I wasn’t going to do a blog post today but I just saw a squirrel running around my upstairs patio, up and down the wall, across the banister, then jumping into the pine tree a few feet away.  Everything’s normal for him…”life goes on”

Do you feel everything’s normal anymore?   Doesn’t life feel more unsettled recently?
What sticks out in your mind about that the most?  Why is it? What’s causing it?  Economy?  International problems?  Health?  What?


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37 Responses to Normal

  1. John M. Berger says:

    “Do you feel everything’s normal anymore?”
    No! I attribute at least one aspect of this to the force feeding of [diversity] into our society, at large. This leads to “blakinization” which renders the concept of “normal” more and more ethereal. The “Melting Pot” seems to be lost, at least for now!


  2. We live in a time when, more than ever, our rights and liberties are threatened by the elected government.
    Where our goverment is a bigger threat to us than ever imagined by the left when the right was in control.


  3. geeez2014 says:

    John, we were built on a melting pot, weren’t we…..remember when our ancestors came to LEARN ENGLISH, hoping NEVER to experience the humiliation of taking welfare from their new country!, encouraging their children to learn the language and BE AMERICANS and go to school and do well?
    That is the difference (although I know Latinos who do still feel that way..strongly…) There are too many nationalities coming in here and don’t give a damn about this country AS A COUNTRY.
    Heck, our own leftwingers are nothing but disparaging about it. Did you see the Ward Churchill interviews by Megyn Kelly? He’s NOT ALONE!! Not at all, he’s busy and so are other far leftwing profs convincing the children we have raised to think America did EVERYTHING wrong. That’s just the plain damn truth; there is no way to get around that.

    It felt ‘normal’ for me when Latinos in this neighborhood wouldn’t meet my eyes as they walked by. “Illegal,” I’d know. Today? Are you kidding me? It’s defiance right IN my eyes. Except for the very charming Latinos I see walking their very clean and neat children to school in the morning…they aren’t hiding their eyes from illegality, they’re looking down out of respect. they don’t know me. SOme smile, I smile. I love that. AND, the best part is many are speaking English with their children!
    So, …we need more like them. We can make it in AMerica with THEM. With a majority of the takers, those who come to live OFF of us, sending their salaries, untaxed, back to Central America…? That type will never help us as a country.
    And, until Leftwingers admit America DOES have a culture, that culture will be overtaken by diversity in elementary schools; which is rampant.
    thanks, good comment, J B


  4. geeez2014 says:

    GAD! I’m watching FOX do an admiring piece on people encouraging teens to PAINT ON BUILDINGS. DO NOT PAINT ON BUILDINGS! We paint on PAPER or CANVAS. You don’t need to paint on BUILDINGS for YOUR IDENTITY, which is the BS I’m hearing. They call it ‘life saving’…yes, MURALS can, I LOVE ART and approve of that ‘outlet’…but on buildings? Maybe not so much?
    Do I think being an artist is a wonderful thing? Yes! I am an artist…many of you probably paint or draw, etc.
    I have never painted on a building 🙂 (I’d have been spanked, by the way!!!!)


  5. Mal says:

    I wonder if Michelangelo would’ve gotten in trouble today for painting a ceiling, Z? 🙂


  6. Impertinent says:

    We’re hardly a “melting pot” any longer. A salad bowl of whatever you throw into the mix is more like it. Never blending into a smooth coherent dish. There’s no assimilation any longer. We have been successfully balkanized and need to recognize that. The invasion and the assault on our culture has been accomplished. Our language too that once bound us as a nation.


  7. Baysider says:

    Nothing feels ‘normal.’ Unless you want to classify change and decay as normal. My city has destroyed the lovely quality of my beautiful walkable town. Permanently. My governor has ridden the crest of a wave of economic destruction in my state and we’re being tapped out to pick up the pieces. My president is shredding the constitution daily.

    Horde of unelected minions are stuffing their hands in my wallet to help themselves. Swarms of overpaid academics are distorting the minds and values of our next generation so as to make them unable to function in a constitutional republic. We’re calling good evil (and punishing it!), and evil good.

    Great societies require a foundation of cultural and value unity, As we revert to pre-republican castes and balkanize ourselves into hyphenated tribes and -isms we lose our strength and sense of purpose, unity and (in our case) of doing good for ourselves and our neighbors. The strong and ruthless see opportunity. As we’re seeing.

