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The Scoop On Health Care Reform

Mar 21, 06:08 PM -- by Chaz

I know. You have concerns. You’re worried. I’m not really worried, but then again, I’m a reader.

Because I love you and want to calm you, I contacted an esteemed group of doctors and asked them what we can expect after the inevitable passing of the Health Care Reform Bill. Here’s what they said:

Dr. Raymond Stantz: “Fire and brimstone coming down from the sky! Rivers and seas boiling!”

Dr. Egon Spengler: “Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…”

Winston Zeddmore: “The dead rising from the grave!”

Dr. Peter Venkman: “Human sacrifice. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria!”

I also paged Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, and Dr. Howard for their opinions, but they have not yet responded.

Take a deep breath, people, and calm the fuck down!! Our Republic will survive and live on…


A Tale of Two (Fatty) Tumors

Mar 16, 11:25 AM -- by Chaz

I don’t like to get ‘political’ on these pages. There are already too many clueless, churlish gas bags pretending to know what they’re talking about and I’m certainly not needed to add to the noise. However, I thought I’d share a couple of experiences I’ve had dealing with “health issues” that I think are pretty telling of how bad the health care system has gotten over the years.

First, let me state that I do hope that the health care bill that the US Senate is considering passes, despite it being a steaming, stinking pile of CRAP. It is, however, a start and something that can be fixed. If we don’t do it now, it might well be another decade before we get another chance and things will almost definitely get worse. Sure, it’s like buying a broken down Chevy hoping to wrench back to a purry kitten-ness, but we need to get from point A to point B, don’t we? It is unfortunate that the lobbyists and other people with agendas (our elected officials) have chipped away at it to turn it into the turd that this bill is. It’s a shame it does almost nothing to deal with waste and fraud. It is a shame that we have to settle for it. Vote The Bastards (all of them) out.

Anyway, I’ve known two lipomas in my life. A lipoma is a fatty tumor – a zit with a Napolean Complex, really – and they reside under a few layers of skin. They’re harmless, but unlike a pimple they do not go away on their own. They need to be removed by a health care professional.

My first lipoma popped up some 25 years ago on my right arm just south of the armpit. I was a broke, handsome young thing at the time but it was starting to get a little painful, so off to the doctor I went. The scalpel came out right there in the doc’s office and one hour later, I was one fatty tumor and $50 lighter. 50 bucks.

About 5 years ago another one of these lumpy inconveniences appeared on the left side of my rib cage. My general practitioner referred me to a surgeon. He scheduled me for outpatient surgery and assembled a team. For an overgrown pimple, a team. I went in early in the morning and was out in time for lunch. Final cost? $10,000. Ten thousand dollars. 10k.

Yes, I had insurance for the second one. Perhaps that’s why the surgeon felt the need for a team. But, of course, insurance didn’t cover everything and my out of pocket expenses were more than 10 times what I paid to have the first one removed. On the plus side, I did get some really good pain pills that I didn’t need (it was a zit, people) and all the warm blankets I wanted. I wish I had checked the itemized list to see how much those toasty blankets cost me.

Not quite a health care horror story, is it? I’ve known folks who’ve gone through much, much worse and reform proponents have paraded out stories far more chilling. My little tale is just to point out the difference that 20 years makes – approximately $9950. And a team.


They Found Me Through Google, Pt II

Mar 4, 01:04 PM -- by Chaz

This time they didn’t wind up on this humble little bloggy-mcblog-blog through a particular post, but were directed to an entire page. Their search term: “dim bag derll.”

Obviously, the misdirected metal head was searching for information about Dimebag Darrell, the late, great guitar shredder from Pantera and Damageplan who was gunned down onstage while playing with the latter. Although I admired Darrell’s talent, the seeker, undone by his poor spelling, found no information relative to his search on this site. Perhaps if he does search for “dim bag” again the above link will help him on his quest.

The search was performed from a computer on the Arkansas Public School Computer Network. Certainly his mangled spelling is in no way a reflection of the educational system of that fine state.

Rock on.



Feb 28, 05:55 AM -- by Chaz

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Comcast and Facebook Are Pissing Me Off

Feb 18, 07:08 PM -- by Chaz

Haven’t posted much here in the past couple of weeks.

One reason is my annual winter struggle with connection issues. Every year about this time, my internet connection via Comcast goes to shit. My connection drops frequently although I don’t lose cable. Every year I get a service guy out here and he fiddles with the cabling and it comes back. Then when he leaves, it goes back out. Last year Comcast promised me a free “line check,” a trouble shooting procedure that may actually have given them the clue that there was a bad amplifier up there on the phone pole (thanks for the diagnosis, Tracy), but on the day of the check it was too cold to climb a ladder so he just fiddled with my cables. This year I’m just fiddling with my own cables (insert dirty joke here). I’m not clueless when it comes to this, so instead of inviting strangers into my home to tell me stuff I already know, I’m just dealing…

During the moments I’m actually connected, I’ve been fiddling around with this Facebook thing that all the kids are doing. I’m late to the party, I know, but the pestering from friends has won out and I’ve been spending way too much time there. Funny thing is, I’m not really enjoying it…


Test Post

Feb 8, 04:20 AM -- by Chaz

Check, 1, 2, 3…

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Cletis & Antoine

Feb 8, 03:39 AM -- by Chaz

Here’s a couple of my pals that were on the bill for the big gig this past Friday. They spanked our butts… musically that is…


The Dogs Are Boring

Feb 6, 11:32 AM -- by Chaz

They are great fun to watch when they’re cavorting about the back yard, but the minute you put the camera on them…


Public Appearance Alert (Reminder, and a Warning)

Feb 4, 10:52 AM -- by Chaz

So, Chris Griffin and I are still set to open up for Eddie Spaghetti at The Gravity Pub on Friday night (Feb. 5th), but now there is some confusion as to when we’re going to start. It seems that Josh, the owner of The Grav, remembered that I’m playing, but thought I was playing WITH Cletis (the second act up)…  even though Josh and myself hashed out the details as to how long my set would be, what I would need in regards to the PA, etc.

So, even though the tickets -- er, excuse me – the invitations for the private party (available at The Gravity Pub for $18 with some probably available at the door come show night) say the show starts at 9:30, it looks like we’re going on closer to 9pm. Maybe before 9, maybe after 9. Maybe at 3pm.

Anyway, to all those who’ve asked, I have passed on this bit of wisdom: Don’t spend $18 dollars to see me. However, if you’re a Supersuckers/Eddie Spaghetti fan and want to see Eddie play in a neat little setting, definitely check it out. There will be a few surprise guests and it won’t be very crowded as they’re only making a few tickets invitations available.


I Like Graphic Novels…

Feb 2, 10:16 AM -- by Chaz

I rock.

Lit Slits, Volume V: Graphic Novels

Score: 83% (10 out of 12)

G'head, try and beat me...

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