I’ve started taking a daily multivitamin again. This happens from time to time. I get it in my head that I should be doing it, and buy a bottle. It always feels like they’re priced at roughly 25% more than my inner-sensors tell me they should cost. You know, since I’m a well-known vitamin expert… Then I take one per day until the bottle is empty. And that’s that, for four or five years. There’s almost never a second bottle. Yes, I’m very dedicated to all this stuff.
And check out the size of these things! You can’t really see it, but they’re thick too. Quite girthy… I had a little trouble taking the first one, without gagging. I think I was expecting a terrible taste, and everything clenched up on me. But there was no taste, not really. Now I’m just taking ’em on, one after the other. And this whole paragraph feels a bit homoerotic, doesn’t it? Hey, whatever. And yes, I’ll beat you to it, those are the hands of a man who hasn’t done a day of physical work in 30 years. What of it?
Do you take any kind of supplements? Have any of them actually helped you? I can’t really see a difference, to tell you the truth. I’m sure most of it’s going straight down the ol’ porcelain pee-catcher. Right? But I’m somewhat interested in this kind of thing. I heard a guy on the radio a few days ago talking about a daily “mega-dose” of Vitamin C. He’s convinced it’s kept him cancer-free, etc. But you’ve gotta be careful… People are full of shit, generally speaking, or misinformed or crazy. But I wouldn’t mind learning more about vitamins and supplements, if I could do it without, you know, putting forth any effort.
Has anything worked for you? Help me out, won’t you?
Speaking of healthy living, check out this Filet O Fish sandwich I was served a few days ago. What goes on?! How is that acceptable? Do they have people with one eye working back there? I had to go in and make a radical adjustment so everything lined up vertically. ‘Cause with a sandwich it’s all about the vertical.
I saw the two guys working back there, and think I know what it is. It’s nothing to do with a glass eye or any of the common palsies. I think they’re just a couple of half-assed pieces of shit. I mean, I know I’m going way out on a limb here. But that’s my conclusion. I don’t think they care, one way or the other. I’m lucky I didn’t get it bun/bun/filet. Or even bun/bun/bun. And I don’t understand that, I really don’t. I had my share of stupid-ass jobs when I was young. But I had a little pride. Ya know? I can guarantee there would be no Jeff Kay-sanctioned fishes going out with 50% overhang. It’s ludicrous.
And the thing about it? People defend this kind of stuff. They make excuses. “What do you expect from a 17-year-old who’s basically being exploited, blah blah blah…” Are you serious? How about a halfway decent effort, and not having a terrible attitude? You’re essentially telling the world, “This is a stupid and embarrassing job, but I’m not capable of mastering even it.” Right? Right.
I was at a grocery store on Super Bowl Sunday and was going to buy a rotisserie chicken for my quesadilla extravaganza. They had none, so I asked a solidly-built low-to-the-ground woman for a status. “Forty-five minutes, if not more!” she spat at me, and spun on her heel and walked away. No apology, or even a hint of human kindness. After I shouted sarcastically, “Thank you! You’ve been very helpful! A true delight!!” at the wide wheelbase deli worker, I started bitching about it to my son. And he said, “What do you expect? It’s just some minimum wage job.” And my heart sank. How? How could he have this opinion too? My own flesh and blood? He was giving her a pass and acted like I was the crazy one.
We’re very near the end of civilization, my friends. Sweet sainted mother of Gale Gordon…
I took Friday off, and Toney and I are going to meet with a travel agent about a possible trip to Las Vegas in September. It’ll be our 25th wedding anniversary, and we’ve kicked around a thousand ideas for a trip. A thousand, I tell you. We discussed Europe, all-inclusives in the Caribbean or Mexico, a fancy-ass resort off the coast of Florida, etc. But some of the ideas were way too much money or didn’t work for other reasons. “How about Vegas?” Toney threw out, one-day last week. Huh. It seems somewhat ridiculous, but also intriguing. And the more we thought about it, the more we like the idea. We’re going to get more info on Friday, and maybe get the ball rolling on this deal. I’ve been there many times, but always with work. And Toney grew up in Reno and has been there many times, as well. But we’ve never been there together. I’ll keep you updated on this plan that will almost certainly be abandoned by March. Pass the beer nuts.
