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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Oh you knew this was coming. Read it carefully.
Thanks to my MIL for this one lol

I, ________________________, being of sound mind and body, unequivocally declare that in the event of a catastrophic injury, I do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means

I hereby instruct my loved ones and relatives to remove all life-support systems, once it has been determined that my brain is longer functioning in a cognitive realm.

However, that judgment should be made only after thorough consultation with medical experts; i.e., individuals who actually have been trained, educated, licensed and certified as physicians.

Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of peckerwood politicians who couldn't pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it.

Furthermore, it is my firm hope that, when the time comes, any discussion about terminating my medical treatment should remain private and confidential.

So, while recognizing the wrenching emotions that attend the prolonged death of a loved one, I hereby instruct my relatives to settle all disagreements about my care in private and not in the courts, as provided by law.

While remaining sensitive to the feelings of loved ones who might cling to hope for my recovery, let me state that if a reasonable amount of time passes -- say, 30 days-- and I fail to sit up and ask for a Dunkin Donuts original Coolatta, it should be presumed that I won't ever get better.

1. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my family and loved ones and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a day.

2. Under no circumstances shall I be paraded around on CNN or Fox news.

3. I couldn't care less if a hundred idiots send e-mails to legislators in which they pretend to care about me. I don't know these people, and I certainly haven't authorized them to preach and crusade on my behalf.

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1. If my condition was caused by negligence of another, please put my continued care on their tab and disregard all statements of termination.

2. If any of my family goes against my wishes and turns my case into a political cause, I hereby promise to come back from the grave and haunt them and their heirs for eternity.
posted by Mike 1:01 PM

Sunday, March 20, 2005

New Doctor Who

Well I just finished watching "Rose" the first episode in the new Dr. Who series from BBC Wales. This will air March 26th. Don't ask and I won't tell.

Anyway I'll make this short. My only concern was whether it "felt" like Dr. Who. When you have 20 yrs of episodes in the background, there is no set formula or way that the show had to be put together. It just had to feel like Dr. Who on a visceral level, somthing that is going to vary from fan to fan.

For this fan I must say it does feel right. The new Doctor and his companion have the right chemistry, and the Doc himself, in the few glimpses we have of him being Doctorish, certainly fits the part. Since at this time there are NO distribution agreements in the US I will have to settle for this rare glipmpse of the new show for now. As time goes on we will see if BBC America picks it up, as SciFi took a definite pass on the show.

posted by Mike 4:41 PM

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

An open letter to all.. updates etc

All is well here. I'm back at the gym every other day, and maintaining my weight since I quit smoking in August (though I fell off the wagon with some cigars for a few weeks around Christmas). Been back steady now for a month, and it's amazing how much better one feels when one works out consistently. My wonder is that I ever stop, not that I actually do it!

Work is going fairly well, all things considered. When I signed up for this job the understanding was that one of the Sr Partners wanted to get 'out' of sales and that there would be an inside telemarketer setting leads. In fact I took this job over the other one for two reasons, one was opening salary, but the other and actually more important was that I thought I'd be doing most of my time selling, not prospecting.

So in the interim, the inside telemarketer has left and not been replaced, and the Sr Partner who does sales is still headlong in sales, grabbing some of the juicer incoming leads. I don't blame him, he has a business to run, and a certain amount of ego involved. But it is safe to say that the job was not exactly what I expected. I spend a large amount of time telemarketing and cold canvassing.

I don't mind that, and I am not micro-managed, and in addition, I can work from home if I want making calls. However I accepted a lower salary because I was under the impression the commission potential would be better. In a few months it will be, but the practical upshot of this is that things are still VERY tight here. Not taking much more home after taxes than I was during unemployment.

So the longer term plans for getting credentials or a higher degree are on hold until I have the sales pipeline better filled.

ASH is doing fairly well at the Private School he is at this year. He has his ups and downs like he always has, but they seem to be more limited than when he was in Public School. He enjoys the school and has some good friends there.

Scouts are going fairly well also, but he is a typical 11 yr old and seems restless during the meetings. We have a somewhat emotionally impaired child in the patrol, in fact his mom was the Cub/Webelos leader, and he and Alex spark off each other, but otherwise things seem to be going well. He is just a sneeze from his First Class at this point. He will probably will have it by the Fall.

Also he has gotten invoved in the Drama dept in the footsteps of his cousins, and will be in a play about Pontius Pilate. He plays Annis apparently, and the play is in April.

L is well also, work going fairly well for her. Winter is always tough, but the "crunch" time for Spring is just around the corner. I'm sure I told you that she did qualify for "Superstars" status last calendar year, so we are off to Orlando and the Portofino Hotel in April. Our two "activities" paid for by the company will be Friday at Epcot and Saturday at Universal, or visa versa... not like it matters.
posted by Mike 9:17 AM

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Read all the way to the bottom.

1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand The New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.

5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country -- if they could find the time -- and if they didn't have to leave Southern California to do it.

6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a far superior job of it, thank you very much.

7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

8. The New York Post is read by people who don't care who's running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

9. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country but need the baseball scores.

10. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure there is a country ... or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are handicapped minority feminist atheist dwarfs who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy provided, of course, that they are not Republicans.

11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

12. None of these are read by the guy who is running the country into the ground.
posted by Mike 10:29 PM

Saturday, March 12, 2005

New Movies on the Horizon

Some exciting movies on the block, at least exciting to me.

Serenity: This is the full length feature film derived directly from the ill fated TV show Firefly. Firefly is a Western, no it's a Sci Fi show, umm well it's both. However it was very well written and paced, done by the guy who did Buffy and Angel. This is due in the fall.

