What does good pot look like?

I think being able to choose a strain of cannabis just by looks and smell is a superpower. Since I don’t have any superpowers, I’ve tried to find other ways to judge pot. One sign of an awesome strain is the amount of resin that ends up on your fingertips while cleaning it.

Resin: a sticky flammable organic substance, insoluble in water, exuded by some trees and other plants (notably fir and pine).

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I call this “sticky” bud. To remove the resin, I have to wash my hands twice. (Twice!) It’s hard to find sticky bud like this, and it appears to be rare, at least in my neck of the woods.

It’s time to thank Mother Nature again for creating such a perfect plant. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Alien

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Aliens tell the story of one of their ancestors who visited Earth in ancient times. While the aliens found humans to be primitive, that didn’t stop the power of attraction that blossomed between the two species.

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The story tells of an alien named Q who fell in love with a human called Ruth. Because of the Alien Code of Conduct, Q’s love remained hidden and unrequited. But because he loved Ruth so very much and wanted to honor her, he managed to smuggle a special alien flower to Earth, which he planted in Ruth’s backyard while she slept.

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Q watched the alien flower blossom and grow, bringing Ruth great joy. Ruth’s neighbors began to stop by, bringing homemade desserts as an excuse to visit the alien flower. Strangers drove for hours to visit the flower that only existed in Ruth’s backyard. Plant experts from all over the world also visited Ruth’s flower, which she named “The Alien.”

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When alien officials learned of Q’s crime, he was banned from returning to Earth. He was also banished to Pluto, where he lived out his remaining days dreaming about Ruth, never to fall in love again.

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Ruth lived out her days alone, too, tending to her special flower with all the love and attention she was unable to shower on the giver — a stranger who just happened to be an alien from another planet.

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To some in the alien world, Q is a criminal. But to others — especially the young folk — Q is a hero. As far back as ancient times, the story of Q and Ruth has been whispered with reverence from student to student, planet to planet, across the galaxy.

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Because no matter where you live or what species you are, love is a universal language that everyone understands. But don’t wait around until you find it or it finds you. As Stephen Sills said, “Love the one you’re with.”

For Kara

I invented something new called a blogcard. It’s like a Hallmark card, but it lasts forever on the internet. I picked these flowers for my friend,ย Kara.

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(No flowers or trees were harmed in the making of this blogcard.)

When you’re feeling blue
and you don’t know what to do
why not sing
a song or two?

At 10:11 on the video, there’s an Armenian singer that looks just like you, Kara. And the woman from Switzerland who sings after her looks a little (tiny bit) like me (as a teenager). ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends

If you wave your arms in the air while you’re listening to this video, and I wave my arms in the air while I’m listening to this video, does that mean we’re married or just friends?

Kara, if Danyl Johnson can’t make you smile, then you’re a lost cause. Feel better soon, my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

He was like a god

I found this video today of Prince at the 1985 American Music Awards. I’m sure someone mean at YouTube will eventually find it and block free access to this god-like performance, but while it’s here, let’s enjoy it.

Google says that an average electric guitar weighs about 10 pounds. Even though that doesn’t sound like much, it’s the same weight as an average head. Imagine practicing and performing with the weight of an extra head on a strap around your shoulder. In heels.

Yet, Prince never looked like he was in pain. Obviously, he learned to cover it well, although I’m sure the drugs helped. No matter what, he was… a force. He was like a god.

Should we have a war against love?

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/politics-pain-supply-vs-demand

For a small segment of society, such as hospice patients during the dying process, opioids can be one tool in the arsenal used to relieve torturous pain. Thus, the drug-makersโ€™ efforts have made pain relief more available. But people recovering after a car crash or back surgery risk addiction they might never have been susceptible to otherwise…

Really? If you may be susceptible to an opioid addiction, does that mean you have to spend your whole life avoiding painkillers? Is abstinence the answer for every addiction? (Try telling that to people who are addicted to food.)

Is this article trying to say that surgery can be done without opioids? How many people would have surgery if they knew it would not include painkillers? Looks like the opioid war is going to put a lot of surgeons out of business. Good riddance, I say.

No one knows if they have the potential for addiction until they are suffering from it. Yes, your family history can be a clue, but it’s never 100% right. A person would have to not drink, gamble, have sex, or take drugs to avoid an addiction, whatever it might turn out to be. Sorry, but that’s not the way the world works. That’s not how humans work.

Those advocating for the opioid war say they are trying to stop addiction before it starts. Is that realistic? Is that the way addiction works? The experts tell us plenty of ways to prevent cancer, but that doesn’t stop everyone from getting it. As women, we know how to avoid domestic abuse and rape, but those crimes still happen every single day.

http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Lawmakers-seeking-change-to-help-stop-pain-killer-abuse-in-Iowa–401574726.html

Law-makers say heroin addiction often starts when people abuse prescription pain killers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say people who get addicted to prescription pain killers are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin…

If you suffer from an addiction to painkillers, you’re already addicted to “heroin.” Duh. Would a painkiller addict be 40 times more likely to become addicted to illegal heroin? No, that’s not right. This is just the CDC inflating incorrect statistics again, making them scarier than the reality. Like taking a painkiller is one step away from taking illegal heroin. Considering the number of people who’ve taken painkillers (without any risk of turning to illegal heroin) and the number of actual heroin addicts, the CDC’s numbers don’t compute.

