Top Of My Head

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Date: May 5, 2006

Remember Cole Hein?

Remember way back in December I mentioned Cole Hein — this is the little boy who chokes and stops breathing and his mom is searching for a cure. Well, I posted a blurb about him on all my blogs and even my myspace blog — which I hardly ever post on.

His mom, Mandi, wrote me a short note thanking me for posting about her son. So, I revisited the website and it is way cool! Make sure to visit it and send little Cole an email.

Here’s a blurb of Cole’s condition from the website:

Cole Hein has an undiagnosed illness. Cole can “retch or dry heave” morning, noon, or night while playing, eating, sleeping, or even just watching TV. When Cole “retches” he can stop breathing and when he does someone needs to be there to either stimulate him by rubbing his back or even give him CPR to get him breathing again. COLE DOES NOT SELFRECOVER. You NEVER know when Cole will “retch” or even when he does “retch” that that is going to be the time he stops breathing because he doesn’t always stop breathing when he “retches” We do know that a bronchial cough or stomach flu brings on more consistent if not constant “retching” Bingo Cole’s dog has been trained to “bark” whenever Cole makes the “retching” sound. Bingo is a godsend she is an extra set of ears for Cole. We still continue to watch and listen to Cole but having Bingo has ease the burden! is part of an international effort with the help from Lamar Outdoor advertising to find anyone with information that could help save Cole’s life! This site is an effort to help save our son’s life and spread the word about this unknown illness and find a diagnosis for him! Thank you for stopping by please sign the guestbook as I read them to Cole everyday and he loves when I read him his “stories” God Bless, Mandi (Mom), Dwayne (Dad), Kaela (sister 11) and Eric (Cole’s twin brother 4)”

So, I thought it was time to re-visit the topic of Cole. If you know someone who can help, send them to Cole’s Website. I don’t know anything about medical conditions, so I’m no help, but at least I can post a blurb here. It’s the least I can do.

Feel free to copy this info and post it on your own blog or send it off to your friends. It takes a village to raise a child, it might take the world to cure Cole.

God Bless

What is going on?

What is up with all these people resigning from the Bush White House / administration? And, who is going to be next? Should we be taking bets?

Porter Goss just resigned as the CIA chief. He hasn’t even been there for a full two years.

Now, maybe, President Bush is asking for resignations. I don’t know, he doesn’t call me to let me know, but I can’t remember this many resignations such Nixon! (That’s a joke, I really didn’t pay too much attention to White House staff until President Bush.)

Maybe this isn’t uncommon — maybe the information age just makes it easier for us to all be aware that staff is changing.

Well, I wish him all the best in his future endeavors, but I’m really glad my co-workers don’t change this often!

God Bless

Supply, Demand and Gas Prices

Cheryl and I were talking about our budget this week — as I’m sure most couples do. We were trying to figure out just why we suddenly don’t have any money.

Is it the extra we spend on our grandsons? No, we buy only one case of diapers that usually costs around $15.00 — we certainly shouldn’t even notice that in a month.

Are we eating out more? No, that’s not it. In fact, since Cheryl decided to put us on a diet, we’re actually eating at home more and eating out less.

Then, it dawned on me, we’re buying the same amount of gas per month, but spending nearly twice as much for it.

Simple supply and demand, right?

Well, for most things, like say oranges, that would probably be the case. When the orange crop is low, we pay more for our oranges, but we, also, can lower our demand. If I was going to have to pay $10.00 for a bag of oranges, I would most likely not buy oranges — hence, the high price will cause the demand to drop.

But, gas does not work that way. Case in point, my own gas usage.

I drive 50 miles to work one way, five days a week. I fill my 6 year old mini-SUV’s tank once every four days. The only variance is the once per month we visit our grandsons in Green Bay. For that, I purchase one extra tank of gas.

I can’t control my gas usage. I keep my car in tip top shape — change my air filter every other oil change, whether it needs it or not. My vehicle is maintained so that I get the most mileage per mile possible — I average between 25 and 28 MPG. I try, in the summer, to not run my air conditioner. If I could take a bus or a train that would drop me off near work — and wouldn’t take 6 transfers and 3 hours of travel time — I would only drive to work on days when I have other appointments.

Now, I could buy another car that gets better gas mileage, but Cheryl and I can’t afford two car payments, and her car is 14 years old. It’s time for it to be replaced.

Anyway, this is a long way to get to my point which is just because gas prices go up, the demand is not falling off as it does in other goods. In fact, the demand stays the same — it probably goes up some, as we gain new drivers, etc.

Now, Jake brought up a point in a comment he made (BTW, Jake, that was a guest blog, which means I didn’t write it) that when you adjust the cost of gas from the 70’s to now, we’re actually paying less. I haven’t done the math, but I’ll take his word for it.

But, in the 70’s, we had a real shortage. I remember the long lines at the pump and the stations that were closed due to a lack of gas. Plus, you couldn’t even buy gas on Sundays.

I don’t buy this “shortage” that is driving these prices up. None of my local gas stations have had to close due to a lack of gas. Plus, I really don’t trust any industry that is producing record profits while telling consumers they’re raising prices because of a shortage. (When you can afford to grant a retiring CEO a 400 million dollar retirement package — you aren’t hurting for money.)

I don’t recall orange growers posting record profits during years the orange crop sucks.

God Bless.

Deadbeat Parents

So, I was watching TMJ4 last night and saw a story about Deadbeat Dads, but to be fair, there are some deadbeat moms out there, too.

Anyway, first, why is the federal money drying up to prevent these guys from getting away with not providing for their children?

Second, why are states like Texas allowing these jerks to not pay their child support?

Third, why aren’t more of us doing something about it?

While we sit in our comfortable homes, we really should be out there getting our legistlation to put these guys in jail, garnish their wages or not allow them to flee to states that don’t enforce child support payments. (What the Hell did Bush do as Governor of Texas? Why didn’t he stop this crap?) We should have a federal law that will allow one state to garnish the wages of a non-paying parent who lives in another state.

Screw state rights — could care less if Texas is offended — our nation’s children should come first.

God Bless.

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