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Aristus

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Puyallup, Washington
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 34,681

About Me

I truly believe that we will all live in peace and brotherhood someday. And so that I don't lose my faith in humanity, I will live my life as if that day had already happened.

Journal Archives

I posted my ballot this morning. Washington State is vote-by-mail.

There are no Earth-shattering races being run here. No elections that could swing either house.

But I voted in favor of a bill empowering the state government to confiscate firearms from gun-owners purchasing them from unlicensed or unregistered sources. And I voted in favor of a similar bill that would close the gun show loophole.

Naturally, every gunfuck in the state is howling to vote that one down. I suspect it probably will be. It's hard to outspend the profitable mass-murder industry.

The bartender here just invented a new cocktail right in front of me.

Ouzo and Bailey's Irish Cream.

She calls it the Good And Plenty.

Having dinner and drinks with Will Shakespeare. Ask us anything.

No edition of WSTFTD this weekend. We're both going out of town. Will to Stratford to see the wife and kids. Me and Mrs. Aristus to Victoria, BC.

Time to relax...

It's official. The homeless clinic ceases operations under our current contract in December.

The local city planning and development council will be taking over medical operations with their own provider.

I was asked (and my old friend at the council told me the planners begged) to work for them directly, instead of under contract. But I declined. I'm loyal to my employer.

As for my loyalty to my patients, and their loyalty to me: about 300 or so will be following me over to our mainstream clinic, and I'll announce the move with every patient I visit with until then. Rather than 'steal' my own patients from the planning council, I will simply offer to continue being their provider at our mainstream clinic. I suspect a lot of them will join the ones already planning to follow me there.

This is painful, but the loyalty my patients have expressed for me, and the love I feel for them, are the upsides. It's been a good run.

I love you all...

The clinic is especially quiet today.

If anyone wants anecdotal evidence, at least, of that 5.9% unemployment rate, and a decrease in the homeless population, this is it.

Yesterday was an odd one, too. The morning was slammed, and the afternoon was slow.

Hey, if I had to pack up and leave because there were no more homeless to treat, I'd be fine with that.

Thank you, President Obama!...

Saturday, October 11th. The Weekend Edition of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.



"The living record of your memory
'Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity..."

Sonnet 55, Lines 8-11.





A young guy I know from church has, in the last year, changed his Facebook status from 'Republican'

to 'Progressive Democrat'.

Yay!


I attend Mrs. Aristus' conservative Four-Square church because there's no way she'd ever attend a liberal church. The guy in question is a very smart, personable young man. I guess he self-ID'd as Republican out of reflex, growing up in a conservative evangelical household.

Well, he got a job in Japan teaching English to young Japanese students. Seeing the way the rest of the world works must have done a number on his head, because now he's a Democrat!

My assistant is wearing military-camo pattern scrubs today.

When he walked into the room to give me my schedule for the day, I looked around, puzzled, and said: "Who did that? Who is that? Where are you?"

He laughed.

It's Friday. We're gonna need a sense of humor to get through the day...

Drinks, Greek food, and William Shakespeare. Got the best of everything here. Ask us anything.

Happy Birthday, John Lennon!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lennon

Wish you were still around...
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