“We’ve become dependent really on using strong pain killers for treatment of regular aliments, such as cancer and inadvertently many people have become addicted to those pain killers,” said Isenhart.

Yes, that’s right, medical experts are now saying that cancer is a regular ailment, not always deserving of treatment with painkillers. You think if you have cancer, you’ll automatically get access to opioids and adequate pain management? Not during the opioid war.

While the opioid war looks at painkillers as a curse, I see them as a gift. Yes, they can be abused, just like almost everything else on this Earth. Even love can be abused. Love can also kill. Should we have a war against love?

I blame religion

Democrats have been sliding right for decades. Instead of joining Democrats in the middle, Republicans ran to the far right. And now we have President Donald Drumpf.

Pundits will place blame for Hillary’s loss on things like fear, anger, and apathy. I’m sure there are a myriad of reasons that America voted for a racist, homophobic misogynist.

Some say that women voters were the reason that Obama became president. Some say it was black people who put him in office. Now it appears that men, as a voting block, are the reason that Trump is now president. But, there’s more to the story than that…

A large majority of Republican women voted for Trump. Does that mean these women are ignorant? (Like, do any of them even know who Angela Merkel is? Do any of them believe that a woman can be president?) Does it mean that party affiliation is stronger than common sense? Why would any woman vote for someone like Trump?

Chelsea Handler: The only person with more respect for women than Donald Trump is Bill Cosby.
7:57 PM – 19 Oct 2016

I’ll tell you why: religion. If you think about the divisions between Democrats and Republicans, all of them can be traced back to religious beliefs. The only groups that Americans dislike more than atheists are Muslims and Mexicans.

Funny thing is, I think Trump is an atheist, not that he’d ever admit it. He will always worship money and power over anything else. And perhaps that says more about the Republican party than anything else. It’s all about the worship of money. Not that the Democrats are any different.

Yes, the Republican party is full of racists and bigots, but it’s also full of people who don’t believe in science. People who believe more in their own religion than in the facts. Hypocrites who say they believe in individual rights, but not the right to smoke pot or the right to die. These people are now in power with no one to stop them…

Dude, that’s some scary shit.

The only thing I’m wondering right now is which group Trump will pick to shit on first. Is he coming for Mexicans or Medicare? Women’s or gay rights? Republicans voted him in, but will they have any control over him? (My stomach hurts.)

Donald Trump was declared the winner around 1am. He said in his victory speech that it’s time for us to become “united.” How long has he spent trying to divide us? That’s what you call hypocrisy at it’s finest.

I live in a state that voted for Hillary, but if I lived in a Trump state, I’d be looking suspiciously at my neighbors. Which one of them voted this asshole into the highest office in the land?

To everyone who doesn’t live in America, from this very sad American: ย I’m so sorry.

http://www.nilzeitung.wordpress.com/2016/10/30/dont-worry-be-happy-playing-for-change-song-around-the-world/

I can understand how news like this might trigger someone who is depressed into thinking about suicide. If you’re thinking about suicide, please click on the candle widget on the right side of your screen.

Thanks for listening, everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

The poverty in being single

You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere
Anyplace is better
Starting from zero got nothing to lose…

You got a fast car
I got a plan to get us out of here
I been working at the convenience store
Managed to save just a little bit of money…

I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone…

Growing up, I don’t remember wanting to “be someone.” As a woman, I’m not sure I had too many options. Especially if I choose to be single.

You got a fast car
We go cruising, entertain ourselves
You still ain’t got a job
And I work in a market as a checkout girl
I know things will get better
You’ll find work and I’ll get promoted
We’ll move out of the shelter
Buy a bigger house and live in the suburbs

You got a fast car
I got a job that pays all our bills
You stay out drinking late at the bar
See more of your friends than you do of your kids
I’d always hoped for better
Thought maybe together you and me find it
I got no plans I ain’t going nowhere
So take your fast car and keep on driving

You got a fast car
Is it fast enough so you can fly away?
You gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way

Being single is expensive. Rent is cheaper with a roommate. Tax laws favor not only the rich, but also those who are married. (Because religion.) Insurance is the same way. Everything is cheaper when you’re married.

When you think about it, most married people are financially better off than single people. This is enough of an incentive for some women to marry just about anyone with a pulse and an income. These days, I guess things aren’t that different for men.

Being single is one of the ways I manage my pain. For some, it’s easier to manage pain (and life) with a partner. I find that taking care of myself is a full-time job. I don’t have the strength to take care of anyone else. But, am I willing to find and marry someone just to better my financial condition? Seems like women don’t have a lot of options these days to make it on their own, like Mary Tyler Moore had taught us:

Time to dance!

Do you want to knowย what’s popular with kids these days? Just type “Juju” into YouTube.ย Sometimes, I feel really ancient. ๐Ÿ™‚

There are also YouTube versions with lyrics. “You ugly. You your daddy’s son.” Does someone want to translate that for me?

If people are brave enough to dance in the grocery store, don’t you think you can do some dancing right now, at home, in front of your computer screen? After watching numerous videos of people doing the Juju dance, I think I’ve got at least one move down…

Juju on that beat, Juju on that beat, Juju on that, Juju on that, Juju on that beat. ๐Ÿ™‚