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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Grape Nuts and Other Stuff

I went to Costco today, and we got some of the things for the house that you can buy in a big ass package and it works out well for you, like trash bags and paper towels and stuff like that.

Anyway, I got some Grape Nuts, I get home and amd looking for a midafternoon snack and think, I have myself a bowl of the grapeless, nutless grape nuts. It turns out, that as I had forgotten, grape nuts sucks ass. They are not good, they are infact, bad, they're not completely disgusting but they're not good, but alas woe is me, I have a big ass box of them now.

The second thing I noticed was that they sold NyQuill by the case. I got to thinking WTF, who needs that much NyQuill? I mean seriously, unless your giving it to your kids at nap time, or taking it your self daily for a nap, who could possibly need a case of it?

Friday, August 28, 2009

I hate this lady and this commercial

People on the right those against a public health care option keep sayign the US has the best health care in the world. If this is true why is our infant mortality rate higher than most of the countries that they keep comparing us too? Why is our life expenctancy lower than most of those countries as well? I keep seeing a commerical where they have some women talking about breast cancer and if she lived in the UK she would have been denied treatment and then they say something like don't let 300k women die in the US. Here is a link to the organization running the ad and the commerical. I hate this commercial

Here is a fun statistical game. I found a chart that tracked Breat Cancer deaths per 100k of the population in the US, UK, Canada, Italy, Sweden, and Japan. The death from Breast cancer rate was highest in the UK which is the basis of that commercial, but it was second highest in the US.

Here are my ideas for distastful commercials on the other side.

I could have the husband or kids of someone who has died from breat cancer make the claim that 300k women are going to die from breast cancer unless we reform healthcare. If we had canada's system it is more likely my mommie would be alive today. I know this chart is just the death from breast cancer and not the survivability of breast cancer which isn't apples to apples, but France has a better breast cancer survival rate than the us and they have public health care.

Which brings me to my other idea

Have a husband say when i lost my job we lost our health insurance, when I got a new job they told us my wive's cancer was a pre existing condition. When my wife's cancer came back they didn't cover the treatment, now my kids have to grow up without their mom. If we lived in France, my children would likely have their mother.

Actually I do not want to see those commercials made. It would be a cheap ploy to distort an arguement with emtions, which is really the only stratagy I've seen coming from those who are against a pubic health care option.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I don't understand!

Last night, despite my having aged beyond the target demographic, I was watching MTV’s “The Real World.” On the show, well not on the show as this was not pay per view, but it was openly discussed, 2 of the women house mates slept with one of the guys (at the same time, I add this clarification because apparently he has slept with one of the other women in the house too).

This morning on the way into work, the radio dj's were talking about the same topic and how it is every man fantasy.

I thought to myself, what kind of people are you? I mean I suppose if i were single and like 18 it might be, but that was before I had any experience with women. Once I got older and actually tricked girls into dating me, I learned this very important life lesson. Women are complicated. Complicated in ways that I do not understand, which is why shows like the real housewives are entertaining. I know they're trashy and I don't watch them by myself, but it the wife has them on I will watch and think "WTF" a lot. The real househusbands of Cleveland would be a boring show. This stems from the inherent complications that women have because it is their nature to be complicated.

But more specifically sexually women are complicated. Women are not like men, who are easy to figure out. Just pleasing one women if like trying to solve a Rubik's cube while being chased down an ally by a pit bull. Which might not be an exact analogy but you get understandwhile solving the puzzle cube would be a nice feather in your cap, getting away from the man eating canine takes first priority. The last thing this situation needs is running from the pit bull while having a Rubik's cube in both hands.

Maybe it is just me but I don't get it.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Is this a good idea?

I was in line at the store and they had some of that five hour energy with the gum. I thought that doesn't seem like a good idea, anyway, I read the slogan that said, five hours of energy now no crash later, and i thought, what the hell does this stuff have in it?

So i pick up a bottle and read the label. It has 2000% of B6 which I thought to my self isn't that alot. Like too much, can't too much of a vitemin be a bad thing?