    We’re abandoning a perfectly watertight ship of state for leaky lifeboats with sketchy prospects. And we think we’re moving forward. The first rule of holes is to stop digging. The first rule of recovery is to recognize your problem.


  8. Sparky says:

    It’s pretty “normal” here in the SE countryside but, I’m happy to say, we’re at least 50 years behind everyone else. However, our country … [very heavy sigh] … well, you know how it is. Mosques have been busy recruiting jihadists so that young white men can be murdered on American soil. The libtard media and general public pretend to act surprised! Guess that’s “normal” for them. Glad I live in the South where we mostly believe in Jesus Christ, are heavily armed and, oh, so, ready for a rumble if that’s what these evil minions want. 😉


  9. Baysider says:

    Oops… that didn’t answer your question. What sticks out the most? The sense of entitlement and lack of obligation that permeates our culture.


  10. Oh Yeah. That’s not supposed to be normal.


  11. Impertinent says:

    Yea…the South. Best place in the country to be settled in now IMO. Maybe it will rise again and stand up to the extremism? Cause from what I hear every day down here…we’ll only put up with so much crap. And the Capitol can be located in Alabama or Raleigh, NC for all the good the clowns in DC do for us.


  12. Mal says:

    We lack pride today. That’s what makes the difference, I believe. In the 40’s and 50’s, taking a handout was the avenue of last resort. There was a stigma attached to it no one wanted to have ruin their good name. You were grateful for an employer willing to give you a job, If you weren’t making enough, you didn’t picket, you looked for a better paying one, if you could find it.
    If there wasn’t one there, you probably weren’t worth any more. Period.


  13. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, that ‘stigma’ has been replaced with championing those who take from the state, right?. It’s like San Francisco treats the homeless like endangered species, I swear. One person was giving pedicures to the homeless to make them feel better about themselves.
    Leftwingers stopped allowing SHAME to happen, so suddenly everybody who is shameful is better; celebs who go to detox/rehab are championed and looked up to, etc. A society just can’t carry on with that ethos.

    Interesting that so many of you (and I) are mentioning ENTITLEMENTS. I think that’s because we’re all of an age where that was so NOT OKAY ….like Mal (who’s a lot older than most of us..sorry, Mal, but..!!) says, it was considered humiliating to not make enough on your own and have to ask for help. I find it VERY interesting that’s what we’ve said.

    Imp; I wrote on the Melting pot in a comment above, too, as I think you’ll agree……. It’s a MELTDOWN POT today.


  14. “Normal” can change — as Mr. AOW and I found out on September 15, 2009, when he had a devastating brain hemorrhage.

    We do feel as if we’re under siege with health problems (his and mine, mine being eye trouble and an apparently lowered immune system).

    I as a teacher feel that I’m under siege because, even in the homeschool group, more and more students are coming to me unprepared, particularly for Honors Composition. Many of them from expensive private schools with previously impeccable reputations. As Baysider mentioned, “the decay” is obvious.

    On a lighter note — maybe — there seems to be an epidemic of poor drivers on the roads. Venturing out is like negotiating an obstacle course filled with idiotic, unpredictable actions! Must of the trouble with drivers is texting, of course. But even when they’re not texting, so many seem to have severe ADD.

    Society now is clearly different than it was 10 years ago, but I still encounter polite and considerate individuals. Maybe I’m not frequenting places where the rude and the crude plague everyone there.


  15. I should also mention that I’m sick and tired of having to rely on Spanish to get my orders right at certain establishments. Sheesh.


  16. John M. Berger says:




  17. geeez2014 says:

    John, Mal hit it out of the park, didn’t he.

    AOW, Mr. Z will be gone 5 years on 10/10….I know you cherish every minute with Mr. AOW despite his terribly diminished capacities. Enjoy the laughs, enjoy the love…hug a lot. 🙂 What I wouldn’t give…
    I am SO sorry about your eyes and the immune system problem…!??
    And yes, there are still SO MANY wonderful people, but your comment about great schools now not delivery great students makes me hurt inside.

    America is lost, folks. LOST LOST LOST. Our kids are LOST, our economy is in the TANK, our futures are scary, … and worse.

    BUT, I went to a tea today, which I do every year, me and about 8 of my white friends, and 750 Black women ..and a few men. It ROCKS. And if you could ONLY see the lovely young women there…the future of Black America. It is NOT GRIM. It is beautiful, and wholesome. Okay, it was a Tea of “First Ladies” (Pastors’ wives from Los ANgeles-area churches) so we know where this goodness in these girls comes from, but they ARE part of our future. And it is good.


