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Been sick since Wednesday.  Temp soaring as high as 104.  It has not been a pleasant experience...  Spent Thursday, Friday, and most Saturday in bed, but no real sleep.  Chest pains stopped Sat afternoon and temp started dropping.  Actually slept Saturday night, which helped enormously.  I'll try to get into work tomorrow.  Maybe if I'm lucky I can make it to the office and barf on the boss's laptop.  That shouldfinally force him to upgrade to what the rest of us are using!

*update*

Well, I think I am mostly over this, a little stuff left deep in my lungs, that will work its way out eventually.  My appetite is back, and I'm back on the job.  Thanks to all who wished me well and prayed for me! =^^=
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  • Reading: Ezra
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Tea

Egad, where did 2017 go? Heck, I remember looking up to 2000 and expecting the great crash of all electronics. Ah, well, another year to move forward. This will be the first Christmas without mom. That changes a lot. My sister mentioned this, we had a lot of family traditions that revolved around her and her Polish heritage; Midnight mass at the Polish church, the wigilia Christmas Eve dinner, the carols…


What do we do now? It is like the anchor broke free. We are free to change whatever we want and make our own traditions. But so what? What direction does one go in? I don’t want to fall prey to Consumer Christmas which is all about buying and deals at best, gifting yourself at worst.


Is it even about family? I love the getting together, and the sharing of memories, but now so many are gone… What happens if I am the last one left?


Why do we even care about this day in the first place?


I love the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. The cartoon was so progressive for its time. It followed, no, it made a formula that was completely contradictory to what conventional wisdom said a cartoon should be. From using a Jazz artist for the background music, to actual children to do the voice acting, to the most radical thing of all: Actually reading the Gospel on national TV.


It hit the nail on the head. This is a messed up, depressing world we are living in. But there is hope beyond it. It is not unattainable, and the means by which we can obtain it. That all began in a noting town in an obscure part of the Roman Empire… No it didn’t start there, it started with a promise at the dawn of time, but the climax started there. A new hope for everyone in this world, and beyond it…


Happy Christmas!

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  • Reading: Malachi
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Tea
Of all the holidays, this is the first big one with mom now gone.  I am so thankful for that!  This reminds me of exactly why I love Jesus.  Death is irrelevant.  Mom has moved to basically Tahiti without the bother of phones, internet or mail.  The best part is that eventually I will be going there as well!  Only when we meet again, there will no longer be the gulf of decades separating us.  We will all be in our prime, with no more arthritis, cancer, gallstones, gout, sinus headaches, back pain, kidney stones, etc.  We will be reunited with friends and family that have gone on before us and share the common praise of the one who rescued us all from the true pain of death!

All glory praise and honor forever be unto the risen Christ!  =^^=

And thank you all to those that have stood by me in this time of trial with your well wishes, prayers, and sympathy!
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  • Reading: Malachi
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Tea
At 89 she was the matriarch of the family.  We really can have no complaints.  Her mom died in her 50's, her dad in his 60's.  Of eight children, all that were left were mom and the youngest (76).  I got a call from the nursing home that her condition was deteriorating.  She passed around 17:00.

Thank you mom, for the years you raised me.  Thank you for tolerating my bad temper and selfish nature.  Thank you for introducing me to God and modelling selfless love for me.  Thank you for your patience love and time, for the meals cooked, the lessons taught, the shoes tied, the hands held, the boo-boos healed...

Thank you for my life.
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  • Reading: Malachi
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Tea
Mom woke me up at 03:00 in the morning, she was in agony.  She sais she felt like she was burning from the waist down.  I've never seen her face contorted in pain like that before.  We got her to the hospital and she's been there for a week now.  It has been alternating between intense pain and being, well ...  Not mom anymore.  The parkinson's is taking its increasing toll.  Some of the stuff is humorous if I describe it out loud, but hearing it coming from her mouth I find unnerving.

She has a urinary tract infection, that can explain some of the weakness she has been having, and the wildly varying barometric pressures can explain the joint aches, but the burning is usually neurological.  To that end we gave her a CAT scan.  It appears that her lower spine is constricting, pressing on her nerves.  that could be causing the pain.  They want to operate down there to remove the offending material, and perhaps brace her spinal column.  She's 88 and it is demanding surgery, and a long recovery period...