I need to go now. A slightly-abbreviated work week beckons.
Have a great day, my friends!
I’ll see you again soon.
Now playing in the bunker
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Wisey in Ttown says
I stopped taking vitamins years ago. I take a fish oil pill once in a while.
Vitamin D. Should probably also take magnesium, or whatever the ‘M’ wonder element of the day is. Given that I’m of a certain age, there’s likely other things I should be downing that will keep me around longer, but along with the other meds I have to take on the daily to keep myself alive I feel like it’s enough for now to focus on the things my doctor tells me to take.
That fish sandwich is pathetic. Where’s the half cup of tartar sauce?
And where’s the half slice of plastic cheese?
Wisey in Ttown says
I am on the Vitamin C bandwagon. When I start to feel like a cold is coming on, I take 1000 to 2000 mg of Vitamin C and it knocks it out. No kidding.
The Vitamin C I take is Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C which is in “goo” form. The Vitamin C is delivered via Lyposomal Nano-Spheres. Long story short, the Phospholipids helps the vitamin C survive the stomach acid and is absorbed into the body much better than tablets. This VC also gives me energy as well. I am a firm believer in it. Down side is it is much more expensive than over the counter tablets. You can get it through Amazon.
I try to take a one-a-day, fish oil and a vitamin D3 pill every morning but it rarely happens.
Not trying to go all Facebook controversy on you or anything and start some kind of flame war in which this thread will become all but useless to read or understand with both sides bickering about it, but I’m a science guy and the science behind synthetic multivitamin supplements is they are a bunch of snake oil hooey. Here’s a couple articles, some are rather long, but all from reputable sources (NOT that Natural News BS).
A few takeaways:
“In 2007, researchers from the National Cancer Institute examined 11,000 men who did or didn’t take multivitamins. Those who took multivitamins were twice as likely to die from advanced prostate cancer.
In 2008, a review of all existing studies involving more than 230,000 people who did or did not receive supplemental antioxidants found that vitamins increased the risk of cancer and heart disease.
On October 10, 2011, researchers from the University of Minnesota evaluated 39,000 older women and found that those who took supplemental multivitamins, magnesium, zinc, copper, and iron died at rates higher than those who didn’t. They concluded, ‘Based on existing evidence, we see little justification for the general and widespread use of dietary supplements.'”
“The data are clear: high doses of vitamins and supplements increase the risk of heart disease and cancer; for this reason, not a single national or international organization responsible for the public’s health recommends them.”
I don’t have the medical background to support what David has stated. But I am also a science guy and don’t and won’t take anything synthetic. I eat a ton of fruit and vegetables. Seems to work.
Within a proper diet, vitamin supplements are probably not needed. Massive doses of vitamin C at the onset of a cold have been claimed as a cure for years, zinc salts have had some recent clinical proof for “cold proofing” as well. There may be significant merit in the placebo effect however, i.e., if you believe a supplement will work, it probably will. I would avoid long term vitamin mega doses though, the adverse medical safety info here is pretty solid.
A poorly stacked fish sandwich may be a thing of the past. With burger joints facing the likelihood of a $15/hr minimum wage, burger assembly robots will eventually replace burger-career humans. Robots don’t call in with a hangover, take 30 minute smoke breaks or get surly with the customers and they never miss on a burger stack job. Many McD burger joints in the EU already have ordering kiosks and robotic assembly. Next stop…, soylent green burgers, perfectly stacked.
Wisey in Ttown says
Soylent Green is………………………………………………people!
Charlton Heston 2022
Just watched Soylent Green (1973) Heston as Thorn. Edward G. Robinson as Sol,
and don’t forget Soylent orange day!
