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Michael W. May
An old man on campus waits for his hot, young coed to get out of class @ Ferris State University http://instagram.com/p...
An old man on campus waits for his hot, young coed to get out of class @ Ferris State University http://instagram.com/p/sdCcyei03M/
Stalker! - Steve C Team Marina
*sagenod* - Michael W. May from Android
Just VAL #TEAMMARINA
What was the first concert you every went to....you know mine was the Beatles......go
Peter, Paul, and Mary - Greg GuitarBuster
First without my parents was Funk on the Green, Parliament Funkadelic, One Way, Bootsy Collins...1978. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Depends on how you define "concert". Does this include the local band who plays in a bar? A show at a county fair that you see with fair admission, but you don't really care about the band? Where you pay to actually see the band? - Joe
My dad took me and a friend to see Styx on the Mr. Roboto tour. \m/ - Steele Lawman
The Kingston Trio in 1960. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Blood, Sweat,and Tears with my parents. U2 with The Pixies opening as my choice. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Huey Lewis and the News (with parents, since I was in the 4th grade, but at my insistence), first show without parents was They Might Be Giants - Meg VMeg
Fobia, a Mexican rock band. :) Late 90s, I think. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Midnight Oil. - Bren from iPhone
The Pixies, around 1988 - Pete : Team Marina
Aerosmith 1975 - Hershey, Pa - Janet from FFHound!
They Might Be Giants - Steve C Team Marina
Billy Joel, The Bridge tour, '87 I think. I was 11 or 12. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
My choice, Simple MInds, '85. Got in my first accident on the way home in the wee hours. As a kid, the parents took us to many country, bluegrass, rockabilly shows. I don't recall the first, but I saw Willie and Johnny and June a few times back then. - Michael W. May
No Doubt in 2009 - Jed rocks the party. from iPhone
Teddy Pendergrass, early 80s. - Steven Perez
Little Richard, 1955 - Cristo
Pink Floyd, 1988 - Steven Luckymen VMF-214
All About Eve, 1989. - Mark H
B-52s and Violent Femmes. 1991? - kendrak from Android
rush, tom sawyer tour https://www.youtube.com/watch... - chaz2b
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) on his first solo tour in 1984. Reunion Arena in Dallas (RIP). rocked. - Big Joe Silence
the first concert i was TAKEN to as a child was probably Harry Chapin. sometime in the 70s. - Big Joe Silence
Pure Prairie League (also Confederate Railroad) 2000-ish Or it may have been LFO and Blaque. The PPL was more a family event, to go hangout with Craig while he was nearby. - NOT THE CRICKET
The Bangles, summer 1987. My parents may have taken me to one prior to that, but that's the first one I remember attending without parental supervision. - Corinne L
Glass Tiger (as part of a school trip). First concert on my own steam (with a buddy): Monsters of Rock, Pontiac Silverdome, 1988 - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
Modest Mouse in 1998. - Kristin
INXS, the kick tour. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Elton John in 1981. - Friar Will
I would have loved to have seen INXS live! - Marie
INXS was my second concert ever. The Tamaras of ffeed know what's good. :) - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
I saw INXS on that tour! SOOOOOOOO good! <3 My first big concert was the Bee Gees in 1979. - vicster: full-bodied
Jethro Tull - Living with the Past (Aug 29, 2002) - April Russo
Ray Charles - Iván Abrego
INXS - August 1988 - Nassau Coliseum (Kick Tour?) - Yvonne Renee
Small or large? - Melly - #TeamMarina
Parliament Funkadelic #nosurprise - MoTO: Team Marina
Jean Luc Ponty - Kevin Johnson from Android
holly #ravingfangirl
Dog turns on stove, starts fire in N.J. home - http://www.kgw.com/story...
