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The Lost Art of Lying

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I’m a terrible liar; I learned early in life that I was no good at it, so I gave up trying. The problem is that the truth just pops out most of the time. The one thing I don’t have a problem with is lying to authority figures. In high school, I was extremely good at coming up with fantastic stories on why I missed a class. I got so good at it that I pretty much skipped school constantly with no repercussions.

The reason I’m bringing this up is the looming switch from paper medical records to a digital database under Obamacare. Now, there have been all kinds of reports saying that doctors are required to ask you if there is a gun in your home or how many sexual partners you have had or are currently having. I’ve read conflicting stories on the NRA getting most of the most damning language out of the new law, and I really don’t have time to research the whole topic, so I’m not going to delve into that.

The main thing is that now there really is a permanent record. You say something once to your doctor and it is put into the database forever more. A lot of people think that doctors are there to help them and that if you don’t tell your doctor about your alcohol/drug/tobacco use, they won’t be able to properly treat any ailments that crop up because of that use. This is a fallacy.

Doctors are not here to help you. Doctors are glorified pill and surgery salespeople. Sure, there are about 10% of all doctors that try really hard to help, and they have their heart in the right place, but they still try to push statins and blood pressure medication on healthy people “just in case”. Plus, if you read medical journals from the 1970s, you will see that the medical community and their pharmaceutical overlords keep lowering the bar for cholesterol and blood pressure, so that more people can be prescribed pills.

Now that your medical records are in a database for eternity, and all your medical expenses are soon to be socialized, your bad behavior will eventually be punished. I advocate lying. If a doctor asks you if you drink, say NO. If they ask whether or not you smoke, say NO. If they ask if there’s a gun in the house, say NO. All information you give them will eventually be used to determine all kinds of things about you.

If they ask how many sexual partners you have had and you say “only my husband” then you are not toeing the liberal line of sluttitude and might be a dangerous radical. If you reply “50 or 60” then you are engaging in risky behavior and might be required to undergo invasive procedures. I think the best answer to that question is “4 but only my husband since marriage”. That is pretty ambiguous, and doesn’t raise any eyebrows. The goal here is to blend.

I do all kinds of things that are considered commonly-accepted dangerous behaviors: I sunbathe, I eat a ton of saturated fats, I intermittent fast instead of eating seven small meals a day, I shoot guns, I smoke, I drink, I drive fast, etc. There is no way I’m going to tell a doctor about any of those things. Heck, I pretty much refuse to see a doctor except when I break something or am in dire health.

Even though I am disgustingly healthy and in good shape, every time I did go to a doctor, they always wanted to prescribe me statins and blood pressure medication “just in case”. My blood pressure is very low, and I like cholesterol; my brain is the most cholesterol-rich organ in my body. I like my brain and its cholesterol, and I don’t want to take a drug that lowers that cholesterol.

How long will it be before refusing to take statins and blood pressure medication is considered risky behavior? What will happen if you defy your doctor? When doctors are government employees, how much power will they have over you? Think of doctors as if they are as powerful as IRS agents. Soon there will be three things you can’t avoid: Death, Taxes, and Forced Healthcare.

Micro-brewed Craft Beer

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Keoni Galt’s new post has convinced me to start drinking the local craft, micro-brewery beers instead of that Miller Lite swill I’ve been drinking. I make a conscious choice in everything else: raw milk from the dairy, high quality cigarillos, grassfed butter, etc. I don’t have a local grassfed source for my meat, but that’s next on the list. Here’s some of what Keoni has to say:

High quality alcohol manufacture is an artisan craft. Micro-brewed craft beers are “living” beverages, carbonated by the natural fermentation process. Mass produced corporate swill is “dead” pasteurized fare and injected with C02 to carbonate the beer. Same goes for mass produced box wine versus properly aged bottle and cask wine. High quality tequilas and mezcal are made with 100% distilled agave, and high quality whiskeys and rums are aged for years in oak barrels, a process in which the charred innards of the barrel wood work like charcoal filters that remove the impurities of the distillate over time.

The main reasons we drink Miller Lite is because it is a low point beer in this state & because it is only $1.50 – $1.75 during happy hour. I like drinking, but don’t like getting drunk, so the low point part is attractive. We are cheap bastards, but maybe we should reconsider that. If I had a pint of draft, craft beer it would cost $4-$5, but I probably wouldn’t drink it as fast.

And the really stupid thing is that I personally know one of the local brewers; I have absolutely no reason to not support him & the other local brewers from my town. So, I’m going to start doing this & I’ll let you know if it increases my cost of living. Dang, I’ll have to re-train all of my bartenders!

