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Medicare for All!

July 1st, 2017 · 2 Comments

All… er… Both. Both of us. Gisele and me both! A little over a year ago I went on Medicare and wrote a post about it. It’s now Gisele’s turn. For the past 6 months we have been paying nearly $900 per month for her coverage, which has a deductible of $6000. (On the plus, […]

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Happy Loving Day!

June 13th, 2017 · 3 Comments

Actually, I’m a day late — “Loving Day” was yesterday, June 12. It was the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in the case of “Loving vs. Virginia” that ruled inter-racial marriages legal in all states. If Gisele and I had come back to Arizona from Taiwan before 1962, our marriage would have been […]

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Shoulder Surgery

May 28th, 2017 · 1 Comment

In the interest of using this as a diary, I need to document the recent left shoulder surgery, and I’ll provide an update. Two complete rotator cuff tears and bone impingement, and something else I can’t remember right now. Surgery done Feb 7. It is now 4 months (16 weeks), and I am feeling pretty […]

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Android Pay

May 21st, 2017 · 6 Comments

I recently signed up for Android Pay, and have been using it the past couple of weeks. It’s very convenient. When you pay, you just tap your phone on the card reader. Within a couple of seconds you are done, and the amount is charged to your credit card. It’s accepted at many places, including […]

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Spondylolisthesis

March 25th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Gisele recently had surgery for Spondylolisthesis, “the forward or anterior displacement of one vertebra over another”. In her case when she bent forward or back the vertebra would slide forward or backwards over the one below. There was also degeneration of the disks, but simple disk replacement wouldn’t keep her vertebrae in line, so surgery […]

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San Francisco Travel Documentation

December 7th, 2016 · 1 Comment

In the interest of documenting my travels for later reference, we just got back from 4 nights in San Francisco. We usually stay with Angela, but since she has mice and not much room, we stayed this time in a motel just a 10 minute walk from her apartment. We flew. Had a connection cancelled […]

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Hawaii 2-Island Conclusion

November 14th, 2016 · 3 Comments

I already posted about Oahu (Wahoo!). We only spent 3 full days there, but we were on the Big Island and Maui for 6 days each. Here are some high points. Here’s the kind of paradise I usually think of as Hawaii: or this, on the Hana Highway in Maui: But there are places that […]

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Wahoo!

October 26th, 2016 · 2 Comments

The first time Dennis the Menace went to Hawaii (over 50 years ago), as the captain announced that they were finally landing in Honolulu, Dennis shouted out “Wahoo!”. The flight attendant (they were called stewardesses at that time) said, “Why yes, that’s right Dennis. It is the island of Oahu.” Oahu was lots of fun. […]

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The Dunning-Kruger Effect

October 9th, 2016 · 2 Comments

David Dunning and Justin Kruger of the department of psychology at Cornell University in 1999 performed experiments measuring how well people evaluated their own competence. The result was that people who knew very little about a topic generally greatly over-estimated their competence, while experts tended to correctly or slightly under-estimate themselves. It was only after […]

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South Dakota

October 2nd, 2016 · 3 Comments

We spent a week in South Dakota in mid-September. It was even better than we had expected. We flew into Rapid City, near the south-west corner of the state, and stayed in a beautiful hotel in Keystone. Keystone is just a couple of miles from Mount Rushmore; in fact we could see George Washington and […]

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