Monthly Archives: June 2011

owner wanted!

i know what it’s like to lose stuff.  i lost my gumby doll about 8 years ago and it still haunts me.  according to the post, someone left this receipt in an atm machine in east hampton. the source identified him as a wall street executive and i believe them because a woman would never do such a thing.   simply becaue it’s the right thing do,  do i would like to find this man to help him recover his lost receipt.


if you have any leads, please contact me at once.  thank you.


“The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?”
 Henry David Thoreau

Bread or fishy odor?

The media has picked up on a story from the ADA 71st Scientific Sessions & it is being run in a number of media outlets.  The premise is that it is less expensive to put people on the drug metformin when diagnosed with PRE-diabetes, than it would be to just let them get the disease and then treat it.  Prevention through proper nutrition was not even a part of the discussions.

(Bloomberg article excerpt – full article below)
“Taking metformin, a drug used to regulate blood sugar, before diabetes develops can reduce medical costs related to the disease by $4,412 over a decade. . . An estimated 79 million U.S. adults have pre-diabetes and, without timely treatment, complications from the illness rise exponentially, according to the World Diabetes Foundation. Diabetics spend an average of $6,649 per year treating the disease, according to a 2008 reportby the diabetes association.

“This is a no-brainer,” the study’s lead author, William H. Herman of the University of Michigan Medical Center, said today at the report’s presentation in San Diego. “It represents an intervention that should be adopted and widely implemented.”

Nowhere in any of the articles I read did it mention that simply restricting carbohydrates in the diet, A COST FREE way to eliminate symptoms, should be the first course of action.  When my own mother was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, her doctor suggested metformin and a statin.  He did not advise her of her option to reduce carbohydrates in her diet – But I did.  She returned to her doctor 6 weeks later with perfect blood panel results – all without drugs – all without side effects of any kind.

In all of the articles I read, nowhere did I see mention of the side effects of metformin so I will list them for you. I will also point out another side effect not included in this particular list and that is:

Other side effects have included reports of a distinct drug odor. The odor is generally described as “fish or fishy”.

Now I don’t know about you, but I would have to read no further.   Hmmmm, bread today, or fishy odor? Now  that, Dr. Herman, is a “no-brainer”.   I offer the option so that you can make your own choice.

These are side effects listed by one manufacturer:

You may experience hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) while you are taking this medication. symptoms of hypoglycemia:

  • shakiness
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • sweating
  • nervousness or irritability
  • sudden changes in behavior or mood
  • headache
  • numbness or tingling around the mouth
  • weakness
  • pale skin
  • hunger
  • clumsy or jerky movements

If hypoglycemia is not treated, severe symptoms may develop. Be sure that your family, friends, and other people who spend time with you know that if you have any of the following symptoms, they should get medical treatment for you immediately:

  • confusion
  • seizures
  • loss of consciousness

all your doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar):

  • extreme thirst
  • frequent urination
  • extreme hunger
  • weakness
  • blurred vision

Here is Bloomberg’s report on the story:
Pre-Diabetics Can Stave Off Disease With New Diet, Drugs, Researcher Show
By Oliver Renick – Jun 28, 2011

If you want to see the science and learn more about the option of carb restriction for pre-diabetes and diabetes, visit the Diabetes section on the Nutrition & Metabolism Society’s website. Read what the experts in the field (Dr. R.K. Bernstein, Dr. Richard. Feinman, Dr. Eric Westman, Dr. MaryVernon, Dr. Robert Su and so many more) have to say.


“What was so upsetting was I didn’t really know anything about diabetes except that Ella Fitzgerald lost her legs and later died from it.”
– Della Reese

thong – less man!

one thing i miss about no longer living on e. 73rd street are the occasional thong man sightings  ( you can find them here, here, and here ).  if he ever wanders down into the 50’s i don’t know, but i have not spotted him once since i moved to e. 52nd street.  i like thong man.

it’s no surprise that you’ll find things are a bit more risque down in the village when compared to the ues – and this weekend while wandering around downtown, i discovered this man out doing a little shopping in his negligee.



“It is astonishing what a lot of odd minutes one can catch during the day, if one really sets about it”
 Dinah Maria Mulock 



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obama rama

i love it when presidents come to town – as long as i don’t have to travel anywhere, of course.  the city closes off all the streets, moves all the trash cans from every corner, stations 6 cops on every single corner and set up blockades all along the route – the pomp & circumstance is fabulous.  first the test cars come through – usually a couple of black escalades, then a few nypd cars, a couple of motorcycle cops and maybe even some kind of completely non-descript taurus or something.  that’s when you know he’ll be arriving within 20 minutes or so.

motorcycle cops lead the motorcade.  lots of them – followed by a slew of escalades with security men peering out of every window, then the presidential limos  – 2 of them.  apparently that’s to fool possible assassins – seems a bit silly to me but luckily i’m not in charge.  after a bunch more escalades, cop cars, ambulances and some more cops on motorcycles – and then it’s over.  obama was escorted all the way to daniels for dinner.    here he is driving right past my apartment last night.



obama did wave to the crowd which left me wondering about the 2 limo fool -the- people  strategy.   i hope he ordered the crab cakes.


