Dear President Obama, you are a jerkface

From the following article: AP Sources: Obama backs high-end health plan tax

My biggest gripe is his complete ignorance. Not only will he tax the middle class he is going to totally screw people like me and the thousands of others in my same position. The most ignorant quote of the article:

“I’m on record as saying that taxing Cadillac plans that don’t make people healthier but just take more money out of their pockets because they’re paying more for insurance than they need to, that’s actually a good idea, and that helps bend the cost curve,” the president said in an interview with National Public Radio just before Christmas. “That helps to reduce the cost of health care over the long term. I think that’s a smart thing to do.”

Are you kidding me? I’ll tell you what Mr. President, come on over to my house. Lets have a heart to heart. I would love for you to come tell me my insurance plan is a waste of money. Then, you and I can go to my provider, and you can again tell them my plan is a waste of money. Don’t worry, I will have all the documentation you could ever want available to prove to you otherwise.

I completely understand there are people who have a Cadillac plan that don’t use it. Hell they could save some money on a typical 80/20 or HSA plan. However, I don’t. It would cost me more, a lot more to not have a “Cadillac” plan. On top of that, you want to tax me for it? So then I have to decide, does it cost me more to get taxed or to switch to a lesser plan that will cost me assloads more out of pocket.

I’m sorry, but you are an ignorant son of a bitch. Of course, what do you have to worry about. You get the best medical care in the world and you don’t have to pay a dime. Talk about a Cadillac plan. More like a Bugatti Veryon plan.

2010

What can you say. Those young enough remember 1999. The 2000’s have been pretty shitty to me.

I keep hoping for a better year but things get worse. I was really hoping 2010 would be the turn of something new, but already I learned it was no different than previous years.

I certainly hope everyone had a great new year. I can always hope for next year.

EDIT: OF course 4 hours into the new years it’s hard to make that call. Thankfully, there are  a lot of good things to stay focused on and there is no way a “year” decides if it is bad or good, it is just time.

A Better Approach:

Ok, after a firm talking to and I think some swatting of my head there was some sense knocked into me. I always felt the 90’s, other than the music (for the most part) and styles were a pretty great time, better than the 2000’s. Graduated high school, went to many colleges, met a lot of great people and things were always pretty much on the up and up.

The 2000’s were a bit of a roller coaster, but I suppose overall more good than bad came out of the decade and I shouldn’t be so negative about the new one. I’ll even make a list.

The Good:

Got engaged to the greatest girl in the world.

Bought a house.

Great job at Janus where I met many wonderful people.

Even greater job with ServiceMagic where I met even more wonderful people.

Went through 5 cars and 3 motorcycles.

Bought a PS2 in 2002 and a PS3 in 2009

Had 7 different mobile phones

Lived at 3 different addresses, one of which was the Pit and I think that was one of the funnest times of my life.

Welcomed in 3 nephews and 2 nieces.

Got a dog..Kona Bob!

Went to Vegas more times than I can count.

Saw many friends get married, some even reproduced!

Found out mostly what was wrong with me

Lost a bunch of weight

The Bad:

Lost family both human and feline

Found out mostly what was wrong with me

Almost croaked

Sold a car I regret selling

Had 5  surgeries

Conclusion:

Ok, so there was more good than bad, and it goes beyond that. Though it was painful to go through the things I did with surgeries and being sick it has allowed me to be healthier than I have ever been in my life. Still probably a long rocky road ahead, but much better than what I was faced with.

Above everything else, I still have family and great friends around to enjoy the new year and hopefully when 2020 rolls around I can look back and see that this new decade was even better than the last.

Shingles, the worst thing EVER!

Long time since my last post, sorry about that. I got other stuff to post about too, but I want to start with this.

So, New Years day I wake up, hung over beyond all belief. I hadn’t drank like that in over 2 years. Anyway, I head into the bathroom and notice a little cluster of what looks like pimples on my forehead on the left side. I was like, I must have passed out on my hand. Whatever.

Drive home from the mountains, day goes by, get up Friday morning (the 2nd). The spots are still there but larger and there are one or two new ones. My left eye is bugging me as well.

We think it is an allergy or something, get some benadryl, take it and it doesn’t do anything. The spots are kind of itchy and the left side of my head is all sensitive. By the time we realized something was wrong my Dr’s office was closed. We figured, sleep on it one more night then go to urgent care if no positive change. Of course during this time we thought it was like a staph infection.

