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It is also available as a book with added comments and thoughts. It is a fundraiser for Multiple System Atrophy research - the disease that killed my wife and the catalyst for the blog. Please consider buying either a Kindle version from the Kindle store or a paperback version from Amazon. The title is "Living With A Snowman" by Scott Poole. It is available for purchase HERE.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hey buddy, wanna buy a bridge?

Over the past months I have noticed a real increase in the insurance commercials that tell me and all who are listening about the money I could be, should be, would be saving if I switched to Allstate, Geico, Progressive, State Farm, 21st Century, et al. This got me to thinking (as only I can and do, evidently) what idiot is paying these high prices any more? Where is he or she? I picture Rog, the hermit, living in a mud hut in the middle of the desert. No TV or radio, just a 1958 pickup with 286,000 miles on it for running into town every six months for mouthwash and toothpicks. He has no idea that the set of eyes he feels on the back of his neck at those weird times is the money he could be saving.... He is still paying $352, or $602, or $424 too much because he does not know better. WE, on the other hand are well educated as to the fact that Progressive will tell us who is the cheapest; or that Dennis Haysbert would use his sonorous voice to assure him that Allstate would save him money AND christen his first born. He does not know he could switch to almost ANY darn company EXCEPT for the ONE HE IS WITH NOW and save HUGE bucks! Now I am for the small businessman as much as anyone. But, considering insurance is one product we buy that we never want to use - I believe we should pay as little as possible (while actually getting coverage IF we ever do need it). Buying insurance from your second cousin Bob's neighbor's son Zeb is not really fiscally responsible. WATCH THE COMMERCIALS!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Excuse me, are you a rock star?

For those of you that have been reading along, you know I have occasionally dropped in thoughts and comments on my wife's illness. Here is another. (hey, I gave you three or four "fluff" pieces in a row!!) Spasmodic Torticollis. Great name for a rock band, yes? Cervical Dystonia. Also a good one. Both sound like a lead-in for a heavy metal band with big hair. Well, we have entered the rock band era with my wife's disease. And now, the coliseum is proud to present.......Cervical Dystonia!!! These two heavy metal names are both monikers of a disease of which my wife now is suffering. As a side effect of her primary illness, we get to sample an entire array of diseases - as symptoms of multiple system atrophy. Cervical Dystonia is (in layman's terms - I am just now learning about this, over the last few hours) where the muscles of the neck spasm and/or contract on their own. It is annoying and according to my wife (and common sense) very uncomfortable to painful. When she gets tired, excited, or emotional more than a bit, her neck pulls her head towards her chest. This is actually called anterocollis when it happens this way. There are other names for pulling to the side or to the back. I am not sure how common this is, but in her case she cannot pick her head up on her own. I have to push/pull her head to the correct position and hold it there while things calm down. Ain't life grand! Rock on, dude!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

How much do you weigh again?

If this were not true, it might be funny. Be afraid, be VERY afraid. I don't even know what to say about this one.... Do Fat People Cause Global Warming? Tuesday, April 21, 2009 AP The rising number of fat people was blamed for global warming on Monday. Scientists warned that the increase in big eaters means more food production — a major cause of CO2 gas emissions warming the planet. Overweight people are also more likely to drive, adding to environmental damage. Dr. Phil Edwards, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: "Moving about in a heavy body is like driving in a gas guzzler." Each fat person is said to be responsible for emitting a ton more of climate-warming carbon dioxide per year than a thin one. It means an extra billion tons of CO2 a year is created, according to World Health Organization estimates of overweight people. The scientists say providing extra grub for them to guzzle adds to carbon emissions that heat up the world, melting polar ice caps, raising sea levels and killing rain forests. • Click here to read the rest of this story in the Sun. I think it is all the excess scientists that are the problem!

Monday, April 20, 2009

More Headlines

MORE HEADLINES - these are REAL news stories: (my editorial comments in italics) Mass. lake with 45-letter name has spelling errors (shocking, huh?) WEBSTER, Mass. – Officials have agreed to correct spelling errors in road signs pointing to a central Massachusetts lake with a 45-letter name. Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in Webster has one of the world's longest place names. It's been spelled many different ways over the years. Some locals have given up and simply call it Lake Webster. What you talkin' 'bout Willis? Miss. woman gets shot in head, but makes tea I actually read this one over the weekend. She was shot through the head by her husband. Then she met the officer at the door and offered him tea. Man allegedly steals forklift and hits sign, pole Here is the REAL story - Authorities said after the vehicle ran out of gas, the man sought treatment at a local hospital for alcohol and drug intoxication.... Shocked you, huh? Fake waiter accepted money from patrons I'm pretty sure I have been seated at this guy's station before. Man fends off polar bear with a shovel That is why one never gives garden tools to wild animals! Please Do Not Expose Your Genitals To The Comcast Guy I think this is great life advice. I wonder if it was in the self-help section? Pink elephant spotted in Botswana This is news? Pink elephants are being seen in many places. Ask the guy driving the forklift! Missouri town re-elects deceased mayor I think a lot of our elected officials would do less harm if deceased. Stay tuned for more....

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Sky is Falling! But don't worry, we will pay you for it.

This is taken from a news story on congressional activities. If this doesn't scare you silly, you are brain dead!! An under-the-radar provision in a House climate bill would give plaintiffs who claim to be victims of global warming a way to sue the federal government or businesses, according to a report Friday in The Washington Times. The Times reported that Democratic Reps. Henry Waxman of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts added it into a bill they authored. The provision, which was just released, reportedly would set grounds for plaintiffs who has "suffered" or expect to suffer "harm" attributable at least in part to government inaction. The provision defines "harm" as "any effect of air pollution (including climate change)," according to the Times. Plaintiffs could seek up to $75,000 in damages a year from the government, with $1.5 million being the maximum total payout. The Times reported that Waxman is trying to accelerate passage for the bill through his committee, as the Senate begins drafting its own version. I especially love the "expect to suffer..." part. I sincerely hope we have not fallen off the deep end this fast! Please keep your eyes and ears open. If this makes it out of committee, we have to stop it.

The idiotic "bailouts" may already be bankrupting the country. This would end the economy as we know it.

I am riled up and close to another essay on politics, government, the constitution, etc. But, I will stop. You can read all of that and more in earlier posts. Look around.