Daily Archives: July 22, 2012

Doggie Bags…

…I knew I’d forgotten something. Having spent the last week obsessively packing and unpacking my rucksack to reassure myself that I hadn’t gone completely overboard weight-wise to walk 825km across Northern Spain (have I mentioned that in previous posts?), I can safely say that the idea of getting someone else to carry it for me had never crossed my mind. And having met little Ossie here, I’ve been kicking myself for most of the 27km that is the first stage of The Northern Way, from Irun to San Sebastian.

True to form, it was only in the last week of my ‘planning’ that the thought of rucksack weight even occurred to me; I’d been having far too much fun being sold ‘essential gear’ by Brighton’s various trekking suppliers to think about the practicalities of what I’d been buying. And it turns that it all weighs about twice what is recommended by people who have walked the Camino before, not to mention anyone with half a brain. Should’ve bought a dog instead.

But whatever I may have lost in vertebrae function in future years was more than compensated for by the utter loveliness of where I am.

Here’s a taster:

27km down, 798 to go!

Filed under: On The Road Tagged: Irun, Photograph, San Sebastian, The Northern Way

Serial Rapist in the US Air Force gets a slap on the hand

http://m.cbsnews.com/fullstory.rbml?catid=57477281&feed_id=1&videofeed=null This horrific sexual predator who preyed upon female recruits was convicted on 28 counts of first-degree rape and other forms of sexual harrassment and misconduct, while in the position of instructor to the women he abused. And yet, even though the law provides for up to life imprisonment for these crimes, he got 20 years. Usually that sentence carries a provision for parole in 7 to 10 years, dependent upon conduct. It is well known that sexual predators have a very high rate of recidivism. The probability that someone who has made rape his lifestyle, as this slimy worm has, will rape again when he gets out of prison, is unacceptably certain. His “heartfelt pleas” to the judge and jury that he be allowed to participate in his childrens’ rearing should have been taken as incentive to lock him up for life plus 20 years. What fine values could a monster like this instill into his children. Makes me want to vomit.

Copyright 2012 Laura P. Schulman all rights reserved

Out of Doors?!

Even though I’m still mega-meh and don’t want to do anything, I’m going out in the land of natural light again. And it’s proper bright and sunny today, so this will be… interesting. *chuckles* The irony is it’s to see a local goth band… in sunlight. Yes, the irony amuses me too.

Ah well, it’ll probably be for the best, right? :)