Friday, January 25, 2008

friday night wine blogging - roasted tofu edition

Beringer Pinot Noir 2005
nicely accompanied by the Brandenburg Concertos - disks 1-2 from the 155 CD set "complete Bach"

Monday, January 21, 2008

3 down - 1 to go

Bush's second term has actually gone by quite quickly, perhaps he has that same feeling. So now we're left with:
  1. How many troops will be left in Iraq at the end of his term (125k would be my guess today & of course our mercenaries).
  2. How strong will the recession be and will the stimuli make much difference?

Given that my 401k is taking a beating now, I would hope for some effective lifeline, but the world markets are still tanking. Historically when the economy is doing poorly (80, 92) or iffy (00) the incumbent party loses. Will predict that if a recession has hit/is hitting/is about to hit then history will hold course given that the past 2 recessions were followed by 2 year jobless recoveries.

My only hesitation in that prediction concerns whether the US electorate will actually elect a non-white male. England & Germany have both elected a female, but for whatever reasons the closest we've come is Ferraro's nomination as VP in one of the greatest electoral routs in our history.

Otherwise, this past month Bush has been low key. I know I know there was the trip to the Mideast but that was clearly a nothing burger from the start, but the focus has clearly left him & now that he's trying supply-side Keynesian ism again, he needs the Dems.


Oh, honesty compels me to point out that the deficit was $163B for FY 2007, so Bush clearly met that goal.

Iraq - US military death toll remains <40/month>

Saturday, January 12, 2008

New Year's Resolution

Can't ever recall actually making any formal ones in the past, but luigi asked if i had any this year & "get healthy" just off my fingertips. So to set metric:

Baseline metric
8 chiro trips/month

204 lbs.
pain medication 1/fortnight

decrease chiro visits to 1/fortnight by end of the year. That would mean decrease 1 visit/month every 2 months.

stretch 2x/day

will update as appropriate

Friday Night Wine Blogging

Shiraz - Fetzer 2005
Vegetarian chicken en papillote over quinoa with peas & cauliflower with creamy oregano sauce

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