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"I love seashell things. I love things with seashells and seahorses on them like blankets and towels and little bags. I love ‘em. Seahorses forever.”

That title is misleading, because I’m in a wonderful mood this morning. Why? Because I bought new towels last night. For possibly the first time in my 26 years of existence, I have used a brand spankin’ new towel…wait – I take that back. I used a new one once without washing it first and I got all sorts of little green fuzzies all over me. I remember finding them on my body hours after the fact. Regardless, new towels just make me feel like I’m living a high-class life. Higher-class people always have newer towels.

This is a good one #Fail.

You probably already broke some part of your Lenten promise…I know I did. Let’s pick ourselves up & start feasting!

I’m a huge baseball fan. I love quantifying it through stats to figure out who is better than who & why. I also love the science of pitching mechanics; pitchers are always getting injured, better mechanics make it safer to throw a baseball (an extremely un-natural & violent motion), but this is way over my head.

Anybody ever play any of the Commander Keen games? How about the original Duke Nukem? I only just thought of them because I heard someone talking about CD-ROM’s, and it made me think of all the old games I used to play…ironically, neither of these games were on CD-ROM. Floppy disks all the way.

This week won’t be so bad – Just 4 more days of work before a run of 11 straight days of vacation…March is shaping up to be an awesome month. Mix in a few rad trips & shows with the band, and I’m staring Glory in the face again. Glorious.
So I just walked by my coworker’s desk, and realized that we’re wearing the exact same thing.  I complimented him on his sense of style & then we made lunch plans. (nohomo)

Health insurance is ridiculous. My company’s health provider tried to increase our already-expensive premiums by 44%. Thankfully, our HR guy worked some magic & came up with some solutions for all of us that are a bit better. Still, some sort of reform is needed in the system – just not that crap-tastic bill that all the suits in Washington are pushing to pass.

I didn’t watch a lick of the Oscars last night. Although I did hear that Sandra Bullock didn’t thank Michael Lewis. Michael Lewis only wrote the book The Blind Side was based on. No respect…it was a great book, btw.

If you’re a music fan, you should check out Music From Big Pink by The Band. You should also read Levon Helm’s book This Wheel’s on Fire.  It paints a pretty good picture of how the music industry used to work & what being in a band back then was like. Plus. Levon Helm is the man. It’s one of my goals to get to Woodstock, NY for one of his Midnight Rambles. Hopefully this Summer…

Ben Roethlisberger may have 2 Superbowl rings, but Carson Palmer is just a better dude. I think I’d take Carson over Big Ben just because of this.

Alright – I’m off to the tire store so they can take out the giant screw lodged in one of my tires. You keep it real.
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  1. Albert Bloomfield
    March 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Have you heard of health savings accounts?

  2. March 8, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Yes I have. And I think they suck.

    The problem with the health insurance industry is that there’s no cost transparency. If you go in for a procedure there’s no telling how much it will cost! You go, and then pay whatever the hell they tell you to!

    In theory, health savings accounts are good, especially in terms of the tax benefits, but people still get screwed all the time. I’m all for it – if I could see what I’m buying when I need it, but I can’t.

  3. Albert Bloomfield
    March 8, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I agree, but there is no cost transparency whether you have a health savings account or not, but least with an hsa, you have more control over what you’re spending your money on. How much are your premiums?

    Oh and I played Commander Keen as well.

  4. March 8, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Yeah, my problem with cost transparency isn’t with HSA’s specifically, but with health care in general.

    My premium costs aren’t really for a public forum…but they’re not terrible – at least not for the HSA or the HRA that’s also offered by my company…The PPO premium is outrageously ridiculous.

    For all the crap my company gets from its employees, I can definitely say that they did their best with the cards they were dealt by Anthem…I mean, I have 3 plans to choose from!

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