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January 31, 2003

CONSUMER NOTE

If you're planning to buy a Romanian car, you might want to check it for, umm, fluids.
(Thanks to Jeanne Bocanegra.)

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Oh yeah, gas prices have dropped a lot. On the way down on Wednesday it was $3.35 on the NJ Turnpike and $$3.20 in Delaware. I thought they only changed the Turnpike prices once a week, but on Sunday it was $3.18.

We paid $2.95 in Delaware but later saw $2.69 in NJ!

Susan, have a great time with Kibby.

Is Jane excited?

;)

98!

??

Happy Birthday, Paddington Bear!!

sly, we went to the annual big mystery convention - Bouchercon - as mentioned in Baltimore this weekend. The next two years it will be held in Indianpolis and San Francisco, but the word was that the following year (October 2011) in will be in St. Louis.

Just FYI.

I've heard that gas is under $3 some places in SC...haven't noticed it here as yet...It was at $3.06 the last time I looked.

Jeff, yes, I think she is. "Any idea when Ken will be here?"

I had to stop and think for a minute. Before WHO will be here?

Ohhhhh.....

He wanted to be here by the lunch hour, but he wasn't sure when he would get here...so I'm now awaiting him...

Got all the fiddly bits of work done...

*taps toes*

You know, if I had known I had a message on my phone, I'd have known Kibby planned to be here around 12:30.

Silly phone.

Kibby's here!!!!!!!!!!!!

And Aiden...and Chris!

Lunchtime!

Mad - I have never put either child in a dog carrier. I'm a guy. I just improvise with duct tape...

Duct tape...wonderful stuff.

And I did see gas under $3 today...at $2.99.

And I have a clarinet...I just haven't tried it yet...

And Kibby didn't even mentioning ironing...which I don't do anyway.

Kibby irons his duct tape?

(I may have read that too fast.)

Jamester- improvising duct tape WBAGNFARB
Please use the duct tape on the Phillies so the Dodgers can win the next 3 games!

I have a banjo.
I suck...

That is not a haiku... .

I don't know if Kibby irons his duct tape. Maybe he does. I should have asked.

My banjo has a broken string...and I would indeed suck if I tried to play it. Even if the string were replaced.

I sucked less on the clarinet than the trumpet. It was going well, actually.

However.

I went to the church for the official practice.

I put it together.

Well, I tried to.

One of the joints, the two main parts of it...had been a little hard to put together earlier when I practiced.

Well.

*crack*

Uh oh. Yep. It cracked. Badly. I can't even take it apart.

And I just found out that the woman who brought it in (it was her daughter's)...won't be in tomorrow. So I have to wait to tell her.

Although from what I've seen online...this can happen with wooden clarinets, particularly when they haven't been played. The wood dries out...

Still.

I feel rotten. Although numerous people, the preacher, the music director who is also the band director at the junior high school...have assured me it was just one of those things that could have happened to anyone...still. It happened to me.

Well, the woman who brought it in is a preacher.

Maybe she won't kill me.

Where are the Kibby pictures?

Your FF update for week 6:
1. Sly's Guys 5-1-0
2. El's Champs 5-1-0
3. Godless Communists 4-2-0
4. Area 51 Visitors 3-3-0
5. Higgy's Heroic Huns 3-3-0
6. Di's Johnz 3-3-0
7. Tooligans rule again 3-3-0
8. kibby's kruisers 2-4-0
9. Theodore 2-4-0
10. The Smegheads 2-4-0
11. Eagerest Beavers 2-4-0
12. Mad Lab Weasels 2-4-0

Sly stays on top of the pack with an impressive (and high scoring) week over Di 85-43. It'll be interesting to see how she fares without her beloved Romo for the next 4 weeks though!

In other league action, The Smegheads left their QB on the bench and went down to Lab 54-62. However, their backup QB was Eli Manning, and he stunk up MNF quite nicely. El's Champs coasted to an easy win over the weaksauce Trillian 53-19. Bismuth had an awesome week (about time Braylon Edwards!) over Kibby 80-38 and the COmmunists won out over the Weasels 55-49, putting our favorite mustelids into last place. Your faithful Commish (WHO CAN EDIT YOUR ROSTER - KAF - IF YOU ASK ME TO!) managed to squeak a win out over Mr Fisher 58-41, and vaults into 5th place.

