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So, anyway, I never get a flu shot, and never plan to, but this winter I guess I got the flu. I would call it a bad cold and when I looked up on the internet how to tell the difference between a cold and the flu, I had some symptoms from both categories, so I still don’t know. However, I know I got what seemed like a bad cold, and for two weeks simply dragged myself everywhere I had to go, including work, sorry guys. If we could get some sick-leave, I would be happy to stay home, but if I don’t come to work, I don’t get paid, so . . . everyone at work got sick.

But, before you blame me, I was not the first person to get sick. My boss, who did get a flu shot, was the first to get sick. So much for the flu shot.

Well, then after two weeks, I felt like my regular self, so I started going back to the gym. After a week, I was sick again! So another two weeks dragging myself here and there, and now I’m fine again, and back at the gym.

You know what really pisses me off? My 88 year old mom, who still wanted me to pick her up for the day, never got my cold/flu. I guess I’m glad for that, but at the same time, I kind of resent it, if you know what I mean.

Hamster report out!

PS: I’m planning my summer and fall hikes and backpacks, can hardly wait to get out on the trails again.


Fourth of July Pass

So, all my plans about getting in shape are going to the hot place. It’s a good thing  I’ve been here numerous times before, so I know this too will pass, and I will keep trudging on.

Right now I have a horrendous summer cold, with major coughing fits – I guess there is crap in my lungs – in fact I can feel it. I’ve been way sicker than this, but am going home from work and spending some serious couch time to try to get over this as soon as possible.

This is what I'm looking forward to!

This is what I'm looking forward to!

I’ve spent all the money my health insurance allows for this year, and more – right now I over $1,600 for my E.R. visit in May, so I won’t be going to the doctor’s, unless I find myself at death’s door, thank you politicians. Maybe I should go to a Republican political rally and pass around my germs . . .

Somebody backpacking somewhere in the Cascades!

Somebody backpacking somewhere in the Cascades!

 Anyway, I’m planning a day hike next Sunday, to scope out the trail conditions on a backpack trip planned for the week after that. We’ve had so much snow this winter in the Cascades, it will be very late in the summer before the snow melts out in most of the trails.  This trail faces the South, so it is melting out right now. We will see!

Hamster dreaming

Is there anyone out there who still thinks we have a great medical care system in America? I got my bill last Saturday for my emergency room visit to patch up my damaged finger (cut about halfway through on a table saw, and nicked the bone).

Medical Insurance

Medical Insurance

I spent about 3 hours in the waiting room, about 5 minutes with a nurse, washing my finger, 10 minutes getting two x-rays, and 15 minutes getting it stitched up by a doctor.

I have insurance. Guess how much this is costing me. No, guess. No idea? $1,626.97.  The wonderful insurance covered about $50.  Our health care system is just great. You know what they say – upgrade to a more affordable plan, called life insurance.

Great country, huh? Love it. Who needs a doctor. Lets just put our cripples who couldn’t afford a doctor visit out in the streets, let them beg for a living. Oh, I’m sorry, we already have them. Especially those with mental health & addiction issues. Or we can toss them in prison for annoying the bourgeoisie. God forbid monied people should have to confront the results of their greed.

I do like the writings of  H. G. Wells, I agree somewhat with his political, social and religous views, but don’t quiz me on them because I haven’t studied them, I’ve just read many of his books.

From Wikipedia: “In his preface to the 1941 edition of The War in the Air, Wells had stated that his epitaph should be: “I told you so. You damned fools.””

I guess I tend to like people who become cranky and critical in their old age. As we age, we become freer to not care what others think of us. Of course, the more money one has, the freer they are . . .

 Hamster thoughts

Ok, well, you can see I’m reaching for an idea to write on today . . .

Here ya go, money money money

Here ya go, money money money

I suppose I will have to be a bit sarcastic, as that is the way I feel about money (which is inevitably tied to what we have to do to get that money).  So, as you may know, I WAS an engineer with good pay, until the economy went in the toilet and in addition, I became old enough that the blood-sucking health “insurance” companies charge my boss $600 a month just to insure me, although I am perfectly healthy, thanks.

So, I work at a low-pay job and am lucky to have it.  That said, what do I spend my money on?

Property taxes (I was paying $1275/month for mortgage payments, but my family stepped in and helped me with this.  Yes, I’m f’ing lucky on that score; if they hadn’t helped me I don’t know where I would be “living”.  Under a bridge maybe.

  • Gas for the car.
  • Car repairs (my car is 15 years old). 
  • Dentist.  I do have crappy teeth – even though I have been going to the dentist every 6 months for 58 years now.  They never were any good; it is only due to modern dentistry and many thousands of dollars that I have teeth. 
  • Food.
  • Water (It cost’s a freakin’ $75 dollars a month for water here; and it rains all the effing’ time! And no, I don’t water my yard, ever.  And I take 5 minute showers, and don’t use my dishwasher.)
  • Gas and electricity.
  • Cell phone, home phone: I have considered getting rid of my home phone, but the cell reception at my house is very poor, so have kept the house phone.
  • Home repairs; like my deck, my water line to my house which broke last summer and the necessary painting.  New roof. Stuff like that.  No, not a new kitchen or remodeled bathroom or furniture.
  • Cat food and kitty litter for 2 cats.
  • Books (used)
  • On rare occassions I buy clothes on sale or used items at Goodwill.
  • Internet access.

Ok, that is enough.  I’m not going to say EVERYTHING I do.  So there.



It has been awhile since I wrote.  I’ve been juggling working on my deck, starting an accounting class (online – I have had so many problems with stupid passwords), and working on controlling my blood sugar level.  I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic type II and am working very hard to avoid actually becoming diabetic.

So I’m going the naturopathic route and have had excellent success with changing my diet to get my blood sugar level down.  I guess I’ll talk more about that, since it is taking up so much of my time and money.  My health insurance isn’t covering all these natural health solutions.  I guess they prefer that I get sick and go on drugs for the rest of my life.  That would be more profitable for them.

More about this later.

The Hamster is in.

Watch out when the Women get Angry

Beware of Angry Women

Ok, I’m going to do a some ranting here about our “wonderful, best health care in the world”.  I lost my job in August, 2008, and along with it my health care.  I then paid an exorbitant amount of money every month out of my unemployment insurance for some useless health care insurance that only cuts in if I got hit by a bus.  When I finally got some real health insurance through my current job I decided it was time to do a “yearly” checkup, which I had not done for 3 years due to lack of insurance.

So yesterday I went for my doctor appointment.  That went ok, but now another reason for my extreme irritation came up.  I now have 4 appointments!  The way it works is, a woman goes in for her yearly checkup.  The doctor then makes a 2nd appointment for her at another location for a mammogram.  A 3rd appointment is also made for her to get blood drawn at a medical lab for cholesterol check or whatever.  A 4th appointment is also made for her to come back to the doctor to get the results of the tests.

I have no idea what all this will cost and I am not even sick.  There is no way I’m going to do this next year.  I’ll spread these tests out and do them every two years.  I don’t have time for this.  If a person has health insurance, they have a job.  If they have a job they don’t have time for all these appointments.  This could all be done in one appointment at one location, except of course for getting the results.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I HATE our American medical system.  It sucks.  It is expensive, it is inefficient, and if one is actually sick, it often kicks you out of the system. Thank god I’m not sick, knock on wood.

I keep threatening to move to France or Canada, because they have health care that makes more sense, but that would be way to disruptive to my life, and of course, all my family lives here!  Besides I don’t think I could ever speak French properly and that would be a problem.

C’est la vie!