Or...

This could be a side effect of the Parkinson's?  (possibly)

It is hard to talk to the specialists we need to...  (At least the cable guy gives you a four hour window when he will be there...)

We need to make a decision fast...

Please pray for us to do the right thing...
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  • Reading: Malachi
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Tea
Mom  got so weak today, she cannot stand anymore.  I don't know what to do.  We have caregivers coming during the day while I'm gone but I'm afraid she will be bedridden for the rest of her life.
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  • Reading: Malachi
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Pokemon
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  • Drinking: Tea
Well, another year is grinding to a close.  There were some good times, as well as a few bad times.  That is life.  We are not built in character by the clean and clear weather of our live, but how we endure when the inevitable problems hit.  I have a fresh wound on the back of my head where they pulled out a lump about the size of a cotton ball.  I'll find out next week what it was.  Judging by the fact they haven't told me anything in the last week, I suspect that it is harmless.

I'm looking forward to having family over for dinner.  We'll have roast beef, ham, and probably my famous Vat-O-Meat for New Year's.  Heh, I honestly don't care what I get for gifts today.  I'm just happy to have family over to share the meal with.

For all that are travelling, I pray that you have a safe and swift journey, and that you may be able to find some small corner of peace, for even a brief while at the end of this year!

God bless!
  • Listening to: Poke BGM
  • Reading: Jeremiah
  • Watching: WoT
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Breakfast
  • Drinking: Tea
Apologies this is a vent...


I got a call from my uncle this morning.  He's sick and needs a large sum of money up front to go to the hospital.  Uncle, why did you leave the US!?!?  The US is all about free health care and hospitalization.  We have the resources here to help you, excellent facilities.  This is not available to a foreigner 3000 miles away!  I feel terrible because what you need is far beyond my ability to send.  how do I even know that it even reaches you?  You were kind and generous to our family, now I feel like a wretch in that I cannot help you in your hour of need...  COME HOME FOR PITY'S SAKE!
  • Listening to: Poke BGM
  • Reading: Esther
  • Watching: WoT
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Breakfast
  • Drinking: Tea
What do you agape?

I've been doing a little thinking this Christmas Eve.  I pray that peace will find you at some point in time this season, despite what the holidays have become.

What is Agape? (Pronounced ah-GOP-pay, as opposed to uh-GAPE, that's just standing there with your mouth open! =^^= )  Agape is a Greek word.  It refers to a selfless love.  It is considered the highest form of love in that it seeks the benefit of the beloved without the desire of anything in return.  The fact that the beloved is better off is reward enough in and of itself.  It needs not even to be reciprocated.

Today, it seems that love has been cross-linked with sex.  That somehow the two are interchangeable.  I remember watching an old French film about a couple that died "prematurely".  They were supposed to fall in love and become a couple, but because they were murdered that did not happen.  Since it was so unfair, heaven decided to allow them to resurrect and meet.  The first thing they did of course was have sex.  Ultimately it meant nothing because they immediately abandoned each other to try to get payback against the people that murdered them, instead of trying to make some sort of relationship.  Long story short, they promptly ended up dead again and nothing was gained anywhere .

That wasn't love.  That was a co-dependent relationship at best with each actor hoping that the other could somehow fix their problems.  Or at worst, that problems can be solved by simply running away from them.  Overall I didn't see too much "love".

So what is love?  I remember listening to a radio show talking to a couple that wrote a book entitled "The five Love Languages".  From listening to them, I found some deep wisdom there and more than a few insights into myself.  The love languages are:
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
Receiving Gifts
Quality Time
Physical Touch

How do you know You are loved?  Is it when someone tells you?  Is it when someone helps you?  Is it when someone gives you some token of affection?  Do you just like to be with someone, even in silence?  Or is it when someone gives you a hug, or a pat on the back?  How do you express love to someone else?

