My wife's last grandparent passed away a few days ago. Chuck was a great guy and I was glad I got a chance to know him. The last few years were pretty rough for him as he went downhill. He was a very smart guy who enjoyed reading, playing on his computer and flying model airplanes. The last couple years his sight and hearing started going fairly quickly. He just couldn't see enough to read anymore. My father-in-law eventually had to bring Chuck to an assisted living facility. They took good care of him and we were able to visit (maybe not as often as we should have) fairly easily as the place was less than five miles away. Rest in peace, Chuck.
Good news and bad news, country-wise. First, the good news: President-elect Barack Obama, who won with what the current president would describe as a huge mandate. After the last 8 years of a frat-boy president, we finally get an intelligent man in charge of our country.
Now, the bad news, more locally for me. Once again, Californians fall for the lies about propositions with bonds attached. "This is not a tax increase." OK, let me explain something to you people: a bond requires repayment. The repayment gets added to the state budget. The money from a state budget comes from taxes. FOLLOW THE PATH, PEOPLE! It's not that damned complicated! They just passed a new budget and they're already having to revise it because they're running a deficit.
As for Proposition 8, it appears the homophobes and religious zealots (and the homophobic religious zealots )have won. Too many people bought the slippery slope garbage about incest, bestiality, pedophilia and bigamy. It seems that the only people who ever bring that stuff up are the faaaaaaaaaaaar right wing wingnuts. Normal people don't want to do those things.