Trying to help my step-dad out. He’s a taxidermist with over 50 years experience and does really good work. He’s got a website now: Tom Rankin Taxidermy where he shows off some of his work. If you are in North East Ohio and are looking for a quality mount for your deer, fish, African wildlife or more, check him out.
Okay, so we have a 5 year plan to move out of the US.
We have a few main points of looking at so far…
Wellington, New Zealand. I would prefer somewhere along the Kapiti Coast if I could get a job there as well since it is so far from Wellington’s CBD, but still part of the Wellington Region.
Vancouver, Canada. Not sure where specifically to look at here. I was thinking North Vancouver, but that really depends on the job location.
To that list I keep thinking of adding Melbourne, Australia. Continue reading On Moving
For our friends and family out of state. We have a ton of snow. A ton.
I left work early Friday with my manager’s permission/encouragement due to how much snow was down and coming. I left not long after getting all my work done. Typically I would go to the warehouse and help out there, but I was able to leave without getting any any points for leaving early.
Last night I thought I saw lightning and heard thunder. I don’t know if that is possible in a snow storm, or if it was transformers blowing up since I saw flashes then what sounded like thunder a while later.
We were thinking of having something for some of Ari, our friends and their kids, but the snow may nix that idea.
Clinton won both Ohio and Texas. To be fair, she was expected to win both by a large margin, and her margin in Texas wasn’t much and the caucus isn’t counted far enough yet to see how delegates are distributed. None of the news organizations seem to agree on exactly how the counts are distributed, but even after the sad results of Texas and Ohio, Obama still has a sizable delegate lead.
Meanwhile, the mainstream media is ignoring that Ron Paul is still in the race and that McCain doesn’t have the race locked up as he doesn’t have the required number of pledged delegates. Ohio apparently is all unpledged. However, I truly think it is time for Ron Paul to move to the Libertarian party for his Presidential bid now that he won his Congressional seat back, and McCain is as good as the nominee. While he probably wouldn’t win the election on the Libertarian ticket, he would get them enough votes that they would be in the debates 4 years from now and there is a slim chance they may include Paul in the debates that way, though they probably wouldn’t.
If Clinton wins the nomination… well it is time to start looking more seriously at Vancouver or Nelson. Vancouver is closer, and Sara seems excited about it and Toronto. She isn’t sold on Nelson for some reason, perhaps due to it being so far, though it is in the foothills of the Southern Alps, has 4 seasons, is far sunnier than most places here save the South… Not that we can afford to move to either one for a long time anyhow. 🙁
I saw a comment from the Clinton camp the other day that if Obama doesn’t sweep all four states on the 4th by a large margin, than he in fact lost. Odd spin on the facts since prior to her statement, I was under the impression that Texas and Ohio were guaranteed wins for her, and the only question was how much her winning margin would be. Now Obama has closed the gap in Texas, and is close to a tie in Ohio, and how she’s saying that he has to win by a large margin to actually win. It sounds to me like even if he wins most of the states, she’ll stick in and continue to divide their party short of him doing it in such a large margin that he wins all the delegates he needs that day.
Ron Paul did respectably well Tuesday, however, due to the asinine way the Republican’s assign the winner take all delegates, his delegate count didn’t go up. I really don’t understand why anyone votes for McCain. Even Republican’s hate Bush, and McCain is basically another Bush, perhaps even worse. My shit could win the general election against McCain. I could see the election now, “I have the choice between a piece of shit and McCain. Easy! The piece of shit.” The news reports would be all about how a piece of shit beat McCain by a landslide… Lucky for us there is a chance it won’t be a piece of shit running against McCain (though that depends on who the Democrats pick of the two).
Meanwhile, voters in Wisconsin and Hawaii were smart enough to vote for Obama over Clinton. Obama is also doing better in Texas with him ahead even on some polls I have seen, but most report a statistical dead heat. For some god forsaken reason, Clinton still has a fairly strong lead in Ohio, but there is nearly two weeks until the primaries, so hopefully things will change and the gap narrows. They are still predicting it will come to the superdelegates, all in a party who for the general election believes that the popular vote is all that should matter, but for the primaries they think is worthless.