Returning Home

Well, my husband is coming back today. Yay!!

Yeah, I blame loneliness on that depressive episode. Definitely. Now it’s going to be remedied, so, woot!

I’ll have to be honest that I was a little bit scared for him when he got on the plane in Shanghai. Because he was supposed to transfer at Seoul (he was flying Korean Airlines), and the time of course coincided with the exact time Kim Jong Un screaming about shooting missiles at Guam. With the tendency of North Korea always threatening things granted I wasn’t at all worried that the missiles would actually reach anywhere near Guam, and 99.9999% sure they wouldn’t be fired in the first place per the usual pattern. But there was that small nagging feeling that, well, if the missiles did get fired it certainly could reach a domestic flight from Seoul heading toward the US. Tiny, but still there, and so I didn’t quite sleep last night either. Of course I checked news to see if any missiles were fired (none), but I don’t think anxiety knows when to shut off, you know?

Anyway, I’m feeling happy today. And my back hurts from me cleaning the house last night (way way way way overdue), but nothing a good stretching session wouldn’t fix.

 

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And I’m Back!

I’m back from my trip – and suffered some pretty terrible jetlag. Couldn’t sleep during the night and couldn’t stay awake during the day. So I’ve been pretty much out of commission for a few days. And then I had to unpack and clean the house and plan and – yeah, sorry for no immediate update yet. Still trying to get my household (and myself) back in order.

The trip was all kinds of exciting so of course I’ll be talking about it in the next few entries. I might post some pictures, once I get everything organized and formatted so everything is not like 300mb each. I probably will talk a lot first, though, so brace for really long and detailed entries.

Ciao for now.

Women’s March

I did not participate because I had guests coming over on Saturday (planned way ahead), and I’m a horrible lazy bum who doesn’t want to get stuck in LA traffic for hours. (Our guests did – for an hour – and they were nowhere near downtown). Rough estimates by the news put 500,000 ~ 750,000 people protesting that day. Wow. I was blown away by the aerial pictures of Chicago and that was about 250,000 people. I…shudder to imagine what LA downtown looked like.

All in all millions of people marched all over the world on Saturday. It was…quite uplifting to see peaceful protest like this (zero violence, zero arrests) taking place in such a divided America. There’s the usual noise from reddit users on threads that cover this feat: what’re you protesting now that Trump is already sworn in? Where were all these women on voting day? Well, the mission is very clear and easy to find on their website (here), and the women who could vote were THERE on election day and the ones who couldn’t were UNDERAGE. It just didn’t matter at the time, because majority of these protesters already live in liberal cities in blue states. It’s the ones living in red states that needed to vote, but with the current state of gerrymandering even if they did, the states would probably still be solid red.

There were talks of repealing the Electoral College, which, in my opinion, won’t happen. Just like taking money out of politics and limiting politician terms other than the president. Not happening, at least in my life time. No congressmen would vote to do themselves harm and make it harder for their upcoming constituents. Just, aren’t happening. People aren’t magnanimous enough. Individuals are, but not people as a whole. Best case scenario is that we get close, but couldn’t push the last bit needed until the current generation die out and the younger, more liberal folks have more liberal children, and those children then get old enough to mature and vote. So…roughly 40 years? By the time I’m a grandmother in my 70s I  probably would see some tangible progress then. And even that is optimistic gauging. Someone said progress is won one funeral at a time. I completely agree.

Still, it’s a nice thing to see so many different people had come together for the Women’s March. And also that the march’s website clearly stated it’s only the beginning. This was to get folks rallied, and now there need to be concrete steps for change. I think for the first time in a long, long time the US public are going to pay attention to local elections and the midterm elections in 2018, which is good! The movement started very strong, but can it keep up for two years and stay focused, especially in the rural red states? That is the billion dollar question.

It’s Post-Election Day

I probably will not be writing a Friday Fictioneer again this week. Sorry guys! This is also probably one of the most political thing I’ll say on this blog for the next four years (unless something super crazy happens like world war 3). It’s sad, it’s boring, it’s preachy (ish), so feel free to skip the whole thing. I’ll probably post some nerdy fangirl cute crap later today to lighten the mood, so, at least there’s that.

It’s a pretty hectic and depressing day in America, at least in the corners that I visit. It’s not the fact that Trump won itself that got me down, but everyone around me are crying, grieving, and preparing for the worst. One of my s.o.’s bosses is fed up enough to thinking of going into politics himself (he’s from Ohio), another one is just super disappointed in the entire thing and raging, and these are folks with an education and good jobs who doesn’t talk about politics at all. The blogsphere is going crazy (The Mary Sue has put out a really sobering and grim article on what trans people should do now because ACA will probably be repealed and LGBT rights probably will be revoked). I have gay friends, women friends, minority friends, immigrant friends (from Europe and Asia, mostly), and educated white friends all up and down the income line. So, yeah, people generally are pretty damn upset.

I myself am not all doom-and-gloom, yet. I am a woman of color but I am not queer, not poor, not Muslim, have good health, am an American citizen, and live in Southern California, where weed apparently just got legalized last night. I’m also part of the “good” minorities, to put it in a very crude but realistic term. My mother actually think Trump might be better for the country we’re originally from because Hillary is very vocally anti-“us,” just like Bill was. My s.o. predicted a Trump victory because he thinks the media is too optimistic and there are a lot of white people in America, and a significant portion are so disillusioned by the system that they’ll just not show up to vote or vote for Trump to stick a middle finger to the system as a whole, which is probably what happened last night that lead to a Trump victory. The Democratic party also ran a bad campaign. I don’t think Bernie Sanders would’ve won, either, but they should’ve put out more delegates, and also do better at uniting the Democratic party to go vote, because Republicans certainly have (it doesn’t matter how they got them mobilized, it just matter that they did.)

So life goes on and probably will not change much for people like me, who falls just outside of disaffected group enough to be considered maybe lucky. I do worry about abortion rights in the future because I might have female children, and continued global warming denial, and America going to a full economic depression, and on the really, really unlikely chance Trump do declare war on some notable U.S. “enemies”, my family will get interned like they did with the Japanese in WWII. But, you know, I could also be hit by a car tomorrow and become paraplegic and therefore become disabled and bankrupt from the expensive medical bills and then die. That has an equal chance of happening with the rest of the doomsday scenarios I listed. So I can’t worry about that every day. Right now no one knows how Trump will run the country, because frankly I don’t think he knows how to proceed either. So it’s still a huge unknown, and not confirmed WWIII, yet.

As for folks who’re terrified of a Republican president, House, Senate, and Supreme Court, remember that we already had that in 2003 during Bush Jr.’s term, post 9/11. Since then we’ve had a full recession, a long decentralized war, a Black president, a step toward not-ridiculous healthcare, gay marriage, and legalization of weed in many states. The pendulum will always swing back and forth in the two-party system, especially in an America with such a stark difference in demographics and opinion. Overall we’re getting more progressive, all the time, just like the stock market will always go up. The large dips set us back but we’ll recover. Don’t lose hope and just do what you do everyday, but maybe have a bit more compassion for people completely unlike you, on both side of the spectrum, because, like it or not, almost exactly half of the US population are in that category, and you can’t just dismiss them all as ignorant fools.

It’s Election Day

Yep. This day is finally here. People, go vote! Millions of people fought for this right for you to vote, and even now there are people trying to pass laws and do other shady things to keep your voice from being heard effectively. Don’t let them win. Go. Vote.

If you are in line just when the poll closes, legally they HAVE to let you vote. Just go.

I’ll probably be following this twitter account for the count later tonight. It seems a much better, light-hearted alternative to whatever the pundits will deal.