November 1, 2018
I’m in big trouble with my weight. I’m very heavy, and all of my pants are uncomfortably tight. I’ve been in a similar predicament before and, in prior years, I’d eat less, exercise more and take some pride in slimming down before the legislative session. Not this time.
I’ve found a loophole in the Senate rules.
Senate Rule 3.01 requires people to be properly attired in the Senate Chamber: “While the Senate is actually in session, no male Senator or Representative or any other male person shall come on the floor of the Senate without wearing a coat and tie.”
You see? It says nothing that prevents me from wearing sweatpants on the Senate floor. I’ll wear a tie. I’ll put on a coat (although I may not be able to button it, which isn’t required).
And I’ll be the senator wearing britches with an elastic waistband or drawstring. Point of order? No way. Point of personal comfort.
t’s time to start growing my beard for Movember, an annual time when folks grow facial hair for a month to focus attention on men’s health and issues like testicular cancer, prostate cancer and men’s suicide.
I’m a testicular cancer survivor. I was diagnosed back in 1992, had three surgeries and chemotherapy. Then, a couple of years later, on a routine follow-up CT scan, they found a new tumor in my abdomen related to the original cancer. That prompted another pretty big surgery. They sort of field dressed me.
My last treatment of any kind was in April of 1995. I’m here today because of early, effective and frequent health care. My cancer, and the gifts that came out of it, are a part of who I am and a significant part of what motivates me in my public service.
So I participate each year at this time in the Movember Foundation’s efforts to raise money and awareness. You’ll see me looking pretty shaggy during the first part of November. If I keep going into December, I begin to resemble Santa. My beard is pretty white these days and if I don’t lose some poundage, I’ll really look like that guy.
But, as part of my Movember effort, I’ve also committed to walking or running during November to improve my health and maybe avoid those sweatpants this coming legislative session. It’s also part of the way the Movember Foundation is calling attention to the suicide rate among men.
We all know someone who has dealt with these issues either as the patient, survivor or as caretaker. We also all know someone we’ve lost.
I hope you’ll help out. You can contribute by going to my special site at Movember.com.
Have you voted yet?