Good morning everyone! I don’t know about you, but I love Daylight Saving in the fall because I feel (at least for the first few days) like I get to sleep for an hour longer. I will enjoy this feeling while it lasts.
That extra hour of sleep should mean we are all awake enough to remember it’s election day. Get out and VOTE! If you don’t vote, you lose a lot of room to complain about your local government. It’s the entity that delivers the most government service to most of us, and they handle a lot of our tax dollars. If you want a hand in how it’s spent and the direction of the City you live in…make your choice!
To the news…
The Cigarette Tax and Smoking
The new state cigarette tax IS causing people to give up the habit. At least that’s what one study shows. The American Heart Association, Iowans for Wellness and Prevention and the American Lung Association all sponsored the research. It shows fifty percent of people who quit since the tax went into effect, did so because of the higher price of cigarettes.
Interestingly enough this morning I was talking to one of my colleagues here at WHO who quit smoking three months ago and has been able to stay nicotine-free because of a new drug out on the market that helps people kick the addiction. It’s made by Pfiser and it’s called Chantix. It doesn’t use nicotine like the patches. Instead, the drug works by blocking the pleasurable effects of smoking, and reduces the craving and withdrawal symptoms from quitting. She called it a wonder drug. Apparently other people who work here are also using it and it’s working for them.
Kudos to the people we work with who’ve quit recently!
The part of this story that made me laugh was that Ron Paul used Guy Fawkes Day to try to raise money for his campaign. It obviously worked. But who is Guy Fawkes, you ask? Most of you probably do not know this name unless you are a serious student of history or ever lived in England. Guy Fawkes lived in London. He was the Roman Catholic, anti-Protestant rebel who on Nov. 5, 1605, tried to assassinate King James I by blowing up the Parliament. Paul says he’s like Fawkes in that he wants to “blow up” or get rid of parts of our government that aren’t working for the people. Gimmicky? Yes. But apparently it worked. By the way, on Guy Fawkes Day people in England celebrate by burning Fawkes in effigy.
You can view the comet this week without the help of a telescope. If you want to see it, look to the northeast sky below the constellation Cassiopeia which is the shape of W. It will appear as a fuzzy light and looks like a star. You will not see the tail which most people associate with comets because it is pointing away from the earth.
Even better, tomorrow morning around 5:30 in the morning you will be able to see the international space Station and Shuttle Discovery as they streak across the sky. Because of their reflectivity and size, these are two of the brightest objects in the sky right now.
I was standing on the treadmill(read: not running) and thinking, “I better get on my horse here…Halloween Candy, Thanksgiving meals and Holiday parties are almost upon us!” I really am thinking that way right now which is, in part, the reason we sent Megan out to a gym this morning. Are any of you feeling the same way? As someone who’s struggled to keep his rotund middle in check, I am feeling like I’m slipping backwards. It’s back to the Gym tonight for what I’m sure will be a hellish workout with my trainer Dee. She and I haven’t had meshing schedules for the last two weeks so I’ve been out on my own. I haven’t done as badly as I thought I would. I just need that one great workout a week to keep me going in the right direction.
It’s officially cold outside. I know this because Pat grabbed his winter coat on the way out of the house this morning.
It sure is cold…but for the record, I just put the coat in the back seat of the car. It should have some time to acclimatize.
Have a great Day everyone!
BB and PWD