Another day

March 28, 2018

My visit with the new doctor didn’t go as I expected yet ended
up bearable anyway. The new doctor never showed and I got to see
the old doctor instead. We talked of everything from how big the
flock of pelicans was this year to the fact he believes I now
have an allergy of some sort.

So I’ll be trying a nasal spray as soon as the prescription is
filled and see if it helps. I have never cared for these sprays
as the stuff that sprays in seems to go right to my brain and I
lose my train of thought. We’ll see.

I arrived home to a bunch of feral cats waiting to be fed and
every bird in the neighborhood chirping like they were hungry
also. It just doesn’t end. And when I finally came in the house
the wife wanted to hear that happened with the doctor. I just
need to get some lab work done in June, if I can remember that
far ahead.

I even learned something while waiting for the doctor in the
little room. On a dry erase board someone had written: You can
differentiate between an alligator and a crocodile by if you
see them later or in a while.

Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday as I know we will. Now for more
coffee and short break before the wife leaves for work.
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Good, bad, or ugly?

March 12, 2018

I read something recently that took me back to when our local
school and myself had a disagreement. Because he acted like a
growing boy our youngest was diagnosed with ADHD and given a
prescription. And when he said he didn’t like the medicine I
said I’d look into it.

When I read the side effects and came to ‘can cause heart
problems in later life’ a decision was made. I told the wife
no more and the school the same. The school and one teacher
foretold of the disaster that awaited my actions. It never came.

Jerome Kagan, who is a world-renowned child psychology expert is
ranked 22nd in the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th
century, ahead of even Carl Jung, doesn’t like the term either.
He blames ‘fuzzy diagnostic practices’ and the ‘war against
masculinity’.

He claims that 50 years ago a child who was bored in school
disrupted classes would have been called lazy. The same child
today would be diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder). It has been said that 5.4 million kids
today are diagnosed with ADHD. Kagan states every kid who
doesn’t do well in school is sent to a pediatrician who claims
“It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.”

He also claims 90% of those do not have an abnormal dopamine
metabolism yet doctors will make a diagnosis which has an
available drug. He blames Big Pharma. The article is here.

Then I read of a school in Texas that has had success with a
drug free approach to ADHD. I don’t remember where I read it
but the solution was giving the students four 15 minutes breaks
a day, not counting lunch, to go outside to run or just take a
breather. And it seems to be working.

We don’t pretend to know the answer but do know our son went
without the Ritalin and did just fine. Enjoy our Monday as it’s
a nice one here on the east coast of Iowa.
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Random thoughts

February 23, 2018

On this date in 1945, Marines raised our flag in Iwo Jima atop
Mt. Suribachi. A picture taken by Joe Rosenthal won the Pulitzer
Prize for photography and is one of the most recognizable and
reproduced picture of all time.

Locally, The Heart Ball is scheduled for March 3rd. And 11-
year-old Hannah Wells has been named the Princess of the Quad
Cities Heart ball that is hosted by the American Heart
Association. She was diagnosed with critical aortic stenosis
but is doing great and hasn’t had any surgeries since 2014.

The AHA opted to choose a princess to represent childhood heart
conditions since many of us believe heart disease to be a mans
disease or an older persons problem. Hannah’s parents started a
non-profit organization to help children with heart disease and
helped many since the beginning. You can visit the organization
at Helping Hannah’s Heart.

And we don’t know about where you’re from but here on the east
coast of Iowa the potholes are back with a vengeance. I hit one
the other day that could easily swallow a 57′ Buick. Ah the
rites of spring in the mid-west.

And finally, I have put the monster lens back on the camera to
see how it differs from my other lens. So far so good. That may
change depending on how long I leave it on. We’ll see and
perhaps share some pictures at a later time.

So enjoy our Friday as the weekend is here. We don’t have
anything planned, but hey, it’s the weekend!
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Thoughts on New Years day

January 1, 2018

Well it’s the first day of a new year and people have been
asking about my resolution. My answer is simple, I don’t do
resolutions. I’m going to be the same opinionated, foul mouthed,
but lovable, person I was last year.

