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backtoblue

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Hometown: In the sticks
Member since: Mon Oct 27, 2008, 05:04 PM
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Well, I've survived another wreck

I don't want to drive or ride in a car ever again. I was hit headon last fall.

Yesterday I was driving my little ragtop and...yes it was a schizo squirrel in the road. I swerved to the right to miss the little fellow, not realizing how deep the drop off was.

I panicked and slammed on my brakes, making my car spin in the grass. When I tried to correct and get back on the road I lost control and flipped my car.

I'm lucky to be alive. My hand is broke, have a goose egg on my head, and some scrapes.

Luckily my neck and back are fine and I'm not decapitated.

Not sure what the Universe is trying to tell me. Wish She'd just call and let me know...

Looks like you all get to put up with me for a little longer.

Has anyone read "The Arms of Krupp" ?

It's a fascinating biography about Essen's Krupp family. (Germany)

I'm about 1/3 through it.

So today was grocery day

The first house on my rural road is a crack house waving a giant confederate flag. I do not know these neighbors, nor do I want to.

Today is grocery day, so I drove into town .

There was a road crew working on the bridge. Two flagmen and two men working on the bridge. One black man and three hispanic/latino men.

The black man was holding a stop/slow sign...right in front of the house with the confederate flag.

When he stopped me, I waved him to my window. I said that I was sorry that he had to work in front of that hateful house and that most people on this hill didn't hate like that. He was polite and said a simple thank you.

I'm embarrassed and sick that these people had to be exposed to that shit.

How would you all respond and did I say the right thing?

Look into mah eyez...





Don't know what happened, but I have a sudden urge to wrap my walls with carpet and put up the Christmas tree early.

Im trying to start drawing again.

This was done with a bic ink pen. It's not great, but it helped me express some of my "darkness".

It's a self drawing of me trying to write down my experiences while being attacked by my inner "demons" and insecurities.




Adding a pencil sketch from a few years ago of my son. This one brings me joy. This is where I want to be again soon...


Any of you know anything about the RDIF? (Russia)

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is Russia's sovereign wealth fund established in June 2011 by the Russian government to make equity investments in high-growth sectors of the Russian economy. RDIF's mandate is to co-invest alongside large and sophisticated global investors, thus acting as a catalyst for foreign direct investment in Russia.[1] The CEO of RDIF is Kirill Dmitriev.

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RDIF was founded in June 2011 under the leadership of both President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as part of a broader initiative to improve the investment climate of Russia and establish Moscow as an international financial center. RDIF is managed by a team of private equity investors with broad international and Russian experience.


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Direct_Investment_Fund


Stephen A. Schwarzman is on it's International Advisory Board. He's also a friend of trump's and is the Chair of his Strategic and Policy Forum.


Schwarzman's son, Teddy's law firm he worked at got fined for working with Manafort......!!!
2015 Skadden becomes the first law firm to advise on more than $1 trillion worth of deals in a single year.[14]
2019 Skadden pays $4.6 million settlement to the Department of Justice over Skadden's failure to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agent Registrations Act.[15] The $4.6 million represents Skadden's fees for up to 950 hours of work with Paul Manafort and the Ukrainian government in 2012, which Skadden had initially told the Department of Justice had been billed at 100 Ukrainian hryvnias ($13) per hour.[16] As of May 2019, Skadden, along with Mercury Public Affairs and the Podesta Group, have been under investigation by the Southern District of New York (SNDY) for possible lobbying violations regarding former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.[17]



https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skadden

This law firm made 1 Trillion dollars in 2015, becoming the first law firm to ever make that much in a year...

I've don't remember any news about RDIF, so my research is kind of at a stand still. I'm tired of our corporate overlords!


Side note: Schwarzman is also co-founder of Blackstone Group along with Pete Peterson (Lehman Brothers).

This is my new favorite singer.



There's just somethingI've so unique and artistic about this dude. I think I'm crushing.



Got some very interesting family DNA results: Updated

My little sister bought a DNA kit for my grandmother recently.

She has always told us that her grandmother was full blooded Cherokee. All of her siblings have believed the same.

Turns out there is no trace of native american.

There is however...2% middle eastern.

This is awesome because my grandma is the Fox-aholic who sits on the couch and repeats all the racist crap that she hears.

Her reaction was complete and total shock. She got on her iPad and started looking at maps of the region. Her whole demeanor has changed! It's amazing to witness this transformation.

There's still hope for hearts that carry hate. I swear it feels like a ton of weight has been lifted from my family now. Completely different environment in her house!





.........
Update: Some of my grandmother's siblings say there used to be rumors that their grandmother was a Syrian immigrant who pretended to be Cherokee. (Possibily to hide from racism)

I know the test could be wrong but the coincidence is just amazing and almost poetic in irony.

New life adventures are freaking awesome! Thank you all for going down the rabbit hole with me this past year. I hope I'm not driving everyone nuts with my obsessive posting lately.






You ever ask yourself where the last twenty years went?

I did nothing but work and be mom for so long. A retired embalmer/funeral director, I felt like i was making a difference when families lost loved ones.

Now that I'm "retired" I'm a bit lost.

I look back and I honestly don't know how I managed such an incredibly difficult career and be a single mom doing it.

It's almost like it was another lifetime.

Twenty years spent never slowing down.

Tonight I'm having a few glasses of wine and reflecting... I really need a hobby.

Fireside Pitstop

Hello everyone! I just wanted to check in and see how my fellow loners are doing.

I like to think of us as a group of wanderers or nomads. Each on a journey of our own, but stopping by the campfire every now and then to tell stories of our travels.


As I add a log to the fire and the sparks dance off into the night, i'm gonna pull up a folding chair and reflect.

Ive finished physical therapy recently and am recovering well from my accident. Insurance companies are a pain and I'm not entirely convinced that they weren't stalking me for a little while ..
Hopefully they will settle soon and I can get another car, even though I really don't like driving anymore.

Golden rods, red buds, and dog woods are in full bloom here in the sticks. It's a beautiful display and as it rains I wish it would wash the stain out of the white house. (Collective sigh goes here)

I'd like to hear some of your adventures from this year if anyone would like to share. I long for the ocean. I wish I could hike the trails and do some kayaking. Such a dreamer's toil...


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