Sunday, September 27, 2015

Dooley and Bill

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Dooley Weds

My four legged daughter's namesake, Sarah Dooley, married her love this weekend in Austin, Texas at the Umlauf Sculpture Gardens.  It was a joyous evening with their friends and family.  I was excited to see Dooley and old friends who were invited guests, but the bonus of the evening was spending time talking to Dooley's mother and her two sisters.  They are a family full of exceptional individuals.

My big achievement of the evening was only eating four slices of pound cake, when I was surrounded by 8 pound cakes.  Long time readers of this blog know there's nothing more delicious than a well baked pound cake.   My late grandmother baked me a sour cream pound cake every year for my birthday, and when cancer prevented her from the joys of her kitchen my mother took over the tradition.

If heaven exist, then it will look something like the glass cake room at the Umlauf Sculture Gardens last night where 8 perfectly baked pound cakes were served in honor of Dooley's wedding  - various members of Dooley's family baked the pound cakes.  It was a brilliant and delicious idea.  I enjoyed a significant slice of each of the following: Whipped Cream Pound Cake, Butter Pecan Pound Cake, Orange Pound Cake, and Cream Cheese Pound Cake with cream and fresh strawberries.

It was one sweet evening.

Best wishes to Dooley and Bill!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Where have all the doctors gone?

Question: Where have all the cowboys doctors gone?  I feel very lucky that to date my health hasn't required me to have a primary care physician.  I could manage any flu or light illness by consulting my father in law who's a surgeon, dropping into a minute clinic, or stealing medicine when visiting friends.  Why would they leave Z Paks in their medicine cabinets if they didn't want you to have them?

That was the old me.  The new me, who is entering fatherhood, is more responsible.   I found a physician group I liked in Dallas - they are gay friendly.  I have great insurance.  I have a great job.  I submitted an online application, and received a call back informing me the doctors weren't accepting new patients.  They are overbooked because they inherited a patient pool from a retiring primary care physician.  I was information that I could see the PA, to get established in the practice.

This reminded me of one time in 2003 when I was trying to get into the Las Vegas Ghost Bar.

I signed up to see the PA.  I got a physical.  (I hadn't coughed since my high school physical...ah, the awkward moments are so entertaining.)

Do we need more primary care physicians in Dallas? Or, like at the Ghost Bar in 2003, should I have slipped the bouncer one hundred bucks to allow me in?

Monday, September 7, 2015

Matt Damon

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"No one's being jailed for practicing her religion.  Someone's being jailed for using the government to force others to practice her religion."

- (the brilliant) Rachel Held Evans

The Kim Davis saga continues as she spends her fourth day in jail.   The United States of America is not a Theocracy.  Kim Davis' interpretation of the Bible is not the law of the land.  These concepts are not difficult.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Iris Scott

I'm always on the hunt for artist that makes me feel something with their art.  Recently I discovered the work of Iris Scott.  Her finger painting technique produces stunning works of art, which succeed in making me feel something: intrigued, captivated, happy.

Sleeping Dog

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