Christmas Wishlist

Dear Diary, Dear Blog, Dear Santa,

Starting December 15, I’m going on vacation for 3 1/2 weeks to India. If you feel so inclined to buy me a gift, below is my wishlist in no particular order. Click on the pics for more info.
Motorola A630 Motorola A630
Apple PowerBook 17″
Bose Companion 3 Bose Companion 3
Moto RAZR v3 Moto RAZR v3
Gwen Stefani Gwen Stefani
911 S Cab 2005 911 S Cabriolet

Healthcare Crisis

Part 1 – Dec 5 , Part 2 – Dec 6, Part 3 – Dec 7, Part 4 – Dec 8, Part 5 – Dec 9
Articles are in PDF

In the past 6 months since I’ve had my blog, i’ve never really given much personal commentary on the topics i covered, well that is changing with this post. This past week the Los Angeles Times ran a 5 part story on the mishaps at King/Drew Hospital. I have always been intrigued by America’s healthcare system and how it seems so dysfunctional. My interest started when I came down with meningitis in college and although my hospital care was exceptional, I wonder had it not been for mom who was at my bedside 24/7, my sister who knew what questions to ask, our family friend who was a physician at the hospital and knew the attending physician that received me in the ER, had all these variables not been in place what would have happened. Not to mention the countless family doctors who received my medical records (I wonder how HIPAA would have affected that) and were asked for their professional opinion. Well, after reading the articles from the past 5 days, it’s pretty clear things can go very wrong. Granted King/Drew seems to be in the minority, but even more concerning is that it’s been going on for years and no one seems to give a shit. Most notable quote from the series: “This may be King/Drew’s most insidious enemy — the burden of low expectations”

It's official…the new 997 Cab

Click for more info on the new 997 platform Porsche today announced it will launch the latest versions of the 911 Cabriolet, traditionally the most popular 911 model sold in America, in the first quarter of 2005. Based on the 911 Carrera and Carrera S Coupes released earlier this year, the 2005 911 Carrera Cabriolet and Carrera S Cabriolet feature a wider range of standard equipment and offer higher levels of performance and safety than any previous standard open-top 911 model. The 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet and Carrera S Cabriolet will be introduced to the United States and Canada in mid March of 2005 at a price of $79,100 US for the Carrera Cabriolet and $88,900 US for the Carrera S Cabriolet. Both models will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.