I really do love this place.
I don’t understand it. It’s completely overwhelming and awesome. I would never live here. But it’s amazing. The Capitol of the World.
Times Square. It isn’t REALLY crooked.
The energy here is undeniable. Creativity and color and light everywhere – I totally dig it. For an ADHD kid like myself, it’s overstimulating. Which is likely why I’m awake at 2am recapping everything, despite being up at 5am and walking all day. And then walking more. But it’s totally okay because I’m pretty sure I took roughly 48739 pictures and began my mission of eating my way across the city.
I’m so sick of bully politicians pretending that they know more about my body and what my health care needs are than I do.
Out of touch men should not try to address how a woman’s body reacts to rape unless they are a doctor… and I’m pretty sure that Ron Paul is the only high profile elected official that is also a gynecologist. He’s also the only one who seems to have been able to keep his mouth shut regarding Todd Akin. For this I am grateful, because I’d be highly uncomfortable with Uncle Ron discussing girly bits.
To clarify: I don’t believe that men should be silent on all things regarding women and their health. They have wives, sisters, mothers and daughters – they should be invested in their rights and their well being. Issues like abortion and birth control clearly impact the male population in a significant way.
Sometimes, however, it is prudent to not speak about something you cannot fully understand. Rape is generally one of those times. It’s pretty simple messaging: You are against rape, you support women who have been raped, and you do not differentiate between different kinds. This is abortion politics 101. Rape bad. The end. Speaking as a woman who has also been a rape victim, I do not want to hear a man who clearly has no idea what he’s talking about discussing how my body reacts in that situation. It’s not helpful. In fact, it’s pretty much the opposite.
There have been many comparisons to rape gaffes from Joe Biden, etc. Fine. Joe Biden is an idiot. That’s a pretty low bar to set for a candidate, and anyone who claims to be a conservative should be better than that. This is also not an opportunity for pro-lifers to take a stand and flex their muscle. Todd Akin was not voicing a pro-life view. He was spewing nonsense and had no facts to back himself up. It was offensive. It was vile.
He should be better than this, and being utterly uneducated on such a basic issue is unacceptable at best. He needs to go.
It kind of feels like it. I mean, I get that it’s Florida in the summer and that’s kind of how it works, but it was killin’ me. It did hold off while we shopped at the country’s largest outdoor mall. At least that’s what the cabby said. I just bought make up and cat eye sunglasses so I didn’t explore too much.
Jacksonville is a weird little place. On our way out, a co-worker referred to it as “where people go to die” – not because it wasn’t pretty or anything, but because there was an overwhelming amount of hospitals, insurance companies, assorted medical facilities, and yes, funeral homes.
The Landing was adorable, though, and we enjoyed our night at the Chicago Pizzeria. Surprisingly good pizza, and the lightning show over the river was really cool. I thoroughly enjoyed the storm from under the covered patio.
We did manage to break away from the conference on Friday and catch dinner at the Chart House, and it was delightful. Apparently it’s a chain, but it’s one I’d never been to, and after several people pointed us in that direction, we decided it was worth a shot. We weren’t disappointed – the lobster bisque was maybe the best I’ve ever had in my life. Not exaggerating.
That was followed by a riverboat cruise with the Governor of Florida, which was really cool. We took off from the landing and spent about an hour on the boat. It was incredibly hot and sticky at the beginning but the breeze took care of that quickly – it was gorgeous.
I have a thing for bridges.