People keep saying that the price of gasoline will go over $5.00 a gallon this summer. If that is what really happens, I am concerned that a lot of small businesses that depend on the tourist industry are going to have a really difficult time keeping their businesses open. From what I understand, the reason for the increasing prices of gasoline is because of the greedy speculators trading stocks on Wall Street, and really has nothing to do with the real cost of oil. This infuriates me, and I really wish that there was something that could be done legally to stop that from happening. There just are not enough homeless shelters to house the homeless now, and if this keeps up we are going to find ourselves in serious trouble nationwide.
I am hoping that maybe businesses will adapt to the situation by letting their employees work four ten-hour days a week so that they will not have to commute five days a week. In order to do that, however, the day care providers need to be willing to extend their hours. I feel really bad for the people in rural areas where services like that are hard to find.
Last night my hubby and I went through the Wendy’s drive through to pick up some food to bring home for supper. I ordered one of the apple and pecan chicken salads (which is my favorite) and my hubby ordered a chicken sandwich and a vanilla milk shake. I also ordered one of those baby Frosty drinks that you can get for free if you bought the customer loyalty key tag at the end of last year.
Driving home my husband offered me a taste of his vanilla shake, telling me to get ready for a “sugar rush.” Well, normally I am a big fan of vanilla milk shakes, but let me tell you this milk shake was really nasty! I don’t know what they had done wrong, but it was so awful that I started to gag! My hubby thought it was really funny that I disliked it so much, and said that when we got home he was going to have to dilute it with a lot of milk. I think that the next time I order a vanilla milk shake there I will taste it before I leave! I would have gone back to the counter and told them it was nasty and to give me something different!
When I think of New York, I think of New York City. Manhattan, The Bronx, Times Square. Although I know that there are areas of New York that are not the big city, for some reason that just doesn’t come to the front of my mind when I think of New York. So when Melanie told me that she is looking into sending Shelly to one of the Sleepaway Camps In New York I was surprised. To be perfectly honest, I just did not realize that such a thing existed!
But when I stop to think about it, there really is no reason that ”
camp” has to be out in the country side, in the middle of the wilderness somewhere. There could easily be a music or drama or dance class in the big city where the kids stay in college dormitories during the night and attend classes during the day. In fact, my youngest son participated in a summer-time camp several years ago that was called “Boys State.” I had never heard of it before, but apparently that is a camp that is rather exclusive in that a high school counselor has to recommend the child to attend the session. The purpose of that camp is to teach high school kids the inner workings of the United States government, and during the session the kids hold mock elections and set up a mock government. At the end of the session a “graduation” type of ceremony is held, and some of the kids are awarded college scholarships based on their participation and performance during the session.
I remember attending the graduation ceremony by myself and sitting on the bleachers in the un-air conditioned gymnasium in the ninety degree heat, wishing that I had worn shorts instead of slacks. The only person that I knew there was my son, and he was sitting with the rest of the kids. I was bored out of my mind, and sweating like I was in a sauna, when the master of ceremonies announced that the winner of the most prestigious scholarship was none other than my kid! I shrieked and all of the other parents sitting beside me asked me if that was my kid, and when I said yes they all congratulated me! That made the day worth while, for sure.
I’ve noticed that the pear trees are blooming, and I’m pretty sure that the redbuds are, too. I’m happy to have been seeing daffodils along the roadside the past couple weeks – especially those in median strips between divided highways; that makes the roads look really nice! With this extremely warm winter weather that we have been experiencing this year I’m real curious as to how many of the plants do this year. I’m certainly looking at my own flower garden with much anticipation about what flowers will be showing! I’m seeing plenty of greenery, and I’m pretty sure it is NOT all weeds!
All kinds of Social Networks are popping up, they appear to be the newest and most interesting way that people can communicate with each other and make a statement while doing it, much like the days of the C.B. radio, which by the way were a blast. I still remember my “handle” and my call letters, after all these years.
Anyway there is a new Fashion Social Network that I had read about and then today at work one of gals was chatting it up at lunch about Fashion Bloggers and their fashion community which turned out to be the one and the same Styledon.com that I was reading about. Obviously I’m into blogging and fashion is important, so tonight I decided to take a few minutes and check it out, which I did and I have to say that it is a pretty cool concept. It is all about fashions, in a very broad sense and is very user friendly with awesome pictures with brilliant colors which is so much nicer to look at then other well known Social Networks. A pretty cool site if you are into that type of thing.