Sunday, April 23, 2006

E.D.

News headlines ask “What if our dependence on oil becomes an international crisis?” Are we dense or what? When was it NOT an international crisis?

Listened to an interview with Dr. Robert D. Manning, author of Credit Card Nation. He claims Americans’ debt level is unprecedented. Last year saw “negative savings growth” for first time since The Depression.

Out to Annadel Park for a hike. Overcast, cool and breezy. One month from now it will likely be very hot, but that's a distant concept right now.

A vigorous 4- or 5-mile walk through this city's little gem. Lake Ilsanjo is full.

Driving through Downtown Santa Rosa, I am again struck by the perpetually-anemic business district. Could it be a sign of a disappearing middle class? The “big box” stores thrive, catering to the lower economic class. The wealthy shop in Marin County and San Francisco.

It would be very easy to fall right back into all the old routines, and, indeed part of me desperately wishes to do just that. But that's impossible. Too much has changed. And that's probably a good thing.

If I see one more erectile dysfunction (E.D.) commercial on TV, I'll scream.

The pharmaceutical industry goes to great expense to sew doubts and capitalize on our insecurities in order to sell their products. They have a vested interest in creating a nation of hypochondriacs. (And evidence points to their success.)

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