As you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group is for us to check in at to let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It's also so we can find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. Members come here to check in. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. We care!Our weather is almost standard for the time of year. It's been hot, but the forecast is for cooling and rain.
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There was a speed bump in the driveway when I got home Thursday night. I am assuming there were two more in the other driveways that serve the apartment complex I live in. I spent Friday praying that they would finish striping the lots so I could move Squatty off the street.
Somebody keyed my car while it was sitting on the street. It's too late to be mad about it, and was when I learned of it, but I can tell you that if I had actually been present, I would have made a serious effort to knock the person who did it through the nearest wall. I see no point in getting angry over things I cannot change (having spent too much of my life doing exactly that), but angry as things are happening is another thing entirely. My firstborn is well aware of this, and was just as happy I was somewhere else. She has a buddy who might be able to fix the damage, she says. We'll see.
I'm keeping a close an eye as I can on what's going on around the world.
I hope the casualties in Colorado remain what they are - one was too many (I heard on Friday that there were three deaths), but it could have been much worse.
I got an email from Senator Merkely on Friday saying he plans to vote against any involvement in Syria should it come to a vote.
And I think the people who believe the major factor in what happens over the Olympics in Russia and the gay rights issue will be the money are entirely correct.