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A letter from a friend

Monday, 4:11 pm

By Cyn

Jun

28

2010

cloudy

Below is a letter I just received from a friend--a woman who used to work for me in another life!  Her son is dying of kidney failure and is desperate for a transplant.  Her other son is a perfect match but they will not allow him to be a donor--read below to see why.  I am posting this to see if any of your readers, Kate, might have ideas or suggestions.  I did forward this to Niki Tsongas, to Sue Tucker, to my friend Deb Silberstein who is running for Sue Tucker’s seat and asked all of them to continue to forward it.  I suggested to my friend she try to get in touch with John Kerry and to even try Scott Brown although I seriously doubt he would care one way or the other.  Any ideas you might have would be welcomed.  Thanks.

Cyn,

I apologize for being such a bother but I need to ask this favor.  So, I am going to explain the situation as best as I can.

Last Tuesday, the 22nd both my sons met with the surgeon and she outlined the situation on paper so they would be able to understand it better.  My oldest son is out as a donor because he has the same gene and because the disease is rare they don’t have a whole lot to go on other than that Peter needs a kidney transplant.  But, he also has a 50% chance of reoccurrence and in order to stop that at this time there is only one (1) drug on the shelve and it costs ---$300, 000 per year --- and the insurance does not cover it.

Where is our government Cyn? that allows these Pharmaceutical companies to make their own prices and make their own rules at people’s expense? This disease attacks mostly children and rarely grownups.  How can families afford such a price?

I have heard that some pharmaceutical companies are helpful for people that cannot afford their medication.  I am not sure if this applies to this high priced drug but I thought..... If you can tell me how to get in touch with Niki Tsongas maybe a letter to them from her office might be helpful OR she might be able to tell me what else to do.  It is all I am asking because you have met her and maybe she can help.

Again, and again I apologize but I have to reach out and do what I can do to help my son.  Thank you, Martha



 

Good Morning!

Saturday, 7:49 am

By Cyn

Jun

26

2010

sunny

We are having such (unusually) nice weather for this part of the country, that I have just not had time to pop in and say hello.  Between work, driving around in my new convertible (LOL), reading on the deck, the time just flies by.  But the weather has been nice, sadly, too dry cause our lawns are burning already (again unusual), but at least we have seen a lot of sunshine.

Just wanted to say hello and bitch about something for a second...Why do you think there are so many naysayers about President Obama and his policies and his administration?  How can these people stand there with a straight face and complain, complain, complain.  And yet when you suggest that for 8 years the foxes were guarding the henhouse and that is why we are in such a mess, they just sneer and make some inane comment about our president and walk away.  I get so mad. 

I honestly believe some of these people--no make it MOST of these people, would have been happier with an old war hero - who is not in the best of health and an ignorant hillbilly running this country instead of an extremely intelligent, thoughtful black man?  And there is the key I suspect, a “black” man. I think racism is more rampant in this country then we ever thought.  Everyone knows there are certain parts of the country where it is pretty obvious and we all know people who are either outwardly racist or quietly racist, but I think there is far more than we ever believed.  I mean, how else can you explain it?  Sarah Palin, and she is ignorant--not stupid, she is definitely not stupid, but she is NOT intelligent.  She is little more than a hillbilly with a gift for public speaking (well to some people--personally I would rather listen to cats howling in the middle of the night) or you have someone who not only can string a lot of words together, who actually KNOWS what those words mean.  Ahhh well, what can you do.

I am going to start carrying a list of the accomplishments of this administration around with me and just hand it out to people who make nasty comments.  I met the VP of a company the other day--a company my boss works for, I was introduced to him and the person introducing me felt the need (why??) to mention that I am a huge Obama supporter etc.  It was all done in a nice way and in a joking way, all was fine.  But this AH, felt the need to turn it into something else and absolutely sneered as he made several untrue and well, quite frankly, not very nice comments, ending up with, well, enjoy it now, cause he is only here for a short visit.

There are some republicans that make me want to separate their head from their shoulders with a baseball bat and he was one of them.  You know the type, tight-ass, sneer, look down their noses.  I so wanted to take this guy on you cannot imagine.  But, because I have the utmost respect for the person who introduced us and affection for this man and his wife (who I work for), I had to shut my mouth, smile and say something inane and walk away.  GRRRRR

But I think I am going to come up with something I can carry with me (no not a baseball bat) and hand to these idiots. 

And on that note, I have to close, thrift shop volunteering today and since it is closed for the month of July, everything in the shop is $1 today, should be bedlam.