I’ve always believed the new year is book with 365 blank pages.
As the year goes on we fill the pages and at the end of the year
we hope it’s at least interesting. On this first day when I went
outside to feed the feral cats it was -17 degrees with a wind
chill of -40 degrees. It was about the same when I put feed out
for the birds.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we have been under a Wind Chill
Advisory since Thursday that is in effect until Tuesday morning.
The wife hates it even though I tell her it will cut down on
the bugs come summer.

And tonight we should get a real treat if the sky stays clear.
The first full moon of 2018 will also be a super moon. At 8:26
pm Central Time, the moon will be as close to the earth as it will
get all year. Last night when I started the car for the wife the
moon lit up the sky like God left a night light on for us.

So enjoy our first Monday in the new year as we won’t have
another like it until this time next year. Now, I’m a quart low
on coffee and know how to use the coffee maker.
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Last dance

December 31, 2017

Since today is last day and last month of the year and soon
people will be celebrating a new year with a new dance, it felt
fitting to do this now.

The February edition of Motor Trend magazine arrived in the
mail yesterday and was set aside until a short while ago when
there was time to peruse it properly. You may notice the text at
the bottom of the picture which says “Supersized Subaru
3 rows 19 cupholders.

Naturally I assumed it referenced a 19 passenger SUV type
vehicle that looked like a station wagon on steroids. After a
quick read of article inside it was discovered the 2019 Subaru
Ascent would carry 7 or 8 passengers. Which made me wonder if it
had so many cupholders because it didn’t have any other options.

Turns out it will be the biggest vehicle Subaru ever made and
will be powered by a 2.4 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine
with a variable speed transmission about the size of a Toyota
Highlander, Ford Explorer, or Nissan Pathfinder. Prices will
start around $30,000 and the American version will be made in
Lafayette, Indiana.

It can tow 5,000 pounds, has Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, and
has a smart rearview mirror that gives the option of camera
views. It has power outlets, Wi-Fi, and 8 USB ports to reduce
the need for seat mounted DVD screens. The vehicle also has
ledges in the front for phones, Starlink for connectivity, Apple
Car Play, Android Auto, a Harman Kardon stereo, and the earlier
mentioned 19 cupholders.

All this leaves me with a couple questions. Do all those
features allow for any time to drive the thing? And; what in
the hell do 8 people need 19 cupholders for?

Enjoy our Sunday for tomorrow is a new day of a new month in
a new year.
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Post Christmas thoughts

December 26, 2017

I know this post is late, but it’s a beautiful day and I’ve
been outside enjoying it. White fluffy love from above covers
the landscape and the temperature just hit a balmy 5 degrees.
The only downside is I have a song stuck in my head.

I’ll try the ‘Happy Birthday’ trick and that should fix the fly
in the ointment. We hope your Christmas was a special as ours
turned out to be and we heard at some stores the Valentine’s
Day displays are up. But we still have the spirit.

We even took a trip down memory lane to past winters and the
things we did in our youth. My stroll involved ice skating for
miles on frozen cricks (creeks to the city folk), and sledding
down the steep hills in the area. One particularly snowy winter
we even built and igloo in the back yard and spent hours inside
amazed that it didn’t crumble down on us.

The lady who follows me around still calls me crazy, but who
doesn’t go outside when the wind chill is below zero to take
pictures of icecicles dangling from the eaves? If that makes me
crazy I thank God he’s allowed to be me. And Him and myself
have no problem with that.

I just don’t see the sense in trying to be someone I’m not. So
enjoy our first post Christmas Tuesday as I know we are. Now, I
need more coffee as I am a quart low.
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This Christmas Eve

December 24, 2017

As you can see in the picture, we got almost 2 inches of white
fluffy love from above ensuring a white Christmas. Iowa averages
six white holidays out of seven and we are glad this isn’t one
without snow.

We’d like to thank Ronnie for dropping off a brightly decorated
box of goodies for Christmas. I don’t know how she finds the
time to make them up and deliver them but we really appreciate
the effort. Thank you for the perfect gift.

When the wife doesn’t work on Christmas Eve we try to make it
to midnight mass. Since she works tonight we won’t make it but
I will watch ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ while she’s gone. She does
have tomorrow off so we’ll see how that goes.

So enjoy the rest of our Christmas Eve, we all know what
tomorrow is. Since we finished the pizza from the pizza joint
I may have to heat up a frozen one later. I hear it goes good
with coffee.
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