I did a perfect presentation, but for some reason he marked me down a notch for font size. Idiot.
A lot of people did lousy PowerPoints, but gave interesting presentations. A woman led a line dancing lesson, obviously she's been teaching for years, but her slides looked like a book on line dancing. Another led the class in Qiquong, but kept forgetting to advance the slides. The best ones for me, as far as PPT goes, was a worker at Happy Hollow telling all about the park, and a volunteer at the Humane Society describing his job of weighing cats. Lots of cute photos. A woman from NYC gave a paranoid presentation on government mind control, and her slides were filled with extra apostrophes and grammatical errors. And WWII era scare tactics about Nazi doctors infiltrating our schools.
The teacher gave each person a certificate and a grade sheet as each finished up. I gave out my Photographer bizcards, and gave away about 10 calendars, half 2016 and half 2015.
Anyhow, when the survey came, I was at Starbucks, and ripped him a new one for his horrible teaching style.
Checked the web site a few minutes ago, I'm enrolled in the Communications Skills class next week, up from #4 in the waitlist. It's in the afternoon, so none of this out of bed at 7:30 idiocy. Except for Monday, because I had to change my 2 pm vet appointment to 9:30 am.
Ingressed before and after Starbucks. I parked in the underground lot, and one of the chargers was available, so I plugged into that. But when I got back on the road, it was clear it had not charged at all.
Home, plugged in the car. In the mail was all election flyers, plus the bill for Kaiser HMO which they were supposed to stop sending because (a) I'm on autopay and (b) I signed up for paperless when I joined.
About the election. Someone I respect said something which has stuck with me. He said he votes no on all propositions and initiatives, because they are the last resort for when our elected officials haven't taken action. Most of them end up costing us in taxes or unintended consequences.
So with that in mind, I narrowed down my ballot to the following:
52: MEDI-CAL HOSPITAL FEE PROGRAM. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE. Extends indefinitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage. Fiscal Impact: Uncertain fiscal effect, ranging from relatively little impact to annual state General Fund savings of around $1 billion and increased funding for public hospitals in the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
62: DEATH PENALTY. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Repeals death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to existing death sentences. Increases the portion of life inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution. Fiscal Impact: Net ongoing reduction in state and county criminal justice costs of around $150 million annually within a few years, although the impact could vary by tens of millions of dollars depending on various factors.
64: MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older. Imposes state taxes on sales and cultivation. Provides for industry licensing and establishes standards for marijuana products. Allows local regulation and taxation. Fiscal Impact: Additional tax revenues ranging from high hundreds of millions of dollars to over $1 billion annually, mostly dedicated to specific purposes. Reduced criminal justice costs of tens of millions of dollars annually.
And No on all the other issues.
Caught up on TMZ, PTI and Elementary. Watched the Bears/Packers game, but FFed the last quarter when it was clear that the Bears defense was pooped and so was their O-line. Up till then it was a good defensive ballgame. There was a negative campaign ad by the incumbent Congressman, which bothered me for several reasons. The first is the video quality sucked lemons through a garden hose. And the audio was almost as bad. The second is he had promised to stay above that, because it almost cost him the last election. And the third is he was accusing his opponent of a crime which was actually done by a junior member of his opponent's office staff. Incumbent has been charged with misappropriation of funds, in a similar situation.
Dinner was a beef pot pie, popsicle and walnuts in sweetened condensed milk. Charged up some new bottles of SodaStream. Diet cola in one, diet lemon-lime in another and plain soda water in the third.
There's a load in the dishwasher.
Took the cat carrier in from the shed, Spook nosed around and inside it, but did not decide to curl up in there. She seemed okay with it being there, though.
Plans for tomorrow:
Unload the dishwasher
Maybe hop on a train. Looks like it will be the last of the summer-like days this year.