Have a good one--any and all suggestions for putting jerks in their place are appreciated--welcomed!!



 

President's Speech

Wednesday, 7:48 am

By Cyn

Jun

16

2010

I am curious if anyone has an opinion on last night’s speech.  I am not sure what I had hoped for or expected, but did not get whatever it was I wanted.  But then, I have to ask myself, do I spend too much time listening to the talking heads - Matthews, Olberman, Maddow - and do they build up my expectations to an unreasonable level.  I just don’t know.  I listened, I watched and felt like I feel when someone gives me a cup of decaf instead of caffeinated coffee.

If anyone is swinging by here, I would love to know what you think.  I honestly do not know what more Obama can do, I do not know what more he should say.  If he gets angry, people clobber him; if he says ‘kick some ass,’ well then he is using gutter language (and whoever said that clearly comes from another planet); if he is calm and cool, he is too professorial.  I realize you cannot please all the people all of the time yadda yadda yadda, but this poor man seems to please no one. 

Someone not long ago was passing around something dumb (as most things are) on Facebook and it went something like, ‘today I am grateful for....’ and you fill in the blank.  Well, I did not do it then, but today?  Well, today I am grateful I am not President Obama!!

Just got back from the gym....a new me--was there at 7AM, am going to go at least three times a week before I go to work.  Yeah, and if you believe that one..............  But my brain is tired, my body is tired and I need my caffeine.

Ciao’



 

Hello Sunday

Sunday, 10:18 am

By Cyn

Jun

13

2010

light rain

I thought maybe someone might be poking around here since the weather is awful.  Weekend has been really crappy so far--anyone in New England remember the long range forecast for this weekend?  Words like mild temps, sunshine, progressively getting nicer each day and so on.  Yeah, right.  Instead it has been getting progressively worse and colder.  But I am sure once the work week begins, it will be lovely.  Bitter?  Who me? Never!!

So, what is happening around here?  Apparently nothing.  I don’t think anyone has commented on anything in weeks.  I just don’t have Kate’s magic touch, that’s all!!

Speaking of Kate--did the lad graduate this year or is it next?  Time flies!!  If this year, then congratulations to both of you.  Wow!!

Am working on a questionnaire to be sent out to classmates of mine from high school.  We are having a reunion in July--a middle between two significant years reunion - and I absolutely refuse to write or acknowledge those years cause it is damn scary!!  I like to pretend it was just a short time ago and when I see the number it tells me I am in la-la land.  SO, anyway, I said I would do the questionnaire and get it out to everyone and a friend is going to put it all together into some sort of booklet.  But, I don’t want it to be cut and dried, am trying to make it humorous.  So, I am turning to you all.  Help me with some off the beaten path questions!!  If you were filling out one of these, what would you like to see on it?? 

I am going to go back and see if I can find the class predictions or whatever it was called.  It was something along the line of “...in 20 years so and so will be doing...” I think mine said I would be a carhop on roller skates.  Yeah, well I did have a certain reputation back in high school.  ;) Of course, roller skates have given way to rollerblades and believe it or not, carhops are coming back into style.  We have one close by called Sonic.  My goddaughter went with friends, she told me she was going to something called a ‘carhop’ and afterward, she said it was no big deal. They bring your food to your car and you eat IN your car.  I laughed and said that’s what we all did back in the ‘old’ days.

There is a page on FaceBook called Plug the BP Oil Spill with Sarah Palin which is a riot.  There are over 192,000 members already and counting.  Lots of suggestions of other people to use as well.  One of whom is Dick Cheney.  Remember him?  Big mouth up until the oil spill, had lots of suggestions and criticisms of the current administration??  Yeah him.  So where is he now when the blame for much of this can be laid squarely at his doorstep.  Hmmm, funny how he has disappeared.  Must have gone back to that cave he was so fond of. 

I did find something I want on that page and so now, This is on MY Christmas list!!

OK, I have a lot to do today so must say so long.  If you have any suggestions about my reunion questions, I would love to hear them!!

Ciao’



 

OK, I just blew it

Monday, 9:25 am

By Cyn

Jun

07

2010

I spent an hour posting a whole lot of nothing, hit the wrong button and of course, had NOT saved anything.  So lost it all, now no time to redo.  I will try later on to recreate what I had written.  SO, stay tuned, I will be back later on today I hope!!

