Sunday, January 07, 2018

Snow Day

We had an early snow a few weeks ago. I was on a vacation day to do some yard work, etc... Ha. Anyway, this is what it looked like:


I wish I had been able to get snow pics to show you from my property in amongst the ridges on my property. Instead, you'll have to settle for a quick pic I took up there today:

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas and the New Year Reflections

What a year it has been!  In some ways, I'm less of a person than I was; it's as if I lost part(s) of myself.  :-P  In other ways, it was one of the best years I've ever had.

Health issues dominated the last half of the year.  Being cut for the first time...  That was something that I probably could've lived without for a few more years, had it not been for the fact I might've died without it.  Still, parental health issues were even more frightening.

It was good to have a nice, relaxing Christmas with family this year.  Old times and memories were shared and relived.  Everyone seemed to be in good health and spirits.  That was the best gift.

The first half of the year was awesome.  The new job, pretty much the ideal one for me... making new friends... doing a little travelling, even if it was for work... all great things.  The old body even started getting back in shape.  Things seemed to be on a good track.

Then, an omen: my new boss quit, shortly after hiring me.  Within two weeks, I was in the ER being prepped for emergency surgery, suffering from sepsis from a bad gall bladder.  A month later, in a routine exam totally unrelated to any existing condition, I find out I have cancer.  Less than a month since the very first surgery I ever had, I was being cut again to remove part of my tongue.

Amazingly, I didn't really feel overwhelmed.  I was a little scared, but somehow made my peace.  I think I was better with the gall bladder thing than the cancer, though.  Cancer threatens to torture you to death, while the gall bladder thing is something they do and you go home.  I was back at work the next work day after the gall bladder but it took weeks to get the old mouth hole in shape to eat or talk after my partial glossectomy.

Anyway, it looks like I'm going to be able to slide quietly into the new year.  I feel lucky to even see 2018. Let's hope it's a little more uneventful.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Fast and Full for Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving weekend I would like to express my sincere thanks to the fast food workers out there who keep me fed.  I've never worked at a fast food restaurant, though in my teens I worked at a Kress with a coffee shop.  Fast food seems like it would require odd-hours and be almost completely thankless.

Due to poor planning, or exhaustion, sometimes I am required to rely on you for sustenance.  You almost always satisfy.  So, to all of those who work fast food and, in spite of everything, take the time to greet me with kindness and correctly fill my order, I say thank you and God bless.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Winter River Bridge

Here, in the cold, lonely house one seeks warmth but it can't be found.  No solace.  Just cold, darkness.  Alone.  Utterly alone... save for the ghost of Lydia Deetz.  Even Morocco Jones is not to be found.

It's so much fun to spend holidays alone.  And hungry.  And cold.  And whiney.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Guitar Center Sucks

Maybe you shouldn't buy non-guitar equipment from a place called GUITAR Center.  They recently really botched up an order online.  Perhaps they're better in person... or not.  They don't seem that great in person, either.  The prices posted online seem good, but good luck getting it from there to you.

The good ole' days of Bailey Brothers, Art's  and Capital Music...  I miss that.  Even our local Effinger's or Z's.  What happened to those awesome days?  A trip to the guitar shop was like going to an amusement park.  Now we have impersonal websites and reps on the phone who barely seem to know how to tie their shoes.  Over the phone you have no idea if they're even wearing shoes.  Not that I care about if they wear shoes or not... I digress.

Yeah, there were arrogant snots at some of those local places.  They would eventually talk you out of liking music, if you let them... but there were also cool folks who would talk music and trash.  There has to be something to take the place of that.  Is the interwebnet really taking that spot?  Surely not.

Maybe growing up in the pre-www days made it seem more fulfilling to find a spot where people gathered to talk about common interests.  Social networking has really opened up the world, to understate it immensely.  Yet, somehow, there is still something better about getting that hungry loneliness abated and even satiated for a little while with a visit to the shrine to guitars for sale.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Nice Weather You're Having

Why does it go from intolerably hot to uncomfortably cold?  Heat is good at the beach and cold is good when I can bundle up with my girl.  Why can't it just be 70 degrees outside all the rest of the time?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Unmitigated Gall

If you have your gall bladder removed, remember not to skip a meal.