Bitterbarn’s Weblog

aka “The Bull” (some content not suitable for children or religous zealots)


I was just loading my car to go to the airport, we are going to visit my wifes family in Cleavland of all places. My sister-in-law is medical resident. I was going through my self prescribed therapy that has me putting all my differences with medicine aside for the week. (to keep the peace) I started thinking when did I become so jaded toward medicine and capitalism and “the man” anyway. Then I was caught up in a vision.
When I was in the 11th grade I worked at a furniture store in Murray Utah. I delivered the furniture. Horrible job actually, we delivered marble tables at times up several flights of stairs. I got the job because one of my church leaders was the store owner. He must of thought it a very cleaver way to exploit children by paying them 5 bucks an hour to ruin their backs for life. Anyway one day were to deliver a black table to a woman in park city. After searching for the item in the warehouse we came back to the store owner and told him we could not find the table. He told us “oh its in the back here I am almost done with it”. We went to the back office and found a half white half spray painted black table. As he finished spray painting the rest of the table he gave us a can of spray paint so we could touch it up in the truck when we got the womans house.
Thats they day I learned what business was about. Selling widgets, no matter the moral cost. I have translated that to what goes on in our health care system and I must view medicine as the store owners.
It led to one of my two great rules that I live by and challenge anyone to dissprove. rule #1 is “nothing is real”

hey… its a bitterbarn.

May 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 4 Comments

“taking a bath”

Who doesn’t like a nice warm bath now and then? (I am not gay) I am not talking about the kind of bath where you get naked and sit in a fiberglass pot full of human stew. Not a bath with bath salts that effervesce; Chandler Bing.
I am talking about when things aren’t going so hot, if fact THINGS are downright nasty and you decide to ride the wave to get all your nasties out in one plunge. Big business does this. Executives are under “pressure” to report good things about their companies quarter after quarter. They save all their crappy news in a file called “save for the bath” Then, in a down turn like we’re having or in a quarter where they might think they could get away with some bad news they dump all their bad news on ya at once so as not to take a beating for every little thing; they could just get spanked once. Am I making sense?
For example. If your wife come home late from Bunco and finds that you haven’t cleaned the kitchen. If she gets real mad at you this would be a good time to also tell her you did’t change the baby, forgot to pay the bills, haven’t payed tithing in six months, haven’t registered her car, didn’t refill the toilet paper, forgot to get the family vacation off and didn’t move the laundry around like she asked.
This way you can get beat up for all these things at once rather than take many many smaller beatings This is called taking a bath.

ANY Who…. We see corrupt corporations doing this all over the place now. Intermountain health care a private network of hospitals here in Utah; has ooooodddleeesss of money. The just announced they would not contribute to their employees 401k’s anymore; of course the execs will still get their bonuses. IHC has taken the opportunity of the weak economy to take a bath, tons of companies are doing this. When the econ bounces back they will be that much more ahead. GM is clearly doing this, They saw a great opportunity in a recession to cry poor and we all believe it because hey “times are hard”. The net effect is that GM will be able to cut some fat out of their employees and when the econ comes back they will make even more money than they had been before.

Moral of the story is if you work in an industry that isn’t really effected by the recession watch out for those execs at work to pretend times are tough to eek out some more of their bonus off your back.
demonize? of course. their demons.

April 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 2 Comments

Dear US Navy:

Dear US Navy:
Should I; whilst under your fine protection become the only American citizen to fall into the hands of pirates in the last 200 years don’t be to hard on yourselves. My captors will probably be high on some kind of amphetamine and their decision making will be hard to compete with. I realize that you must be careful when dealing with a life boat with one motor. I am sorry that you will be under enormous pressure to save me since you training is perceived to be superior than that of my captors. By all means don’t deploy the seal teams; if such a thing exists; to save me , because sirs; I have a plan. After the pirates drug induced high comes to and end; they will begin to crash. At this point I will wait until night time to make my escape. When I jump in the water and begin to swim. BY ALL MEANS, SHOOT. shoot their boat, shoot them do something smart. If in fact the USS Halyburton is more than just a right off please shoot something at my captors when you have the perfect chance when I am in the water and away from them.
Thank you future possible prisoner of pirates.

USS Halyburton

USS Halyburton

somali pirates

somali pirates

April 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Sweatshirt redistribution

          I had this red  Texas Tech Sweatshirt.  It was a “hoody” it was fun to wear.  I haven’t seen it for about three weeks.  I’ve looked everywhere.  Yesterday a little Hispanic kid got off the bus and started walking home.  HE WAS WEARING MY SHIRT.  How many people in Utah have  Texas Tech Sweatshirts.  Texans don’t even have “Sweatshirts”.  This kid was wearing a shirt that looked about 5 sizes to big for him.

    I must have left it in my car.  I guess when his parents went out birthday shopping they didn’t even make  it to wall mart; just my car.  So now what do I do?  I don’t mind giving it to the poor.

      I just didn’t relize that Obamas plan would go into effect so soon.  Come to think of it they have always practiced the “Obama deal”  I just did’t they they could come on over and help them selves.  Don’t worry little buddy I’ll pay your parents taxes.

  the bull

November 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 7 Comments