A short hiatus

Jan 8th
Posted by shambo  as philosophy, Travel


Let me say this about that.

A guy makes a return visit to his doctor to get the results of his tests from the week before:

Doctor:¬† “Well sir, I have bad news, and I have really bad news.¬†¬†The bad news is that¬†you have cancer.¬† The really bad news is you have Alzheimer’s.”

Patient:¬† “Well, at least I don’t have cancer.”

It’s an old joke, but it¬†partially explains¬†one of the reasons I started this blog six months ago.¬† Mrs. Shambo was convinced that the idle time that accompanies my retirement was going to lead to the atrophication of my brain.¬† She reasoned that if I had some mental stimulation, I might avoid the onset of decreased mental capacity – or¬†worse, even Alzheimer’s disease.¬† Mrs. Shambo worries a lot.

But, as all married guys know, “if¬†Mamma’s¬†happy, you’re happy”, ¬†so, I started writing the LMSTAT blog.

The other reason I agreed to do the blog was that…¬†¬†¬† I got fed up with the print and broadcast news media trying to influence my opinion rather than simply reporting the news.¬† I’m not a “Red State – Blue State” kinda guy.¬† I’m a political agnostic.¬† I think they’re all full of crap.

So, if you are a regular reader, you know I have been waging a one-man war on “Stupidity”.¬†¬† And that has been fun.¬† It apparently also has been fun for the 5,000 or so of you¬†who have hit this site since July.¬† Thanks for putting up with my rants, and thanks for the e-mails and comments – the good, the bad and the funny.

But, time marches on. 

I published a blog a few weeks ago entitled “Five things to do in the coming decade”.¬† Number four on that list was “Enjoy life, you don’t have that much left.”¬†¬† So, in following my own advice, that’s precisely what I’m going to do.¬† Mrs. Shambo and I are going to the Alps and play in the snow for a while.

Why in the hell would you go to the Alps in the winter time?” you may ask.¬†¬† I would reply “for two reasons.”

1)¬† “I want to.”

2)¬† “And, I can.”

Regrettably, this temporary change¬†of address will also necessitate a temporary pause in the publication of the “Let Me Say This About That”¬† blog.¬† We should be back in the United States by the first of March, whereupon, I will don my superhero mask and cape and resume my fight against the evil “Stupidman.”¬†¬† And, at the insistance of Mrs. Shambo, resume my¬†daily therapy¬†against the ever present dangers of Alzheimer’s.

While I’m gone, I hope you don’t forget the single theme of the LMSTAT blog:¬†

“The space inside your head has a higher purpose than preventing your ears from flapping together in a stiff breeze.”

And, that (at least for a while) is all I have to say about that.




  1. Wileyburg  18th January 2010  

    We are gona miss your words of wisdom while you are gone, however, I certainly agree with your philosphy. Wish I were going too! Take care, have fun, be safe and come back armed with some good material!

  2. Phoebe  11th January 2010  

    I’m positive your trip will prosper new ideas for the blog. Be weary of the new scanners at the airports…you never know who may be watching! We all could see the Real Shambo!

  3. David Rose  9th January 2010  

    Gonna miss u have a great time

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