A Big Move

Today my parents closed on a house in Nashville. The house I grew up in for half of my life will soon belong to a new family.

When I first learned my mom and dad were looking to move from Northern Virginia, I selfishly threw a bit of a fit. This was…is home. That miserable rush hour traffic around the Capital Beltway was a strange sense of pride when talking with outsiders. No matter where I go, I will always be a Virginian.

But I moved to San Francisco. And my sister is working on her PhD in Maryland. The nest emptied a long time ago. Who am I to try to put up a roadblock to something I know my family thought long and hard about.

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Just Talking with George Simmons

George Simmons is on the podcast this week talking about life in southern California, smog, and Quentin Tarantino. George also shares his perspective on having a college-age child, the maturation of DSMA Live, and the joys of the diabetes online community. Enjoy.

Follow George on Twitter @Ninjabetic and diabetescaf.org.

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Diabetes Blog Week 2014 – Diabetes Life Hacks

Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes.  Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s backlight when not on the home-screen (scroll to the bottom of this post). Please remember to give non-medical advice only!

I’m not sure if this is a diabetes “hack”, and it’s likely only going to matter to people living in California, but if you live in the Golden State…

Did you know that Walgreens pharmacies will straight up give you a sharps container if you ask for one? I asked Google what was up with that and found this FAQ from calrecycle.ca.gov. And I quote:

SF Recycling & Disposal administers the program, which is funded through garbage rates paid by the residents of the City of San Francisco. The company buys the sharps containers, delivers them to participating Walgreens, and arranges for a medical waste company to pick up the full containers. More than 1,500 containers are distributed to the residents of San Francisco each month. After collection from Walgreens, the needles and other sharps are microwaved to sterilize them and then ground up and discarded at specially permitted landfills. When garbage collectors observe needles in the trash, the customer is contacted and told about the Safe Needle Disposal Program. For fiscal year 2007, the Safe Needle program costs were $231,395. Labor & related costs were $102,197, disposal costs were $96,754, and supplies were $32,444. As a percentage of total revenues, this works out to 0.25%. On a customer basis, for the ~151,800 residential/apartment customers it’s ~$1.52 per year or 13 cents per month.

I couldn’t find anything to suggest that CVS or other competitors have a similar program, but if you have a Walgreens nearby and you don’t want to use empty 2 liter soda bottles for your diabetes waste, give it a go.

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Automotive Customization

Looking back, I’ve always had a vanity license plate. My first car was Su6rFr3; a bold attempt to recreate my initial diabetes alias, SugarFree.

The vanity plates for my second car reflected my current persona – 5prtc5. You know, because I am Spartacus. I even put that on a JDRF themed plate. Between Spartacus, diabetes, and the Virginia Tech frame, you had an entire snapshot of who I am. (Assuming you could translate 5prtc5.)

Now that I’m living in California, there’s a new opportunity to customize my drive-by status. Lucky for me, you can get particularly creative with license plates in this state.

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The Californians

This week I’m catching up with Parris Lilly, now of Gamertag Radio. We discuss the similarities in our moves to California and life in The Golden State. Parris also talks about the changes in his quality of life since he switched jobs. Finally, we discuss his “coming out of retirement” to join Gamertag Radio, impressions of the next generation of gaming consoles, and the possibilities of SteamOS. Enjoy!

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