What happened in Paris on Friday was tragic and unforgivable and the perpetrators need to be severally punished. However, the reaction by right wing ignorant bigots toward the Syrian refugees fleeing their war torn country trying to save their families is also unforgivable.

First, so many of these hate filled humans have the nerve to call themselves Christian. Ironically the majority of the refugees are Christians fleeing persecution. These so called American “Christians” must not have read the Bible. In the book Jesus became famous for teaching to “love thy neighbor or do unto others “. Or from Matthew Jesus says “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me”

Plus, so far all the attackers have been European Nationals – not Syrians! Will we make the same ignorant mistakes that we did as a country in World War II?  All Japanese Americans on the west coast were relocated and Jewish refugees were turned away when fleeing Hitler – all because of fear.

True Christians don’t fear this way because they know they have God on their side. Could it be that many of these ” Christians ” are in name only? I am very proud that Governor Hickenlooper has said the refugees would be welcome in Colorado. I am also very proud that President Obama isn’t willing to just jump into another war with American troops. The right wing chickenhawks advocating for “boots on the ground ” do so because they know they have nothing to lose – their family members will never serve and be in harms way.

Weight Watchers

Over the years I have done fairly well keeping my weight reasonable and fighting the battle of the bulge. Under 1,000 pounds is preferred as you want to make sure that you always fit through the kitchen door and have access to the refrigerator. Recent events however. have made my weight watching more difficult.

The most recent event that has impacted my weight watching has been my new job.  The Iranian doctor I work for is a very pleasant and kind man. However , I have discovered that the Iranians are very much like the Greeks when it comes to food ( scary right? ). Food is the answer to everything. And just like Greek food everything that they eat is fat free. ( Well that’s what I was told. Why would they lie?).

At least twice a week the good doctor buys lunch for everyone. Now, I haven’t eaten lunch for years but I was told that in Iran when someone declines an offer of food it is considered an insult ( This of course brings back memories of yiayia “Eat, you don’t want to hurt yiayia’s feelings do you?”). Plus it really isn’t wise to insult your boss.

The food is usually ordered from one of many Mediterranean restaurants in the area ( And yes it is delicious! ). Just this past Wednesday, we celebrated the doctor buying his oldest daughter a new car, with another very delicious catered meal. Yes, there were also several desserts to choose from since not everyone likes the same thing. I think my only recourse will be to ask the doctor to buy me a membership with Weight Watchers or perhaps we could do like the Japanese and exercise at our desks with exercise music piped into the office.  ( Remember the Chicken Fat song in high school gym class?).

Dumb Animals

Anyone who has had a dog or cat as a pet knows that these furry creatures are not dumb. They have a way of taking control of your heat and then you are hooked to a lifetime of unconditional love and companionship.

For example my two cats. Last week at Target there was a sale on a new type of cat litter and the price was terrific. I bought it and brought it home and changed the litter box. The next day the cats were meowing very loudly. I went to see why and they had pooped on the floor. ( The litter box was untouched ). The next day the same thing happened. I immediately went back to Target and bought my old brand of litter. I changed the litter in the box and as I carried it back into the room, I looked down to see both cats smiling from ear to ear. ( Dumb animals, right? ).

My dog Apollo was the most spoiled of all. He was so tiny when I brought him home that I could never bring myself to yell at him or spat him on the butt when I was disciplining him. This made potty training especially exciting. I would pick him up and be saying no,no,no until we got outside. He eventually learned to use the dog door but not until we had many exciting adventures getting him outside together. Every time I looked at that cute little furry face , he had me and it broke my heart when he died so suddenly last December

The Perks Of Getting Older

As a society we seem to have a general view that getting older is something bad. However, we need to focus more on the good points of getting older. For example :  Going to the theater. At most theaters in metro Denver they have a reduced rate for admission for senior citizens, generally three dollars off the price. If you are willing to wait a few months you can go to the Elvis Theater for only one dollar ( Yes Elvis is alive and well in Denver ).

