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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


Blood and Vision

Two interesting articles in the WSJ today--one scary and one merely disappointing. The first, from the front page, was about the increasing practice of police drawing blood in suspected DUI cases, because the blood test is apparently more bulletproof than the breath test. Feeling squeamish from the start, I read on to find that Texas, my dear adoptive state, is one of a handful that has explicitly authorized the use of force in order to obtain such a blood sample. So they can strap you down, sit on you, whatever, and jab a needle in your arm whether you like it or not, and that's all okey-dokey. It seems that somewhere there is a rule that all US drivers have agreed to have the blood, breath and urine analysed, via "implied consent" laws that exist in all 50 states and DC. Now, I think drunk driving is a Bad Thing, and people shouldn't do it, but this is way over the top. I suppose it's come about because of clever lawyers getting people off the hook, but that doesn't make me feel any better about it. Once I get over the shock, I think I'll being some research into this topic, hoping that the result isn't a firm knowledge that I have zippo rights in this area.

The second article was a blurb about vision improvement programs that rely on eye exercises. I've been using a hard contact lens for reshaping for several years now, and while the results are terrific, it's SUCH a pain in the ass, and so often a pain in the eye, that at least every other day I swear I'm going to go back to glasses. So, despite my better judgment, I got curious about See Clearly, which advertises on talk radio. Sure enough, this article mentioned them as one of the exercise camp, and posits that you're not likely to have much in the way of results unless you have one of a couple of very specific conditions, none of which are my problem. Sigh. I guess it's not making me give up hope (again, further research is still needed), but I would have been really happy if they'd raved about how terrific these programs were instead of debunking them.

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