“Life is a brief, small, and transitory phenomenon in an obscure corner, not at all the sort of thing that one would make a fuss about if one were not personally concerned”
 Bertrand Russell 

red lightning


there are several questions i have about the weather report today.  first, today is wednesday and  i wonder if it’s going to be sunny with little white puffy clouds floating about or, if the sky will be be filled with fat dark gray clouds spitting red lightning bolts?   second, i question the red bolts of lightning.


“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”
Harry Emerson

fathers day

today  i celebrate you & the great accomplishments of all the cag dads . . .



 8 8888


and a happy birthday to pop who would have been 109 today. i know you’re celebrating today with a giant smile!   i love you all!!!


“A father is a fellow who has replaced the currency in his wallet with the snapshots of his kids.”

what a relief!

Feds drop charges against Osama bin Laden

You can’t try a dead terrorist.

A judge today signed off on the feds’ decision to drop hundreds of criminal charges against Osama bin Laden, more than six weeks after heroic Navy Seals killed the murderous al Qaeda leader inside his hideout in Pakistan.  story


“It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”
Mark Twain

funniest video on the planet



“Save Money. Live Better.”

gotta laugh

e-mail of the day:

Jennifer’s wedding day was fast approaching. Nothing could dampen  her
excitement – not even her parent’s nasty divorce.

Her mother had found the PERFECT dress to wear, and would be the best-dressed mother-of-the-bride ever!

A week later, Jennifer was horrified to learn that her father’s  new,
young wife had bought the exact same dress as her mother! Jennifer asked her father’s new young wife to exchange it, but she refused.  “Absolutely not! I look like a million bucks in this dress, and I’m wearing it,” she replied.

Jennifer told her mother who graciously said, ”Never mind sweetheart.  I’ll get
another dress. After all, it’s your special day.”

A few days later, they went shopping, and did find another gorgeous dress for
her mother.  When they stopped for lunch, Jennifer asked her mother, ”Aren’t you going to return the other dress? You really don’t have another occasion where you could  wear it.”

Her mother just smiled and replied, ”Of course I do, dear ….. I’m wearing it to
the  rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.”


that’s funny. . .


“He laughs best who laughs last.”
 – unknown

a fun filled day at the pool

my 10 year old niece has been begging to sleep over for a long time now.  she wants to come just by herself and leave her younger sister sara, at home because once sara got to sleep over aunt laurie’s by herself.

now that the weather is warm there are a lot more ways to entertain a 10 year old for a weekend.  i was thinking i would take her to the city pool up on 77th for some fun –  until i read this:

Pool Rules

Photo of Swimming Pool rules sign

New York’s 54 outdoor pools are great places for summer fun and active recreation. Each summer over one million visitors learn to swim, keep fit, make friends, and beat the summer heat.

For everybody’s health, safety, and protection, we ask our guests to observe the following rules:

  • Bathing suits must be worn on the deck and in the water. Men’s bathing suits must have mesh linings. Hats may be worn on the deck for sun protection but are not allowed in the water. Plain white T-shirts may be worn over bathing suits if desired. Sneakers are not permitted. Rubber flip flops or water shoes are permitted.
  • No urinating or defecating in the pools.
  • Children under 16 must be at least eight inches taller than the maximum water depth to enter the pool without adult supervision. Specific height requirements are posted at every pool.
  • No person will be permitted in the pool having: skin lesions, sores, or inflamed eyes, mouth, nose, or ear discharge, carrying communicable disease or having any type of bandage, adhesive tape, etc., on their body.
  • All bathers must take a shower in the locker room before entering the pool.
  • Patrons must provide and use their own padlock. No responsibility is assumed for lost articles. A standard master or combination lock is recommended. Small luggage locks are not permitted.
  • The use of swimming aids, water toys, and flotation devices is prohibited.
  • Electronic equipment, including radios, cameras, and cellular phones, is not allowed on pool deck.
  • Eating or drinking is permitted only in designated areas. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Beach chairs, baby strollers, bags, blankets, or beach balls are not permitted on the pool deck. We will make our best effort to secure strollers.
  • Follow the directives of lifeguards, Parks staff, and the police.
  • Ball playing, running, jumping, using profane language or other forms of disruptive and disorderly behavior are prohibited.
  • No diving, except in designated areas.
  • No smoking, pets, or glass bottles permitted.
  • Books and bound periodicals are permitted on the pool deck. Newspapers are not.

sheeesh!  sounds like almost as much fun as eating glass.  

i suppose we can go to the zoo again.


“That’s the thing about free will, he told us. You can drag me along, but there’s no way in hell you can make me have fun.”
 – storypeople