Tuesday Realities

I applied for Medicare this weekend.

While my retirement date is much further away than I would like, the magic number birthday is coming up. So my classmates and I are all filling out the requisite forms.

It is time, Frodo.

I have to admit it wasn’t as exciting as getting my driver’s license, or my first

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It’s just one of those rites of passages and I’m okay with that.

Hey, I’m all about the senior discount for the early buffet.

It’s an admission though, of knowing that I have less time in front of me than behind. I’m also okay with that.

I mean, sure, I’d like to be able to feel young again. I’d like to be able to diet and lose 20 lbs. in two weeks again. There’s a list, but you get the idea.

I have a retirement countdown. A co-worker used to have a countdown clock in his office. I’m not ready to go there yet because I don’t want to have the office discussions. But I do have an app on my phone.

Here’s the thing. I know how much time I have before I can retire. I don’t know how much time I have left, if you get my drift. None of us does.

I don’t know that I’ll have time to get to the bucket list I posted yesterday.

I just want whatever time I have left to count. To not feel like it’s being wasted.

Know what I mean?

It makes me sad to think that I had to be almost 65 before I really began to grasp the concept of living in the moment. Maybe the pandemic helped with that.

Sure, there are always things to look forward to. But today’s not too shabby either.

If nothing else, I’ve got my Medicare card to look forward to.

Take the victories where you can get ‘em folks.

Yesterday was also an okay day, but it was an absolutely crazy news day.

  • Susan Rice out at the White House.
  • Don Lemon out at CNN.
  • Tucker Carlson out at FOX.

Links to stories are below.


Majorities don’t want Biden, Trump to run in 2024: survey
The Hill
Most Americans in a new poll don’t want former President Trump to run for the White House in 2024, and a majority doesn’t want President Biden to run for reelection, either, as he prepares for an expected campaign launch that could come as early as this week.

Count me in on that survey. Whatever you think of them, they’re both too old. We can do better.

We won’t. But we could.

Trump’s insane lies on DeSantis trash successful conservative policies
New York Post
Trump is not just slamming an exceptional Republican governor with his stupid attacks, he’s attacking the very best Republican policies and the model Republican state.

BREAKING: Tucker Carlson leaves Fox News as they ‘agree to part ways’
The Post Millennial
The statement reads: “Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21st. Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named.

Fox Corporation sheds $962 million in market value after announcing Tucker Carlson is leaving the news network
Markets Insider
Fox Corporation stock fell as much as 5% on Monday and erased $962 million in market value after it was announced that Fox News Media parted ways with host Tucker Carlson.

Don Lemon says he has been fired from CNN
NBC News
The news comes as Lemon has been at the center of a string of controversies over his on-air comments and treatment of female colleagues.

Susan Rice to Step Down as Biden’s Domestic Policy Adviser
The New York Times
Ms. Rice oversaw some of the Biden administration’s most polarizing issues, including gun control, student loan relief and immigration.

Revised Hospital Chart Has Patients Rate Pain On Scale From Zero To Watching ‘The View’
The Babylon Bee
U.S. — The American Medical Association has officially added “The View” to its pain scale to help patients better understand what is meant by the term “worst pain possible.”



I’ve added more designs to my ETSY shop and more are coming.

I’ve now finished the third in the Stations of the Cross series. This is The Sanhedrin Tries Jesus.

KD Kitties will soon be offering a shirt on ETSY. For now, check out their Redbubble site.

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There’s another CAT and PIG book in the works. Maybe two. For now, please keep buying and sharing these.

Available on Amazon

Sound of the Guns runs June 22 – July 14, 2023 at Firehouse Theatre.

June 22 – July 14, 2023


American singer, Ella Fitzgerald, was born on this day in 1917. (died 1996)

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