When TV collides with life: Trump, House of Cards, FBI & CSI Cyber


Quick note to start – yes, I am still training and fundraising. In fact, it would be fabulous if you would throw in $30 to the cause. I pretty much need $30/day for the rest of the time to meet the minimum. Also, things are starting to hurt a little. I’ll save that for another update (really!).

Project Athena Harbor to Harbor – $1,800 needed, please help!

And now, on to the main event!

These are the thoughts rattling through my head in recent weeks.

The first, I realized while watching the story about the FBI and Apple unfold that my impression of the whole scenario was being influenced not by any actual knowledge I have, but by the TV shows I watch! As I would read how the FBI needed Apple to create a back door hack into an iPhone that had been used by one of the San Bernadino terrorist attackers, all I could think was “But why? Can’t they just hack it themselves?! They do it ALL THE TIME on CSI Cyber!” You know, just throw the phone at Crummy and he’ll just type away madly on a keyboard for 20 seconds and VOILA! Phone unlocked! That’s all real isn’t it? Seriously I have just been SO unimpressed with the the REAL agents did here – asking the county to change the password and somehow not knowing how to get the backed up data or perhaps even locking themselves out of it? Meanwhile, since it was the guy’s work phone, not his personal one, I seriously doubt there’s anything on it worth having. At this point I am pretty much leaning towards being happy that Apple is standing their ground. Makes me feel pretty good knowing that darn little pass code I have on my phone is so impenetrable!

As an aside, can we talk about how damn awful CSI: Cyber is? I got suckered into watching it since my son and I are addicted to all things CSI and we were feeling major withdrawals when the original one wrapped up. I liked that they transitioned the Ted Danson character over form Vegas to DC, but from the absolutely atrocious episode that aired most recently, it looks like he is now out of there. I swear he probably went to the producers and said “Dear god, please write me out! The writing and acting are pitiful! I don’t need a paycheck this bad!” I mean, CSI: Miami was not anything fabulous either, but at least they seemed to be writing that one with tongue firmly planted in cheek. That’s why the Horatio meme of making a dramatic statement and then sliding on sunglasses is still going strong on the internet! But Cyber has NO CLUE they are bad. They are just…really really bad.

Meanwhile….House of Cards Season 4 dropped. WOW. No spoilers, but I pretty much think I loved this one as much as Season 1. Like most I totally binge watched, though I did spread it out over 3 nights. Here’s the thing though: some of the “Holy shit did they just DO that?” bite was somewhat diminished by what is happening in our very REAL election this year!! Every time I would think “No Presidential candidate could get away with THAT sort of theatrics/scheming etc.”, I would think to myself “Oh yeah. Trump.” That man has broken every single rule of class, decorum, leadership, respectability….whatever you want to call it. At this point I don’t even care what his policies are, I am just stunned at what he says, the vitriol he incites, and now the way his own supporters are behaving at his events. I mean (and this isn’t a spoiler)…there is a segment on House of Cards when an old picture of Frank Underwood’s father standing next to a Grand Master of the KKK is blown up and draped over a billboard in his home state of South Carolina. As always, Frank wiggles out from under what would normally be an End Of Your Campaign moment. But THEN…I immediately flashed to Donald Trump being endorsed by David Duke (he of the modern day KKK/White Supremacy movement). I remembered the many times when he, personally, has re-tweeted statements made by known White Supremacist leaders. Just today there is an NPR story about a family who has never been involved in politics who is now phone banking for Trump. The images show the woman with tattoos on her hands depicting the Hitler 88 symbol and the white supremacy associated star. And is ANY of this sticking to Trump in a negative way to devalue his campaign? He claims he doesn’t know about “any of that” and he simply manages to bluster louder than the people who deign to question him. And does it impact his campaign? Hell, from where I sit it seems to be HELPING him to have latched onto these sorts of voters because damn if he didn’t win a bunch of states again yesterday!

Please take note that in House of Cards, it was about the character’s FATHER’s association with Klansmen. This is directly about the candidate himself. In real life!

I just….really…don’t understand how the GOP 2016 campaign has turned into something LESS shocking than House of Cards! Are we living in a reality TV show?

Please tell me a President Trump would really NOT be worse than a President Underwood?

Just my .02 – I’ll go back to either working or walking now.




Before the Universe said “Ha HA” – Vlog Week 6


Yes, I know I forgot to record something for week 5 – so this is a two week catch up.

