Monday, January 26, 2009

Who woulda thunk it?

Who woulda thunk it?

If you had asked me 11 years ago how my health would be today, I would not have guessed MS would be in my future.

If you had asked me 5 years ago to describe what work I would be doing, I certainly would not have guessed internal application support for a well known telecom.

If you had asked me 6 months ago to describe the woman I'd be most interested in today, I would not have guessed she would be a blonde.

If you had asked me two weeks ago if/when I'd be starting physical therapy, I'd never have guessed Wednesday.

All these things are true though.

Who woulda thunk it?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Today is inauguration day here in the U.S. We've officially had a new president for ... oh, about 5 hours as I type this.

I'm not unhappy to see the old one go. But have to take a 'wait-and-see' attitude with Obama. His words sound good to me, but some decisions he has made so far are not quite so encouraging ...

Looking at 3 personally important issues:

Obama's choice for Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is uncomfortably close (for me) to the 'Big Ag' industry. But who knows - remember, wait and see.

On specifically animal related issues I haven't seen anything particularly encouraging, but neither anything discouraging. Again - wait and see.

The last is on the other hand at least a little discouraging. The Inaugural activities have been routinely criticised for the minimal attention given to accessability. The attitude of organizers - disabled folks can stay home and watch it on TV. Granted, these are the event organizers, not Obama himself, but still ... One would expect events with inclusion as a theme to be more, you know, inclusive.

One interesting tidbit about accessability: outgoing VP Dick Cheney hurt his back while moving items in to his new house. He will be using a wheelchair fot at least the next few days.

I wonder: will they expect him to stay home and watch TV?

Monday, January 5, 2009

Food Aid to Africa

Here's a link someone might find useful : A perspective on food aid from a correspondent actually on the ground in Africa.