Thursday, August 28, 2008


... And history is made!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Nicely Done!

Great speech. Class act. As a Hillary supporter, I am proud.

Monday, August 25, 2008

A few weeks ago I was transferred from a beach store to a downtown store. The differences are astonishing.

The beach store is quite close to an area plush with high dollar water front homes and condos. The parking lot is daily littered with Lexus, Hummers and Mercedes. The Hummer belongs to the store manager! The customers are mostly wealthy retirees. Many wear nice clothes, carry designer handbags and belong to fashionable golf and yacht clubs. It's a store where the big crisis is being out of the advertised baked beans.

Downtown the customers are more ethnic. Elderly widows barely getting by on social security living in nearby subsidised housing. Hispanic families, the homeless, young folks starting out, all struggling to get by. Some have medicare or medicaid but often the medication prescribed for them is not covered. Others simply don't have insurance, I can relate. I took this job for the benefits and it fell into my lap thanks to rqm. Before that, we could no longer afford the insurance payments which had climbed to $1800 a month!

Daily I see people who truly need medication unable to pay for it. They work with the pharmacist to calculate the cost of each pill... figure out how many pills they can afford on that day.... purchase only a few and vow to obtain the required funds to come back for the rest. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.

Today an elderly lady came to pick up her medication. The total was $2.50... she didn't have it. Later she returned with the money and also needed something from over the counter. But that she couldn't afford. Another lady takes a medication that costs $3000 a month! So far, insurance covers it. If the day comes that it is not covered, she will die. I overheard another gentleman say he would be better off dead. He could no longer afford to be alive.

The scenarios are endless. This is real. This is happening every day, everywhere, right now.

Politicians should sit in my seat for a day or better yet in that of the pharmacy customers.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

McCain unsure how many houses he owns

By JONATHAN MARTIN & MIKE ALLEN | 8/21/08 5:13 PM EST Updated: 8/21/08 5:13 PM EST

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.

"I think — I'll have my staff get to you," McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. "It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you."

The correct answer is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff. Newsweek estimated this summer that the couple owns at least seven properties.

And a Politico analysis later in the day found McCain's family owns at least eight properties, according to property and tax records, as well as interviews....

Excuse me, but how can a person running for the office of President of the United States NOT know how many houses he owns????? I personally know that I own one and it's not that hard to remember.

Happy Weekend.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Beijing Olympics 2008...

also known as the Bush Family Reunion.

Thursday, August 07, 2008


Ok, I know it's only a walk in clinic in a drug store but still....

Right now, in the exam room, there is a woman with two elementary age children here for school physicals. They are unruly and she must fill out permission slips and history questions in order for us to examine them. She is frantically texting messages to someone telling them she's here and not to text her. HELLO!

We have a sign... "Please turn off your cell phone." Makes no difference. Yesterday the nurse practitioner literally put her hand over the phone to get a patient to cooperate.

As I type this, another customer is cruising the aisles talking on his speaker phone!!!

Don't get me started with the people in line at the grocery store or trying to drive and text at the same time.

NO ONE is that important.