Sep 30 2014

I’d like to know if you’ve got the motion


You’ve heard me talk about my shoulder before. If you keep reading this post, you’ll hear me talk about it again.

No, I don’t know how I injured it. It could have been the dog. It could have been overexertion with a pair of bolt cutters. That’s what I thought in July when it first started hurting. Then, early September, it started getting worse. And worse.

This just seems to be one of life’s little annoyances that I have to live with. We don’t live in perfect world, and we’ve no right to expect life to be trouble free.

I could go on. But this is a slow process. I’ll have the opportunity to talk about it again.

I guess I could keep whining about it, but like Mark Twain said,

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing; it was here first.”

So, my shoulder hurts, but I have a lot to be thankful for.

  • I’m thankful I could get to a doctor, and to physical therapy.
  • I’m thankful that I can take time off from my job for doctor’s appointments and physical therapy, and not be docked pay.
  • I’m thankful that, so far, the so-called Affordable Care Act hasn’t goobered up my insurance to the point of not paying for my treatment.
  • I’m thankful that, while it may be painful to put on a shirt, I have a shirt to put on.
  • I’m thankful for clean water for showers and to take medicine with.
  • I’m thankful for a bed where I can sleep on my right side when I can’t sleep on my left.

Again, I could go on.

But the point is, while I have to deal with this current affliction, I’m still very blessed. For every point above for which I said I’m thankful, there are millions of people in this world who don’t have those things.

I need to remember that.

A college friend posed this question on Facebook the other day: “If Jesus answered all my prayers from the last 30 days, would anything change in the world…or just my world?”

Ouch. For lots of reasons. One of them being that in the last 30 days I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my shoulder.

My friend’s question helps me put things in perspective.

Two shots, a lot of pain pills and several session of physical therapy later, it still hurts, and it’s still difficult to move. I can tell the therapy and the drugs are helping. At the very least, I’m sleeping better.

I’m thankful for that.

My hope is that I’ll be back to normal, or as normal as I ever was, in a couple of weeks.

After all, Halloween is coming and I’ll need that shoulder to do the Time Warp.


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Sep 29 2014

It’s National Coffee Day

Photo: Zugr via Unsplash

Photo: Zugr via Unsplash

Coffee, the finest organic suspension ever devised.
- Captain Kathryn Janeway, Star Trek Voyager

Today is National Coffee Day.

Forget my asking who plans these days, let’s just pour up some caffeine.

It’s Monday, which is typically the day to start up again after slowing down on the weekend. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t slow down this past weekend.

So for me, it’s not about starting over. It’s about keeping it going.

And speaking of going. Get going to some of these places to celebrate.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: Get a FREE 12 ounce cup of coffee.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Get a FREE medium Dark Roast coffee.

McDonalds: Get a free cup of coffee each morning through September 29 (that’s today, hurry).

Wawa: Get a coupon for a free cup of coffee.

That should get us through lunch.

In the meantime, I’ll be looking for more sources for a great rant I wanted to write about today. It’s a doozy. But I fear it may be much hysteria about nothing.

Which may also be the case with an article I wrote some years ago appearing under someone else’s byline which makes me ask “did I sell that? or have I been plagiarized?” I’m checking with my editor.

I’ll have another cup, thank you.

‘Cause it’s Monday all day long.


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