Friday, August 29, 2008

The Magic of Vinegar

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Since when? The absurdity of conservative censorship

The kids and I were driving back home today and we were listening to Steve FM. On comes one of our favorite songs, one that Tracey loved, and we were immediately singing to Nickelback's "Rock Star" lyrics. Much to my surprise, I noticed that the words "drug" and "drugs" were censored! Since when those two words became obscene? Oh my God … the conservative censorship machine is going to ban all words in the English language! How moronic is this?

Maybe we will be able to freely express ourselves in Spanish or other languages.

So … the following is dedicated to all the idiotic conservative censorship organizations:

drug … drugs … drug … drugs … drug … drugs … drug … drugs … drug … drugs … drug … drugs

I hope all those in the conservative censorship machinery had a stroke reading those horrible obscene words!

I am sure the pharmaceutical industry is having a hard time with this ultra-conservative society … after all, they are the biggest drug pushers ever! Oh my ... I used the word drug again … oh sheesh, here I go again using that bad, bad word. It is not that I support illegal drugs (ooops!) — quite the opposite! But I also cannot understand censorship of this magnitude.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Paradox of Our Time

Four signs of a stroke

STROKE: remember the first three letters: S.T.R.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

Recognizing A Stroke
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out today)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999/911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke: Stick out Your Tongue

Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other,that is also an indication of a stroke.

Thoughts on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You’re never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away.

Before you know it, you REACH 50

And your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60. You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90's, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Forget Sears!

My fridge quit working properly on Saturday night (and I did not confirm the problem until Sunday afternoon). When I tried to call Sears on Monday morning (starting at 6 AM), I kept being disconnected, transferred and then the call being dropped, or simply not able to connect to their service department at all. Twice I was able to talk to someone that could actually schedule a repair person, and they told me I had to wait seven days -- a whole week -- before someone could come to look at my fridge (a Kenmore).

The last rep I spoke with was so unresponsive to my request for more prompt service that I asked to be transferred to a supervisor. The result: my call was disconnected.

Fine … I called a local repair company and they offered to be there by 3 PM (and this was 1 PM). Because of scheduling issues, I asked them to postpone until tomorrow at Noon. They had no problem with my request. What a difference!