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10 Days of no Facebook and almost 2 months of no Live Journal. Took the time off for me and had the most incredible times with the cub, Sir Ken, and Dog Boy Blue; including Fetish Fair in Toronto.

Okay folks, I"M BAAAAAAAACK!!!!

Friendly Reminder to all

I can legally marry people in NY State and apparently my Services are now extended to the GLBT Community.

Anywhere and anytime after the 30 days are up.

It would be a true pleasure and honor to hitch you all up with your sweethearts.

The Best Condom Commercial EVER!!!!

Go away Sarah; no really, just go away..........

Thatcher to Palin: don’t bother dropping by

Remember when???

Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither.

Re-posted from a friend. Pass it on if you're so inclined.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Say it isn't so!!!!

NEW YORK – AT&T Inc. said Sunday it will buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $39 billion that would make it the largest cellphone company in the U.S.
The deal would reduce the number of wireless carriers with national coverage from four to three, and is sure to face close regulatory scrutiny. It also removes a potential partner for Sprint Nextel Corp., the struggling No. 3 carrier, which had been in talks to combine with T-Mobile USA, according to Wall Street Journal reports.
AT&T is now the country's second-largest wireless carrier and T-Mobile USA is the fourth largest. The acquisition would give AT&T 129 million subscribers, vaulting it past Verizon Wireless' 102 million. The combined company would serve about 43 percent of U.S. cellphones.
For T-Mobile USA's 33.7 million subscribers, the news doesn't immediately change anything. Because of the long regulatory process, AT&T expects the acquisition to take a year to close. But when and if it closes, T-Mobile USA customers would get access to AT&T's phone line-up, including the iPhone.
The effect of reduced competition in the cellphone industry is harder to fathom. Public interest group Public Knowledge said that eliminating one of the four national phone carriers would be "unthinkable."
"We know the results of arrangements like this — higher prices, fewer choices, less innovation," said Public Knowledge president Gigi Sohn, in a statement.
T-Mobile has relatively cheap service plans compared with AT&T, particularly when comparing the kind that don't come with a two-year contract. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said one of the goals of the acquisition would be to move T-Mobile customers to smart phones, which have higher monthly fees. AT&T "will look hard" at keeping T-Mobile's no-contract plans, he said.
AT&T's general counsel, Wayne Watts, said the cellphone business is "an incredibly competitive market," with five or more carriers in most major cities. He pointed out that prices have declined in the past decade, even as the industry has consolidated. In the most recent mega-deal, Verizon Wireless bought No. 5 carrier Alltel for $5.9 billion in 2009.
Stifel Nicolaus analyst Rebecca Arbogast said the deal will face a tough review by the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department. She expects them to look market-by-market at whether the deal will harm competition. Even if regulators approve the acquisition, she added, they are likely to require AT&T to sell off parts of its business or T-Mobile's business. Verizon had to sell off substantial service areas to get clearance for the Alltel acquisition.
To mollify regulators, AT&T said in a statement Sunday that it would spend an additional $8 billion to expand ultrafast wireless broadband into rural areas. Instead of covering about 80 percent of the U.S. population with its so-called Long Term Evolution, or LTE network, AT&T's new goal would be 95 percent, it said. That means blanketing an additional area 4.5 times the size of Texas. The network is scheduled to go live in a few areas this summer, but the full build-out will take years.
The offer would help the FCC and the Obama administration meet their stated goals of bringing high-speed Internet access to all Americans. They see wireless networks as critical to meeting that goal — particularly in rural areas where it does not make economic sense to build landline networks.
AT&T said its customers would benefit from the cell towers and wireless spectrum the deal would bring. In some areas, it would add 30 percent more capacity, AT&T said.
"It obviously will have a significant impact in terms of dropped calls and network performance," Stephenson said.
AT&T would pay about $25 billion in cash to Deutsche Telekom, Germany's largest phone company, and stock that is equivalent to an 8 percent stake in AT&T. Deutsche Telekom would get one seat on AT&T's board.
Like Sprint, T-Mobile has been struggling to compete with much larger rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless, and its revenue has been largely flat for three years. Bellevue, Wash.-based T-Mobile USA's subscriber count has stalled at just under 34 million, though it posts consistent profits.
Deutsche Telekom has been looking at radical moves to let it get more value out of its U.S. holding, including a possible combination with a U.S. partner.
There was a big hurdle to a T-Mobile USA-Sprint deal: The two companies use incompatible network technologies. The same hurdle would apply in a Verizon Wireless-T-Mobile USA deal. But the networks of AT&T and T-Mobile use the same underlying technology, so to some large extent, AT&T phones can already use T-Mobile's network, and vice versa.
The deal has been approved by the boards of both companies. Dallas-based AT&T can increase its cash portion by up to $4.2 billion, with a reduction in the stock component, as long as Deutsche Telekom receives at least a 5 percent equity ownership interest in the buyer.
The agreement doesn't leave room for other buyers to jump in with a higher bid, AT&T said.
AT&T would finance the cash part of the deal with new debt and cash on its balance sheet and will assume no debt from T-Mobile.

