Rant Alert . . .I Figured It’s Only Fair To Warn You . . .

Jun 28th

We made it to another Friday.  After a pretty snuffly day yesterday, I think possibly that I may be on the downside of the hill from this cold. Just in time for what “they” are promising will be a beautiful weekend!

Insurance Awareness Day – Well, I had an entire rant about this one all written out, re-read it and know that I went a little far.  To say that the issue of insurance raises my dander a bit would be an understatement.  The purpose of insurance is to give us peace of mind, but more and more lately they cover less, cost more and with the pending avalanche of the nationalized healthcare getting ready to bury us in untold amounts of debt, there’s less peace of mind and more frustration in my mind and heart going on.  I resent the people who are forcing it on us, I resent the people who insist it’s a good thing – especially when those people are the ones who aren’t working for the tax money going into it.  I am though, and that really ticks me off.  I am grateful that I have medical coverage in case I get sick – but I have a job that provides that as a benefit of working hard.  That’s the way it is supposed to be.  If someone doesn’t have medical benefits from their work, then it is their responsibility to figure out how to buy the coverage for themselves, or be able to cover the medical debt if they don’t have the coverage.  It should not be MY responsibility (or anyone else in the same boat I am floating in) to pay for anyone else’s health issues.  I am so angry that more and more people sit on their ample backsides with their hands out for the freebies, while more and more of my paycheck gets taken to pay for them. It’s not right and it’s not fair.  It doesn’t bother me if you don’t agree with me, and frankly I would tell you to your face that you are wrong, I am right, and nothing you can say will convince me otherwise.  If you aren’t an employed, tax paying citizen who has your hard-earned money going towards this travesty, then you frankly aren’t entitled to an opinion.  If you are one of the people with your hand out, I’d tell you where you can put it, but I’m trying to be Christian here, so I won’t.  Another thing that bugs the liver out of me are those ridiculous car insurance commercials.  Seriously! Do they think that EVERYONE is lacking a functioning intellect?  You have no idea how often I turn down the radio at work to avoid having my brain cells begin to die as they air yet another Progressive commercial.  How stupid do they think we are?  The sound of Flo and her off key, moronic singing and those asinine lyrics make me want to throw up my breakfast all over my desk!  Just ask my boss how many times throughout the day that I yell at my computer to shut up and turn down the speakers until the commercial is over.  I haven’t counted, but I can say that it’s very frequent.  The only thing that Progressive has accomplished is to guarantee that no matter how low their prices may be, I will NEVER, EVER, EVER purchase Progressive insurance. Never! Their ad execs need to be fired, but that’s my personal opinion.  So how do we celebrate this day?  I have no idea . . . now that my rant is over my mind has gone blank.  I guess we could celebrate the medical coverage we have – provided we have it – by checking our benefits to see if we have covered massages and use it to get one.  After all that frustration I think I’d like that!

Paul Bunyan Day – Ah memories.  When I was little we would drive through Shelton, WA on our way to go see my Grandparents.  Shelton is a logging town, and at the entrance to town was a large statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox.  There was something about seeing that statue that filled my little heart with excitement.  At this point we were out of home territory and really and truly heading for Grandma’s and Grandpa’s house.  So, who was Paul Bunyan?  He was a gigantic lumberjack of American folklore.  According to the stories Paul and Babe, his blue ox, lived and traveled around the country, performing great logging feats.  He was credited with many amazing deeds that are legendary.  “They” say he created logging in the U.S.  That he scooped out the great lakes to water Babe.  He cleared the entire states of North and South Dakota for farming.  He trained ants to do logging work – and they ended up being (of course), Carpenter Ants.  And that Babe’s large footprints created Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.  That’s a lot for one guy to do, even if he was a giant!  To celebrate Paul Bunyan you can look up some more tales about him, and spread them around.  They are perfect stories to tell around the campfire. 

Food Celebration of the Day –


National Tapioca Day – Tapioca is one of those things that you either really like, or you really don’t like.  It is a wonderful thickener for pie fillings, but it also makes great pudding.  Tapioca comes from the yuca root — the same plant whose leaves produce cyanide. But don’t worry! Cooking, or processing the yuca into tapioca, makes it delicious and poison-free!  Give one of these recipes from www.food.com a try to see what you think!

Well, I hope you stuck with me through my rant.  Some topics bring up deep emotion in people, and since I’m not a person who ever hides my feelings, they just sort of escape onto everyone around me.  It’s very cleansing!  You ought to try it sometime.  Releasing all of that pent up frustration allows your entire system to breathe easy and rest at night.  If by chance you were offended by my rant, I’d apologize, but I’m not sorry for my opinions and to say I am would be a lie.  You don’t have to agree with me – it’s a free country at this point, but just know that my feelings are my own, they aren’t up for debate. We can celebrate our differences and be friends anyway.  Well, time to get to work!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow . . . if I haven’t scared you off.

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