And this is very exciting. The movie of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is finally coming out. If you click on the link you can even see a trailer for the movie. But beware if you are used to the radio play or the TV mini Series, because for some reason I guess people with english accents don't sell movies, cause it sounds like everyone is an American. This one is due at the end of April.

Also on the horizon are the War of the Worlds as well as Sin City. More on those as I learn more about them. Or not.. who knows.
posted by Mike 11:56 PM

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Changing the face of America

Well the oodles of cash the credit card and banking companies have been pumping into Congressional races appear to be finally paying off. Over the last six years, credit card companies have pumped more than $24 million into the pockets of federal candidates and the political parties, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In their continuing efforts to screw the little guy the latest pandering to Corporate America is the newly rewritten bankruptcy law flying through congress.

White House spokesman Trent Duffy in a conversation with the media said: "The administration supports the passage of bankruptcy reform because ultimately this will lead to more accessibility to credit for more Americans, particularly lower-income workers..." Huh??

I've heard a lot about this: how the Credit Industry claims they have been defrauded out of billions of dollars by abuse of the bankruptcy system; and, estimates of what percentage of bankruptcy cases are really "abusing the system" of anywhere from 3% to 10 %. But here is the mean reality of this new bill in Congress.

One recent study found that more than half of bankruptcies are the result of medical emergencies. The rest are overwhelmingly the result either of job loss or of divorce.

Senator Charles Schumer introduced an amendment that would have limited the exemption on "asset protection trusts", but apparently it's O.K. to game the system if you're rich: 54 Republicans and 2 Democrats voted against the Schumer amendment.

Ted Kennedy introduced an exemption for cases of medical bankruptcy. Russ Feingold introduced an amendment protecting the homes of the elderly. Dick Durbin asked for protection for armed services members and veterans. All were rejected.

This bill makes it much harder for good intentioned citizens who have become over extended because of medical reasons, job losses or personal tragedies to get the relief they need. I'm guessing that debters prisons will be next.

Remember the Golden Rule of Politics: "Whoever has the gold makes the rules". The Republican's actions speak for themselves, in their caring much more for Big Business than Joe and Mary Lunchbucket.

The question is can the clowns at the DNC do anything about it in the next two elections?
posted by Mike 9:29 PM

Sunday, March 06, 2005

A bit on sports

Oakland Raiders: Da' Raida's acquired eternal bad boy and attitude problem extraordinaire Randy Moss from the Vikings. I've had people tell me how lucky we are to get this guy when they see me in my Raida' sweats after the Gym. Trust me, this is no good thing. Yes Randy Moss is a threat in no uncertain terms and a good addition to a team that lives and breaths the long ball. However, make no mistake, the last thing the Raiders need now is a disruptive influence in the locker room. Mark my words, and mark this entry, he will be nothing but trouble.

Oakland Athletics: The green and gold's savant Billy Beane gave up two of the three big pitchers in their rotation from the past few years as a "pre emptive" reation (we call it proactive, but sports has their own language) to the salary cap and thier contracts coming up in a few years. So Hudson and Muldur are gone to Atlanta and St Louis respectively, and a new fresh lot are brought in. This is the essence of A's player management, and why this team has competed with the likes of the NY YankMe's for years with a salary budget a small portion of the NY YankMe's. So this season may not be so hot, but its all about the future, no?
posted by Mike 10:49 PM

Friday, March 04, 2005

Quietly changing the face of America

Here is something that slipped well under my radar. GWB has is ramming the tort reform through Congress with nary a peep from the opposition. Now many think that some amount of tort reform is a good thing, as do I. But in their usual way, the Reps have really stuck it to Mr. & Mrs. Joe Lunchbucket, again.

In an attempt to keep the most opportunisitic lawyers and plaintiff's from shopping their cases to county's that are favorable to their cause, the new bill has all but eliminated the possibility of anyone making a "big" (more than 100 plaintiffs or $5M in sought damages) class action suit in state courts. These have to go to Federal courts now, and with the backlog of cases, most experts expect cases to be dismissed without predjudice due to over work. Should the chief defendant and 2/3 of the plaintiffs be from that state, then a case can be tried in a state. This was the only modification the opposition was able to get attached to the bill.

So the practical upshot of this? Corporate America has has one huge present from it's long list of Christmas Gifts this Administration is giving them over the 8 yrs they will be in power. All this explains why the new Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid, claims that the bill “slams the courthouse door on a wide range of injured plaintiffs.”
posted by Mike 11:20 PM

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The big snow and the Big Sale

Well starting Monday night we had the annual late winter.. isn't it March for godz sake storm. There was 7 in on the ground Tuesday at 9am and 10 by the end of the day.

Alex and I bachelored it on Monday night and rented Aliens vs Predator. Great flick, tons of fun, completely mindless, and very NOT scary.

So anyway Tuesday comes around and one of my two appointments had already moved themselves to Wednesday (ie today) because of the storm coming. The other did Tues am, so I stayed at home with Alex who had a "snow day" and worked the phones for most of the day.

Today dawned bright and early and I was scheduled to be a "Star" salesman. Now this is NOT a referrence to greatness. No instead draw a star in the air, and that is what I did today.. I went all the way here.. then all the way down there.. then all the way over there.. For those of you that know the locale, I started at 7:30 in Menands at the Albany Chamber Monthly breakfast. Then back to the 'burg to grab some things I'd forgotten in my haste to get out the door. Then to Schenectady and the office and then on to Cobleskill for a 1pm. This is the site of the "big sale". It's my first "real" sale of any dollar significance. A phone system for 3.6K.

Then back all the way to Schylerville for a 4:30. Did a first presentation for a phone system for the town of Saratoga offices. Finally home by 6:30.

So all in all a productive if "milesome" day.

posted by Mike 10:40 PM

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