Celebrating Two Personal Milestones Today…

I am putting aside my usual Sunday post about things that inspire me in order to tell you about two milestones that are happening today in my life.

The first milestone is that today is my 66th birthday so I have officially survived my first full year of single-payer system health insurance. I have to tell you that it was great.
Although I had no life threatening events  the past year I did have a couple of emergency room visits and several doctors visit. All in all I saved over $4,000 from what it costs me with private insurance the year before. I look forward to many more years of knowing that I will have affordable medical care when I need it. That is of course if the politicians just tweak it as necessary instead of putting me out on my own as some suggest. The picture here is of me being “popped” at the Guadalajara Grill in Mexico on my 49th birthday. That seems like ages ago now 😉

The second milestone is that this is the 1,000th post to RJ’s Corner blog.  I never dreamed I would still be blogging here after so many daily posts.  I thought I would surely run out of things to say by now.  But it turns out that I seem to be just getting started. I am astounded that my readership continues to grow month over month. I am also humbled that so many of you have an interest in reading me on a daily basis.

I try to make this blog a little different from many I come across. Some of my fellow bloggers use their blogs as a journal of their lives.  They tell you about what they do on a daily basis. I just don’t think my daily activities would be of interest to most of you. Much too boring!  Other bloggers pick a niche that they feel comfortable concentrating one. Many of the ones I follow are about one aspect or another of retirement.  I have chosen not to do either of these two options.

Of course we all write from our life experiences. I am certainly no exception to that.  I naturally write on issues that I am passionate about. Altruism is just part of my soul so that has much to do with what I pen.  Some call altruism social justice. I kind of like that phrase. Some, like Mr. Ryan’s hero Ayn Rand, see altruism much differently than I do. Her most famous quote about it is:

“If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject”.  

His idols’s words is probably one of the reasons that I distrust Paul Ryan.  Who you chose as heroes says a lot about your character and worldview.  Jesus Christ, another of my heroes, says exactly the opposite about altruism. I think I will follow him instead of choosing  anyone remotely like Ayn Rand.

Will Rogers is my literary hero.  I have over the years adopted his writing style and especially his respect for others as my own. So here I am ending my 1,000th post with no end in sight. Thanks to everyone for letting me be part of your daily lives.


  1. Happy Birthday R.J.! And congratulations on your 1000th blog post. Both are pretty great accomplishments…you should be proud.
    I think you have found just the right ingredients for a blog that we readers like to frequent. The length you choose to keep your posts at is just right for me, the topics are always current (altho it will be nice to get the election over and lighten up on all that angst won’t it?), and you’re not over-advertising or pushing books. You also sprinkle in a few interesting photos…always good. I appreciate that you respond to comments in such a kind and civil manner, even when in disagreement.
    Oh, and we musn’t forget Will and his timeless quotes…love ’em!
    So please keep up the good writing and opinions. I look forward to your blog each day.
    Have a great day!


    1. Thank you Jane for all the kind comments. As a matter of fact I have a post coming out in the next week or so about specifically how and what I blog. Yeah, I very much look forward to getting away from most of the political stuff. It does turn RJ’s Corner a darker shade of grey than what I like. It will be nice to get back to something more normal in a couple of weeks.

      I don’t ever intend to advertise on this blog. It seems to self-serving to try and make money here. Yeah, Will is my hero but I also have quite a few quotes from “The Smartest Things Ever Said” and “The Dumbest Things Ever Said” that I plan on marching out soon. It will be fun to talk about that.

      Being “popped” I think is a Mexican thing. When you celebrate your birthday in the U.S. what usually happens is that a bunch of waiters sing happy birthday when bringing you a small cake. In Mexico, particularly Guadalajara, they sneak up behind you, put a funny hat on you, pull your head back and pour a jigger of tequila down your throat followed by a whipped cream topped cake in your face. They usually do this very quickly but since I am deaf they were warned to give me a little advanced notice; that was probably a good thing 🙂 The picture above is of the tequila part; if you want to seek the cake go to my other blog at http://myphotosmylife.wordpress.com


  2. 1,000 posts is quite a milestone, RJ., and you maintain several blogs. I tip my hat to your consistency.

    I will finally start Social Security next May at 64 and Medicare one year later. Medical expenses eat up 30% of our income at the moment and my wife and I are rather healthy. While I don’t want to rush through my life, reaching 65 will be a major relief for our retirement expenses.

    Happy birthday and many more, my friend.


  3. Wow! 1,000 posts! Congrats!
    Happy birthday as well.
    I may not agree with everything you say, but I will always defend your right to say it!

    Enjoy another wonderful year of ideas and debates.


  4. Thanks Bob and Janette for the wishes. I didn’t think I would reach either milestone and for both to occur on one day is something else. Although I did have to pull a “sneaky” by not posting yesterday to make this the 1,000th one 🙂


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