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Have yourselves a Merry Little Doctory Christmas:

An "action shot" I'll probably send ThinkGeek:

Headless cat:

Another shot of the Tovrea Castle:

I chose this one because I had forgotten to mention that dome on the top, which currently appears to be striped in black-and-white like a circus tent. Over the years, it's been several different colors; originally (more or less), it was a beautiful copper dome, in keeping with being a Point of Pride for the Copper State -- however, it got a nasty green patina after a long while of exposure to the elements, and those who restore/maintain the castle started doing things to it. One Christmas it was even striped red and green. (I haven't been by there at night during the holidays in a long time, but they used to string Christmas lights on each of the tiers.)

Another morning of Silhouette not eating and barfing everywhere. If he were more obviously sick I'd be more willing to say he'd reached the end of his very long life, but he's still very active and bright-eyed. He just is a wisp. Of course, at the moment he wasn't interested in eating his OWN food, but he was fine with stealing Cairo's (the same cat food), so that's okay.

Yesterday framefolly called! YAY! We're going to Skype her in for our New Year's party. Squeee!

Flipping channels on a Sunday morning... do people really sit around and WATCH these half-hour infomercials??? Check the Tivo lineup, instead. Watched about seven episodes of Craig Ferguson yesterday. I love watching him with Russell Brand. It's a laugh riot. Also loved the La Nina joke, how the entire country is under the grip of ice and snow, except Arizona... apparently, La Nina doesn't have her papers (it was 75 yesterday and absolutely gorgeous; the best time of year to be in Arizona).

I once again ask, and I wish I could ask the judges who ruled it so, how it can be "unconstitutional" to require health insurance when it's perfectly all right to require homeowners and auto insurance. Certainly you can opt out of either if you don't drive or own a home, but it's really hard to claim you will NEVER be sick...

My keyboard was a little dirty. I have now learned you can't really pop the keys off of an HP Pavilion dv4. Oh, sure, they can be popped back on, but they don't really... (my "j" key now flips around when I type at full speed). Oops. (And for some reason, perhaps because it's a little dirty, the "p" is sticky. I need to pick up a can of air, I suppose.)


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Dec. 19th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Monkey! Cat-eating tree!

Craig and Russell Brand had me almost literally rolling on the floor. I really need to read RB's bookie-wook.
Dec. 19th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
I love Timmy the Thinkgeek Monkey! He's SO CUTE!

I know. I'd kept the last interview until my hard drive crashed and lost it because they're so funny together. I was thinking I have to read Bookie-wook, too (one and two). If he's half as funny in print it'll be worth it.
Dec. 20th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
I'm half convinced that Russell Brand is Craig Ferguson's secret clone or love child. They act so similarly when they get together. It's fun to watch them bounce off the walls.
Dec. 20th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
He's that way with Gerry Butler, too. They just start amping each other up, and you never know where they'll go, only that it's going to be wildly entertaining.
Dec. 19th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
More reason for me to love Matt Smith. Thanks for this! (I'm SO EXCITED to have the Christmas Doctor Who aired actually on Christmas - thanks for the birthday/Christmas present, BBCAmerica!)

I feel the same way about the health insurance requirement. There are a TON of people in the county system that spend all of their money on "status" items like Coach/Gucci/Louis Vitton/etc. accessories (I have yet to see someone NOT carrying a designer bag). This makes ABSOLUTELY NO sense to me, since I can barely afford to buy a $7 shirt at Walmart. I really wish they'd use that money instead on health insurance so they'd quit taking up time and money that should be used on people like me who REALLY can't afford health care.
Dec. 19th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
I know, it was too cute not to share!

It amazes me just how many people aren't covered, people who would be if health insurance was affordable. And it would be affordable if there were fewer people having to ride the system!
Dec. 20th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Frankly, I wish we had universal health insurance, because the times I've been out of work Cobre has been damn costly and, having preexisting conditions and expensive prescriptions, it'd be almost impossible to afford them without insurance. I remember checking into it once when I was between jobs, only to be told that they wouldn't cover my lungs because I had once been treated for asthma (in a doctor's office, not a hospital)! I'm sorry, but health insurance in America is a racket that seriously needs regulation.
Dec. 20th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
AMEN to that. As someone with a handful of pre-existing conditions, several of which are currently disabling, I would love either universal health care coverage, OR a relaxation of the standards to get Social Security Disability and Medicaid (I can't get Medicaid in Texas because I was responsible and didn't have a child, how screwed up is that?).

If only the Republicans would wake up and smell the reality, instead of continuing to push for tax cuts for the rich and lower estate taxes, we might just be able to FUND our broken health care system. [/political rant]
Dec. 19th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Oh man... I love those Astounding Multi-Flavor Joe-Joes! They're evil, but oh so good!

I once again ask, and I wish I could ask the judges who ruled it so, how it can be "unconstitutional" to require health insurance when it's perfectly all right to require homeowners and auto insurance. Certainly you can opt out of either if you don't drive or own a home, but it's really hard to claim you will NEVER be sick...

Well, you touched on one difference. If you don't want to pay homeowners or auto insurance, just don't own a home or a car. You can't "not own" your life (well, you can, but that's called suicide and is another matter entirely). So they're requiring you to get something for which you have no "opt out" alternative.

The other thing, over and above the opt out issue, is that neither of those requirements is a Federal mandate. They're all based on either local municipality, county or state government requirements (which is why there was not as much of an issue when Massachusetts started requiring health care coverage).
Dec. 19th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Very evil! Fortunately, so rich one cannot eat too many at one sitting (like regular Joe-Joes!)

You do have a point, I suppose. Still, if everyone had health insurance, the prices WOULD go down, and the cost of health care is a major problem for pretty much everyone. I know a lot of the time I won't go get something done because I can't afford it, and I DO have what passes for "coverage" (and that only because I have a decent job). But some years ago Barb and I both worked for crap and didn't have benefits, and spent more than one evening sitting in the waiting room at County. It's unpleasant and the bills we DID get haunted Barb for years. Fortunately for us, it was easy enough to eventually pay and now we DO have good jobs with fairly reasonably coverage. But there are far too many people out there who don't, where a major sickness would destroy them financially. (And even so, there's a reason I haven't refilled my Allegra-D prescription in months.)

Requiring health insurance isn't a pleasant option, but if people would rather burden County rather than pay a premium, then everyone pays anyway.

So good for Massachusetts.

Dec. 20th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
I'm with Kathy on this one. Especially when deferred care for someone who can't afford coverage winds up with an expensive medical condition that is covered by County taxpayers--as was the case with my sister. You wind up paying for it anyway--I'd much rather have people with health insurance who are able to go to a doctor and be checked out and have their problems handled for a fraction of the cost before it becomes an expensive, life-threatening condition. Whether you have it through the standard insurance companies or through a federal insurance program, I don't care...just give people an option everyone can afford.
Dec. 20th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
they look like they're having fun recording that.

poor Silhouette
Dec. 20th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Poor Silly. The Once and Future Cat.
Dec. 20th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the Dr. Who Christmas love!
Dec. 20th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Yay Doctor Christmas!
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