Thursday, March 29, 2007

I thought this was kind of interesting.

"At the end of Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” viewers are asked, “Are you ready to change the way you live”? Following this line of thinking, the movie’s web site suggests many ways that you can “reduce your impact at home,” including using less heating and air conditioning, buying expensive fluorescent light bulbs, using less hot water, using a clothesline rather than a dryer, carpooling, flying less and buying cost-inefficient hybrid cars.

Given that Gore calls the fight against global warming a “moral imperative” in the movie, you might reasonably think that he practices what his movie’s web site preaches. But you’d be wrong.

In the wake of the movie winning an Oscar last month, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research reported that Gore’s Nashville mansion consumed more than 20 times the electricity than the national average. Last August, the Gore mansion burned more than twice the electricity in a single month as the average American family uses in an entire year. Gore’s heated pool house alone uses more than $500 in electricity every month."

WOW! Twice the electricity in one month that the average family uses in one year!
I guess that explains why Gore asks are "YOU ready to change the way YOU live" instead of "are WE ready to change the way WE live."

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

American Idol fiasco

I just looked up the definition of "fiasco" and this is what I read -
"a multifaceted, extravagant, and sad failure." I think that sums up what's
happening on American Idol. Sanjaya is safe for another week, meaning we'll
be hearing his sad little voice again next week. At first I felt sort of embarrassed
for him. Then I saw his mohawk and I decided he, or someone advising him, is loving this "VOTE TO KEEP SANJAYA" movement. A couple of our local radio stations refer to Sanjaya as "Transjaya" and "Sangina" (*cough* *cough*). If Melinda Doolittle, Jordon Sparks, Blake Lewis, or Lakesha Jones go before Sanjaya, I may never watch TV again...or maybe just not watch American Idol next season. I can't believe I know the last names of all the contestants. sigh.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Let's try this again

After several months of dealing with family illnesses and upsets, I tried to find and republish my old blog. I can't find it. I lost it when I was attempting to change to Beta. I didn't really lose it because I know it's still there.... somewhere.
So, I've been dealing with my parent's health problems. My mom seems to be doing OK after several cancer scares, but low and behold, my Dad has prostate cancer. He also has skin cancer. He is depressed and I think he's pulling my mom down with him. My sister and I are trying to keep them in good spirits, but that's not always an easy task. Then, we discover that my 18 year old daughter has Graves Disease which involves an overactive thyroid. Her heart rate is well over 140 if she doesn't take beta blockers. She can eat all day and still not gain a pound. Her metabolism is racing and she has a hard time controlling her body temperature. The cure, well not a cure exactly, is a couple of doses of radioactive iodine which is absorbed by the thyroid gland. The iodine eventually kills most of the thyroid and my daughter will have to take a thyroid replacement hormone like levoxyl for the rest of her life. The doctors tell me this disease must have been in my daughter's biological family. Both of my daughters and my son are adopted and there are no records of their birth families. My youngest daughter is from China and she was found in a box on the orphanage steps.
I'm hoping the bad news is over and we can have a quiet summer. My dad's radiation treatments are over and he's back home. He had the treatments at Vanderbilt in Nashville. He and my Mom lived in some sort of rent-by-the-week apartment near the hospital. I think it was Extended Stay or something like that.
My son is in med school at Vanderbilt so he saw them lots while they were there. I think they enjoyed having him around to run errands.
I'm counting the days till summer.
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