Medical Press Conference Alert!

Obi: Ladies and gentlemen, please have a seat…the press conference is about to begin

Yes, it’s true that Obi’s Sister did have a office visit with her personal physician yesterday. In the interest of all fairness, and to avoid the appearance that we are hiding anything from the omnipotent press, we will announce that her physician did deem it necessary to step a blood pressure medication up to the next dosage. Otherwise, all systems were in working order. I’ll take a few questions from the floor:

Q: Can you tell us why the medication was increased?

Obi: No, I’m not sure why, I’m sure it’s a private medical matter.

Q: Is it true that her HBP is caused by her teenage children?

Obi: I really wouldn’t care to speculate on that. After all they are my nieces and nephews…

Q: Well, to follow up…. we all know that her oldest is home for college break…

Obi: And we should all be happy that the family is reunited for this joyous holiday season. Aren’t your children home for break as well?

Q: As a person of public status, will Obi’s Sister become a more active advocate for HBP?

Obi: I’m not sure I know the answer to that, but I’m sure you know that Obi’s Sister is well-versed in her own health care and will step forward as a spokesperson if she deems it necessary or is asked to do so by the American Heart Association or other worthy group. Besides, I don’t believe that being a minor anonymous blogger qualifies her as a “person of public status”.

Q: Was any blood drawn or other tests scheduled?

Obi: I really wouldn’t care to speculate on that – it’s private information between Obi’s Sister and her doctor.

Q: Did she get a sucker or any stickers?

Obi: I don’t know – but I will tell you she prefers chocolate over suckers. And stickers usually end up going through the laundry, causing great unhappiness at the gooey mess.

Q: So … let me get this straight…withholding important information from the American public…there was a conscious decision made that, okay, we’re not going to tell anybody because this is medical privacy, this is something for us, it’s not for anyone else…

Obi: Well, I don’t know, if you’ll be happy to share all your private medical information, maybe we can change it around. But I don’t think that’s appropriate, nor does Obi’s Sister. She’s got the same privacy rights when it comes to her medical information that you and I do.

Q: But was the decision made not to share it?

Obi: Yes, in the sense — let me put it this way: It never occurred to anybody that this would be a big deal. It never occurred — but suddenly everybody is all up in arms over a very small, private issue in Obi’s Sister’s over-all health.

Q: HBP can kill, can cause strokes and heart attacks. It can be very serious.

Obi: Yes, that’s true, but on this particular office visit – none of those problems were detected.

Q: But she could still — it could be a platform.

Obi: You guys are really stretching it. I mean, it is now officially a really slow news day.

Ok, thanks, folks, that’s all the time we have for questions. Have a great day. And get a frickin’ life….

The Christmas Memories, Part 3

One year we actually got to stay home ALL day on Christmas Day….

It was the year I should have bought stock in oatmeal bath. The chicken pox decimated our little elementary school, just in time for Christmas holidays.

The oldest was in first grade and had brought home the lovely little bumps the last week of school before Christmas holidays. So just as her million little bumps were slowing down, the little one got them. He was not quite 2 and still in diapers. He was absolutely covered with them on Christmas Day. She was scabby, but he looked downright pitiful.

So that year, everyone came to our house. In waves. They brought their food, their presents, their dogs. Grandmother even brought the Roast Beast. The kids stayed in their pajamas all day. And played and played and played.

And that night, as the kids were finally down, I decided that despite the illnesses, it was a great Christmas because the kids were happy and a good tired, not the over-sugared/over-stimulated tired they get with too much driving from our house to mountains of presents at two grandparent’s houses all in one day. They actually got to play with their toys and we had time to talk & visit. And (I guess) out of respect to the kids being sick, the grinchy grandparent territorial sniping/one-upsmanship did not even appear.

The chicken pox didn’t keep Christmas from coming… Somehow or other, it came just the same.

Grinch-i-ness … UPDATED

If some TV yahoo can invent a word, so can I ….. Grinchiness.

As in….

Example #1: Cynthia McKinney’s parting shot. This woman’s level of cluelessness is at the galactical level. It is the President’s fault she lost her district? No. Is it the Vice-President’s fault she lost her district? No. Is it Rummy’s fault she lost her district. No. But that doesn’t stop her from one last desperate attempt to blame someone else for her idiocy. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, honey. Go home. Or better yet, go away.

Example #2: Theives follow man to church to steal his Christmas purchase. Let’s do the math…Buckhead to Douglas County is about 30 miles. I guess that’s not to far to drive to STEAL something, is it?

Example #3: Gov. Sonny Purdue, safely reelected, now floats the idea of cutting benefits for state retirees, including retired teachers. Or raising their rates. Or both. Hmmm…..pardon the expression, but that’s rich. While it may not happen (I personally think the teacher’s lobby will squash it), just the fact he mentions it all the while he’s pushing for higher education standards in the state is a bit hypocritical to me. No wonder Georgia has trouble attracting and retaining teachers. The pay is lower, the benefits are less, the paperwork is enormous, the classrooms are overcrowded and you always have to fear that some politician will pull the rug out from under you after you retire.

Example #4: A few weeks ago, I groused about being awakened by Christmas music before Thanksgiving had even rolled around. Well, now, there is a truly Grinchy twist….the same station was suddenly revamped with a Country Music format on Monday, 12/18. So imagine…being awakened by blaring COUNTRY MUSIC the week before Christmas. According to the website of the morning guys, it was sudden and now they are all out of a job. According to this Radio-Info board, it was moderately advertised on billboards mostly outside the Atlanta area. Atlanta is already saturated with Country stations, why do we need yet another? You can address your displeasure to Clear Channel here and email the Radio contact Sanda Coyle at

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