Wow did y’all watch the rivalry football games yesterday? They were AMAZING, particularly Auburn v. Alabama. That may have been one of the most exciting and shocking finishes to a football game ever. Alabama was totally blindsided and you have to give it to the kid who kept his head and just took off running. Nice work Auburn, even though it could mean Ohio State and the psychotic Urban Meyer have a chance at the National Championship Game. I still give it to FSU and (now) Missouri. I’d like to give the double finger to OSU the way their ejected player gave it to the entire world. Because the behavior at that game is why this guy is right — and why the hated targeting rule exists. Because the greatness of the sport comes in knowing how to give and take CLEAN hits, tackles, etc. It’s where the athleticism comes from, the beauty, and the grace. The game is being taken to task for its violence and maybe that’s not such a bad thing until dumbass punks like this kid learn that its not about who can play dirtier by actually damaging someone, but who can hit hard clean, where everyone stands up at the end and opposing players pat each other on the back. Saw a lot of that in the Georgia/Ga. Tech game, in fact. It’s called “sportsmanship.” Look it up. Also, way to create a team full of delinquents Meyer. You seem to have a real talent for that.
A’ight, moving on. I’m writing today because I had a funny idea this weekend after reading this article about how healthcare providers have been pushed up against a wall into wanting an expansion of Medicaid. I decided to poke around a little to see if I was thinking about things in the right way. My sister is a nurse in Atlanta and, while I’ve put the call in, I haven’t had the chance to talk to her yet about what folks in her industry are saying about the new law and the looming doctor shortage, and the pressure it will put on the secondary providers in the healthcare field like nurses and physician’s assistants. I did, however, have the chance to talk to another person I know in the secondary-provider healthcare field and they mentioned that they had mixed feelings but were at least happy about the job security Obamacare provided. So I started wondering if the law does indeed provide that. So, since Canada has a single payer healthcare system similar to the one I’m pretty sure Obamacare was always designed to lead to, I started to compare. And, perhaps I’m not factoring in all the extenuating circumstances, but it doesn’t look good. After just a few Google searches, it’s not hard to discover that the exchange rate for the Canadian and US dollar is nearly 1 to 1 (1 Canadian dollar = .94 cents US). Several more Google searches turned up an average nursing salary in Canada of between 70,000 and 80,000 a year (that number varied, with most searches giving 80,000 the top-end that nurses in Canada can make over a career lifetime). Another search turned up the rough amount in taxes this profession pays. The second commenter on this nursing board broke the numbers down pretty handily, but take it with a grain of salt. In any event, that’s nearly 30% of a paycheck whittled away in taxes, taking someone in the 70,000 range down to the 50,000 range. And then, of course, the cost of living in Canada is actually higher than it is here (due in part to their value-added tax, an idea the progressives in this country float quite a bit). And Canada has its own doctor shortages to contend with (how this article leads with talk of shortages and then tries to say the number of doctors in Canada is at a historic high is one of the “miracles” of spin. One of the reasons I grew fairly disgusted with the world of traditional journalism.) So, if this administration is successful in moving everyone onto Medicaid because of the (intentional?) failure of Obamacare, secondary providers can expect to have a flooded market, fewer doctors to offset and oversee what they do, very likely falling salaries (due to the flooded market and the inefficiencies in the Medicaid system — who’s going to be paying all the administration costs or making up the difference when Medicaid can’t cover patients’ needs in the absence of doctors? Probably you, secondary providers) and increasingly busier schedules. In short, you may suffer more than you know. You could end up like the insurance providers who now regret signing on to support the program that is essentially putting them out of business.
Okay, moving on…
Recently it was suggested to me that I’m “too aggressive” because I decided to stand up for myself, something I actually have a hard time doing because I listen to people tell me I’m aggressive and then question my decision-making ability. Anyway, apparently, as this person told me, men want “passive” women and my assertiveness is not, as was suggested not very subtly, very attractive. “I might have felt the same way, I just wouldn’t have said anything.” Hmmm. So playing cagey is better than just being honest? How’s that? Because it gets you what you want in the immediate I suppose, except that at some point those real needs and real opinions WILL come out. And, no disrespect intended, but speaking your mind with assertiveness — no name calling, no threats or intimidation — is not half as aggressive as showing up at someone’s house uninvited to force a conversation (also suggested to me in this same conversation). And I do give people the benefit of the doubt for quite some time before addressing the problem, always hoping I’m seeing things the wrong way, or waiting until more information is revealed. Little do you know, I do hold my tongue until I feel I just can’t anymore. And anyway, I’m applying this theory to my attempts at relationships of every kind going forward. Real tired of giving my time away to the undeserving. I keep thinking back to the “guys” I first met (and, who am I kidding, knew already) before I moved here, who made me cry and picked on me and made fun of me and just generally behaved like mean girls. I spent a lot of time wondering why they did that, what I had done, how I could change myself to make them stop. My guess is they weren’t doing the same self-reflection. So, I think, call it aggressive if you like, I’ll be sticking with speaking my mind. Anyway, I asked my Pops if guys wanted passive women and he said, “I suppose some of them do.” Some.
I agree with this. It shouldn’t be personal for a great many reasons, one of the best is that once you allow people who have bad intent into your kitchen and start caring what they think, you’ve lost a great deal of your power to negotiate with a clear head.
This is fantastic. It’s a piano/violin. And that’s exactly what it sounds like.
They say you should never cheat on a lawyer. Add “someone with NSA security clearance” to that list.
My friend George, a Tennessee guy, posted this and it’s a good one. I miss men. How hard it must have been for Jackson to see what a tragedy the Trail of Tears became. I don’t think that was his intent.
This is good news and I’ll try it today after my run. Also, this concept of “stacking the pain” seems to be so coincidental for me lately as to be a sign of some kind…I need to pay attention to that…
This is the midi-length pencil skirt, for those who have asked me. You can actually go a little longer, but only if you stay tight around the legs. A flared skirt at this length is not flattering on anyone.
Finally, a friend told me that the four notes that the Hunger Games players offer in tribute are from this song. I knew I recognized them! I had to watch this movie in High School and I had such a crush on the guy who played Romeo…sigh…