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Friday, June 5, 2009

Road Apples, #31

New Hampshire Allows Gay Marriage - Story link here. I am very glad to see this happen. Hey, all of us deserve to be happy. Opponents will decry that homosexuality is "unnatural" and that this will harm society. Bull$hit! I personally find the mere thought of two men being physically intimate to be repugnant at best (but that's okay, as I am sure that there are gay males who find intimacy between a man and a woman to be equally disturbing...), so much so that I can't believe for a moment that anyone would do that simply as a matter of "choice". No, I think that there is a relatively small percentage of the human population who is simply wired to be homosexual. That doesn't make those individuals better, worse, smarter, dumber or certainly less deserving of stable long-term relationships than the rest of us. "Unnatural"? I think that for the small percentage of people who are homosexual, it's about as "natural" as one can get. Now I may find homosexual acts to be by far and a way not by cup of tea, but you know what? I think they have a right to do whatever the hell they want in the privacy of their own lives, as long as it doesn't involve harming children or interferes with my ability to enjoy my life. That's about as American of an attitude as I think one can have. So here's the "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" for all of us, no matter who we choose to stup.

Brother Update - My brother continues to make good progress at CMC and will most likely be sent to in-patient rehabilitation at Allied Services early next week. Interestingly enough, in the course of trying to figure out why he, at age 43, had a stroke, the doctors discovered that he has a small hole in his heart. That could have contributed to the stroke, but they are not 100% sure. In other family-health related news, my mother is coming back from rehabilitation at Mercy Hospital on Saturday morning. She does seem to be much better, which is a very good thing. Also in the good thing department is the fact that my need to do nightly "Scranton Hospital Tour" will be diminished. I can't say that I'm sad to see that end.

I Need To Paint - The downstairs of my house hasn't been painted in a million years (or something like that). Maybe I'll finally get off my lazy butt and get going on that this weekend, or at least get the paint to get going on that this weekend. I'm not sure of the color to buy, but it will probably just be something fairly light, maybe even off-site. I also need to do a lot of crack-filling, cleaning, etc. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Smoking - In reading up on stokes this past week, I found that smoking is a major contributing factor. My God, how much more worse does this need to get? I'm seriously struggling to figure out why people do this - some smart people no less. Look, I know that a lot of things one can do are dangerous in some way; hell, eating french fries can kill you I guess, but even the worse fried food has some redeeming quality to it, even if that's in supplying carbohydrates. Can we simply ban this? Walking into the hospitals I was often forced to run the "smoker gamut", walking through and around the huddled masses enjoying their drug-o-choice. Why? Why?

Scranton Police Shooting Death - Still no answers as to the cause or circumstances of the shooting death in Scranton that I mentioned a day or so ago. While I'd like to see the facts come out as a matter of curiosity, I'm sure that the family of the late Ms Williams needs some kind of closure to this issue as part of their grief process. Let's hope that they are briefed on the investigation results first, have a chance to ask lots of questions, and find some comfort in hearing that the incident was fully reviewed before anything is made public. They deserve as much.

The Song Running Through My Head At The Moment - is "Raspberry Beret", the Prince song, as performed by the Hindu Love Gods. Well worth checking out if you have a chance. The Hindu Love Gods were Warren Zevon and three of the four members of REM. Peter Buck is a great guitar player.

Yes It's Friday - It has been a trying week, to say the least. Despite everything else happening around me, I'm also trying to get back into a 4 to 5 day a week regime of working out at the gym at the office. That can be difficult, given my schedule, but I just have to try. I'm not getting any older, and recent events seem to point me in the direction of "you need to be healthier". Fortunately I still have the stamina to spend time productively at the gym without having a coronary myself. Getting back to the work stuff, I have a lot of my plate at the moment, but if everything works out the way I think it should, it will be manageable. I know "if everything work out the way..." is a dangerous condition to put out there, because it seldom does, but never the less I need to keep a positive attitude.

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