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Are you old?

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This  study reveals  we don’t know much about health,  even our own,  but the general consensus was that you’re old at 57.   I’m way past that,  but until I had a heart problem in my late 60’s,  I felt pretty much as I had in my 30’s.  Then my thyroid stopped working .  It seems to become uncooperative every few months,  and I up my medication for that, but don’t take the one medication designed for my particular problem,  which has several unpleasant side effects and several signs that counter-indicate the medication,  all of which I already have from allergies.  So I am old, and my hair has thinned and is white, but when my thyroid cooperates I can outwork most people half my age.

I never understood the old adage “you’re as old as you feel” when I was young,  but it is true.  There are a few people who actually enjoy ill health —  for attention, caring, touch, comfort,  or what have you.    I would prefer to lean on family and friends,  but some people have neither.  If they have a pet they generally do much better, though one of their worries is what will happen to that pet should they no longer be able to care for it.   If they don’t have family or friends who will take the pet in, that is an additional worry.  I have fostered several dogs from such households.  The dogs were usually confused,  sometimes upset at the new arrangement, but they all settled in  eventually and seemed to enjoy the new surroundings and all the wildlife to be studied or chased or just barked at.   My own dogs have been very gracious about sharing their territory and pets with strangers,  possibly because they are accustomed to having the dogs of family members stay here when their owners are away.  They all seem very happy to come here, and when they see their owners,  very happy to leave.

Courtesy of my increased medication,   I am still old by all standards,  but not nearly as old as I felt before the dose was upped.   Be aware of your family’s medical histories —  you can’t necessarily change any of it , but you can avoid doing things which might kick-start an inherited tendency.   I inherited my mother’s allergies and thyroid problems and blood sugar problems.   My heart problem was a defect which caused no symptoms and remained hidden thorough stress tests.   A heart catheter finally revealed the problem.   I also have a slightly malformed hip structure which I was  unaware of and discovered only when my thyroid began affecting my muscles and put so much strain on the hip it began complaining.  I inherited my father’s muscles,  athleticism and sense of humor.   Without those gifts I probably would not have survived those from the maternal side.  My point is,  ask questions so that you know what your family may have a genetic tendency towards.  Did anyone have a job which might have caused particular problems?  If your problem is excess weight,  consider what you eat.  I had to learn that a small amount of truly scrumptious food was preferable to a plate of anything mediocre.  I have screwy blood sugar, but I eat a diabetic-style diet –  no sugar and few high-glycemic foods.   I eat more meat than recommended, but it stabilizes my blood sugar  and provides strength.  When my thyroid gets balky I eat more carbohydrates for the energy boost.  Baked new potatoes and yellow or white onions is one of my favorite side dishes and goes with everything.   I have birthday cake when appropriate,  but only a sliver.  I have a cold beer every few weeks.   I quit smoking years ago.  Do what is in your control to make yourself feel better and learn what it may profit you to avoid.

COVID-19?   It is a nasty,  potentially devastating disease.   My first rule is to basically ignore whatever the WHO, CDC, and NIH say.   All three of them have been spectacularly wrong in their prognostications over the past few decades , although my late uncle who once worked in that field says the CDC did pretty well for a government agency until it allowed liberal politics to overcome sound science.  For example,  the 66,000 new cases in New York were not in the population allowed to go to work and have some semblance of a life.   Not,  those cases were among all the people on lock-down for the past two months,  so isolation doesn’t appear to work,  does it?  I believe I’ve already mentioned that wearing a mask offers some protection,  but you need eye wear with it for a more complete outfit.   I spotted trouble on the horizon early and filled my pantry and freezer and planted a bunch more seeds to enable rolling harvest dates.  My herbs are at work in my kitchen and I’ve already enjoyed baby spring lettuces, radishes and carrots.  If you have a single sunny window,  you can grow herbs —  your food and palate will appreciate the freshness.

I’m having lunch with three dear friends this week after a two-month absence of our monthly luncheons –  I am so looking forward to it,  even though the restaurant  will be under the new normal social distancing garbage.   That was a bit selfish — I have not had cold or flu in over 50 years,  not even when caring for relatives with rotavirus or norovirus (those two wreak havoc on cruise ships).  I have been fortunate to lead a very healthy life with apparent natural immunity to viruses and the customary childhood diseases and a number of other less common diseases.  I am grateful for that,  as it enables me to fetch and tote for those less lucky than I.

Decide your level of comfort after assessing what risks you might be subject to and go live your life accordingly.  I hope you do not live in one of the blue states where Democratic mayors and governors have decided that COVID-19 has given them the right to engage in unlawful behavior at your expense,  you might find some pleasure in reminding them that if their own families or staffs don’t obey the authoritarian rules,  why should you?  Go out,  be sensible and spend less of your time fearing coronavirus and more making your government officials afraid of you.

 

 

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May 12, 2020 at 1:26 pm

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Social distancing 101…

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The correct space for social distancing is six feet.   On my infrequent grocery store runs during the geriatric grocery hour,  most people are somewhere between three and six feet apart,  which reminds me that few people today grow up on ranches or farms,  where being able to estimate distances is an acquired and required skill.

