Taking Some Time Off

July 22nd, 2013
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I regret to inform readers that there will be no further posts for about two weeks.   I realize recently there have not been many posts, as i have been busy.

Unfortunately, I recently experienced the unexpected death of my dog, who was my best friend.  It happened under tragic circumstanced while he was in the care of my family.  I also experienced a falling out with someone who was very important to me and some heartache over the differences we had regarding feelings etc.

This comes after a period of time when i have been very busy with a number of high stress responsibilities.

I have been advised that i should probably consider taking a vacation.  In light of this, I am making it a point not to post on this blog or do a number of other things for the next two weeks.

If you are wondering why I am saying this and not withholding the details, it is because i find it somehow therapeutic to be honest about it. Also, I was advised that admitting to having a lot of stress and that i feel terrible about my dog or had relationship issues is not likely to be held against me politically, especially with the race well over a year away.

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13 Responses to “Taking Some Time Off”

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    russ Says:

    but how could you vote for Steve Packard? a year ago, he had a breakup and his dog died. he felt bad about those things.

    no… i do not think that is likely. Actually its weird but people seem to feel more endeared to politicians when they cop to personal life problems.

    Take care and feel better

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    DV82XL Says:

    Take a good long break Steve and get refocused and recharged, we’ll all still be here when you come back.

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    Gordon Says:

    This might sound crazy, but about ten years ago, I enrolled in a program at a local health center called “Stress Management for Working Adults”

    It changed my life. I don’t know if you would call it therapy or a class. It was a little of both. I do not know if anyone offers a similar program in your area, but I very much recommend any kind of stress coping program and I wish I had taken it earlier.

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    BMS Says:

    Take care and best wishes.

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    dmabus Says:


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    dmabus Says:

    sorry about the pooch, but the wars against lies continues…

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    hadr0n Says:

    Take it easy fella. Enjoy your summer!

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    Stewart Peterson Says:

    We’re behind you, Steve. Take some well-deserved time off and we’ll see you on the other side.

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    mike Says:

    I enjoy this site very much!

    I will miss the lack of updates and am looking forward to your return.
    Best wishes for a good rest!


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    Carl Says:

    Lost my beloved cat recently too, so I know what you are going through. Having to put my cat down was very hard after we’d been together for over 14 years. Take care.

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    NorskeDiv Says:

    Sorry about your dog. I also hope you find a new significant other (not sure if that’s what you mean). The online dating community actually works well these days, for me and my friends.

    By the way, does ANYONE here know if the new Chinese CAP1400 will be deploy-able by Westinghouse? It’s based on the AP1000, so I’d presume it should be relatively easy for Westinghouse to at adapt the design (assuming the Chinese don’t somehow have a IP death grip on it, which would be absurd given it is an evolution of the AP1000). The idea of a scaled up AP1000 would be attractive for America, given so much of the cost of a new nuclear plant lies in siting.

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    drbuzz0 Says:

    Just “scaling up” a nuclear reactor sounds easy, but from a regulatory standpoint it really is as difficult as a new reactor from scratch. The AP-1000 is itself a scaled up version of the AP600, which was approved in the 1990′s.

    Despite being a highly conventional and very conservative design and also the fact that it is a scaled up version of the AP600, the AP1000 took well over a decade and close to a billion dollars to get approval from the NRC.

    I think it’s pretty unrealistic to think the NRC could approve a new reactor design in much less than about twenty years.

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