Archive for December, 2009

Well, it’s been about 7 weeks now and I’m down just over 26 pounds!  Not great, but not bad either.  I’m now at 306 and a bit…  I’m now hoping for sub-300 by Christmas.
Last Thursday, 3 Dec 09, Hil and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.  We went out for an Indian dinner.  It was quite nice – quiet, because it was the middle of the week.
Over the weekend, we went out and bought a replacement PC for the home and a netbook for wandering around the house (or just sitting in bed).  The desktop is just a netbook without a built-in monitor.  Since all we do is a bit of word processing and web surfing, it should be more than enough for us – for now.  I can always go out and get a beefy-er PC if it turns out we really need one.
We got the DVD “Up” over the weekend.  It is a terrific little movie!!  We both thoroughly enjoyed it.  Definitely a movie to watch repeatedly – Squirrel!!
Way back when I was in the Army, my roommate was a guy named Jeffery Barron.  He noticed I was into serial adventure novels and he suggested his personal favorite – “John Carter of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  I bought the series (11 books) but never got past the first one.  Anyway, I was looking at my shelves and I’ve been carrying these books around the world for almost 30 years, so I’ve decided to read them.  I’m now into book four.  They’re pretty good in a “Indiana Jones” kind of way.  The problem is you always know he’ll somehow survive for the next book.  Still, it’s good light reading to get the mind off of the “real” world.
Two political updates:  health care is not doing well.  We need a national health care system with 100% of the public able to apply for it.  It should also have private options for anyone who wishes to supplement their regular coverage.  At the moment, the insurance and drug lobbies have too much money invested for there to be a real solution.  It looks like once again, we’ve missed a major opportunity to improve America.
The second note is on President Obama’s decision to increase the troop level in Afghanistan.  As mentioned in my previous blog, this is a terrible mistake.  The “war” there is not sustainable, let alone winnable.  We need to get out – plain and simple.

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