No skin cancer…

Well…just got a call from my dermatologist and it’s some good news….the lesions on my neck and side of my face are not skin cancer…they are just bad actinic keratosis like the ones I’ve had removed from the side of my face and scalp…so, I can have them frozen off in a couple of weeks and that should take care of it…feel kind of good about that….now, if the colonoscopy goes as well, I am going to be pretty happy….

“Socialized medicine”

Well…with all of the repub bleating about “socialized medicine” and that it is the worst thing that could ever happen to anyone, I just wanted to comment a little on that and the difference that it has made in my life. For the past 16 years, I have not been able to afford health insurance of any kind…with the low end cost of almost 1200 dollars a month that no one could afford when no one will hire someone over 50 years old….with that, it was just a crap shoot to put off all of the care that I should have been doing…the check ups and the attention to problems that can happen as you get older but there was barely enough money to eat, let alone spend the thousands that check ups cost. After I turned 65 and Medicare was made available to me at 134 dollars a month, I was finally able to find out where I stand with my health…with covered check ups and referrals that I am still taking advantage of…I was finally able to see a dermatologist for the sore on my neck that has been there since May and found out it is probably skin cancer…and it is going to be treated this week as the pre-cancerous lesions were during the first appointment…over a dozen of them on my face and scalp…and, here’s the kicker, Medicare covered them without any co-pays or out of pocket expenses…as they will for the colonoscopy that I have scheduled for next month…and as they did for my initial check up that found that my cholesterol and BP were a little high and helped guide me to lifestyle changes to lower my risk of problems down the road. Now, who but a repub could argue that Medicare for all is a bad thing, that taking care of everyone in this country and getting rid of the stress of uncertainty is a bad thing? I know in my case that being able to see a doctor for the first time in 16 years has taken huge amounts of stress out of my life…why shouldn’t we do that for everyone? Ask a repub the next time you talk to one….

September 24th

Well…running a little early today with getting up early but I am still having a little trouble getting started so I am easing into it today…slept okay last night and it is kind of weird that the violent tossing and turning that I did for years is essentially gone…I do still toss and turn but I know now that I am going to be able to get back to sleep in a few minutes, not in a  few hours….had a nice, easy day yesterday and even got out to have a couple with K which was fun…didn’t do a lot else since I had already cleaned sat so I just needed to watch some sports and take it easy…and I did…and the Lions even won last night and I am still in shock about that….they looked pretty good, too, so I will be interested to see how they play Sunday….not much to do today…it is pool day so that will be fun and I have some chicken marinating for lunch…just threw a bunch of stuff together in a bag to see what happens…and they are thighs so they always come out good…more later….

They’re going to lose women for a generation…

Well…I just can’t think how short sighted the old white guys are in the senate who are trying to ram the sexual assaulter Kavanaugh through to the SC…it’s not bad enough that he has lied to the senate in every damn one of his confirmation hearings and has broken the law with getting stolen information from dems in the senate, now that a  credible accuser has come forward that he tried to rape her, it is still business as usual with these old white guys who don’t give a damn about it…who don’t really care that he has led a life of abusing women and treating them like objects…they have already telegraphed that they are going to approve him no matter what his accuser says on Thursday, no matter how awful Kavanaugh is as a person, no matter how entitled this smarmy little shit is….they are going to ignore the 70% of women and 69% of the general public who say Kavanaugh should not be confirmed…and they are going to lose women voters for a generation if they cheat to confirm…as they cheated to keep Merrick Garland off the court. Not only that, they are going to lose the house and the senate, too, but they can’t see it…they have been able to lie, cheat, and steal for 40 years now without any consequences but things have changed…we are energized and are going to do everything in our power to throw these assholes out….and Kavanaugh and his cronies need to remember that the 2020 senate map is going to give us the votes necessary to remove him from the court…and we will…this crap is not going to go anymore…impeach…

September 23rd

Well…I remembered to come here on a Sunday! That is kind of unusual since you all know that I normally forget until later in the morning….had a good day yesterday and got a lot of cleaning done so the place looks pretty good right now…might have to do a little more of that today since I really don’t have anything else to do…going to have to wait to get out on the bike since it is too darn cold to get out yet…it was only 46 when I went out yesterday and my hands were kind of cold but I have some new gloves to try today if I need them….it looks clear out there so the temp should come up as soon as the sun does….feel pretty good this morning with being good but I hope my legs aren’t flat like the past two days…tried to eat more yesterday but don’t think I was too successful…I guess we’ll see when I get on the bike….not much to do today….going to watch the MotoGP race here in a few and read a little news before I get moving…more later….

