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Notes from Steve

October 1, 2015

Thank you all for your concerns and comments last week regarding my infestation.  The culprit was found in the basement – Craig the painter at my house named the mouse “Marty” and said “Marty” had an anxiety induced heart attack following a trial with a sticky trap.   He then left the carcass in my garage to show me.  (Note: don’t show me stuff like this – I trust that the dead is dead.  I don’t need proof.)  

We all have “sticky trap” trials.   I think sometimes I feel as if I’m trudging through life – it is almost like a mousetrap.  We have to be so aware and so “on”, so as not to get caught in a scam or a trap.  Life is tricky nowadays.  It is as easy or hard as eating.  You think you are being healthy and bang!  You’re dead from artificial sweeteners or from high fructose corn syrup.  Or you like your meat well done because you grew up on the possibility of not cooking your meat throughout could lead to illness, and then you get cancer from too much burnt meat.  What?  Or the leftover poisons on the skins of fruit … what?  Or brain cancer from your phone or carpal tunnel from texting or … or … or …


So it is only makes sense to live completely isolated, eating only pure foods planted by nuns on untouched soil.  Or enjoy it all and die when you die.  Throw caution to the wind and live everyday as if it’s your last.   I was telling Dr. Hurt that the Des Moines Register had an article on the benefits of black coffee.  “Drink a lot of it”, is essentially what it said.  I’m a confirmed gallon a day coffee drinker – always black and strong.  If I lived by conventional wisdom – in the eighties I would have been dead, because coffee was considered unhealthy, and you should only drink decaf (which was debunked and then decaf was found to have properties that lead to bad health … really? … you can’t win with this stuff).  Bottom line, if it’s legal and done in moderation – enjoy your life.  There will always be sticky traps and things that can kill you, but live life anyway.  The worst thing that could happen is that you’ve avoided a lot of life to ward off death and then you die anyway.  C’est la vie!


-Steve Simonin, President & CEO

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