Sunday, March 15, 2009

40 Years..

Before my usual jaunt to Costco, I stopped at Kaiser this morning to have some blood samples taken for an upcoming checkup. Normally there's quite a few people on a Saturday morning so I took a book along with me: John Bogle's Enough: True Measures of Money, Business and Life.

I'm halfway through it and would highly recommend it for a good perspective on how our financial sector has gotten out of hand.

When my number was called (actually not too bad - about 1/2 an hour wait), I dutifully took off my jacket and let the lab assistant prep my arm with alcohol and jab me with the needle. I can never look. That kind of stuff makes me queasy.

I asked her if a lot of people look at their own blood as it is being drawn. She said a few do, but most look away. Egads, how can anyone stand to look at that stuff.. anyway, it was over soon enough and off I went to Costco.

Well, nothing new to report to you about Costco; aside from a bag of ciabatta buns, it was the same stuff I normally get. I noticed that Kirkland now has its own premium brand of cup of noodles, with shrimp and chicken. I thought about getting it until I saw how much sodium is in it so I put the box back on the shelf.

The thing is, what's in the stuff with no labels? We had lunch at Merengue today, a Porto's knockoff in Monrovia that, if you ask me, can give them a run for their money when it comes to Cuban fast food. While biting into one of their potato balls I was thinking this stuff can't be any more healthy than the stuff I eye at Costco and put back because the nutritional information horrifies me. Haha, I don't know what I'd do if California ever enacted a law requiring nutritional disclosure on menus. I'd suffer from order paralysis.

But today's big deal was.. a call from an old friend, my best buddy from junior high whom I haven't seen in 40 years! Yup, I've mentioned him before in this blog, Alan Jones. It was really nice to hear from him again.

Julie and I were just on our way out to our Saturday night dinner with her family when he called so we didn't get to chat too long - like maybe 15-20 minutes - but we're going to get together sometime in the next couple of weeks. Maybe even with Michael, #2 of my three buddies who all share the same last name (but no relation to each other). I'm really looking forward to that!

Anyway, I just wanted to mention the good news. There's a lot of catching up to do!

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