George and Me

Every week night at 11pm, if I’m still awake, I lay in bed and watch Seinfeld.  What I have realized over time is that I have a certain affinity for the George Costanza character.  In fact, he is without a doubt my favorite.  He is also arguably the most annoying character on the show which brings me to question why I like him so much.  Today it occurred to me that I have a lot in common with ole  George and maybe that’s why I like him.  So I thought I’d run down the list of things I have in common with George.

1.  Choosing comfort over style. There was an episode where George was out of work and started wearing sweatpants every day.  That about sums up the past three winters of my life.  When I bought my first pair of Old Navy sweatpants I discovered a certain level of bliss.  Now I have four pairs and rotate them throughout the week.  I also live in sneakers and rarely put on make-up.  I get the idea of investing in your beauty and the face you put forward in the world, but I just can’t seem to sacrifice my comfort to do that.  Thus, I feel a lot like George…

2.  Thinning hair. Alright, this one totally freaks me out, but two years ago when I cut my hair super short I realized that it is not nearly as thick as it used to be.  These days I part my hair over a little further than I used to and try not to obsess about the hairs that find their way to the drain in the shower.

3.  Often wonder what I do all day. What does George do at his job anyway?  In one episode his biggest responsibility is getting a birthday card signed and he can’t even get that right.  I’ve had so many moments over my lifetime, whether it was school, work, or parenthood, where I just feel like I’m not doing enough.  Right now, I’m scanning the room (that my husband would lovingly refer to as a “clutterbox”) and wondering how to get myself motivated enough to clean it every. single. day.  I mean seriously…I’m a stay-at-home-mom, I consider cleaning a part of the job description there.  Yet, I SUCK at it!

Now for the last thing I have in common with George…

4.  I can be a bit self-deprecating. From where I’m watching, George doesn’t think too highly of himself.  He’s beyond surprised when women show interest in him and he has very low expectations for what he’ll receive in his life.  Because of this he has a hard time telling people what he really feels.  He even finds himself sending out wedding invitations when he doesn’t want to get married at all.  I had a George moment a couple of months ago.  Lissa posted something about a video project she was doing geared toward young girls.  They were looking for mothers of daughters to play a role in the video.  I decided to put my name in for it.  I sent an email, honestly thinking it was a shot in the dark and I didn’t really have a chance.  Three hours later a producer from LA called saying they loved what I wrote and wanted me for the project.  I hung up the phone and the only thoughts going through my head were you’ll never be able to do this, you’ll ruin the whole thing, you really shouldn’t let them waste their money on you. In the end, I didn’t get a call back about the project.  I’m not sure what happened, but honestly I was somewhat relieved because I just didn’t have the confidence that I could actually DO it.

In the end it is probably unfortunate that I liken myself to George…these particular characteristics aren’t either of our stronger ones.  But it is what it is and all I can say is I’ll work on it.  (Hopefully a little harder than I work on cleaning my house.)

*Was fixing breakfast for the girls and remembered I didn’t include the most important thing I have in common with George.  I’m cheap..

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Courts Against Healthcare Bill

I saw the headline on my Comcast homepage.  Courts are declaring Obama’s Healthcare Bill unconstitutional.  I understand the idea that it’s unconstitutional to make people buy something if they don’t want it.  I don’t want to argue that, or argue at all.  It just seems like fighting a war against something that is basically benign.

If people walk around without insurance and then something serious happens (like needing open heart surgery, getting shot at a public community event, flipping your car on the interstate, or finding a lump in your breast) they may be left bankrupt with tax dollars picking up their tabs.  So is it really all that bad that people are asked to buy insurance to save themselves and their fellow citizens this heartache?  Of course, I recognize this is face value and it is probably a lot more complicated.  I’m also sort of obsessed with the safety and security that comes with insurance-whether or not I’m actually all that protected because of it.

I think there are some really positive things in this bill that will go out the window if it is declared Unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.  I mean if everyone has to buy insurance, won’t companies have to insure them?  So people who have been desperate for insurance for years but have been unable to qualify because of pre-existing conditions will finally be able to be covered.  It will help a lot of people.  It will even help people who don’t think they want to be helped.  Isn’t it possible there could be a general feeling of wow, we should have done this years ago?

It just seemed to me that all through the years and during election time people always talk about healthcare and insurance issues.  There are probably more people walking a line with the possibility of one terrible accident or horrible sickness destroying them financially than there are people who will never have to worry about how they’ll pay a hospital bill should they need to.  Of course as I say this I realize the Baby Boomers are starting to turn 65 this year, so that probably makes that statement false or at least will in the next ten years.

I’m mostly just so tired of these games.  Why are we using money, time, and resources to fight this?  It was an enormous compromise from where the whole  thing began.  At this point in the debate do average everyday citizens even know what’s so bad about the bill?  And more importantly at this point, considering it was voted in last year, do they even care?  I suppose they care if their side tells them to.  I really think the only thing that matters to our leaders anymore is political capitol.