Politics or how I became a non-caring part of the population

I was at my local pub last night trying to avoid any and all talks of politics.  It went well for the first few hours, but for some reason a bar full of drunk fools decided to watch the repeat of the presidential debate last night.  Something I’ve learned is you never mix bars with politics.  It’s just a recipe for disaster  given you have alcohol and angry people in the same room with differing views.

Take this example, a couple of friends were in a bar harping on McCain and his choice of VP, they started in on his ability to lead and pointed at his time in as a POW as not how not to fight a war.  Now observe the man at the end of the bar, silently fuming, you can visibly see his anger and hatred for the two friends rising, and yet he doesn’t say anything.  The two friends continue on ragging on McCain and the man on the corner continues to get more and more pissed.  Finally the two friends have gone far enough and the man at the end of the bar shouts “SHUT THE FUCK UP!”  He then tries to pay and the bartender, who in a wise move pays for the angry mans beer, and leave.  He doesn’t tell his story, he doesn’t explain to the others in the bar his point of view, all he does is get angry.

When you hear that story all you can think of is why did he get so pissed?  Was he a POW?  Was he a solider at some point in his life?  Why is he so angry?  These are all questions that could be asked, but he’s gone now.  The lesson is you never know who you’re drinking with and you should keep you politics to yourself.
Now you have to ask yourself why do a bunch of middle of the road people sit in a bar and shout at each other about who they’re going to vote for.  The reality is I don’t really care about it.  I know who I’ll vote for, I’m not going to force that view on anyone else.  Why should they care who I vote for?  Why should I care who they vote for?  We’re all people and are all entitled to our opinions, just like the angry man, if he had just stopped to tell his story instead of just getting pissed don’t you think he could have avoided being pissed off at a couple of people who don’t have to agree with his point of view, but could be swayed with conversation instead of anger?

As far as the presidential debate, basically it looks like McCain had a few mini strokes while speaking and frankly that scares the crap out of me that his choice of VP, one of the dumbest humans on the planet, could be one heart attack away from leading the country even further down the shitter.  At least Obama doesn’t appear to be entrenched in the “system” as much as McCain.  Maybe that simple fact means he would be the better option.

The boat show…

_MG_0482The last day of the show and I can finally do a wrap up…

The numbers:

271 total vessels
225 – Power Boats
46 – Sail Boats
181,480 sq ft of vessels
$129,769,694 total reported value (some exhibitors don’t report the value of their vessels)
69 Shore side exhibitors
32 – East Dock
11 – Entrance
12 – West Dock
14 – Tenders
17 Complaints on the starting time
25 Compliments on the starting time
1 Crazy shouting person
1 Drunken crazy quiet person
1 Pissed off exhibitor
37 cups of coffee
8 donuts
3 bagels
9 beers
9 whaler rides to and from and exhibitors office

Hopefully I’ll have some more stats after today, after all there is one more day of the show to go, who knows I might be able to add to the crazy person total!

Apparently my card is the Five of Clubs

FIVE OF CLUBS
THE ADVENTURER

This card represents mental curiosity that is satisfied through exploration and experience. Being born with this birthday makes you extremely inquisitive and naturally adventurous. You love change and variety, and you are constantly exploring new things. You are not satisfied with what you know, so seeking new information and new life experiences comes easily for you. You enjoy being active, love to travel, and you are likely to initiate change wherever you may be. You are warm, inviting, friendly, and playful, and your natural charm shines in social situations. Your laser quick mind and sharp intelligence spur you into action with your ideas. Good fortune usually finds its way to you, one way or another. It serves you to control your impulses and think things through before taking action to reap the greatest rewards. You are gifted with good communication skills and a highly creative mind and you’re not afraid of hard work, so you make a very great employee or an exceptional employer. Mental stimulation is key to your well being. You benefit greatly from being on a path of self awareness. Restlessness and uncertainty can create challenges in love so keep things spicy to avoid boredom. Use the creative intelligence that is your birthright to bring yourself joy and success. Change equals happiness for you, and your playful spirit of innocence is a gift to everyone in your life.

Not my words but good advice…

RISK
Author unknown

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to others is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken,
because the greatest hazard in life is to do nothing.

The person who risks nothing,
does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.

They may avoid suffering and sorrow,
but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.

Chained by their attitudes, they are a slave,
they forfeited their freedom.

Only the person who risks can be free