Joey Jo Jo says
I mean, what DO you expect from the low, wide, chicken-seller? She makes fucking nine dollars an hour. She couldn’t give half a shit about your chicken issues. She has two grandbabies she has to babysit after work, because her daughter is a half-assed methhead who can barely hold down the night shift at Sheetz without going into DTs.
Surreal Killer says
I take 4000 IU of vitamin D every day. This has been working over the past couple of years in keeping me from having somewhat constant aches and pains associated with D deficiency. My skin is in better shape too.
Thanks for “any one of the common palsies”.
in this day and age with internet and Google and even the travel books available for free at the library I’m surprised anyone still pays for travel agents.
let alone take a day off to go see one
Jeff, you didn’t ask for advice, but I have some laying around that I can’t use right now so . . .
My choices for a 25th in September, for exactly what they’re worth:
New Orleans (with a hotel in the Quarter)
Oregon coast (any one of a dozen places)
Lake Quinault Lodge (preferably in the Roosevelt Cabins)
The Sandpiper Beach Resort near Pacific Beach, WA (September is perfect)
The last three require rental cars. I could give you links or a sales pitch, but of course you should ask your local librarian because they’re huge party animals. Or just get on the damn Web: they got pictures and everything.
Congrats on both journeys.
And, for the love of God, take a day off to look into it. The worst possible side effect of doing so is a little sanity.
John have you been to the Sandpiper lately? I used to go there but the last few times I felt like it had gone down hill and needed a remodel. Not clean at all. Maybe they’ve fixed it up? Hope so because it’s an awesome place.
BTW, I second Oregon or Washington coast. Like nowhere else.
No, I’ve not been to the Sandpiper for twenty years or so. I remember the nice balconies and great views, the fireplace and kitchenette in each room, the very private beach (no motel within a few miles), and the nice owners. Your info is more recent. If Jeff doesn’t like funky, I might change to the Ocean Crest Resort a little north of the Sandpiper near Moclips. I’d personally go for the funk, but the Ocean Crest is pretty darn nice.
Required, thanks very much for the update. I really love North Beach, from Ocean City and Copalis north. I took my first step in a clam cabin between Ocean City and Copalis 67 years ago, and I’ve been stepping since.
I would prescribe 2000ml IBU 70+ ABV 6+ IPA daily, taken orally.
You pay the shittiest wages you get shittiest employees. Wegmans, In-N-Out, and others have noticed this. Walmart and McDonalds have not.
I take krill oil every day. If I remember, I take a gummy multi and a chewable Vitamin C. I absolutely HATE swallowing pills.
Beloved, on the other had, take handfuls of supplements. Jeff, float me your phone number if you want to talk supplements. Holy Christ on a cracker. All day long, he’s tossing some kinds of supplements back. Then tells me I should boost my Vitamin C intake to prevent the flu. I told him your body does NOT store Vitamin C. Whatever you don’t use will be pissed away.
I’ve never been to Vegas but always wanted to go. If you’re considering Rhode Island, I can give you some tips! Whatever you decide, ENJOY.
Your fish sandwich looks like it slipped going into the box and nobody corrected it.
Speaking of fish sandwiches, Lent starts on Wednesday so all the fast food places will be trotting out their fish sandwiches. Has anyone tried the one from Wendy’s? That one looks very, very good.
Root 66 says
Wendy’s fish is OK, but Arby’s fish sandwich is much better…especially the one on their King’s Hawaiian bun!
Love the Arby’s fish!
And let me say this about that: southern New England is nice in late September. It’s still warm, but the tourists are gone. Have a beer in the middle of the river at the Bridge in Westerly. Visit Mystic Seaport, and marvel at the 19th-century gimbal-mounted bed aboard the Charles W. Morgan.
Madz, I was just looking over the comments and I reread yours; it occurred to me that, “I take krill oil every day.” could be the first sentence of a Great American Novel: something to follow in the footsteps of Catch-22, Cat’s Cradle, Another Roadside Attraction, and other personal journeys of discovery and ridiculousness. Don’t know whether you have another 25,000 words handy, but there could be hundreds of dollars in the enterprise. Just an observation.
