Category Archives: Nobody Gets It Like They Want It To Be

How Deep Is The Foie Gras Today?

How deep is the ocean?, you may as well ask. How high is the sky?

Today, boys and girls, President Donald Trump has been busy talking shit about his own attorney general and former best buddy forever, Jeff Sessions. I think this is probably because the president wants to get rid of Sessions and replace him with someone who will fire pesky independent investigator Bob Mueller, who is getting closer to discovering how Trump and the Russian government got together to assure “victory” for whom I believe will turn out to be the #FakePresident.

But that’s a story for another day, because also today, we get to find out whether our health insurance bills are about to triple in size, if we can get a policy at all. You see, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to call for a procedural vote to allow debate and amendments to the Great Republican Health Care Bill passed in the House earlier this year. You remember, the one that Majority Leader Paul Ryan rammed through the House before Americans could find out what it would mean for them. A few days later, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the House bill, if the Senate helps make it law, would cause 23 million more Americans to lose their health insurance than would be the case if Congress simply did nothing.

But no fear, McConnell is widely expected to swap out all the language of the House bill with Senate bill language. Except, what Senate bill language? We mere American citizens can’t know, because Senate leaders are keeping that a secret until maybe later today. But the last time they tried to pass their own version of a health care bill, they couldn’t get enough votes to get it passed. In part because some senators were worried at a CBO estimate that 22 million more Americans would lose health insurance under the Senate version. And in part because some heartless pricks, including Sen. Ted Cruz, who is alleged to represent my interests, thought the Senate version didn’t prevent enough people from seeing their doctor.

It’s funny how so many Republicans in Congress keep repeating this crap that they “have to” vote to repeal Obamacare and replace it with pretty much any damn thing, because “that’s what we’ve been promising our constituents for the past seven years.” It’s funny how they keep saying that even though it’s utter bullshit. For one thing, as Jimmy Kimmel found out, a lot of Trump supporters like the Affordable Care Act. They say they also hate Obamacare. But they don’t realize Obamacare and the ACA are the same thing.

The truth is, Republican constituents really like being able to afford going to the doctor when they need to. In November, after he won the election Donald Trump told 60 Minutes that Obamacare would be “repealed and replaced. And we’ll know. And it’ll be great health care for much less money. So it’ll be better health care, much better, for less money. Not a bad combination.”

Trump said similar things throughout the campaign. And, I submit, that is what a lot of Trump supporters thought they were voting for: health care that is twice is good for half the price. Instead, unfortunately, it appears likely we’re all going to get health care that is half as good for twice the price.

Also posted in Government, Politics

Clean-Up On Aisle Four

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The guys from our favorite tree service company are like family – they’re here so often. This job took three of them about half a day to complete. The tree grew up in the middle of our driveway (long before we bought this damn old house). It provided shade for most of the uncovered seating area in back. The guys did a fine job removing every trace of the fallen pecan tree, grinding the stump into a small pile of sawdust.

Now, as was abundantly clear once they left, we bake in the sun.

Also posted in Nature

Adam & Eve, Party Of Two – Your Table Is Ready

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Unexpected consequences from the Great Flood of ‘016 include a ruined fig and pecan crop – pretty disappointing to those of us who look forward to those gastronomic treats. However, the pain has been eased by a great load of Hachiya persimmons from what looks like the Tree of Life out back, several large bunches of bananas with more ripening, and a promising crop of Satsuma oranges and Meyer lemons. You win some, you lose some.

Our house took on not a drop of water from the raging Brazos River, which crested at nearly 55 feet just four months ago. However, our five figs and all the towering native pecan trees in the neighborhood stood in three or more feet of water for several days, and apparently that was traumatic enough to ruin the crops. The usually delicious dark figs in back ripened up and looked fine, but when you bit into them, they contained almost no sugar. As for the pecans, most of our trees have almost none. Usually they have many hundreds.

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So you eat what you have. Stop by this fall for a banana-persimmon smoothy.

Also posted in Brazos River, Food, Fruit, Garden

The Way We Were

They hadn’t told us there was no passport photographer in the embassy. We only found out that Monday afternoon, when we tried to get in line there, in order to have our small mountain of adoption paperwork finally approved so that we could bring our new adopted son home to Texas with us.

But no, now we had to search for a passport photographer. Luckily, that didn’t take long because several such photographers were parked in vans in the backstreets around the embassy building. We handed little Nick to one of them, he took three photos and handed the baby back. We waited a few minutes, then walked back to the embassy with our Polaroids.

By that time the long line had grown longer, filled with couples and the babies they were trying to adopt. Several more lined up behind us, too, however, as the clock ticked on toward 5 p.m., we were the last couple to have our papers processed. We were happy and relieved. This long adoption ordeal was coming to a close after all this time, and tomorrow we’d fly back to the United States and baby Nick would see his new home.

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Or so we thought.

We were up early the next morning, packing up, double-checking our plane tickets, ready to grab a cab to the airport. Then the phone rang. My father-in-law from back in Texas. Turn on the TV, he said. And there was the plane, flying in slow motion through one of the World Trade Center towers and into the permanent memory banks of my brain.

Sept. 11, 2001, in Guatemala City. No, we soon learned, there’d be no flight. America was closed.

Also posted in Family, Kids, Travel, War