Trezza's Truth

Just my thoughts on everything . . .

Hate to say I told you so May 31, 2009

Filed under: Politics — lissatz @ 7:33 pm

 

In this instance, I didn’t really want to be right, but it really wasn’t that hard to predict this one. Please refer to my post entitled, “Survival of the Fittest”, from December 2008. You know, I had many friends and co-workers who were actually for the auto bailouts. And these people are hardcore conservatives! They just thought that in this one instance, we should try to save the car companies because it would affect so many people, etc., etc. I strongly opposed their blind logic by pointing out that the government would ultimately screw it up completely and the automakers would go bankrupt anyways. Well, well, well, look who was right on the money. So, we spent billions of dollars on GM and they are going bankrupt anyway. Who could have possibly predicted that? Gee, I suppose any thinking person could have figured it out considering the government’s track record. What do they NOT screw up? Okay, maybe the military, but that’s where the list begins and ends.

DMV – No explanation necessary

Postal Service – Should be no explanation necessary, but they are way in the hole and think that raising the price of stamps will save them.

VA – Again, no explanation should be necessary. Just ask a vet who has to deal with them – total nightmare.

Medicare/Medicaid – Duh.

IRS – Double duh.

Department of Education – How about those numbskulls we’re churning out!

Gosh, I know I’m leaving out a ton of loser governmental agencies, but this is just what I came up with at the top of my head.

That’s all.

 

Aaaaaahhhhhhh . . . (not a scream, a sigh of relaxation)

Filed under: Day-to-Day — lissatz @ 6:53 pm

 

 James and I celebrated our 10th anniversary this weekend by going to FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Yes, I realize this is not a big trip, but the price was right and it was just long enough to get in some relaxation time.

Friday night we went to this little place called Carlsbad Tavern, which just happened to be right down the street, lucky for us. I had heard about it months ago, in particular, in regards to this habanero cheeseburger they make. I guess they chop up habanero and mix it in the burger itself. James loves hot food, so I figured this would be right up his alley. Although he acknowledged that it was, in fact, the hottest burger he had ever had, you wouldn’t have known it was even hot judging from his reaction. I seriously had the tiniest bite ever (about the size of half a dime) and my mouth immediately turned to fire. Woo! I cannot imagine indulging in an entire, ginormous burger! I had an amazing, huge, delicious burrito with this awesomely tender pork inside. So great! I also had a Horny Toad Margarita which was the strongest margarita I’ve ever had. Wow. The waitress asked me how it was about 3/4 of the way through. I said it was good. She then advised me that when the bartender handed it to her, he admitted that it was probably a bit strong. Ya think? Needless to say, I had to hand James the keys on our way out the door and I only had one drink.

Saturday was spent poolside drinking (basically, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm). James had some beers and mojitos and I indulged in a couple of really good strawberry daquiris. Yum. At 2:00, I really got into relax mode with the help of an 80-minute full-body massage at the hotel spa. Again, totally amazing. This was only my second massage ever and I say the same thing to the therapist every time, “How do you expect me to go back into the real world after this? It’s just not possible.” Afterwards, I went right back out by the pool. At 5:45, we went to dinner at the hotel restaurant, Taggio. Both the food and service were amazing – a bit pricey, but well worth it. Sunday morning, I was back poolside for a couple hours before noon checkout. It was so nice every day not to have to hear the cats yelling at me bright and early for their food or worry about getting the dogs walked. There was also no litter box cleaning necessary or cleaning of any kind. Wonderful.

I would highly recommend FireSky to anyone, by the way. It wasn’t really big or really expensive. They were having a great deal when we booked and we got two nights for a little over $200 total. We ended up spending about another $200 on poolside drinks, my massage, etc., but, overall, not bad. It’s definitely upper scale, but not so much so that you feel uncomfortable or out of place. There were kids (surprisingly, none were annoying), middle-aged people, and even a few older ones – a pretty mixed crowd. There was no dress code at the restaurant. You could dress like you were going to Applebee’s, yet you were so NOT at Applebee’s.

Anyway, here are a few of the pictures:

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(This was the pool with the beach. It wasn’t very big, but cool, nonetheless.)

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(This was the other pool, at night – obviously. That’s fire on top of those 3 towers and waterfalls coming out of them into the pool.)

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(One of the cabanas.)

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(This is a little outside patio area where they have a wine bar every night.)

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(View from our table outside at dinner.)

That’s all.

 

Battle of Egos May 26, 2009

Filed under: Politics — lissatz @ 10:04 pm

 

 

Why do people buy sports cars? Why do they buy Hummers and ginormous SUVs? I know what you’re thinking . . . either something in their life is too small (wink, wink) or they just want to appear cool or better than they actually are, right? Well, I agree with you, for the most part.

Now the real question: Why do people buy hybrid cars like the Prius? They just want to be “green” and save the planet, right? WRONG! Apparently, Prius owners are just as concerned about appearances as those Hummer freaks. Read on:

http://www.salon.com/tech/htww/2006/01/06/hybrids/index.html

(I actually hate Salon.com, but I’d heard about this report elsewhere, so I figured the liberal Salon.com wouldn’t be biased on this one.)

So, the next time you see some jackass driving around in a monster vehicle that will never be used to its potential, remember to save some of those eye rolls and groans for the wannabe green Prius owners, too.

That’s all.

 

Mmmm . . . Chinese Food and Intelligent Thought

Filed under: Politics — lissatz @ 9:41 pm

What a great combo!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFx0YKk-VgY&feature=related

That’s all.

 

A Familiar Ring

Filed under: Politics — lissatz @ 9:39 pm

In a recent speech, Obama said the following:

“Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. And I believe that those decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that – too often – our government made decisions based upon fear rather than foresight, and all too often trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, we too often set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford. And in this season of fear, too many of us – Democrats and Republicans; politicians, journalists and citizens – fell silent.”

Hmmmm . . . I wonder if I was the only one who laughed out loud while watching this. Does anyone see how President Obama’s words are just a titch ironic? His speech can be applied to what Bush, Obama, and Congress have done in regards to the economy. Did they not make “hasty decisions” based on a sincere fear and a desire to protect the country? Didn’t they all ignore “facts and evidence” (you know that pesky thing called history) in order to fulfill their own “ideological predispositions”?

That’s all.

 

I love hypocrisy May 25, 2009

Filed under: Politics — lissatz @ 10:42 pm

 

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/05/is-17-bill-in-b.html

Apparently, $17 billion is a lot of money. No wait. No it’s not a lot of money. No. Yes. Yes, it is a lot of money. No. Yes. No. Yes.

I guess it depends on who you’re talking about. Typical politician. So much for that “change”.

That’s all.

 

Bailout California or Follow Texas’ Lead?

Filed under: Politics — lissatz @ 10:34 pm

 

Did you know that while practically every other state in the nation is raising taxes, or at least thinking about it, Texas is cutting them? Did you also know that in 2008, Texas created more jobs than all 49 other states combined?! (And we’re not talking about all government-created jobs here, we’re talking private companies.)

Now, I’m no big fan of Texas, but wouldn’t it make more sense to follow their lead than that of California? Why are we following the socialist tendencies of the west coast when the southerners are the ones who apparently know what they’re doing?

That’s all.