Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I feel the love

The United States Government sent me an e-mail. Because it was unwanted, it's spam. My tax dollars at work. It makes me feel so -- loved -- to be getting ObamaCare spam.

The interesting part is that I not only never began to enroll for subsidized government healthcare, I never would. I realize that "never" is a dangerous word to use, but I'm using it here.

You qualify for the special enrollment period. You still need to apply before April 15.
If you were trying to enroll for 2014 coverage by the March 31 enrollment deadline and experienced system delays caused by heavy traffic, maintenance periods or other special situations that prevented you from finishing the process on time, we may still be able to help you get covered.

Finish Enrolling

If you haven’t done so already, complete your enrollment by April 15, 2014:
Log in to your online Marketplace application on HealthCare.gov and finish the enrollment process –

you’ll need to just confirm online that you were still trying to enroll on March 31.

Or contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. The Call Center can help you complete your enrollment over the phone. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325. Be sure to tell our customer service representative that you’ve been trying to enroll.Don’t miss out on the health coverage you need.
The HealthCare.gov Team

I GUARANTEE YOU, I have been counted

Monday, April 7, 2014

F-15 at Rest

The greatest happiness in life is the conviction that you are loved---loved for ourselves, or rather, in spite of ourselves." - Victor Hugo

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Playing It Safe

What do you ask a woman and how do you phrase the question? Your survival may depend on getting it right. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Bodyguard

The theme song to the 1992 feature film, The Bodyguard, was the highest grossing of all time. It was the apex of the late Whitney Houston's singing career. Quite a bit of the movie was filmed at Falling Leaf on the shore of Lake Tahoe, NV/CA (the lake bounds both California - up hill from Sacramento and Nevada - up hill from Reno), which is nothing if not a picturesque backdrop to film a love story.

Though both Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston were slapped by critics for less than sterling acting, the film was a huge commercial success.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Party Favors

I have been accused by some of being 'cheap'. Some in Mexico, close to my family, accused me of being a pinche Judio (frigging Jew) for cutting fresh-from-the-ocean swordfish strap into steaks that were too thin. (I was cutting at 1.5 inches and they maintained that swordfish steaks should be no thinner than 2 inches) The nickname stuck in some circles and I'm occasionally reminded of my lack of largess at the BBQ some twenty years ago. Mexicans have a long memory, or so it seems.

It's true. There is a certain "accounting brain" function that takes place in my mind. It has served to keep my credit score over 800 but it has also put some people off. Mia culpa.

However bad I've been in the past, I've never stooped this low:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Raising Children

One of the more gratifying things that parents experience comes when your children grow up and they share their love with their siblings and their sibling's children. My daughter, Amanda (above) and her son, Cannon and her nephew Liam are at the Wild Animal Park. I do understand that this is how sisters should behave, but they don't always do that.

I raised four daughters and they always seem to end up taking their children, my grandchildren, to the ocean. I'm sure that it's because the beach is fun, but the ocean has always been part of my life, both as a boy, professionally, and now simply because I enjoy it too.

It's Heather's birthday (above) and she, as well as all of her sisters have made me a very proud father and grandfather.

Monday, March 24, 2014


My last word (for the moment) on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.

There's no way that the pilot and co-pilot would have hijacked their flight just to drive it into the ocean in the "rough forty" in the South Indian Ocean. The last signals coming from the engines stopped 7 hours after the last transmission "good night". It landed somewhere and people know where that is --- but they're not telling.

Magicians use a trick called 'misdirection' and that's what is going on here.

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