Friends Meet Up

Read an article this morning that got me scribbling. Friends meet up:

How’s it going?

Eh okay.

You seem down??

Bernie’s not gonna get the nomination!

Ah, you’re a Bernie supporter.

Yes, and it’s really sad that he won’t get a chance to change this country.

So it’s pretty bad out there?

It’s horrible. The rich and the big corporations are stealing our lives away and making themselves richer and more powerful by the minute. They run this country and we have to somehow get it back!

So what’re you doin today?

I guess the usual Saturday stuff. Hit the gym around 10, meet Brenda at Starbucks around 11:30, got a little housework to do, then I’ll either catch a movie with Bill or maybe we’ll take a drive to the hills or the beach. If we do the beach we’ll probably stay overnight. Or maybe we’ll stay home and catch something on Netflix tonight…

How’s work?

Eh okay… I make decent money, but I just don’t love it. Thinking about making a change. There are a couple of competitors out there that I’m sure would sweeten the pot to get me to move. Or I might go back to school and get my masters.

Well, sounds like you have options.

Yeah, there are a lot of opportunities out there. You just gotta go after em!

Any vacations coming up?

Nothing definite. Can’t decide between Alaska and Yellowstone… Did Yellowstone a few years ago and loved it!

 

Friends meet up:

How’s it going?

Awesome!

What’s up!

Trump’s gonna win the White House, I just know it!

You seem pumped!

Totally! This country is going into the s&*!ter and Trump will make it great again!

So you’re okay with the foreign trade and immigration stuff he’s talking about?

Hell yes! That’s the crap that’s killing this country!

How do like your android?

It’s pretty cool. I switched from the iPhone and can’t decide which one I like better. I’m going to go ahead and get a tablet, they’re finally priced low enough to justify it, so I’m thinking about the iPad and going back to the iPhone at the same time.

How’s the old car holding up?

Funny you ask, that’s what I’m doing today. It’s finally giving up the ghost, so I’m gonna go test driving this afternoon.

Got our eye on anything?

Definitely an SUV. The new explorer is pretty cool, but I love that mid-sized Lexus too. I’m going to check them both out and probably look at something else if I have time. Hey, what’re you doing for lunch? There’s this authentic Chinese restaurant that just opened up around the corner. The family barely speaks English, but man the food is incredible!

Sounds great! But I’ll have to take a raincheck. I’m meeting Marsha at 11:30 at some Mexican place downtown.

Is it that one on ‘M’ street?

Yeah, I think so.

OMG! I love that place! Have fun! Oh, hey, if you’re free Sunday night come on over and watch the finals with me. I gotta new 60-inch Samsung and you won’t believe the picture!

 

Friends meet up:

How’s it going?

Awesome!

What’s up?

Hillary’s going to win the White House! I just know it!

You seem pumped.

Hell yes! It’s about time a woman ran this country.

Is it about Hillary, or is it about her being a woman?

Ha! It’s about both. But mostly it’s about Hillary, I sure as hell wouldn’t have voted for Carly! And Hillary’s the most complete candidate! Here, I was just looking at her website. Take a look at her positions on all of these issues. I am so excited!

Issues

Learn more about Hillary’s vision for America, and key policies she will fight for as president. As Hillary campaigns across the country, she’ll be talking about more issues—stay tuned.

 

Addiction and substance use

Through improved treatment, prevention, and training, we can end this quiet epidemic once and for all. 

 

Campaign finance reform

Our democracy should work for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.

 

Campus sexual assault

It’s not enough to condemn campus sexual assault. We need to stop campus sexual assault. 

 

Climate change 

Making America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. 

 

Criminal justice reform 

Our criminal justice system is out of balance. 

 

Disability rights 

We must continue to expand opportunities for all Americans. 

 

Early childhood education 

Every child deserves the chance to live up to his or her God-given potential. 

Fixing America’s infrastructure

Strong infrastructure is critical to a strong economy. 

Gun violence prevention

It is past time we act on gun violence. 

Health care

Affordable health care is a basic human right. 

 

HIV and AIDS

We have reached a critical moment in our fight against HIV and AIDS. 

 

Immigration reform

America needs comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. 

 

K–12 education

A world-class education for every child in every community. 

 

Labor and workers’ rights

When unions are strong, America is strong. 

 

LGBT rights and equality

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans deserve to live their lives free from discrimination. 

 

Making college affordable and taking on student debt 

The New College Compact: Costs won’t be a barrier, debt won’t hold you back. 

 

Manufacturing

Manufacturing is critical to the U.S. economy. 

 

National security

With policies that keep us strong and safe, America can lead the world in the 21st century. 

 

Paid family leave

It’s time to guarantee paid family and medical leave in America. 

Protecting animals and wildlife 

The way our society treats animals is a reflection of our humanity. 

 

Racial justice

America’s long struggle with race is far from finished. 

 

Raising incomes and fighting inequality

The defining economic challenge of our time is raising incomes for hard-working Americans. 

 

Rural communities

America’s rural communities are at the heart of what makes this country great. 

 

Seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s disease

We can prevent, effectively treat, and make an Alzheimer’s cure possible by 2025.

 

Small business

Hillary Clinton will be a small business president. 

 

Social Security and Medicare 

We must preserve, protect, and strengthen these lifelines. 

 

Veterans, the armed forces, and their families 

America must fully commit to supporting veterans. 

 

Voting rights

We should be making it easier to vote, not harder. 

 

Wall Street reform 

Wall Street must work for Main Street. 

 

Women’s rights

Women’s issues are family issues, economic issues—and crucial to our future competitiveness. 

 

Workforce skills and job training 

Every American should be able to learn new skills in order to advance in their careers. 

 

Wow! She’s going to be a very busy woman!

What’re you doin today?

Gonna hang out with my nephew Jake. He just lost his job and he’s kinda in the dumps.

Oh, sorry to hear that!

How’d he lose his job?

Well, he’s just a kid and he doesn’t have much experience. The place he was working established a hiring freeze last year when the minimum wage went up and they had to start providing health insurance. Now they’re starting to cut people. It’s sad!

What’re his options?

Well, he’d like to get a union job but, again, he doesn’t have enough experience or skills to justify what the company would have to pay him.

What about school?

He’s just not much of a student. I told him I’d help financially, plus he’d qualify for all kinds of assistance, but I can’t seem to get him motivated. It’s sad! If somebody would give him a chance I know he could grow into a great employee and one day make a nice living. He’s a really hard worker.

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