Card Tricks

March 4, 2015

– If you haven’t watched House of Cards season 3 yet I might spoil it in this —

In seasons one and two every episode left you wanting more which made me watch mass episodes in a row. Season three however was not even close.

It didn’t even start to get to the ”I have to see the next episode” until episode 10/13. It was very predictable and I think it should have ended at season two now that I have watched three.

I just finished season three and didn’t even realize it. I watched the last episode earlier and I just now thought I was going to watch the final episode or close to it but no it was over.

I remember shows like Dexter, Oz, Boardwalk Empire and others kept you binging for weeks but this last season left me disappointed.

I have rather easily came to the conclusion that if House of Cards was real life, I think Kevin Spacey could contend with Obama in being the most ”I do what I want” president.

Medicine is a racket

February 5, 2015

The whole medical “thing” is a racket. Lately when I have gotten my prescriptions refilled it lists the real amount. I take three medicines, two of which I “need” and the other well not so much.

The total costs of all three a month would be slightly over $300. What is crazy is Keppra is nearly 200 and its not one that I “need”. The other two that I have taken forever are 60 and 40ish respectively.

I watched a documentary the other day and they were talking about the crazy costs of American healthcare and how many people go overseas to get treatment for a third or less than the cost here.

The place featured wasn’t what you are thinking. It looked like a five star hotel and overlooked the ocean and had the newest technology. In America, the medical field is an open game on what to charge.

Some kind of regulation needs to happen but with our current state of medical x,y,z it may be better to go overseas.

Funny Money

January 12, 2015

We live in a sports world where when an athlete at any age shows any semblance of being talented they get celebrity treatment.

This is very prevalent in football. ESPN releases their top 500 HS recruits and no matter the age they are being followed on Twitter, talked about on the radio about committing to a university constantly and having articles written about them.

Once they decide on a school, it is the same but with pressure of producing. If they are good enough to make the NFL, they get way over paid to play a game.

Most pros are in their mid 20s and the current oldest player is only 43. He is a kicker.

I can see why players act foolish on the sidelines or during the game. What do they have to lose? How have they been treated all their lives? They will likely get talked about on sports talk for the week and if they get fined, its just a small percentage of what they make a game and it goes to charity so its a tax deduction.

The strange thing about NFL is you only get paid for 17 weeks plus playoffs if made but because their yearly salary is so high it doesn’t really matter.

Another year, another swim

January 3, 2015

This time last year it was warmer and I remember swimming on both NYE and NY Day. The high was in the mid 50s.

This year however was colder and rainy. I swam on NYE and it was 42 but just cloudy but on NY Day, it was only in the 30s and was raining all day so I skipped…and besides football was on literally from 11am until after midnight.

I went today. It was 42 cloudy and drizzling. The water was warmer in the pool than the air so it was steaming up and could see it from the parking lot some ten or so yards away.

Usually I change poolside but today I didn’t. Once I was ready, the steam was so thick I couldn’t really tell who was in a lane and who wasn’t. There was only three of us so it wasn’t too hard.

I did what I have been doing for months, a half mile, then got my stuff and ran to dry off. During the summer, I will do over eight miles a week but there isn’t really a reason to now.

And to think that in two months max from now it will be pool weather for all the normal people. This is my favorite time of the year. Less people.

Holidays

December 18, 2014

Now Christmas advertising starts right after Halloween if not before so the consumer can wake up early in the AM after Thanksgiving to save some money on gifts. Its not about Christmas now its about spending money and getting the consumers to spend more of it when many of them have less to spend.

I think your birthday should be first gift wise to Christmas and even then there should be a cut off on the age. I mean how many 40 year olds have big birthday to dos and those that do probably shouldn’t.

Point is Christmas is for kids, not businesses and it should be treated as  such.

…and thank you North Korea for saving American’s from another crappy Seth Rogan film – Horrible Bosses.

Illegals

November 21, 2014

I know no matter how much we spend on border security and the like there will always be illegals sneaking in. But granting them amnesty is a bit much.

They probably do the jobs most people wouldn’t for little pay but they are getting/will get governmental benefits many of us had to hire lawyers to get.

It doesn’t make sense. Neither does any of the  current administration for that matter. I think the November mid term elections were proof that many real Americans feel the same way.  I saw earlier Obama’s approval rating dropped to 36 percent this week.

Where are those 36 percent? Probably crossing the border as we speak or rather type/read.

Today Was A Good Day

November 5, 2014

I live among a lot of extreme liberals and to say extreme is not an overstatement. I am not one of these at all.

Most people here assume you are one of them politically speaking without saying anything and I generally don’t say anything.

So Abbott and Dewhurst won. They were both projected to win by double digits so you would think that people would be prepared apparently not.

Now the Republicans have both the House and the Senate majority and that makes me happy. I think it shows how America sees the current administration.

While I think all politicians aren’t in it for the normal people, it is nice to see such a slap in the face of the Democratic party.

For me, it is still the summer of 2013. I never stopped going to the pool last year when the seasons changed and I don’t intend to this year either.

For the next few months, the people who swim outside will be less and less as time goes on but I kind of prefer it as opposed to hundreds of people.

May until early August it is hard to swim laps…at least at the three city pools I go to.

My favorite pool is a natural pool where the water is a constant 68 degrees year around. A length (from one end to the other) is an eighth of a mile or rather a lap is a quarter mile. So, all you have to do for a mile is four laps. In the smaller lap pools, you have to do 26 laps for a mile.

Anyway, I am looking forward to the off season. All pools are free now until spring break of next year. There is the large pool I like a lot and two lap pools. One of the lap pools is heated year around to 80 degrees.

I have gotten used to the cooler water so its only cold when you get out.

Its A Dog’s Life…

September 9, 2014

In most cities pets are considered part of the family but when they get sick or old people euthanize them.

Some people treat them just like humans. They take them everywhere and when they “put” the animal down, they ask for sympathy. Ha, I am pretty sure you are the one who just paid to have your animal “put down”.

The animal has no choice and I am pretty sure they were right by your side when you have been sick. But you can’t do the same for them?

If you want to “put down” your animal feel free but I am not going to give you any sympathy.

I was going to post this in a more public place but I would offend more people than not I am afraid.

Speaking of pets, my dog Jack, is doing fine. He is just lazy as always.

Living the Dream?

September 5, 2014

Sometimes when I am around a big group of people and say two people are talking and one person says to the other what have you been up to? The other person says sometimes “just living the dream.” The phrase was made popular from the 90’s movie Dazed and Confused about some recent high school graduates and a much older graduate who used the phrase.

I know for a fact that I am not “living the dream” and I am pretty sure most of the people using that saying are like the guy in the video.

While I enjoy where I live and what it offers it isn’t exactly where I thought I would be at this point in my life and honestly, I never really thought much about it. I don’t think I ever had a dream job or something that I wanted to do. Maybe I did? Maybe it has been forgotten All I remember is enjoying writing and well I still do that so I guess I am living the dream?

 

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