Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Liliokulani Park
I am grateful that my job allows me 13 paid holidays each year (14 in a presidential election year).  I will gladly take Tuesday, November 8th off in order to reflect on life.  

This election is the most stressful I can recall in recent years, although I think I am forgetting how stressful the time of Gore vs. Bush and the land of Hanging Chads was.

It certainly was a stressful period and I do recall thinking that Gore really should have won, but he did the right thing in not forcing a recount in Florida.

And please do recall that we did survive the next four years, and many after that.

I remember a two-part tv movie released in the late 1970's called The Day After, which was set in the heartland of USA after an atomic blast.  I remember being absolutely devastated by the possibility of nuclear war and I could not conceive of a time of peace.  I spent a great deal of time worrying about what might happen.

I recall my mother's blasé attitude when I shared my fears with her -- she was not worried at all.  I must say that a 14 year old really does not have the gift of time that a forty-something person has with regard to cycles of life and the understanding that things really do work out for the best -- most of the time.

And while I, too, am stressed about the outcome of Tuesday's election, I know that this, too, shall pass.  We will survive the next four years and move on.  We will even forget this time of stress when we look back over the years.

So please don't panic, whatever the outcome.  We will survive.

One of my favorite US companies is Tom Bihn.  If you are looking for a new everyday bag, or travel gear (or even pet gear), do check them out.  They are based in Seattle, where everything is sewn.  Most supplies are sourced in the US as well. I have several bags that I have used (in some cases) daily that look brand new. I have never regretted a Tom Bihn purchase.

Why do I bring this up?  I was thinking about the label they used to sew into their bags  (during the reign of our last republican president):
Actual Tom Bihn Label

I know some of you speak French, but for the rest of you single language folks (like me), here's the translation of the last few lines of the care label:

"We're sorry our president is an idiot. We didn't vote for him."

I bid you adieu.  See you on the other side.

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