Sunday, September 28, 2008

Off the beading topic and onto politics!

OK - this post has nothing to do with beading - instead I'm doing a brief foray into politics - in this case proposition politics. I spent part of last night reading through most of the California propositions and wanted to let folks know what I think about some of them.

First - if it says "bond" I'm voting no. With all the budget problems we have right now we DON'T need to go into debt further to create/do something that obviously the state can't currently afford.

Second - vote NO on proposition 5. Not because it is a bad idea - but because the funding for it is a never ending siphon from our taxes! If you take the time to read the "fiscal impact" section of the actual proposition you will see that funding is based on a percentage of the STATE population (which will most likely continue to grow) rather than on the prison population. Also - to change anything after this proposition passes will require a 4/5 majority. There is NO chance 4/5 of our state politicians will agree on anything and certainly not on reducing the funding for prison rehab. So the funding for this rehab proposition is NEVER ENDING, CONTINUALLY GROWING and since it is a proposition, ALWAYS HAS TO BE FUNDED!!! So if we're having a budget problem - too bad - all the money required by this proposition has to be found somewhere - no cuts possible (unless 4/5 of the politicians agree). So ... please vote NO on prop 5. In fact I'm going to start reading all the fiscal impact sections more closely in the future since part of our budget problems are due to REQUIRED funding for many of the propositions that were voted into law in the past. Most of these do not provide an easy way to reduce the funding during bad economic times - so first we use our tax money to pay for all the REQUIRED funds that we have passed, and then the leftovers get distributed to all the other things that have to be payed for.

That's it for now and even if you don't agree with my ideas - at least take the time to read the actual proposition text so you'll know EXACTLY what you're agreeing to if you vote YES on the proposition.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Busy, busy, busy!

The craft fair went well. My mom helped out and between her, me and another jewelry seller we kept busy selling my jewelry, the other gals jewelry, succulents for a fellow soccer player who was in the tournament and raffle tickets for a quilt raffle. We were busy! The proceeds from the raffle went to a scholarship fund at the school where one of our fellow soccer players taught. She died suddenly while hiking with friends in the Grand Canyon last year.

Here are pictures of my setup at the craft fair:

Since the craft fair I've been getting things together to send to the 2 consignments shops where I sell. I delivered things to Gili Anna's yesterday. Today I'm working on some final things to ship out to the Bead and Glass Boutique. Hopefully I'll have everything finished and shipped out tomorrow so I can finish up some custom spiders and then I can get back to listing things in my Etsy store. I made quite a few new designs for the craft fair and not all of them sold so they'll be appearing soon on Etsy!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Senior Olympics Soccer and Craft Fair!

I'll be at another craft fair tomorrow (Saturday). This time it will be in conjunction with the Senior Olympics Women's Soccer Tournament. I'm still too young to play - so I'll hang with my teammates who are playing and will sell my jewelry and beaded things. If you're in the vicinity of Mira Mesa in San Diego feel free to stop by and shop or just watch some soccer games. The tournament will be held at Hourglass Field which is just south of Miramar College. Here's a mapquest link if you need it: Hourglass Field. Hope to see some of you there!
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