Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sitting On My Porch Part Eighty One

There’s a lady that cleans up the office building I work in. She’s one of the nicest and most positive people in the world. I hear people complaining all day about their jobs and this lady always has a smile on her face no matter how messy people left things behind for her. I’m guilty of that sometimes. One day I had all kind of small things on the carpet and I wanted it vacuumed. I also had an extra three bags of trash because I was cleaning up my office. I left a note on the door asking for someone to vacuum the floor and just in case the person reading the note would be pissed off I apologized for the extra trash. Not only did she vacuum the room but she left me a note that says “Have a Blessed Day”. I kept the note on my desk to remind me to stay positive. Unfortunately I have never asked her name but I hope she enjoyed her holiday.

This summer has been about me trying to get myself back together physically and mentally. I’ve been trying to clear my mind and not think so much. I want to relax as much as possible before the school year starts again and the routine grind comes back.That’s why I haven’t been posting much. I feel like sometimes I let things that I have little or no control over bother me to the point where it affects my quality of life. Sometimes you have to get away from those things and chill out. Plus when you have been maintaining a blog for eight years in a world where nothing really changes you always feel like you are repeating yourself.

 On the physical side I’m trying to get into better shape since I went to my 20 year high school reunion and everyone looked like they were the same size they were back then except for me. I was already trying to motivate myself to live a little healthier. There’s nothing like looking like the pregnant dude in the reunion pictures to finally push you to a commitment.

I have to make an appointment for a physical soon. I will use the health care that I and my employer pay for. We are exercising our freedom to be overcharged every year for those policies so I may as well get something out of it. I had forgotten all about the health care bill until the Supreme Court and Chief Justice Roberts brought it back to the forefront.  Democrats took a victory lap while Republicans felt like they were betrayed by Justice Roberts. Everybody needs to relax. He still helped the Citizens United decision go forward and that was the real killer to the voice of the people. I know we live in a time where you have to agree with everything your political side thinks and no one is allowed to have their own opinion anymore but this one decision does not make Justice Roberts a traitor. He’s not going to try and restart ACORN or anything.

I was trying to think of an example in every day life that would compare to Mitt Romney campaigning against a plan that he thought was good enough for all of his constituents in his previous leadership role and now that he wants a bigger job he has to basically attack his own creation. The whole situation is baffling to me.

The one thing we never really address through all of the conversations about health care is that we wouldn’t need a health care bill if insurance and health care itself wasn’t so high. There is no phase of health care in this country that is affordable without some kind of help. Regardless of your politics or background, if you or someone in your family gets sick for a significant amount of time you are going to have problems paying those bills. The reason we need a rule about preexisting conditions isn’t because those people wanted to be taken care of by the government. It’s because insurance companies knew eventually they would probably have to pay for something related to the condition so they were actually turning down people who wanted to give them money. If you are trying to do the responsible thing and buy insurance and no one will give it to you then what are you supposed to do? That’s why I was hoping for a public plan in the bill to keep insurance companies from going up every year.

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The New Orleans tourism commercials are really corny. The only thing worst than those are the BP commercials where their representatives talk about what their doing for the Gulf Coast like they didn’t cause the problem in the first place.

Every day I check the news for a Drew Brees contract signing or a Jay Electronica album release date. As of today I haven’t gotten either one.

I also try to avoid BountyGate talk everyday. It’s the story that won’t go away. With the exception of the Katrina season and sitting in the Superdome watching Mike Ditka coach, this is the worst Saints story I’ve had to deal with.

Every now and then a song comes out and I think it’s a really stupid song but I can’t stop listening to it. I get mad at myself for playing it so much. Cashin Out is one of those songs. I need to get this song out of my head.


Anita said...

I salute you for trying to stay positive and chill out a little this summer. My best piece of news right now is that my air conditioner actually kept the place cool all day. Seems like weeks since that happened!

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Judy Thorne said...

Great post, Cliff. Good idea to think about getting in shape. I had a scare a few weeks ago and ended up in the hopital for 2 days thinking I had a heart attack. All is clear, but it was a wakeup call!! I've been walking the treadmill for 2 years now and it helps. Not a lot b/c I'm in my late 50's, but I can see a difference.

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