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Surgery and Ethics

Six years ago, Cami and I had been married for abut a year and a half, Ben was six months old. A few weeks before, Cami had gone to see the Optometrist to get fitted for some new glasses, and for some reason had been gone for nearly four hours (the Eye Doc was literally a block away). I tried calling several times, but there was no answer. To say that I was nervous would be an understatement. And those who know me best will also know it was because I hate being late.

A few minutes before my drop dead leaving time, Cami walked into the house. Because of the dilation she couldn’t see her phone to answer it or to text me. Okay. There’s more…

The reason she had been late is she had been sent for an emergency MRI. On her brain. On which there was a rather larger tumor.

I think that my heart stopped for a moment. I know that I didn’t go to work that day. Several trips to UCSF later, just after New Years Day

My view of the surgery

My view of the surgery

2011, Cami went into surgery while I waited with my parents, my oldest daughter and two of Cami’s best friends. For hours. Twelve to be exact. Dad and I watched the Bowl Game with Stanford’s Andrew Luck proving that he would be the 1st Round Pick. I didn’t pay as much attention to the game as I did to my phone and the information desk. Eventually even that closed, there was still no word. Read the rest of this entry



Back in late December, there came a moment when I wanted to be somewhere for a family event, but I couldn’t be there because of work. It wasn’t that I hated my job or anything negative thing like that, I just had this overwhelming feeling that I was missing far too much of my life to be on the air until 6pm every weekday and at the studio for a good 4-6 hours every Saturday.

More than anything, it was the desire to have a full life and spend time with my family that drove my decision.

Over the past five months, the podcast has become driven, but not to the same extreme. I absolutely love doing the podcast, and I look forward to it each and every day.

But there comes a time, when the reason why I do a podcast instead of a radio show has to take precedence.

318937_4491224291818_1306847305_nLast week, as you know, my sister-in-law, Roni, passed away after a very long battle with life and with so many types of cancer that I couldn’t keep track of them all. Last night, one week almost to the moment, Cami’s father, and my beloved Father-in-law, passed away after his own battle with cancer.

Ed was an amazing guy, and – I probably don’t need to tell you this – he was also a submariner. We were separated by about 20 years in our service times, but my first “real” boss in the Navy, after I completed all my schools, turned out to be one of Ed’s friends from years before.

When Cami and I got engaged, I met Ed for the first time at a family celebration of Independence Day. When we found that we had more than the most beautiful woman on the planet in common, we really hit it off. I even asked him for his permission and blessing to marry Cami. Keep in mind Cami and I were both in our 40’s. I think it took him aback, but it also bonded us. We were two men of a certain profession, bound together by a woman we both love.

Every year for the last six years, Ed and his wife, Georgia, passed through the Valley twice a year on their way to and from Arizona for the winter. Those visits were often short, but they were important as Ben got to meet and play for a few moments with the other Submarine guy in his world.

And now, he has passed over the bar.

I apologize that there was no Constitution Thursday yesterday. I was, in fact I still am, quite ill myself, but I will get that episode done this weekend and get caught back up.

There will be no Plausibly Live today.

Today is for spending time with my family and remembering the good man, Ed Erickson.



2nd Lt. Wallace F. Kaufman


KaufmannHappy Birthday, Allesandro Volta! Date Night with Cami means dinner and a movie… was it… you know… 50 Shades? (Hint: Nope); Other movies that “Do BDSM better” than 50 Shades of Gray?

Attorney General Eric Holder is frustrated by Fox News and questions as to why the Administration refuses to say the words “Islamic Extremism.” He says it doesn’t matter what we call the enemy… and he’s actually correct. Evil is evil, and to defeat evil requires action, not words. But the Administration doesn’t seem to have any problems calling other people “extremists…”

You have probably never heard the story of 2nd Lt. Wallace F. Kaufman, but you have seen it. And his story serves as a reminder that war is hell, but you don’t win a war by talking about what you are going to do about it.

At a bar, two fellows are sitting discussing the Constitution and guns as Dave, on a date with Cami, sits nearby and listens to them. They assure each other that the “Supreme Court will never take away our guns. It’s in the Constitution. But even as they say that, are attacks on the 2nd Amendment gaining momentum?

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