Day 165 – The day I didn’t sleep

I had a bout of insomnia last night.  That bout last exactly as long as it took to consume the rest of season 5 of Justified.  I am surprised and amazed at synchronicity that this particular circumstance displayed…but, the world is truly a wondrous place.

Yesterday I walked, but I need to walk further, longer.  So today, maybe one more step, maybe many more blocks.

I didn’t practice on the guitar last night, so it now sits beside me and gently weeps…

Day 135 – part 2

So what is today but another yesterday in the making?  Or perhaps, to quote the learned Axl Rose, “Yesterday there was so many things I was never told
Now that I’m startin’ to learn I feel I’m growing old”.

My father said something similar though he was surely no GNR fan.  Facing the frustrations of being sick with cancer and staring at a life cut short, he said, “Just when you’re starting to figure things out, you’re too old, too out of time.”

Mind you, I’m not feeling morbid, morose, ill or out of time, but I think it would be remiss of me to not learn from the very painful lessons of those who have come before me.  Carpe Diem was a popular saying thanks to Robin Williams, but I think it is apropos, too.  There are many, many miles to go before I sleep.  I hope.

So, today.  Fur Elise, The Firefly theme, and I heard an acoustical version of CCR’s Fortunate Son that I’d like to try.  I also need to find an amplifier since mine is broken.  Other than that, today is about sales calls, emails and maybe, exercise and coffee with my sons. Maybe a spot of tea, too.

What will you do with your day?  What mountain will you climb, lips will you kiss, flower will you smell?  Contribute that verse…

O Me! O Life!

Walt Whitman, 18191892

O Me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;   
Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;   
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who  more faithless?)   
Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;   
Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;          
Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;   
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?   
   
                                                        Answer.

That you are here—that life exists, and identity;   
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

A take on the healthcare plan

Economix had a fun tear down of the current plan put forth by the President and the GOP to replace the current ACA.  The author’s politics run counter to Trump’s and the far right, but he does a pretty good job of keeping it real from an economic standpoint.  He also points out that one of the big issues of repealing the ACA is how much of it was based on Republican ideas.  If you’re protesting your own ideas, your alternative options tend be even more limited and extreme.

One of the things he briefly touches on, but doesn’t really address, is that success is sometimes measured by how we failed less than previously.  Specifically I am speaking about the rise of costs and premiums, which continued to rise at rapid rates during the ACA, with many traditionally conservative states seeing the largest increases.  The success is that some of the increases were less than the increases seeing prior to the ACA.  That kind of measuring for success works in the short term, but if you’re measuring against a flood, either do something different or build a boat…
Another thing the author glosses over is the use of subsidies.  Although he points out that the Feds will subsidize the premium for the States, which he uses as an argument for why some states should have adopted the ACA, he ignores their premise for why they might have rejected it in the first place – It doesn’t matter whether the Federal government or the State government subsidizes the premium, it’s still a redistribution of wealth.  If you’re opposing the ACA, or any similar plan, because of your opposition to Taxation, any argument involving subsidies is going to fall flat.

Take the analysis for what it is, a visual breakdown of the shortcomings of the current and proposed plans, as well as a bit of insight as to why things might not be working as they could.  It’s a fun read and he lists his references, so if you disagree with a particular point, you can at least see what he based his argument on.

Drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra…

I came across this shortly after Carrie Fisher’s death.

http://womanista.com/2016/12/27/cinnabon-posts-horribly-insensitive-tweet-about-carrie-fisher-/

I realize by it’s very formation that the ‘zine is trying to develop and appeal to the feminist image, or at least, what passes for feminism these days, but I think they might be trying too hard.  When you cannot laugh at yourself, you have begun to take the world, and your situation in it, way too seriously.

Friday Humor – With Ten Minutes to Spare

First a couple sent over by Mr. Dave.  No, not Letterman, but still a Montana Resident and just as funny.

*It’s so cold out that necrophiliacs are telling their boyfriends to warm up their hands

*If you drink the water in Russia….  Do you get the Troskys?           * Come on now, I know I can’t be the only one that’s ever wondered*

-‘Two cannibals were eating a clown – one said to the other, ‘Does he taste funny to you?’  -Tommy Cooper

-‘My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now and we don’t know where the hell she is.’ -Ellen DeGeneres

-‘I like to play chess with old men in the park, although it’s hard to find 32 of them.’ -Emo Phillips

-‘I thought I’d begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.’ -Spike Milligan    *He does bring up a good point, though I don’t think it’s out of deliberate spite…*

-‘I knew a transsexual guy whose only ambition is to eat, drink and be Mary.’ -George Carlin    *I thought it was a good time of the year for this*

-‘I was in love with a beautiful blonde once, dear. She drove me to drink. That’s the one thing I’m so indebted to her for.’ -WC Fields

And finally, one I’ve taken from the Eddie Murphy movie, “Coming to America“.

A man goes into a restaurant. You listenin’? A man goes into a restaurant. He sits down, he’s havin’ a bowl of soup. He says to the waiter; “Waiter, come taste the soup.”

Waiter says; “Is there something wrong with the soup?”

He says; “Taste the soup.”

Waiter says; “Is there something wrong with the soup? Is the soup too hot?”

He says; “Will you taste the soup?”,

Waiter says;”What’s wrong is the soup too cold?”,

He says;”Will you just taste the soup?”,

Waiter says;”All right, I’ll taste the soup. Where’s the spoon?”,

He says; “Ah-ha!”……………”Ah-ha”…………….

A little humor for Friday

I like Fridays… especially with butter and jam.  Here’s a bit of humor to start your weekend off right, including an obligatory cat picture.

Aliens Jason Friday Whoo Cat

 

Things to say when caught napping at the office…

  • They told me at the blood bank this might happen.
  • I wasn’t sleeping, I was trying to pick up contact lens without hands.
  • I wasn’t sleeping, I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm.
  • This is just a 15 minute power-nap like they raved about in the last time management course you sent me to.
  • I was doing a highly specific Yoga exercise to relieve work related stress.
  • Hey, that cold medicine I took last night just won’t wear off.
  • Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem.

Some quick humor for the day.

Accountant – Someone who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.
Auditor – Someone who arrives after the battle and bayonets all the wounded.
Banker – The fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. (Mark Twain)
Economist – An expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.
Statistician – Someone who is good with numbers but lacks the personality to be an accountant.
Actuary – Someone who brings a fake bomb on a plane, because that decreases the chances that there will be another bomb on the plane.
Programmer – Someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand.
Mathematician – A blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn’t there.
Lawyer – A person who writes a 10,000 word document and calls it a “brief.”
Psychologist – A man who watches everyone else when a beautiful girl enters the room.
Schoolteacher – A disillusioned woman who used to think she liked children.
Consultant – Someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time.
Diplomat – Someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.

Read more on page: http://www.jokesoftheday.net/the-best-jokes/

Tuesdays…

Tuesdays don’t get much in the way of respect or regard.  As the day immediately following the dreaded and much maligned Monday, Tuesday is often regarded as Monday+, or the 2nd Monday.  Not much love there considering the typically hate that Monday receives.  And unlike a Wednesday or a Thursday, which are viewed in a more positive light given their relative position to the weekend, Tuesday offers no hope of impending salvation, no anticipation of just one more day.  It’s the uphill slope of your week and there’s no seeing the weekend on the other side.  So, in light of this, I offer a Tuesday funny.

 

Chivalry is dead

I do not believe that chivalry is dead, but I do think that landscape of combat has changed dramatically…