Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

96% of Americans celebrate Christmas, whether, or not they are Christians, so I know this salutation will possibly only offend a few narcissists who occupy the 4% of the remaining population. As Spock so famously said near the end of The Wrath of Kahn, "....the needs of the few are outweighed by the needs of the many...".

This is my favorite time of year....my attentnion is refocused on the meaning of this time of year and of life, things slow down at the office, and I am able to spend more time with family and friends. There is a sense of renewal and optimism in the air. Yes, even in spite of what I call "the religious left"and the fervor with which they are attempting to impose their religious belief upon a majority of the population who don't want what they are peddling. It takes an amazing act of faith for them to believe what they claim will be the outcome of their pending legislation. Especially when we examine the history of every single government program, and must acknowledge there is not one single instance, ever, of a government program saving money, reducing the deficit, and costing less than projected. The only way one could "believe" that the result of the Democrat healthcare/insurance reform will be a reduction in the deficit, reduction in healthcare costs, and the cost of health insurance is through an act of faith. There is no evidence whatsoever that any of what they believe will ever come to pass. The only thing the "evidence" and/or history shows us is the complete opposite result will occur. Nevertheless, I am optomistic for the future. This healthcare/insurance debate has brought the leftists out of the closet, and the majority of Americans see them, now, for what they are. The 2010 election cycle will provide the opportunity to undo what they have wrought.

We may be heading out on the road later next month, but it will be a short trip, like up to Ventura with my brother, Philip, and his family.

I recently have opened a Facebook account.....something I never thought I would do. If you are interested in what is happening in our life separate from exploring the U.S. in our Newell please check in there: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=100000569786506

3 comments:

  1. Thanks so much, Clarke. I'd be especially interested in your opinion on that little machine since you also use the gym grade 4000PT regularly. (That is also the one I have; it weights 130lbs, by the way. Just in case you are thinking about taking yours with you.)

    Thanks,

    Jennifer

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  2. Didn't know how much it weighed, but that's not too bad.....my present plan is to buy a 26 foot enclosed trailer that would be used to haul our 2002 T-bird around, leaving plenty of room in front for the Stairmaster. Don't know if we will do that....the "plan" is a work in progress.

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  3. Here is a link to one that looks similar to what I used at La Hacienda:

    http://www.asseenontv.com/prod-pages/in_stride.html

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