I’m way past 29 years old. I am fairly certain that I will not even be able to retire by the time I am two times twenty-nine. I am still going to school, ever in the search for a way to be sure that I will be able to work until I die.
I wish I could have retired at 29.
I love not working. I love to work, but I prefer that it be what I want to do. If I could do anything in the world, with unlimited funds, I’d travel and photograph and work with glass and wood and clay.
There still could be hope for me (and you).
Maybe I can still learn from this young and savvy person about how to save and someday have enough money to be able to retire.
Do you ever feel helpless in the face of all that is going on in the world? What can one person do?
I’m just one person. What can I do about global warming?
It is estimated that 50 million people globally took part in the Earth Hour 2008 event.
Turn Out the Lights
In 2007, the people of the city of Sydney, Australia led the way by turning off the lights for one hour. They showed us what one person can do by joining together and being a multitude of “1 person”s. In 2008, 50, million people around the globe participated in Earth Hour.
CHICAGO — The lights are going down from the Great Pyramids to the Acropolis, the Eiffel Tower to Sears Tower, as more than 2,800 municipalities in 84 countries plan Saturday to mark the second worldwide Earth Hour.
“Earth Hour makes a powerful statement that the world is going to solve this problem,” said Carter Roberts, chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund, which sponsors Earth Hour. “Everyone is realizing the enormous effect that climate change will have on them.” (huffingtonpost.com)
Years ago, and on a different blog, I wrote about washing my cell phone in the pocket of my uniform pants. The terrible realization struck when I heard the washer start the spin cycle. I reached for the phone and it was not there. That story turned out well, and I wrote a post praising the good people at the Cingular Wireless store in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Cell Phone and Dish Water
Now, again, I am at a turning point. My phone was sitting on something between the dish rack and the sink just now, while I was washing dishes. I put one more item on the stack of clean dishes, and in an instant, the last item fell and hit the cell phone. Before I could react, the phone was in the dish water.
Cell Phone and Blow Dryer
I pulled the phone out of the water in less than two seconds, but it was too late. I tried drying it with a cloth. I tried drying it with a blow dryer. I took it apart, shook it, and blow dried it some more. No luck. Bye-bye cell phone.
Life Before Cell Phones
As for most of you, this is a potential crisis. How does one live without a cell phone? I exaggerate only a little. We all lived well enough before cell phones. We probably drove more carefully and were more polite in stores and restaurants. But, we grew dependent. Now, we don’t know how we’ll make it without our communication devices.
A Turning Point
So, I am at a turning point. I’ve been back in NC since the middle of 2007. It’s now almost the 4th month of 2009, and I still have a Tulsa cell phone number. I kept it to make it easier for people in Tulsa to call me without paying for long distance, you know? But, that was silly. Only a few people from there ever call me anyway, and most of them have cell phones. And, cell phones call anywhere. So, why have I not just changed my number? I don’t know.
A Good Thing?
Maybe not having a cell phone will be a good thing. Maybe I’ll go places extra early, because I won’t be able to call and let them know if my tire blows out. Maybe I’ll keep both hands on the wheel and talk to myself instead of the person at the other end of the microwaves. Maybe I’ll spend more time alone when I’m at home, doing things around the house and in the yard, without the company of someone on the other end of the signal.
A New Phone?
Or, maybe I’ll just get a new phone. I’ll get a phone with a North Carolina phone number. I’ll cancel that old number. Maybe it’s time. Maybe this is my chance to move on to something new. Maybe I can use this tiny turning point as something symbolic, something bigger. New phone, new number, new life. (Silly, isn’t it, since the ‘new life’ part began as soon as I drove out of my Tulsa driveway for the last time. Any move to another part of the country is, in itself, the beginning of a new life, no matter what ties remain.)
Cutting Ties, Moving Ahead
This is okay. This can be my moment to cut one more tie to the past and add one more link to my current life and keep moving forward. There is symbolism in everything. Ha! Or, there is not.
The bottom line is that I now need a new phone, so I might as well sign a contract, get a new phone with a local phone number and bundle it with my home phone and internet. It’s time to take the plunge. My phone did! lol. It looks like it’s time for me to do it, too.
It is a rather curious spectacle to see congressional Republicans express outrage at the exorbitant bonuses being handed out by bailed-out companies and blame the Obama administration for failing to curb the practice with AIG. Because when the first installment of the Troubled Asset Relief Program was passed it was the Bush administration and GOPers in Congress who were insisting that caps on executive compensation not be part of the legislation.
This was in my incoming email the other day. I thought you might be interested.
Burger King employees did not have it their way
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,
What would you do with an extra $18,000 in your pocket?
That’s the amount of extra cash each and every Burger King employee in America would have received last year if Goldman Sachs (one of the fast-food chain’s largest owners) had shared its bailout billions with rank-and-file workers. Instead, Goldman Sachs squandered 6.5 billion of our taxpayer dollars on bonuses for their financial staff. These were some of the highest bonuses on Wall Street! Meanwhile, Burger King workers earn wages averaging just $14,000 a year — well below the federal poverty line for a family of three.
Goldman Sachs has been having it their way with Burger King workers for too long. It’s high time you had it your way with Goldman Sachs. Tell the Wall Street giant how they could have used the $6.5 billion blown on bonuses. We’re looking for the most creative, constructive, or comical ideas to curb corporate greed and help fix the financial crisis. We will send all ideas to Goldman Sachs as a reprimand for their wastefulness. The winner of the Have It Your Way with Goldman Sachs contest will have their idea featured in our next video. The contest ends March 3.
Pass this video and contest to your friends and family, and don’t forget to digg it. Tell them working people all over the country are pushing back against Wall Street excess. Tell them we’re joining with SEIU and others to stage demonstrations and hold Goldman Sachs accountable! And tell them it’s time to end this era of corporate greed and impunity.
and the Brave New Films team
P.S. – Do you think Goldman Sachs should be forced to give back their bailout money to taxpayers, should they have to raise Burger King workers’ wages, explain their spending to the government, or be left alone because they are living the American dream? Vote now in our online poll.
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