Busy busy busy

I've been busy the last couple of days that I haven't been able to do my weekly post here. I probably should face facts and admit that I don't have the time to do this blog.

A New Job and Ratty Jeans

My blog here has definitely been neglected lately. I have so much going on that I never really get to write like I want to. Plus, I write a lot of other things, so the CB gets shoved to the bottom of my "To Do" list. I intend to remedy this. This will be a once a week blog with a new post published each weekend. I'll cram everything into it on that one day.
I've started a new job but because of the nature of the business and the many incidents where employees were fired for posting company business on the internet, this will be the last thing you will ever read concerning my job. Sorry.
In other news, I finished reading Atlas Shrugged, and I highly recommend it. I am currently reading all of the Sherlock Homes stories which I found in a two volume paperback collection at Waldenbooks. Holmes is a great character.
Yesterday, I went Christmas shopping with my aunt. (Yes, I am this bored. It is tragic.) I couldn't help but notice the ratty jeans they were selling in the stores as the latest fashion. They look atrocious.
Now, don't get me wrong. I wear some ratty stuff, but I didn't buy the stuff that way. They became that way after wearing it for a long time. Most of it needs to be thrown out. But maybe I'm just being an old man now. I just think buying jeans with holes already in them is dumb as hell.
I also hate denim. It is the worst material ever made. I hate jeans. They are heavy, hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and wear like sandpaper when they get wet. Plus, they look like shit. I wear slacks, Dickie's workpants, or what have you. Jeans are probably good for welding, but I recommend Carharrts for that kind of work.
On the political front, I'm not too pleased with George W. Bush admitting that he allowed the NSA to spy on Americans. I am glad the Senate scuttled the Patriot Act. Like it or not, the Bushies have not been kind to civil liberties. This is very disturbing. Along with the recent 9/11 Commission Report Card where Bush and Co. got a big fat F, it is pretty clear to me that Bush has been more interested in being a tyrant than doing his job. As Americans give up their freedoms, the AQ terrorists are pretty much just as free as ever to do their thing. What a joke.

Finally. . .

I am now gainfully employed in a job that actually pays good money. I'd tell you folks what the job is, but I've learned that it is never a good idea to talk about your job on the internet because you could get fired. My job is one of those jobs.
My next goal is to find a new place to live. That should be a lot easier to do.
Also, in SC news, it is now law in our state that motorists can be pulled over solely to ticket people for not wearing their seatbelts. The cost of the ticket is $25, but the cost to freedom is immense. I will definitely be writing a letter to the editor on this topic.

NOW READING--Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

I'm also to the end of AS, and it is a great book. It will change your thinking about capitalism, collectivism, work, pride, etc.
I don't agree with everything that Ayn Rand taught, but I certainly don't disagree with everything either. I think she had something important to say, and I think the world would be a better place than what it is if everyone read her work.
I've already read The Fountainhead which is also very good. What I took from that book was that work should be something you care about passionately, and you pursue it as much as you can striving for excellence.  OTOH, I think it is also fine to compromise your values for the sake of the customer. Rand would howl at this, but all I can say is that Frank Lloyd Wright's chairs were good to look at but you can't sit in them.
Where I really disagree with Rand is that you she seemed to want to replace public tyranny with private tyranny. She even held mock courts and "excommunicated" people from her circle. That's not what an open society or the free market mean to me though she was certainly free to do what she wanted within the confines of her own company.
I disagree with Rand's dogmatism. This doesn't mean I accept all the subjectivity coming from the left or academia. I believe in an objective reality that can be perceived, but I also believe that authority should be questioned. Rand didn't seem to accept this. It was her way or the highway, and I'm not down with that.

Uncle Charlie

I became an uncle this week. It hasn't changed my life a whole lot except I'll have to buy at least one Christmas gift each year now. For my brother Jason, I expect the whole world has changed.
I have a good reason for not having kids myself. I'm selfish. I want to spend all the money I make on me and not braces, school clothes, and college funds. This is all just corollary to my decision to never marry. I want to live like Hugh Hefner. I may not have Hef's money, but thanks to Viagra, I know my golden years will be more golden than I ever imagined.
The cool thing about being an uncle is that you get to spend time with a kid, but you don't have to change diapers, yell at him, or watch as he smashes your car into a tree during a drunken night with his shithead teenage friends. Ahhhhh, the joys of parenthood. . .
The upside of my bachelor lifestyle will be that I'll probably have a fair amount of cash when I croak. This makes Reid Dalton Broadway and his siblings my likely heirs. Hopefully, they'll be well into middle age when they collect.
Congrats to Jason and Amy for bringing a new life into the world.