Thursday, 28 November 2013

08:34 – One of the advantages of ordering so much stuff on-line is that I always have something handy to use for a gift. For example, I realized yesterday that I hadn’t ordered a Thanksgiving present for Barbara. No problem, though. UPS showed up with a delivery from Amazon. So Barbara ended up getting not one but two Thanksgiving presents: a D-Link wireless router and a 3.25 pound (1.5 kilo) restaurant-size box of Idahoan instant mashed potatoes. The beauty of this method is that Barbara, who likes surprises, never has any idea what she’ll get for a gift. It might just as easily have been a case of 1,500 bottles or 500 Petri dishes or 2.5 kilos of salicylic acid.

Barbara left work yesterday at 1500 and stopped on her way home to pick up the Saturnalia tree. We got it set up in the living room. She’s putting up Saturnalia decorations now, and will probably start working on the tree later today. Colin is helping.


12 thoughts on “Thursday, 28 November 2013”

  1. @DadCooks

    Many of the Doctors are looking into going into concierge medicine, but that could be outlawed by a simple signature by Kathleen “Sebaceous-cyst”.

    Outlawed how? Citation? Thanks.

  2. That’s interesting. Apparently, Amazon Prime 2-day shipping actually means two days, more or less. I ordered three items with Prime shipping at 1630 yesterday. Two of them arrived half an hour ago, 21 hours after I placed the order. The third item just shipped an hour ago and isn’t supposed to arrive until Monday, six calendar days after I placed the order.

    Was Monday shown as the estimated delivery date when you placed your order or only after the fact in an email?

  3. Meanwhile, they won’t repeal Obamacare – too many people have their snout in that trough.

    If the Republicans get the Senate, they’ll repeal it. And Obama will veto the repeal.

    The most chilling thing I heard from the White House on PPACA was when Jay Carney, the press secretary said … the Affordable Care Act is built on the premise that health care is not a privilege, it’s a right, …

    That means the government has the duty to compel the health care providers of the US to take care of every one, no matter what. So, they should be compelling my wife to un-retire, since she could be taking care of patients. “Too many” doctors in Los Angeles and “too few” in rural Nebraska, order some to move. Drugs in short supply, order the pharma companies to make more.

  4. Was Monday shown as the estimated delivery date when you placed your order or only after the fact in an email?

    Amazon divided the order into two shipments. The email said the first two items would arrive today (Thanksgiving), but they arrived yesterday. The item scheduled to arrive Monday was stated in the email as due to arrive Monday.

  5. Drugs in short supply, order the pharma companies to make more.

    You’ve got that wrong. I used to take tetracycline until the FDA banned it. Now I take doxycycline since that is what is available.

  6. @Alan, no citation needed, the head of the NHS is free to interpret Obama Care (aka AKA) and create law and regulation as she sees fit. She also controls the IPAB (aka Death Panel), which is still awaiting its first appointees (need Senate confirmation, hence concern over the recent “nuclear option”).

  7. At the Federal level, rules and regulations bureaucrats implement, have the effect of law—just as if Congress passed it—so this is not at all an incorrect interpretation. Like all laws, rules and regulations are subject to court validation after being implemented, but how many bureaucratic rules have you seen overturned?

  8. The FDA banned the import of tetracycline after the last plant in the USA shut down and they banned the import of it from the two plants in India. They should have banned import of tetracycline before the two India plants ran the USA plant out of business. The FDA says that they want to get tetracycline back on the market but I doubt it. Doxycycline costs more but works as well for me even though a lot of people have stomach issues with it.

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