My dad was "old school".  You never head the words "I love you" come out of his mouth.  He was never affectionate with mom as far as we the children could see.  However,  he took his role as provider with great seriousness.  Our house was the first to be paid off in the neighborhood.  If a "new" car was purchased, it went to mom.  Dad drove the older vehicle until it fell apart, then mom got a newer vehicle and dad took over the older car.  He even took a smaller pension to ensure that if mom outlived him, she'd have a little extra income even after he was gone.  Dad didn't encourage me much when I built my first blackpowder firearm, but he was willing to give me assistance whenever I asked for it.  He built me shelving units for my books and models, and even pigeon hole organizers for my handloading equipment.

I took that for granted, that he wsa bored and had nothing better to do with his retirement.  Thank you, father, you did excellent work.  I'm sorry I didn't say that while you were still alive.  You were a good man, and did the best you could with the tools and resources that you were given.

Agape is the highest form of love.  It is a love that inspires one to sacrifice one's self for one's beloved.  So, what would you be willing to die for?  A scientific theory?   A political party? A nation?  A specific person?  A lifestyle? A moral / ethical code?  When I say die, I don't mean on the battlefield surrounded by burning wreckage and heaps of the slain.  No, I mean quietly going to take the punishment intended for someone else.

Could I even do that?  Just something that I am pondering on this Christmas eve...

Peace be with you.
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  • Reading: Samuel
  • Watching: WoT
  • Playing: PMD
  • Eating: Breakfast
  • Drinking: Tea
:iconfuchsia-neko: hit me with, I'll play a bit.  It has been a while since I updated the old journal anyways! =^^=


Grab the book nearest to you, turn to a random page, and find line 3 and 4.
...that it will also go well with God-fearing people, for they are reverent before Him.  However, it will not go well with the wicked, and they...

Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What can you reach?
Futon Bunk bed

What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Top Gear (Brit amateur racing day!)

Without looking guess what time it is?
18:30
Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
19:47 (Getting close to bed time! Sweating a little... )

With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
TV in the living room, sounds like mom is channel surfing...  the ringing in my ears from mowing the lawn earlier...

When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
Three hours ago to mow the lawn.  Stoopid tractor ran out of gas, refused to restart so I had to push it uphill back into the shed! =>.<+

Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
Fox News.

What are you wearing?
Cloths! :P (Lick)

Did you dream last night?
Yes, I was in school (college) commuting from my apartment to class daily.  the end was coming up so I was looking to going back home, tough.  a little sad that I might miss my friends.


When did you last laugh?
At work...

What are on the walls you are in?
Paint, dust, a smoke detector...

Seen anything weird lately?
4" whitewall tires on a Nissan Xterra?  (Waitaminit, that's my car! =^w^= )

What do you think of this quiz?
I could be playing Pokemon Mystery Dungeon or World of Tanks right now... =^^=

What was the last film you saw?
the Giver.  Gotta read the book now...

If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
Probably something stupid.  Does paying off all debts count?  Hmmm, I wonder how many children I could sponsor in Haiti...
 
Tell me something about you that I don't know?
I don't drink coffee.  (I prefer tea, jasmine=yum! )

If you could change one thing about the world.
I wonder what the world would be like if we had never sinned?

What do you want to learn in the future?
How to use the router better so that I can carve my own solid body guitar! =^^=

George Bush:
Maligned man.

Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
That will depend on when that time comes.

Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
That will depend on when that time comes.

Would you ever consider living abroad?
Perhaps, I've heard that going to New Zealand is like stepping back into the '80's! =^^=

What do you want God to say when you reach the pearly gates?
Well done good and faithful servant!

Tag six people who must also do this in THEIR journal
Heh, I don't do chain mail! =^^=
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  • Reading: Genesis
  • Watching: Pokemon
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Breakfast
  • Drinking: Tea
Believe it or not, I'm really starting to love the Lenten season.  When I was little and growing up in

Catholic School, it seemed that the more miserable one was, in general, the better one was off spiritually.  

Lent was one of those seasons that was enforced upon us in order for us to experience a little of Jesus's

misery, feel bad about ourselves, and just plain give up stuff that we enjoy.  If one takes the teadition at

face value, going trough the motions mechanically, that's exactly what it is.  A time to feel miserable.

