I was taking a knitting break at lunch. Just quietly sitting there knitting a second sock. You know second socks don’t you? This one, a lovely semi-solid light pink is being knit out of a bamboo/merino blend. Of course I had forgotten the pattern at home. Since this is cables, I just decided to use the first sock as a pattern. Easy I thought, but extremely impressive to one of my co-workers who wandered down the hall who does knit, but has not strayed far from the vanilla sock.
What I should have admitted is that I never could have pulled this off had it been lace. I look at lace patterns and my eyes blur and my hands start to sweat. I can’t read them off the sock. But there are a couple ones out there by Cookie A that are worth trying. Since I do Paypal and download this proved to be quite easy. Thelonious is going to be the first one I tackle, solid color yarn I think.
After a non-functioning alarm clock this morning, compounded by a golden retriever who felt it was a great morning to head for the local meadow, I got to work about 35 minutes later than planned. I was still in time to do my PT test, walking the aerobic portion at this point in my life. A couple of years ago that I acknowledged that old injuries could be turned into new, fresh, painful ones if I persisted in pretending that I was young and invulnerable.
The dog whined in my office, extremely disappointed that she could not tow me for 6 1/2 laps around the area. In stead, we did that at lunch, right before the knitting.
On my bookshelf from the library
Probable Cause , Theresa Schwegel – Hardback
The Friday Night Knitting Club, Jacobs – Harback
A Day of Small Beginnings, Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum – Hardback
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Murder in the Casbah & Other Mysteries. Vols 13-18, Voices of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce – CD
A Deeper Sleep, Diana Stabenow – Harback
Hangman’s Holiday, Dorothy Sayers – cassette
The Nine Tailors, Dorothy Sayers – cassette
Off Armageddon Reef, David Weber – Hardback
Ranting on military fools
Feel free to ignore the following.
There has been a lot of controversy about the military lately. I am a supporter of free press. What I find at fault is how the military reacts to what is in the press. If you have been following the controversy at Walter Reed – there was a lovely piece in the Wall Street Journal today (15 March 07) by Daniel Henniger entitled The Walter Reed Fiasco. He discusses the fallout, the fact that this was not really “new” news. He also validates that MG Weightman was sacrificed in an attempt to stop the criticism. Since this an officer whom I have worked for several times in the past and hold in the highest respect, I am hoping that some of his points are taken by those who should be reading his piece.
And then there are the idiots who believe that “don’t ask, don’t tell’ is reasonable or fair. I will concede anyone their personal opinions, but I think all of us serving need to keep our personal prejudices buttoned up inside. We have learned to do that with other issues, I don’t see an issue: you either believe in EO, and that harrasement of anyone is wrong- or you don’t. In the LA Times this morning Nathaniel Frank makes the point quite clearly.
And part of the reason, I still maintain that so many of the older and more conservative men object is that they really, when all is said and done, do not subscribe to the idea of a blameless victim. We all have had experiences with people who had done dumb things, then claimed harassment. When the victim is female, most ask “what has she done?” When the victim is male, and the perpetrator is female – the usual comments are whistles or “what made him such a stud?”
If you let gay men in the military – there are a lot of men out there who see the risk of being “playing the female victim role” and it makes them quite uncomfortable. Largely because they do not see the victim as blameless (and what would others think of them if they were harassed).
If they really supported EO, then they would be committed to a harassment free workplace where everyone worked and was rewarded based on performance, and not anything else. Sexual preference would not matter in the least. A predator is a predator regardless of their sex, or the sex of their victim. I really hate to say it, but the fact that men find being the victim in this case so personally threatening ought to give them a clue—that women do not appreciate it either.
I have the next four days off. It is time to knit!