The good thing about heartburn is it's why I stopped smoking a few years back.
I used to smoke Kools (yes, menthol is very popular with the Black community) and I do love my Kools even now. I dream of them constantly. I stopped at the drug store tonight to pick up a prescription for my father and I grabbed some other things. You know how you've got the cart and suddenly that sale on whatever -- Junior Mints? -- looks just too good to pass up and you're like, "I do eat Junior Mints. And that is an amazing price for 50 boxes of them." So I end up in line to check out again (having paid at the drug store window inside for my prescription). (And, if you're wondering, I stocked up on crackers. The name brand was on sale $1 a box -- four sleeves of crackers in each box.) So I'm waiting and waiting and thinking they really need to find another place in the store for the guy behind the counter when I look up and see Kools in a two-pack. For almost the price of what I used to pay for a pack back when I stopped smoking.
That's the one thing I remind myself of, how much money I'm saving by not still smoking. So there it is, two-packs for nearly the price of one. I was just dreaming about Kools last night. It's like a sign! And I'm so tempted. But then I see the price of a regular pack and come to my senses.
But I started getting heartburn out of the blue a few years ago. And was convinced that this burning in my chest and throat was cancer. So I stopped smoking and went to see the doctor. It was two weeks before I could get in. I'm in there convinced I have cancer and waiting and waiting for the doctor to come into the examination room. Finally, he does and, I tell him I think I have cancer. He asks why and I explain my symptoms and he tells me I have heartburn.
So heartburn was good in that it got me to stop smoking.
But, like right now, it is killing me. Mike told me that he gets it worst on Monday nights and if you ever wonder if he had it on a Monday, look at his post. If he's doing bare minimum, he's in pain. Drinking ice water offers temporary relief. But most of the over the counter medicines do nothing for me (or Mike).
So that's heartburn.
I love this part of the snapshot today:
I'll post the snapshot in full (as always) but I loved that. At work, my friend Carlton said of the non-stop Egypt coverage, "It's like when Anna Nicole died and just like then I stopped caring after the first hour."
Elaine, Ann and C.I. all highlighted the Electronic Frontier Foundation on the Patriot Act. I wish I had seen that last night. I did highlight that the vote was coming today but EFF gave you a click and contact your House Rep ability.
And the best news of the day? Jake Sherman and Marin Cogan (Politico) report:
A few comments on the no votes. I was very curious about Sheila Jackson Lee, Carolyn Maloney, Jared Polis and Eddie Bernice Johnson (listed as Eddie Johnson) because I know we have a lot of community members in those voting district who are strongly opposed to the Patriot Act and because they apparently all e-mailed me today to say they used the EFF form. I have never gotten so many e-mails. But good for you and good for your reps because they stood firm in support of the Constitution and voted against the Patriot Act. I knew Lynn Woolsey would stand firm and I want to applaud people like her who we can consistently count on and so may not always get the praise they deserve.
But I also want to applaud the Republicans. Ron Paul's a name I know and we can count on him on this issue, he's repeatedly demonstrated that. So I thank him and the other Republicans. I wish I knew more about them. Ted Roe is a name I know from C.I.'s reporting on Congressional hearings and he stood out as I looked over the Republicans on the list. But I really say a big thank you to all the Republicans who stood up for the Constitution as well.
In the House today, the Patriot Act was blocked. That's the kind of bi-partisanship America needs more of. Thanks to all who voted against it and thanks to all who contacted their reps to register their objection to a renewal of the Patriot Act.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"