"A fire broke out in a home on Norwood Drive on Friday night after a dog accidentally turned on a stove, which then burned a laptop that was on top of the stove, police said." - holly #ravingfangirl from Bookmarklet
why was the laptop on the stove?! - holly #ravingfangirl
hey, some of those apartments are tiny ;) - Michael W. May
Michael W. May
Alix May
Taking my last chance at drunkenness before school starts. :D
*hic* - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Achievement Unlocked ;) - Michael W. May
Micah
RT @tkingdoll: In lighter news, Reddit thread on "bad dates" yielded this brilliant story. http://twitpic.com/eampcp
RT @tkingdoll: In lighter news, Reddit thread on "bad dates" yielded this brilliant story. http://twitpic.com/eampcp
... - Alix May
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I just got laid off. Fuck.
Aw, shit. (((t-ra))) - Spidra Webster
(hugs) I'm sorry. - Steve C Team Marina
:( - Todd Hoff
:( - Amit Patel
(((t))) - Julian
Damn. Sorry to hear it. - Jim: with more caffeine!
I'm so sorry. - Jed rocks the party.
Oh, no. :( *huggle* - Alix May
Well hell. - Kirsten
:( - Amir
Oh, crap. I'm so sorry :((( - Jennifer Dittrich
:(((. so sorry to hear that - WarLord
thanks y'all. I'm just... I dunno, kinda shocked really. I knew something was wrong, but didn't want to believe it was that bad. dang. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Damn. Sorry to hear that. Hope something better works out for you. - SAM
Oh jeez. - Joe
ow. so sorry to hear - MoTO: Team Marina
That sucks. - Steele Lawman
Aw, hell. I'm sorry t-ra. *hugs and hugs* - vicster: full-bodied
Oof, I'm sorry. - Anika
Oh, I'm sorry! - Katy S from iPhone
Oh no. - Marie
Sorry - Rodfather
aw man. sorry to hear that. - holly #ravingfangirl
Damn it. I'm sorry. - Betsy
:( So sorry to hear that. (((t-ra))) - Anne Bouey
:((( *hugs* - Tamara J. B.
I'm sorry. - Eric
sorry to hear that - Shevonne
:( Sorry to hear - Me
:( I'm sorry, T-Ra. - Stephen Mack
oh wow, you gais! you are so sweet. thanks for all your comments. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I'm sorry, t-ra. Entirely their loss. - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
I hope this is a only a temporary setback for you. - Mark H
😢 - Steven Perez from Android
crap-o-potamus. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Oof. Bummer. Hope things turn around fast. - RepoRat
Sorry, t. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
So. very. Sorry! :( - CarlC
:( That sucks. - rönin
I am sorry - Patrick aka Damexican
Crap. - Meg VMeg from Android
wha??? *HUGS* is there anything we can do to help? - Sir Shuping is just sir
:( - imabonehead from Android
So very sorry :( - Janet from FFHound!
Oh no, sorry to hear that! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Oh no! I am sorry to hear this news! - Hedgehog from Android
Shit. I'm sorry, honey. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm so very sorry about this! - Galadriel C. from Android
oh shit (((((t)))) - Just VAL #TEAMMARINA
Thanks again, everyone. Y'all are so good to me. I truly appreciate being part of this community. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Just saw this. Dammit, dammit, dammit. May the sucky part end soon and lead to something truly awesome. - Corinne L
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ Stuff 'em, they don't deserve you - Mo Kargas
Oy. I hope it's because the universe needed to free you up for the effing fantastic plans in store for you soon. - Kristin
*hugs* - Michael W. May from Android
Damn. ((((hugs)))) - J. Marie B
Ugh! I'm so sorry :( - Jen
I hope this turn of events proves to be an opportunity to pursue something new and exciting. I know you will rock, whatever else you do. - Bren
Thank you, boo. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
:-(. I'm so sorry. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Oh, no. :( - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Sorry to hear, let's talk I may have a project that might be interested in. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
oh Fuck! that sucks! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Monique Judge
RT @smethanie: Making my kids watch old-school episodes of Knight Rider and my daughter said, "So, it's pretty much just a car with Siri built in?"
omg - Meg VMeg
*cackle* pretty much - Michael W. May
Michael W. May
SSA Disability (re)eval appointment this morn. More hoops than when first granted 10 years ago, despite VA raising it to 100% perm since.