The coming week has:
Higgy's Heroic Huns versus kibby's kruisers; The Smegheads versus Eagerest Beavers' El's Champs versus Area 51 Visitors; Sly's Guys versus Tooligans rule again; Mad Lab Weasels versus Theodore; and the Godless Communists versus Di's Johnz. Good luck all!

so we should be able to wiggle out of last place next week if we win. Wheee! Wiggles around under the Beaver until then

Barbara Walters gets tough!

They were talking about the recent Madonna concert (on The View, which Jackie records) and all of them were offended by Madge yelling at two men who were sitting, telling them, "Stand up. This isn't a f#*king Barbra Streisand concert!"

To which BW said, "I don't want to be nasty, but Barbra Streisand has talent."

You tell 'em, Babs.

Any truth to the rumor that after the election McCain is going to star in a "Grumpy Old Men" remake?

Bummer. Mad just wrote that they had to cancel the Vegas trip next weekend. I hope they'll be able to do it next year. If we didn't already have the plane tickets and concert tickets I'd be pressing Jackie to cancel too.

That sucks - that would have been, what - 4 years in a row? Bummer. Try to enjoy yourselves anyway, Jeff!

We will, Higgy. I wish you guys could be there too.

Barbara Walters IS tough. She wants to bitch-slap Elizabeth Hasselback so bad, but to do so would be beneath her.
You can see it in her eyes: she's thinking about getting up to go find a roll of quarters.

*volunteers to be Barbara's designated bitch-slap stand in*

*waves to everybody*

Congrats to Susan's daughter!

*sending good computer karma towards WCRE*

*tunes in to see what's playing on WCRE*

Well, at least that part's working!

Happy Anniversary to Higgy & Mrs. Higgy, JU & Leetie!

*sending bad karma towards Blogchik's librarian*

*googles for a pee-proof box temporary shelter for Jeff to live in while in NO*

*waves belatedly towards Tampa at Kibby*

*is not going to say anything risque about Mad wiggling around under a beaver*

*cannot remember anything else he read while heinzing*

Just checking in! Still working too much, will be moving (not far, just a few blocks away) at the end of the month. I'm still blurking quite a bit late night and I miss spending time hanging out with all of you, but I gots to pay the rent.

*throws large pile of pants on Lab's lawn*

There, that's one less thing I have to move!

XXOO


smooches Tony!!!! XXOOO

Actually this would I believe be the 5th year in a row! We really want to go and I could really use the break, but our bank account needs a break to...

Right. The first time was at Dave's talk at the AARP convention in 2003.

Oops, did it again.

2003 was our first trip to Vegas.

2004 - met Mad & Dave at the AARP
2005 - Mad & Mike, sly, and Higgy in Vegas.
2006 - Mad & Mike, Higgy & TCMH, Polly PI and future hubby Michael in Vegas. Mad & Polly ride the mechanical bull at Gilley's.
207 - Mad & Mike

It was much colder here this a.m.

*retrieves pants from Lab's lawn*

You've got 2005 and 2006 switched and TCMH was there the year I was.

Thanks, sly.

Of course I didn't check but relied on my memory, obviously faulty. You were indeed there in 2006 and Polly was there in 2005.

Of course, I could have mixed that up again.

;)

I am sitting here watching the sun shine through the changing leaves (all shades of red, yellow, orange, etc.). It is beautiful. Problem, in the back of my mind is, they will fall and then I will have to clean up the mess. Oh well, it is really nice to see and I will deal with the mess later.

Jeff, have a good time in LV, too bad Mad and Mike can't make it. Maybe some day I will be able to go. My brother said it is worth going, at least once.

My first fall!
LEAVES! LEAVES! HA!
And I DON'T have to rake!

Yes, it's good not to be a homeowner at times, Crash, and this is one of them. Around here most of the owners hire landscapers/mowers/lawn care guys who come around every week or two with the leaf blowers and bag the leaves.

It's still pretty cool here but will be back to normal or above (63) this afternoon.

Vegas forecast for the weekend: low 80s.

;)

I am still alive. Yay! I took the broken clarinet to the music store Saturday...just missed the technician...he'll be calling Tuesday or Wednesday.

My clarinet was still not ready, I should be able to pick it up Saturday.

So I played trumpet at the mass. Good crowd, outside, nice weather. At the start of the service it was mentioned that there were 170 chairs set up, that was corrected to 192, they were all filled and people were standing...so a very good crowd.