Health Update.........etc.

I'm off to price a heating / vibrating pad as a temporary solution. Desperately trying to not use pain meds as they leave me feeling a bit shaky and I can't imagine a motorcycle and the shakes to be a good mixture. I am reading everything I can about Carpal Tunnel, Aggressive Arthritis, causes, effects, etc. in order to make more informed choices and decisions on what to do next. No explanation yet for the hot flashes (I call them mini personal tropical vacations) but cholesterol is 149, BP is 120/70 and all the other blood gases are within normal.

Just a few degrees warmer and The E.L.F. (my motorcycle) will be on the road; just have to decide whether to try painting the engine guard or just replacing it. Knowing me, I'll trying the painting route first.

Tried pricing out one of those motorcycle tent trailers and found out they are so out of my limited budget range (WTF?? You want how much??) . Sooooooooo........I am looking at a 10 x 10 Awning with side curtains and screens that will fit on my little tow behind cycle trailer. I could either keep the trailer and motorcycle outside or actually both of them inside with me when camping......lol.......and still carry the power cooler. That and the fact I already own the rest of the camping gear. When towing, I only lose 3 miles to the gallon (35 mpg at 75; 38 at 65 mpg).

Why would I do all this for camping stuff you ask.............yesterday the camper/deck/etc was sold in Canada; it was time to let it go. I don't have the strength to maintain it myself and to be honest, the weekend party people were growing on my nerves. True I can party with the best of them when I want to but there are definitely more times I just want the soft crackle of a fire, the sounds of nature around me, and the company of good friends or a good novel.

And remember:

“Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says, “Oh no, he’s awake.”

Call me a Commie....................

Swiped from broduke2000 

Call me a Commie, but I think the Russian newspaper Pravda, once an official organ of the Russian Government, has a perfect description of our own Sarah Palin:

“By attacking the democratically elected President of the United States of America at a sensitive time in her country’s history, she shows the tact of a boorish drunkard bawling obscenities at a funeral….......

And now she turns not only against the fibre and backbone of her country, but against its democratically elected President, accusing him of being incompetent for not stopping Wikileaks.  Where was she and where was her GOP before and during the 9/11 attacks? She accuses President Obama of not taking “steps” to assure the leaks were not published.  What “steps”?……

If anything is a threat to the national security of the United States of America, it is this screaming, unrefined oaf with as much class as a searing release of flatulence followed by hysterical giggling at a state banquet.  Is this what the people of the USA deserve?

To attack the President of the country at a time when the USA needs to close ranks and stand together to consolidate the enormous strides his (President Obama’s) intelligent and respectful approach has achieved in building bridges, when her party’s period in government bombed them, Spankin’ Sarah Palin comes across as a pitifully inadequate anachronism from the times of the Far West.”
Standing joke at the Neurologist today is that I was right nine months ago; and because they concentrated so hard on Carpal Tunnel in the wrists causing all the problems (because they are the medical experts and I'm not), the arthritis ran unchecked/untreated and therefore got the upper hand. It now is controlling a few key joints in my body including my hands.......lol.......... Oh, and I have Carpal Tunnel that was masked by the Arthritis that they said I didn't have.

Previous drug including Prednisone fucked my system up big time and will take time to recover from the side effects; the new drug is doing nothing but testing the extreme limits of my liver. They are running out of options and now want me to try bio feedback massage, a gluten-free diet along with meditation.

And again, "when the swelling goes down, the pain will stop" so get used to sleeping with the ice packs and using moist heat for relief.


Exhausted........calm but exhausted

Found a nice brushed aluminum "one shot" herb holder with built in lighter; sweet!! One hit every 2 hours keeps the pain nicely at bay and my mood is better too.

Been icing/heating shoulder and back area 5 times a day after spending part of last night reading up on frozen shoulders, etc.

Blood tests came back contradicting the previous two sets of tests; wonder if a spigot on my arm would help this time.

Packed up drugs that Doctors have taken me off along with two I'm taking me off of (Paxil and Ativan) and will drop them off Friday during my medical appointment so they can be used for others who are down on their luck. As for me chucking the anti-depressants; if pain can clean my thinking this well, who the hell needs them???

Budget meeting tomorrow to decided on immediate financial actions and future ones based on possible sale of Camping Trailer, etc. this weekend.

Decided that unless I am dead, I'm going to figure a way to motorcycle to San Francisco for Folsom in the fall and return via southern states as to catch Bear Bust in Orlando. I figure 4-6 weeks total; if I'm going to dream, it going to be big!! If I can't do it on two wheels then there is going to be a new (to me) trike in the driveway; ROAD TRIP!!!!

New Motto:

“Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says, “Oh no, he’s awake.”