And stress. - Michael W. May
Oof. **hugs** Hope all goes smoothly. - Kirsten
It went... fast. Hoping there are no road bumps. He spent all of 12-14 minutes with me, including 5 minutes of what can only be described as quiet time. - Michael W. May
Michael W. May
Concerning Do-Rite Donuts: "It's deep fried cake, what else is there to understand?" #pixieism
*sagenod* - Michael W. May from Android
Wisdom - Tamara J. B.
Michael W. May
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Beangrowers (45), Milla (22) & All India Radio (13) #mwmradio http://www.tweekly.fm/twitter...
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Beangrowers (45), Milla (22) & All India Radio (13) #mwmradio http://bit.ly/lEkjKl
Home improvement is loud. Headphones are good. - Michael W. May
Michael W. May
iCreation G-700 Bluetooth Handset Docking Base Cordless Phone System For Samsung Galaxy Sll ,Slll and S4 Smartphone - Newegg.com - http://www.newegg.com/Product...
iCreation G-700 Bluetooth Handset Docking Base Cordless Phone System For Samsung Galaxy Sll ,Slll and S4 Smartphone - Newegg.com
Why does this exist? What need have we of a cordless (bluetooth at that) phone for our, er, phone..? - Michael W. May from Bookmarklet
*scratches head* hrmm - Tamara J. B.
LOL - lris
I hope that cordless phone will pair with my bluetooth headset - lris
Umm, maybe for people who have to make a call but have no power in their actual phone and can't be bothered to find a cable to charge the phone? - Ken Gidley
Michael W. May
Pixie had her gallbladder surgery this morning and is in recovery now. All went well :D I guess tweets are having issues coming through :/
Sleep and some food is in the immediate future, before discharge in a couple hours or so. - Michael W. May from Android
I'm glad everything went well, and wish her a speedy recovery! *hugs* - Jennifer Dittrich
I'm glad it was successful. - John (bird whisperer)
I'm very glad that the surgery went well and hope she has a complete and speedy recovery! <3 - vicster: full-bodied
❤ - Alix May
Hugs!! - Janet from FFHound!
I'm glad it went well! - Katy S
Good good. Relax so you get all healed! - Eric
One thing I learned post gallbladder removal. Buffet eating and most fats are not your friend. Explosively they will be your enemy. Liver must learn how much bile to continually produce. It goes wonkers in the learning phase. - Janet
Glad to hear that it went well. Thanks for the update, and speedy recovery, Alix! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
WarLord
Monday afternoon I'm at Endoscopy Center to have my Gastro Doc scope me. We are at a crossroads. After multiple bowel resections the connection of my small and large bowel is suspect. Is there inflammation, maybe microbe spill from large bowel maybe scar tissue is restricting flow... Lots of questions Answers? Not so much. I don't clean out well...
I don't clean out well So today is liquids only and enemas in the morning Hopefully he can see enough to make us some better choices going forward. The very good news: Doc is a good guy with a caring heart He has my confidence and trust and THATis most of the battle well that and a whole crap load of Prednisone - WarLord
Wish you all the best. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Bah... - Michael W. May from Android
Good luck and hopeful for successful diagnosis/treatment. - Janet
Thinking of you! Hope you get some answers! - L to tha B
Michael W. May
Sarah Mclaughlin with my amazing wife @ambertides @ Meadow Brooke Pavillion http://instagram.com/p...