The Church provides another perk: The Wednesday Paraklesis service begins at five. The service usually ends around six. This way you don’t have senior citizens driving late at night. I am particularly pleased with this arrangement because on Wednesday night my favorite show ” The Big Bang theory ” comes on at seven. The service ending at six allows me plenty of time to get home grab a diet coke and some chocolate chip cookies before sitting down in front of the TV. ( I believe in snacking nutritiously ). I also have a couple of peanut butter cookies for Darcy since dogs should not eat chocolate. I prefer to believe that he enjoys snuggling with me on the bed and watching TV because he loves me and not because of the snacks he gets.

The best perk of all in getting older is not caring how you look or dress. When I was younger, I was very fashion conscious and it would take me hours to make sure that I left the house dressed in style. Now I figure , as long as the necessary parts are covered, who cares? I guess I won’t be appearing on the cover of GQ anytime soon.


On Sunday October 25TH we will have my dad’s one year memorial service. The start of college football this fall had already brought back many memories. In the fall of 1972, I was a sophomore at the University of Colorado-Boulder. I had just purchased football tickets for Saturday’s game against Air Force Academy for my dad, my mom and sister.  After watching Ralphie lead the team onto the field, being in a jam packed stadium full of noisy fans and watching the Buffs throttle Air Force, my dad was hooked. Later that day, we found out that this had been the very first football game that my dad had ever attended.

The biggest thrill for my dad came when in 1991 we were able to attend the Orange Bowl in Miami and watch the Buffs win the national title. On the flight home, my dad sat next to the Governor ( also a huge CU fan ) and while the rest of us on the flight tried to get some rest we could hear the Governor and my dad using their “inside voices” talking about the game.

My dad used to say that he had so many Buffs shirts that he could wear a different one every day for the rest of his life. This probably was close to being true since for every Christmas, birthday and Father’s day he did get a new Buffs shirt.

My dad was also extremely proud to have voted for president Obama twice (” I never thought I would live long enough to see a black men elected President” ). He also ,with a little urging, voted to legalize marijuana. he was always grateful that Colorado never broke out into reefer madness as many people warned would happen. He also supported gay marriage or as he would say ” Joe’s people have a right to get married just like anyone else”. It made me feel like Moses ( my people ).

Code This

On October first of this year the medical community of the United States will join the rest of the world’s medical community. This will be the day that this country finally enacts the new medical codes to be used for billing. We are just slightly behind the rest of the world ( 10 years and yes we are literally the last country to adopt these new codes ). So, if you go to your doctor’s office or a hospital and see people behaving weirdly, they have a good reason because literally thousands of medical codes now have brand new numbers.

Of course there is a coding converter available on line. I just hope that when I am converting old codes ( ICD9 ) to new codes ( ICD10 ), that I don’t accidently pick a pregnancy code for some of our patients ( we deal mostly with the elderly in the home healthcare business ). Imagine the surprise of some of these elderly patients ( especially the men ), when they find that   they are being charged for pregnancy services. Of course there is that saying ” It is never too late”.

After talking with some of my friends that are still doing medical coding, it appears that some may retire early due to the stress of the conversion. After a while you memorize certain codes that you use over and over. Now all that has changed. This made me think though, I wonder if they have a new code for suicide from coding stress. Seems that this could become a popular code in the coming months.

The Saint Nicholas National Shrine Weekend

This coming Sunday the parishioners At Saint Catherine and Assumption Cathedral will be having a joint service at the Cathedral to show unity and support and raise money for the new Saint Nicholas Parish which was destroyed on 9/11.  This means the Church will be packed. We decided as a family that cousin Mary Johns will spend Friday night at the Cathedral and make sure that our pews are there for us on Sunday. We don’t want any of those “foreigners” from the other Church taking our seats.

Plus communion should be interesting. I have been to several services at Saint Catherine Church and the people there are just way too polite. They actually wait for the usher to dismiss them to go to the altar when Communion is announced. At the Cathedral when Communion is announced it is everyone for themselves. People jump out of their pews and race to be first in line for Communion ( Now these are my type of Greeks). The folks from Saint Catherine better be careful or they will be trampled on their way to Communion.

I was also thinking that we could do something to make the event more lively and memorable. Perhaps divide the Cathedral in half  and then like at a football game have each side wear their chosen Church colors. Plus you would have religious cheers to liven things up. Perhaps :   ” We have Jesus, Yes we do” We have Jesus, How about you?”  Yes a a bit unconventional but it would be very memorable.

