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    I find a lot depends on the doctor you chose that treats you. Some are good some not so good. Pretty universal and not so dependent on the area you live.

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    My experiences with city traffic are similar. I've gotten through Chicago fairly easily 99% of the time, but places like Philidelphia and Anywhere in Jersey just assure me I want nothing to do with that. Oh, Orlando? Not on your life. Any time after 8AM it takes at least 45 minutes to go ten miles do to the volume of traffic. You would think they'd do a better job of timing the signals but such is the case with any urban area. Too many people in one place just makes everything difficult.

    I got a kick out of your commute to home story. There's an area in my commute where they start lining up a good two miles early for the exits that go from a single off ramp to triple lanes. But half the time there's an idiot at the one particular exit who will stay out in the fast lane way too long because they're more important than others. Then right near the exit they slam on the brakes and shove their big pickup into the 1.5 car lengths somebody was leaving between them and the car ahead looking to get off too. Shockwave in both lanes, everybody suddenly doing 40 mph. So much fun. I've seen a few nasty accidents from that maneuver from way too close to the action also.

    As for the medical, it's really just the ER's that give minimal treatment. Again just in my experience, but they generally stabilize something and save the rest for the specialists that you go see afterward, unless it's so serious the specialist has to be called in. The ortho and other specialists are really good though. We have places called Urgent Care also. They get you right in for an overpriced band-aid and some aspirin then send you away half treated for half the co-pay. Those are completely worthless "medical" facilities. Another one my family and I have learned the hard way. You end up at the ER eventually anyway, same day, next day, and by then the problem and the pain is prolonged and the cost 1.5X what it would have been if you just wasted half the day at the ER in the first place. For the most part I've learned enough to not bother unless it's something that's going to need an X-ray and stitches. I can clean and dress most average wounds too deep for some electrical tape or a bandaid. Superglue fixes a lot of things. But Superglue never holds long and typically leaves a scar just like stitches. Butterflies don't. All the same, I'd like to get my own suture set to go with the rest of my supplies. It's just that as I get older, my experience makes so many things a total non-issue unless it really is mangled badly and should be looked at by another. Even if I have regrets about the wasted time later, I guess it's still good to get checked out.
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    I agree that Urgent Care places are usually a joke. They are just a in-between way to make money off the patient and the insurance co. Very seldom do they really do anything for the patient and they just tell you to see your own doctor in the morning. If the problem is serious they just call you a ambulance.
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    The crap around here is the huge retirement population and the weirdness that makes. I have never in 10 years been able to find a GP who is accepting new patients. They all refuse to see me and recommend urgent useless. Thankfully I don't need help very often, but WTF? A single new doctor could come to this area and fully populate his schedule in a few weeks and be set for life.

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    And mark Arizona off my list too then. Same problem we have here on the FUN COAST. Aging population being over accommodated with conveniently located facilities in practically every neighborhood. Whole areas of retail outlets being displaced by more and more medical campus crap. Everything from a remodeled Police Station or retail outlet, to brand new Huge fanciful buildings with 30 foot ceilings and giant panes of glass to show off the open platform of an Entirely too Opulent establishment considering it's purpose, from outside. Of course you view this behind giant empty parking lots meant for hundreds of cars. What a WASTE. But now thanks to COIVD, the Medical Establishment is RAPING our National Treasury with FREE MONEY to do crap like this, just as the Military Industrial Complex did under false pretense through the entire 00's and teens. Damm funny how they were closing unprofitable locations due to Obummercare until the latest BS conveniently showed up and they're so flush that they can't help but expand and show off about it.

    Anyhow, I'm starting to feel a little Angry after typing all that and think it's time I just call it quits, and go watch some TV where every show with somebody who vaguely looks like me is an idiot and every commercial with one of those people like me has to be old and happy their suffering is made less by some pharma that will probably kill them before the issue it's treating ever would.

    And with this I bid you all a good evening until I have expectation that EVERYONE including lurkers should post a Thankful Thursday in honor of our National most sacred day of THANKS tomorrow.

    Regardless of Race, Creed, Color, Ethnicity, Religious conviction, sexual orientation as naturally born or not, monetary or civil status, all are always welcome and encouraged to contribute as long as they hold true to the words below which enjoin us in the concept of American Exceptionalism. Because these words embody what it means to be one of us and not against us as something else entirely different and a threat to our way of life whether it is today or over 100 years ago.

    So despite all we've been through in the past year and a half, think up what you are THANKFUL for to share tomorrow. Use these words below as guidance if necessary but there will be no Ranting tomorrow. Just a lot of people endulging in diet breaking meals with family and friends who all share one important thing


    "October 12, 1915, Former President Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech before the Knights of Columbus. He spoke of what it takes to created a united America. Below is the speech.