Now as I've gotten a little older I'm viewing it in a different light.  Sure the one day fasts I've been

observing are still uncomfortable, and I really don't think I've truly apprehended the purpose of denying

one's self a meal or three.  But I'm starting to get the joke about self-contemplation and observation.

This year for lent I gave up two things:  alcohol and World of Tanks.

Alcohol:  I drink primarily on Friday night.  as part of my cool-off period from happiness accrued

throughout the work week.  Which usually means I'm not 100% when I roll out of bed at 06:00 Saturday

morning.  (Yes I'm still that much of a morning person).  This generally leaves me unhappy until about noon

or so.  In the weeks that I have been without this, is it worth letting go on Friday night?  Am I really

benefitting from this?  Drugs are an instant escape from a harsher reality.  But they lead to such stiff

long term penalties.  Maybe this is a habit I can afford to drop altogether.  I kinda like waking up at 5:45

and not feeling like hitting the snooze button one more time...

World of Tanks:  Behold the pagan idol of my life (at this moment.)  I am amazed at how much I have turned

my thoughts back to this game during this brief hiatus I am taking.  I've still started it up a couple times

to make sure they don't think my account has become inactive...  What is it that I really value in life?

Heh, this is where I think Douglas Adams hit the nail on the head in The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy.  

We like to chat, keep our mouths moving in useless sentences.  Because if it ever stopped, our brains might

actually start to work and we might think for a change.  I daresay we accomplish that as well with the

internet, TV, videogames, sports and everything else that is a distraction.

This is what I love about Lent.  It is a reminder for one to look at one's self.  To reflect on the values

we hold in our hearts.  Is what I present to the world my true face, or only a mask?  How many masks am I

wearing?  Can I take these masks off?  How would others react to my true face?  How would God react to my

true face?

Here's looking forward to Easter!
  • Listening to: Poke BGM
  • Reading: Genesis
  • Watching: Pokemon
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Breakfast
  • Drinking: Tea
This is one of the reasons I have zero faith in the government to help anyone in a meaningful efficient manner...

A local radio station is asking for donations to a group called Food for the Poor.  They have people on the ground in Guatemala (the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere) and Haiti (Remember the tidal wave? They are still messed up!)

Long story short, they bypass the government, and work directly with local people themselves on the supply and distribution end of getting food out.  So $44 can feed a child for a year.  That doesn't last me a week here...

This isn't steak and eggs for breakfast.  They are keeping people alive that would otherwise starve to death.

My shame is that I let myself get into horrific credit card debt.  So this year I only helped one life.
  • Listening to: Poke BGM
  • Reading: Revelation
  • Watching: Pokemon
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Tea
The SSD on my shiny new PC took a crap last night.  Now I have to run my computer of the DVD version of linux I have.  This really gives me a dim view of SSDs.  I've owned two.  One is in a netbook and is working fine, but I don't use the netbook much.  The second is this one and I used it heavily, and now it is dead after 4 months!?!

Fortunately, most of my data is on the conventional drive also in the system.  The only thing I will really miss are my emails and weblinks.  Now I need a new "C" drive and have to reinstall everything again...

Technology is wonderful and it sucks.
  • Listening to: Poke BGM
  • Reading: G K Chesterton
  • Watching: Pokemon
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Jasmine tea
Well, the end of the year is here.  I cannot wait to bid 2013 farewell soon enough.  To make a long story short, we got 30 years' worth of new gear dumped on us this summer and had to remove a similar amount of old gear from the district.  It is awesome, and horrible at the same time.  Five months into the game and I'm almost caught up.

Stress has been taking its toll on my body as well.  Last week I had an operation to remove two polyps growing in my throat.  Anyone that spoke to me online this year may have noticed that I have had a cold since February.  Hopefully this will rectify that a bit.  The biopsy came in, it looks like the damage was caused by stomach acid, and it isn't cancer.  So that was good news.  As is the fact that I do not have to eat a turkey smoothie for Christmas dinner! =^^=

On a happier note, my brother is in from Florida.  We actually did some last minute shopping yesterday, it was actually fun!  Just spending the day with him, that is...

