Monday, January 22, 2007

Thump Thump...Thump Thump

Well, once again the passage of time has come along and kicked me right in the mommy/daddy maker. About a week ago I was feeling a little under the weather and after arguing with my wife about whether I should go to the doctor (guess which side I was on) , I gave in and popped in to see my local shaman.

He treated what ailed me and I was about to roll on out the door when I got hit with the "come hither" by his nurse. "Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure?" she asks.

I told her no because I am after all young and immortal.

Well, apparently 140/100 is too high for my local witch doctor to be comfortable with so he asks that I monitor it for a week.

One week goes by and it hovers right around the 135/95 area plus or minus 5 on both numbers. I once again trek down to the hut in the center of town where lives my shaman and give him the news. He in turn gives me a 2 week supply of bp med and says that if they show no side effects that it will be my daily drug for the future.

Now, I've had to take pills before, but this will be my first long-term regimen. In my mind that is one of the mile markers that shows you've crossed over into "Old Fogey-ville". I weep for my lost youth.

Not all is as bleak as it might appear at first blush. If I can lose the weight I have gained in the 18 years since I graduated high school, I can most likely shuck this particular monkey from off my back. And here comes kick in the dangly bits #2. That totals out to about 100 lbs. Yes you read that right...I need to lose a 10 year old. Damn. Looks like I'm on these things for the foreseeable future.

bleh

Sunday, January 21, 2007

5 Things I Hate about Me

Thanks Lawdog...I am going to exact my vengeance someday...but then I still owe you for the "I'm so drunk" beating damned near 20 years ago. FYI folks, LD covers his butt very well.

"share five off the wall, strange, unusual or just little-known facts about yourself. Then you "tag" five other bloggers who are supposed to do the same thing."

So here we go...

1.) I am ADD and OCD which makes my life really interesting. I get fixated on something to the point of obsession for about 5 minutes at a whack.

2.) I sing...not well, but I do. It's a bad habit I developed at an early age and have yet to realize I shouldn't share with others.

3.) I love crappy science fiction movies...I don't mean the ones that everyone says are crappy. I mean the ones most folks won't even admit to having seen.. "Roger Corman Presents" anyone? (Oh, and by the way LD, I loved Hell Comes to Frogtown.)

4.) I still play D&D whenever I get the chance...which isn't often enough. (You hear that LD?)

5.) I don't have 5 people I can tag, so this branch of the chain ends here.

Now, let me take a minute and say I'll do better and post more often. I've just been finding it hard to find stuff worth writing down. Maybe I am too critical of my own stuff.

Friday, January 5, 2007

The Hell With Flying Cars

Ok, I am known to have a thing for sci-fi and have since I was old enough to say it. I seem to remember someone somewhere promising flying cars by the year 2000 when i was but a boy. Well, here we are at the start of 2007 still firmly treading along on Terra Firma.

Well a while back someone sent me a video of this nutjob base jumping in a hang gliding suit and i thought "Wow, that has to be alot of fun, but it's still gotta give to gravity eventually." I want to fly.

Then about a month ago I was sitting in a local greasy spoon and there on the TV was a really short story about this guy in Europe who had developed a personal flight device. I log into my Yahoo page today and there is the link.

So I say again, to hell with flying cars..I want one of these!!!



Enjoy.

Tole

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Signs You've Married Well

There are times, and they seem to be coming more frequently, when I realize that I have married the right woman. I think the first one I can recall was when she began referring to Lawdog as Uncle to my children all on her own. Well, that's not the first but it is definitely one that stands out in my mind.

The most recent came last night. However, before I tell you the story, I think I should share some background as to why it makes me beam with pride. A few years back I started play a little game called Everquest. Actually, it was my late brother-in-law who sucked me into that particular black hole of time. I would spend as many hours in the game as I spent at work. My wife constantly cursed "that game" to which I would respond, "I used to spend this time watching TV, no real difference."

Well, a couple years pass and Sony gives us Everquest 2. She bought it for me and I didn't really like it and went back to EQ1. Arryn (the wife) decides that we spent $90 on this damned game so she'll just see what all the hub-bub is about. Two years later and she's been playing it ever since. heh heh

Ok, here's that moment. Last night, long after I had gone to bed, Arryn was in here plugging away to finish a quest and was not about to go to bed until she was done...sigh. I am a lucky man.

So if you have a moment like that, cherish it and the one who gave it to you. Feel free to share your own.

Tole