June 23rd, 2005

dead wombat

Failure to communicate

For those of you trying to call me, phoenixalpha, and Scott lately, be advised that Cingular has disabled inbound calls to our phones - some unfinished business lingering from the AT&T account, which we expect to have cleaned up by the end of the month if the cash flow favors us. In the meantime, contact us through e-mail or call me at work if it's urgent.

The doctor's appointment yesterday was just full of bad news. I'll be seeing a dermatologist next Monday to deal with the hideousness of my right foot, and am trying to get an appointment to see the vascular surgeons so we can see exactly why I have this raging edema in my right leg. My family doc and I are pretty sure the veins are screwed up, since last fall the arteries got scoped out and appeared to be okay. About the only good news was that the trend line on my weekly average glucose has been going down since the beginning of the year, so I probably won't need to change my mix of Glucotrol, Glucophage, and Actos. Yay.
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Dubious. Very dubious.

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And another thing...

Synchronicity strikes again. I post this rant, and the next day the Wall Street Journal's OpinionJournal.com publishes an interview with Oriana Fallaci, who is on trial for railing against the transformation of her native Italy into a province of what she calls Eurabia. In the course of the interview, a couple of things jumped out at me:

"The moment you give up your principles, and your values...the moment you laugh at those principles, and those values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period."

"The West reveals...a hatred of itself, which is strange and can only be considered pathological; the West...no longer loves itself; in its own history, it now sees only what is deplorable and destructive, while it is no longer able to perceive what is great and pure."

The first quote is from Fallaci herself; the second from the current Pope, back when we was merely (sic) Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. The essay from which she pulls that quote, "If Europe Hates Itself", is very much worth reading and speaks to the point I was trying to make.

Final note: if a rabid atheist and onetime Communist partisan (and I mean that in the gun-carrying guerrilla warfare sense as well as the political sense) and the Bishop of Rome agree that something's wrong, I think we'd all have to agree that something is indeed severely screwed up and needs to be fixed.

Note for future reference

When you take stuff out of the cooler, make sure you drain the damn thing. That way, when somebody puts your Social Studies Methods text and papers on top of the cooler, they don't slide in and suck up all the water. Yuck. So much for getting any papers done this afternoon.

I notice nobody's complaining about today's weather, which is expected to hit 95 this afternoon with some humidity. Wasn't that bad when I went to check the mailbox at 11 - only up to 89, and if there was humidity it was dispelled by the breeze. Kinda nice, not at all like home...which is actually cooler and less humid at the moment. Go figure.
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