August 24, 2010

The state of health care in America...

Let me get this straight. 

We're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it and whose Speaker states we will pass it to see what it says, and by a Congress that exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a President who also smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke.  What the hell could possibly go wrong?  (I'm just sayin'...) 

August 11, 2010

New England Stand Up Paddle

SOB readers are invited to check out and join the Meetup group for New England Stand Up Paddle which has been started by my son Erik in conjunction with his business, SUP Evolution. Stand Up Paddle is a growing paddle sport (reputed to be the fastest growing water sport in the world) which combines the best of surfing, kayaking and other paddle sports.  Of particular interest is the upcoming Cape Cod Bay Challenge, a demanding 30 mile Boston to Provincetown race across Cape Cod Bay to benefit kids with cancer (scheduled for this weekend, August 14). 

August 5, 2010

The Pacific

Honor and courage continue.  Since I'm posting video, I must include The Pacific as a special tribute to the thousands of men who served along with my Dad, Bernie and his very best buddy, Doug.  My Dad made it through this hell somehow, but his buddy Doug...and thousands of others...didn't.  This is for all of them.  Words fail me here.

John Adams

Every time I see and hear this I get emotional remembering the sacrifices of the men and women who came before us to make...and sustain...this great nation.   If you haven't seen or read John Adams, you're due for a history lesson.  (I once briefly corresponded with John Adams author and Pulitizer Prize winner David McCulloch, so this production was even more fascinating to me.)