Sarah Mclaughlin with my amazing wife @ambertides @ Meadow Brooke Pavillion http://instagram.com/p/qXt8daC09V/
Wow. Sarah Maclaughlin looks a lot like you. :P - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
*chuckle* - Michael W. May from Android
I was thinking the exact same thing, Mr. Noodle. - Laura Norvig from iPhone
*McLachlan - Alix May from FFHound(roid)!
Soup in a TARDIS
"Chapter IV - The Homely Girl: Never was the case of the homely girl more hopeful than it is today. In any age and under any conditions, the beautiful girl has an undoubted advantage over her plain sister. But modern beauty aids and the emphasis on individuality make it possible for the homely girl to create an impression that will hide most of her
physical shortcomings...Good health in itself forms the basis of attractiveness. The normal young girl who allows herself to become overweight is stupid and short-sighted. Men do not like walking skeletons, but neither do most of them admire fat women." - Love and Marriage by Ann Bruce, 1931. - Soup in a TARDIS
... - Michael W. May from Android
Steele Lawman
YouTube - Bright Eyes - Lua (Coachella 2005) - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
YouTube - Bright Eyes - Lua (Coachella 2005)
Play
At first I was irritated that they had a little snippet of an interview over the song. Then he said "Friendster," and all was forgiven. - Steele Lawman from Bookmarklet
*opens in background tab for later* - Michael W. May
Bump. - Steele Lawman
Re-bump. - Steele Lawman
Again! - Steele Lawman
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Holy carp, heart rate spike! Phone rang and I was convinced it was shy guy cancelling. He was just making sure we were still ago. Deep breaths.
Go T Go! - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Date was fun. We had dinner, then went to a place for a few beers. Talked about lots of stuff and mingled with other people. He's definitely a cool guy. My concern is a lack of relationship history. Like, almost none. At age 35. That gives me pause. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Hmmmm. One step at a time, Miss T. Maybe he has high standards - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
could be that he's a bit like me and is just really shy around girls and those he feels comfortable with wanna just be friends - Sir Shuping is just sir
what Sir said. i didn't have any dates between 18 and 25. some people go even longer. reaching 35 without any formal dates isn't that weird, IMHO. he probly had plenty of informal "let's go hang out tonight" get-togethers, i'd wager. - Big Joe Silence
Honestly, some people are just shy and have terrible luck. That's kinda my situation, only a little older - I feel like a weirdo, but I swear I'm not defective or anything. I hope. - Jennifer Dittrich
You all make very good points. Thank you as always for sharing them. I remain optimistic. He has sisters he is close with, and that's a good sign in my book. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
I went on two conventional dates that I can recall, one at 16 and one at 18. I have had few serious relationships, but all had non-date related starts at the least. It worked out well :) - Michael W. May
It isn't 'dates' I am concerned about, but the lack of experience with intimacy and partnership. But as B wisely pointed out, one thing at a time. My ex had never been in a serious relationship before, and that sucked for me on a lot of levels, so I am trying not to hold new people accountable for the behavior of previous people and still honor my experience by listening to my instincts. Y'know, all that messy stuff. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Jennifer Dittrich
Summer Squash Soup + Brown Butter Tomatoes - http://food52.com/blog...
