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MFM would probably approve:



Albeit he would be disappointed that everyone is, actually, wearing pants.

-- Mal

A song that raises the question "How can you see someone who is out of sight?"



Seriously, folks, when this song came out I wondered for days how you could see someone who was out of sight. Hey, I was 10 years old, I wasn't hip to the slang the cool kids used.

-- Mal

Post a favorite song about rain...

There are probably a few dozen contenders, but I'll content myself with this one, just four kids in their twenties singing about rain...



(I use this video despite the interruption because it is so... Beatles.)

Please feel free to post your own choices...

-- Mal

I am officially amazing.

Just got back from my follow-up exam for the stroke I had last November and for the diabetes with which I was diagnosed, and the doctors say they are "amazed" at my progress. Well, A1C down to 6.7 from 11.6 when I had the stroke, and all the major muscle groups are working more-or-less normally, although the finer muscle movements are still somewhat iffy. My stamina sucks, but I am walking decently and I've lost 15 lbs since being admitted.

I wonder, though, if this is good news or bad news. After all, I'm just doing what they told me to do, so if they're amazed at my progress, doesn't that imply they're not too certain about their treatment? (That's a joke, son) Still, it's nice to be amazing, even if I am shooting up 86 units of insulin a day and have cut my caloric and carb intake by signficant amounts. Whatever works, eh?

-- Mal

For those who missed me, I had a stroke.

18 days in the hospital and therapy. A small bomb went off in my head and blew out my right-side coordination and balance. Typing is a bit of a chore since it is mostly left-handed. Since I can tend to my basic needs and get around with a walker, they sent me home today. Naturally I wanted my pals in the Lounge to know why I haven't been around.

I also have a newly-diagnosed case of diabetes (which seems to have caused the stroke), and I seriously think that's more of a pain than the stroke. Diabetes is expensive, man.

-- Mal

Slightly OT: for anyone who noticed I've been absent, I had a stroke.

18 days in the hospital and therapy. A small bomb went off in my head and blew out my right-side coordination and balance. Typing is a bit of a chore since it is mostly left-handed. Since I can tend to my basic needs and get around with a walker, they sent me home today. Naturally I wanted my pals in HoF to know why I haven't been around.

I also have a newly-diagnosed case of diabetes (which seems to have caused the stroke), and I seriously think that's more of a pain than the stroke. Diabetes is expensive, man.

-- Mal

It's not politics, but...

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20141031_Merger_of_Abington__Jefferson_is_sign_of_the_future.html

Abington Hospital and Jefferson are planning to merge, as are Penn and Lancaster.

Growing up where I have, I have watched Abington slowly but surely eat up what seems like 90% of the township. Amazing how much profit those places make.

"Standard & Poor's this month affirmed its "A" rating for Abington, citing unrestricted reserves of $676 million, enough to pay for 338 days of operations and more than twice its long-term debt."

Good thing, too, my mother gets her pension from Abington.

-- Mal

Annual plug for "A Night in the Lonesome October"

The late Roger Zelazny's Hallowe'en novel that comprised a unique love story and has five major plot twists in the last ten pages. And full of Zelazny's lyricism and wit.

-- Mal

Lyrics you must respond to.

Do you ever hear a song with lyrics that, every time you hear them, you just have to respond? I can think of a couple of examples right off:

Simon and Garfunkle, "America"

"Cathy, I'm lost, I said, though I knew she was sleeping.
I'm empty and aching and I don't know why."

Every time I hear that, I just have to reply "Well, maybe if you talked to her when she was awake, you might figure it out."

Or the Beatles, "I Saw Her Standing There"

"Well she was just seventeen, you know what I mean."

Well, no, actually John, I don't.

-- Mal

Marriage equality at the Appellate Level

Since the USSC has essentially left it up to the Courts of Appeals to decide marriage equality cases, here is a useful web site tracking litigation at the appellate level: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/litigation

The 5th circuit is pretty conservative. What do the legally-savvy have to say about the other Courts of Appeals?

-- Mal
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