•09/07/2016 • Leave a Comment

Look, I know there are a lot of local veterans that love the Cheyenne VA and the services they have received there, but these vets have got to be the exception to the rule.

After getting fed up with not being able to see (even with my glasses on), I decided in July that it was time to get my eyes checked again. And… I need stronger glasses. As I was lamenting over the cost of new glasses, etc. with a friend of mine, I was informed that in my case I can get glasses through the VA.

So I stop at the VA Eye Clinic one day with my new eye script in hopes of checking out some new glasses. Nope. Can’t just stop in to the eye clinic, I have to get my Primary Care Provider (that changes every 6 months and I see once a year) to enter a consult into the system and the clinic will call me to schedule an appointment.

CST — “So even with my VA ID Card, a thumbprint, and possibly a blood or stool sample, I can’t just schedule an appointment with you today while I’m standing here?”

VA Employee — “No sir, not without a consult.”

Hmmmm… okay. Typical bureaucracy; I’ll play your stupid game. On July 22nd, I send a message to my PC over the VA’s Secure Message system asking if he would enter a consult for me to the Eye Clinic as I’ve already had the exam and have a script. 3 days later, I receive this reply:


Now at this point I have to take some ownership because for over a month I’ve been bitching about how bad my eyes have gotten and that even with my current glasses I’m having issues. So today I finally get fed up after not being able to see across the room at work and call the Eye Clinic to see what’s the deal.

VA Employee — “Well Sir, the reason nobody has called you to schedule an appointment is very simple, a consult was never entered into the system.”

CST — “You have GOT to be shitting me…”

Seriously? I know a lot of people may think that this is an exaggeration, but for me this is the rule rather than the exception. I just can’t believe how many times my shit gets screwed up on the medical and the benefits side of the VA.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some fabulous people that work at the VA and they truly care about the vets. But there are some that just seem to not give a shit and can’t complete a simple task.

And the system? Kiss. My. Ass.

When an eligible veteran can’t walk in with proper identification and schedule services to which they are entitled, something is very wrong.

The Agony of Da Feet

•03/18/2016 • Leave a Comment

This is Kyia. We rescued her over a year ago and she’s become such a sweet little girl, I mean look at that face! How can you not love this little sweetheart?


Kyia (and her partner in crime, Keisel) are not supposed to be in the kitchen while I’m cooking unless they’re getting a drink or eating. Wednesday night I was slicing up some chicken that I had cooked and Kyia had to be reminded several times that she wasn’t welcome in the kitchen – more especially her nose shouldn’t be on top of the counter sniffing at the cutting board.

At some point she slipped past my line of sight and got back into the kitchen behind me. Apparently she was so excited by this she decided to celebrate by bringing her chew bone (a 6″-8″ section of beef shank) over to me to trade for some chicken. In the heat of the moment during her celebration she thought that spiking the bone on the floor (À la Gronkowski) was a spectacular idea.


So now here we are T+ 36 hours or so from the incident and the consequences of her decision or painfully evident. This is a picture of my foot. Taken this morning.


My foot happened to be between the floor and Kyia’s chew bone at the unfortunate moment of the “spike”. It hurts to move my toes. It hurts to wear shoes. It hurts to walk. I’m pretty sure something is broken, but it’s toes. I’ve had broken toes before – not a lot they can do about them, but it may be wise to have them checked anyway…

Some foul words were said. Many stars were seen. Some yelling was done. But we made up. I know it was an accident, and she’s such a sweet fur baby, but – bad dog, Kyia.

Bad. Dog.

Another “Day” of the Same Old Sh…stuff

•02/24/2016 • Leave a Comment

“5 Minutes Alone”

I see you had your mind all made up.
You group of pitiful liars. Before I woke to face the day,
Your master plan transpired.

-Something told me-

This job has more to meet the eye.
My song is not believed?
My words somewhat deceiving?
Now I’m unwhole.

You’ve waged a war of nerves.
But you can’t crush the kingdom.
Can’t be what your idols are.
Can’t leave that scar.
You cry for compensation.

