Pyramid Schemes

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 262018

I received a lot of responses to yesterday’s blog about play dates for RVing kids, and the general consensus seemed to be that 15 and 17-year-old boys don’t need play dates as much as they need a mother who doesn’t hover over them monitoring their every move. I also got a few requests for information on where I found those “other” play date websites. I don’t want to be an enabler, so you’ll have to do your own research on that.

In the process of weaning myself away from the VA healthcare system in favor of private service providers, I have had to have a lot of blood tests and other lab work done. Yesterday I went to the civilian primary care doctor’s office to review everything with a nurse practitioner. Overall, things are good. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels are where they need to be, my A1c level was a bit high but not bad. I think if I keep doing the things I’m doing, I’m going to live a while longer.

Of course, then she had to talk about my weight. What a way to spoil a good time. She gave me a chart with a food pyramid on it. I think while she was pointing out the good things and the bad things (and as it turns out there a lot more bad things than good things) she knew as well as I did that she was wasting both of our time.

No thank you, I’ve heard about every pyramid scheme there is from the multilevel marketing people. I don’t think I’ll be embracing the concept.

The good news is, now that my back pain is no longer an issue, I’ve been back on the treadmill knocking out a half-mile at a time. A month ago I couldn’t have done that. It’s hard to walk on a treadmill with a cane. Especially for a guy who can’t walk and chew gum at the same time on his best days.

I’ve gotten a couple of emails from people asking how they can avoid going into RV parks and campgrounds that have a lot of issues, be those issues poor power, poorly laid out campsites, bad neighbors, or whatever. We always relied on RV Park Reviews, where our fellow RVers review campgrounds, listing the good and the bad.

Of course, just like with any review site, you have to read between the lines sometimes. I’ve seen campgrounds get a one star review because they didn’t have fast free Wi-Fi, because the owner was “rude” by insisting people control their animals and their kids, and by one person who was mad because they kicked him and his wife out of the swimming pool at 2 AM. Those are probably those bad neighbors that I mentioned above.

Another website I recently came across is Six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create a “one stop shop” for U.S. Government recalls, be they for vehicles, food, clothing, or any other consumer goods. It’s updated on a regular basis, so check back often.

And in closing, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – If you have a dad, you really should be thanking him for bringing you into the world. Your mom probably wasn’t even in the mood.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  5 Responses to “Pyramid Schemes”

  1. One of my favorite negative review on RV Park Reviews was by someone who objected to the laughing & screaming children noise at the amusement park next door.
    This was the RV park attached to Adventureland in Altoona, IA

  2. This is the first time I have looked at the Food Pyramid, and after doing so, it is easy to understand why so many people in this country are overweight. Anyone who follows this pyramid is likely to be overweight.

    Putting sweets and fats and oils in the same group and saying they should be used sparingly is bizarre! While the carbs in sweets can definitely cause weight gain, or prevent weight loss, the fats and oils, especially essential fatty acids such as Omegas 3,6, and 9 will reduce your cravings for carbs.

    Also, the number of servings of “meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts” group, and the “bread, cereal, rice and pasta” group should be reversed as nothing in the protein group has many carbs, but everything in the “bread, cereal, and pasta” group is full of carbs!

    Looks like whoever came up with this Food Pyramid wants people to eat lots of carbs, and it is the carbs that make you gain weight, or prevent you from losing weight. There are no “good” carbs when it comes to weight loss, or trying to prevent weight gain.

  3. That food pyramid is a total crock! Cut out the bottom layer and all but the very low carb veggies in the next layer up and people would have a chance at losing weight and controlling their blood glucose levels. For myself there is nothing that raises my weight & blood glucose levels like fruit does. As for fats, I stick with real butter, coconut oil and olive oil. Our bodies weren’t designed to handle all the vegetable oils and shortenings lining the store shelves.

    Glad to hear your numbers are good and that your back is feeling good enough to allow you to exercise again….and spend time writing. I’m ready for another Big Lake book.

  4. Good to hear you are feeling better, Nick.

  5. Go back a few years to before the huge influx of “fast food” and huge sweet drinks and there were a lot less of these problems… of course there was a lot more outside time then too…

    Our world has changed a LOT, some of it looks better
    Who remembers a typewriter, carbon paper, mimeograph machine or the single phone company (“We don’t care, we don’t have to…we’re the phone company”) days?

    I’m sounding like an old man bitching about change…. 🙂

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