You're going to laugh -- 11/21/06

Okay, I know you're going to laugh at me, but I've signed up to participate in Holidailies -- that is, I am going to try to post an entry everyday from December 1st to January 1st.

Yes, me... the guy for whom this November 21st entry represents my second entry for November. Yeah, two, count 'em, two!

Well, back in January of 2000 I managed to write twenty-five entries in one month.

Hmmm, this may be tougher than I thought.

My memory had told me that I had written an entry for every day that month and didn't have a missing entry until a week or so into February but in actuality I missed half a dozen days that month.

D'oh (as Homer Simpson would tell say).

For some reason I seem to have been much busier than usual and I cannot think why that would be so. I mean I'm usually pretty busy and I can't think of anything making life even more so these days. After all, I'm not taking a course this semester, so that means I am not having one night a week devoured by having to go to class and there's no time being spent of homework or study.

I did have a problem with being sick. No, not sick sick, just a sore throat and a cold kind of thing, but it kept coming back and I had it three times during October and early November. The first time I just used home remedies (take extra vitamin C and zinc, gargle with warm salt water, etc.) but when it came back a couple of weeks later, I went to my doctor's office. I ended up with a prescription for an antibiotic and for some cough medicine (the same stuff as one of the varieties of Robitussen) but also containing codeine. It took a couple of days but then that seemed to work just fine... except a few days later it came back... so off to my doctor's office and they took throat swabs and told me I did not have strep throat but gave me a renewal on the antibiotic to knock out whatever bug had set up housekeeping in my throat.

So I think maybe that left me tired -- it certainly left me swamped with work -- a week ago today I found myself putting in about a fifteen hour day trying to get caught up.

My workout schedule is all messed up -- or, rather, my training schedule for the five mile race coming up on Thursday morning isn't so much messed up as simply missing. I think I ran three miles about a month ago. Mostly I have had three separate weeks (the weeks I was sick) where I didn't work out at all -- and most of the workouts I did get in have been somewhat less than intense workouts. (Mostly riding an exercise bike in the basement.)

Ah well, so I may end up walking a mile or so out of the five miles, it will still be fun. There are going to be a bunch of us in the race this year. Gillian, of course. And my brother-in-law Tom and my nephew Mike and niece Alison. Plus niece Melissa. Plus brother-in-law Jeff and niece Nicole. And possibly brother-in-law Matt.

Yes, I do anticpate being very sore Thursday afternoon and Friday.

It has been interesting watching the political maneuvering in Washington. It had looked for a few days as if the Democrats were going to shoot themselves in the foot by making Congressman Murtha (a man as corrupt as he is incoherent) the Majority Leader. So Pelosi shot herself in the foot but her colleagues were smart enough to overwhelmingly defeat her pet pick of Murtha.

Now we need to see what will happen with the House Intelligence Committee. The senior Democrat on the committee, Jane Harmon, is knowledgeable and respected and ordinarily would be expected to assume the chair -- however, Pelosi apparently has a personal grudge against her and also owes a lot of political favors to the Congressional Black Caucus, and so is pushing Congressman Hastings a chair of the committee. Hastings is a cesspool of corruption. He was a federal judge who was impeached and removed from office (by a Democratic majority Senate) -- and his record in Congress is one of junkets and corruption and vile behavior. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. (The name of Congressman Silvestre Reyes has been mention as a "compromise" candidate, although his only apparent qualification is being head of the the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.)

The positive news for the Democrats is, of course, that the Republicans insisted on selecting the very same incompetent "leaders" who have been leading them astray for the past several years.

It would all be much more entertaining if it weren't that the games these clowns and crooks and political hacks play have real world consequences for all of us.

Your Vote Score: 42% Republican, 58% Democrat
You are truly an independent voter, and you don't fit well with either party.
Maybe you should choose one issue to vote on - or look into third parties!
Should You Vote Republican or Democrat?

Well, as I noted in my election day posting, I voted for Republicans and Democrats and at least one Independent plus the Cool Moose party candidate..

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