Oct 30, 2008

Random Observation of the Week

It's hard not to notice...
The vehicles in L.A. most likely to be sporting McCain/Palin bumper stickers are Lincoln Navigators, Ford pickup trucks, and any kind of Cadillac, particularly Escalades.
The vehicles most likely to sport Obama/Biden bumper stickers are Priuses (big surprise there), Subarus, Lexuses, and Hondas.
Once in a while you see an anomaly, like a McCain sticker on a Nissan, or an Obama sticker on a Ford Explorer, but not that often. All in all, everyone's pretty polite about it. I haven't seen any stickers slamming the opposition, just ones that support the driver's candidate of choice.
The exception is the guy in the big Ford pickup with the two McCain stickers in the back window who started harrassing me on PCH the other day for having a picture of Obama with the word "Hope" under it on the back of my car. There's not much you can do at that point except laugh, wave, and shout, "Have a good day!"
Can you tell I've been spending too much time in my car? Los Angeles. (sigh)

PS: My husband thinks Obama should get a bumper sticker that has a portrait of me with the word "Barack" underneath it, just to balance things out.

Oct 27, 2008

Semi-egregious plug for next book

...so, in writing my next book I've been reading an extraordinary amount about Mayan architecture, Mayan astronomy, sacred geometry, the history of Tikal, and the ancient Mayan calendar. (The book is the story of taking Maya to traditional healers in Belize when she was three to get rid of her aggressive imaginary friend.)

Lots of us have heard about how the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, and there are various theories about what that might mean, ranging from a resetting of the spiritual odometer to wholesale planetary destruction. (I'm banking on the former.) The intricacies of the calendar, and its prophecies, are much more detailed than that, however. According to one of the books I've been reading about Mayan prophecy, which was published in 2002, the progression of time toward 2012 is all about the development of human consciousness. The time period between November 2007 and November 2008 is prophecied to be a time of darkness, during which the forces of an earlier consciousness are going to rise up against the forces of light that are ready to push through, and try to push the light back to an earlier state of materialism and greed. This is supposed to last until November 12, at which time the light will shine through for about another year before a less destructive period of darkness will cycle through again.

No matter how you're voting this Election Day, that's a pretty interesting prophecy no? I like the idea that even though most of us don't think much about the ancient Maya, they spent an awful lot of time thinking ahead about us.

A budding writer in the house

Eden's in first grade now, and starting to write weekly essays for homework. The teacher has asked us not to correct the kids' spelling, since phonetic writing is part of the learning curve. Some of her attempts are just plain adorable I can't help memorializing them. Last week she chose the topic, "One little ship can ____." Here's what she came up with. (Notice how she works Iowa in to the essay. She does that just about every chance she can.)

One little ship can go. The ship is saling it is going a
vare laog wea to Iowa. Did you noe that thar is a
wotrfol in the back of the owshin.