Summer Squash Soup + Brown Butter Tomatoes
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"Last week we brought you summer fruit for dinner. This week, we bring you summer vegetables. (Admittedly, both tomatoes and squash are actually fruits, but you know what we mean.) Raw vegetables are delicious in their own right (more crudité, please!), but add a few key ingredients to the mix, and you just might elevate your vegetables to their ideal Platonic form -- or at least make them taste really, really good. Bring out the sweetness of summer squash with a hit of fresh tarragon, then flatter your tomatoes with a generous douse of brown butter and a slice of fresh bread. Your vegetables (okay, fruits) will thank you for helping them to reach their full potential." - Jennifer Dittrich from Bookmarklet
"The List Serves 4 1 large yellow squash 2 green onions, light green and white parts only 1/2 medium onion Fresh tarragon 3 cups vegetable broth Juice of 1/2 large lemon 2 large or 3 small ripe beefsteak tomatoes Flaky sea salt Snipped chives, shredded Parmesan, and croutons (optional) Baguette or other country bread You probably have butter, olive oil, garlic, ground black pepper, and either milk or cream in your kitchen. If not, add those to the list, too." - Jennifer Dittrich
"The Plan 1. Chop the squash, the green onions, and the onion. Sauté them in 1 tablespoon of butter and 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil until the onion is tender, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add 1 minced garlic clove in the last minute or so. 2. Season the squash with black pepper to taste, then add 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon, the vegetable broth, and the lemon juice, and stir it all... more... - Jennifer Dittrich
Nom - Michael W. May from Android
I don't quite have fresh squash and tomatoes yet, but I'm storing this up for then. - Jennifer Dittrich
Michael W. May
Heading to the hospital with my Beloved @ambertides for her outpatient procedure. Silly gallbladder. Any good magic our way kindly accepted
Sending all my love! xoxox - Melly - #TeamMarina
Gentle hugs all round - Pete : Team Marina
*waves my magic wand* - 'H'institches #TeamMarina
*sending the Zen* - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
*sending hugs, cat purrs, cat headbutts, and good thoughts* (cat purrs and headbutts are from my cats of course) - Sir Shuping is just sir
She just went in; will update when I have news. - Michael W. May from Android
Doc just came out; seems to have gone well and she's in recovery. I'll see here in 45 minutes or so. - Michael W. May from Android
**hugs** for you both. So glad it went well! - Jennifer Dittrich
Good to hear! - Kirsten
I'm glad to hear it went well! Thanks for keeping us posted. *love* - Laura
Speedy recovery, Alix! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Vitals back to normal. I expect discharge soon. - Michael W. May from Android
In hotel, snug as a postop bug in a hotel bed. She's sleeeeeping :) - Michael W. May
I'm glad she's sprung from the hospital. We'll keep it down over here so she can get some rest. - vicster: full-bodied
Glad to hear all went well. Yay for rest and recovery. Love to you both. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
What errybody said. <3 and *hugs* . - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Hugs - Janet
I'm feeling okayish today. I still have another surgery to go, but glad to be halfway there. :) - Alix May
glad for okayish! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Michael W. May
Home. Sleep.
Sleep for me is exhaustingly elusive. - Michael W. May from Android
Melly - #TeamMarina
I have to email the school principal today. Yesterday two boys in older grades taught Josiah these two gestures and told him they mean "Give me all your lollies and treats." :o/
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ugh - Meg VMeg
Ah, yes. The passing along of the profane gestures. - Jennifer Dittrich
Hrm - Michael W. May from Android
Imagine the look on my face when Josiah got in the car, said "Mum, do you know what this means?" and demonstrated the second of those gestures! - Melly - #TeamMarina
Oh dear! - Janet from FFHound!
Not making light of the situation but I want to know the search terms Melly used to find those images ;) - Johnny from iPhone
LOL Johnny! "rude hand gesture finger in hole" and "rude hand gesture tongue between fingers" - Melly - #TeamMarina
Email sent. Omg, if they ask me to clarify exactly what the hand gestures were I'm going to be cringing big time. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Immediate response and action from the deputy - he's headed up to Josiah's classroom now to speak with him and get the names of the boys. - Melly - #TeamMarina
He caught up with me at school pick up - the boys in question were spoken to and their parents called. Hope it makes them think twice about doing similar things in future! I know I can't stop Josiah from being exposed to stuff like this forever, but I felt 7 really was a bit too young. - Melly - #TeamMarina
I actually do think that gesture on the right means "treats." - Mark H
Mark. - Jenny H. from Android
Have you taught him to use them properly now? :) - Eivind
YOU GUISE! - Melly - #TeamMarina
Sick to expose a seven year old to this crap. But I also concur with Mark. Memory is foggy, though. - Uli
Michael W. May
Attempting to find help chasing away my Pixie girl's belly ouchies. @ Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial http://instagram.com/p...
Attempting to find help chasing away my Pixie girl's belly ouchies. @ Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial http://instagram.com/p/pXMx9NC0zV/
**gentle hugs** for you both. - Jennifer Dittrich
:( - L to tha B from Android
Hope they're successful at it. - Spidra Webster
She's okay. Yay pain meds and specific, treatable diagnosis :) too rare a thing - Michael W. May from Android
Lots of hugs xoxox - Melly - #TeamMarina
Alix May
One of my favorite parts of summer is having the time and mental space to read [book(s)] to Michael. ♡
*happy wiggle* - Michael W. May from Android
Victor Ganata
Documents Show the VA Debacle Began Under George W. Bush - MoJo http://www.motherjones.com/politic...
None of this has been secret, really. If you're only just outraged now, it's hard not to impute disingenuousness. - Victor Ganata
"But according to VA inspector general reports and other documents that have gone overlooked in the current firestorm, federal officials knew about the scheme at the heart of the scandal—falsifying VA records to cover up treatment delays—years before Obama became president. VA officials first learned of the problems in 2005, when George W. Bush was entering his second term, and the problems went unfixed for the duration of his presidency." - Victor Ganata
"This is not a new problem. But the media latched onto the idea of 'secret lists' and suddenly it exploded. Instead of buying into the hysteria and finger pointing, we should be addressing root problems." — Rick Weidman, executive director of government affairs at Vietnam Veterans of America - Victor Ganata
Started earlier than that. You can trace a practice of inadequacy and political fauxrage (is that a word?) to the 1939 and beyond. - Michael W. May from Android
What part of the transition team was told about problems at the VA hospital was hard to understand? The secret lists are the systemic problem that ultimately caused Shinseki to resign. Hiding the problem or being unaware of the fraudulent lists is poor leadership. When Tammy Duckworth called for his resignation he was done. Hopefully it gets fixed now. If every Republican had called for his resignation and no Democrats he would probably still be there. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Well, we'll see who really sticks around to try and fix things instead of just running a victory lap for getting Shinseki to resign. - Victor Ganata
Remember this ? "MITT ROMNEY: Our Veterans Deserve Better" https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Eric Logan
Well, just remember who actually funds the VA. And if Obama did unilaterally try to do something, you know that he'll get viciously attacked for executive overreach. - Victor Ganata
Doctor Shortage Is Cited in Delays at V.A. Hospitals - NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2014... — this is very much something that is funding dependent - Victor Ganata
"…13-hour workdays fueled by large patient loads that kept growing as colleagues quit and were not replaced." - Victor Ganata
"At the heart of the falsified data in Phoenix, and possibly many other veterans hospitals, is an acute shortage of doctors, particularly primary care ones, to handle a patient population swelled both by aging veterans from the Vietnam War and younger ones who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to congressional officials, Veterans Affairs doctors and medical industry experts." - Victor Ganata
"The department says it is trying to fill 400 vacancies to add to its roster of primary care doctors, which last year numbered 5,100." - Victor Ganata
So 5,100 primary care providers for 5 million veterans. - Victor Ganata
"…whistle-blowers at several veterans hospitals had told his staff members that they would be threatened if they failed to alter data to make patient-access numbers look good for their supervisors." - Victor Ganata
"One of those goals would be met only if nearly all patients were seen within 14 days of their desired appointment date — a requirement not found in the private hospital industry." - Victor Ganata
"'…when we exceed the 14-day measure, the front office gets very upset.'" - Victor Ganata
"…20 percent of physician 'performance pay' would be doled out only to doctors who found a way to limit patient follow-up visits to an average of two a year — a tactic to reduce waiting times by persuading veterans to make fewer appointments." - Victor Ganata
You really think Mitt Romney knows a damn thing about how the VA runs? - Victor Ganata
"…the department has additional hurdles, including lower pay scales. Primary care doctors and internists at veterans centers generally earn from about $98,000 to $195,000, compared with private-sector primary care physicians whose total median compensation was $221,000 in 2012, according to the Medical Group Management Association, a trade group." - Victor Ganata
"'It’s just harder to attract physicians to care for more challenging patients while paying them less.'" - Victor Ganata
The premise of the OP is that the problems at the VA started pre current administration they obviously where aware of a problem it was a campaign issue. - Eric Logan
Well, as MWM points out, this has been going on for a long, long time, it's just that the massive influx of OEF/OIF veterans made it more obviously worse, and no one has done a damn thing about it. The obvious solution is to increase funding so they can increase salaries so they can hire more primary care physicians, but it doesn't look like anyone has proposed this in the last nine years since the last audit. And which branch of the government decides how much funding the VA gets, hmm? - Victor Ganata
Has funding for the VA's health-care services increased in the past few years? - Vox http://www.vox.com/cards... - Victor Ganata
"Per-patient health-care funding has increased at the VA over the past few years, but it hasn't been quite enough to keep up with overall increases in health-care costs." - Victor Ganata
"The VA's per-person funding has increased, on average, by 3 percent each year since 2009, with most of the increase coming between 2009 and 2010." — so they did try to do something, but it's really not enough. - Victor Ganata
"In the prior ten VA budgets, the amount of funding for medical care requested by the Administration and ultimately provided to VA by Congress was more than $5.5 billion less than what was recommended by the IB." - Victor Ganata
I have sat next to a vet for most of my career in three different states. He is in Texas now running a different company, but he used to have to drive to Augusta, Ga to the VA for treatment when he lived here. A 6 hour round trip. I think a voucher system would have got him better care closer and cheaper had it been available. - Eric Logan
And there it is. Privatize, privatize, privatize. Except for the fact that private sector health care costs have been going up faster than VA budgets. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
A lot of veterans from prior conflicts also have Medicare and many also have private insurance, so they do have access to the private sector, but, interestingly, many have expressed to me how much they like the VA better. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Whatever virtues the private sector might have, being cheaper is not one of them. And in a lot of places, neither is being more expedient. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I'm sure veterans will just love the idea of getting vouchers and having to pay out-of-pocket for whatever the vouchers won't cover. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
My mentor didn't like the VA better, but that's anecdotal. I will defer to your expertise. Let's not pretend though that there are no Republican proposed solutions. Romney seems like Nostradamus if you look at the attack ads from the last campaign. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Rotating through the VA constituted a significant formative part of my med school experience and of my residency training, and I know a few people who work for the VA, so that does color the way I look at it. When I was a 3rd year med student, the patient population was still mostly Vietnam era veterans and entirely male. By the time I finished my fourth year of residency, we were... more... - Victor Ganata
I mean, the VA has its flaws, but in certain ways it really was better than the private and public systems I rotated through. (It was the only site I rotated through that had EMRs in place, and the EMR integration across sites was magnificent.) If all you really have to choose between is the VA and county, I'd definitely go with the VA. Actually, I'd probably recommend the VA over many small community hospitals I've seen. - Victor Ganata
One specific reason why a lot of veterans said they liked the VA was because they knew the doctors who worked there were definitely not in it for the money :D - Victor Ganata
In rural Georgia the local practitioners and Dr's working at county hospitals are definitely not in it for the money. Anyone who can afford it though or has proper insurance and a serious medical condition goes to Atlanta where many of the best doctors are in it for the money, weird how that works. - Eric Logan
It really depends on what you mean by "best" and for whom, to be honest. The heart of medicine has always been not-for-profit and academic in nature. Mayo, Cleveland, Cedars-Sinai, etc. - Victor Ganata
The same problems that exist at VA hospitals exist in rural hospitals why would a doctor stay when the pay and patient load is better in the city ? The ones that are here are older generally and live and work in the community because of other considerations besides money. - Eric Logan
Some people still have a sense of duty beyond "every man for themselves", I guess? But at the end of the month, you still have to be able to make student loan payments. - Victor Ganata
Michael W. May
My vows, as written. I cannot be sure how much ad libbing I did, as I really only recall her face and much joy.