First of all – please please donate Christina’s Fundraising Page I’ve currently got $885 which leaves me a tad over $2100 yet to raise. We are doing some team fundraising but I would feel so much more encouraged if I could pull my own weight from all of you lovely readers/friends/supporters. It is your donations that keep me going even when I feel a huge huge case of the “Don’t Wannas”

Speaking of those – literally about an hour after I recorded this video in which I sort of crow about feeling pretty darn good after a 12 mile training walk…guess what happened? Yup – BONK! I was part way through my grocery shopping and my brain just stopped. Followed closely by the rest of me. I pushed through to unloading the food and then making a super quick lunch thinking that what I needed was food. Meh – kind of felt better? But, I still needed to do a 3 mile walk (remember this is going to be a back to back 25 miles each day event so we have to train like that). I wisely decided to just stroll the 3 miles. Ok, check that – I almost only did 1 mile since I had to go to the ATM to deposit a cash donation a friend had given me Saturday night (thank you Jeanne!). I nearly went home after BUT I plugged along down to the trail anyway. Not sure if that was the best plan since about at mile 2 a headache dropped down onto me and the last bit I felt as if I was constantly bargaining with myself between calling for a rescue ride home or taking another step forward. I did finish it, but I spent the rest of the day on the sofa or in bed. THANKFULLY feeling much back to normal-ish today (Monday) and very very happy to see TWO rest days on the plan for this week – the first one being today.

Anyhow – enjoy this unfocused little missive on stuff and know that the universe said “Ha HAH” out loud about an hour later 😉

Vlog – Project Athena Week 4


It’s the end of Phase 1! A base has been built 🙂 I must say I am very happy with the training plan provided because I have really not felt terribly sore or tired yet. The mileage increase has been very gradual and the emphasis on cross training and strength have been perfect. This week, while there are no new donations (waaah)…I did get the proper sized backpack AND then I saw the very animal for which the pack was named. THAT was a real treat 🙂

On to Phase 2! the mileage ramps up now. I will be inspired to keep moving by some Phase 2 level donations? Pretty please?





Vlogs -Project Athena Week 3


There were FOUR new donors this week – THANK YOU!

Donate here and you too will get a shout out! Christina’s P3 Page

Shout outs in the first video and then come along with me as we tour my house and get dizzy inside to avoid what ended up being 50-60mph wind gusts Sunday in San Diego. It sounded like waves were crashing into my house all day yesterday!

Vlogs – Training Week 2


First and most important – a new location for my fundraising page:

Christina’s Fundraising Page for P3 Team

Project Athena changed who they use for fundraising – I like the look of this new page much more. Ok, so there’s a short entry from my walk today and then a longer session with an overall assessment of the training week and a preview of what we are doing starting tomorrow. I hope you feel inspired to donate!

Videos! Vlogs? Yikes!


Hello friends!  So, sometime in the past year of growth and stuff I have managed to:

  • Upgrade my computer and phone so that video recording quality is pretty darn good
  • No longer be freaked out at the sight of myself ON video.

What that means for you is: Hey look – videos!

I got the idea to document my Project Athena training process and then the actual walk itself. Does that mean that I am considering getting a selfie stick? Perhaps….. 🙂

In the meantime – here are videos #1 and two. The best way to comment is to donate 🙂 Actually, I am considering some sort of challenge/reward for donations. Like, if you donate and then ask me to sing, or dance, or something (g-rated please) I will commit to that on the next video installment. For sure I will read your name off and probably mention how I know you like I do in this first one:

Installment #2 was recorded on Sunday after my training walk and involves a little bit of whining about being (cough) older than I may have been the last time I did one of these events. There’s also some musings on life just because.

Donation link below:

Project Athena Harbor to Harbor

Thank you!

Project Athena Fundraiser


Gentle readers, I would love your help!

In the grand semi/sporadic tradition that I started back in 2002 when I walked in my first of three Breast Cancer 3-day events, I am back on the walking trail again in 2016.

(No, I will not and have not stopped running, but I did take a much needed rest from the longer runs after my 3rd 1/2 marathon in a 5 months time span earlier this year!)

First, here’s the fundraising page – I plan to raise $3,000 to participate as a Supportive Goddess in this event. It is *only* 50 miles over 2 days (hahahahaha…yeah…”only”…) and the route sounds just breathtaking Oceanside Harbor to San Diego Harbor so if you know that coastal trail, you know it is pretty stunning! The Athena who I am supporting is my friend Angela who has courageously bounced back from several back surgeries after being thrown from a horse a few years ago. She is a shining example of someone who is moving forward from surviving to thriving and I am honored to be able to walk with her 🙂