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Gender: Male
Hometown: Puyallup, Washington
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 62,611

About Me

I truly believe that we will all live in peace and brotherhood someday. And so that I don't lose my faith in humanity, I will live my life as if that day had already happened.

Journal Archives

Friday Night Gin Buzz. Ask me anything.

Enjoying a Bartonís Special tonight. Apple brandy, gin, scotch, and a dash of lemon juice (in lieu of a lemon twist.)

I used a lesser-quality single malt, so itís only so-so. I should either have substituted some Suntori blended whiskey, or gone all-in with some Lagavulin. For next time, I guess.

Had a Zoom job interview on Wednesday with my old organization from when I was a Medical Assistant. Got caught up with their Medical Director and the PA who trained me. I remarked that the last time we all talked together, none of us had gray hair. Now weíre all a little snowy. Iím expecting an offer by Monday. My only worry is that they are going to lowball it. Weíll see.

I love you allÖ

My grandson finally got a job.

Delivering pizza.

He lets me and Mrs. Aristus know he is not happy about it.

He'll drag himself into the house after a crippling four hours of work, and haul himself up the stairs with a look of agony on his face, all but doing the back of the hand to the forehead thing.

Yep. We spoiled him. Love the boy; he's my angel. But his work ethic needs a little work of its own.

I'm on-call this next week, starting tonight. No Friday Night Buzz thread tonight.

I'm sorry. But I'll be back in the swing of things next Friday.

I love you all...

There was an active shooter at Mrs. Aristus' place of work today.

No one injured or killed, and word is the cops got the guy. 10-15 shots fired.

Mrs. Aristus is all right. But the building security pulled a Uvalde PD move, and blitzed.

I strongly suspect the security company is going to get sued.

Hating this country more and more. Canít believe I went to war for this trash nation.

Just had a patient who was the spitting image of a young Rutger Hauer.

Absolutely uncanny. When I was taking his past medical history, I half-expected him to say:

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe;
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion
I watched C-Beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate..."

Home again

I was only gone for forty-eight hours. But it seemed a lot longer than that.

Thanks to all of you who kept me company.

No Friday Night Drinking Thread tonight.

I'm a three-hour drive from home, sitting in a hotel room, eating take-out, and looking forward to the end of the conference.

But I do love you all...

Any night owls up?

Other than Skittles, I mean.

Hi, Skittles! How's the night going?

I'm thinking another hour or so before I hit the sack. Who's out there?

Singing the hotel room blues again. CE conference in Kennewick, Washington.

I hoping that my beloved Loungers can pop in tonight to keep me company.

It is monstrously hot out there! Got the room A/C going full blast...

Right-wing trolls have taught me something interesting: The Northwest is a dystopian hellhole.

Who knew?

All I ever knew is that we have beautiful scenery, wealthy, progressive cities, a well-educated populous, fairly good weather (sure, it rains a lot, but that's significantly better than it not raining a lot.) and job opportunities that people leave other parts of the country for.

Do we have our problems? Sure. What part of the country doesn't have it share of problems? Including and especially homelessness. But homelessness here is for the same reason it is anywhere: the wealthy business owners don't want to pay a living wage for the labor they get rich on.

I guess the right-wing media has painted us as Mad Max or something. Which is really unfair. I-5 isn't always like that.
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