Archive for September 17, 2011

NOT About Cancer!

These are my puppies staring at me the other day. they have been practicing transferring the word FOOD to me using only their eyes. I think it’s pretty effective.

Yesterday my sister took me to TEDXBGSU then to dinner at Happy Badger Restaurant.  The ultimate in Retro Hippy. Whenever  I think of the name I think Angry Beavers, which is not the same thing.  Xanga should add the ability to add all picture in reverse date or title order. So here is my day in reverse.

The first two pictures are actually pictures of the bathroom at the restaurant!  It was cute.


Vegetable Stew with a biscuit. It was really good but I have two complaints. The meal with the addition of a small cup of coffee (plus $0.50 for a refill) was $9.00. I don’t mind paying for good food, but for that much you have to appear to give value. The coffee refills should be free with a meal, and of all things to cut costs on, they give you a half of a ridiculously good biscuit. We all know how much coffee costs, and this was really expensive for coffee, I think they may have even charged me for cream for the coffee. The “stew” was also not a stew, it was soup. Good soup, but still a soup. It was a really really good dinner, but not worth $9.50 plus the $1.00 i threw into the tip jar, sorry.

Hummus veggie plate, and my niece.

Other people who were entirely too cool to smile when they looked at us.

Erin and Allie ordering.


This was lunch at Ted. Very tasty locally grown organic salad & homemade bread! The yellow stuff is roasted beets. I normally do not like beets but I would definitely eat these again.

My sister. when I showed up at her house at 7:30 freaking am, we were wearing matching clothes. AGAIN. I looked almost like this but wearing everything in black instead of white. Sigh..

Audience shots during a break.

I think they put this guy on to make me feel at home. He was from Sweden. He was talking about the US sad predicament of money spent on healthcare. There is so much waste in healthcare costs vs benefits received that if the US cleaned this up the federal government could actually remove the deficit. And the amount of money that private payers pay would be reduced drastically, enough to significantly change the bottom line of a company’s balance sheet. Healthcare is one of my hot button issues. I’m sorry but until you really talked to people from other countries and hear about how their healthcare systems actually work you don’t understand how bad ours can really be. We are inundating by false information from the  US press, politicians and healthcare conglomerates saying that our system is so much better, and it’s just not. It’s filled with a whole lot of people making a whole lot of money while a whole bunch of other people can’t get the help they need to stay alive. You either have to “work” the system or you have to be lucky enough to have an employer willing to pay a lot of money for good insurance.

There were 20 speakers, some of them were fantastic and educational and inspirational. Some weren’t.

Before the lecture series started.

I bought this mirror at the Hippy restaurant. It is such a perfect match for my wall!


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