Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Selected Shorts

* * * It has been disclosed that some convicted sex offenders are receiving medicare payments to treat their erectile dysfunction. Your tax dollars at work.

* * * Title of a SPAM I received today: "Be Stallone in bed..." Not sure that I would want to be, feeling I might just be able to do a bit better than that. And are there other SPAM alerts, suggesting, say, "Be Clint in bed," "Be Ahhhnold in bed," "Be Bill in bed," "Be Oprah [with a Big O] in bed...", "Be L Lo O O O in bed...", "Be a star on 'Fear Factor' in bed...", "Be [your favorite congressperson or Supreme Court justice] in bed..." ? Hmmm?

* * * Studies show that children are spending, on average, HALF the time outdoors they spent outdoors a generation ago.

* * * Meanwhile, studies are showing that getting at least 15 minutes of sunlight three times per week could reduce the occurance of many forms of cancer, since ultraviolet light creates vitamin D in its most usable form - better than supplements can - and new studies show that many cancers may be occuring more frequently due to widespread vitamin D deficiences. So a moderate amount of sun exposure may be better than none at all.

* * * Today was trash and at-the-curb recycling day here on Water Street. I walked down the block collecting easily recyclable things from my neighbors' trash to put in recycling, including a dozen aluminum cans (easily reached) and enough carboard to box up about three refrigerators. My actual trash was about four pounds for the week.

* * * Why is it that anyone would want people who don't like government to run the government? It seems most likely that people who don't like government would be most likely to run it _into _the _ground - and then we'd find out why we really needed good government. (Sound familiar?)

* * * The meaning of life, in one off-the-cuff equation: To reconcile (1) objective/verifiable reality with (2) our perceptions of reality in the context of (3) OTHERS' perceptions of reality. So in the big picture: sort fact from fantasy [see Monday's post, re: "The Elegant Universe"].

* * * You heard it here first: there is no such thing as "potential." People do the best they can every day, every moment. Nothing more can be proved, so the notion of potential is a sentiment, a projection, not a fact. (If they do better or worse tomorrow, it is because their current conditions have changed.)

* * * We talk about "being sensitive" as if that were an excuse to pussy foot so daintily around others (or hot topics) that we need not act. Nope, sorry. Being sensitve does not mean we get to refrain from taking action. And neither does being sentimental. It is still our actions that count above all, not our feelings. The thing is to act sensitively, positively - and wisely - meaning with as much prescience and precision as we can possibly muster.

* * * And remember: We each do the best we can every day. That doesn't let us off the hook. It ought to humble us and remind us we are accountable. (I did my part recently when I humbly plead "Guilty" to a traffic ticket I couldn't even afford to pay - even though I was stopped as I pulled out of my own driveway.)

* * * Be cranky and cantankerous if you must, but I'll tell you, I am trying (ok, a bit haphazardly trying) to counteract my bile (and akilter brain chemicals) with some being loving and some being thankful - and some laughs. Shut in, cooped up, thought out, I need to get my blood pumping!

~ Zippety Doo Dah Day!


At 5/25/2005 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! If we're going to talk about the meaning of life,isn't it time for our daily rousing chorus of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from "Life of Brian"?

EV-erybody Sing!

At 5/27/2005 1:36 PM, Blogger Lawrence said...

Hey OH Heidi HO, how 'bout singing "It's off to work we GO!"


What's "our" song, sweetie?

Sincerely yours, Mr. ABN

At 5/28/2005 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


"All Messed Up" by The Donnas???


At 5/28/2005 8:54 AM, Blogger Lawrence said...

"The Long and Winding Road"?

"Every Day is a Winding Road"?

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