Sicko and how it might just wake some folks up

So a couple of weeks ago, the chickie and I managed to watch a “copy” of Michael Moore’s Sicko (now now, he stated that he doesn’t mind…) over at a buddy’s place and I would have to say that for the most part, I enjoyed the film. However, if you really keep in touch with the way most of the world views health care and the way we view health care, there really isn’t much of a surprise in the film. If you managed to have lived your life in a bubble, you should already know the health care system in this country is dismally broken and it really only serves to make the health care corporations richer and Americans poorer and sicker. Whereas in countries such as Canada, England and France (well heck most of Europe) have a more social aspect to their health care system. Meaning it’s more than likely either funded by the government or comes at an exponentially smaller cost when compared to what one gets charged in this country for health care. In those countries it would seem to me that health care professionals place the health of its citizens over making the large corporations which oversee health management more money.

My only gripe about the movie was that he made absolute sure to paint the US health care system in the worst light possible by highlighting some rather horrid cases. Then at the same time, painting Cuba, Canada, England and France in the best light possible by extolling the virtues of their socialized health care systems and talking about such things as government sponsored nannies. It doesn’t really paint accurate pictures of both situations and as in the rest of his movies, he really stretches things to attempt to draw the audience into the tale he is attempting to weave. I’ve been to the doctor regularly, I’ve been in hospitals and I would have to say that aside from the long waits, I’ve only had to pay my deductibles and have always had amazing service done. Granted I have not had major surgery yet, I have been in for what seemed to be a rather scary heart condition and came out of things ok all with some pretty hefty medical bills that my insurance promptly and completely took care of. Then I’ve talked to friends from outside the country who have had to wait ages for surgeries or have had surgeries to badly performed they’ve had to fly into the States to get fixed up. I’ve also known individuals whom did not have insurance get immediate and excellent health care for some rather serious conditions as well via charity care.

The question is how do we as a nation properly fix the shit we’ve put ourselves into with health care? Do we abolish all HMOs and all their ilk? Do we just line up all of the lawyers and lobbyists and shoot them in the head one by one? Do we mandate a government based health plan? Do we put more of the health care cost on the individual themselves along with some government assistance? Heck, Singapore does just that and they’ve got the best health care in the world, well according to the World Health Organization that is.

Honestly, I’d be all up for that last one only because the more we put the responsibility on ourselves to take care of our own health, the better off we would be in the first place. Fuck, if I knew I would have to fork over a wad of dough because my cholesterol went up from eating crap and not exercising, you better fucking believe I would never step foot in a Mickey D’s again and get my tubby ass into a gym pronto. I’d imagine in our society it’s just easier to pay your deductible, wait 30 minutes for your doctor to look at you for 5 minutes, be prescribed a few dozen of the lastest pills to hit the market, drive over to the mega mart, and then scarf down the cholesterol pills with your Big Mac with that big honking diet soda of course!

It’s Simpsons-mania!

With the Simpsons movie around the corner, everyone and their mom has something Simpsons related going on. Not to be trumped by this, Vanity Fair has put out their list of the ten best Simpsons episodes of all time. I’d have to say that I do not really agree with most of them:

  1. The President Wore Pearls
  2. Krusty Gets Kancelled
  3. Bart the Murderer
  4. Homer’s Enemy
  5. The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show
  6. Two Bad Neighbors
  7. Cape Feare
  8. Marge vs. the Monorail
  9. Bart vs. Australia
  10. Rosebud

For you Simpsons fans out there, what do you think about that above list? I don’t know, it seems to be missing the truly best ones out there, like the one where Bart sold his soul to the devil or my personal all time favorite, the one where the kids go to Duff Gardens! See, if this list were up to me, I would have used the following episodes. Note they really aren’t in any particular order because they all kicked so much ass. Though Selma’s Choice is tops for me.

  • Homer the Great – Homer becomes the leader of a secret cult in Springfield and Patrick Stewart, enough said… [video clip!]
  • Whacking Day – We find out Marge is quite the kinky minx, snakes fear for their lives, Barry White saves them all! [video clip!]
  • Last Exit to Springfield – Lisa needs braces… DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces… DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces… DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces… DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces… DENTAL PLAN! [video clip!]
  • Homer the Heretic – Homer skips church, Homer dances in his underwear, Homer chats with the big guy upstairs, the Feast of Maximum Occupancy is celebrated for the first time! [video clip!]
  • I Love Lisa – Ralph develops a Valentine’s crush on Lisa, Lisa crushes Ralph on national TV, Chief Wiggum retaliates. Lisa the heartbreaker, who would have thought it. [video clip!]
  • Homer’s Enemy – The episode where we meet Grimey, see Bart own a factory and see a dog made Executive Vice President of the power plant. [video clip!]
  • Lisa the Vegetarian – We learn why Lisa became a vegetarian, why you can’t win friends with salad, Lisa getting slapped in the face with a burger and she meets Linda and Paul McCartney! [video clip!]
  • Homer’s Triple Bypass – Homer gets his droodle, Homer gets brought back from death with a ham and Dr. Nick operates on Homer under the tutelage of Lisa. [video clip!]
  • Bart Sells His Soul – Come on! This episode was GREAT! In the Garden of Eden, Millhouse buying Bart’s soul, Uncle Moe’s Family Feedbag. Classic! [video clip!!]
  • Selma’s Choice – Selma takes the kids to Duff Gardens, Homer continues eating the rotten hoagie, “I am the lizard queen!”, and Jub Jub! [video clip!]

