jtaylor's picture
Friday, July 11, 2008 - 1:35pm

Lots of smart people like to offer their view of life's niceties and lunacies "from the 30,000-foot level." I came across one by a doc from a specialty near and dear to my heart -- emergency medicine.

Dr. William Mallon is the new president of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. (You'll find wildly knowledgeable life-saving docs and Cal-ACEP members at Fresno's Community Regional Medical Center, home to the only combined burn and level 1 trauma centers between LA and Davis.)

jtaylor's picture
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 7:23am

For me, the last brush with idiocy came at a Valero Station where one red sports car and one yellow sporty car -- seemingly unconnected -- began engine revving at the gas pumps.

Burning rubber has now morphed into burning brain cells -- sorry, I'm according them too much credit -- as everyone else chews on the foul air and fetid gas prices.

Here's four other stages of vehicular lunacy easily glimpsed on the miracle millions of miles of California:

wholderman's picture
Sunday, July 6, 2008 - 12:12pm

Since I've been blogging, I have had the pleasure of receiving numerous complimentary and supportive comments from readers....until last I realize that the importance of leaving comments is allowing the subject to express their opinions and certainly folks have the right to react and respond to my writings with support and/or criticism, but the anonymity part is what is disappointing...I suppose disparaging comments are emboldened when you're not identified.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 6:27pm

...well, technically. On July 2nd, 1776, the Second Continental Congress passed Richard Henry Lee's Resolution that explained the the justifications for separation from the British crown and in essence, first proclaimed independence. On July 4th, the Congress adopted this declaration and it was signed by most of the delegates on August 2nd...did you know the only delegate to sign it on July 4th was John Hancock (the elected President of the Congress)? And if you recall the document, Mr. Hancock's is the largest signature. Mmmmm, trivia is fascinating.

jtaylor's picture
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 1:36pm

Came across my notes from a December 2001 conference I attended where various national health policy leaders spoke to members of the California Association of Public Hospitals. 

It was the darkly nervous days after 9/11. The conference's most pointed presenter was Dr. David Himmelstein, who is still professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and backer of a single-payer universal coverage health system.

I wondered, were his insights accurate as I jotted them back then, and what about seven years later?