My Dad Does Politics

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Just got off the phone with my dad. Stef is here this afternoon. She said “hi” as well.

“That was nice,” he said as I took the phone back from Stef. It was.

We got to talking about politics this afternoon. We do a lot of that nowadays. He watches as much CNN as their master control operator, maybe more.

“It’s not so much Trump as the people who support him.”

He says they’re the ones who scare him.

“He was right,” my Dad continued before quoting The Donald. “He could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and nothing would change.”

Times are getting tougher for Mr. Trump. The press is digging and questioning his history more than earlier in the campaign. It’s long overdue. He mostly got a pass through the Republican nomination.

What if my dad is right that Trump is right? What if his supporters have weighed in his long list of faults already? What if they just don’t care? He’s worried about November.

My dad’s 91st birthday is around a month away. He’s lost nothing off the fastball.

The Guy From Wells Fargo Needs Jail Time


By now you’ve probably seen Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf on TV being pummeled by Senator Elizabeth Warren and others. He is this fall’s corporate pinata.

Actually, what’s happening now reminds me of this scene from Airplane.

He is an easy target. Senators and congressmen are lined up to take a shot.

Stumpf’s had more money than I’ll make in a lifetime removed from his compensation and more public shaming and ridicule than anyone should endure. It’s not enough. Not even close.

Here’s what he did. Please tell me if this has happened at your place:

The big boss sends an edict from above which just can’t be accomplished with current staffing. So, people work off-the-clock or fudge part of the job or in Wells Fargo’s case, cheat, lie and steal.

Wells Fargo’s staff was driven hard to make what many felt were unreasonable goals. Failure to perform might get you canned.

The people who committed these crimes should be punished — but so should those who relentlessly drove them to do it! Stumpf is the responsible party for these crimes. He should be tried on criminal charges.

We need to see more senior management held accountable.

Everyone wants credit when it goes their way then hides when it doesn’t.

Why The Delay?

As you probably know my surgery scheduled for Tuesday was postponed.

As part of the standard pre-op procedure I received a stress test which led to two stents for blockages on my “widow maker” artery. It was a simple procedure performed with me awake.

The protocol for a stent calls for 30 days of surgical kryptonite in the form of an anticoagulant. When the anesthesiologist looked at my charts he balked at performing the surgery only 14 days in, though the cardiologist and surgeon had both agreed it would be OK.

This happened Monday late afternoon for a Tuesday early morning procedure. So, yeah I’m pissed because it was inconsiderate to wait until the last minute and of course I want this operation at the earliest possible moment. The new date is when it should originally have been scheduled.

The last few days have been difficult, first in anticipation of the surgery and now in making sure everyone is on the same page and in agreement.

October 11 is my new day. I report at 10:00 with surgery at noon. I wonder if it will be catered?

Quite Honestly It Sucks

I got a call from my surgeon’s office early this evening. Bad news. My operation is getting pushed back.

My surgeon and cardiologist agreed on a protocol for my anticoagulant — when to start and stop. The anesthesiologist disagreed. Everyone involved is allowed to hit the stop button. I can’t fault him for using his best judgement.

It’s just troubling this happened around 5:00 PM the night before the actual surgery. This has been on the schedule for nearly a week.

My sister and brother-in-law flew in from Wisconsin. I’ve taken the cleanse. Coverage at work was rejiggered. Oh yeah… there’s also cancer in me that needs to come out.

Stuff like this isn’t without stress. I’ve done a lot of thinking about the operation over the past few days. I know what faces me. Now I’ve got to go through Days 3, 2, and 1 again.

Quite honestly it sucks.

Are You Effing Kidding Me?

I just got a call from my surgeon. It’s put off again.

I’m not sure what to say, but I am a basket case at the moment.

The postponement is a technical drug issue.

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