April 6th Questions:
1. How has the economic downturn affected your spending? Please share with us the lessons you’ve learned from this economic downturn. Tell us about one positive experience that has happened to you as a result of this economic disaster.
I can’t really say that it has affected our spending. We’ve been through some tough stuff in the past year and life has turned around. I don’t think we buy a lot of frivolous things, all our bills are paid on time and our credit is getting cleaner. Soon we’ll be saving a ton of money.
However, the economy does suck. Doesn’t help that American Express just up and decided to cancel many of their business accounts, including the card CP held for his job. That tends to make the travel he must do for work that much harder for us as it will have to come out of our pocket first and then be reimbursed.
2. What is your opinion on the death penalty? Let’s say the person is a serial killer and has admitted his/her guilt, and it is your job to sentence that person. Could you give that person the death penalty? Why or why not?
Yes, yes I could. Apparently I’m a cold-blooded bitch at times. A few years ago a close friend was killed by some punk who stole a car and was fleeing the police. He t-boned my friend at more than 80 miles an hour and threw the car he was driving more than 20′. The kid was also higher than a kite. I had dated a guard at the prison where the kid was being held until sentencing. It was nice to have some insider information. The kid never showed or seemed to feel any remorse. And, while I say kid, let me point out that this “kid” was 21 and was not a first time offender. He’d been in and out of jail multiple times his entire adult life. As far as I was concerned, being flayed alive, covered in salt and having lemons squeezed over his body wasn’t good enough. Recreating Bastille Day wouldn’t have been either. My friend left behind a wife, a two year old daughter and a newborn daughter.
3. List five things you want your children (or your nieces/nephews if you don’t have children) to know before they grow up.
How to balance a check book and to really understand how bank transactions work, how to clean their own house/do all the household chores, how to do minor repairs to their vehicle and know enough to keep from being bs’ed by a mechanic, how to find and keep a job and how to make good choices.
4. You are given the power to kill people simply by thinking of their deaths and twice repeating the word “goodbye.” People would die a natural death and no one would suspect you. Are there any situations in which you would use this power?I would have a couple years ago. For more of an explanation, see question #2. But, having that power doesn’t mean it has to be used for negative purposes. What about terminally ill patients who want to die with dignity? Or people in severe and chronic pain? We euthanize animals without a second thought. We deem it the humane thing to do, yet we deny this to our own species. How humane is that? How humane is it to let people slowly die and suffer in the process?I truly wouldn’t want this power. I know myself well enough to realize I’d probably do in The Marine and his psycho wife during a moment of sheer rage. I don’t want the karma for that. I try really hard to not think negatively about them. Heck, I try not to think of them at all just to avoid putting any negativity out there.
Monday Morning Meme
April 6, 2009 by Oregon Sunshine