Daily Archives: 03/15/2011

Tsunami in Japan

(Community Matters) Full footage of video shot in the Miyagi prefecture. Earthquake, tsunami and now a likely nuclear meltdown. This is beyond devastating

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Bexar County’s Dan Ramos

(Community Matters) a million thanks to the Anti-Defamation League for calling Bexar County Demo Chair Dan Ramos out for his heinous remarks – referring to gay Democrats as “termites,” and calling the gay-rights movement “a very sinister movement,” saying the Stonewall Democrats were like “Nazis” because “they’re 90 percent white, blue-eyed and Anglo, and I don’t give a (expletive) who knows that. Just like the Blacks.

ADL statement

Japan Donations

(Community Matters) Will pass on an announcement very soon about a cool way for Austinites to help victims of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. Stay tuned

Chiropractor III

(Community Matters) Had my third visit to the chiropractor’s office yesterday – to the office but didn’t actually see the doctor. I knew the doc would be on spring break. Went for a therapeutic massage appointment as well as acupuncture.

Even before going, my lower back spasms are healing. Still having some trouble getting up and standing in place but much less pain and hardly any spasms. I don’t know how to separate natural healing from chiropractor visits since past instances have usually healed themselves in a few days.

Yesterday’s 45 minute massage session was too light, undirected. The acupuncture, while I felt only a few of the needles (there were 12 in my back, buttock, ankles and hands) I did get a strange sensation that they were following the lines of my pain. Steven’s a huge fan of acupuncture. This was my second experience. Unfortunately, I can’t say I discerned any healing as a result. The massage and acupuncture costs totaled $90 (including a one time discount of $45).

by the way, Chiropractor II visit costs totaled $225, $50 I paid as a deductible (though I think I’ll have to pay all when insurance works out that I’m now on a $2k deductible) – $65 was the massage and $160 in charges for the doctor’s adjustment. Of course, my subsequent realizations about “sadness & the body pain” sorta makes the whole visit priceless

Also, I have learned that the insurance reimbursement rate is extraordinarily less than the billed rate, in the case of the initial xrays, only 23%

You Can Impact Charity Without Being Rich

(Community Matters) I joined Thom Singer’s SXSW panel, You Can Impact Charity Without Being Rich, along with Estrella Rosenberg Founder Big Love Little Hearts, Beth Krueger, Exec Dir Heart House, and Ray Blue, Sr Dev Dir Dell Children’s Medical Center. Thom launched with a story about the power of telling a story and making an ask. Good stuff. I enjoyed meeting Estrella for the first time and am really keen on Lovedrop.us

Lovedrop.us Every month they come together and help out a family going through a financially hard time. They share their story through videos online, and at the end of the month show up on their doorstep and present everything the Lovedrop community did for them – check it out