HAPPY NEW YEAR: Those of you that know me well are aware that I don't make New Years Resolutions. I feel that if something needs changed, do it then, not wait weeks or months until the new year to make that change. Having said that, I will now say that I do feel that each one of us should have a time to reflect on what we have done, and what we still want to do, and perhaps make a course adjustment, if that is called for. Perhaps circumstances either under or beyond our control has come along to get us a little off track. So maybe you don't need to make a resolution, just make a course correction. I also think that this time of year is a good time to do that. MLWFAE and I recently decided that an increase in funds for a short time would be beneficial to some of the things that we have decided we want to do. So, when a job opportunity came my way, I signed up. I will be returning to the ranks of the employed soon. Officially, I am already hired and have went through some refresher training, just haven't been given a start date yet. This was not a new year's resolution, but a course adjustment that we decided to make. I have the option at my age to readjust that course as soon as I decide I want to. Resolutions that have no meaning or no real resolve are just useless time wasters. I recently read a tongue in cheek face book post of a friend that it was now time to start the diet/weight loss resolution that goes from Jan. 1 to Jan. 3. It seems to me that many new years resolutions go like that. I am not against true resolutions and changes made. I'm all for it. I just don't make them, for the reasons already stated. I hope that each of you will have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. And prosperous does not always mean money. Happy and healthy can make for a good year. Hope it happen's for each of us. And That's The View From The Ditch Bank
Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
As we celebrate this time of year, I pray that we all remember that Christ is the reason for the season. That we all reflect back on the past year and give thanks for the many blessings he has given us. There is much of tragedy throughout the world. Many of us have been touched somewhat by this, some more than others. Still, as we contemplate on the many things that have happened, most of us, if not all, have much to be thankful for. A saying that has been around for some time is "Wise men sought Him; Wise men still do." I pray that each of us are counted among those who are wise enough to still seek Him. As many who read this blog share the same religious view that I do, I hope that as we seek Him, we will also seek the blessings of attending the temple often. That we acknowledge Him in all our coming and goings, and give the thanks to Him that we should. As we give and get this Christmas season, that we include in those precious gifts, the giving away of hatred, pride, bad attitudes, superior feelings over others, and get the gifts of Humble Prayerful attitudes. Of doing good to all men. Extending a loving hand to all, even those who revile us. May you all have a great Christmas Season and may the Lords blessings attend to each of you throughout the coming year. And that's The View From The Ditch Bank
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
OK, now a little update. The Spanish Inn is no more. It moved many years ago, from the side street where it used to be, to a more main street place, but it is now no more. The building where it was is now a laundry, I think. One of the watering holes of back then is now a funeral home and the XA Bar is just an empty building. The Hilltop Cafe is now a Chinese Buffet and Druley's gave way to a highway extension. Now, there are McDonalds, Arby's, Sonic's, Burger Kings and Taco Bells. Not to mention several other fast food places. Back then, you could order a burger and fries, and a malt, ( you can't get malt's much any more) and then wait while they were cooked, to your specifications. And they were good. The Safire Restaurant burned and was rebuilt, at the same location, but on a different footprint. And the food isn't as good as I remember it being. Different atmosphere there also. Maybe I'm just getting old. But all has changed from the 1950's and I can't think that it is all for the good. Or that it is necessarily progress. The only thing that remains the same is the Kountry Kitchen. Oh! wait. My wife and I ate there a few days ago and were told that they would be closed from Christmas to New Years, so the new owners could remodel and update the menu's. New Owners?? we ask. Yep, there will be some changes there also. We can only hope that the food will remain good. I'm getting to old to change every thing. And that's The View From The Ditch Bank.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Back in October, slick Bill, the Governor of New Mexico and his group said that the deficit in the State was $240 Million. Susana Martinez, and Diane Denish both said they could balance the budget and not touch education. And they may have been able to do so. We will never know. Just two days after the election in November, it was reported by the Gov and his henchmen that the deficit was actually $450 million. Uh! what happened in the few days before and after the election that caused the State to be an additional $200 million in the hole. When Governor elect Martinez ask that, and blasted Richardson and his staff for lying to the public, he said, "Well, Mrs. Martinez just doesn't understand how the budget works, and if she had ask, she would have been told that it was actually $450 million. She, along with others, including her opponent Mrs. Denish, did ask, and were told the lower amount. Just another example of the type of politics that the Richardson administration has been ruining, uh, running this State. Oh, by the way, in case you haven't heard, Richardson and his people are still under federal investigation for pay to play cover ups. They may get him yet. More posts to come on the budget and the new legislature in the future, but the next one will have a tongue in cheek look at the future of the current President, the outgoing Governor and the incoming Governor. And maybe a few other things. Stay tuned to the View From The Ditch Bank.