The dear child is home...graduation was Friday. She was valedictorian, didn't speak...had the highest female pre-GED score...actually the highest male or female...don't know what she'll do next. She wants to go back to high school....

I want to go back to my High School...
(well not really, it's lame now, but if it were the same...)

i couldn't fit into those little desks anymore :(

My high school sucked. My *cough-ty-cough*th reunion is the day after Thanksgiving. I'm gonna avoid it.

Now college on the other hand... I'd go back any day. :)

Very impressive, Susan. Congratulate her for us.

I might have gone to my 40th (ugh) HS reunion if it was held in Brooklyn, or at least a more reasonable place than a motel near Newark Airport, Leetie.

I mean, WTFBBQ is up with that?

Holiday Inn or Motel 6? ;)

Mine is at a restaurant in my home town. I'll be only about an hour away at my brother's house that day... I might stop in if it wasn't $70 a head.

Gas at $2.75, temps in the low 70s at night and mid 70's to low 80's during the day.

WHY AM I LEAVING FLORIDA!!!???

I've spent my entire time here working on the house and lawn. Needless to say, I'm beat, broke, and not done!

I leave in a few hours for Prague and wonderful beer. Too bad I have to work the day I arrive....

*wishes he was in Vegas*

What's this about Mad and beavers?????

I see I jumped a few places in FF! Yay!

gotta run MOATies....

YAY! Just found out I have 50 lbs per bag for my flight home.

Now I can check Grandson #1! .... or lost more goodies...

Kibby it might work better if you convince the airlines GS1 is a guide/assistance animal. He can be your emotional support human.

*wanting an Emotional Support Child*

FF Update for week 7:
1. El's Champs 6-1-0
2. Sly's Guys 5-2-0
3. Godless Communists 5-2-0
4. Tooligans rule again 4-3-0
5. kibby's kruisers 3-4-0
6. Area 51 Visitors 3-4-0
7. Mad Lab Weasels 3-4-0
8. Higgy's Heroic Huns 3-4-0
9. Di's Johnz 3-4-0
10. The Smegheads 3-4-0
11. Theodore 2-5-0
12. Eagerest Beavers 2-5-0

Lookie lookie who is back on top of the pile! Way to go El, with an excellent win over Lab 66-35. Lab avoid the weaksauce trophy thanks to The Beavers, who only managed 21 points against Kaf's Smegheads 40. The powerful Weasels had a very impressive high-score of 93 over Theodore's 53. Sly's guys fall to Trillian, who resurges from her previous weeks with a very nice 74-67 and the Communists take one from Di's Johnz 71-42. Your Commish thought he had it with MNF, but Kibby's Cutler managed a TD pass against his 2 interceptions to pull a win out over the Huns 56-51.

Next week's lineup:
Higgy's Heroic Huns get a piece of Mad Lab Weasels; The Smegheads see who's on Bye week against kibby's kruisers; El's Champs try to climb all over Eagerest Beavers; Sly's Guys look to flashie-thing Area 51 Visitors; Tooligans rule again - or try to over Di's Johnz; and the Godless Communists fend off Theodore.

Good luck, all!

whoo hoo!!! I like being positioned between Higgy and Lab. Let's keep these standings the rest of the season! *wiggles and bounces* Wheeeeee

hey! jeff! former blogette Golfwidow now lives in Las Vegas.

Didn't she do a stint on the MOAT too?

Kibby's home and sucking the cafine (not Kaf) as quickly as it's available. Something to do with tran-Atlantic jet lags and lack of sleep...

Joke fer ya!
A redneck was stopped by a game warden down south recently with two ice chests full of fish. He was leavin' a cove well-known for its fishing.

The game warden asked the man, 'Do you have a license to catch those fish?'

Naw, sir', replied the redneck. 'I ain't got none of them there licenses. You must understand, these here are my pet fish.'

'Pet fish?'

'Yeah. Every night, I take these here fish down to the lake and let 'em swim 'round for awhile. Then, when I whistle, they jump right back into these here ice chests and I take 'em home.'

'That's a bunch of hooey! Fish can't do that.'

The redneck looked at the warden for a moment and then said, 'It's the truth Mr. Government Man. I'll show ya. It really works.'

'O. K.', said the warden. 'I've got to see this!'

The redneck poured the fish into the lake and stood and waited.

After several minutes, the warden says, 'Well?'

'Well, what?', says the redneck.

The warden says, 'When are you going to call them back?'

'Call who back?'

'The FISH', replied the warden!