John, if I can’t come up with the 25,000 other words, perhaps I could simplify to maybe 600 and use it as a C&W song. Or New Age?
I’d like to chew on this. The notion, not the pill.
I’ll help on the first half-verse, but I don’t yodel none and my woman just ran away with my truck. . .
I take krill oil every day,
It’s the price I have to pay.
My triglycerides are high
And on Fridays so am I.
. . . and if you need a country song to emulate, you could do worse than the Commander’s band featuring Nicolette Larson . . .
You win!!! Thanks for the good laugh.
Root 66 says
Supplements? Perhaps “Geritol” is more up your alley! 🙂
I’m right there with you on that “Salvador-Dali-of-Fish.” It wouldn’t kill those “sandwich artists” or whatever, to put a little pride in their work. Sheesh!
I can’t really render any opinions concerning travel…because I’m poor and cheap.
I’m one of those. Sometimes I run out before I arrive. For example, I never been to England but I kinda like the Beatles, I headed for Las Vegas only made it out to Needles.
I was always a big skeptic on the extra pills and such. Then I started having
nerve problems in my legs. I tried these homeopathic pills and I’ll be damned.
They work! I guess anything with Belladonna and deer antler velvet should do
something for fucks sake.
The last time I went Mac Crap I pulled up to pay, and the cashier said the people
in front of me had paid my bill. So cool! So, I paid for the people behind me. I’m
hoping it was contagious…
Frances Goodey says
Living in Australia as I do, I feel this site with its comments from random Americans is a little window into the national psyche. Am I wrong?
Jeff’s ‘Sweet sainted mother of …’ usually sends me to the interwebnetgoogle, and I gain a little history too.
Surely two dry bun halves with a dry factory-shaped fish-flavoured slice isn’t really a sandwich? You deserve better, my friends. Look up ‘sandwich’ on the interwebnetgoogle and demand better!
Frances, as you might imagine, the nation that went to the moon possesses the artistic, culinary and technological wherewithal to design and construct a tasty sandwich that won’t actively kill its eater. However, since we are one of the most culturally heterogeneous countries on the planet, we have 300 million opinions about everything, including what constitutes cuisine. Lent or no Lent, that ain’t a sandwich where I live, but we have learned to tolerate and, on our best days, even respect the choices of others.
With regard to politics and sandwiches, today’s Americans, like Walt Whitman and Dagwood Bumstead before them, contain multitudes.
Dagwood knew his sandwiches if I recall correctly
I take a multi-vitamin daily (OK, don’t get around to it on weekends) and 2000 extra mcg’s of D on my doctor’s advice. But he did tell me that the multi-vitamin is probably not doing anything if I eat a balanced diet (which I do – fruits and veggies every day with the obligatory helping of animal flesh). So, I may just save the cash and apply it to something important – like beer – in the near future.
My doc said if you eat a half way decent diet, you don’t need to take multi-vitamins. He said that a huge percentage of them exit through your urethra anyway. My recent blood work came back showing me to be extremely deficient in vitamin D, so I take a supplement of that each day and that’s it.
I take multi vitamins every morning and they not only keep me healthy but also prevent me from ripping out the jugulars of people who don’t realize that their level of annoyance to me (which exacerbates the annoyance) would have resulted in their lack of a jugular. It consists of bacon, whiskey, coffee, and a red eye (made with V8 not tomato juice, for the vitamins).
I do like a V8. It’s not only for the vitamins, but also for the salt, which is what makes it delicious. You can’t say “sodium” without saying “yum.”
V-8 and a fish sammich. That’s a Yum!
Bill Kirchen and Commander Cody agree about the salubrious nature of a V8 . . .
After his music career, the good Commander taught mechanical engineering at my alma mater. Not my major and I never met him, but still close to a Brush with Greatness.
Also, nice Neumann. Looks like a U87. Most of the cars I’ve ever owned cost less than that microphone.
