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Date: Dec. 04, 2008 . Time: 4:55 p.m.

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Traveling over Thanks*giving went so smoothly, it's brightened my attitude toward traveling for Christ*mas - somewhat. It's always nice traveling with B, which I won't be doing for Christ*mas. Airline prices were quite high when we bought our Thanks*giving tickets, so we got a ticket with a connection on the way back - even though the first plane was only on time 40% of the time and average delay was enough to cause us to miss our connection. Not surprisingly, we showed up at the airport to find out flight delayed significantly. We were also unable to check-in online, which normally might not be a big deal, but JF*K disorganization is supreme, and that resulted in waiting about 45 minutes in line to check-in. I guess that's why they tell you to show up 2 hours early. Anyway, all was well and we got put on an alternate - direct! - flight. It was great. We got in earlier than originally planned.

2 holiday flights down, 5 to go.

However, things don't always work that well. For Christ*mas, I'm on 4 more high-risk connection flights. I literally can't remember the last time I ended up on my scheduled flights over Christ*mas. It's been probably more than 5 years, maybe more.

4:55 p.m. - Dec. 04, 2008


health care logic

I don't really understand my state's approach to health care. Apparently, they are cutting funds to this program, which provides healthcare - at a cost - to people making less than $22,000 a year. Meanwhile, last year they expanded the SCh*ip to cover families making up to $50,000 a year. In my opinion, families making 50K a year should, with exceptions (ie lots of kids), be able to buy health care for their kids. However, working people making 22K or less a year clearly need help. Aren't these - the poorest - people we should be using our taxes to assist? I must be missing something.

There's a been a lot of talk about the struggling middle class lately, and not a lot of talk about the poor. Edwar*ds was the champion of the impoverished, but after his affair came out, he wasn't a very good standard bearer. I guess appealing to the middle class when you want to get elected makes sense since, in this country, most people fall into that category.

(On a side note, it's funny how "lower class" would be considered insulting and "upper class" in poor taste, but the phrase "middle class" is embraced.)

8:08 a.m. - Dec. 04, 2008


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