well. it is now official, legal and everything. I am working on Green Party nomination to run for Canton's Board of Selectmen. have campaign manager and treasurer- this is a very legally complex undertaking and 'we' are trying to do everything quite properly...serious stuff.
if perchance you happen to be in the vicinity of canton connecticut you are invited to a "NOT" a tea party meet and greet, gettogether SUNDAY 13MARCH 1-4pm at the Boulder Ridge clubhouse (off commerce drive)in canton, ct.
if you've read my old stuff herein...this is no out of the wild left field sort of endeavour. this is a beautiful town with some problems, i have a list- a platform- with something like 30 points of light in it.
i have been and will continue shamelessly to ask for money from anyone with a concern for the future well being of our planet. our town holds a temporary permit to operate two hydro electric generating stations on our dams on the farmington river. we've spent in the past four years probably in excess of $100,000 US on engineering work, studies and permits etc.
it is not a huge project- we'll generate 2mw of clean electricity from the dams. we've been counting on the us congress to rpovide us with a permanent FERC permit so we can build and operate this project.
my advisors and i have decided to push the issue and bring the question of spending about $ 250,000 more to do the paperwork and pay for the permit we need to our Town Meeting for a vote.
after four years of effort and expending of treasure our board decided the process would be too expensive and (in the lamest of moves) took a straw poll to decide whether this should be a part of future town plans...straw poll of selectmen was four to one against.
in addition to trying to find funding for a basic campaign, we are now trying to raise an additional $1000 to $1500 to be able to appeal to the people who will pay for this. this is a battle we believe can win, BUT it will screw up every other money decision we had made. we consider the issue too important not to act on it.
we take checks usd. committee to elect ben holden/ 20 boulder ridge, canton, ct 06019...anything will be appreciated; we are in fact not hitting the meager goals we already had and this just makes it harder...if the issue hurts the campaign and it may, my brain trust concurred almost unanimously it's worth the risk. my campaign manager noted if we spend this now and don't win the town vote the chance of taking in much more money is pretty slim.
this project alone will not change the world, a thousand such thingees or more would make a difference in terms of both clean energy and energy independence. small, decentralized, municipal...it'd be a tragedy to lose this chance. our temporary permit expires 12-31-11 and we're done, finished.
thank you, sorry, thank you in advance...
update...meggie and kat and other have asked and i've not answered. so. my back is in shreds. i'm within half a pill a day on my Norco limit...not that i can't take more, but my new doctor has strongly 'suggested' i inform her if i go over my 'floor limit'. Two years ago i had to change doctors. my new doctor is a woman- the first day we met she said 'i don't write pain meds' and ' i am not comfortable supervising your enbrel. i don't know enough.' she refered me to new rheumy- hey i can't afford one doctor much less two...the new rheumy said i won't take people on disability- 'it's too much work'- no discussion, goodbye.
so 16 months ago i realized i was 'unsupervised' with such meds an illadvised course...so i discontinued use. I am not afraid of enbrel, may do it again some day, who knows.
the amazing thing is the earth hasn't swallowed me up and the sky hasn't fallen in. In fact, one night in december 2010, the spondy monster came to visit about a six on that 1-10 thing.
i said visit- after three/four hours it went away. I have had a several episodes of achilles tendonitis and my right shoulder does have some inflammation; my main pain source isn't the AS at all now; it's the scoliosis in the lumbar- there's a muscle on the right side that's been in spasm off and on since 1959 when i had my first and last steroid shots.
only thing it's not off and on any more- it's ON ! the spasm has gone from lumbar to under the shoulder blade. this lady doctor actually touches my back (my 11 year rheumy never did),
says the spasm in now 15-16 inches in length, worse than six months ago- she offered shots and taper pack which i declined for all the reason we'd previously discussed and she said she knew that would be my answer. I am one of only three patients for whom she will write pain med scripts. I had a little flutter in pulse one day...heart sounds ok, lungs sound good,
bp is marginally ok, blood sugar good, lipids actually one point low on the good one otherwise ok.
she's a keeper, i like her; she listens and we concur on everything except my smoking about a half a pack a day, she thumps my chest and listens to my lungs- says i'm a medical marvel...'you're 64 you ought to wheeze like like a steam engine and you don't'.
i'm still here, enbrel did NOTHING for the scoliosis pain anyway; shreds he said, yup. it's not fun, have not lost my sense of humor, but...
and there you are.
still here, still me; i've been very busy...
i promise i'll be better in the future.
love to all