I initially felt like IKEA was telling me that a single person should not have bought a king-sized bed, but then I realized that the queen version of this box spring would be even bigger and heavier and single people get queen beds all the time, so I guess it's just that IKEA thinks I should be leaning on my friends more. Luckily my helpful coworker is going to bail me out of this mess once again.
Did I mention that my parents are coming to visit next weekend, and that this is the bed they'll be sleeping in? I jokingly told them I should make them put it together themselves before they could sleep. Now it seems like that's less of a joke because I will likely have to have them help me at least put the second box spring into place once I've finished assembling it, then put the mattress on and sheets, etc. (Helpful Coworker is going on vacation all next week.)
I feel kind of scared, in that this is the first time that I have acquired furniture that I can't deal with at all on my own. The space under the bed is never getting vacuumed now unless I can get help.
I played about three hours of tennis on Wednesday and it was awesome; it ended with a set between me and my one hardcore practice partner and he took the first three games and then I won six straight to take the set. He has traditionally been so bad at serving that when he actually does get a decent serve in it's probably a winner because I don't get much practice returning serve. Those first three games were when he was serving really well. Next time we play I will make him just hit serves from my ball basket and I will just work on returns. That should be a win-win.
You know what really improves my mood, honestly? This is going to sound crazy but it's true: a weekend day spent doing chores around my new house. Because it reminds me of everything I love about my new house, and everything that sucked about my old place. I have room, I have space, I have places to put everything, I can do laundry while I work on other things without having to worry about the time and having to go out in the rain or heat or whatever to go get the laundry, etc.
The shine is definitely wearing off the apple with me as far as President Obama is concerned, in case anybody cares. If I had fifteen minutes to bend his ear on this whole health care thing, I would want to know why he continues to try and sell this thing as a battle between "the American people" and "the insurance companies", and focusing on the plight of the uninsured: a strategy which guarantees massive pushback from the political right, whereas if he laid out the fundamental case that America is paying 50% more for health care than any other country without it making us any healthier; that one of the reasons that American jobs keep getting shipped overseas is that it costs a fortune to provide American workers with health insurance; that insurance companies right now are the only players in the market that have an incentive (maybe) to keep costs down and they haven't been able to because large hospitals and drug companies are even more powerful than they are, and that the whole damn system of multiple providers with multiple complex billing systems is a waste of money - I think you could get support from both sides for a single-payer system. (You also need to make clear that the federal and state governments are already paying for or at least subsidizing most of the care in this country, whether directly through Medicare/Medicaid or through the tax breaks which make employer-based health benefits attractive to employers.)
People are so scared of "the government" doing things...well, certain things, anyway. The right seems to have no problem with our socialist, taxpayer-funded military. But a national health care system? That's evil! I actually had a debate with a guy about government and when I pointed out how firefighters, policemen, teachers, sewers, water, roads, and garbage disposal are all government functions, he said "I have private garbagemen paid for by my HOA." Um, hate to break it to you but the HOA is form of government. Yes, it's "voluntary"...on the other hand, they all basically have the same rules and since most new neighborhoods have them (at least in Texas), they're pretty inescapable. So, perhaps it would be better to focus on making the governance better than just sitting back and saying all government is bad.
I suppose given my recent debate with toxicfur in the cellar it might seem weird that I'm arguing for a single-payer system, but it's important to note that I'm arguing for it because it's more efficient for everybody rather than because it would be nice to give poor people health care.
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