Archive for April 9th, 2010

You Don’t Live Longer, It Just Seems Longer

Friday, April 9th, 2010

I went to my new doctor today because I have bronchitis or something miserable that hurts and took away my voice.

I was apprehensive about going because of my blood pressure.  Almost 2-weeks ago I ran out of my blood pressure medication (Diovan-80mg/day) and kept putting off refilling it because…well, basically I’m pretty nonchalant about my health .

The nurse took my vitals and handed them to the doctor when he walked in.  He greeted me, sat down, and looked at the sheet.  (I expected my blood pressure to be about 6-zillion over ‘do you have a will’?) He just nodded, said, “OK. Let’s take a look at your throat.”

“Wait a minute – wait a minute here!” I said, “what about my blood pressure?”  Doctor looked back at the sheet and said, “Fine – what’s the problem?”  I told him about not filling the prescription which I obviously didn’t need.  He kind of shrugged.

“Maybe you live a healthier life today than you did when this was prescribed about 10 years ago.”  Right.  “Well, I did lose weight and walk much more.”

“Good,” he said, “now let me see your throat.”

And they tell us not to take drugs?  Like Jefferson Airplane sang in the ‘60’s: “One pill makes you larger / And one pill makes you small / And the ones that mother gives you / Don’t do anything at all …”

Well I really don’t care about living ‘longer’ – because I plan to live forever.

And so far, so good.

Phrase Malaise

Friday, April 9th, 2010

“The Proof Is In the Pudding”

No, it’s not. If the proof was literally in the pudding, all you would have is a soggy, piece of proof. The correct phrase is:

“The Proof of the Pudding is in the EATING. “

Well of course, Skippy! Doesn’t that make sense? Language MUST make sense if it’s to be an easy, agreed-upon, verbal or written exchange of thoughts between people.