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Trump Presidency Is Unraveling

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Michael Flynn leading the "Lock her up!" chant at the Republican convention Every day I watch the further unraveling of the Trump presidency.  I remember clearly when the Nixon presidency unraveled.  I voted for Nixon. Twice I voted for him. That was a time in my life when I was a conservative Republican who believed in fiscal responsibility and conservative values.   I believed Nixon that he didn't know about the "plumbers" that broke into the Democratic headquarters.  The year was 1974 and I was summer vacationing in Provincetown, Massachusetts. That was 43 years ago.   When Nixon was found to be lying (because he secretly tape recorded White House conversations) and was forced to resign rather than face impeachment and prison, I couldn't believe it. I was shocked. Never again in my lifetime did I think I would witness a president who resigned from office in disgrace. Well folks, that time has come again.   Donald Trump hasn't even

Uncle Bill

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Uncle Bill with his nephew Ikey and niece Karen - 1975 This morning on Facebook this photo appeared on my timeline. Facebook has this function that reminds one of photos posted years ago. This particular photo said "42 Years Ago.  See Your Memories"   Facebook gives me the option of posting this photo on my timeline for my Facebook friends to see, which I did. This photo was taken March 29, 1975.  At that time Bill was known to my family as "Ron's friend."  A member of the family but not quite equal. I have five nieces and one nephews. I also have ten grand nieces and nephews now and even one great-grand niece but that's a subject for another blog posting. All of my nieces and nephew love Bill.  Bill has a way with children that I don't have. I've always thought it was a shame that Bill never had children of his own because he loves children so much. Of course back then in the Dark Ages of Gay Life a gay couple couldn't adopt a child.  I

Bill Approved For Cataract Surgery!

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Bill getting his eyes checked this morning Finally!  After two cancelled dates, Bill has been approved for cataract surgery on April 5th.   Bill lost his driver's license last June because he failed his eye test.  He has cataracts.  He couldn't get his license renewed unless he had his cataracts removed. We then began the torturous route into arranged an eye exam for cataract surgery. First we had to get enrolled in the Veterans' Choice program.  That was major torturous. Then we had to go through the routine of getting authorization from a cardiologist.  Yet again we had to get another authorization from the Veterans' Choice program. Then there was a mixup about not having a thorough visit with the cardiologist.  We had to arrange yet another visit. Then Bill had his medial emergency.  His gastric ulcers hemorrhaged. Yet another delay.   Because there were so many delays in his cataract surgery appointments we had to go through the whole routine

Furniture Store Pat

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We all have our favorite diversions. My Travel Buddy Pat's favorite indulgence is to visit modern furniture stores.  The employees in the modern furniture stores in Pat's home in Toronto, Canada know my friend Pat well. Pat is a frequent visitor to their establishments, as they well know when they see Pat's shaven head enter their floor to ceiling glass doors.  Pat checking out a recliner at CB2 in West Hollywood When we're visit West Hollywood in California, one of the first places we visit is the CB2 store at 8000 Sunset Plaza (see banner photo).  We frequent this plaza because that's where our favorite foodie place, The Veggie Grill, is located. A CB2 store is also located there.   The Veggie Grill in West Hollywood, California This plaza is located on Sunset Boulevard, right across the street from the Comedy Store and the Chateau Marmont Hotel. Talk about a prime location. Absolutely one of our favorite places to visit when we're in West

Trumpcare Bill Fails To Pass Congress!

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Eddie Munster Paul Ryan - BIG LOSER TODAY President Donald J. Trump suffered a major loss today. The "dealmaker" couldn't make the deal.  Of course now Trump is now blaming the Democrats for the failure of the bill to pass. This is interesting since the Republicans hold a HUUUUUUGE majority in the House.  Paul Ryan was hellbent on passing Trumpcare yesterday on the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") into law.  Guess he and his cohorts won't be doing a circle jerk on that mean spirited goal of taking away healthcare from 24 million Americans. One would only hope that Trump learned a lesson today.  That he is not the Emperor.  He is not the king.  He is the president of the United States and he will have to work with ALL of the members of Congress, including the Democrats and yes, the much hated Nancy Pelosi.   Today was a good day for America folks. Twenty-four Americans didn't lose their health

The Price is Right Redux Part 2 2017

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Time to pick up on where I left off on my last blog posting of our experience attending "The Price is Right" TV show tapings.  Last year when we attended our first TPIR taping we were seated to the far right of the audience, near where George Gray, the announcer is stationed. This time we got better seats, right in the middle of the audience.  Now we could actually see the games being played.  Much better! Plus, we were right in camera range.   I didn't count how many TV cameras there are but there is one on a big metal swing arm that sweeps out over the audience every time a new contestant to called to "Come on down!" and the games are being played. Tune in TPIR  May 2nd and May 3rd and you'll see me and Pat in the audience, wildly cheering like the old fools we are.  We're the two old guys with baseball hats on.  I think we were the only audience members with hats.  I have to tell you folks, it IS fun knowing you're going to be on televisi