Well, there ya have it. Of course there’s so many more I would have included like the one where the crayon is removed from Homer’s brain, the one where Troy McClure marries Selma, the one where Sideshow Bob marries Selma, the one where Lisa and Bart are on opposing hockey teams, the one where Flanders tries to baptize the Simpson children, the one where Bart’s get a crush on the girl and you see her rip his heart out, the first Treehouse of Horror, oh my there are so many more. Yet none of the ones in my list were in the Vanity Fair list.

How’s about you folks? What are some of your favorites?


Sometimes a name change is nice

You know, there’s nothing worse than stepping out of a nice cold shower on a hot summer night only to start perspiring again. Ugh, it’s so freaggin’ HOT out and our piece of shit central air is not working. Please, someone just fast forward time to oh, let’s say mid to late October when the weather is more agreeable to me ‘k? Thankyouloveyoubyebye!

You may have noticed something a little peculiar on your way to this place. Yup, the domain name changed. Now now, did not expire and I still own it. However, a crapload of my personal friends gave me some serious flack because my old domain name was blocked at their jobs. Since many of them seem to have nothing better to do than check out their friend’s blogs while they are supposed to be working, they did not find this situation acceptable. So, when the time came to renew my domain, I took advantage of a very good deal on a new domain, so was born. Now why did I choose such a really freaking weird name? Beats the shit out of me to tell you the truth, but I kind of liked the ring of it as I was trying to come up with something memorable. So fellow readers, you might want to change your bookmarks because I’m stuck with this domain name for at least a year, hehe.

Anyway, I’ve been pretty busy as of late securing the new digs which quite fortuitously, wound up being a whopping 5 minutes away from work! Oh yeah folks! My commuting costs went down to practically nil because of the new place which I hope to be in by August 1st, assuming that my brother can help me move the big stuff. Ever since them friendly folks at the oil companies decided to give us all the un-lubed backdoor plunge (without the bloody courtesy of a reach around even!) at the gas pump, I’ve been dropping roughly 40 bucks a week to keep me going to and from work on a daily basis. While I’m certain most of you folks have a much higher pump payout, I wasn’t having any more of this when choosing a new place. With this move, I’ll likely be spending that much money per month, which greatly appeases me. Oh yes it does.

As far as what’s in the new place, it’s not too shabby. I’m in a corner block which means I am in a somewhat secluded location and surrounded by windows (hello awesome daytime lighting!). Hardwood floors throughout and a larger kitchen (though there is an electric stove, which I’m not too fond of). The living room is roughly the same size and the dining area size is not too bad. The bedroom has one of the larger closets available and there’s another very spacious one out in front which gives me a gobs of storage space. There’s a good amount of parking available and I’m only a few doors down from the manager’s office. This is good because I know I’ll be in a relatively quiet area since I think she lives in the unit above it. One of the nicer things is that one of my work mates lives in the same complex, so it will be nice having a neighbor I know there. All in all I’m pretty stoked about the place, though it will definitely feel very strange living alone somewhere finally.

Hopefully I’ll acclimate to the lifestyle change fairly quickly.

Free speech for the dumb

While I am sitting here waiting for the Theraflu to kick in and work it’s magic on me, I figured I should at the very least update.

  • The chickie wasn’t feeling too hot after her trip (looked like death incarnate more like it) to Georgia earlier in the week, so being the dutiful other half that I am, I went to bring her some get well goodies and attempt to take care of her. Of course one of the major drawbacks of doing this is catching the very illness which has stricken her and boy did she do a number on me. I do not think I will be as bad as she was when she got back, though my throat hurts like a bitch. Luckliy, she brought over some of the meds I got her last week and I’m now waiting for them wondrous Theraflu molecules to work their mojo on my body.
  • Early last week, my friend Jane and I went to one of my favorite eateries in Princeton to catch up over some dinner as it’s been a bit of time since we hung out. We of course chatted about our lives, she showed me her cool new phone, I told her some of the more interesting things about working at my job and then we got to talking about other local restaurants and other places she would be interested in eating at. It was pretty cool seeing her, but my dumb ass forgot to bring my camera again to take a snapshot of us for my MySpace. Hey Jane, next time we hang remind me to bring my cam!
  • A few weeks ago my friend Tasha (Hey sunshine! How ya feeling?) was reading through this little ol’ place and managed to find a very early post where I was talking about a tape she made me. Well, she kindly reminded me that people do not listen to tapes anymore so she burned me a CD with the same songs with a couple of changes. Pretty bitchin’ eh??
  • My roomie gave me the unfortunate news last week that he is moving to a new place which is closer to his job. While I’m happy for the guy since his commute sucks ass, this has placed me in a rather not so great position as I need to find a new place to call home as well. One of the more positive things is that this means I will live much closer to work, which means I will spend less money on commuting costs and I can sleep in later. Plus I can also scratch of number 20 on my list! However, one of the major drawbacks is that I will wind up living considerably farther from the chickie which makes Dave sad.
  • I’m a huge fan of “interesting” remakes of songs, especially from or of my favorite bands. One such gem of a band I happened to come across this weekend is this bluegrass group called Iron Horse. It turns out they churn out their own stylized brand of kick ass twang from songs of bands such as Van Halen, Black Label Society, Sabbath, Led Zep and my all time favorite band, Metallica. I got a hold of their Fade to Bluegrass and holy shit are their covers pretty freaggin’ amazing! Some people reading this might be scoffing at me for digging this, but it’s definitely interesting and I’m hooked! Can’t wait to get their other albums.

Alrighty, I can feel the meds coursing through my veins and boy do I feel all sorts of good and sleepy. Mmmm sleeeeeeeep.