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    There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen.

    Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else.

    The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic. The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country.

    The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

    For an American citizen to vote as a German-American, an Irish-American, or an English-American, is to be a traitor to American institutions; and those hyphenated Americans who terrorize American politicians by threats of the foreign vote are engaged in treason to the American Republic.

    The foreign-born population of this country must be an Americanized population – no other kind can fight the battles of America either in war or peace. It must talk the language of its native-born fellow-citizens, it must possess American citizenship and American ideals. It must stand firm by its oath of allegiance in word and deed and must show that in very fact it has renounced allegiance to every prince, potentate, or foreign government. It must be maintained on an American standard of living so as to prevent labor disturbances in important plants and at critical times.

    None of these objects can be secured as long as we have immigrant colonies, ghettos, and immigrant sections, and above all they cannot be assured so long as we consider the immigrant only as an industrial asset. The immigrant must not be allowed to drift or to be put at the mercy of the exploiter. Our object is to not to imitate one of the older racial types, but to maintain a new American type and then to secure loyalty to this type. We cannot secure such loyalty unless we make this a country where men shall feel that they have justice and also where they shall feel that they are required to perform the duties imposed upon them.

    We cannot afford to continue to use hundreds of thousands of immigrants merely as industrial assets while they remain social outcasts and menaces any more than fifty years ago we could afford to keep the black man merely as an industrial asset and not as a human being. We cannot afford to build a big industrial plant and herd men and women about it without care for their welfare.

    We cannot afford to permit squalid overcrowding or the kind of living system which makes impossible the decencies and necessities of life….We cannot afford to run the risk of having in time of war men working on our railways or working in our munitions plants who would in the name of duty to their own foreign countries bring destruction to us.

    … All of us, no matter from what land our parents came, no matter in what way we may severally worship our Creator, must stand shoulder to shoulder in a united America for the elimination of race and religious prejudice. We must stand for a reign of equal justice to both big and small. We must insist on the maintenance of the American standard of living.
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    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!


    Today I am Most Thankful for Friends and Family, and my extended Car Family here and across this Great nation. I wish you all Health and Happiness and that you carry a sense of Joy to your gatherings.
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    Looks like you guys are missing out on all the slotcar racing action here!

    I spent quite a while designing and reworking this track so one lane didn't have a definitive advantage. We're matching up T-jets, lots of different AFX, Tyco, Tomy, even running some of the super fast and grippy Viper stuff! Just takes some minor power adjustments to get the ohms right for a particular pair to run.

    Hope you're having as Great a day as we are.

    Thanks America! Life is GOOD Today!
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    I wish I had the room to put up a track. I guess if I cleaned out the stash of tables, chairs, hanging clothes, etc. that are in my attic I could set something up but it would be very cold to go play at this time of year.
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    I always wonder what ever happened to my slot car track and all the cars I had, way back when. I gave all my Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars to my cousin who was 5 when I was 16. Maybe he ended up with the slot cars also, just don't remember. It was over 40 years ago afterall. Things you wish you'd have kept........................
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    It's a really good time! More technical than we ever expected it could become as kids just running whatever came out of the box. I've added separate power supplies and wall packs to avoid power surges when one car jumps off track, and run a long track efficiently for the variety of cars that are available today. I only had 3 mid 70's AFX cars and some half junk Tyco's left over from my youth with a short track worth of Aurora track sections. I had No Idea where all the rest of mine went either.

    But I saw 3 tubs full of this 80's Tyco track at a garage sale marked $10 each a couple years ago. There were some cars and boxes full of parts cars scattered in and I was going to offer $25 when the lady said, "You can just take all that stuff for $20 honey." So I did and started learning about how to run that much track without voltage drops and dead spots and stuff. I don't have anywhere near all of it set up. Only around 80 feet. The people who had this stuff must have devoted the entire basement to it! There's over 100 more feet of track still in the tubs.

    I have thought of picking up a new AFX Giant Raceway for it's better technology and versatility, and fresh surface. But that would turn into a lot of money to have better than what this is while being just equal to it. Kinda takes away from the idea of cheap fun. With so much track and power packs and stuff so cheap, I was able to buy half a dozen of the cars I have today for the same cost as if I'd bought a new track. And I'd still have to buy almost half a dozen more cars worth upgrades to a new track to have this. I want to but it can be hard to enjoy being a kid again when you know what you've invested in something. This is just a good time without any guilt of what I put into it at all.

    Maybe Santa will bring me a Giant Raceway?! LOL!
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