for myself. But it's a blessing to feel emotionally...balanced.


[16] don't need 'em...

Day 16:  Someone or something you definitely could live without.

Skinny jeans. Pajama jeans. Neon colored clothing. That church that protests funerals.  The musical talents of Ke$ha.