February 2nd, 2013


one thing i've never understood

One of the oppositional talking points that Republicans trotted out during the Obamacare debate was that the government shouldn't get involved in health care because health care decisions should be kept between doctors and their patients (I still remember part of Jon Stewart's rebuttal to this talking point when John McCain brought it up: "He thinks uninsured people have doctors?!").

Which I totally agree with. So what's the government doing trying to get between obstetricians and their patients' uteruses? Why do I have to convince a politician in Arkansas that I was actually raped before I can go to my doctor to do something about it? Why does my doctor have to explain to my governor that if I don't have this medical procedure that unfortunately involves taking a fetus out of my uterus, then I'll die?*

*disclaimer: I haven't been raped and I'm not pregnant, I've just been listening to Rachel Maddow and it makes me a crankypants.

Bike Ride

My bike ride to work is about twelve miles, each way. My usual shift is 7:30am to 11:30am, though I've been working late (with the boss' permission, this time), so my ride to work is in the dark every morning, and my ride home in the early or mid afternoon. The ride there is in the dark, and the cold, and I'm not terribly observant because I'm still tired. This new ride takes up significant time, significant life, significant attention on my part. It's fair to say that after the job, I spend the most time on my bike (at least during weeks when I'm able to ride, which has been maybe half or two-thirds of the time so far, and the rest of the time I ride the bus).
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