Archive for May 2019

Wine Times. I Don't Fit the Profile. Do You?

Throw Back Thursday Moment: Barb and I on the Deluxe Tour of the Gallo Winery in Modesto, California. Early 1980’s. A large gentleman wearing a cowboy hat and bolo tie, speaking with a slow, deep, West Texas drawl says to the guide “I know what rayd whin is, and I know what whayt whin is,... Read more »

The Rolling Stones are Coming. Am I Going? Would You?

Sure you have seen the video by now. We all have. Mick is dancing around, doing his moves like Jagger, just weeks after heart surgery to replace a cardiac valve. According to the New York Times, it wasn’t open-heart surgery, but it was still plenty serious for a 75-year-old codger, especially one who has been... Read more »

Bill, Ted, and Dr. Who Visit the Anti-Vaxers

Europe. Early 14th Century. Bill and Ted suddenly appear in their time traveling phone booth. The village elder approaches them in wonder. Bill: “Dudes, we gotta tell you something. There’s like this disease or something that’s coming and it is truly gnarly. They call it Black Death or the Plague or some sh*t like that, and... Read more »
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Falling Hard and Feeling Blue

“If I fell in love with you, would you promise to be true.” The Beatles-1964 You can fall in love. You can fall to temptation. You can fall to a con man. Or you can just fall on your butt. Over the last few weeks, I have been doing a lot of the latter. I... Read more »

Is $23 Million CEO Compensation The Reason Your Hospital Bill is So High?

Been to the hospital lately? Check in to Good Samaritan in Downers Grove or St. Lukes in Wisconsin? The former parent companies of those two hospitals, the Advocate and the Aurora Health Care Systems, joined up last year and the new hybrid, Advocate Aurora Health is now 27 hospitals huge! I hope you got great... Read more »

You Aren't Presidential Anymore

A lament to the tune of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” You don’t show us tax forms You won’t reveal your K1’s You blamed it on the auditing rules You claimed when you ran you would do it someday.   I remember when You said that you were wealthy You said that you were manly... Read more »
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Retire and Start a New Career? Who Knew it was this Simple!

Retirement is in my ear. Sometimes it whispers, other times it roars. While I do not anticipate any major changes to my career for the next 3 or 4 years, I have certainly begun imagining what life will be like beyond that time. Not being a golfer or a serial socializer I have been wondering... Read more »

Can You Go Home Again? I Tried.

One of my favorite musicals is “A Chorus Line,” the 1970’s show in which a handful of dancers auditioning for a Broadway show tell the stories of their lives. Diana, one of the lead characters, sings about her high school class in “method” acting,” trying to “be a sports car or an ice cream cone.”... Read more »