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Posted on Saturday 1 November 2008 at 11:12 am

Busy weekend

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Friday was fun. I spent the morning with the kiddies at the elementary school. They kept asking me what I was going to be for Halloween. When I'd say Joe the Plumber and ask if they knew who that was, I got a bunch of confused stares. It was cute.

For those that may not know, Joe the Plumber is the guy who asked Obama a question one day at an Obama campaign event. His question was a lie designed to make Obama look bad and McCain turned Joe, his question, and Obama's answer into the focus of the third presidential debate. Ever since, Joe has been all over the media. I'd feel badly for the guy since he didn't ask for the media attention, but he is clearly lapping it up. He goes on the campaign trail with McCain and Palin, he espouses his unfounded opinions on politics and government to the media, and he has hired a publicist and is talking about a country music career or running for congress in 2010. I think the entire thing is ridiculous but especially the media giving him a stage and people taking him seriously. He knows far less than I do about most of the issues and if CNN were to show up at my front door I'd tell them that I have my own opinions but I am in no way qualified to be a serious analyst so they'd be better off talking to an actual expert in whatever field.

Anywho, to mock this whole thing, I decided to be Joe the Plumber for Halloween. When I got home from the elementary school, I needed to work on my costume but I decided I was really tired so I lay in bed for an hour or two. I never really fell asleep, but it was nice to relax for a bit. When I got up, I needed to make the t-shirt for my Joe the Plumber costume. For the longest time, Joe said he was undecided, despite admitting to asking Obama a question that was a lie designed to trap him, going on the campaign trail with McCain and Palin, talking about needing to end Social Security because the government had no right to take any of his money and he should be allowed to invest as he saw fit and suffer or succeed completely on his own merits, and other things that clearly marked him as an extreme conservative and a McCain supporter. Because of that, I wanted to make a t-shirt that said "Undecided Republicans for McCain." I'd bought some cotton t-shirts and some iron-on transfers and printed out my image and tried ironing it on. The image wouldn't really stick to the shirt! I could barely see the outline of the image when staring at the shirt up close and it was mostly still on the paper. I finally realized that this was because I goofed and bought transfers for synthetic fabrics and 100% cotton shirts. Oops. Since I didn't want to go buy new transfers or a new shirt, I took sharpies and used the little bit of an outline that did transfer to just color the image myself. I then rubbed the shirt in some dirt for a while and colored the armpit areas with a yellow sharpie to make sweat stains. It actually came out fairly well. Adding the shirt to some baggy carpenter jeans with a plunger in the hammer loop, a tool belt with some pipe, a wrench, work gloves, and a beer bottle in it, a red baseball cap to hide all my hair, and my regular hiking boots, I think the whole ensemble actually came out fairly well. You tell me:

Somewhere in the middle of all my costume making, I got a call from my mom and dad. They apparently spent all of Thursday/Friday night at the hospital. Dad was in major pain so Mom took him in. They've got him so he is feeling better now and is back at home, but they aren't sure what's causing the problems. They've got him on some medication and hooked up to some equipment at home, but that's actually part of the problem now. I mean, they had to put him on the machines but now they can't take him off. They're hoping in a week to ten days they might be able to wean him off, but if not they'll have to do surgery. I've talked with Dad and he sounds fine and not overly concerned, but I'm still worried.

The Halloween party itself was lots of fun. Costumes in attendance were: Joe the Plumber, a Teen Mom for Palin (my roommate), a vampire, a Minnesotan farmer, Cindy McCain, Linus (from Peanuts complete with blanket and Welcome Great Pumpkin sign), and someone in a fancy old-fashioned dress.

This weekend is also one of my friend's birthdays. Saturday (today), I'm going over to his place for a party. It is going to be laid back, playing video games and barbecuing most likely, but fun. I'm thinking about spending the morning working hard on Dutch. I usually only do an hour to an hour and a half a day, but there are a few grammar things that have been messing with my mind. I might try to spend three or four hours working through all of them and trying to make it all make sense.

Sunday is the day the clocks move and thus the day I've claimed an hour of birthday (see this post if confused). I was debating going out for breakfast (thanks labellerose for the idea), but my roommate and I are talking about getting up at 5:00 on Tuesday to be at the polling place at 5:30 to vote when they open at 6:00 and then going out for breakfast. I'm not positive I need to go out for breakfast twice in three days. I still might, though, especially if I can convince some of the people at Andrew's birthday party to go with me. The other thing I'm seriously considering for Sunday is going out to an apple orchard and pumpkin patch near here. I want to go see the pretty leaves changing colors and walk around for a bit. I also want to get a couple of pumpkins to carve Sunday afternoon saying "Vote" and "Obama" to have out Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday for the election.

So that's basically my weekend in a nutshell. Despite Thursday royally sucking (quick update on my "Things that have gone wrong today" post – I finally managed to eat something for the first time Thursday at around 7:00pm and the apartment people came to fix the sink so it is now working) and Friday being a bit shaky with my dad, the weekend is actually shaping up to be a lot of fun. Here's hoping it stays that way and none of my plans are messed up.


What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 3:28 pm on 01 November 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry your dad's not well! I'll keep him in my thoughts and hope they'll be able to get him off the machines sooner than expected and treat whatever's wrong.

Glad you're keeping busy and entertained in the meantime. Awesome Joe the Plumber costume, lol.
bratty_jedi at 5:50 pm on 02 November 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Fingers crossed on Dad being fine without needing surgery. The waiting on that is driving me crazy. (Un)Fortunately, I have the waiting on the election to distract me.
littlepixiechic at 5:05 pm on 01 November 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Your costume looks awesome! Great Joe the Plumber there.

I'm glad your dad's able to be out of the hospital, although it does sound a little scary that he's still hooked up to machines. I hope everything works out and they can figure out what was causing the problems and get him off those machines so he doesn't have to have surgery.

The apple orchard/pumpkin patch sounds like a fun birthday activity!
bratty_jedi at 6:20 pm on 02 November 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks :)

Dad should be fine. The waiting is the annoying part for me at this point.

I'm going to call Andrew in a bit. He's going apple/pumpkin picking with me. I don't know if anyone else is going, but one friend automatically makes almost anything more fun.
labellerose at 12:35 am on 02 November 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I send good thoughts for your Dad- glad he is out of the hospital.

I hope they figure things out soon- at least he is home with less risk of stuff like MRSA.
bratty_jedi at 6:20 pm on 02 November 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I'm very glad he is home and hoping for the best.

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