Monday, September 5, 2016

Happy Labor Day.

We are extremely fortunate to live in a country where many people are given some days off to be celebrated with family and concerned loved ones.

We were able to clean up part of the front yard this morning. Yesterday morning, my wife and I cleaned out other parts of the front yard, and the day prior we worked on the little side of the house. Being in Florida, timing activity for the morning is pretty important.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

DC trip with anticipation.

A friend sent me a note.
Wow, the intent of the presentation was to emphasize how technology can hopefully help to reduce effects of isolation in and among TBI vets. It is exciting to think what could happen.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Cruising out of Tampa

We had a great time on the cruise out of Tampa. It was just a week, but it was enough time away from work, and we had the opportunity to eat a couple of meals with my parents. We did the digital Workshop (sponsored by Microsoft) a couple of times, and we did the meals and lodging for a week. I'm not entirely certain what the extent of the sponsorship by Microsoft entails, but Microsoft products were used and it was interesting. The first stop, Key West was the best stop on the cruise. We got off, and got a frozen chocolate dipped slice of Kermit's Key Lime pie on a stick. Honduras and Guatemala were two ports that we didn't do much at. The one port in Mexico, Costa Maya, we had to forgo, due to higher than expected seas. The dock at Costa Maya is exposed to the gulf, so not good when the seas are rough. The safety of the ship is of most concern to the captain, I suppose. Passengers and hotel guests are probably a few levels lower. I get that the exposed nature of the cruise ship dock at Costa Maya makes it tricky with 6 meter seas. The Norwegian Dawn, also decided against stopping at the dock. On previous stops, we've noted how it seems to be centered around a touristy dock area for trying to separate tourists from money. I guess further inland there might be less developed mayan ruins, but we haven't been at this location.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

deaths attributable to marijuana overdose versus deaths related to tobacco

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/marijuana-deaths-2014_56816417e4b06fa68880a217?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000021§ion=crime&te=Newser OK, it's somewhat confusing as to how the CDC can say that there is zero overdose deaths, and at the same time http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/tobacco_related_mortality/index.htm. I guess there may also technically zero overdose deaths from Tobacco as well. E-cigarettes are supposedly popular, but there could be some popcorn lung related incidence of death there, who knows for sure. I guess technically, popcorn lung is, strictly speaking, not an overdose. It may be good that the numbers of new smokers may actually be declining. Of course, the organized crime element may play a part in some of the MJ distribution. Perhaps the Tobacco Lobby could claim that there are zero overdose deaths from tobacco. My grandmother died with Emphasema (I guess now they might refer to it as COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) largely caused by smoking. Possibly from pneumonia, or some other infection which was more difficult to fight with a weakened system, from what I understand.
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