'What fish?', replied the redneck.

Moral of the story:
We may not be as smart as some city slickers, but we ain't as dumb as some government employees.

You can say what you want about the South, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving north.

Welcome home, Kibby. Now we're leaving. By this time tomorrow we should be at the airport (fingers crossed) ready to board the plane to Vegas. I only wish Mad & Mike were coming.

It'll be nice to get out of 40 degree temperatures into 80s for a few days.

Quick survey: how many of you live in states that allow early voting?

b. Of those who do, have you voted yet?

3. ...

Unfortunately, New York does not have early voting.

i. I do and I'm going to this weekend.

ii. Kibby, loved the joke!

iii

iv. That Alaskan hockey mom with the $150,000 wardrobe who is running for VP is going to drop the puck at tonight's Blues game. I'm hearing more people upset by that than excited.

v. It's raining and cold.

are there signs saying "the puck drops here"?

sly, in Philadelphia - where they booed Santa Claus - they booed Palin when she dropped the puck at a Flyers game.

As long as she doesn't make speeches I'm guessing the St. Louis fans will be more polite, but maybe insomniac can give us a mathematical formula of beers drunk to likelihood of booing.

We'll be leaving early tomorrow and be back Tuesday night so have a great few days, and in the words of the late Mayor Daley:

Vote early and often.

Have Fun Jeff sorry we can't join you :-( I'll miss the Sunday buffet.... and of course you and Jackie.

Pepper and I already voted, very close to the Honorable Richard J. Daley Plaza!
That's where they got that Picasso.
Yep.

...did my post just get eaten?

*Has found herself in the Twilight Zone... and so attempts to sneak away.*

The Bird?

My favorite art installation in Chicago is Chagall mosaic, The Four Seasons, at what used to be First National Bank Plaza. I don't know what the building name is now. It's in the block surrounded by Dearborn, Clark, Madison and Monroe.

OK, I just Googled it. It's the Chase Tower at Exelon Plaza. I worked there back in the day when it was First National Bank Plaza and when Chagall installed the Four Seasons. Mayor Daley was at the dedication. The First Mayor Daley. Before he died.

I was 10.

Or not.

Of course, Hizzoner pronounced Chagall as "CHAY gle"

Any my posts seem to be disappearing too.

did you wear sunglasses, crash?

Always, insom.
We live in the suburbs, which was put into a different room than the voters who live within city limits, so we didn't wait in line!
And we've walked past the Chagall a few times.

kibby's moved into the 20th century. he has direct internet to home with wifi now!!!

... slingplayer now has a disconnected video cable ... no luck at all!

wow, quiet MOAT today.....

*sleeps in MOAT hammock*

I'm still wallowing in the Bills loss to Miami....

Simon LeBon of Duran Duran turns 50 today...

Awake in the nighttime
Got to go pee
Prostate exams
and colonoscopy!

So now I'm a geezer
When I used to be taut
Feet like a freezer
Socks are for naught

chorus: I don't wear Depends
I have to grunt to see my shoes
Don't know how to text or whatever comes next
And I'm grumpy like the coot!

Hair's turning gray
from my 401(k)
I have to grunt to see my shoes
If you give me a call, my phone's on the wall
And I'm grumpy like the coot!

Loads of fine women,
I sought and I chased
Taking v***** now would be really a waste!

Now when I see models
Mostly super- (of course)
At them 'Get some clothes on!'
I yell till I'm hoarse.

(repeat chorus)

Doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo
Doo doo doo
Doo doo doo
doo doo!

*counts doos*
*sounds about right*

Now that I've watched every Duran Duran video that I could find on u-tube, I should probably go and cook some dinner! ;)

*thanks leetie for backing vocals*

*links to this quasi-Duran-Duran video*

1. El's Champs 7-1-0
2. Sly's Guys 6-2-0
3. Godless Communists 5-3-0
4. kibby's kruisers 4-4-0
5. Mad Lab Weasels 4-4-0
6. Di's Johnz 4-4-0
7. Tooligans rule again 4-4-0
8. Theodore 3-5-0
9. Area 51 Visitors 3-5-0
10. Higgy's Heroic Huns 3-5-0
11. The Smegheads 3-5-0
12. Eagerest Beavers 2-6-0

Week 8 has come and gone - and El stays on top of the pile. She had a nice win over the mostly absent Beavers 70-33. Mr Fish? Whereforarthou? Di's Johnz left Trillian in the dust with an impressive (but not quite high-score) 81-26. We'll give the weaksauce trophy out there - although there were a few other contenders - such as Sly's Guys squeaking out a puny win over Lab 35-32! Oy vey!
Ted managed a nice win over the Communists 79-59, Kibby downed Kaf 75-46 and your faithful Commish gets SMASHED by the high-scoring Weasels 86-42. OW, that hurt.