Looking forward to a decent get-together of the family tonight to share Christmas dinner.

Well, Here's wishing you all a great Christmas, and a safe and happy New Year! =^^=
  • Listening to: Poke BGM
  • Reading: G K Chesterton
  • Watching: Pokemon
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Jasmine tea
Well, my joints seem to be having fun in throwing me into fits of pain, but that seems to have subsided for now...

I rebuilt my computer for better tank driving, that is just about done, I'm really liking the better speed, and am even starting to take a shine to Windows 8!

My sister came for a visit this weekend.  It was pleasant, got to grill the last of the steaks outside before the weather gets too crappy.  We had Acorn squash to go with them, a sweet tasty alternative to potatoes! =^^=

But as we were talking after the meal, she told me something that hit me as very disturbing.  Someone stole her son, my nephew's credit cards right out of his bedroom in their house!  This was done in broad daylight, when nobody was home.  And those were the only things missing!  Even more unnerving is that we were able to track the purchases to a series of gas stations and quickie marts in the area.  (The miracle of the online statement)  So we know the exact time these occurred.

My nephew went to some of these stores to try to get security camera footage of the culprit.  Initially they were going to cooperate, but now not so.  Fair enough we aren't the police.

Here's the boot to the head:  The cops don't care!

1.  The spurious charges were removed from my nephew's credit cards, so he's out nothing.
2.  Total damage was around $X000, the card company doesn't want to pursue the issue.
3.  Individual stores were out about $Y00 each, they will not pursue the issue.

Since the house wasn't broken into, we have some suspicions as to who this might be, but without any evidence...

I just find this very disturbing...
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  • Reading: G K Chesterton
  • Watching: Pokemon
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Jasmine tea
Things are actually getting a bit better now.  I am able to type this... ^^;

I always wondered what they meant by excruciating when they described pain.  Heck when I broke my foot, it was painful and difficult to walk, but as long as I wasn't hopping on it, there really wasn't that much pain to speak of.  There was considerable pain when weight was applied to the injured limb, but nothing that brought tears to my eyes...

Excruciating...

From the Latin, that which comes from the cross...  You see, anyone that lived on the wrong end of the Roman Empire knew what crucifixion was, ad just how BAD it was.  Even in the bible, the accounts is brief, they took Him to the hill and they crucified Him.  Anyone that lived near the Romans understood what torture that meant.  Getting bound and nailed to a couple wooden beams.  The nails in the wrists applied pressure to a nerve that ran into the hands.  If you applied pressure it hurt like hell.  Applying weight to the feet had a similar result with the spike in there.  But you couldn't just slack, because you sagging body could not breathe.  So you needed to stand on that nail, and pull on the other nails to catch a breath.  Repeat the process until you finally couldn't lift yourself anymore and you strangled.  (If they wanted to rush things, the Romans were known to break the victim's legs, making it impossible for the victim to lift themselves and they would asphyxiate in a few minutes)

So...

Recently, I started getting sever pain in my right wrist.  At first it was annoying, but it just kept increasing.  Last week I cut the grass here for the first time.  I tried to start the old lawn mower with my right hand doing the pulling.  That was the wrong answer.  The next day was incredible...  It was like someone had taken an ice pick, or at least a long needle and slid it down my wrist.  I know I still have strength in my hand.  I simply cannot apply it, the pain is too severe.  Aspirin, Advil, help nominally, but once their effect wore off, the pain got worse.  At night it either kept me awake, or woke me from sleep.

Excruciating.  Now I understand...

Pain that is inescapable, pretty much unbearable.  Pain that doesn't stop no matter what one tries...


I haven't hit the doctor yet, but I doubt that there is anything that they can do other than prescribe more drugs to cover the pain up.  I did take the advice of my sister, though.  I put some ice packs on my wrist, that seemed to help a bit.  But what helped more was letting cold water from the tap flow over it for a bit.  That seemed to numb the area the best.  Mom found an old wrist brace from an injury she sustained years ago.  Heh, it actually fits.  So, immobilization, deep freeze and drugs now seem to be making the pain retreat!