2500 miles and counting…

Well…have had a couple of days now that my legs have felt pretty flat and I’m not sure what that is about…unless I’m underestimating my calorie intake again…with no cocktails I may be quite a bit under the 1500 I’m shooting for but we’ll see…had 800 for lunch today but dinner is only about 500 so I need at least 200 more and I’m not sure where that will come from….but, that’s not what this is about…I just noticed when I got on the bike today that I have gone over 2500 miles for the year and that is my normal milestone for the year….well…I’m actually at 2664 if you count the miles on the road bike but I almost forgot about it so I guess I won’t…I have been pretty happy with the new bike and it is as good at 2500 miles as it was new and that couldn’t be said for the Motobecane….that one had already started to wear some at that mileage…and I hope I’ve gotten the flat tire bug out of my system with getting the tube protectors in after the flat Thursday….oh, one last thing…I damn near ran into a huge tree that was down over the trail in the woods today…must have been a foot thick and it was too heavy to move off the trail without doing some damage to my back so I just lifted the bike over it and went on….just made me remember that I have to pay attention in the woods after storms come through…that one would have hurt to hit it…

September 22nd

Well…running on time today with getting up at 6:30…but, it took me a few minutes to get my coffee poured and read a little news and then get here…I am amazed how well I’m sleeping lately…okay, well for me, that is, and I feel pretty good today…have been running out of steam quite early, though, and have been going to bed before 11…doesn’t seem to make a difference in when I get up but I’ll take any improvement….I am still sore from walking the bike back with a flat the other day and I may have to take something for it later….have been able to get my BP consistently below 120 over the past few days so I am no longer worried about it too much…especially since I know it fluctuates throughout the day and can move by 30 points or more…and I found a power supply from an old Roku that works with my BP machine so that was cool…I did get some cleaning done yesterday and today will be the same with vacuuming and cleaning the kitchen floor…but then there is soccer, football, and racing on so I may be a little busy from that…and, with Man U playing at 10, I need to get out on the bike by 8:30 but that’s no problem with being ready now…just waiting for it to get light…kind of cold out there but I can still wear shorts so I’m good with that….more later…

Excuses, excuses…

Well…how bad of a SC nominee do you have to be to have the entire repub party lying and trying to hide who you are before a vote to confirm you? That’s what’s going on with Brett Kavanaugh, the worst nominee in the history of the court and he is someone who should never get anywhere near the supreme court…or the court where he currently sits for that matter. The latest trial balloon that has been floated by Orrin Hatch and his minions is that Kavanaugh’s rape accuser is mistaking him for someone else…someone who might look a little like Kavanaugh but it’s not him…and they have smeared this middle school teacher who has nothing to do with any of this scandal over the past few days…even going so far as to provide maps and photos of the interior of the house this man lived in when he was younger…the only problem is that Kavanaugh’s accuser knew this other person and has emphatically said that she knows the difference between them and the other guy was her friend…she even went so far as to visit him in the hospital when he was sick so I’m pretty sure that this is just another of the lies that have been spewed trying to get this lying, sex assaulter on the SC. Now, I don’t remember any dem candidate having to have people lie for them and protect them from accusations of sexual assault…or from the accusations of multiple counts of perjury, or having to hide 90% of the dems records since it is known that the information in those records would disqualify them. Only on the repubs watch does this kind of thing happen…the corruption smells to high heaven…

184 mph…on a bicycle…

Well….read this article last week and forgot to comment on it until now….and WOW! Just frickin WOW! Earlier this summer, a 45 year old woman smashed the bicycle world speed record of 167 mph by riding her bike on the Bonneville salt flats at 184 mph…yep, you saw that right…184 mph with nothing but her legs providing the power…kind of makes my top speed of 42 mph downhill kind of silly…I have followed this record setting since I was a youngster and just the coordination between the pace car and the rider is amazing…she had the wind broken by a converted top fuel dragster since the cars used for other records just weren’t fast enough…all I can say is congratulations…what a feat….

September 21st

Well…up early but can’t get started this morning and I’m not sure why….have been good for 11 days now but the cough is bad again and I may have to talk to the doctor next week….slept okay last night but tossed a little more than has become usual but I guess there will be some days that are a little more challenging than others…I did get my BP down to where is should be yesterday and I hope I can sustain it over the long term…the lesions that were treated on my face have turned bright red and look pretty ugly but I know they’ll heal up in a couple of weeks…I did get some work done on the kitchen yesterday and need to do the floor today along with some vacuuming and dusting and just general straightening up…need to really start discarding stuff and find a house in the next week or so…will probably have to go one month off lease that will cost me and extra hundred bucks but that is cheaper than buying out of the lease for 800 and I know I’ll have a house by the end of the year…it’s raining out right now so it looks like a wait until I can get on the bike…had a rear flat yesterday and had to walk back 3 miles but I got a new tube and put the tube protector in the tire so I won’t have another flat this year…I hope….more later….

What you never want to be….