Then I get a little further and it says 8333% of B12. 8333%!!!! Eight Thousand three hundred and thirty three percent.

8333% This is actually the label on the products website.

I know that you can have serious health consequences from taking too much of other vitemins, like Vitemin C and stuff, I am guessing the same is true of B6 and B12.

So i googled b6 and b12 overdose and found this, here

Q: What are the symptoms and consequences of megadoses?
A: Unfortunately, high doses of this vitamin, if taken for too long, can have serious consequences. Excess B6 damages nerves -- especially those in the arms, hands, legs and feet. Symptoms include coordination problems along with sensations of numbness and tingling.
This neuropathy, or nerve problem, resolves gradually after supplementation is stopped, but has resulted in permanent damage in a few cases.
The Institute of Medicine set the tolerable upper intake level for B6 at 100 mg per day from food and supplements combined. However, the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals in the United Kingdom established a safe upper limit from supplements at 10 mg per day -- one-tenth the U.S. limit.
A recent case study reported that a woman developed serious neuropathy from taking 100 mg per day for 10 years. So the level of intake for long-term safety is likely lower than the U.S. upper limit of 100 mg.
Many foods contain vitamin B6. Consequently, B6 deficiency is unlikely unless the diet is extremely limited in variety or total food consumed.

I found nothing that said b12 overdose causes blindness or voices or comas so it must be okay, although I did find one sight that said something like b12 is considered fairly non toxic. Isn't that qualifier in that sentence pretty important. I mean there is a huge difference between B12 is non toxic and b12 is fairly non toxic.

Now that i type that isn't something either non toxic or not? Can it swing both ways? I suppose it can since you can be exposed to some lead with out dying but too much lead and you go crazy and try dragging a boat across canada.

Anyway, i am not trying to say that five hour energy is like eating food from cans sealed with lead, but taking 8333% of the reccommened amount of anything seems like a bad idea.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

appreciate what you have

This morning I was getting ready for work and my wife was getting ready for work, not the same work different work, but at the same time.

I as talking just a minute to talk to her and I was struck by how beautiful she is.

Man, I married up!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


This is my puzzeling thought for the day.

I pick my daughter up from day care yesterday, get her home and we play and have a bath and that sorta thing, all kinds of groovey stuff. Dad played mixed in with mom time with the baby. So we get home and I am like finally i get to spend some time with her.

Next thing you know she is in bed and I think, finally she went to sleep.

When I had this second thought, it occurred to me, how can i be so happy to see her and 2 hours later be so happy she's asleep?

Anyway, that is all i got.

Friday, August 7, 2009

brilliant idea

The past week, I've been venturing further into suburbia than i usually go to deliver the spawn to daycare. twice I have seen a _____ of i am guessing stay at home moms darting across the street.

I left a blank there because I don't know what to call them.
Lions have prides
Dolphins have pods
Cattle have herds
Wolves have packs
Crows have Murder
Ravens have Unkindness (I am not making that up, although I didn't know it)

What are a group of stay at home mom called when they from up into a group and go out to exercise? I am going to settle on bevy. Which is also what a group of quail is called. Side note of grammatical questions ( In that previous fragmented sentence, should it be quail are called or quail is called?) Anyway, there was a bevy of women in pelaton fashion running in the most aerodynamical arrangement. These women looked mean and like they could take me. Although a lot of women who exercise regularly look like they could take me, but never mind that. I gots to thinking, MMA is exploding onto the nation and worldwide stage. Think there is any interest in a SAHM-MMA battle royal type event?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

More parenting

My baby went to daycare and this is pretty much how it went, she cried, it was sad, I didn't want to leave her, so out at the car I thought, you know I am going to go check on her one more time. So i go check on her and she has stopped crying and is happy smiling and stuff.

Day 2, same thing, I drop by to check on her and i swear as soon as she saw me she starts crying. So I hold her and stuff then I have to go to where supplies are kept and so i go and then I come back and she has stopped crying again.

I swear, she looked at the other babies and said something like, oh there is my dad, i better whip up some tears so he'll think i hate it here. Yes, I am sure that is what she did.