Leon County,  Florida has apparently observed the same thing,  so has created  a helpful tool  to enable people to observe correct separations.   Your average alligator is about six feet long,  so the math works.

Please bear in mind that this was an amusing nudge to people.  The truth is that if you’re twenty feet from an average gator,  you won’t react fast enough to outrun it.   These critters may look awkward,  but they are extremely quick off the mark,  and very fast for a couple of hundred yards.  Being cold-blooded,  they are tired out at that point,  but quite a number of creatures have failed to realize that few things can escape a gator at one hundred feet.  Thanks to Leon County for injecting some much-needed humor into a situation which,  though very serious,  is not the end-times as Democrats and big media would have you believe.

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April 6, 2020 at 1:25 pm

Trump’s coronavirus presser…

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If you’ll recall,  Democrats were  screaming “racist!!”  only a few weeks ago when Trump made the perfectly sensible decision to reject all direct flights from China,  wisely buying the USA time to put plans into action.  Placing VP Mike Pence in charge of the coronavirus response was smart,  as Pence dealt with a MERS outbreak when he was governor of Indiana.   There is a link to the press conference embedded  in this  piece.   What you may notice is that Trump is sober,  reassuring — egads! — dare I say  “presidential”  in his demeanor.

If you doubt the Democrats are attempting  to weaponize  the virus  against Trump,  watch the coverage this presser receives.   Don’t think  the media  isn’t in on this  —  even the Associated Press  admits that  Democrats are distorting readiness for the virus.   And remember that  “ordinary”  flu kills thousands every year in the US.   Here’s a  handy chart for you.   If you take the necessary steps to prevent getting the flu,  you will be unlikely to come down with the coronavirus either.   I am fortunate — my immune system is so wildly overactive that it makes me miserable much of the year,  but I haven’t had a cold or the flu in decades.  If your system is less robust,  take care of yourself!

Final question:  what will the Left do when a quadrillion million Americans  don’t die  of coronavirus?

 

 

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February 29, 2020 at 1:52 pm

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Dangerous pizza?

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I have burnt my tongue very slightly on pizza once or twice in my life,  but I have never required an emergency room visit due  to a pizza encounter.   Apparently a fair number of people do each year,  and that’s from immediate injuries,  not just gaining weight.

 

 

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February 9, 2020 at 1:54 pm

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Ugliness revealed…

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Liberals and progressives have long suffered from a lack of true humor.   They laugh at others,  generally those suffering from misfortune.  If the subject has views they disagree with,  the humor becomes ever more brutal.  I thought His Oneness was a terrible president,  dangerous in his lies and using government agencies to attack his enemies,  but I never wished him dead.   The Left wants Rush  Limbaugh dead  and has no hesitation about saying so, with some not even pretending  it’s wrapped up in a joke.

President  Trump has  tweeted encouragement.   I think Brian Joondeph speaks for all of  us here.   Bear in mind that Limbaugh is a  former smoker,  having quit decades before.   Quitting is no guarantee you’ll avoid cancer,  but it certainly ups the odds,  so why not help yourself?   Of course I say this as a former smoker who was never addicted to nicotine  —  I just put them down one day and never picked them up again.   I hope you do the same.

Along  with Joseph  Farah,  I hope El Rusbo not only beats his lung cancer,  but that he recovers at warp speed and goes on walloping the other side for another 30 or 40 years.   I will  pray for  Rush,  like so many millions of his listeners.  You know you are extremely effective when your enemies are left with nothing but hate and death wishes.  Rush Limbaugh certainly knows this,  just as he knows his fate  is ultimately  in God’s hands,  a position he seems quite comfortable with.

 

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February 5, 2020 at 1:57 pm

This is too good…

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…NOT to be true.   Killing mosquitoes  with a fart  would be a useful talent in some parts of the world!

 

 

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December 12, 2019 at 2:09 pm

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Old, not weak…

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This is  the sort of old we should all aspire to be!

 

 

 

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November 27, 2019 at 2:06 pm

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Ice cream for breakfast!

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`I don’t know if  this story  is true, but what fun if it is!  I can see that something very cold could be a shock to awaken you,  but I can’t find the study,  so I reluctantly throw  in with  the boo-birds. Still,  if you wish to occasionally indulge in such an early morning treat,  do so, but top it with fresh fruit,  like blueberries or sliced peaches.   And remember to brush your teeth!

 

 

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July 21, 2019 at 3:04 pm

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Something else…

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…Pres.Trump won’t get credit for is potentially saving the lives of many thousands of kidney patients waiting for a donated kidney by changing the  regulations covering the process.

There have been long lines and thousands of patients dying since the 1980s.   Any president could have have addressed this.   Trump is the only one who actually did.

 

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July 15, 2019 at 2:51 pm

Sewer satire…

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If you are aware of the surge in the homeless using the streets as their bathrooms,  you will grasp this  brilliant piece  of satire.   If you don’t get it,  read about the big cities in California,  or Washington state.

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March 23, 2019 at 10:19 pm

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