As recently as a year ago I considered myself to be conservative. In fact, I used to think of myself as just slightly to the right of Genghis Khan. When it came to government intrusion of any kind, I was libertarian; nay, perhaps anarchist (in the pure sense of the word).
Over the last year, I have learned to embrace my inner hippie though. Interestingly, and I should probably point out that I don't consider political inclination to be a lateral scale, but a circular continuum, I find myself rapidly becoming egalitarian. This may just be in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, though.
Either way, I thought I would just throw out some observations of the world, with no particular theme or order.
I have always thought that smokers should have rights, especially in their own properties. Having said that, if it is as bad as everyone makes it out to be, just make it illegal and get it over with. Obviously, the government has a vested interest in the propagation of smoking, or it would already be gone. BTW, I can't stand when I am hiking in the woods and look down and see a cigarette butt; doesn't it take like 400 million years for filters to degrade? (I know at worst it's 15 years or so, but they just really irritate me.)
I love how loud motorcycles are suddenly loud for safety sake. Seems to me that if your want to be safe you wouldn't be on a motorcycle in the first place. If you insist on making something as unsafe as a motorcycle safer, painting it and the rider day-glow yellow and orange would be better than removing the muffler. I do have to say, that I love that people want to get out and see the natural world; but could you leave your loud hog behind so that I can enjoy the peace and quite of my hike...
Why do I always run into people dressed in walking shoes carrying a 12 ounce water when I am hiking back to the car late in the day. I hope they don't plan on going very far. Yikes.
Speaking of yikes, I once ran into a group of two "men", one woman and two kids hiking. One of the kids was holding the woman's hand, the other was on one of the men's shoulders; he was drinking a beer as he hiked; the other man was drinking a beer that we still in the six pack rings with four other full beers and smoking a cigarette. There was no water to be seen and nobody had a pack of any kind. Hmmm, can you say recipe for disaster?
Completely off topic, but don't you wish government regulations didn't dictate dumb stuff? I love the braille instructions on drive up ATMs that are clearly marked, "No walk-ups allowed.". I can only assume that is required be some part of the ADA.