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Real Life vs. Politics

Real life intrudes again. I will be moving to a new state over the next few weeks (and possibly to a new country if the election goes wrong). During that time, posts will probably be sporadic.

Besides, I’m guessing that most people are burned out on this election. Consider this a vacation for you. Go donate to the candidates of your choice. Watch the debates.

I’ll try to check in as often as I can.

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  1. Cyn wrote:

    which country?
    & am i right in growing more nervous each day about this election?
    given my current circumstances the thought of being stuck here under a Trump presidency… does helluva lot more than give me pause, more like give me a coronary.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:23 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    We were already planning on taking an extended vacation in Spain (plus some time in Portugal, Morocco, and France), but who knows, maybe if we like it we will stay there longer.

    I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but when Dubya was re-elected after starting two wars we did move to New Zealand for a while. It was great!

    But you are certainly right — the thought of living under a Trump presidency is very scary.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:33 am | Permalink
  3. Wildwood wrote:

    I envy you IK and will miss you and this site. It’s so rare to be able to discuss politics without any rancor. As far as I’m concerned, this site has been a breath of fresh air and I’m sorely going to miss my daily visits here.

    I’m too old and too broke to move very far so I will be stuck here more than likely. It depends on how bad things get if he is elected.

    I was only in Portugal for a few hours off a cruise ship, but found the people there much friendlier than in Spain. But there again, we were not in Spain very long and perhaps just met the wrong people and this was several decades ago and things change. Perhaps you could start a blog, doesn’t have to be political, and keep us up to date on where you are and what you think of the places you are going. I’ve only been to Paris as far as France goes, (twice) and both times there were strikes. After the second time and not getting to see the museums that I wanted to see either time, I decided no more trips to France for a while, but it is a beautiful place and I wish I could go again and tour the countryside.

    I wish you well. Have a wonderful life and a happy trip.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8:30 am | Permalink
  4. William wrote:

    I was wondering how long you were staying in the Bay Area and when you’d move back to Portland. Ah, well… Best luck for a smooth move. Here’s hoping you’ll feel no need to leave the country!

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10:03 am | Permalink
  5. ebdoug wrote:

    California didn’t last long for you. I lived in the Bay Area (Berkeley) for four years, hating the lack of sun and weather

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11:10 am | Permalink
  6. Ralph wrote:

    Bon Voyage, sir. And as they (used to anyway) say… keep the faith, baby!

    New Zealand…rocks!

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11:20 am | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    Wildwood, don’t say you will miss this site. I’m not planning on abandoning it. I will post as much as possible, which probably means almost as much as I do now. But there will probably be a few days when I won’t have time. I’ve moved several times since starting this blog, and have been on extended vacations before, and always managed to stay in touch.

    I also recommend the Electoral Vote site (link on my main page), which is run by an American living in the Netherlands and is updated every day. But you should still come here for the humor and irony! Looks like we will need it more than ever!

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11:31 am | Permalink
  8. Wildwood wrote:

    I guess I misinterpreted your post. Sorry about that. Enjoy your trip, particularly Morocco. I would love to see that country. I’m happy to hear that I had it wrong and I don’t have to give up coming here to get educated every day.

    I see the debates start next week. I will be watching the first one at least. Not sure I can take more than that. I have a low tolerance for the way the debates are held now. I want to reach through the screen and strangle, at various times, the candidates and the moderator. Usually it’s mostly the moderator. It’s not good for my blood pressure.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 3:39 pm | Permalink
  9. David Freeman wrote:

    Have fun! You are very good at it!

    As long as you’re moving keep in mind that North Carolina could use your vote. We’re actually a very progressive state if you discount the deplorables, some kind but ignorant fools, some old cantankerous grumbling coots and a number of tin foil libertarians. That leaves precisely 50% – 2 politically healthy people in the state. You guys would take us over the top, save the state, save the country and perhaps even the world! No pressure though. Just think it over

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
  10. Dave TN wrote:

    IK, feliz señor de vacaciones

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 5:45 pm | Permalink
  11. Iron Knee wrote:

    I’ve already lived in NC, David. Well, in Chapel Hill. But it never actually seemed like part of the rest of the state.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 9:03 pm | Permalink
  12. Wildwood wrote:

    David Freeman, my brother is one of your old, cantankerous old coots. Have you met him? The description is dead on. 🙂

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 9:27 pm | Permalink
  13. David Freeman wrote:

    Wildwood, I may have! How many cantankerous old coots can there be?! It’s probably about as likely as you having met my son who teaches at St Louis University (I may be mistaking you with another commenter on PI who mentions MO.)

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 6:09 pm | Permalink
  14. Wildwood wrote:

    You are right David, we live in the St. Louis area. My cantankerous brother lives out in the middle of nowhere in Hampstead, NC. But he is definitely cantankerous and lately seldom leaves his house except for groceries and doctors appointments. I’m pretty sure that if you could rank all your cantankerous old men, he would be up near the top. He’s a libertarian, but I’m pretty sure does not bother to vote. No shortage of opinions though. I guess that runs in the family. 🙂

    Unless your son has been teaching at the dental clinic, I have not met him. We spent many afternoons, for about 3 years, there with grandson getting his braces checked. The braces have been off for just over a year, so it’s been awhile since we were there.

    Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 8:40 am | Permalink