  18. geeez2014 says:

    John, Mal hit it out of the park, didn’t he.

    AOW, Mr. Z will be gone 5 years on 10/10….I know you cherish every minute with Mr. AOW despite his terribly diminished capacities. Enjoy the laughs, enjoy the love…hug a lot. 🙂
    I am SO sorry about your eyes and the immune system problem…!??
    And yes, there are still SO MANY wonderful people, but your comment about great schools now not deliveriong great students anymore makes me hurt inside.

    America is lost, folks. LOST LOST LOST. Our kids are LOST, our economy is in the TANK, our futures are scary, … and worse.

    BUT, I went to a tea today, which I do every year, me and about 8 of my white friends, and 750 Black women ..and a few men. It ROCKS. And if you could ONLY see the lovely young women there…the future of Black America. It is NOT GRIM. It is beautiful, and wholesome. This group, anyway. And they’re not alone; it’s not only Los Angeles that has Godly young women coming out of Black churches, trust me. It was a Tea of “First Ladies Tea” (Pastors’ wives from Los ANgeles-area churches) so we know where this goodness in these girls comes from, but they ARE part of our future. And it is good.


  19. Baysider says:

    POOR DRIVERS! Indeed. There’s an epidemic of cell phone use and other distracted driving. And divers who BELIEVE they can multi-task, when in reality they are inattentive and distracted. Plus, no one prizes excellence now. We were nearly hit by one coming out of an empty parking lot. A parking lot! Where she could have stayed parked to make her call. She wailed how she just had to reach her husband, and I aggressively challenged her to remain parked while doing so lest her husband never see her again because she was so stupid.


  20. Baysider- This^ Couldn’t say it any better.


  21. Kid says:

    What Baysider said at September 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    The first thing that hit me was that most people knew right from wrong (talking 60’s and 70’s and even 80’s) and were willing to put some effort into seeing justice and for preservation of our way of life. Now too many people can’t tell right from wrong due to the intellectual corruption from all thing PC. But she said that.

    Well, the news is all bad, and if you dig, you find worse news. For me, I spend more time thinking about having fun/valuable time and protecting assets and life of those I care about but not to the point of obsession. I shed most of the negativity. Course this is easier for guys because we think about sex every 10 seconds. I’m sure that helps.


  22. Baysider says:

    Maybe I’ll have to take up your recommendation! I’d like to know what you’re doing to protect your assets. This is a priority for Mr. B now, too.


  23. Baysider says:

    Thank you for commenting, CI.


  24. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, I’m with Baysider on wanting to know what you’re doing to try to protect assets.

    “test”. touché! (very funny!)


  25. Impertinent says:

    Buy Apple and marijuana options.


  26. Z,
    Mr. AOW and I greatly appreciate our time together.

    But yesterday was another grim day. Another fall! In the process (I was working from 9-3), he fell onto the overbed table and broke it. Everything on the table went flying and crashing: water glass, cell phone, magnifying glass, a few books and magazines, etc. What a mess to clean up! Amazingly, Mr, AOW himself wasn’t injured.

    The above is a peek into the AOW household’s “normal.”


  27. geeez2014 says:

    I can only imagine what you live with, AOW…..I’m SO glad Mr AOW wasn’t hurt!!!! To say the least! Sometimes I thank God Mr. Z didn’t have to be infirm for months or years…the end of amyloidosis is BRUTAL…..and his very premature and shocking dead obviously prevented that.
    We could both ask “Which is worse?” I think the more I think of it, I think LIFE is the goal. Except I know there are people who are living but have absolutely no LIFE. I’d draw the line there.


  28. Jen says:

    Just when I think that life is “normal”, something happens to flip it upside down. I once heard someone say that “normal” is just a setting on a washing machine. I agree. Life itself is the challenge, but it’s up to us to choose happiness.


  29. Protecting ones assets is what prompted many people to invest in gold, but we can see its selling in the $1,200’s after being in the $1,800’s per ounce a few years back, and doesn’t earn income.
    I invested in more real estate because they don’t make more land, but we are making more people. In addition to my own home here in Las Vegas, I bought two additional homes as “short sales” in 2010 for cash, paying half of what the original loans were when new only three years earlier. They have been going up steadily while giving me a whole lot more return than CD’s, especially at our record low rates, and provides income tax write-off advantages to boot. Both have been continually rented. We will eventually sell them, hopefully for a good gain while having given us an income.


