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Hometown: Puyallup, Washington
Member since: 2001
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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.

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The insurrectionists shouted "This is OUR house!"

Then they smeared shit on the walls.

Tells you everything you need to know about them and they way they live...

Porky Pig's stutter: offensive? Or subtly enlightening?

Porky Pig became a cartoon star during a time when all manner of offensive stereotypes were commonplace in popular culture. And using a speech impediment for comedic effect was not out of step with the much less-enlightened times back then.

But I wonder if, even accidentally, Porky's stammer may have taught us a little about how people who stutter deal with the difficulties it poses to communication.

Sometimes, Porky would wrangle with a difficult word for a short time before being able to speak the word he intended to use. But sometimes, if his stutter hung him up for a prolonged period, he would overcome the problem by substituting a word very different from the word we could tell he was having trouble with. And the substituted word wasn't always used for comedic effect. It just enabled him to complete his thought.

I doubt audiences in the 1940's gave it very much thought. And it's possible I'm giving it too much thought. But watching President Biden deftly using word substitution in a speech if he seems to be having trouble with a word or phrase brought this to mind.


Thank The Maker. I am officially off-call.

It's so nice. I managed to get through the week without any 3am calls. I'm good for the next six weeks or so...

I plan to get a Saturday night drinking thread started this evening...

Anti-vaxxers: I already know you're crazy. Not wanting protection from a life-threatening illness.

No need to do the whole "Vaccines make you magnetic" schtick...

MAGAts are so full of shit.

They keep telling us to "wake up", then get pissed because we're "woke".

MAGAts, please make up what I will laughingly refer to as your minds...

Something I don't see much anymore and I don't miss:

The toothpick in the side of the mouth thing.

Who first came up with that?

Who decided that it looked tough, instead of like a rather ridiculous choking hazard?

My only guess is that the only people who thought it made them look tough all choked to death on their toothpicks, and that's why you don't see the habit anymore...

Friday Night Vodka Buzz. Ask me anything.

I love you all...

Short week, but busy...

A new patient I had the other day, turns out, we went to junior high school together.

We were in band together, and we really didn't like each other very much. Never saw him again after seventh grade, forty years ago.

He turned up on my clinic schedule on Friday, and I recognized his name right off; it's not a common name.

When I entered the exam room, I introduced myself and asked him if he had gone to X Junior High. He said "Yes", then I explained who I was. He brightened up and said "Oh YEAH! How are you?"

The kids' stuff bad-blood was forgotten, and we really enjoyed getting to meet again after so many decades. I hope we made each other's day...

Friday Night Vodka Buzz. Ask me anything.

I love you all...

One of my oldest and dearest patients just got diagnosed with liver cancer.

I just referred him to oncology. We''ll see how it goes. He's been a patient of mine for as long as I've been in practice. Sweetest guy in the world...

I just got off the phone with him. It was everything I could do to keep from breaking down and crying. I didn't want to embarrass him or make him more anxious than he no doubt already is.
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