May 10, 2007

Did you enjoy the sturgeon while I was at the surgeon?

I haven't been posting today, because I've been unconscious, which I consider an ironclad excuse for failure to blog. But after my visit to the oral surgeon today, I've slept off all the anaesthesia and eschewed the prescription painkiller, and I'm back in the world of full human awareness, including the awareness of unkilled pain, which is kind of the way I like to think of life itself.

One reason to eschew prescription painkiller is to be able to have a nice glass of soothing cognac, which I'm thinking will go very well with my favorite hour of weekly television: "Survivor," in high definition. Another is that I need to bone up on the news of the week for tomorrow morning's "Week In Review." (At 8 Central Time, Wisconsin Public Radio fans!) All those state legislature stories I've been ignoring... I can't be hearing about them for the first time on the show. Example: "Replacement to Seniorcare drug program touted as improvement." I get an email full of wire stories like that the day before the show, not that the show is likely to cover the uninteresting sounding ones.

Still, I'll do some reading to catch up with the news stories I've let slip throught the cracks in my consciousness. Some reading, some cognac sipping, some HDTV gazing, and then a good night's sleep, and I intend to be radio-ready at 8 a.m.

ADDED: Here's a good evidence for the theory that there's always something interesting inside the boring.
U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and U.S. Senator Russ Feingold today announced the successful inclusion of a two-and-a-half year extension of SeniorCare, Wisconsin’s popular senior drug coverage program, in the Iraq Supplemental Conference Report, a bill that also includes funding for disaster aid, veterans’ health, agricultural disasters, and other emergency funding.
What -- I ask you! -- has more to do with funding the war in Iraq than the interest that old Wisconsinites have in the government paying their expenses that happen to fall into the drug category? But don't be so hard on Feingold and Kohl, because the war funding bill also includes funding for disaster aid, veterans’ health, agricultural disasters, and other emergency funding. You know how the fact that old people use drugs is an emergency.

15 comments:

deb said...

If you'd submitted to hypnotism, you'd have been pain-free and blogging the whole day.

Ann Althouse said...

Oh, yeah, I could blog while asleep if only I was hypnotized! Why didn't I think of that?

George said...

Just roe with the punches...

Methadras said...

A penny for your thoughts, a nickel for your tooth. Ah, tooth fairy won't you tell me that you love me?

joe said...

You are allowed to eschew so soon after surgery?

Ann Althouse said...

Day and night, I eschew! No one can stop me. I'm outta control!

joated said...

"I haven't been posting today, because I've been unconscious, which I consider an ironclad excuse for failure to blog. "

Noexcuse at all, Ann. Kos does it all the time.

PatCA said...

Bush is and has always been incapable of understanding the American people or of inspiring them. He should have changed generals the day the looting in Baghdad started.

The Dems are now administering death by a thousand cuts. I fear for the future.

dave™© said...

I haven't been posting today, because I've been unconscious, which I consider an ironclad excuse for failure to blog.

It's never stopped you before...

mythusmage said...

I'm slowly getting closer to having my last wisdom tooth (#32) removed. We had plans for an earlier removal, but somebody forgot to include it on the list of extractions. You think the bureaucrats at your private medical insurance are anal-retentive, try the obsessive/compulsives in California's Medi-Cal program. :)

Remember to take your antibiotics until they are gone. That's why you got so many of them. And good luck with the recovery.

hdhouse said...

speaking of sturgeon and surgeons...hope you are better by the way...


I worked in the USSR for much of the 80s and no matter what restaurant you went to it had an gigantic menu..put any US diner to shame...but at the end there was only chicken cutlets or kiev and "sturgeon". every restaurant had sturgeon. sturgeon must have been the most freightened fish on earth because in a nation of 300 million that was the only fish on a menu...of course it was cod and whitefish and pike and perch and just about anything else they could harvest...

eric said...

Ann,

Maybe you don't know much about SeniorCare (SC), but that's no excuse to poking fun at our Senators for saving the public millions of dollars. SC is an excellent program that allows the state to purchase drugs at a much lower cost than Bush's federal drug program. The administration nixed SC not because it was a bad program or would cost the federal government money (it actually lowers the federal budget, even if Wisconsin taxpayers end up paying a little more) but because it is a slap in the face to Bush's program (since ours is better). I'm very excited they found a way to renew the program.

SteveR said...

Everything is worthwhile and getting it funded through a totally unrelated piece of legislation just makes so much sense.

That's why senators makes such good presidential candidates, because they can so clearly explain why what they do is so good for the country.

PatCA said...

Hope you are feeling better.

I never had any wisdom teeth at all--the dentist told me they are evolving out, so I am ahead of the species!

Scott said...

I like Herb Kohl; and I'm wondering: Is he straight? I can't find any information about his wife or kids in Wikipedia, or anywhere else. It's amazing how someone who is so rich and powerful can have such an opaque private life.