Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat – We have to check our kid’s candy bags after trick or treat night to be sure there is no tampered candy and now parents have to go to the State registered sex offender’s website to look for sex offenders in the area to be sure their kids do not come a knocking on those doors. Seems trick or treat has become a thing of the past and is no longer safe or palatable today.



Happy Catholic Italian-American Day!

Someone wished me a Happy Indigenous People’s day yesterday. Yes, Columbus Day is the day commemorating the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century, but did not become a federal holiday until 1937 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday, largely as a result of intense lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, an influential Catholic fraternal organization. So really, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus’ achievements and celebrating Italian-American Catholic heritage.

Myself I was taught in school that Christopher Columbus discovered America as that is how the history books portrayed him back then.

Myself I would be offended if I was an indigenous person and wished a Happy Indigenous People’s day because from that perspective, that was the day that my lands and culture was assimilated into a European culture which happened to be mostly “white”.

So renaming a federal holiday honoring a person who made that achievement of crossing an ocean and “discovering” a new land to a holiday honoring that one’s lands and culture was forever changed seems would be a day I would not want to celebrate.

Perhaps we should just remove the holiday since many of us, myself included, are not Catholic nor Italian-American. Or perhaps we should rename the holiday to what it really is Happy Catholic Italian-American Day!


Pontiac Grand Prix Varoom noise!

Took my car in to find out why car makes a varoom nice while driving. Thought something to do with my muffler under the car so was anticipating about $300 worth of repair work. Turns out muffler system is fine however there is a clamp that keeps the muffler from moving around under the heat shield. $36 dollars which looks like I could have done that myself if I could have ran to the store and put the part on while the car was still on the rack.

I wanted the opportunity to look under the car so this was great. Turns out my oil pan that I had replaced in April is leaking around the gasket so guess Frank’s Discount Tire, 910 E Main St, Lexington, SC 29072 didn’t do such a great job in putting the new one on. Definitely will look into that on my next road trip to SC.

Additionally appears the seal on my transmission pan is leaking as well. I’m sure that won’t be cheap to fix as it is near the oil pan which wasn’t cheap to repair either because of a major structure bar next to it.

All that I can understand and grasp but then Midas wanted to tell me that I needed Front wheel bearing/hubs – Remove & Replace Left & Front Wheel Bearings or Wheel Hub and Tie Rod &/or both on the front wheels. All this I had done back in April 2012 and April 2014 both at Midas locations – one where I’m at now and the other in Columbia, SC. Was told driving and wear and tear caused this. Seems strange and most concerning to me because of the frequency I’ve had this done already and the fact that I don’t have the $800 + to have this done even when they offered me zero interest for 6 months on my Midas credit card that they were excited to reopen for me. Guy said I really needed this done before my road trip to South Carolina that my vehicle wouldn’t be safe to drive.

From what I understand when the bearings go bad on a wheel it makes a grinding or roaring noise from the tire area. I recall hearing that in the past when I had this done but not on this occasion. We’ll see what new sounds I hear once they fix that muffler clamp!

Then said I needed new brake pads in the rear for another $150+ which I thought I had also done recently at Haydocy (will be calling them later to see when I did have that last done).

Glad I have a Dad to talk to about this as he felt this was a bit much to constantly have to be having this done. We both agree that perhaps it’s time for a new car. 109850 miles and climbing. A great car that perhaps is reaching the stage where the maintenance cost is exceeding the cost of a new monthly car payment.

I HATE taking my car in for car repair no matter where I go as I never know what I really need vs. what I should be needing. Wish I had an honest personal mechanic that I could pay to keep my car running even if I paid that person a retainer.

[Update] The clamp that I waited hours for at the Midas shop did not resolve the issue of the varoom noise!




GUN CONTROL? The Las Vegas Death Toll Happens Every MONTH In Chicago

“And yet Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, right up there with New York and Los Angeles…”

Go ahead and restrict guns and then tell me how that is going to prevent a deranged resourceful mind from killing. Shall I dare say: “It’s not rocket science”?

When there is a will there is a way and all of us have experienced being resourceful enough in getting what we want. A deranged mind finding a way to secure a gun whether highly regulated or not will find a way. And besides it would take decades for the effect of gun control to have any effect, as most guns are passed down from generation to generation and/or sold on the street like Tide currency.


A monument a statue

This was on a Classic Cartoons feature on Netflix and I found it really interesting that it was prefaced before the cartoons in the feature. It got me to think about this whole monuments/statue issue and find it is very much related.

A monument is a statue, building, or other structure erected to commemorate a famous or notable person or event. What adjective you use to describe it is solely your interpretation and deciding to tear down monuments for reasons based on our sensibilities today defeats the purpose of that monument no matter how you look at it.

The strength of our Nation was built on the taking advantage of others. In fact every country has done this and it is practiced to this day in the business world. It’s not right but it has happened and continues to happen. At the end of the day it’s not about what statue we allow to remain up but rather how we educate our society and our children as to what is considered right and acceptable. And let’s not forget that what we deem today as right and acceptable may just be the opposite decades from now. We tend to forget our sensibilities of right and wrong are driven by the society we live in so condemning what we have done in our past based on our sensibilities today is flawed. We have to understand why it was done, how it impacted the society then and what we can learn from that going forward in formulating what we consider an acceptable society today.


Doctors – Insurance Companies

Jeez, my doctors office drives me crazy. You literally have to DEMAND what you want done. They won’t refill my Adderall script unless I come in for a Med Check and “Would I like to schedule an appointment?” – which typically is months out. “NO!” I need the drug script as I will be out of them this Friday and I shouldn’t be expected to be taken off of a controlled drug and risk withdrawal symptoms just because I wasn’t advised that I have to have a 3 month Med Check in order to get a controlled drug script filled. Let’s not get into the fact that my doctor’s office doesn’t have the technology to email the controlled script to my pharmacy so I have to pick up a script every month and hand carry it to my pharmacy until I learned recently that I could get three scripts written the later two post dated and present them all to the pharmacy at the same time. And also let’s not get into the fact that my Insurance company insisted that I use this drug because my former drug, Provigil, is too expensive to be filled by my current Insurance provider. So my Insurance provider puts me on a controlled drug that is addictive solely because of cost and not being considerate of my health and risk that I could potentially become addicted to the cheaper drug instead of giving me the more expensive non-addictive drug. I am so glad open enrollment on is open again and is still in place so I can get off of this WORST Insurance provider I have ever had.

As a knowledgable Licensed Healthcare Insurance Agent I always stress to friends and colleagues that one has to take control of their own health and know exactly what to ask for each time you go to the doctor’s office. Like always come with a list of questions to ask, always demand that the doctor take the time to answer those questions. And this is the hardest part because who really knows the ins and outs of what you need to do such as always being sure where you go is covered on your insurance plan; to be sure when you are referred to a specialist that they are on your plan; to be sure when you are prescribed a drug, it is covered on your insurance plan; to ALWAYS ask questions of the drug being prescribed to you directly to your doctor and to always research the drug after leaving the office; to always get that next appointment on the books before leaving the office; to always take control of how YOU want issues of your health managed. All this alone makes for one to never go to a doctor and just live by: “If I don’t know about it, it can’t hurt me.”