Religious Freedom

If I read one more article about that dim witted Kim Davis in Kentucky and how her religious freedoms are under attack I think I will puke. It appears her Evangelical followers need a lesson in American history. They claim that the United States was founded as a “Christian” nation. Not true. This country was founded on the premise of separation of Church and state with NO official national religion. They use the phrase “One nation under God” to support their claim. However, that phrase was not added to the pledge of allegiance or put on our money until the 1950’s when everyone feared that the would would turn atheist Communist.

It is that dim bulb Davis that is trying to push her religious beliefs on others. The couples are seeking civil marriage licenses. They are not demanding that any Church marry them. And civil gay weddings were made the law of the land by the Supreme Court.

Plus, is the dimwitted Davis really the shining example of marital sanctity that these Evangelical supporters want to defend? It appears she has been married 5 times ( I guess in fairness you could say only 4 because one of these brain dead men married her twice ). Not only that her children were not conceived by the man she was married to at the time. Now since these “religious” fanatics are so intent on following the Bible verbatim, then it appears that Davis should be stoned to death. “The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. ”

Let me just say that Colorado has plenty of rocks, so all we need is a time and place. I would prefer that it not be on a Saturday though. I would hate to miss any College football games.

The Flea Market

A few weeks ago a friend and I went to the flea market. I hadn’t been in many years and boy have things changed. The flea market used to be individuals selling items they no longer wanted and other individuals buying these these items and taking them home as newly found treasures. This is where that saying ” One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” comes from. You just have to be lucky enough to find someone that falls in love with your trash when you are trying to dispose of it.

Now , the flea market is nothing more than permanent stalls filled with new items. Often more than one stall of some particular items. The day my friend and I went the big sell of the day was bras 3 for $10.00 dollars or Nike shoes , 2 pairs for $35.00. There was also a full scale Mexican market ( it was huge ), Several bars, rides for the kids ( bumper cars etc. ), many small cafes, the ever popular turkey legs and live entertainment. Where were the individuals selling their used items? Have they migrated to someplace else?

I will always remember one particular trip to the flea market. It was years ago when one of my mother’s sisters from California was visiting. She was a frequent visitor to the flea markets in California and we promised to take her to the one in Denver. This was back in the day and as we entered there were rows and rows of individuals selling their used items that they no longer wanted. Then as we wandered down one particular row we all stopped in are tracks. There was an item that we had never before seen at the flea market – an empty casket.

Now what made this item especially strange is that usually people brought used items to sell. We never did get an answer from the man when we asked if this was a used casket. And if it was where was the original owner? I have always wondered if the man was able to sell that casket. I must say he did have it at a very affordable price.

Do You Take This Man?

From the beginning when someone asked me what I wanted in a relationship, I would always answer ” Someone breathing”.  However, over the years I have refined my answer. Now I say someone very wealthy ( yes, I know money can’t buy love but think of all the other things that it can buy). Then I add that he must have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. This leads to oops, gee I don’t know how he fell down all those stairs.

Oh course such a tragedy must be accompanied by very proper mourning. As we all know the best and most proper way to mourn is a trip to Europe. While in Europe it is only proper that you mourn by staying in the best hotel, preferably in the pent house suite. ( You know you need room and luxury to mourn properly ). Finally, as everyone knows, the best way to mourn is with new clothes. I mean really how can you mourn properly in old clothing? Buying new and very fashionable clothes should not present any problems while you are in Europe. This way when people see you walking down the street in that new Armani suit, they will say ” Look at that poor man in that beautiful new suit. He must be very deep in mourning”. Just remember to also save plenty of money and not spend it all on mourning. After all life goes on and there is no reason it should go on with you being poor.

Recently there has been an ads all over the place for a dating site “” . They have that catchy jingle ” You don’t have to be lonely at Farmers Only .com” Of course I would modify it just a bit to: ” You would have to be crazy to use Farmers Only .com”. I mean what gay guy wants to live in the country with all those slimy creepy crawly things? I do admit that there are slimy creepy crawly things in the city also but they are usually all people.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 834 other followers