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Report from the NAIC Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met in Seattle from August 13-17.  I was on hand for most of this meeting, and here’s a quick look at some of the key developments:

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The Patient is Not Responsive…

A friend of mine passed away recently after a long illness.  In the final hours of his life, my friend was slipping in and out of consciousness.  As the family gathered to say their final goodbyes, the siblings were concerned that one son would not get home in time for my friend to be cognizant and recognize him.  Hours before the son arrived at the hospital, my friend slipped into what the doctors thought was a final coma.  His family tried to speak with him, but the doctors pronounced him “unresponsive.”  Finally my friend’s son arrived and walked into the room. 

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Joe’s Special…

When I was a kid growing up in Northern California there was a popular chain of local restaurants called “Original Joe’s.”  The most popular dish they served was, of course, “Joe’s Special” – a concoction of ground beef, spinach, eggs, onion, Parmesan cheese, and oregano (Joe was a paisan, in case you were wondering), plus a few other items that added character.  Undoubtedly the initial version of the recipe was created from all the leftover items Joe (or Joe’s mother) had in the kitchen one afternoon.  It was the ultimate mish-mosh of flavor and textures; an unlikely combination of ingredients that worked well together. Here’s a link to the recipe just in case you’re interested…

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