Alex got his provisional driver’s license yesterday. He has since driven himself all over the place, and we are confident that he will soon master that gear shift, resulting in much smoother take-offs and no more stalling out at stoplights! He says it feels like he suddenly sprouted wings. Yeah. . . I remember that feeling. There is nothing in the life of a teenager quite as liberating as having a car and beginning to feel some sense of freedom. He still can’t drive after 9:00 pm, which I think is an odd choice of curfew, since any movie one might want to go see would most likely end at or after that time, but it only lasts for six months, providing he doesn’t have any violations during that time. The curfew also prevents him from driving himself to most of his play rehearsals, since they typically end at 9:00 pm.
In other news, Gaylon and I got a really nice treat when we went out to eat at Carrabba’s tonight. It took them 55 minutes to get our order to us, and so, when they did finally bring it, they informed us it was “on the house”! All we had to do was tip our waiter! So for the price of what it would have cost us to eat at McDonald’s, we both got our meals, tiramisu (ummmm. . . .) Gaylon got coffee and I had two glasses of wine! That is hard to beat!
There seems to be plenty of gasoline, now, which is also really nice. After that last big hurricane that hit Galveston, we had a major gasoline shortage here in the Southeast. Asheville even shut down the schools and city offices for a couple of days, because people simply couldn’t get to work. But, things seem to be okay now. I think there needs to be some sort of contingency plan, because I seriously doubt that that will be the last hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast states.
I continue to be amazed by the politics in our country. I heard an ad for Obama on the radio yesterday, telling me that McCain plans to tax health insurance benefits, and that he even states such on his website. The ad was clear, concise, and very convincing. Even though I know that Obama is not who he pretends to be, it was almost tempting to believe him. But, being the research freak that I am, I looked up McCain’s website, just to see if it was true. It is not. In fact, they have devoted an entire page on his site refuting the lies in Obama’s ads. I get so sick of this garbage! But then, I guess if I had the voting record and the funding sources and supporters that Obama has, I wouldn’t want to talk about myself either, lest someone actually listen and realize the truth. Much safer to attack the other guy. Of course, McCain isn’t doing much better. I am so discouraged by this campaign. I have already begun to pray that God will send us a wonderful candidate in four years, because there certainly isn’t one this go-round.
And last but not least, if you haven’t checked out all the videos on YouTube and all the other video posting sites with Tina Fey (of Saturday Night Live fame) impersonating Sarah Palin, you’re really missing out on some great humor! Tina Fey does such an amazing job, it’s sometimes easy to forget that she’s just a comdienne, and not Sarah Palin herself! Back in 1980, I had the privelege of attending Ronald Reagan’s inaugural gala in Washington. The best part was the celebrities! I got to see Frank Sinatra sing New York, New York, and got to watch the inimitable Rich Little. Bob Hope was there, too. No, they don’t make ’em like they used to, but Tina Fey really does do a great job that I think would even impress Rich Little.