The Price is Right Redux

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Pat and me in The Price is Right line February 14, 2017 on Beverly Boulevard, Hollywood, California - check out  Pat's cool white trimmed sneakers - he left his sandals at home and survived! Finally, I'm almost feeling normal. Back to the good stuff. Now where did I leave off with our Annual California Adventure? Ah yes, our return to "The Price is Right" TV show audience. My erstwhile Canadian Travel Buddy Pat just goes along with me on this one. In fact, he never saw "The Price is Right" TV show until he was in the audience for the first time last year during our visit to Hollywood, California. Me, I started watching TPIR before Bob Barker's hair turned white. Ah yes, the Plaid Suite Days. I used to have a plaid suite just like this! In fact, just to tell on myself how old I am I remember when Bob Barker first came on TV. Ralph Edwards, the host of the old black and white Fifties show "This is Your Life" introduced

What a Difference a Week Makes

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Me with my Mother during my first kidney stone passing - 2001 They didn't know what was the matter, I was kept in the hospital for observation for two days - got about a total of two hours sleep in that semi-private room with all the hospital activity This time a week ago I was undergoing another one of my painful kidney stone episodes. I didn't know it at the time.  I think in retrospect I was in denial because I thought I was rid of all my kidney stones.  I have lost count of how many kidney stones I've passed in the past fifteen years. My first kidney stone passing was back in 2001.  I thought my appendix was bursting.  I took myself to the VA Medical facility (this was before I had Medicare) nearby our home in Pennsylvania. They shipped me to the nearby civilian hospital where I stayed for two days. Eventually, after a heavy dose of painkillers, I was released.  Looking back now, I realize that was what had happened.  I passed a kidney stone.  No CRT was taken a

The Worst Is Over

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I do believe, the worst is over.  Yesterday I was still feeling very "blah" even though I didn't have that excruciating pain.  At least I had my appetite return, albeit partial.  Not to gross anyone out but part of the problem was by taking all those pain killers I was constipated big time.  Last night I was just so sluggish I couldn't do anything so I went to bed early at around  8 pm. I woke up several times to go to the bathroom to take a pee (no blood thank God) and just to move my legs from every increasing cramps that were awakening me. At 2:30 am I was wide awake so I played online Scrabble on my iPhone, as I had the past three nights. For some reason I found that playing that not too mind inducing game relaxed me and took my mind off of my impending doom. My boss at the hotel texted me yesterday to ask if I was coming into work. I wasn't sure if I was ready but I texted him back that I would.  I'm feeling a lot more confident now about go

Feeling Better

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Dare I say it? I'm actually feeling better this morning. Still weak and sore (abdomen) but I don't feel like I'm dying.  I'm not sure if my kidney stone has passed (the soreness in my lower abdomen) but I no longer have blood in my urine.  For the first time since this current kidney stone episode began last Friday, I've been able to eat my normal breakfast of brand, almond milk and strawberries. Taste is still somewhat off but I didn't have to throw away half the cereal like I did a few days ago when I first tried to eat my normal breakfast.  I'm off he painkillers, I can take this little bit of soreness.  Got to get my bowels working again, which is the downside of painkillers. They kill the bowel movements.  I'm scheduled to go to work tomorrow evening. I think I can make it. One thing that isn't helpful is this brutally cold weather, winter making its last blast. Thank goodness we missed the snow that blanketed areas north of where

Still Suffering

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Have I passed my kidney stone? I really can't tell. My stomach is still sore but that may be because of my infected bladder. I just got back from my local VA Outpatient  Clinic. I called them yesterday with an emergency request for more pain killers. The  Emergency Room over the weekend only gave me twelve painkillers (a generic Percot pill). I was in a panic because I used the last pill from the Emergency Room yesterday. Thank goodness the VA came through for me.  Folks, the worst thing about passing a kidney stone is the pain. And each time is different.  I began feeling something was going on early last week but I willfully ignored the signs of kidney stones and bladder infection. I could no longer ignore this extremely painful process which is why I ended up in the Emergency Room. So here is the update on my situation. I called my urologist's office to make an appointment. They told me since I was "passing a kidney stone" then couldn't see me u

Passiong a Kidney Stone . . . . Again

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Good morning folks. I'm going to try and get through this post even though I'm doped up with pain killers and exhausted. Yes, as my blog title states, I am passing yet another kidney stone.   Early last week I noticed that I had a painful urination, so painful that I felt like passing out.  No blood in my urine though. I thought maybe I had slight infection in my bladder. I refused to acknowledge that I was passing yet another kidney stone.  Regular followers of my blog know that I have passed many kidney stones, starting in 2001.  I have had two operations to get rid of my kidney stones. One operation to remove one kidney stone that was stuck in my uretha. Another operations to blast out kidney stones that were waiting "to drop" at the top of my kidneys. Those operations were three years ago.  I thought I was done with kidney stones for the rest of my life. Oh how foolish for this wishful thinking. Me waiting in the emergency room for the results of my M

Memories of California Holiday 2017 Part 3

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Pat at our Airbnb accommodation on Croft Avenue in West Hollywood, California Once we finally got settled in our Airbnb accommodations on Croft Avenue in West Hollywood, we had a very restful night. Our bedroom in West Hollywood - very basic At first we were both a little put off by having "company" in our Airbnb accommodations.  We're used to entering a space unoccupied when we're on a holiday.  We weren't expecting to see another couple already settled in.  However, we eventually acclimated ourselves to our "roommates", a delightful couple from Germany.  We were so tired that we relinquished the common space to our German co-guests and retired to our bedroom.   Common space at our Airbnb in West Hollywood - nice big TV but poor sound. We suggested a sound bar for our next stay. We also had a TV in our bedroom so all was well. One thing we didn't like though was the heavy down comforter.  All those dead ducks who had to give u