Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
We have lived here for 3 1/2 years and finally went and did some of the local things we have never done. Our friends invited us to take a drive with them around the mountain to Tinkertown, which is this quirky little museum with lots of junk. Then we drove up to Sandia Crest and saw the view of Albuquerque from the top of the Sandia mountains. On the way home we stopped and ate at Burger Boy. They had a great burger. It was a fun trip with fun friends.
Friday, September 12, 2008
We went to the zoo tonight for Dave's work party. It was for his center, which has somewhere near 1,000 employees. So we didn't know anybody, but it was fun and they had face painting. Ruby wanted a butterfly. We thought it was so cute and Ruby loves it. She has gone to bed with it still on her face.
I have been meaning to write this for a couple of weeks.
I have to be honest. When Benazir Bhutto was assassinated last year I didn't really know who she was and why she was so important to Pakistan. I just plain didn't even know much about Pakistan period. I picked up this book at the library a few weeks ago and just couldn't put it down. It is such coincidence that I read it at a time when Musharraf was being forced from power. She is a woman who dedicated herself and gave her life for freedom and democracy in Pakistan. I just want to share one quote. "Democracy in Pakistan is not just important for Pakistanis, it is important for the entire world. In this age of the exploitation and radical interpretation of my beloved religion, we must always remember that democratic governments do not empower, protect and harbour terrorists. A democratic Pakistan, free from the yolk of military dictatirship, would cease to be the petri dish of the pandemic of international terrorism." I finally have the answers I have been looking for. For too many years the United States has looked out for it's own interests by supporting the dictatorships of Zia and Musharraf. We are the most succesful democracy in the world, and yet we supported oppression and military rule. I think its sad. We paid dearly for this mistake on 9/11. This is what I care about in the upcoming election. I haven't yet heard enough from either candidate to decide, but I am watching and waiting to know who will make this change. Now is our chance, Bhutto's widow Zardari was elected president last week in a democratic election. After so many years under a controling military dictatorship the desire for democracy still exists. We need to have a President that understands the gravity of the situation and realizes the importance of supporting Pakistan in its efforts to achieve a democratic government.
Evan complained that I haven't done a post in a long time, so this is for him. Jeffrey loves using the markers. Whenever Ruby gets up to the table to color, Jeffrey wants to be up there too, coloring the table, so I tape four sheets of paper in front of him and let him go to town. Here are some pictures of his creations.