Highlights of the Republican Debate, June 2015

imagesLast night I watched the Republican Presidential Candidate Debate on Fox News. For those who missed this highly entertaining piece of television, I will remind you of the gentlemen (no women candidates) who were present for the debate: Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, John Kaisch. Did I leave someone out?

images-2Some of the highlights for me where as follows:

Illegal Immigration
Donald Trump took full credit for bringing illegal immigration to the forefront. He did not provide any proof that the Mexican government is sending criminals to the U.S. However, Trump did state that the Mexican leaders are smarter than our U.S. leaders. Then, Trump called the U.S. leaders stupid repeatedly. He may have something there, but it felt highly disrespectful. The Dixie Chicks lost their entire career for saying much less.

Scott Walker was called on his change in opinion about illegal immigration—he no longer supports a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Why? Because he listened to the American people. Hum, why wasn’t he listening before?

Marco Rubio seemed the most knowledgeable on immigration stating that most immigrants today are coming from Central American. He was calm, rationale and articulate throughout most of the debate. Someone that articulate and knowledgeable doesn’t have a chance in this race with big mouths.

Ted Cruz called the current leaders in Washington the “Washington Cartel.” Wow! I have no words for that one.

Civil Liberties vs. Protection from Terrorists
Chris Christie and Rand Paul debated the merits of “spying” on American citizens to oust terrorists. Civil liberties vs. hunting for jihad? I am all for the protection of civil liberties, but Rand made a fool out of himself when he said he only wanted to spy on the bad guys. Duh!

Ben Carson did not come out and say he would bring back waterboarding if he were president. Rather, he said, “What we do in order to get the information we need, is our business, and I would not tell people what we’re going to do.” Human rights? Maybe, maybe not. It seemed optional to him. Continue reading “Highlights of the Republican Debate, June 2015”

Vacationesia and Going Broke

I hate to admit this, but we overdid it on our vacation. I’m not talking about eating too much pasta, street hotdogs, and decadent desserts. This is not about my waistline. I’m talking about the “Oh-Why-Not” purchases along the way. For instance, should we pay for the special exhibit at the big city museum? “Sure. Why not?” Should we order room service at $20 per person because the kids are really tired? “Sure. Why not?” Should we get the tiny economy car, or splurge on the mac daddy SUV with the drop down built-in movie theater. “Um, we have three kids! This is a no-brainer!”


I don’t know what it is about vacation that makes me completely forget that I am not related to Donald Trump, my kids have no hope of an athletic scholarship to college, and that my air conditioner at home has maybe one more month of life left—and it’s June. I call it “vacationesia.” Even when we are taking a budge vacation, I tend to lose all sense of…well common sense.

In honor of David Letterman’s retirement, here is my own Top Ten List of Ridiculous Vacation Purchases:

Top 10 List of Ridiculous Vacation Purchases

10.  A $5.00 Diet Coke in the motel vending machine, when a McDonalds $1 large soda was a short walk down one block.

9. A touristy family picture package for $25-$70 at for example, Disney’s Hoop Dee Doo Revue, the Top of Rockefeller Center, or Universal’s Studio’s character meet and greet. I really don’t want the $30 picture of me falling down Splash Mountain where my face looks like I am going to die or throw up. I don’t need to pay all the money for a memory of me wetting my pants in public.

8. A two-pound bag of M & Ms for $7.99 a pound just because it came from the M & M store in Times Square and you can choose your own colors. That’s $16 and change for a bag of candy covered chocolate. I think it is even cheaper per pound in the hotel vending machine.IMG_0779

7. I understand being desperate for clean undies (especially after Splash Mountain), but it is foolish to pay for laundry service at the resort or hotel when a laundry mat is down the street. Incidentally, it’s also faster to do it yourself. Continue reading “Vacationesia and Going Broke”