One reason we chose cigarillos over cigarettes is because we decided that cigarettes are way too addicting & cigars are too cumbersome. With our current favorite cigarillos we smoke 1-2 per night between the 2 of us & really don’t have any desire to smoke more. If that consumption continues, our annual outlay will run us about $500 per year retail, $220 wholesale.

Life Update

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My next post hasn’t quite gelled in me braiin yet, so I thought I’d update on various things I’m doing. Plus, writing about introvert girls is complicated to say the least. I mean, my only area of expertise is that I am one, lol. Since you shouldn’t take dating advice from a woman, and I am always ready with the “good ideas” I’m not sure how effective it is. I guess what I’m saying is, use your own discretion.

It’s been fun doing whatever my husband wants; we’ve kind of settled into a routine. If he wants to go out, we go out; if he wants to stay in we stay in. If he wants me to cook, I cook. We’ve been eating a lot of steak lately & we are planning on going to this little hole-in-the-wall steakhouse tonight for the second night in a row.

Last night was T-bone & tonight we are trying the ribeye. We always split everything (anywhere we go) because two separate meals is always way too much food. If any restaurant has a staffed bar, we eat at the bar. It is always more interesting, and most of the other people sitting at the bar are eating eventually, also.  Friday we will have another ribeye at the American Legion. Life is good 🙂

It’s funny because the manosphere is all on about feminine women, but my husband likes me more rough & tumble: more Tank Girl than Barbie. My hair is long (because he likes it long), but I rarely wear heels because I’m tall, so the shortest of heels & I’m six feet tall. It kinda sucks being six feet tall. I once bought some 5-inch heels & it sucks even more being well over six feet tall.

If the weather is nice & sunny & warm I’ll wear tiny shorts with Durango boots, a tank & a small men’s Dickies workshirt. The workshirt is fun because it is sort of a cover up & the hem is right about the same length as my shorts, so it looks like I ain’t gots no pants on from the rear. Plus, as tall as I am, I have legs for miles, and this outfit always makes my husband drool. Of course we live right smack dab in the middle of flyover land, so people really don’t dress up a lot; just weddings & funerals mainly. So, that’s nice.

I started a batch of rice wine with some Chinese yeast balls I got at the Asian market; I have no clue how it will turn out & I might have made a mistake by putting it in my yogurt cooler to ferment. It smells just like yogurt. Ack. The recipes say 7-10 days & it’s only been 4 or 5, so I’ll keep an eye on it. I just boiled some rice in about 6 times the water to rice, added 1/4 yeast ball when it cooled to 110F, put in half-gallon mason jars, covered with a tea towel, wrapped in bathtowels, & put the whole mess in an ice chest to ferment.

Earlier, I had threatened to plant a garden, but that hasn’t happened. If it doesn’t happen (lol, like it is just “going to happen”) this weekend, it isn’t going to happen this summer at all. I am determined to plant some mop-head hydrangeas out front, though. I’ve been meaning to for years.

We bought a chest freezer a couple of months ago so that we can buy bulk when there is a meat sale. I also got a bunch of freezer paper to rewrap the meat that isn’t vacuum packaged. Pork ribs are on sale now & we have been eating a lot of them. I had never cooked them in the oven before, but they turned out really well. I took 3 racks of ribs ($18!!!) to my parent’s for Easter & had rave reviews. Awesome.

Our foray into tobacco smoking is going well. Mostly I forget to smoke, so I only end up smoking half a tiny cigar about once a week. I keep the cigars in my tiny weekend purse, so I really only have them on me for 3 days out of the week. That is fine because I don’t really need a new addiction or anything that will increase my cost of living.

Taking up Smoking

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It is amazing the looks I get when I tell someone that I’ve taken up tobacco after a 15 year hiatus. It is hilarious! It’s just that EVERYTHING that we are told is bad for us (sat fat, etc) turns out to be good for us & EVERYTHING that we are told is good for us (whole grains, etc) turns out to be bad. By that reasoning, tobacco should be incredibly good, right?

We actually talked about it a couple of months before our first foray back into smoking. Cigarettes are way too addicting, at least the large commercial ones are. The other day the hipster bar tranny (all the bars have a token one) gave us a Dunhill to split & we got high as fuck on half of it, saved the other half for about an hour later & got all giddy again. I haven’t experienced any nic-fits or anything yet, but I know better than to tempt fate by buying an entire pack.

I bought a small tin of tiny cigars at the tobacconist a few weeks ago & still have 3 left. We split one Friday night, but haven’t indulged since. Anyway, people get REALLY ANGRY when they see us smoke. The funny thing is that since I’ve been smoking, I have quit having my nightly dreams in which I completely enjoy smoking.