June 23, 2008

June 23, 2008
It's Monday and the start of another week in my life. I know you have other things you could be doing so I would like to thank you for joining me again.

I was up early this morning starting around 5:30am. I woke up with my neuropathy on full alert so I was unable to fall back to sleep thus signaling my exodus to the living room couch with the pets. But not before first making my morning protein shake. No better way to start the day to me. There's just something about a milk chocolate protein shake first this in the day to make me feel a little better. Not to mention the fact that I need the calories to put some of the weight back on I lost while I had the stomach virus. Now I know some of my friends have the opposite problem of needing to lose some weight and I can empathize since I know how hard it is to eat when you don't want to or don't feel like it. So it must be horrible to want to eat and knowing that you shouldn't. Or at the very least not eat exactly what you want but something that is supposedly better for you.

George Carlin, the Grammy-Award winning standup comedian and actor who was hailed for his irreverent social commentary, poignant observations of the absurdities of everyday life and language, and groundbreaking routines like “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” died in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday, according to his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He was 71. George Carlin served as host of the "Saturday Night Live" debut in 1975. The cause of death was heart failure. Mr. Carlin, who had a history of heart problems, went into the hospital on Sunday afternoon after complaining of heart trouble. The comedian had worked last weekend at The Orleans in Las Vegas. I really enjoyed his comedy and the way he took no prisoners. How he told it exactly as he say the way things were. But it's sad I have now reached the age where popular sitcom stars and figures are now dying from natural causes but that is the way life goes.

It was a gorgeous day outside with hardly a cloud in the sky. Now it is officially the start of summer and here in Florida that means hot and humid. Hot and humid until at least the end of October. The fact of utility rates going up twenty five percent starting this month doesn't help anything either since at least fifty percent of a utility bill is from heating or cooling. I have not been getting out in the sun like I did in the spring because of the heat. Within seconds of getting outside in the sun, I am sweating like a pig. Now if I had a pool to jump in and cool off, it would be one thing. But then again, I have had a pool before and would not want the costs associated with having one. A pool is great to have when you are in your teens, 20s or 30s. By my 40s, I started seeing the sun damage of many years spent in the sun with little to no sunscreen. I really do not think we started using sunscreen often until college after I had started modeling. From what I have learned a majority of sun damage happens when we are children.

Gary got home from work around 5:30pm. His friend, Rene, gave him a ride home from work. Gary was going to help a friend of Rene's but someone else had already pitched in to help the person. Gary received a call from his aunt shortly after getting home. His mother is in the hospital with edema and the start of kidney failure. Now this was no shock to Gary since his mother has several major health problems including diabetes, emphysema and heart problems. Gary made the comment he has also reconciled the fact that on his last trip was probably the last time he would see his mother alive. Gary's brother is currently in Goose Creek checking on his mom. Gary and his brother do not get along so it is a good thing Gary did not go up right now. Plus he doesn't have any vacation time available but I am sure Ed would let him go if he had to go.

We ended up eating the leftover slices of pepperoni, mushroom and onion thin crust pizza from the other evening. I notice I have become a lot more observant of food waste and try not to waste nearly as much food as we use to waste. Now part of that I do by watching how much we make for each meal. The other half is done by making sure we do eat the few items we will consume as leftovers before they spoil. No use wasting good food which is now like throwing money down the drain. In fact, I was watching CNBC (otherwise known as the stock channel for those of you who do not watch) to see what gold, oil and commodity prices were doing today after the horrible stock market week last week. After the eastern oil producers meeting this pass weekend, the statement made was they would increase production by 200,000 barrels of crude oil by the end of the year which is not going to help the price of gasoline at all. Friday ended up with the lowest levels on the market since March and several major stocks are at multi-year lows. Now there was not much change today good or bad with the day ending up almost even for the day. But guidance for the rest of the week is not looking good so it will be interesting to watch. Guess I should be glad I had to close out my stock market account several years ago to pay for medical bills. I have had a couple of friends who have lost over 10 percent of the stock market portfolio so far this year. You definitely do not want to be in financial stocks at this time especially because of the sub-prime mortgage market and the Bear Stearns debacle in March which is still not straightened out. The federal reserve chairman will be speaking tomorrow about the state of our economy and whether or not prime rate will be changed.

Guess that is about it for today. I hope your day was as productive as happy as mine. Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab