Sunday, February 21, 2010

Another Year In

Cab Drollery is five years old today, and I must admit that I didn't think I'd still be doing this, especially this last year. On a personal level, I had to take the month of August off to allow myself a cooling off period after getting the results of my annual Alzheimer's testing. This time the doctors indicated that there were sufficient changes that made it probable I would develop the disease that hit my father and brother. I don't have the usual symptoms, and I was told that it would be several years at least before I'd even need the current medication regimen. By that time, more breakthroughs would probably be made and I might never be ravaged the way my loved ones had been. I certainly hope so.

The month was well spent, although at a high cost. I couldn't guarantee Ruth that the blog would re-open so I urged her to start her own. She didn't do that (at least not yet), but she did land a nice slot at Firedog Lake, where she quite frequently gets front page billing. She's as sharp as ever, and now has the audience she deserves. Go visit, especially on the weekends.

During that month I also watched the ongoing failures of the Obama administration and the 111th Congress, now controlled by the Democrats. I knew I couldn't keep my mouth shut about the disappointment and anger at those failures or I'd explode, so I returned. Here it is, six months later, and we still don't have health care reform, much less meaningful health care reform, and we still don't have an economic turnaround for anyone but the moneyed interests as joblessness continues to grow along with homelessness, and wages continue to stagnate. The nation is even more divided, but at least pretty much everyone agrees that the current government is not our friend, but rather the captive of K Street.

So, there's plenty of work to do, especially as the midterm elections roll around. Ruth chose the graphic heading this post several years ago. I've used it ever since, and for good reason. It is an uphill battle, but one that I think is more preferable to the alternative. Maybe next year I'll be able to post a birthday cake, but it might take a little longer than that.

So stay tuned in, your seat belts buckled. The Cab continues to roll.


Blogger derbes said...

Hi, Diane. First off, congratulations on the five year anniversary! That's longer than a lot of marriages!

Second, I wouldn't worry overmuch about the Alzheimer's, because worry is more trouble than it's worth.

I have a widowed friend whose new husband does research in Alzheimer's. I asked him, any way to prevent it? He said, don't know for sure, but he recommended these three things: Physical exercise; mental exercise; blueberries.

Best wishes from the People's Socialist Republic of Hyde Park.

11:06 AM  
Blogger derbes said...

PS Love the Sisyphus sign...

11:07 AM  
Blogger echidne said...

Happy blogoversary! Thanks for an always smart place to read.

And hugs

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love reading your blog in the morning. Glad you're here. Thanks. mer

11:56 AM  
Blogger Terry C, NJ said...

A most happy anniversary!

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Ludkmr said...

Thanks and congrats.
And drive safely.

12:54 PM  

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