I ask you please just give us…
5 minutes alone

I read your eyes, your mind was made up.
You took me for a fool.
You used complexion of my skin
For a counter racist tool.

-You can’t burn me-

I’ve spilled my guts out in the past.
Taken advantage of.
‘Cause you know where I’ve come from.
My past.

You’ve waged a war of nerves.
But you can’t crush the kingdom.
Can’t be what your idols are.
Can’t leave the scar.
You cry for compensation.

I ask you please just give us…
5 minutes alone

Friday Theme Song

•02/05/2016 • Leave a Comment

Looking at my impending “smoke test” (testing matrix) for our next big software upgrade and thinking about the projects we have in progress, the impending move to a new building… a lot of work to be done in a short amount of time.

Crankin’ some 5FDP to get the day started. I’m seriously hooked on this tune!

Make Your Reservations Now!

•02/04/2016 • Leave a Comment

Democratic National Convention Schedule
Saturday, 27 August 2016


11:15 AM
Free lunch, medical marijuana, and bus ride to the Convention.

Forms distributed for Food Stamp enrollment.

2:30 PM
Group Voter Registration for Undocumented Immigrants.

4:00 PM
Opening Flag Burning Ceremony. Followed by Group-Participation Shredding of the US Constitution! – Sponsored by CNN

4:15 PM

Address on “Being the Real You.”
Rachel Dolezal, former Head of the Seattle NAACP and Caitlyn Jenner
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4:30 PM
“How to Bank $200 Million as a public Servant and claim to be broke.”
Hillary Clinton

4:45 PM

“How to have a successful career without ever having a job; and still avoid paying taxes!”
A Seminar Moderated by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson

5:00 PM
Medals of Freedom presentation to Army deserter Bo Berghdal.
Baltimore Looters

5:30 PM
Invitation-only Autograph Session Souvenir photographs of Hillary and Chelsea dodging Sniper Fire in Bosnia.

5:45 PM
Tribute to All of the 57 States.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

6:00 PM
General vote on praising Baltimore rioters, and on using the terminology “Undocumented Shoppers” instead of “Looters.”

7:30 PM
Announcement of VP Nominee Chris Stevens, with a quick rebuttal and withdrawal when Hillary realizes he’s someone she got killed in Benghazi.

8:30 PM
The White House “Semantics Committee” Meeting. General vote on re-branding “Muslim Terrorism” as “Random Acts of Islamic Over-Exuberance.”

9:00 PM
“Liberal Bias in Media – How we can make it work for you.” Tutorial sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, PBS, the Washington Post and the New York Times.
with Guest Speaker, Brian Williams

9:15 PM

Tribute Film to the Brave ISLAMIC Freedom Fighters still incarcerated at GITMO.
Michael Moore

9:45 PM
Personal Finance Seminar – “Businesses Don’t Create Jobs.”
Hillary Clinton

10:00 PM
Group Condemnation of Bitter Gun Owners.

10:30 PM
Ceremonial “We Surrender” Waving of the White Flag to Afghanistan, Russia, and ISIS.

11:00 PM
Short film, “Setting Up Your Own Illegal Email Server While Serving in A Cabinet Post and How to Pretend It’s No Big Deal.”
Hosted by Hillary Clinton

11:30 PM

Official Nomination of Hillary.
Bill Maher and Chris Matthews

Thank You, Mother Nature!

•01/28/2016 • Leave a Comment

35º when I was ready to leave the house this morning and a forecast high today of 51º with little to no wind to speak of…

And we finally had enough solar snow removal (since the City did such a bang-up job on our street) that the icebergs have melted off…

Got to ride the Spyder today!


My Spyder RT Limited at Medicine Bow Peak observation point. Summer 2015.

Music Makes The Work Go Faster (Or at least more tolerable)

•01/26/2016 • Leave a Comment

“You want to know what Zeus said to Narcissus?
‘You’d better watch yourself'”

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