That Stupid Turtle Sign Won’t Bring Your Baby Back

stupid turtle sign

I know this might piss some people off, but it needs to be said.  It is NOT okay to let small children play in the street.  There is a lady that recently moved in to our neighborhood and she lets her toddler children play in the street.  Our street is a very busy street. It runs parallel to the main street that an elementary school is on.  That street has speed mountains so people come down our street instead so they can go faster and avoid the speed bumps. The residential speed limit is 25 mph.  While many, myself included, obey that speed limit, a greater many do not.  This lady also lives near the corner which makes it even more dangerous because a driver has even less time to see and react to the sudden appearance of something in the road.  We also have a lot of contractors that live at that end of the block so there are big vehicles parked all along that area which makes visibility even worse.  One day I came around the corner and had to come to a complete stop because her children were in the middle of the street riding slow moving motorized toys.  She puts this stupid turtle sign out in the street and thinks somehow this means it’s okay to put her children in harms way.  Every time I see that stupid sign I want to run it over.  Streets are for cars not children.  Now I understand that there are locations that don’t offer kids a safe place to play, and I get it. Cities like New York where many homes do not have back yards or front yards. I get it. Cul-de-sacs where there is better visibility and it’s not a through street. I get it.  Dirt roads that don’t have much traffic, I get it.  Older kids who can watch for cars and get out of the way, I get it. Little kids are irrational, and unpredictable, and very likely to run into the street from between parked cars where a driver won’t see them until the very last minute. Our neighborhood has very large back yards and there is literally an enormous park complete with very wide walkways, a large jungle gym play area and even a duck pond where you can feed the ducks, just a block away.   In our city we have tons of very nice parks that are located in almost every neighborhood.  I think our park is the nicest because of the duck pond.  We use to take our children over there often when they were young.  So why would any decent parent choose to put their kids out front in the street where they are very likely to get hit by a car when they have an easily accessible safe alternative? Why!?  The fact is a 25 mph impact can still cause serious injury and even kill depending on the circumstance.  Why would any decent parent even take that risk?! I often enter my street at the other end so I can avoid that area altogether. I don’t want to be the poor driver that through no fault of my own hits one of those kids and has to live with it the rest of my life.  That stupid turtle sign won’t bring your baby back, but good parenting and not allowing small children to play in the street will keep them from getting hit in the first place!?

Touched by Fire

 

News flash….California is on fire…again. It happens so often now that it isn’t really a news flash. So much devastation. So much loss.  Animals and people fleeing, homes and property burning, not mention the acres and acres of very dry land and brush.  When will it stop??? Or is this only the beginning. This time it was a perfect storm, a perfect firestorm. While we still do not know how it started, the gale force winds have ensured its feeding frenzy, and it’s rampant.  I was at lunch yesterday with a good friend away from home when it happened and I didn’t even know until my wife texted me and said to be sure to use waze on my way home in case I needed to be re-routed due the to fire. For a second I was incredulous, it’s November…cooler weather…fire season is supposed to be over.  The thing is we no longer really have a fire season.  What we have is fire year round.  It’s been getting worse and worse with no end in sight. Every year it’s warmer…we no longer have what I call a winter. I used to look forward to winter and a break from the damn heat, but now winter seems like a milder summer.  It’s been so warm the last few years we haven’t even used the heater.  In the wake of all this tragedy I cannot even fathom how people can be in denial about global warming and the consequences.  Yet there are many who say that it’s cyclical or deny it’s even happening. I’m here to tell you mother nature is pissed, and she and the earth are fighting back against what we’re doing to her.  We live in a valley surrounded by hills, so the fire hasn’t ever gotten to us, it just surrounds us and chokes us out. It has come pretty near and there have been many times we have watched in horror as the hills around us burn.  Last night my wife’s entire apartment community where she works was evacuated at 3 am. It doesn’t matter how much money anyone has if we destroy the planet we all die, we all burn, and it’s only a matter of time before we are all touched by fire.  

 

As I Am

I have long rued the double standard that exists between men and women in the work place. The difference in what is required appearance wise is particularly upsetting to me. Requiring women to wear make-up just to be acceptable when men are acceptable as they are is most egregious. Even though it is not a stated requirement today, if you show up to an interview au natural you are not likely to get the job, depending on what the job is. What does that say about our society, certainly nothing good. As an experiment when I was looking for work I started to interview without make-up. I decided that I didn’t really want a job where I had to wear make up every day.  So except for a light foundation on days that my complexion needed evening out, I went au natural. I was pleasantly surprised that sometimes it didn’t seem to make a difference. Long story short, I have had several jobs now where I was not required to wear make-up. When I first entered the work force decades ago I’m certain that would not have been possible. I see it more and more now and it makes me so happy.  Today at my credit union I was assisted by my favorite teller. She is bubbly and sweet, and almost always au natural. Today I told her that I love that she chooses not to wear make-up, because I like natural beauty. She radiated glee while wishing me a great rest of my day. Baby steps are not light speed but change, however slow, is still progress. I look forward to the day when women are considered beautiful without modification, to the day when we are paid equally for the same work as men. We have made progress, but we’re still not there. Considering the current political climate and the erosion of some hard won rights, we must remain vigilant, for there is so much work left to do.