Next week's exciting, nail-biting matchups* are:
Higgy's Heroic Huns try to get back to .500 against the Godless Communists; The Smegheads try their best but are facing the Mad Lab Weasels; El's Champs take their next shot against kibby's kruisers; Sly's Guys see if Eagerest Beavers wake up; Tooligans rule again look to transfer the weaksauce over to the Area 51 Visitors; and Theodore try to outscore Di's Johnz. Good luck, all!

*yes, I know you don't care...

*bites nails*

Fun week on my end...yep, I've been scarce around these parts...after a big virus scare at work, that turned out to not be a virus...I'm rather limited at work as to where I can go. Of course, I should be here, as it's listed on my work "profile" as a favorite site...hmmm. Hadn't thought of that. At any rate, sticking to work, and email sites mainly...

And never really get online at home...

(Oh, the profile thing...I don't have my linky info, but if you look around at, perhaps, something like myfm939 with a dot com on it...you'd probably find it...

Serious note...my mother was scheduled for cataract surgery today...had some tests done last week. Doctor didn't like some, sent her to a cardiologist last Thursday, he scheduled a heart cath for Monday, cardiologist really really didn't like things...arteries (all) 80-90% blocked...she had a quadruple bypass today, all went well, and I talked to her tonight, once she was out of the anesthesia, and she's doing fine.

*sigh*

Fortunately she's in Florence, about 45 miles away, not Columbia (90), or Charleston...(200 or so, I think...).

On the plus side this was found before she had a heart attack or something...since we had no idea.

*feels for susan!*

A friend had a "stint" put in instead of a bypass (thinks "ring roads" and things like that). It was basically an out-patient - even here in Prague - thing.

It's amazing the things they find out getting ready for cataract surgery.

Higgy, I do care.... I look forward to you posting the results and your added comments for next weeks round-up.

*goes to make MOATaritas*

Who had the industrial sized blender last!? Graz?

Good morning, all. To paraphrase Randy Quaid in Jackie's favorite movie, WEEEEEEEEEEE'RE BACK!

Susan, I've heard a lot of stories like that and it's great they found it and she's doing well. Fingers crossed for a quick recovery.

Mad, Bally's closed their buffet! We had to go elsewhere. Hope you can make it next time.

Vegas was good. Other than the Buffett concert (which was excellent) it was quiet, mostly Jackie gambling while I read a couple of books! Plus the food, of course.

It was 88 the last 3 days we were there (way above the normal) and was 42 with a 38 degree windchill when we got back last night.

WTFBBQ?!

Good to be home, believe it or don't.

Welcome back, Jeff! Fingers crossed for Susan's Mom. Kibby - I post the same FF update here and in the Y! ReMOAT Group - and that comment was mostly directed over there. I'm sure half the folks that visit this thread see my header of the post and scroll down....

Jeff- Weird they would close the buffet. Oh well we will find a better place next year. For sure!

Susan please give your mom love and hugs from all of us. That must have been scary, but not as scary as a heart attack would have been.

Yay for being number 5 in FF

Susan, best wishes for your mom!!!

(PS: your bio is great)
(PPS: "manlicious?")
I guess Manlicious is better than "I like Grits." ;)

*wonders what Leetie has against grits - remembers what grits is*

"What's a grit?"

OINY:

Environmental history professor: Look at some of the items on this menu from a hotel of Chicago Thanksgiving dinner from 1872: loin of buffalo, antelope steak in mushroom sauce, ham of bear, black tail deer, leg of mountain sheep, buffalo tongue... Miss Palin, your table is ready.

--Classroom, Fordham University

Ham of bear?

Is that where they got the idea for Hamms Beer?

it sounded better than bear-a$$...

some pictures of kylie (in purple) (the guy with the mustache she's talking with is the weatherguy for the local c.b.s. affiliate)

Nice pictures. She's getting so mature.

I like that pose she struck in her last picture with the weather dude.

Kylie's SO cute!
Is that Independence Day, Jeff? (my favorite guilty-pleasure movie.)

