Tuesday, April 01, 2008

No column this week

I find myself intellectually removed and stunningly bored with this place right now. I just don't have anything at all to say, so I didn't even write a column this week. I don't want to milk it with fluff under my name in the hopes that this will pass. The old me would probably write about the Hocog Initiative this week and give a well deserved blast to Stanley Torres, but I don't even have the stomach for the BS that would follow that right now with my first baby due in two weeks and my general indifference of late to the daily nonsense. This place seems just so hopelessly screwed up, and I don't want to depress myself and others by bitching about it. The story tonight on KSPN about these nitwits not being able to pay for this month's gas at the power plant is absurd, and that's with near daily power outages and sometimes multiple outages. Beyond that, my health was bad during Spring Break and is still not great, and I didn't do a damn thing interesting in my time off. Cynthia is very big and extremely uncomfortable in these last two weeks, so I worry and try to help her, and I still feel a bit of the hangover from Shelby's death. She was usually able to cheer me up. Saipan has been very good to me, but it feels like I've been here long enough and I'm ready for something new.


Bruce A. Bateman said...

The new baby will cheer you up, Jeff.

Also, sleep deprivation is good for the soul.

See you Friday.

SteeleOnSaipan said...

I just saw on CNN that the unemployment rate in the U.S. hit 5%. I was considering moving the family back this year but have decided against it. Many of my friends who have been hounding me for the last 5-10 years to "come home" are now calling me a "visionary" for coming here and giving up the rat-race. These are folks with good incomes and businesses. Things are tough for most Americans right now, something that I'm sure you've considered.

Regards to Cindy, best wishes for a successful delivery, condolences for your lost family member and just take a step back from any major decision making until after the stress of the birth is complete.

the un cheesy Bree said...

jeff, responded on my blog too, but just to clarify, 100% of the fed. pov. guidelines is 22,000 like you said. most agencies screen to 120%-200% because 22,000 is too low as a baseline for poverty. how progressive eh? we may be poor at the moment, but we're happy, and things are gonna get better soon, doug got a job!

so the transition is finally coming to a close:)

and the funny thing is, our poverty is temporary and we're no less happy than we were when we made 75,000/year. life is good.