C…….3000 mg…if I feel that scratchy/ stuffy thing start to happen I up it. I also have orange flavored chewables (500mg) I’ll knock back through the day. Usually fine the next day.
Cal Mag Zinc…makes the D-3 work
Potassium Gluconate…1650 mg
Fish oil…1200 w/Omega 360
Cranberry…4200 mg x3
And at the end of day I will always have at least 72 ounces of Vitamin Pee…only found in beer.
I enjoy great health…never sick…still wear a 35 waist Wrangler. I also walk a lot after a day of sitting on my ass staring out a windshiled.
Vegas man…my home… Stay at the Orleans…$50.00 for a really, really nice room. Classy place yet you’ll feel like a local. Fuck stuffy highfalutin stuffy fucks. The strip is about a mile if that away. McMullans Irish Pub is a short walk across the street and it is killer. Great food and mega beers. Let me know. I’m always through there and can make sure I book a load that lands me there to meet up. Chicago Joe’s is on me. Also….consider driving up to the lodge on Mount Charleston…great restaurant/bar back in my day….September in Vegas is hard to beat.
also…3 aspirin w/ caffeine and a multi in the morning. My wife’s retina surgeon said the multi was moot (I’m staying with the multi) but he liked her supplements which are somewhat similar to mine…she takes some girl stuff and stuff for her eyes…CoQ- 10 I think. I have two 7 day vitamin trays i put my daily fix in.
Sounds like we are having a WVSR meet up in Sin City!
I arranged to meet a bunch of internet people in a bar while on an anniversary celebration trip with my first wife.
I do not believe you pay for a travel agent. There fees are picked by there partners (Airlines, Hotels and rental cars). I can’t believe people use them either….
I went through a multivitamin phase. It seems to me that when I was taking them, I didn’t get hungry as much, which helped to suppress snacking. Now, every few years, I buy a bottle and then don’t take them.
And one of the things I’ve noticed is that there don’t seem to be plain old vitamins anymore; it’s all specialty blends for women, for men, for “old folks,” for those with a rubidium deficiency – or perhaps even the common palsies.
By coincidence, I’m an old folk with a rubidium-87 deficiency. Because the half-life of rubidium-87 is 49 billion years, I can only take half a dose now; I take the other half then, and am required to do so, so I have a fairly good chance of seeing the Mariners in the World Series, though I might be suffering from multi-organ palsy by then.
I can’t even tell you how many bottle of multi-vitamins, calcium, etc. I throw away every year. I don’t even know why I buy the darn things as I can’t even choke them down they are so huge. Seems like when I see them on sale, I feel like I should buy them as they are such a bargain. Then I toss them. What a waste.
And as for fish sandwiches? I ain’t eating no fish between two pieces of bread. If I eat fish, it is fried and dipped in ketchup, along with a side of French fries. I don’t really care for hush puppies, which they force on you in restaurants down here in the Mid-South.
Near a mid-milestone birthday about a decade ago I started taking a daily multi-vitamin. About the time I finished the bottle (probably a 30 day supply) I got a kidney stone.
I understand that correlation does not equal causation, but I’ve never taken another vitamin and haven’t had another kidney stone, either.
Your mileage may vary.
Hey Jeff, have you tried the big-mac with bacon? I would love to get a review on that. Commercials around here are pretty funny, like it being a gift from the gods. I’m curious to hear what you think about the ‘experience’.
Jerry in WV says
Every morning – Fish oil and Niacin for Cholesterol level and Triglycerides, D3, probiotics, 81 mg aspirin, multivitamin and COQ10. Also drink lots of protein and water. I eat about 1800 calories a day of mainly chicken, vegetables and a ton of fruit. Seems no matter how clean I eat, my cholesterol is always an issue. Doc says it is genetic. Workout 3-5 times a week and try to stay healthy. No matter what, age and genetics will always kick your ass!
Yeah, no matter how gracefully you age, you WILL age nonetheless.