I become eligible for benefits this month at work, so I took a look at the health-care plan.

Can't afford it.
And it's completely useless to me anyway.
It doesn't cover accidents, in-patient care, nor any girl-needs.
I'm completely healthy and besides a check-up, I don't have any real issues. Besides emergency stitches, I've never been subject to outpatient care. My worry is that I'll get hit by a car, or a meteor, ...but they don't cover that.
So I have to waive it.

It does, however, cover erectile dysfunction care.

Kylie's SO cute!
Is that Independence Day, Jeff? (my favorite guilty-pleasure movie.)

I become eligible for benefits this month at work, so I took a look at the health-care plan.

Can't afford it.
And it's completely useless to me anyway.
It doesn't cover accidents, in-patient care, nor any girl-needs.
I'm completely healthy and besides a check-up, I don't have any real issues. Besides emergency stitches, I've never been subject to outpatient care. My worry is that I'll get hit by a car, or a meteor, ...but they don't cover that.
So I have to waive it.

It does, however, cover e r e c tile d y s function care.

Ah!

I knew it was going to do that!
Darn it. sorry, sorry.

Crash, I urge you to rethink that health care. See what the minimum is. You never know when a CTA **bus or meteor with your name on is comes round the corner. Case in point, my 26 year old nephew turned down health care last year thinking he'd save a few bucks. Then he got shot in the face* in a robbery attempt and had to have his eye removed.

He said the worse thing was telling his parents he didn't have health insurance.

* He's fine now. Has a glass eye and since the gun was loaded with birdshot, you can barely see where the pellets hit him. (No, Dick Cheney was not the shooter)

** Are the buses in Chicago still run by CTA?


Chicago Transit Authority? great band

Heading to Dublin tonight! YAY! Unfortunately I'll get there past the Halloweening fun. I'm bringing a costum though... ;-)

Also picked up a plastic skeletion (??SP) which I'll have sticking out the top of my backpack - quiet travelling companion. ;-)

Have fun, Kibby.

Alright, got my FF team sorted out for when I'm away! I benched everyone.

KIbby, does your costume include your Cape of Invisibility and Toe Grips of Steel?

Crash-The health insurance offered to you sounds abysmal. There was NYTimes article this week about how Women's health insurance premiums are 30-50% higher than men of the same age. The excuse being women see the doctor more than men. So basically if you have insurance and you use it you are penalized. And we are also penalized for having a uterus and bearing children. I just want to scream at the ridiculousness of it all!

I was considering applying for a fellowship that would allow me to be a science policy advisor to a congressman/woman for a year, but I think I might strangle them and end up in jail so I better not apply.

Sorry, Crash, I missed your post. Yes, it was Independence Day, which Jackie loves and would watch every day (it seems to run on cable stations nearly that often) if she wasn't glued to MSNBC.

And that health care choice sounds awful, but please think about what sly said. Something can happen to you (or your lvoed ones) at any age.

Well, I think being shot in any situation would be considered an "accident" to them. Or being hit by a bus, or a meteor, or falling off my bike...
everything except coming down with diabetes - they would consider that my fault and thus, cover it.

And I can't afford it.
The cheapest tier of coverage more than doubles my medical expenses and doesn't lessen any of what I already pay. I ruefully thought about enrolling anyway, so I redid my monthly budgets. It's impossible, I already eat mainly peanut butter.
Maybe in five months the real plan (this is a "bridge" plan - whatevertf that means) will be accessible to me.
I never thought I would have this problem. My dad actually works for a hospital, so this was a complete non-issue in my life up until January.

Yes, the CTA is still the authority. They're planning on raising my transit card from $75 a month to $90.
Even though they can't stop people from pooping on the trains.
However, Chicago is STILL cleaner than New York.

I voted last Saturday...for Obama. First Democrat ever. I've always been a single-issue voter (pro-life), but I was pretty much compelled to vote Democratic in this election, over the healthcare issue. Obama wins for healthcare, hands down. I've been uninsured or underinsured since I stopped being on my parents' decent (federal government) health plan. I'm currently "insured" with health insurance that's sort of a joke, but it's illegal to be a student in NY without it. They don't, however, mandate that the health insurance you get be any good. So if I get hit by a bus, they might throw a few bucks in my general direction. D

o they cover prescriptions? No. I get some sort of a prescription discount card thing with it, which I use in tandem with my other prescription discount cards. (One's called "Together Rx", the other one is from CVS itself.) I ask the lady at the pharmacy to use the one that saves me the most money. But do I get to spend $10 on my scripts like I did when I worked at the Forest Service and had decent health insurance? No. Did I have more money then? Yes.