OK, have lost it entirely (my mind) cause what I wrote DID post perfectly so this post is totally irrelevant.  Like me!!  I know there is a way to delete it, but I can’t figure it out.  Just chalk it up to the fact that today I am living in a fishbowl.  I have big, tall, small, little and some in between, men swarming all over the outside of our house.  It’s like the night of the living dead.  Had the house powerwashed a week or so ago, then they come back to scrape, replace, paint the wood trim and scrape and restain the deck. Weather held them up so today the whole crew is here.  Literally there is someone on a ladder at every possible point in the house.  I AM in a fishbowl.  And it is making me a little crazy.  I’ve got to get out of here, I cannot do this. YIKES! scared

Ciao’



 

Good Morning.........

Monday, 8:35 am

By Cyn

Jun

07

2010

sunny

Anyone miss me?  No, I didn’t think so.  I just looked back and I have not posted anything in well over two weeks.  Imagine that!  But this time of year I think everyone is a little busier, or spending more time outdoors, with less time to play online.  At any rate, I will continue to post things here and there, but probably not to the extent I am apt to in the winter months.  Part of my problem is also the fact that I waste way too much time on Facebook, posting odds and ends, and on occasion, stirring up a little controversy. 

I have a couple people on my “friends” list that are holier than thou types--not friends of mine, but relatives of friends, who for whatever reasons decided to ‘friend’ me, so I let them!  One in particular gets incensed when I post anything negative about the Republicans/Tea Party/Sarah Palin (Linkemeister can attest to it cause he is having fun with this guy too), so it has become my mission to get this person to go off on me at least once a week or so.  It is hilarious especially since my real friends have no problem trying to ‘educate’ him.  It has been very humorous.  Unfortunately he is on a pilgrimage to Kenya or the outer reaches for a few weeks now so our fun has to wait.  BUT, along with my wishes for a safe journey, I posted a link on his FB page before he left to the story about the witch doctor Sarah Palin relies on for advice.  I suggested since he would be in the good witch doctor’s home territory he look him up and perhaps he could get him to lay hands on him for his own divine inspiration.  Funny thing, he deleted my whole comment and link before anyone on HIS list of friends could comment.  The man apparently has no sense of humor.  Oh wait, he is a diehard Republican, of course he doesn’t!! ;) I could have more fun, though and repost it now while he is on his little safari....I suspect he won’t be having much access to FB. 

What else?  Just the usual, work, not enough play, drama in the lives of some of my friends....dealing with everything as best I can.  Went to the Berkshires to try and get a handle on emptying out my mom’s house, spent the whole weekend feeling sorry for myself, being a big baby.  I am not normally like that, but for whatever reasons, I had a tough time up there.  But I think I am over that and now will be able to deal with it all much more rationally.  I did lower the price a little, maybe that will help.  And the beat goes on............

High school reunion coming up in July.  Not a major year reunion, more like the middle between two big years.  But some of my classmates thought it was well past time since we lost a couple of people this year.  I will go as long as the house has not sold up there and I have a place to stay.  My husband very conveniently has a big soccer tournament the week before and that weekend so he gets to skip out.  Just as well, as it would be incredibly boring for him to listen to the rehashing of old stories and the like. 

Today is a gorgeous day, clear, cool, crisp (feels more like October right now), but beats what went on around here this weekend - well from Thursday afternoon on. We had the kind of weather much of the rest of the country lives with all the time.  It was amazing to see the damage in some areas, while other places minutes away were untouched.  Saturday afternoon, I went up to NH to do errands after volunteering at a local thrift shop.  Was coming home around 5, top down, enjoying the beautiful day when my windshield wipers went on - my new car is amazing, it ‘senses’ everything so I really do not have to react to much of anything.  HA.  Anyway, I wondered why they were on cause it was so nice, then I took off the sunglasses and realized maybe it was not so nice anymore. 

So there I am speeding along at a speed higher than I should have been driving, realizing the sky in MA is black and there are jagged streaks of lightening all over the place. I was out in the passing lane and trying to get over to the side to stop was impossible.  Plus everyone around me was probably hoping to see lightening strike the idiot in the convertible.  Finally got over so I could get off at my exit--then had to wait til I got to the lights (which thank god, turned red) so I could put the top up--it’s a hardtop convertible, so does go up very efficiently and quickly--lucky for me!  Guy behind me was laughing like crazy.  I no sooner got it up and the skies opened up, had it been one minute longer, I would have been doing the backstroke in the front seat.  Nuts!!

The entire weekend was like that, one minute beautiful, the next, high winds, lightening, thunder, torrential rain.  Just crazy weather.  Here is a link to the stories...Stormy Weekend .

And that is all I’ve got.  Play nice, say hey if you have a minute, See you back again sooner than last time, I hope!!

Ciao’