Medical tourism! A comparison.

One of my biggest gripes about the United States was the broken medical system. When I was last living there I was perhaps straddling the poverty line too hard, and I found myself entirely without medical insurance. As always, it is exactly when you don’t have a safety net that you realize just how sharp…

S*lF-eMpLoYmEnT – The Ugly

This is the last entry in a Sergio Leone of posts on the subject of Self-employment. I have mentioned some of the virtues and vices of self-employment, and also had a nod to the internet charlatans who promote it. For this final post, I want to mention some of the straight existential dread that can…

…happy new year…

Happy new year to whomever is reading this. Ha. A warm blanket and a comforting drink to whomever is reading this. I can’t expect anyone is doing well. 2020 was a horrible year for me, and I imagine it was for everyone else as well. I am exhausted. I have been exhausted for months. I…

The election season

I don’t get horror as a genre. That sentence is how I have (on more than one occasion) opened a blog post on my book review site. All my attempts as reading horror have resulted in little more than my frequent boredom. I have a reasonably good idea why this is the case, and as…

Volunteers REALLY suck

(Random Aside: I am reasonably sure that the Featured Image for this post refers to the name of a Football team. There is a football team names ‘The Volunteers’. Really, they should put me on a fucking naming board or some shit.) I am starting to feel like I am beating a dead horse. I…

History repeats itself

Cliches are funny. I don’t hate them as much as some people do (I often like to tell people that we speak in cliches, but that is a discussion for a different day), but I am rather weary of them. I think I just don’t trust them. The one I am particularly skeptical of is…

It could be worse.

It is April 20th. I have been closed in my house for 38 days now. The word quarantine comes from the Venetian word ‘quarantena’, which referred to a 40 day period. Will this end after forty days? I don’t know. I don’t know if there is an end in sight. An end at some point?…

We Kant keep doing this

This blog post is a continuation from this previous post, and then this one after that. It would make sense to read them if you haven’t, but for the lazy here are the important points: I consider a lie to be the intent to deceive someone. This is to contrast the opinion of some people…

Message from the future, which is really the present

I sometimes wish I could do more for the audience of this blog – all three of you. Particularly for those of you who have never actually met me, and have stumbled upon this blog and actually kept reading it. Really, big up to you guys. You make this worth it. So, my dirty little…

Staylimination

Come the end of August I burned through all my reasons to stay in the city of Richmond. There was largely a feeling of ‘good riddance to bad rubbish’ about leaving. It wasn’t the worse place I ever lived, but not much good came out of it, and in the last few months there I…

Happy New Year…

I picked the image for this blog post well before I wrote any of this post. I was torn between a picture of fire works or a picture of a swollen red hung-over eye. The fireworks won over in an attempt to be a little more optimistic about the coming future. That’s hard to do….