For now...

So now I have a little better understanding what excruciating means now.  And a little better appreciation for a gift given to me so long ago...
  • Listening to: Poke BGM
  • Reading: G K Chesterton
  • Watching: Pokemon
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Jasmine tea
To get more and more interesting...

Well, mom contracted shingles.  Basically it is revenge of the Chicken Pox.  If you had the Pox when you were little, odds are that you will get the shingles when you are older.  The disease is a blistering, painful rash that attacks nerve endings around the body, usually following a single path of nerves, so only half the body is affected.  It is painful and can last for weeks to years.  Usually the outbreak will last for a couple weeks, but it can take a very long time for the nerves to heal and the pain to go completely away.  So in short, mom was in excruciating pain and needed 24 hour care right around Christmas.

Heh, mom's  treasured medical handbook from the 1950's recommended burning clothing and linen during the outbreak part, as the seeping blisters contain live chicken pox viruses.  My sister and I took turns taking work days off to watch over her.

It has been almost two months in, and now the sores are much better healed, and the pain level is endurable, but not gone.

This has not been a fun time, watching her suffer.

Work is work.  Last week I got punched in the face by either Supercold, or Flu Mk II. MY temperature is bouncing up and down like a basketball, and my sinuses clamp shut like a vault when I lay down.  Can we stop having fun, please?

Good things that are happening:

My car passed state inspection with flying colors, so no big vehicle repair bill!
The latest snowfall here was very light and fluffy, so cleaning the driveway was a snap, even in my weakened condition.
I switched cable TV providers.  Hopefully, this will save me $50 / month, and I get some new channels that I did not before!
I discovered cooking with beans.  There's a lot of great flavor and texture out there!
The guitar I sold covered the cost of Christmas! =^^=

I may feel like crap for now, but at least things are not as bad as they could be...
  • Listening to: My Own song
  • Reading: G K Chesterton
  • Watching: Pokemon
  • Playing: Guitar
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
Thanks to all for your prayers and wishes!  =^^=

We are not out of the woods yet, this might take a long time, things are changing every day.  Sometimes a little better, sometimes a little worse.  It gets hard sometimes, taking care of the one that took care of you for so many years.  Not sure what you are going to wake up to the next day...

The storm is dumping on us now.  A lot of wind.  It is pitch black outside as I write this, but at least we still have electricity for now...  Last night the power flickered I wasn't sure what today would bring.  So far, so good.  I just vacuumed a little water out of the basement.  I suspect it is actually the cracked slab on the porch.  No big deal, really, I got it out in under five gallons.  One nice thing to living just over the crest of a hill...

Random thought:  The number of people without electricity is about double the 1% of people that allegedly control 99% of America's wealth...
  • Listening to: My Own song
  • Reading: G K Chesterton
  • Watching: Pokemon
  • Playing: Guitar
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
I think I might be in for a long night...
  • Listening to: My Own song
  • Reading: G K Chesterton
  • Watching: Pokemon
  • Playing: Guitar
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
Well, my month off is almost over, Monday will be my first day back to the job, which is good, as my cash reserve is almost gone! ^^;

To get into the mood I'm seeing the doctor tomorrow.  Apparently I've had some internal bleeding that might have a couple possible causes.  It will be good to know what is going on inside and be forewarned to take any corrective measures.  Colon cancer killed my father, I hope that will not be the case for me.

So yeah, I find it appropriate that getting a camera rammed into an unfortunate section of my anatomy is the perfect way to get back into the work mindset! :D


In other news, I now really understand why private charity is so much better that relying on the government.  Recently a local radio station was plugging for an organization called Feeding the Nations.

How long would $40 last you in groceries?  If you're Captain Frugal, that might be stretched into a month's worth of Ramen noodles and little else.  These people are able to feed a child two meals a day, with actual nutritional content for a flipping year!  Oh, and you get two dollars back in change!  That boggles my mind!

People are so much more effective at helping each other out when the government doesn't get in the way.
  • Listening to: My Own song
  • Reading: G K Chesterton
  • Watching: Pokemon
  • Playing: Guitar
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water