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TomSlick's Journal
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November 28, 2023

I made funeral arrangements for my dad today.

I can't remember if it was germane to anything but at some point, I told his pastor that sometimes you have to decide if really believe the incredible stuff you say you do. My father did and so do I.

November 1, 2023

I'm making the trick or treaters crazy.

I insist on talking to all of them. I think it's a grandfather thing.

I'm waiting for one to tell me to hold the small talk and pony up the treats.

October 19, 2023

To all complaining about the new DU:

I get it, I'm an old guy and resist change.

Look at EarlG's Welcome Back post.

Follow the instructions to change your settings to Skinner mode. It looks and feels like the old DU but with the upgrades.


September 4, 2023

Covid is back and it ain't playing.

My elderly father is in the cardiac care unit with elevated heart enzymes which the doctors attribute to Covid pneumonia. I am almost sure he contracted Covid the weekend before at another hospital when he was being treated for a fall. (I was nearly the only one in he place wearing a mask.)

My slightly less elderly mother is in the bed with relatively minor symptoms. My wife developed Covid symptoms yesterday but she has improved to the point that she is not playing "Komm, süßer Tod" on a loop. I thought I had dodged the bullet when I tested negative on Sunday morning and night. To day, the test strip was brilliant red (I tested twice).

I really had no symptoms in the morning but in the afternoon, I developed a low grade fever, headache and nausea. Tylenol will knock down the fever but there is no relief from the headache and nausea.

Fortunately, my brother and SiL drove in to check on Dad, so it's their turn to care for the elders. (It's almost worth the headache and nausea to get a break.)

At least in southern Arkansas, Covid is back. The hospitals are filing up and buying test kits requires a treasure hunt.

Everyone mask up and be careful out there.

August 25, 2023

The Trump entourage to and from the courthouse was stinking huge.

In 2007, then former President Bill Clinton appeared at Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Arkansas) for a speech that was open to the public. My memory is that there was one - maybe two - Secret Service vehicles in addition to Clinton's vehicle. The hall was packed to its 1,500 seat capacity. There were a very few Secret Service agents in attendance but unobtrusive.

The number of vehicles in the Trump motorcade could not have been parked anywhere on campus. Did the Secret Service perceive a particular threat to Trump or was it just all a show?

May 10, 2023

There is an issue in the E. Jean Carroll verdict I have not seen addressed.

Trump is almost certain to appeal BUT an appeal does not prevent enforcement of a judgment pending appeal by execution or garnishment unless a supersedeas bond is posted.

Is there a bonding company that would sign a $5 million bond for Donald Trump without requiring him to deposit the entire amount? I personally doubt that Trump has that kind of money laying around.

December 27, 2022

We're keeping the grands, a nearly four year old boy and his two 11 month old sisters -

and two geriatric dogs while the son and DIL take a few days off.

After one day, we're both exhausted. We're way-on too old for this!

November 9, 2022

Arkansas Results - Forget the Secretary of State website.

The Secretary of State website is reporting 0% - ZERO PERCENT - of the vote as reported.

The NY Times website is doing some better. [link:https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/11/08/us/elections/results-arkansas.html|

ON EDIT: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is also doing a good job. [link:https://www.arkansasonline.com/ballot2022generalballotmeasure/|

November 8, 2022

It's official. The US government has said that I am old.

For years, my definition of middle age has been "too young for Medicare but too old for women to care."

I received my Medicare card today. It's official, I'm now elderly. It's all downhill from here.

November 4, 2022

I made an old guy appearance at the local ROTC detachment today.

The ROTC detachment at my alma mater is restarting a cadet group that started back in my day but had been allowed to lapse.

The times are very different than in my days as a cadet just after the end of Vietnam. The cadets look infinitely more like soldiers than we did in my day. They were all sincere and intelligent - if younger than I remember being as a cadet. I was impressed by them.

The future of the Army seems to be in good hands.

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About TomSlick

I'm a lawyer primarily representing clients who are being sued. I am a retired Army Judge Advocate. Nothing I post here, including any comments about legal topics, should be construed as legal advice or creating an attorney-client relationship.

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