  30. geeez2014 says:

    Today, my pastor’s wife was saying how she was going to try to get to our Women’s Worship night tonight but didn’t know how long a 4 pm funeral was going to last, and it was quite a distance away..about an hour’s drive. This is a HUGE deal tonight and we both wish she could be there but she knows the wife well of the man who died and it’s just like my friend to make sure she’s there for her friend.
    Anyway, when she was leaving after church today we talked quite a while and she said she’d TRY to get away from the funeral and make tonight’s event….and that “I’m sad but I can go there feeling like I’m missing tonight with a bad attitude or go with a good attitude” She chose the good attitude…Typical of her. I think I admire her more than any woman I’ve ever met who’s not related to me 🙂


  31. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, that was a great decision, buying those houses like that. I can’t afford to do that, but wish I could (particularly here in LA, where you’d positively FAINT if you knew what homes/condos go for here!) I digress:
    I’ve had too many bright experts warn against buying metals though I so felt gold was a good idea a few years ago; maybe I’m glad I didn’t buy any at this moment.
    Having your homes continually rented is fantastic…then you’ll have the net gains…good thinking!!


  32. I’m aware of So. Calif. prices, Z. I couldn’t have bought there at today’s prices, either, but here in Vegas, they were cheap, and still are, compared to L.A. I’m talking $120-130k for 3 year old homes with tile roofs, air conditioned, Granite counters, tile floors, and top of the line Moen fixtures.
    You couldn’t go wrong. I couldn’t build them for that. I know people that bought luxury homes on the golf course with the same amenities, but with 3,000 + sq. ft. and pool, for $150,000! Those are back up over $400,000 now but still cheap compared to your area. Whatever, hanging on to cash today is risky because the way the government has borrowed money, its causing inflation. We see that in increased prices everywhere we go, right? That’s good old inflation at work. Inflation devalues the dollar, so don’t hang on to much. I’m not into stock, but last year when my 30 year old grandson asked me about stock, I advised him to buy Tesla, which he did. It was running between 98-100, but he waited (studied it) until it hit 140 before he bought. Its double that now.
    Buy a classic car; antiques, maybe. Whatever you feel comfortable with. (I was even looking at a used ‘Vette……)


  33. Kid says:

    Once we retire in 4-6 years we will be looking to move to the lowest income/property tax/sales tax etc situation combined with somewhere in the sun belt we want to live combined with the most conservative state policies. – which is mainly what I think of when protecting assets.

    Once I heard about the democrats wanting to roll everyone’s 401k’s into some government associated thing, I took my entire 401k account and moved it into our bank accounts and brokerage account and paid the tax (no penalty since I was over 59 1/2), Like taxes are going to be less in the future ? I’m not betting on it.

    But that’s me. If you have a 401k, the smart thing might be keeping it where it’s at or most of it anyway. The smartest wall street people I read believe there are many more years in the market continuing to go up (Bull market with speed bumps here and there)

    So, conservative state policies, low taxes, low exposure to government grabs (401k), but we have a fairly non-complex ‘asset’ situation too.

    Outside of that, money in multiple banks and a brokerage account, and even some under the mattress. I may buy some silver too just to have a little to use for purchasing if the solar flares take out the electric grid some day 🙂 Silver would be easier to use to purchase things than gold would be.


  34. Kid says:

    @IMP. Yes, Marijuana as an investment is a great idea. Currently the only company fairly safe from SEC investigation price waterfalls is GWPH. When things get to critical mass as in number of states legalizing it, most think the big tobacco players will get most of the market share. Altria, RJR, Lorilard..


  35. Kid says:

    @MAL, Fwiw… Great advice in all your comments. Yes, they aren’t making anymore real estate or 63 split window vettes. Andrew Carnegie made all his money buying a ton of real estate on the very cheap around Pittsburgh after the market crash of 29.


  36. That’s correct, Kid. Money is made when others panic. I feel exceptionally comfortable with real estate though after spending over 35 years in the field (Selling, appraising, banking and lending, title insurance, building, and even worked for FNMA for awhile). Many folks don’t want to be landlords or have to mess with any maintenance problems. I have no problem with those things.


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