Friday, March 23, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

1. I know every town/city is like this, and I have no problem with nepotism. It is how trust/loyalty is built, when it comes to creating a political staff/team. I didn't know until my mother-in-law told me, the previous mayor's aide for the past SIX mayors was related (by marriage) to a past city councilor. It was time to make a jump out of the political gene pool.

Some people are taking this change very personally, but for them it is like seeing a family member being let go. Despite the uproar, our Mayor did the right thing, and in the right way. Some others suggested he should of given relevant individuals a heads up, but our Mayor didn't make it political. Instead he sought out advice for the city solicitor (counsel) and worked with HR on the termination.

2. I checked in with my gynecologist, she didn't care I wasn't using contraception. "Same husband?" "Yes." "OK."

3. Funny, she asked if I had the same husband. Good for her not to assume anything.

4. I'm actually going to a spiritual retreat tomorrow. Several years ago I use to attend the Red Mass for Catholic Lawyers, but being inactive from law. This weekend, it's a spiritual retreat for lawyers here in Boston.

5. Over in the mid-west, they have doctors specializing in Natural Family Planning. "The new face of Natural Family Planning"

"It's not the old rhythm method that your grandmother once used," she said. "St. Louis has been outstanding in its leadership and support."

6. More bad news for civilization: Recent Generations Focus More On Fame, Money Than Giving Back

The American Freshman survey, the proportion of students who said being wealthy was very important to them increased from 45 percent for baby boomers (surveyed between 1966 and 1978) to 70 percent for Generation Xers (surveyed between 1979 and 1999) and 75 percent for millennials (surveyed between 2000 and 2009). Likewise, the proportion who said it was important to keep up to date with political affairs decreased, from 50 percent for boomers to 39 percent for Generation Xers and 35 percent for millennials. "Becoming involved in programs to clean up the environment" decreased, from 33 percent for boomers to 20 percent for millennials. "Developing a meaningful philosophy of life" decreased the most across generations, from 73 percent for boomers to 45 percent for millennials.

7. That's right, less then half of young adults do not think it is important to develop any meaning to life!


  1. Regarding #2, it's not surprising your gyno asked. Our culture has adopted the "hook-up" principle and I'm sure she's seeing an increase in diseases among her patients who have more than one partner.

    Having said that, it makes it interesting for those of us who are married

  2. I know assuming once married, you would stay married atleast for a while. Probably seen so many marriages end in divorce, but patients failing to make note of a new husband. Usually when pregnant, the father shows up to a few prenatal appointments, doctors would like a heads up if it is a new man.