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padfun

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Current location: Sacramento, CA
Member since: Sat Jun 14, 2014, 09:00 AM
Number of posts: 1,615

About Me

Retired from the State of California. Loving every bit of life!

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Mazzy Star - Fade into you

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A life with Cats

So, if you want to know who I am, I just made a video for YouTube. I did this on the spot and forgot to wear my dentures. But at my age, it doesn't matter anymore. I just look like another old man to many young uns.

But this my new life since COvid started.


Diamonds and Rust - Nice Cover

The Deplorable Insurrection

This didn't go well for them at all. Even Moscow Mitch called it an insurrection and called them "criminals." and now Schumer is calling for strict prosecution.

They keep calling them Thugs. They should call them Terrorists.

Trump has lost my 93 year old Dad.

He is a life long Republican.

He lives in a retirement housing area in Texas and yesterday he told me that he feels that Trump is throwing his aged people to the wolves. And he says this feeling is prevalent in their community. Many of them feel Trump is killing them to save his re-election possibilities.

These are older people in a red state and most are well over 75. Things are probably going this way elsewhere too.

Trumpville's are springing up in cities all across this country.

There are new homeless camps starting up all over the cities in this country. By some measures, homelessness has increased 30 percent in just the last two years. Many programs have been cut or even totally abolished.

So while the wealthy got a huge tax giveaway, the poor got nothing and many have had to resort to homelessness. And if Republicans have their way, it will just get a lot worse.

The odds were against her.

My wife and I feed about eight outdoor cats and I have build four houses for them, made from plastic ice chests with a hole cut out of them for an entrance.

There is a cat who is barely over a year old. When she was a few months old, she would follow me around while I was doing my yard work. She would hop around the yard but keep close to me. She was my favorite outdoor cat.

A month ago, I noticed that she was pregnant. It was starting to show and her nipples were developing. A few days later, we noticed three little newborn kittens inside one of the forts we built for them. Actually it was a modified Igloo house. A bit roomy for cats but several go into it when it is raining. But there were three little kittens non the less, and they looked like they were premature. Preemies. They were there for a few days and then their mom moved them to under a bunch of bushes. Probably a lot safer for them. But we noticed that one had died just before they were moved.

Well, the other day, I was walking toward the front door and noticed a small kitten laying on the ground panting and looking near dead. I got my wife and we carried it into the house. We could she that she needed immediate attention. My wife tried to give it some water while I went and bought some KMR kitty formula and a feeding kit to administer the food. When I got home, my wife would try to feed it some formula. A little at first since we didn't want to force anything. Four weeks had passed since they were born yet this kittens eyes had not opened yet. A normal span for kittens eyes is seven to ten days after birth, but these kittens were preemies. And this kitten was barely hanging on to life.

My wife fed it formula and water several times for the first day but she would barely intake either one. at least she was taking in a little bit. And she had a fairly strong meow for a weak kitten. I was really hoping for her to hang on and make it through. If she did, she would be a special kitten for my wife.

Yesterday afternoon, the second day we had her, "Tinker" wasn't moving. A good check and we saw that she had died. The sweet thing had struggled for weeks and made it this far. It was sad to see that she didn't make it through. For having a kitten for only two days, she made an impact on me. She joins our feline hall of fame. A collection of pictures of our cats for the last thirty years.

She had strength to make it this far and I hoped she would make it all the way but, The odds were against her.
RIP Tinker

I have a new outlook on life after today

Four months ago, I was told that I have the beginning of kidney disease and the Urine Micro-albumin tests showed that. They had been over the threshold for 3 years. but now they were getting higher and he wanted me on meds. Also, two months prior to that, my Optometrist told me that I have the beginning of retinopathy, diabetic blindness. This on top of diabetic neuropathy (numbness) that was half up my leg.

So, after some research, I decided to go ahead and try a high fat, low carb diet. Keto. I also started weekly 2-3 day fasting. At the same time, I took a risk and stopped taking all of my diabetic meds, both metformin and both types of insulin (Humalog and Humalin). My morning glucose readings were 175 or so, a bit high but not terrible as they had been in prior years.

Monday I went in for tests and I told my Doc that I had quit all meds three months prior. And that I had lost 25 pounds. He wasn't real happy about it but strangely, his biggest concern was my high fat diet. I realized that he has to follow guidelines so I told him that I really wanted to go this route and asked him to let me know if any readings were a concern. This lets him off the hook if I keel over, but keeps him in the loop and active as my doctor.

Well, the tests are in. A1C was my lowest in 14 years, 6.6 and it's that high because it counts three months, the first two which had much higher readings. Now my morning reading is 125 and it keeps getting lower with each fast. My goal is a morning reading of 90 or so. 83 would be prime. And all cholesterol readings were normal. Cholesterol=154, HDL=44, LDL=48, Triglycerides=88. White blood count was slightly high but nothing to worry about. ALL other tests were in the normal range.

The new micro-albumin tests for my kidneys show my lowest reading in 5 years and the doc said that I no longer am considered as having kidney disease. And my peripheral neuropathy is nearly gone. Some numbness in the sole and big toe.

These are things that are generally thought of not having any cure. They are considered progressive diseases. Once you have it, it just gets worse and they give you meds to make your trip into early death as comfortable as they can.

Well, they are curable! They are all a result of insulin resistance. The real deadly disease among us. And most people today have it. Some just don't know it yet.

They got it wrong 50 years ago (Ancil Keyes). Most fat is good (not all), it is sugar that can kill you. I am in constant ketosis now, a fat burner instead of a carb burner. I feel better and sharper than ever. Ketones (beta hydroxybutrate) is a better fuel than carbs. I am now actually planning for the next twenty years instead of prepping for death. It is a very wonderful feeling.

Trump vs Harley Davidson - My take from a biker dude

For some reason, most of my biker buddies seem to be Trumpsters. Or more accurately, the one biker that I know and what he can tell me about the others.

Well, my one friend is pissed at Trump for "dissing" Harley Davidson. I don't think he is quite off the band wagon but I never heard him say a bad word about Trump before. I can tell that he is confused that Trump would attack the sacred company and cant quite figure what is up yet. So I will just let the last week simmer for a while and then see where he stands.

When Trump disturbs sacred ground, even his most faithful will abandon him.
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