One in the Hand v. Two in the Bush

Alright, so today’s prompt is all about risk.  The phrase is “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” and you know, I totally thought it meant that it’s better to have one sure thing vs. two “maybes” but as it turns out, that’s only PART of the equation!



This proverb refers back to mediaeval falconry where a bird in the hand (the falcon) was a valuable asset and certainly worth more than two in the bush (the prey).

The first citation of the expression in print in its currently used form is found in John Ray’s A Hand-book of Proverbs, 1670, in which he lists it as:

[also ‘one’] bird in the hand is worth two in the bush


By nature, I am an extremely anti-risk individual.  I cross at the crosswalk, seldom gamble, and avoid anything that could have a negative outcome.  So, here is how I’d compare my sentiments on this phrase:

One guaranteed job is better than 40 Work-from-home schemes.  I know, they’re not all fake, but the risk associated with them, even if they are “get rich quick” makes me turn and run screaming for the hills.  Could those at-home systems pay out?  Sure…will I ever find out?  Nope, I’ll take the one job I have and be content with that, it’s worth far more to me to have stability and moderate rather than risk and the possibility of greatness.




Horrified at Stomach Pumping Machine

So I happened upon a link to ABCNews a few days ago, and meant to write about this, but ran out of motivation unfortunately.

The Aspire Assist

This is the AspireAssist, a tube that goes directly from your stomach (like, the organ), out of your abdominal muscle/skin and is attached manually to a pump about 20 minutes after eating.  At this point, 30% of the ingested food will be sucked out by the pump and dumped into a toilet.

Here’s the video that I watched on ABC’s News site:

A few things to get straight:  This is not FDA approved, so it’s not available to us in the US.  Next, this is considered for long term weight management.  That means, you keep this tube for as long as you like, and don’t need to learn to eat better, exercise, moderate portion sizes, or any of those other “pesky” weight loss “gimmicks” (please read the sarcasm here).  When I was in highschool, girls who had eating disorders were scorned, mocked, degraded, and sure, maybe envied for their willowesque figures.

But now, as adults, we understand that eating disorders are not healthy.  So how is this any different than say, bulimia? Sure, you aren’t ripping apart your esophagus with stomach acid, nor are you eroding your teeth, but you are still controlling the aftermath of eating, rather than controlling the eating in the first place.   This has been done so far in a few countries in Europe, including Sweden (if I remember correctly) and here are some things that patients and doctors have mentioned.

“Some people manage to lose weight on a diet, but the kinds of changes you need to make to keep it off are probably not sustainable for many,” she said. “There’s a lot to be said for people being in the driver’s seat with their own body, with their own health. This allows a patient to do that while under the care of a physician.” ~ Katherine D. Crothall, president and CEO of Aspire Bariatrics, the maker of the AspireAssist

Really?  So the problem is that we can’t maintain our weight loss?  No kidding!  That’s not news, that’s life.

From Wall-E in the year 2805

But, Crothall believes that this pump can help us keep our weight managed (without the irritation of being responsible for our actions, rather we just deal with the consequences more efficiently).

“People often wish they could just eat and make the calories go away. It was only a matter of time before someone came up with this. This is an enabling device, not a helping device ,it doesn’t do anything to make someone change their relationship with food. Once you put this in someone, they’re never going to want it taken out.” ~ Keith Ayoob, an associate clinical professor of nutrition at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City

Oh thank God, someone with some sense, and even a PHD!

Now here’s the funniest part.  This is supposed to be a “temporary” solution, because surgery is long-term and pretty much unchangeable without additional surgery, right?

Crothall (creator and CEO) said that her company hadn’t looked at how weight loss is maintained once the device is removed but was marketing the device for long-term use. She said that trial participants were offered counseling to help them modify their eating habits, but there was only anecdotal evidence that any of them made changes.

Cederhag said he’d eventually like to get to the point where he no longer needed the pump, but if he couldn’t maintain his lower weight without it, he’d be fine with keeping the AspireAssist in indefinitely.

So…back to square one.  We are now turning into the people in Wall-E.  We’ll be relying on machines to do the work so we don’t have to.

My mind is still reeling, I’m just hoping that this doesn’t become a solution for many, as it is clearly designed to be.  I can understand if someone is “morbidly” obese then any method to help them lose weight would be better than nothing (right? Maybe not?  I just never know anymore), and if this would be the only way they could get down to a weight that they could even consider starting to exercise at, then maybe it’s not so bad?  I’m being my own devil’s advocate here, and my brain is really having a hard time justifying the insanity of this.

What are your thoughts?  Would you have a tube in your abdomen to help you lose weight?  Why or why not?

Daily Prompt: When I was 16…

Senior Pictures, I was 17

The year was 2001, I was 16 years old.  The world was at my finger tips, I was going to be an award winning journalist, I was a sophomore in high school, rising in the ranks of JROTC and was deeply in love with my now-husband, Kris.  I can vaguely remember passing through the halls of the school, with nothing more important on my mind than what I’d wear the next day, ridicule from other students, and how to get better food from the lunch ladies (with whom I worked one period every day) instead of the traditional lunch food.

Would I imagine that I’d have actually married Kris?  That I’d have eloped, moved to California my sophomore year of college, and then returned back to the tundra that is South Dakota?  Not in a million years.  When I was 16, I was planning on going to the University of South Dakota (which I started my first two years of college), would write for the Argus Leader (local news paper) and was toying with the idea of writing a novel, something trashy and romantic more than likely.  I was also going to become independently wealthy and get to travel the world as my fame as an amazing journalist increased, probably to archaeological sites (because, well, why not, right?) and would turn into my own version of Lara Croft: Tombraider (the Angelina Jolie version, naturally, despite me being 2″ shorter, blond and fair skinned).

Have I ended up where I planned?  Not necessarily.  Is it better than what I thought my life would be like?  In this moment I can say without any hesitation that Yes, my life is better now than it would have been had I remained on my original path.  I love writing, absolutely and utterly.  Would I want to rely on me having a moment of brilliant insight to put bread on the table?  Not a chance.  In some ways I’ve become more daring; riding motorcycles, working on mechanics, handling relations with a multi-million dollar enterprise, but in the same token, am much more cautious.  It’s better to have a stable position than one that is reliant on being unquestionably creative every single day, regardless of how I may feel.  It’s also better to be with my best friend, surrounded by pets, than to be alone wandering in the world (current impression, obviously).  My life may fall into the “norm”, but on a daily basis it feels anything but mundane.  I love my job, which I never would have discovered if not for marrying my high school sweetheart, which never would have happened if he had not come back when I was 19 for other reasons of his own.

All in all, I’m happy where I am now, even though it’s completely different from where I was going to be (according to the 16 year old version of myself).  I think if I went back and met her, she’d think I was pretty cool 🙂