There you go--the paradox and the absurdity and the absolute WRONGNESS of our system!--those who need insurance (and the healthcare that goes with it) the most are the ones most likely to be denied it; those with the least ability to pay are charged the most. This is morally wrong!

Our system currently would rather let people die in a ditch, from ailments they could be treated for, than help them pay for their medicine or provide them treatment. Is this civilized? You call this a first-world country? In what alternate universe is this right?

Healthcare is a moral issue.

So I voted Obama.

I voted last Saturday...for Obama. First Democrat ever. I've always been a single-issue voter (pro-life), but I was pretty much compelled to vote Democratic in this election, over the healthcare issue. Obama wins for healthcare, hands down. I've been uninsured or underinsured since I stopped being on my parents' decent (federal government) health plan. I'm currently "insured" with health insurance that's sort of a joke, but it's illegal to be a student in NY without it. They don't, however, mandate that the health insurance you get be any good. So if I get hit by a bus, they might throw a few bucks in my general direction. D

o they cover prescriptions? No. I get some sort of a prescription discount card thing with it, which I use in tandem with my other prescription discount cards. (One's called "Together Rx", the other one is from CVS itself.) I ask the lady at the pharmacy to use the one that saves me the most money. But do I get to spend $10 on my scripts like I did when I worked at the Forest Service and had decent health insurance? No. Did I have more money then? Yes.

There you go--the paradox and the absurdity and the absolute WRONGNESS of our system!--those who need insurance (and the healthcare that goes with it) the most are the ones most likely to be denied it; those with the least ability to pay are charged the most. This is morally wrong!

Our system currently would rather let people die in a ditch, from ailments they could be treated for, than help them pay for their medicine or provide them treatment. Is this civilized? You call this a first-world country? In what alternate universe is this right?

Healthcare is a moral issue.

So I voted Obama.

Apologies for the double post. NoScript was acting funny.

I agree with you about the absurdity of our health care system, Blogchik. Jackie still has coverage through the ed dept. even though she's retired, but prescriptions cost us more. We HAVE to send away for all non-emergency prescriptions, we have no choice as to which "service" to use, and we've had nothing but trouble from them, including them just cutting me off their list (oopsie!) a couple of years back for no apparent reason.

Yet, we are way luckier and have way better coverage than the average person who has to buy their own health care plan. The union even reimburses us up to $60 a month for our prescriptions.

Still, Hillary's plan was better than Obama's. McCain's is unconscionable.

/end health care rant

We don't have many young kids in this building but we do have some, including three (ages about 5, 2 and 1) on this floor, yet we didn't get a single trick or treater this year again. In fact it was really quiet outside. The stores on the Avenue stock candy and everyone brings their kids in after school for the most part, and I guess the teenagers were elsewhere this year.

Kibby's feeling me?

*rereads*

Oh...feels FOR me. Perhaps not quite the same thing...

Thank you all for your thoughts and so on...my mother is home now...and other than feeling really rotten right after we got home yesterday (her blood sugar went really really low) and an unusually low temperature for a while last night, she's doing pretty doggone well. She could have come home Thursday (!) but the cardiologist wanted to keep her another day since her hemoglobin had been a little low.

My sister is here and we were laughing about things too...anesthesia does funny things.

1) Kylie is adorable.
B)I wish I could have done things like that with Legos when I was younger.
3) you know...

And yes, Leetie, manlicious. I don't question it.

Ever see a drunken 2 year old?

My baby sister broke her arm, trying to be superman. (She's not totally stupid, she jumped from a windowsill into a bed... but she bounced, with unexpected height and distance.) Anyway, she lolled around and fell over a lot and said ridiculous things for a toddler ("Mother-pus-bucket" was my personal favorite). People on anesthesia are awesome.

Yay! 5 years and cancer free! A couple of liver enzymes are flaky but that is probably due to too many Moataritas. We put down the hard booze 2 weeks ago for good! A little wine and beer here and there, but the hard stuff is bye bye. Too old for that sh!t any more.

My wife bought me some of the new Haines Boxer Briefs. The instructions state (really): iron on medium if needed; do not iron the label. Sheesh! Who irons their underwear? Susan?


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