Everyone who is sick of me complaining about being sick raise your hand. Okay it's unanimous. Even though I am jobless and ambitionless, I don't have time to be sick.
For instance, our Cooperative Extension Service has a hot-line manned by the Master Gardeners to take calls from the public about what ails their plants. Today was my day for orientation. I didn't feel right about not showing up, so I dragged myself there for three hours. I felt much better when I got there, but after a couple of hours it was agony. Plus, I seem to know nothing about gardening, at least based on the questions that people phoned in.
Tomorrow I have to take Son Sneed to the hospital for one of his treatments. We have to be there at six-fifteen. The doctor has promised that Son Sneed will be number one for the treatments, so perhaps we will be home by nine.
Manuel Córdova Soberanes
Photo copied from the Arizona Daily Star totally without permission.
There are several things that are in the news here. On Thanksgiving a woman and her son were driving in a rural area near the Mexican border, when the mom lost control of her van and rolled it down an embankment. The mom was killed and nine-year-old son was uninjured.
The overwhelming majority of Arizona, is very, very rugged desert, so left on his own, things looked bleak for this boy.
The boy started walking in search of help. Along the road he met a Mexican illegal immigrant (pictured above), who took him back to the accident site and provided him care and comfort over night, until some hunters found them. He did this knowing that it meant he would be sent back to Mexico. He could have just kept on walking, but he didn't.
The authorities arranged to have a ceremony to honor this fellow in Nogales, AZ, a town that shares the border with Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
The thing that makes this notable is that most people are vilifying this man, rather than honoring him. The feeling against illegals runs so high here that even a man who did a selfless thing and probably saved a boy's life cannot be given any credit.
Our state has discovered that when you raise the taxes on cigarettes people quit smoking, or at least quit buying them in the usual places. Since our last big tax increase, cigarette purchases are down 31% at places where the State has the ability to tax. I thought that was why they raised the taxes, but more people quit than they thought. Apparently this is an unintended consequence. The State Department of Revenue is bellyaching that tax revenues are way down and they are figuring out what to do about it.
I'm all in favor of everyone quitting smoking, but anyone who thinks that 31% of smokers have quit in the last year or so is deluding themselves. We have way too many places that smokers can buy smokes and escape State sales tax. The Indian reservations, military bases and the internet all offer ways to buy cigarettes with the onerous state tax.
Of course, the problem with the government is that once they take a tax dollar, they don't ever give it back, so they are looking at ways to capture the "lost revenue".
By the way, thanks to all my friends for the good wishes.
Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky