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A few thoughts on the Tacoma tragedy

by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

I'll go right to the bad stuff first because I've always been a believer in getting icky things out of the way, then moving on to more palatable things. I was in mope mode last weekend, because the cash flow wasn't - wasn't flowing, that is, and I felt pretty down about it because though I'm not into the whole "Black Friday" thang (maybe if they paid their employees a decent, living wage, I'd feel good about helping corporate stores make money), I did want to continue with my Christmas shopping, 'specially since I've got some new folks to shop for with my honey bunny's relatives on my list this year - a good thing.

Then a friend called from my fave city, Tacoma, and let me know that there'd been a horrific shooting Sunday morning. Four police officers, on a break from the tension involved in fighting crime, were gunned down by some no-nuts jerk for no reason at all (like there's ever a reason to shoot someone other than you're defending your life or the life of your loved ones). I immediately sent up a prayer to the Goddess/God/Great Wow/Infinite Something to peacefully pass these souls on to the next phase and to give courage and comfort to their grieving families - and to speedily deal with the lower-than-dirt coward who did this heinous act. I also realized how small my cash flow problem was, and how temporary, and gave thanks that my loved ones are living and well and healthy.

And to the families, may the world take care to be loving and thoughtful to you in this hour of deepest sorrow. I heart all of you. Let this be a lesson for more tolerance on all our parts, and for all of us to stop and remember how precious and how fleeting life is.

On the good news front, there's a bill being introduced by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R) to give a tax break to those with pets, so they can claim costs for care of Buffy or Spot or Mr. Muggles and thus meet expenses and not have to send those darlings to the animal shelter (as some folks are doing, as they can't afford their pets anymore in this failing economy). Write the guy and support this bill, even if he is a Republican, 'cause hey, animals deserve good families and homes too, eh? Damn right. The pet you save may be your own, ya know?

So what else (besides checking out ice dancing on the Canadian channel late on Sundays and loving the action leading up to the Vancouver contests in 2010) has this one been up to lately? Well, now that the flu bug has retreated in the face of my little germ-fighting soldiers, this one and her lifepartner "got busy" using a candy cane in a most unusual way to turn that one into a "bendover boyfriend" (or rather, grrrlfriend), and ring this one's bell like crazy about a week ago. And epiphanies have continued to come forth, healing this one from a lifetime of sorrow so that I'm now looking forward to the holiday season even more.

Also visited Nordstrom's men's department and gathered some nice eau de toilettes and parfums, my faves being Terre L'Hermes by Hermes (which I'm wearing now, and adoring), and Dolce and Gabana's La Lune. Stop by and visit and be very nice to the sales lady, as she was hassled by yet another of life's jerky folks just before this one went in on my last visit there. Also, loving, loving, loving my new eye shadow collection by Maybelline, called Lasting Lilac. Purple is a great color for these browns, honey, and trust me, it makes you feel better about grey days to look in the mirror and see a pop of color. Pick this up at Bartell's or Walgreens.

Also, this one plans to scoop up a few of the delish items, mostly the shimmery eye shadow, probably in a blue or brown to accent these peepers for the holidays and that heavenly red lipstick called Noir - at Duque, located near Shiku, a rocking Sushi place in the 5300 block of Ballard Avenue NW. Shimmer, the makeup store owned by Duque, is around the corner near the 5200 block. Can't wait for my Christmas cash from the Wonderful Brother, so this one can stuff her stocking with some yummies from there. And if you have someone who likes good cosmetics that are sold by nice folks, stop by, and say Lipstick and Lust sent ya.

Take care of each other, be more tolerant, and remember there's already too much violence in the world, so don't contribute and don't celebrate those who do. Shame on those bloggers and others who are celebrating that terrible crime in Tacoma, shame on you, indeed. And remember, life is short, so take time to hug someone you love (or just lust for, unless it would bother them, okay), and light a candle for those families, too. We're all one family, folks, and any loss of a member hurts us all and makes us that much less, in so many ways. And you shoppers who are driving out there, look out for pedestrians and have more patience with other drivers, too. In all ways, keep peaceful hearts and cheerful souls, and be helpful to those in need, remembering that's what this season is really about. Peace out, buhbye, kiss kiss!

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