Life is like a game of cards.
The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
I had an appointment with one of my Doctors yesterday and learned that my aneurysm is located in a tricky place in my brain near the cortex and that surgery would be extremely risky. He also expressed concern with how high my blood pressure is lately since it increases the risk that the artery will burst. My blood pressure is one of the reasons I made changes in my diet and eating habits that has resulted in my losing thirteen pounds so far. I am closely monitoring my blood pressure daily and will report the results late next week and if things continue the way they are I will be increasing the dosage on one or more of my blood pressure medications.
It now appears that significant travel will not be possible in the future but I still have hope. The combination of living a more sedate life with geographic boundaries will require some adjustments in my activities and plans. It will be as if I moved to a new city and spent the time learning what it has to offer. There is plenty here that I have yet to see and many interests that have always been on the back burner to explore. I plan on rethinking what I do, what I would like to do and what I am capable of doing over the next week or so. So today I’ll send an old Daily and next week the chances are that I will suspend it for a while or just provide reruns.
I am luckier than most as I know what the situation is and so I can adjust to get the most out of life and not expect luck to adjust to my desires.
January 29, 2003
As many of you know I put together our daily the day before I send it to you. This is being written before President Bush has made his State of the Union address Tuesday evening. The reason I mention it is that I recently attended a Great Decisions workshop on unilateralism versus multilateralism moderated by a Hudson Institute fellow. The Hudson Institute is an Indianapolis based conservative think tank with an international reputation. During the discussion, we concluded that the President’s use of the “Axis of Evil” and his defining the “Evil” countries last year, was a major mistake. Many believe that the current North Korean problem was a direct result. Also the ever growing democratic movement in Iran was stifled as the dissidents had to join ranks with the clerics as a result of the apparent US threat. Again these were conclusions of a basically conservative group. The Presidents propensity for polarized positions, "if you not supportive of my views you are wrong if not an outright enemy" can create major problems. We say we will not negotiate or compromise, yet as we are seeing in our North Korean efforts, such a position does not work. We have the power to do almost anything we want without the other nations, for at least awhile. We can break treaties, use our economic and military might, and decide what the world needs on our own, but for how long?
We were promised smaller government and yet we now have the largest government in history. We were promised balanced budgets and yet we have raised costs and lowered taxes resulting in an ever mounting federal deficit, you and I and our families own a huge piece of that debt. We are offered a tax cut as an economic stimulant, that is viewed as not providing any short term stimulus by economists from both the right and the left. Even with all this debt the president will probably promise more expense in the form of a much needed senior drug benefit. Other programs may also be offered in principle that will put further burdens on the states who are already struggling under huge unfunded federal mandates. I wish I had more confidence. Please, Mr. President be careful and learn from the past.
Sorry about venting my concerns in our daily, I usually reserve that kind of stuff for my “Ray’s Ravings” mailing list. I sometimes wonder if I would be better off not having the time to attend seminars and the like and just sit back and listen to those who say, “not to worry, it will all be ok.” Unfortunately I cannot hide, so this morning I am off to a teleconference titled “Foreign Policy in the Middle East.”
In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience.
W. B. Prescott
Well, like they say on with the show!
Our Leesburg Florida retirement center reporter, Jack sends a list of perks for my generation.
1. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.
2. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.
3. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
4. People call at 9 PM and ask, "Did I wake you?"
5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
7. Things you buy now won’t wear out.
8. You can eat dinner at 4 P.M.
9. You can live without sex but not without glasses.
10. You enjoy hearing about other peoples operations.
11. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
12. You have a party and the neighbors don’t even realize it.
13. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
14. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
15. You sing along with elevator music.
16. Your eyes won’t get much worse.
17. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
18. You can’t remember who sent you this list
Too many couples marry for better or for worse, but not for good.
Harry and Molly had been married for many years but now were in divorce court.
The judge asked, "Harry, is it true that the last three years of your marriage, you did not speak to Molly?"
Harry replies, "Yes Judge, that is correct."
"And how do you explain this unusual conduct?" the judge inquires.
Harry replies, "I didn’t want to interrupt her Your Honor."
Let your soul do the singin’.
When Andrea was planning her upcoming wedding, she asked to wear her mother’s wedding dress. She went to try it on and the gown was a perfect fit on her petite frame. As her mother’s eyes welled up with tears, Andrea put an arm around her. "You’re not losing a daughter", she reminded her mother in time-honored fashion, "you’re gaining a son."
"Oh forget about that!" said her mother with a sob, "I used to fit into that dress!"
"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society."
Two pilots got to talking on a transatlantic flight. The captain was Jewish, and the co-pilot was Chinese. It was the first time they had flown together, and it was obvious by the silence that they didn’t care for each other.
After thirty minutes, the Captain finally spoke. He said, "I don’t like Chinese."
The co-pilot replied, "Ooooh, no like Chinese? Why dat?"
The pilot said, "You guys bombed Pearl Harbor. That’s why I don’t like Chinese."
The co-pilot said, "Nooooo, noooo …. Chinese no bomb Pearl Harbah. JAPANESE bomb Pearl Harbah."
The pilot answered, "Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese… it doesn’t matter. You’re all alike."
Another thirty minutes of silence ensued. Finally, the co-pilot said, "I no like Jew."
The pilot replied, "Why not? Why don’t you like Jews?"
"Jews sink Titanic."
The pilot tried to correct him, "No, no. The Jews didn’t sink the Titanic. It was an iceberg."
"Iceberg, Goldberg, Rosenberg… no mattah… all same."
Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.
Gretta Brooker Palmer
After an hour of "Just a little more white, two squirts of blue, a dash of black, perhaps a tad more white," the paint- store clerk got my gallon to the exact shade I wanted. With a sigh of relief, he pounded the lid on.
"Now what do I do if I need more paint?" I asked.
"Don’t come back here," he begged.
Follow through on all your generous impulses.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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