27 February 2014
24 February 2014
Today has been a day that I want to forget for so many reasons. I took today off from work in order to take Hal in for one of his eye appointments. I do this whenever it is required, and that is not the problem.
We left here approximately 90 minutes prior to his appointment only to find that the Capital Beltway was completely jammed between here and where we needed to go. Naturally, we were late for Hal's appointment although he had called from his cell phone to let them know about the traffic problems we encountered. They told Hal that it was not a big deal. I got Hal to the doctor approximately 15 minutes late for his appointment and left him at the office while I went to fill the Beetle with gas since it was running low.
I had just replaced the gas pump when my cell phone rang and it was Hal
He told me that the office staff would NOT let him see the doctor without a referral! These were the same ducking idiots that had spoken with him numerous times about this very appointment, including rescheduling it at least twice prior to today. The idea that they never thought to ask Hal to bring a referral is ridiculous!
Hal was pissed, and I was furious although I never went into the office myself. The American health care system is full of these stupid rules and is administered by people graciously described as FUCKING IDIOTS! Hal eventually got a call from the doctor herself asking why he had not been present for his appointment. Hal informed her that he had SIGNED IN at the office this morning before her staff pulled their ridiculous BULLSHIT.
So, the office staff is not only INCOMPETENT, they are also FUCKING LIATS as well. I would have been arrested if I had been the one treated that way, but I will let Hal handle things in his own way.
23 February 2014
The protests in Kiev were the key to these latest developments. The protests, which have been going on for months, were initially peaceful and only recently turned violent. Apparently the images of the police and State Security forces assaulting the protesters were what tipped the balance of power and caused the downfall of Yanukovich.
Yulia Tymoshenko was the President of the Ukraine who was forced out by Yanikovich. She was then removed from public life, a la the Soviet style. She remained a very popular figure and that fact probably saved her life. The protesters demanded her return to political life in the country, and that too has been accomplished.
The important thing now is to see how Russia reacts to this development. The Euromaidan movement successfully stopped a development deal that would have brought Ukraine back into a semi-satellite status with Russia. The people want more freedom and closer ties to Western Europe.
20 February 2014
I am finishing off a very busy day by waiting for my Chiropractic appointment at 6:30 pm. Today was busier than most Thursdays because it has been a short week for me. Naturally, I could not keep the panicked wolves at bay any longer as they fretted over a week with a holiday thrown in.
It is now 9 pm and I have just finished a lite dinner. I will be heading to bed in a few minutes and am definitely ready for Friday.