After I missed at least 5 National Parks because of govt. shutdown, I just read that the U.S. may let some of the states reopen them because it is causing hardship on the surrounding communities who rely on tourism. Well, what the hell, isn't this what was intended to happen? What about areas of the country where there are a lot of federal civilian workers, such as large Air Force or Naval bases, etc. The furloughed workers in those locales certainly aren't throwing money around like tourists!
Our entire economy has been devastated since we sent our manufacturing to Asia and thought we could make up for it in service jobs. Service jobs include the tourism industry. Now all of the sudden Washington is taking pity on the tourism industry? What about the rest of us? It is not fair! And what about other large sectors of the economy that are adversely affected by the shut-down, and why is tourism so favored? (I hate to get embroiled in anything political in the blog, but this topic sure affected my travels!)
In the long run I'm sort of glad I came on home when I did. I'm too old to be taking on such a robust itinerary, and will be much better off going back to the southwest one of these days when the parks are open but the tourism isn't as heavy as it normally is in October.
I should be catching up on my rest as I didn't wake up until 8 AM this morning, and I took over an hour nap this afternoon. Three loads of laundry, as well as running back and forth to the laundry building to hang the clothes on the line, take them down and fold them, etc. My bath towels smell so fresh and are stiff as a board, just the way I like them! They are so absorbent.
I worked on the new header photo, cropping it so that it would fit - so I thought. Evidently blogger just enlarges it to fit what their parameters are. I even clicked on "shrink to fit" on the template page. I don't think I can win.
I made an appointment to get my hair cut next week. In looking back over my photos I think I looked much younger with short hair. Of course, I was younger when the photos were taken, but I'm hoping to recapture a little of my youthful looks and energy!
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