Get up Saturday, go to urgent care, right away they say “That looks like the shingles.” I was like, WTF is that? they ask, have you had the chicken pox, and I replied yes. Then proceeded to explain that this is the same virus and it can be caused by emotional stress, immune issues, and some other things. Sometimes, it just happens.

Well anyway, they give me some antivirals, tell me to take Tylenol for the pain. Now, the pain. The pain is brutal. It’s not like a broken bone pain. But this affects the nervous system so those pimple looking things are going to soone become these nasty blisters and I am having this sharp pulsating nerve pain on the left side of my face that no amount of Tylenol seems to be helping.

I went to my doc on Monday, they took a look to make sure things were doing okay and prescribed me some painkillers. Thank god. I usually deal with pain very well but this was maddening.

As the days went by the spread of the virus stopped, it covered most of the left side of my forehead, keep in mind it does not cross the mid line of the body as it follows the nerves. I had them along my left scalp as well and around my left eye. Luckily not ON my left eye, however it did cause pain in the area.

By Thurs day you could see the blisters were starting to change, I think people that get cold sores could attest to what was happening as the chicken pox/shingle and cold sores are both herpes viruses, different ones, but they behave similarly.

Everything has progressed well, the pain is subsiding a bit, most everything turned into scabs and is healing up. Taking pain killers only occasionally now. Some people can have pain for years, but I should be part of the majority and just have to deal with it for amybe a few more weeks.

I have to tell you, I would not wish this on my worst enemy. It is miserable, this is one of the top two or three worst things I have ever had to deal with in my life. There is a vaccine, but the state of Colorado is all out, it is really new and currently has been gettign heavily prescribed for people over 60.

If you have had the chicken pox, you can get this, as you get older the risk increases quite a bit. I think you can get it more than once, there seems to be conflicting info.

Anyway. some of you have read on facebook about my pain and painkiller needs so I figured I would post. What a shitty way to start the new year huh?

Happy new year to you all, and be well.

I miss the Scout and other odds and ends

It’s been on vacation for about three months now. I guess I should probably find out how it’s doing. I’m sure it’s coming along fine. This has been a particularly brutal winter for more southern Colorado so I’m not surprised it is taking a little white longer.

Recently I volunteered to be on the Board of Directors for my neighborhoods civic association. I think I might also be the VP now, I’m not certain about that. I am also helping to direct the revamping of the website it still has a long way to go. You can check it out at http://www.highlands460.org

My health has held up okay, knock on wood, minor setback recently but things are still going well. I have been skiing 3 times already this season. We are heading up again this weekend. It feels really good to be back doing something I love so much.

The animals are well as well. Kona is about two now and is finally mellowing out a little. He is like a little dog trapped in a big dogs body, it’s almost funny. Elvis is getting older, he is about 13 now. He has slowed down a lot, but he’s holding up. Losing JJ last year impacted him and stressed him out. They weren’t really buddies, but change always jacks a cat up.

My parents recently sold the house I spent my teen and early adult years in. It went pretty fast and I was sad to see them sell it because I loved that house and the lot it was on. Still, the new place is nice, it is on a golf course and my Dad always wanted that.

Everything else is pretty much the same, getting pumped up about our trip in a couple weeks and even more excited about the BIG Vegas trip in June. If you want more details on that trip (everyone is invited) drop me a line and I will fill you in on the details.

Ok then, that’s it for now.

Beating this cold down with a fist!

Finally coming around from this nasty cold. Spent my weekend holed up until Sunday afternoon. Then I went out, finished changing out my plug wires on the Scout. Did some investigating on a flopping belt and found one of my crank pulley’s is bent.

I also noticed that with all this driving the Scout is almost leaking more oil than it did before I replaced most of the seals and gaskets. I guess fortunately it all appears to be valve cover and oil pan related so other than being a pain in the ass to clean everything back up, it should be easy to resolve. I probably overtightened the bolts on those aluminum parts and messed up the seal.

The Audi hits the shop finally tomorrow to get some replacement springs in the front after having one disintegrate and the other about to. Also getting the timing belt replaced. Just in time for our trip to New Mexico too.

It’s nice to be feeling better, today is infusion day so that will help too. Sadly it seems like I am always getting concerning news from doctors so off for more tests and the sort later this week. I’m trying to always look at the positive side of things, but sometimes it’s easier to just be down.

If all goes well with the Audi over the next few days it appears the Scout will be heading to get it’s makeover this weekend. Now I just need to find someone to make the trek with me so I can get back home.