Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Helping The Poor

During my commute home I passed by a boy of about 10 years old sitting along the curb with small cooler and a sign I could quite make out. I usually stop for children when they're selling lemonade and what not because it makes their day. I asked him, "What are you selling?"

"I'm raising money for the poor. I'm selling water for a dollar a bottle."

That sounded like a worthy cause to support. I asked him what his plans were.

"I'm going to find a poor person and give them all the money I raise."

From the look of the cooler, I was his first customer. I bought three bottles of water and told him I'm only taking one and I'd like for him to give two away to anyone he wants to.

I'm sure he's going to he brighten someone's life for a moment. And more beyond that.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

30 Days of Biking - Day 2

Today's ride was all in the city.

How I feel when I ride my bike.

The Spokane Falls are rip roaring.

An ostentatious street sign.

The Ben Burr Trail.

Pedestrian bridge crossing over the interstate.

A grain elevator long past its heyday.

This speaks for itself.

A couple more shots with the Spokane River at flood stage.

This looks like a fun house.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

30 Days of Biking - Day 1

I rode some trails at Riverside State Park and then headed south across Palisades Park. Then took pavement the rest of the way home.

The infamous goes-everywhere-in-RSP Trail 25.

At one point Trail 25 became Creek 25.

Mystic Falls at Indian Canyon.

Looks like I'll need a shower.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Republican Plan To Fix The Affordable Care Act

Cathy McMorris Rodgers proudly announced the release of their proposed legislation on Facebook.

"You can read the full text at GOP.gov/ReadTheBill," she said.

If you've ever looked at legislation that amends other legislation, figuring out what it all means can be a daunting task. Many comments on McMorris Rodgers's post expressed that frustration and people were asking what this meant. Needless to say, she did not provide specifics.

I took a look at one part that references Medicaid.

I used the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute site as my reference for the law and checked out what 42 USC 1396a, Subsection (a)(47)(B) had to say. 

There are links within the subsection to follow and read but after a half hour or so I finally figured out that the Medicaid expansion that was implemented by the Affordable Care Act was being terminated as of Jan 1, 2020.

So basically, this section could have been titled, This Is Where We Screw The Poor.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A Clean Elephant

I've been commuting on my Elephant NFE all winter. Actually since August. I find it funny and surprising that the Schwalbe Thunder Burt tires did so well on the snow and ice. I kept them at around 25psi. I still had some "Whoa!" moments but I never went down. Yesterday I gave it a good scrubbing and got all the winter grime off. I'm going to give it a break and ride my commuter to work for a while.  Next up for the NFE is a thorough exam and tune up. I have the Oregon Outback ride coming up at the end of April with my brother John and son Geoff.