I love your post regards the character of our country and how we are maturing. I think you nailed it. And speaking of a person of color running for President. I got to meet him this past week. He came to our command to learn about defense of the homeland. I got to be at the table for the briefing. He shook everyone’s hands and looked you right in the eye when he did it. While I like a stronger handshake, I imagine he’s been schooled in not clenching (and hurting) people’s hands as he campaigns. He made it clear he was there as a Senator, learning more to be able to do his job better, though at the end when he thanked us and committed to continued support, he did acknowledge that if he were to get a promotion, the briefing and discussion would be very valuable. He asked good questions…and made connections quickly and with solid relevance. His reputation as a quick study seemed validated. Finally, there was no flash and bang — and no sense of any political agenda. He really seemed to care. Seeing that Karl Rove is now advising McCain and the very positive impression I had of Obama in person, I am leaning very much in the latter’s direction.
I can see the light at the end of the unpacking tunnel. By the end of the weekend I think our place will look pretty darned good. I even allowed myself to take a bit of time last night to cast on for a pair of socks. I was very tired and watching Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, so I managed to confuse the increase and straight knit rows and had to rip out and start over. As a result, I only have a nub of a toe started, but it’s something on needles! (I only have one UFO at this point. A great cardigan on which I only have 1/2 a sleeve to knit and then the finishing. How is it that I stalled at that point? Oh, yeah, I moved from Norfolk to Portsmouth.) There’s not much there, but I now have something to just pick up when I have a few minutes. None of that browsing the patterns (or deciding to make one up), browsing the stash, settling on needle type, et al. I don’t know exactly what I’ll do with regard to stitch pattern after the toe, but I’ll make something up when I get there. And, by posting the picture of my progress, I can also show off my Celtic Swan hand-forged sterling silver needles!
We go to a barbecue with old friends this afternoon…and will head home early so Max isn’t traumatized by the fireworks. Ruby can hardly wait for them.