Hillariousness : Kobe / Lebron Commercial

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2009 by 10xdope
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A trip to the doctor’s office

Posted in Uncategorized on May 12, 2009 by 10xdope

 

Monday:  I had the option of paying $150 if I didn’t use my insurance or $300 if I did. My health insurance, which has a $2000/year deductible, is very expensive because I’m a smoker. I pay about $275/month. Just for me.

The visit to the Urgent Care facility left quite a lot to be desired. After filling out a lot of paper work, I was asked to pay in advance for the visit. So $150 just to talk to a doctor. They were very keen on getting paid. In fact, it seemed like their only concern. That seems strange to me. Isn’t the whole point of working in health care to “help” people and “heal” people. The receptionist was polite but very business-like and couldn’t care less about my ailment.

Eventually, I was called down the hall to wait in a small, flourescent lit room. I ended up waiting for around a half hour. Thankfully, my wife was with me and that helped the time go faster. When the doctor finally came to “treat” me, she did not introduce herself, seemed hurried and clearly was overwhelmed by her workload. She told me nothing that I didn’t already know… (my back was strained and I had spasms). She offered to write a prescription for Vicodin and a muscle relaxant. I had to slow her down a couple of times and ask her questions as I was afraid she’d leave the room. I was trying my best to get $150 worth of “expertise” in a 5 minute visit.

Needless to say, the experience was a complete disappointment. I felt like an object and not a human being. I was simply another person with a health issue to get through as soon as possible. The health care system (including both the care of patients and the insurance system) is in woeful need of reform. Health care in the US is lacking on so many levels. See this page for specifics: http://www.michaelmoore.com/sicko/_media/SiCKO_sickofactoids.pdf

BTW: Michael Moore’s movie, Sicko, is well worth checking out though some may find it a little propoganda-esque. Nevertheless, you have to agree that the health care system could do for a lot of improvement. And here’s the biggest, most glaring reason for the dysfunction of the health care system: it’s a FOR PROFIT system! If health insurance companies are for profit – which they are – then it is in their best interest to cherry pick who they choose to cover and who they don’t. Similarly, it is more profitable for them to limit treatment and preventive care as much as they possibly can. Should “helping and healing” people be a finance-centric enterprise? I think not.

It’s time for a sensible UNIVERSAL HEALTH program to be implemented in America. Most of Europe and Canada have already implemented these programs to the delight of their citizens. Let’s do the same.

Jim Jones Kool Aid

Posted in Uncategorized on May 6, 2009 by 10xdope

I wrote a song last year that I like. It’s called “Jim Jones” and it’s a ranting, angsty song about pop culture and self-realized entropy. Check out these choice lyrics…

I go numb when I watch the news on TV;
Smiling faces telling me the misery.
Line up your Jerry Springers’ and the fucks on Reality TV;
Give em’ some of that Jim Jones Kool Aid and tell em’ it’s from me.

Sounds cool when I sing it IMHO.

I hope to get started on my custom blog for this soon. Got a lot of other projects to manage but this blog is something that I want to be consistent with. We’ll see…

Peace out.

Day 5

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2009 by 10xdope

Second blog post. What to say? First,  I’m totally stoked about Game 5 between the New Orleans Hornets and my beloved Denver Nuggets!!! Anyone see the game on Monday? We DESTROYED the Hornets, winning by a record tying 58 points! Truly a great game to see. Too bad it wasn’t covered on TNT. The SportsCenter twitter board lit up after the game with comments from sports fans across the country. Anyway, will hopefully be celebrating the Nuggets winning the first round in the Western Conference since 1995.

Chauncey : The Man

Chauncey : The Man

Chauncey Billups has been a monster pickup for us and one of the best trades we’ve ever made. And Melo’s really starting to mature and become a more shrewd and strategic sort of player. I’m not sure we can get past the Lakers if we make it to the conference finals but I’m happy just to get to the second round. Go Nuggets!!!

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So far, I’ve had around 5 visitors or so to my blog. Hey, the only time success comes before work is in the dictionary. (not sure who to credit that quote to but I like it and use it often). My wife’s blog averages 8-10 comments per post. But it’s taken her awhile to build up that sort of commenting awesomeness. Hell, I know what it’s like to start from scratch. In early 2005, I launched a website directory and made a whopping $500 for all of ’05!!! Actually, it was around $460. Needless to say, it was a hard slog that year and I had to fight off the disappointment and disillusionment on an almost daily basis. My wife was making all the money and as a man, that doesn’t always feel just right. It’s okay that she makes more money than I do but $500!!! WTF???

But here’s the cool part to the story. Last year, my little business grossed close to $100,000. Yeah, six figures. This year it will hopefully do at least 120k or so. Not bad in a down economy. What’s the point of all this bragging? Well, it’s not to brag as much as it’s to say that everybody and everything starts at ground zero. Where was YouTube a few years ago? What about Microsoft? Apple? Twitter? Remember that JK Rowling was an unemployed single mother before she started writing the Harry Potter books. Now she’s the first author ever to be worth over a billion dollars.

All I’m saying is that I know from first hand experience how something can seem like a dead end at first. But often (not all the time but often), with hardwork and a little perseverance, that little something can turn into a big deal. Whatever. I sound like a fucking self-help guru. My bad. Just sermonizing a bit.

Hola fellow denizens of Planet Earth

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2009 by 10xdope

Today is the day that I create a post for my oft delayed new blog. This is merely a temp blog as I will be launching a custom blog in the very near future.

For now, I am Jonah Jonasy. A word writer, thought thinker and veritable 2 bit philosopher residing somewhere in the West. Quite honestly, it’s about fucking time that I start writing again. I’m one of those guys who is sort of a writer but never really doubles down on it to see where it can go. I’ve started 5 different novels and a screenplay since 2000 and, of course, they all remain incomplete and gathering dust in some creaky corner of my mind…. Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? Such is the unfortunate reversal of that well-intended phrase that I have manifested in my daily life. And don’t even get me started on carpe diem.

And so, here I am, starting my own blog. Hopefully, this project will fair better than my other creative pursuits. Writing a novel is lonely work. Writing a blog isn’t quite so. My wife enjoys a large blog-stalking audience and gets comments on every post. That, right there, will be rewarding. Comments are the fruit of a successful blog. That and good traffic stats. And so, I plant my seed in the ground today and wait impatiently for my first commenter. Come quickly, blog commenter. Come quickly and come often. (That sounds kind of gross…)

I bid you good day.