Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Mummers



The Mummer's parade is a parade through downtown Philly where clubs of Philadelphians of all walks of life and ethnicities come together on New Years day to dance in silly costumes. It dates back to the mid 1700's. There are 5 different categories,



















all judged and awarded. It's alot like a clown show with instruments and vehicles but not devoid of talent or fun.

It's a Philly thing. People line the streets and drink from daybreak til nightfall, including the participants. They are so happy and having such fun. Almost remniscent of Mardi Gras. I've never gone down to see it, but have always wanted to. Instead I watch it on tv. It simply wouldn't be New Years day without it. It's hell to get in and out of the city during a big event, especially the Mummer's.

Sadly, there are many many people who dislike this tradition. They complain about the waste of funds on the fire department and police. People complain about the traffic and shutting down the streets. The city fronted the reward money $300,000 until last year and apparently again this year. The city is in fact charging them $150,000 which they haven't quite come up with.

The Mummers bring a comic relief and entertaining distraction to the troubles of the last year. When most people are so down and out anymore, we really need this lift.

It is a breath of fresh air to see and hear people rejoicing in Life and literally dancing in the streets. Funds or no funds, especially. I really don't think these people will EVER allow it to die. It's puts our focus into perspective. Having the money to do what we want shouldn't ever stop us from doing it or rejoicing and simply enjoying ourselves. It makes one wonder. What would happen if no one laughed and danced anymore?
http://www.phillymummers.com/

http://www.savethemummers.com/

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Doctor Feel good

I liked Britney Murphy.

I enjoyed her movies and found her entertaining. She seemed down to earth in her interviews, a real person. I like real people. Can't stand fakes. She seemed to have the spirit of those like Drew Barrymore, one star in particular that I really enjoy and respect.

So I was saddened by the news of her death. What saddened me even more was the poor representation of medical care, she recieved. Of course not all the information is available just yet and it is filtered through the media, so we may never know. Like Micheal Jackson it sounds as though there was misuse of prescription medications.

The problem in Hollywood as throughout the entire country, are physicians with no scruples. No matter what if you want something bad enough there will always be a physician out there who is willing to tell you exactly what you want to hear. Regardless of whether or not it's good for you. It's terribly sad.

Micheal Jackson's physician will probably make more in his liftime having treated MJ and lost his license than many physicians across the counrtry or outside of the country who honestly want to help others. It's probably the biggest reason I would want to be a Nurse Practitioner. To give people informed and honest appropriate care. Pyshosocial problems are far beyond the reach of surgery and medicine, and honestly these quack physcians are just making society distrust medical providers more. It is taught in medicine that patients aren't satisfied unless they leave your office with a prescription. I can understand that but the sign of a good physician is one who will not give you whatever you want and in fact even try to take the time to explain why it would actually be harmful. I suppose some would say it sounds holistic. Well, let's just say what some doctors are doing with patients is practically euthanasia and it's all in the name of what the client wants, instead of what the patient needs.

Polypharmacy is epidemic in this country. It's goes far beyond the ederly or the celebrity. It is why all of your physicians should know what others are prescribing. It's a symptom of the general populations desire for a quick fix. If we can't fix it overnight with minimal effort or just get gastric bypass and sudenly all our problems are solved, then we don't want to hear it at all.

Pretty pathetic.

Isn't this what life is all about? A challenge?

No one said life would be easy. Not many answers at all come in a pill or are treated and done forever.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Perfect Male..................

Waiting with eager anticipation.

We meet..................

A hesitatation....................... but careful not to let the other sense that fear.

Eyes locked. Studying every feature, every scent as we come in closer.

Eye to eye. Nose to nose

My heart singing for Joy.

This is really happening.

It's him.

It's meant to be. The perfect male of my dreams with a tail wagging as wide as his smile.






I am in search of a dog, the 4 legged kind. I've been searching for quite some time. I am pretty picky. I was very picky when I got my cat from the shelter and she's the best cat in the world. Sometimes patience really benefits you, but mine is truly being tested.

I want a German Shepherd. I grew up with them and they hold a special place in my heart. However my apartment complex does not alllow certain breeds on their insurance because of bite risk. Of course a German Shepherd is one of them. It pisses me off, because many people here have them and other illegal breeds but I'm not turning anybody in so those innocent dogs lose their home. In reality it's irresponsible owners that lead to bites and other misbehaviors most if not all of the time. Honestly ANY dog or animal for that matter will bite given a reason.

So although I desperately want to move for many reasons, I am not definitively moving soon enough and my patience and loneliness is wearing thin. Wanting a dog for so long and the dating scene has left me extremely lonely but I simply don't jump into relationships with anyone just because I'm lonely. The effort involved in dating is not worth any of the outcomes so far. So I am focusing my energy on the perfect canine.


My dog will be................................


probably male

large

not a lab, unless it's a mix

or a poodle, just to name a few

get along with other dogs because I will eventually get a German Shepherd

energetic and capable of keeping up with me hiking and running but able to chill

the kind of dog I can take camping all alone and feel safe for us both

loving and affectionate

friendly

obedient

protective

love car rides

and MUST get along with my kitty.

and of course swim or at least tolerate a trial swim lesson. Doggy paddle!!

I miss baking dog biscuits and all the unconditional love of a good dog. I can't wait to meet him and love him. I just hope he doesn't have a weenie pansy name. It would bother me to call "Muffin" out loud and then have to confuse him by changing it.




Tolerating the vacuum wouldn't be so bad either.