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Gender: Female
Home country: USA
Current location: Oregon
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 59,985

About Me

Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

Journal Archives

I was for Inslee originally, but switched to Biden right away after Inslee bailed.

Glad to see this, Dr. Jack! Thanks!

Same here!

There’s a big burger joint not far from here. Had a lot of GOP-related signs out front in 2018. Fortunately, losing candidates. But you WON’T see me in there, EVER.

I WON’T forget. NOT EVER!!!

I won’t buy books by crooks (something learned from the Watergate era) and I won’t patronize GOP businesses.

Yep! THIS. Vote "D" all the way down the ticket.

From top to bottom.

Yeah. I get that.

But it’s a little bit different for me. My own weirdness.

I gave EVERYTHING up for my kids. Including a real anomaly in broadcasting: a secure job. I was at the AP by then. It was a REAL anomaly in that line of work. A secure job. NOBODY had that, elsewhere. NOBODY else offered that in the industry. Didn’t matter who you were or how big you were or how powerful an agent you had. The capriciousness of broadcasting, change of ownership, new management, new program director, new format, ratings ups ‘n’ downs, whatever. The new guy would bring in his pal who did morning drive in their last market and the long-established morning man could be flitched off like a piece of lint from the shoulder of a new suit.

And I saw that happen - with the morning jocks I worked with (including some big names), and more than once. Heck, there was one time when I was fired AFTER the ratings went UP! And I finally landed in a job wherein, once you made permanent, they couldn’t fuck with you anymore. They could make you miserable in various ways so you’d quit (at the AP it was referred to as “being eaten by ants” ). But they couldn’t fire you. And I LOVED my job, my work, my career. LOVED it! Loved it ALL!

But eventually kids came along and my priorities changed and I gave ALL OF THAT up. To be a full time mom to my kids. Just gave it up. Knowing I couldn’t get that secure job back once I formally gave it up. Eyes wide open. I loved my job, my work, my career, but I realized I loved them more.

They’re grown up and gone now, moved out, self-realized and on their own, and having found their own way and place in the world, and they don’t need me so much anymore, and that’s how it’s supposed to be, seems to me. Their dad and I are back to being “newlyweds” again. We BOTH gave all. And now we’ve come full-circle and it’s about US again.

And I am LOVING it! LOVING the independence and the freedom and the fewer day-to-day obligations. I feel like I got my life back. And that I earned my way here, to this point. And they’re happy and finding their own satisfaction and achievements in their lives, independent of us. And that’s how it’s supposed to go, isn’t it?

I REALLY like having my own life back. We’ve moved so we’re located geographically between both of our kids. Close enough to get to them soon if need be, but not so close that it’s like they’re each being needy of us or dependent on us again 24/7. I can do what I want, again. We both can. And I’m liking it A LOT! I feel like I’ve earned this. And I know they wouldn’t want me hovering and smothering the way my mom did with me. I like that they’re gonna know their grandma was a pioneer in broadcasting, one of the first women in the industry to put points on the ol’ scoreboard, as it were. Made her mark. And proudly so. And that their grandparents were accomplished in their own right (son-in-law’s elders, too).

I rather like NOT being needed, so I can go my own way again. Still with the most intense love for them, but a healthy sense of detachment and independence now. And NO regrets.

He IS an irritable bowel.

This.

THIS is what matters, BIGTIME.

MASSIVELY important. If Biden’s going to succeed, he has to have a Senate that’s got his back.

Third!

The only problem with that is - WE who are wearing masks

(and wearing them the right way), keeping with the social distancing, limiting exposure and potential vulnerability, WE DON’T deserve it.

We're doing the same thing, my friend.

My husband has already declared that we’re gonna stay in, this holiday season. And by now, we’re in the “family patriarch” position along with our son-in-law’s parents. We’re the elders now. And for some of us, there are for-real health issues to be taken seriously - minor ones, at present. Fortunately, nothing critical, though.

And frankly, I agree!

I’ve gotten used to Zooming and it serves QUITE well, especially when family is scattered over several states.

And we have another grandchild on the way. But I’m STILL fine with it. I’d rather be safe than sorry - on everyone else’s behalf, as well as my own. I’m kinda surprised at how easy a decision this was.
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