The look bedraggled, but these Camilla buds survived the winter.
Sunny here today and young John the Gardener is coming over. Hopefully we will finish cleaning the beds. I’ve done what I could this week, which is pathetic. I removed the most offensive weeds before they went to seed, but many more lie in wait. Oh I love gardening (she says with tongue in cheek…like Margaret Rutherford, aka Miss Marple).
Meanwhile I saw my osteopathic surgeon yesterday and received a shot of cortisone in the bursa of my right hip. Hopefully, this will help with some of the pain in my leg. Dr. M says the pain may be coming from my sciatic nerve because my back suffers with spinal stenosis or arthritis of the spine. You may have to see Dr. H again, he says (H is M’s partner and specializes in backs).
While I’m sitting in the waiting room for three hours, I entertain myself, reading and watching the other visitors. A beautiful and young blonde woman hobbles into the waiting room on crutches and with a bandaged foot. Asked about her health insurance, she says loudly to the desk attendant…I’m on Obamacare and I have no idea. Another young woman walks up to her and says loudly, “Obamacare is awful.”
The first young woman sits next to me and I ask her about her experience with Obamacare. She says, “I had health insurance I loved with Care First (my company), but lost it with Obamacare. Now I have nothing.” I suggest she contact the insurance company directly and see what she can work out. You will probably have to pay more for better coverage, I tell her….she smirks at me.
So what keeps me so engrossed in reading while I sit in the doctor’s waiting room? Why it’s Sean McMeekin’s new book, The Russian Origins of the First World War. McMeekin explains why he thinks most books about WWI, including Barbara Tuchman’s Pulitzer prize-winning Guns of August are wrong about the cause.
I’m only 10 percent into my April book on WWI, so I have no opinion at present. However, it is interesting that the push south toward Constantinople (Istanbul today) 100 years ago, through the same areas recently invaded by Russia, that ignited the third Balkan War (WWI) have not received more attention by historians.
McMeekin says nations (like Germany) don’t go to war over the assassination of a prince in a client state. Other things like access to warm water ports (or oil) matter more (like the First Iraq War in modern times?). In other words, follow the money. Ports = Commerce = Food; Oil = Commerce = Food. Like it or not, in the end, most decisions are economic.