this week i

recalled sam jackson's swine flu premonition: "sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but i'd never know 'cause i wouldn't eat the filthy motherfucker."

crossed the chesapeake.

roasted late night marshmallows.

watched sunrise over america.

made my own ad. horses, crab, corona, sunshine.

whenever i need to sell a friend on the merits of assateague island national park, i ask --

do you like friendly wild ponies? (pause)
do you like smores cooked over beach bonfires? (pause)
do you like waking up to the sound of the atlantic ocean? (pause)
what if i told you there is a magical place where you could find all of these things?

-- that usually does the trick. next trip i'll consider this.

ate annapolis crabcakes. also stumbled upon these.
sorry truman, put on a suit. eisenhower admitted hawaii and therefore gets to wear hawaiian shirts to the office every day, not you.

hmm where is hoover and bush stop lookin at reagan's cards.

can do anything.

muttered 'what the fuck' under my breath multiple times while reading the truth about the drug companies...

"companies would require researchers to compare a new drug with a placebo instead of with an older drug. that way, the new drug would look good even though it might actually be worse than the older one."

"combined profits for the ten drug companies in the fortune 500 ($35.9 billion) were more than the profits for all other 490 businesses put together ($33.7 billion)."

"the largest clinical trial of the treatment of high blood pressure ever done. it compared four types of drugs: (1) a calcium channel blocker...(2) an alpha-adrenergic blocker...(3) an angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ace) inhibitor...(4) a generic diuretic ('water pill') of a type that has been on the market for over fifty years...the old-time diuretic turned out to be just as good for lowering blood pressure, and actually better for preventing...heart disease and strokes."

"in clinical trials, they compare their new drugs with placebos (sugar pills) instead of with the best current treatment."

"in 2001, drug companies paid over 60 percent of the costs of continuing medical education."

affirmed my lifelong allegiance to the orioles. wtf is a national anyway.