First of all: Thank you for showing up at my doorstep. As you know, I make few promises for fear of falling short, breaking my word, and letting those who mean the most to me down. But these vows, they are promises I happily give and are the most precious gift I can offer you. So... I promise... (dot dot dot): - Michael W. May
To continue to live in the moment with you as much as we remember to do so. To let you be you and express yourself in ways your true and changing self needs and to support to you in it. To try to hear you when I realize I have not and to try to really listen when I do hear. - Michael W. May
To be at least half as kind as you are kind in even your worst moment; which, frankly, is more than is expected of anyone. To be honest with you in all things which means to not lie to you or omit truths, honoring the honesty you show me and everyone. - Michael W. May
To not only be myself and be true to myself, but to continue trying to be the best version of "Me" I am capable of being, for you and everyone. To simply love you. When I am in need of direction or example, I need only to look to you, my Beloved. You love with a whole heart, unceasingly. You are Love. And I do so love you, my Love, my Beloved Pixie girl, my Bride. - Michael W. May
That's beautiful. <3 - Jenny H. from Android
Gorgeous! <3 - vicster: full-bodied
I've got something in my eye... - Melly - #TeamMarina
Michael W. May
It would have been quicker to order the physical game and have it mailed to me.... https://twitter.com/Joffi...
It would have been quicker to order the physical game and have it mailed to me.... http://t.co/Fhv2WPxgjO
6%! - Michael W. May from Android
Uli
Uli
First time ever at Tim Horton's. Okay but not worth a hype. Oh well, it's caffeine.
I didn't understand the Timmy Hoho madness, either. - Jenny H. from Android
Psst... Biggby *sagenod* - Michael W. May
Godfather speaks truth - MoTO: Team Marina
I don't understand anything but Timbits. Timbits are next to Godliness. But only the buttermilk-base ones. - Hookuh Tinypants
*googles* ... ... ... *faints* - MoTO: Team Marina
Michael W. May
Married people #weddingday (@ Raceway Rotary Park w/ @ambertides) http://4sq.com/1nnJS9V https://twitter.com/Joffi...
Married people #weddingday (@ Raceway Rotary Park w/ @ambertides) http://4sq.com/1nnJS9V http://t.co/VZk7H7QPJx
Yay! Congratulations! <3 - Jennifer Dittrich
Congratulations, to you both! <3 - Jenny H. from Android
<3 You two!!!! :))) Congratulations!!! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Congratulations! - Spidra Webster
Congratulations! I'm very happy for the two of you! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Congratulations! - John (bird whisperer)
Congratulations! - Anne Bouey
Yay! Congrats :) - Eivind
Congratulations! - Anika
Felicidades! Yay! Boom! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Congrats guys! - Slippy
Congratulations! I love you, guys! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Congrats - obe
w00t! :) - Steven Perez
Congratulations! - Corinne L
Congratulations! Mazel tov! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Congrats! - Yolanda from Android
:D❤ thanks, /all/ y'all; without FF and Friendfeeders, it would have been so much harder to find one another - Michael W. May from Android
<3 <3 <3 Thank you for letting me be part of your wonderful day!! - Laura
Congratulations! <3 <3 <3 - AJ Batac
bless you - ...Virüs...
Congratulations! - Maitani
Congratulations!!! - Katie
:))) <333 - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Melly - #TeamMarina
I'm getting such a kick out of seeing the name "Alix May" show up in my feeds ^_^
:D ME TOO *snoopydance* - Michael W. May from FFHound(roid)!
May Day! - Micah
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