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So like I said, Nature called collect shortly before six this morning. After I answered her (Bitch. I could've used a couple more hours), I saw that somebody was laying on the floor of the living room, watching TV. I thought it was Dad, but it turned out to be Bobby. He's still working while we're here (he's trying to get Wednesday off) and he was supposed to have today off (new company commander) but he did manage to get out of PT, so he didn't have to go in until 9.

We talked about how ESPN is still talking about the Super Bowl (he said they'll probably be talking about it for the next week) then we go into politics. Bobby's a conservative Republican and I said I'm a conservative independent. I told him something I've been thinking about for a month or so -- I want to register as a Republican. Then we started talking about the people currently running for President. He said somebody (not sure who) wants to get rid of Guantanamo (sp) Bay and have all of the detainees brought here. We talked about torture and I said that I'm against it. He said that he's for it because they can get info from the terrorists that could save soldier's lives. Being a soldier definitely affects how you look at stuff like that.

It was so good to be able to talk to Bobby face-to-face.

After our talk, I grabbed a bagel and started working on the previous post. Typing out my day took three hours since I got distracted several times.

Once everyone was up and dressed, Mom, Dad, Reilly, and I took a walk. Actually, the three adults walked, Reilly rode his brand new bike his parents gave him yesterday. Our ultimate goal was the cafe' a couple of blocks away, but we wanted to stop at the beach first. On the way there, the sky was overcast and it was warm and a little humid, but there was a nice, cool wind coming off the ocean.

The town we're in is across Pearl Harbor from Honolulu and Waikiki. We could see Diamond Head (extinct volcano right on the beach that is to Honolulu what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris) and the hotels along Waikiki, and the mountains in the middle of the island. It looked to be raining in the mountains. We watched two military ships (one of them Canadian} sail from the harbor out into the ocean.

When we got to the beach, we left Reilly's bike in the parking lot then walked out onto the sand. I got to see the Pacific ocean up close for the first time in eighteen years. The sight was very relaxing, but what I really noticed was the smell. The seawater, the plants, heck maybe even the sand combines to make a scent that's so good and so familiar, and one I hope Beth can capture soon if she hasn't already.

After a few minutes, we walked over to the cafe', which is right by the beach and, appropriately, called the Beach House Cafe'. Reilly and Dad had ice cream, but Mom and I hadn't had lunch yet, so we had hot dogs. Then we noticed the cafe' sells frappe's, so Mom and I each got one of those. I got a caramel one, and it was better than any frozen coffee treat Starbucks could make (and we told the lady who made them that). Ah, Monday coffee fix. I'll get another one next Monday. Since I'm on vacation, I'm not going to worry about my diet too much. The sun came out while we were eating on the patio.

After we were all done eating, we went back to the beach. We left Reilly's bike and our shoes in the parking lot then walked through the sand barefoot. The sand farthest from the water is full of coral and seashells, while the sand along the water is much smoother. I walked over to the edge of the water and got my feet wet. The water was nice and cool.

Then it was time to go back. Mom and I walked along the beach while Dad and Reilly walked and rode on the sidewalk. Walking in sand is definitely good exercise, so at least I burned off the first sip of frappe'. :-)

So now we're just hanging out while we wait for Bobby to come home from work. I think I'm going to read one of the books I brought.

Until later, aloha!

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firelion
Feb. 5th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm really glad you're there safe.

Although you know, I have to butt in here and point out that yeah, you can get anything you want to know from some guy you're torturing, but the problem is accuracy of information...long experience has proven it's not as effective as soft interrogation techniques. And of course, the problem of whether or not they're actual terrorists or some guys with dusky skin and funny names. I'm sure you're not up for torturing innocent people, but kidnapping and torturing someone is no way to go about figuring out if he's a bad guy, and we have already been there and done that and had to release people after torturing them at black sites and then finding out they weren't terrorists at all. The reality is that there have been no ticking timebomb scenarios and we have disappeared and tortured actual criminals, people who later turned out to be innocent, journalists, and most shamefully of all, American citzens who are protected by the constitution. We've decided our own constitution is inadequate because it protects human dignity and doesn't allow torture, and I can think of nothing more brutally anti-American than that. And I think it's sad that a soldier who is implicity willing to die for his country would have no more faith in this country than that, to think it can't survive without turning to brutality and rejecting its own high principles. I'd rather die a free American at the hands of a terrorist than live safely in a police state where they take people away for years at a time without ever filing charges or allowing them access to defense and torturing them for information they may or may not have. These things are done out of fear, but that's not excusable. There will be a reckoning for these terrible things this government has done one day. If I didn't believe there was that much justice in the world, I don't know if I could get out of bed in the morning.

This has been your daily dose from the left. :)

In other news, I LOVE Dragon's Tears. Also, I'm working on Ehlana again, that fire-based character, and I'm thinking about a direction for her and the next imp was Inferno. It was like a sign. I will say every one of these I've tried on and smelled I went, "oh yeah, no way she could have worn this." Inferno actually itches a little on me, but it smells sooooo good, it's all cinnamony.
ravenclawed
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
I think torture should be outlawed, but I doubt that'll ever happen.

I'm glad you're having fun with your new imps. :-) Inferno itches on you? Wow, powerful stuff.
firelion
Feb. 5th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
It IS outlawed, we have a Constitution and signed treaties forbidding it, which makes it illegal to engage in it.

No joke, man. I don't even have sensitive skin in the slightest. I liked Cleopatra. It's a little heady but never becomes overpowering. My brother walked in and said it smelled really good. I didn't like Depraved, smelled like wood shavings.

Also, BPAL makes the ferret sneeze, which I think is pretty funny, but also I have to be careful to wash my hands and neck before I hold the baby.
ravenclawed
Feb. 6th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
It IS outlawed, we have a Constitution and signed treaties forbidding it, which makes it illegal to engage in it.

Then why does the government do it? Or, I should say, why hasn't the Supreme Court stopped it?

I liked Cleopatra. It's a little heady but never becomes overpowering.

I'm so glad you like that one.

My brother walked in and said it smelled really good.

Ah, nothing better than unsolicited BPAL compliments. :-)

The ferret's allergic to BPAL? That is pretty funny.
firelion
Feb. 6th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Because the court system and the supreme court itself is stacked with very conservative justices, and because it takes time to move these things through the court system. And while the ACLU is suing, people are screeching that they're terrorist loving commies, and the government continues to break the law.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 6th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Somebody has to put a stop to all of it.
ravenclawed
Feb. 6th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Whoops, that was me. Didn't realize I wasn't logged in yet.
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